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Inside: P. 4 & 5 Dance & Theatre – Golden Chains
– Rosalind Crisp Residency – Prodigal
Daughter – DasSHOKU Hora! – kultour
P.3 Music – Unified Gecko - UNIDOS
P.6 & 7 Retrospective
(unity) International Human Rights Day
Concert - What’s on P.8 What Else
December 2005 – January 2006
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Multicultural Arts Victoria will launch Melbourne Gaol on Human Rights day. This is a exciting new partnership
“The Way Forward - arts in a with the National Trust of Victoria. The Gaol will be transformed into a
multicultural Victoria”, a report on the marketplace with information and stalls on human rights set up in the
findings of the needs analysis in cells of the gaol from 9.30am. At 2.00 pm the Goal will ring to the
multicultural arts, conducted by sounds of music, poetry and traditional dance from artists and cultures
Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership that have suffered human rights abuse. As a mark of respect as to what
with the Victorian Multicultural is happening close to home, we will start with the Indigenous group Koori
Commission. The report will be Youth Will Shake Spears followed by an Indonesian gamelan orchestra
launched by Ministers Delahunty and and end up in Ethiopia having travelled with the cultures of Somalia,
Pandazopoulos at the Art Centre at South Africa, Tonga and Sudan. The Gaol will open its doors and entry will
9.30 am in the Fairfax Lounge on December 13th. All members and be by donation for the day and proceeds will be donated to the Refugee
supporters of MAV are invited to attend this launch. The analysis is an Asylum Resource Centre and refugee artists by donation only. We thank
important document that fits snugly within the context of the State the National Trust for their generosity in supporting this event and waving
Governments current policy framework “A Fairer Victoria - creating the normal entry fee for the day.
opportunity and addressing disadvantage”.
In January and February, when the evenings are balmy and warm,
The single most important finding of the research was that cultural Multicultural Arts Victoria will program a Twilight Jazz and Voice series at
diversity and Arts for all Victorians is now widely accepted and endorsed. Federation Square. You will hear whilst the sun is setting a range of
The challenge now is how to translate this into real strategies that will quality music ranging from smooth Brazilian jazz to the sublime vocals of
eliminate the current existing barriers and increase CALD and NESB a Polynesian Maori choir, outdoors in Federation Square. Melbourne is a
artists and communities' participation in the arts. great place to experience the world.
The report highlights the importance of looking at real partnerships and Finally, on a more personal note, Multicultural Arts Victoria is very proud
concrete ways to support the development of multicultural arts practice in to announce we have two new MAV babies. Miriam Abud has just given
the State. birth to Mouahmed and Jane Carew-Reid has given birth to Sonny.
It is critical that we develop multicultural artists and it is vitally important Mouahmed and Sonny are now MAV's youngest members! We
that we support skills development in the arts for culturally and congratulate both Miriam and Jane who will be on maternity leave for a
linguistically diverse (CALD) artists particularly artists from new and short time. Also Elda Koro, who returned to Bosnia, fell in love and will
emerging communities. The launching of the report is a very significant not be returning to MAV in the near future as expected, as she is now
way to end a year for MAV, as the organisation has worked tirelessly as married and living in Calgary. We still keep in touch with Elda and wish
well as strategically to present, promote and support multicultural artists her all the best. So we welcome Meg Larkin and Janette Hoe to the MAV
and communities in 2005. office. So as you can see we are finishing a productive the year on a very
In the next months MAV has a very high quality and diverse cultural
program. We start with a funky EP launch with the very talented cross Congratulations to the Remember Me team who toured with Kultour to
cultural Turkish band Unified Gecko. They will launch their new EP Brisbane and Lismore. It was a great success.
Zomma at the Hi Fi bar in the city at 7-30pm, Sunday November 27th. The MAV Board and Staff wish everyone a Happy New Year and great
On November 30th at 7-30pm we then have a Deli Merry Xmas concert festive season. I would like to personally thank every artist, community
at the ABC. Choirs from four different parts of the world will bring their and audience member that participated in the MAV 2005 program. We
beautiful harmonies to the Iwaki auditorium, a concert not to be missed. hope to see you all at the Special General Meeting on Monday 28th
Another event to mark in the calendar is Unidos the Human Rights day November at the Richmond Town Hall.
concert and event December 10, to be held symbolically at the Old Jill Morgan Executive Officer
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Unified Gecko Pic: Bonnie Savage
Unified Gecko 'Zomma' EP Release
One of the most unique sounds to come out of Melbourne is Unified Gecko - the Jo Malatji
sound of hotted up traditional Turkish tunes colliding with reggae vibes and rootsy
gypsy rhythms. Led by Turkish born singer/ songwriter/guitarist Murat Yucel, Unified
Gecko features an impressive lineup of talent from Melbourne's world, jazz, reggae
and hip hop scenes including irrepressible master of groove Nicky Bomba on drums,
funky basslines by Alex Savage (Fizard), Natalia Mann on electro harp, a growling horn
section (Alisha Brooks, Labjacd's Tristan Ludowyk, Morph's Dan Richardson) and Anita
Larkin on darabuka. Born out of a rich diversity of cultures, the group is well known for
its energetic and soulful blend of gypsy, reggae, jazz, funk and dancehall and for the
positively intoxicating performances of belly dancer, Tanleea.
Unified Gecko released their first album Gecko Kebab in 2003, and shortly after won
the Melbourne Fringe Festival Best Music Act Award 2003. In their most recent
exploits they returned to their musical roots in Turkey, performing to capacity
audiences all over Istanbul and down the south west Mediterranean & Aegean coast.
The tour was funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and was the beginning of the
band's launch into the Turkish music scene.
Now fresh back from Istanbul, Unified Gecko are set to release their long anticipated
single 'Zomma' with funding received from Melbourne City Council. The unique 9 beat
reggae sound co written by Yucel and award winning songwriter Nicky Bomba, will be
unearthed in one awesome show alongside the extraordinary Underbelly Dancers,
Fingers of Fury and some rarely scene traditional Turkish musicians. This is a show not
to be missed!
Sun27 Nov 7.30 - 11pm
HiFi Bar & Ballroom 125 Swanston St Melbourne (Opp Melbourne Town Hall)
Tickets : Door $12/ Presale $10 + bf visit www.thehifi.com.au or ETAGS, Human Rights
www.underbellydance.com or ph 9419 6620.
For more info visit www.unifiedgecko.com
UNIDOS (unity) International Human Rights Day Concert
– Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with the
What’s On Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the United Nations General
December Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
Vardos Fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Ln, Melb Thur 1 Dec 8.30pm '…the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the
foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,'
The Iyer Brothers + Sridar Chary Boite World Music Cafe 1 Mark St, Nrth Fitz Fri The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
2 Dec 8.15pm
On Human Rights Day this year, Saturday 10th December, extraordinary Australian
Umanee Boite World Music Cafe 1 Mark St, North Fitzroy Sat 3 Dec 8.15 pm multicultural performers will transform one of Melbourne's most infamous
Bahia Powerhouse Cnr Queens Rd & Lakeside Drv, Albert Park Sat 3 & 10 Dec historical places, the Old Melbourne Gaol, with a showcase of traditional and
Kachazca The Wedding Sausage 86 Lygon St, East Brunswick Sun 4 Dec 7pm contemporary music and dance from Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Africa,
Indonesia and the Pacific Islands. This unique event, UNIDOS, celebrating unity
Bahia Latinlover 2005 Christmas Ball, San Remo Ballroom, Carlton Sun 4 Dec between people in freedom and adversity all over the world, will kick off at
Canto Coro + Inka Marka Ablaze - The Right to Live in Peace Northcote 9.30am with a Human Rights Day Marketplace inside the Gaol.
Uniting Church, 251 High St Fri 9 & 10 Dec 8.00pm At 2pm an indigenous smoking ceremony and performance by Koori Youth Will
Melbourne Singers of Gospel Boite World Music Cafe 1 Mark St, Nth Fitz Fri 9 Shake Spears will set the stage for speaker Dr. Helen Szoke (Equal Opportunity
Dec 8.15pm Commission) and other special guests. From 2.30pm onwards the Gaol will come
alive with stunning performances by:
Tzigani Czech House 497 Queensberry St, North Melbourne 8.30pm Dereb Desalegn and Lion of Judah - new wave Azmari music and dance from
Unidos Human Rights Day Concert Old Melbourne Gaol, Russell St, City Sat 10 Ethiopia, Thula Sana - South African township jazz led by Joe Malatji, ETAGS Choir
Dec 2pm - angelic voices from the Pacific Islands, Tonga, Yusuf Omar - unique voice of
End of Year Celebration Boite World Music Cafe, 1 Mark St Nth Fitz Sat 10 Dec one of Australia's only Somali poets, Sudanese Women's Dance Group -
6.30pm traditional song and dance from women of the South Sudanese Dinka tribe and
the Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra - the haunting and sacred sounds of traditional
Austrian Choir + Austrian Stubenmusik Ensemble Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Indonesian orchestra.
Whitehorse Rd Sat 10 Dec 8pm
"Human rights are our common heritage and their realization depends
Klezmania Czech House, 497 Queensberry St, Nth Melb Sat 10 Dec 8.30pm on the contributions that each and every one of us is willing to make,
Zulya Northcote Social Club Sun 18 Dec individually and collectively, now and in the future."
Louise Arbour – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Stiletto Sisters Borsch, Vodka and Tears, 173 Chapel St, Windsor Wed 7,14,
21& 28 Dec 8pm So come along and support our Human Rights event - all proceeds of the day will
be donated to Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and refugee artists.
Del Barrio Alumbra, Southwharf, City Wed 7,14,21 & 28 Dec
Sat 10 Dec 9.30am - 5.00pm
Old Melbourne Gaol, Russell Street (between LaTrobe & Victoria Sts)
January Tix: Entry at door by Australian bank note or gold coin donation.
16th Boite Singers Festival Daylesford begins Fri 13 Jan
For further information phone 9417 6777 or email
Twilight Jazz Concert Series Federation Square 7, 14, 21 Jan 6pm FREE firstname.lastname@example.org
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Created by Elissa Goodrich - director music(percussion) with Kath Papas
- performer, Alycia Hevey - lighting.
Narrators - Susan Bamford Caleo, Karen Berger, The Voice
Golden Chains is a physical theatre work with live percussion, inspired by
Alexander Pushkins' 1828 Folktales. Cat - half-human, half-ghostlike,
Dance & Theatre
revisits the old tales. yet something is changing. A radio crackles in and
out with news reporters' stories. Cat finds herself reliving memories of a
birth and a death. But whose are they? Are these events in the present
of from the past?
This work is an exploratory physical piece with live percussion, and
continues a collaboration between Elissa Goodrich, Kath Papas and Alycia
Hevey that began in 2003 with the original work Binded Flight
La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday St, Carlton
Wed 7 Dec - Sun 18 Dec
Wednesdays and Sundays @ 6.30pm
Thursdays to Saturdays @ 8pm
Tickets $12 full, $9 conc.
Bookings: (03) 9347 6142
Rosalind Crisp Residency
Rosalind Crisp returns to Dancehouse in December after a successful Prodigal Daughter
year of international touring and development. During her one week presented by Women of Asia Company
residency, Ros will teach an intensive block of masterclasses andpresent
a new work, dance. Thought-provoking US writer/director Asa Palomera, renowned for
Ros will also be engaged in professional exchange while she is here with strong sexual imagery in her work, takes a global stance on child
Lizzie Thomson and local artists (TBA). abuse with her new play Prodigal Daughter opening at Trades Hall on
"My inquiry into dance is addressed through the body, through my 24 November.
bodyand through the bodies of the dancers who collaborate with me. We Prodigal Daughter follows the journey of Mina - a Korean American -
are engaged in a corporeal practice of using multiple sources who as a child was sent away from Korea to live in the US. In her
interchangeably to propose an unstable body, one that is continuously middle age, Mina returns to Korea for her father's funeral and finds out
reforming and deforming, without resolution". Rosalind Crisp she was a victim of sexual abuse as a child and sent away to hide the
Masterclasses: Mon 5 – Fri 9 December family shame. Through dialogue, reconstruction of the past, strong
Performances: Thur 8 – Sat 10 December sexual imagery and comic relief, the play shows how Mina's troubled
Class and performance prices and booking information will be available relationship with her mother (who wants to sweep everything under a
on the Dancehouse website soon. carpet of secrecy) breaks down.
dance project 2005/2006 is an Omeo Dance Inc. initiative in partnership The cast comprises eight Australian actors of multiple cultural
withthe Centre national de la danse, Paris, Atelier de Paris-Carolyn backgrounds and bases. It includes: Amanda Sebastio-Ong, Felicity
Carlson,Festival Parcours de danse Chamarande France, and Tanzfabrik Steele, Kaori Hamamoto, David Dawkins and Cindy Elliott, Elizabeth
Berlin, in association with Dancehouse Melbourne, Performance Space Semmel and Vejay Shanmugam. Sonya Kerr and Lucy Campbell
and Critical Path Sydney. undertsudy for the main roles.
Info: Dancehouse 9347 2860 24 Nov – 4 Dec @ Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall.
Tix: $20/$15 Bookings: 9685 5111
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kultour is a national touring network dedicated to touring Australian
multicultural arts. kultour's program of events is a microcosm of
contemporary artistic practice in Australia. With the aim of creating new
audiences for some of our most talented artists, it crosses genres, styles
and cultures. There are currently 11 members in the kultour network who
together cover every State and Territory. Every year the members of kultour
meet to select a program of events. The next selection meeting is
scheduled for March 2006 to select a touring program for 2007.As one of
the 11 network members, Multicultural Arts Victoria is seeking expressions
of interest from multicultural artists and producers to apply for the funding
for touring in 2007 kultour program.
The deadline for all submissions is January 18 2006.
For further info visit www.kultour.com.au or contact Anita Larkin email
email@example.com or phone 03 9417 6777.
kultour is an iniative of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Mark Elliott, Wang Zheng Ting and Ajak Kwai (pictured) will be touring in
the 2006 kultour program produced by Multicultural Arts Victoria.
This November audiences at the Malthouse Theatre were treated to a
third show in the DasSHOKU series, created and performed by Yumi
Umiumare in collaboration with, Matt Crosby and Ben Rogan.
The story is of Yamamba(Yumi), an ancient mountain hag who
cannibalises those who stray too close, giving birth to twins(Matt &
Ben) - the scientist and the businessman. Together they exploit a
shallow world hooked on instant gratification and collective denial of
the dark within.
Yamamba mutates into Ganguro girl,the blonde, tanned Japanese
icon of Shibuya subculture. At dawn she arises from her nocturnal
trance dance to become Muijina, the kimono girl with no face. Then,
pretty in pink as “Hello Kitty!” girl in the enjokosai - 'rescue
relationship' lounge - she sells her panties to wrinkled lovers.
“Wild extremes in fearless performance shock, fascinate” – The Age
"Watching Umiumare dance butoh is like watching a stainless steel
mannequin ram a knife into a toaster. " – Vibewire on line
We look forward to more stimulating shocking performances in the
DasSHOKU series in the new year from the DasSHOKU team! 3
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1. Afrobeats Workshops 11. Cultural Diversity Week 20. Prayer Bells
2. Belonging 12. Silent Voices 21. Cultural Diversity Week
3. Silent Voices 13. Celebremos 22. Refugee Festival
4. Black Harmony 14. Visible 23. Remember Me
5. Musica del Mundo 15. Cows & Bayonets 24. New Zealand Festival
6. Black Harmony 16. Cultural Diversity Week 25. Refugee Festival
25 7. Deli Divas 17. Cultural Diversity Week 26. Cultural Diversity Week
8. Musica del Mundo 18. Opposite My House Is a 27. World Poetry
9. Grand Union Orchestra Funeral Parlour 28. Leading Voices
10. Seniors Concert 19. El Amel
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Dance Other Events
Folio Editorial Team
Harem Nights Christmas Party presented by Hip to ArtAbility 2005 is an art show designed to showcase the
Editor-in-Chief Jill Morgan
Hip Belly Dance Sun 11 Dec @ Central Cafe.Dress to belly art of people from ethnic backgrounds who have a disability. Sub-Editors
dance & impress & dance the night away with live drummers 12-19th December 2005 9.30-4.30pm @ Gasworks Arts Park, Music Anita Larkin
& DJ Audi. Finger food buffet & 2 floor shows Tix presale: $25 21 Graham Street, Albert Park. Melways Reference: 2J G7. Dance Tony Yap
Info: 9421 4962 or 0402 886 646 Entry by donation. For more information: 94801666 or Visual Arts Naomi Ota
firstname.lastname@example.org Word & Theatre Meg Larkin
Opportunities The El Horea Cultural Group were funded recently by Multicultural Arts Victoria Staff
Trocadero Arts Space Applications for their 2006 Australia Council to run a series of cultural workshops in
Executive Officer Jill Morgan
exhibition calendar. Closing date: For 1st half of 2006 - 30 singing, music, dance and visual arts in Flemington with Finance Officer Anna Luzza
Nov. Info: 9687 6110 or email@example.com/ children from Horn of Africa background. Admin Officer Miriam Abud / Janette Hoe
www.trocadero.cjb.net The program will culminate in an event for the communities at / Meg Larkin
Kingston Community Centre featuring performances by the Project Officer Anita Larkin
Call For Performers: from all cultural, language & children and Sudanese singers Ajak Kwai (Tasmania) and kultour SW/C Jane Carew-Reid
religious backgrounds: theatre, dance, music, singing, opera, Yasmin (Sydney) This is a FREE event - all welcome. Sat 3 Dec Graphic Design Tony Yap
puppetry & anything else .A Melbourne based theatre director 8pm For further information call ph 9417 6777.
is establishing a performance collective to work towards a
Multicultural Arts Victoria
large theatrical performance in 2006
Fitzroy Town Hall
Performances will be paid. Contact:0415 768 996 or
201 Napier St Fitzroy
PO Box 2179 Fitzroy DC 3065
Theatre Alive is a promotional campaign & website P 9417 6777
dedicated to promoting Victoria's small-to-medium performing F 9416 3342
arts sector, developed through Arts Victoria's marketing E firstname.lastname@example.org
program. www.theatrealive.com.au for year-round,info on W www.multiculturalarts.com.au
shows, venues, discount offers & companies.
2006 Community Cultural Development
Grants - Australia Council for the Arts. The '06 Australia
Council Handbook & forms will be available in Jan. Info:
Multicultural Arts Victoria
SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
Date: Monday 28 November 2005
Time: 6.30pm for a 7pm start
Venue: Richmond Town Hall
Address: 333 Bridge Rd, Richmond
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