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June 2019

Joyful Strains

June 1, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - July 13, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 9:45 am - September 20, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - September 20, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 8:00 am - November 6, 2019 @ 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, 2019 - November 3, 2019
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, 2019 - November 3, 2019
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, 2019 - November 24, 2019

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, 2019 @ 8:00 am - November 24, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - November 23, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - November 24, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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January 2020

AsiaTOPA

January 1 - March 31
Various Melbourne, Australia + Google Map

About Asia TOPA This stunning and multi-art form collection of works over the three-month long festival explores the connections between contemporary Australia and its growing diaspora. The 2020 program is focused on new work creation alongside presentations of iconic and legendary artists and reflects the contemporary imagination and lived experience of artists from the entire Asia-Pacific region. Australian artists, groups and companies have made connections across the region to present collaborations and intercultural works spanning music, dance, theatre, contemporary performance, film, digital, visual art, public talks and more. Fourteen Asia TOPA Consortium partners and more than 20 Victorian Program Partners have committed to simultaneously program and present contemporary Asian arts and culture across the festival. Their shared vision is to create a change in the Australian performing arts sector and play a critical role in shifting the conservative model of programming on all major stages, both locally and nationally. We…

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Sydney Festival

January 8 - January 26
Various Melbourne, Australia + Google Map

Every January, Sydney Festival starts the new year with a bang, transforming the city with a bold cultural celebration based on critical ideas and cutting-edge art and performance. More than any other cultural event, Sydney Festival defines Sydney's personality. For over four decades we have presented international artists who guarantee headlines, and whose presence in Sydney adds to the Festival's buzz and prestige, including names like Björk, Brian Wilson, Grace Jones, Manu Chao, Elvis Costello, AR Rahman, Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes, Robert Lepage, The Flaming Lips, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Peter Sellars, Sir Ian McKellen and David Byrne & St. Vincent. Some of the world's great companies – Wayne McGregor's Random Dance, Cheek by Jowl, Gate Theatre and The Wooster Group to name only a few – also share the Festival with the most exciting artists and companies in Australia. Sydney Festival's audacious contemporary programming positions it at the forefront…

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Fringe World

January 17 - February 16
Various Melbourne, Australia + Google Map

What is FRINGE WORLD? FRINGE WORLD is the most popular annual festival in Perth and annually hundreds of thousands of people enjoy the incredible array of entertainment on offer. There’s something for everyone at FRINGE WORLD; from comedy, music and musicals, circus and much more, plus ticket prices are great value so you can enjoy multiple shows in one night out! The 2020 Festival will be held from 17 January to 16 February at more than 150 venues all over Perth and regional WA. The most popular way to enjoy the Festival is at one of the central hubs such as The Woodside Pleasure Garden or Girls School. The spaces are free to enter and have a magical atmosphere featuring food trucks, outdoor bars and free entertainment.

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Midsumma Festival

January 19 - February 9
Various Melbourne, Australia + Google Map

About Midsumma Festival Midsumma Festival is Australia's premier queer arts and cultural festival, bringing together a diverse mix of LGBTQIA+ artists, performers, communities and audiences. Every January, Midsumma Festival expands over 22-days of summer with an explosion of queer events that center around hidden and mainstream queer culture, locally and internationally. The Midsumma program shares with you the lived experiences of those voices at the margins, the expression of queer history, and the celebration of new ideas that come to life through world-class art and performance. Our festival program is made up of diverse art forms and genres, including visual arts, live music, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, parties, sport, social events, and public forums. Featuring over 194 events in 2020, with involvement by over 5000 culture-makers in over 100 different venues across Melbourne and wider Victoria - to anticipated audiences of over 284,000. Although the primary three-week festival is…

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