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May 2019

4A Emerging Writer’s Program — May 2019

May 6 @ 8:00 am - May 24 @ 5:00 pm AEST

About the 4A Emerging Writer's Program Following the inaugural offering in 2016, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce the fourth consecutive 4A Emerging Writer’s Program that will support an emerging Australian writer to travel to Indonesia in 2019 and realise two publication outcomes. 4A Emerging Writer’s Program is open to all Australian emerging writers and suits individuals with a keen interest in fieldwork research in art and culture from the Asia Pacific region, and someone who can demonstrate a flair and passion for writing. The selected writer will undertake up to a two-week research trip to Indonesia in late 2019. Facilitated by 4A and its networks, the writer will be asked to conceive and deliver two writing outcomes for publication in 4A Papers and program supporter Art Monthly Australasia. This may include a critical essay, historical research, interview, review, profile, or feature with accompanying online audio-visual…

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4A Beijing Studio Program — 2019

May 6 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm AEST

Applications for the 2019 Program open in May 2019. The 4A Beijing Studio Program is now in its eighth year and provides Australian artists with a valuable opportunity to research new projects in rich cultural surroundings, build professional networks and observe the changes taking place in one of the most important cities in Asia. The 4A Beijing Studio Program is a unique initiative that sees three Australian artists embark on a month-long residency in September at the studios of internationally renowned Chinese-Australian artist Shen Shaomin. This experience provides a unique opportunity for artists to be mentored by a leading international artist, undertake research for new works, develop professional networks and witness first-hand the changes occurring in one of the world’s most vibrant capitals. The program covers airfares, accommodation, daily meals, travel insurance, and a small stipend. In 2019, for the first time, this special 4A initiative is being supported by…

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nomnomnom

May 9 @ 6:00 pm - May 12 @ 7:30 pm AEST
Testing Grounds, 1 City Rd, Southbank VIC 3006 + Google Map
$20
Mysterious faceless figure running wearing a visor

Fresh from winning the Melbourne Fringe 2018 award for Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice and sell-out shows in Iceland, nomnomnom is a site-specific, participatory event in which YOU the audience role-play as time-travelling food delivery people. Explore time travel portals at nomnomnom HQ (aka Testing Grounds) and deliver fresh meals and your winning smile to households around the world. We’ll provide the visors – all you need to bring is an open heart and your passion for customer service! Tickets are limited so lock in your first shift now! This project is supported by City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Development support by Moreland City Council. Between Thursday 9 May 2019 6:00 PM and Sunday 12 May 2019 7:30 PM Image by: Vy Nguyen

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Ethnic City –a brand new variety show in Melbourne

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - June 14 @ 7:50 pm AEST

A brand new variety show exclusively featuring performers of color: Imagine a Melbourne stand-up comedy show where comedians of colour dominated centre stage. You won’t find it, until now with the inaugural Ethnic City, a live comedy production showcasing the best up-and-coming performers from diverse backgrounds. Creator and producer of Ethnic City, Brendan Wan, is set to change Melbourne’s demographics of comedy. “It’s no secret Melbourne’s creative arts industry lacks diversity. I know far too many incredibly talented ethnic actors, writers and comedians who need to create projects in order to pursue their artistic goals as their ethnicity isn’t regarded as marketable,” says Mr Wan. It’s easy to see why Ethnic City is tipped to attract an incredible reception with its all-star line up of acts including Margot Tanjutco, 2019 Golden Gibbo nominee at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, who blew audiences away for her performance in Vanity Fair Enough.…

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June 2019

Joyful Strains

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am AEST
The Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, 168 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Following on from his landmark 2010 anthology Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home, editor and poet Kent MacCarter speaks to authors Dmetri Kakmi, Maria Tumarkin, and Chi Vu about writing cultural displacement and the experience of being an immigrant in an ethnocentric society. Panelists: Dmetri Kakmi, Kent MacCarter (chair), Maria Tumarkin, Chi Vu

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The Art of Poetry

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am AEST
The Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, 168 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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That the word poem derives from the Greek word "poiema" or "made thing" is indeed quite telling. How does a poet turn experience into poetry? Whose experience is it? Are imagination and inspiration personal or universal? How does a poem work and move and sound, and why? In the spirit of the famous Paris Review interviews this in-depth discussion about the aesthetics and praxis of poetry takes us into the "mindfields" of poet and researcher Dr. Lucy Van and celebrated poets Michelle Cahill, Dr. Tina Giannoukos, and Ouyang Yu. Panelists: Michelle Cahill, Dr. Tina Giannoukos, Dr. Lucy Van (chair), Ouyang Yu.

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The Word and the Image

June 1 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm AEST
The Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, 168 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Location: Library Join poet and researcher Dr. Lucy Van as she speaks to award-winning poets Bella Li and Stavros Messinis about the relationship between the written word and the image in avant-garde poetry, and the narrative possibilities that can be produced in their work. Panelists: Bella Li, Stavros Messinis, Dr. Lucy Van (chair)

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The Politics of Language

June 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEST
The Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, 168 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Location: Mezzanine How does literature from marginalised communities challenge the colonial monolingualism of the Australian literary landscape and broader national narrative? Dr. Lucy Van finds out when she explores the topic with the inimitable poet-activists Π. Ο. and Sista Zai. and acclaimed author and First Nations community activist Dylan Coleman. Panelists: Dylan Coleman, Π. Ο., Sista Zai, Dr. Lucy Van (chair)

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Bilingualism and Identity

June 1 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm AEST
The Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, 168 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Location: Library If literature is a vehicle through which we make sense of the world, what happens to writing when the author writes in a language other than his or her own native tongue? What is the impact of bilingualism (or multilingualism) on an author's aesthetics and praxis and their negotiation of a largely monolingual literary and cultural landscape? Poet and researcher Dr. Tina Giannoukos speaks to author Maria Tumarkin, and poets Dean Kalimniou and Ouyang Yu, about this vital and fascinating topic. Panelists: Dr. Tina Giannoukos (chair), Dean Kalimniou, Maria Tumarkin, Ouyang Yu

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July 2019

Between Tiny Cities រវាងទីក្រុ ងតូច

July 10 @ 5:00 pm - July 13 @ 7:00 pm AEST

As part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Big World, Up Close and Families Winter/Spring programs, Between Tiny Cities រវាងទីក្រុ ងតូច is a dance work that represents the cultural exchange between Australian and Cambodian artists, taking over the State Theatre Rehearsal Room from 10 – 13 July these winter school holidays. In this work, dancers Erak Mith, from Phnom Penh, and Aaron Lim, from Darwin, use the rituals, movement styles and language of their shared hip-hop culture to reveal the dramatically different worlds that surround them and uncover the choreographic links that unite them. This is an immersive experience, with the performers up close, as the audience forms a circle to witness the playful and exploratory intensity of physical storytelling. Choreographed by internationally-renowned Sydney hip-hop dance artist Nick Power and accompanied by the beats and sound design of Jack Prest, the work blends the raw energy of b*boy battles with skillful improvisation…

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September 2019

Sweet & Sour Dilemmas: untold story of riches to rags migrant story

September 12 @ 9:45 am - September 20 @ 5:00 pm AEST

Brendan Wan & Trades Hall present  GENRE: Comedy, Sketch and Storytelling Sweet & Sour Dilemmas: untold story of riches to rags migrant story It’s a familiar story: Asian migrant leaves with $5 in his pocket for a better life in Australia. Or, if we want to be strictly precise, affluent Indonesian-Chinese migrant leaves his mother country because he’s swept by the romance of living the charming Australian life of quality coffee, orderly traffic, and cigars in the sun, only to learn the brutal reality of migrant life, which has resulted in comedy-drama production, Sweet and Sour Dilemmas. Brendan Wan is an incredible new talent on the Melbourne comedy scene, and it’s easy to see why Sweet and Sour Dilemmas is tipped to receive excellent critical reception. Audiences will quickly forget they’re assembled in a traditional theatre in Carlton as they enter ‘Chef Chung’s’ bustling Chinese kitchen. Through storytelling and the…

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LOTUS

September 12 @ 6:30 pm - September 20 @ 5:30 pm AEST
Fringe Hub, Carlton , Fringe Hub: Trades Hall - Meeting Room | 54  Victoria St, Carlton 
Melbourne, Australia
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LOTUS is Chi Nguyen’s debut one-woman comedy cabaret all about her outrageous life as a Vietnamese immigrant living in Australia. After starring in the first-ever Vietnamese-Australian comedy web series Phi and Me, LOTUS is Nguyen’s most humourous, daring and personal work to date,  bringing you on Nguyen’s journey of falling in and out of love with her cultural identity and finding her place in the world. This is a journey filled with hilarity,  compassion, and resilience. With dramaturgy by Jean Tong (MTC’s Hungry Ghosts ),  music composition by Sidney Millar (MTC’s Wild ) and set design by Alex Rothnie (VCA’s Mother Courage and  Her Children ), LOTUS is the race-in-your-face hour of entertainment Australia has been waiting for. Featured original songs include Nguyen’s soon-to-be-smash-hits Things White People Say to Me,  Google Translate Saved My Life and I’m a Banana  (Yellow Outside, White Inside) - they’re all so irresistibly catchy it…

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October 2019

Black is the New White

October 2 @ 8:00 am - November 6 @ 5:00 pm AEST

Black is the new white -- by Nakkiah Lui 2 October  to 6 November 2019 Southbank Theatre, The Sumner A mix of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Meet the Fockers, Nakkiah Lui’s smash hit comedy is set to delight Melbourne audiences. Charlotte Gibson is a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Indigenous Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas. First of all, it’s Christmas. Second of all, she’s in love. The thing is, her fiancé, Francis Smith, is not what her family expected – he’s unemployed, he’s an experimental composer… and he’s white! When the families come together at the Gibson’s ritzy holiday home, the stage is set for a riotously funny struggle for dominance where insults fly, secrets come flooding out and sacred cows of all descriptions are mercilessly skewered. It’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,…

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OzAsia Festival

October 17 - November 3
Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, King William St
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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OzAsia Festival is Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia. It presents a bold and exciting line-up of boundary-pushing contemporary arts each year and is revered by audiences and critics alike. Held annually over three weeks in spring, OzAsia Festival showcases the best theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literature, film, food and cultural events from across Asia. Led by Artistic Director, Joseph Mitchell, its extensive program has included artists from around the world, including countries such as Japan, Korea, China, Cambodia, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Iran, Latvia, Malaysia, Singapore, Syria, the United States, Israel, Thailand, the United Kingdom, The Philippines and Australia. A festival this big and beautiful deserves a look at the whole program!

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November 2019

JLF Adelaide

November 1 - November 3
Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, King William St
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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CHECK THIS LINE UP JLF ADELAIDE 2019 SPEAKERS Jessica Alice (AUS) Dr Katherine Tamiko Arguile (AUS) Tony Birch (AUS) Shameem Black (AUS) Jack Buckskin (AUS) Mridula Nath Chakraborty (AUS) Melanie Cheng (AUS) Rebekah Clarkson (AUS) Claire G. Coleman (AUS) James Crabtree (UK/SGP) William Dalrymple (UK/IND) Robert Dessaix (AUS) Frank Dikötter (NLD) DOBBY (AUS) Sonia Feldhoff (AUS) Richard Fidler (AUS) Lok Fung (HKG) Roanna Gonsalves (IND/AUS) Billy Griffiths (AUS) Dominic Guerrera (AUS) Matthew Hooton (AUS) Paulo Lemos Horta (UAE) Felice Jacka (AUS) Darryl Jones (AUS) Nicolas Jose (AUS) Tony Joseph (IND) Hannah Kent (AUS) Sheng Keyi (CHN) Malcolm Knox (AUS) Manisha Koirala (IND) Christopher Kremmer (AUS) Michelle De Krester (AUS) Laura Kroetsch (AUS) Jono Lineen (AUS) David Malouf (AUS) Wu Ming-Yi (TWN) Alena Murang (MYS) Omar Musa (AUS) Intan Paramaditha (IDN) David Pollock (AUS) Victoria Purman (AUS) Sanjoy K. Roy (IND) Omar Sakr (AUS) Ahronglong Sakinu (TWN) Melizarani T. Selva (MYS)…

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DUE WEST ARTS FESTIVAL–The End/Future of History

November 15 - November 24

Footscray Community Arts Centre is producing a community Festival in Melbourne’s West called the Due West Arts Festival from the 15 – 24 November 2019. It’s a 10 day festival highlighting the Voice, Sound and Music of the communities of the West. One of them is EVERYTHING THAT EXISTS IN THE CURRENT. It explores the emotional and social implications of moving between different states of being. When the flow of our existence is interrupted and relocated, the context shifts and everything we knew then is no longer. Expanding the transitional state where the end meets the beginning, where nostalgia morphs into memory, where words become gestures – the exhibition asks: where are the disruptions of time and their residue? Curated by Nikki Lam, with artists Anindita Banerjee, Shivanjani Lal, Ellen YG Son, Cyrus Tang, and Siying Zhou, EVERYTHING THAT EXISTS IN THE CURRENT will be installed at multiple sites in…

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Due West Arts Festival–Jason Phu in Footscray

November 15 @ 8:00 am - November 24 @ 5:00 pm AEDT

Footscray Community Arts Centre is producing a community Festival in Melbourne’s West called the Due West Arts Festival from the 15 – 24 November 2019. It’s a 10-day festival highlighting the Voice, Sound, and Music of the communities of the West. One of them is Jason Phu in Footscray. Drawing on family history, Jason Phu responds to Footscray as a place of migratory resettlement. Sourcing materials from within the boundaries of the local area and in collaboration with the local community, Phu will create a mixed-media installation exploring the stories of his family and the history of the area, touching on the events that birthed places like Footscray the world over. Public Programs ~ Drawing yourself as a bottle of sauce 7 pm – 8 pm, Tuesday 19 November 19 at MakersWindow A self-portraiture calligraphy class with Jason Phu, taking inspiration from Vietnamese sauces and condiments. Using ink, brush and…

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Due West Arts Festival — Footscray By Night (a second call)

November 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm AEDT

FOOTSCRAY BY NIGHT (A SECOND CALL) by Hoang Tran Nguyen restages a community arts project first mounted with David Nguyen as part of Big West Festival 2011. Inspired by the Paris By Night cabaret shows, popular in the Vietnamese diaspora, a series of karaoke videos were produced celebrating the communities associated with Little Saigon Shopping Centre. Since the fire of 2016 that devastated Little Saigon, the center of gravity for the Vietnamese community has shifted, raising questions about gentrification, the reclamation of space and what these discussions mean in a (de)colonial context. Revisiting the project relocates it to a new meeting point, bringing in dialogue with local Indigenous community practitioners of Melbourne’s West to explore the conversation of dispossession and dislocation between migrant and Indigenous communities. Join FOOTSCRAY BY NIGHT (A SECOND CALL) for an evening of song, performance, and video in Nicholson Street. Featuring Robbie Bundle and Brian Morley,…

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Sangam Festival

November 21 @ 7:30 pm - November 23 @ 9:00 pm AEDT
Bunjil Place & Dancehouse Melbourne, Australia + Google Map

A 3-day festival, bringing together globally renowned, award winning artists from India in performance with Australian artists of diverse backgrounds committed to the Indian arts will take place in Melbourne from the 21-23 November. Curated by Dr. Priya Srinivasan, Uthra Vijay and Hari Sivanesan, Sangam will feature over 6 events at Bunjil Place, Narre Warren and Dancehouse, Carlton. Framing the experimental in conversation with the classical, this festival intervenes on a number of levels in the Melbourne arts scene by bringing together intergenerational (3 generations), LGBTQIA+, and diverse artists to create greater access and opportunities in urban platforms. An Indian term meaning “meeting” Sangam refers to the coming together of rivers. The festival will host a gathering of thoughts, ideas, performance and dialogue, emulating assemblies that occurred in South India, thousands of years ago. Each event is named after a river in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Fiji, and Melbourne. Reviving…

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Kala

November 22 @ 7:00 pm - November 24 @ 2:00 pm AEDT
Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St
Footscray, Victoria Australia
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Kāla is a classical Indian dance performance about death and regeneration. In this premier work, time is circular, death is epic, and themes of transformation, destiny and liberation arise from fire and ash. Raina Peterson and Govind Pillai (In Plain Sanskrit, Bent Bollywood, Third Nature) perform Mohiniyattam and Bharatanatyam to a live orchestra as audiences join a transformative journey through life and death. Please note that incense, camphor, tulsi, essential oils and ghee will be burnt in this performance as part of a scent-scape. If you require further information, please contact us via duewest@footscrayarts.com Image by James Henry. Presented by Due West Arts Festival and Karma Dance. Buy Date Venue 22 Nov 7:00 PM FCAC Performance Space 23 Nov 7:00 PM FCAC Performance Space 24 Nov 2:00 PM FCAC Performance Space

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Chinese Whispers

November 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
Makerswindow, 311 Barkly Street Footscray VIC 3011 Australia + Google Map

CHINESE WHISPERS is a digital graphic novel by Rani P Collaborations, inspired by the racial and sexual violence of May 1998 in Indonesia. Guided through a labyrinth of testimonies by Chinese-Indonesian women across Melbourne’s West and Indonesia, the novel asks audiences to contemplate the notion “You cannot heal what you will not face.” CHINESE WHISPERS has come a long way since its inception as part of the Emerging Cultural Leaders program at Footscray Community Arts Centre, with more than 10,000+ readers globally and a series of international festivals presenting the work. The event will include a screening of the full digital graphic novel, followed by a Q&A and discussion with lead artist, Rani Pramesti and vocalist/ composer, Ria Soemardjo over Indonesian sweets, snacks and teas. Rani Pramesti – Lead artist and producer Ria Soemardjo – Composer, musician and vocalist Cindy Saja – Illustrator Gondo – Web developer (Front End) and…

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