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Emerge Festival 2011

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Melbourne is currently in the midst of hosting the 2011 Emerge Festival, which is presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria. The Emerge Festival is held from June 15th to July 30th, 2011 and commemorates United Nations World Refugee Day (June 20th, 2011) and Refugee Week (June 19th to 25th, 2011) with a series of special events held in and around Melbourne and Victoria.

Events to be held in the month of July include;

Burundian Independence Day Celebrations.

This special event will be held at The Castle (Hemmings Park, Melbourne VIC 3175) on Saturday July 2nd, from 2pm to 6pm. This event will celebrate the culture of the Burundian community in Victoria, and in particular their music and cuisine.

Urban Voices Music Video Launch.

This free special event will take place at the Loop Bar (23 Meyers Place, Melbourne VIC 3000) on Saturday July 9th, from 7pm to 9pm.

Urban Voices is a youth project in which African and West Papuan musicians, such as Mash-2, Tabura, SS Superstar and Mxc Wol, have collaborated with filmmakers to create a special collection of music videos. The music videos will be screened at the special event and there will also be presentations from the film crews and live music performances on the night.

Emerge at The Drum.

Emerge at The Drum will be held on Saturday July 16th, from 11am to 4.30pm. This free special event will be held at Drum Theatre (226 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong VIC 3175) and will celebrate multicultural Dandenong. The festivities will include various musical performances, traditional dance performances, a chance to sample various cuisines and explore regional arts and crafts.

In addition to the arts and cultural events, there is also a series of workshops being held throughout the month of July, entitled Music Business Skills Workshops for World Music Artists. The various workshops will explore the business side of the music industry, including touring, digital music and grant writing. The program is as follows;

July 2nd - Regional and Remote Touring; Getting Into the Festival Circuit.
July 9th - I Manage My Music; Connecting with the Media.
July 16th - Going Digital; Making Waves on Air.
July 23rd - Make Your Music Work for You - Part 1 & Part 2.
July 30th - Effective Grant Writing - Part 1 & Part 2.

For more information on these workshops, please see here.

For further details regarding the forthcoming 2011 Emerge Festival events, please see the Multicultural Arts Victoria website located here. Also view the complete event booklet here.
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Why? Celebrate our diverse Melbourne community
When: 15th June to 30th July, 2011
Where: In and around Melbourne and Victoria
Cost: Depends on the event
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