Melbourne is a wonderful multicultural city which in many ways represents a melting pot of diverse cultures. All year round, Melbourne offers refuge to a wonderful range of events and festivals celebrating all the cultures that have woven flamboyant and exquisite patterns into the identity of our fabulous city.
Multicultural festivals go a long way in sating our desire for adventure, vibrancy and all things new and unique. Following a long tradition of diverse cultural festivals over the years, Emerge Festival will be held between 17 May 2014 and 5 July 2014, courtesy of Multicultural Arts Victoria. Emerge Festival will make this winter warm, cosy and cheerful through a plethora of events dotted all over Melbourne encompassing a series of performances and unique cultural experiences.
Sneak peak into the program itinerary An integral part of the Emerge Festival will be the Emerge Festival Main Event which will be organised in Fitzroy. Fitzroy Town Hall will play host to this coveted community event which will be a fiesta of multicultural music and performances. Music from all corners of the world including Somalia, Sudan and Iran, will regale visitors. West African dance and rhythms from Lamine Sonko and the African Intelligence will be the highlight of the festival. Listen to the music and unwind or take to the dance floor grooving to the funky music.
A wide array of fun activities will ensure that you enjoy yourself thoroughly. Henna tattoos, hair braiding, story-telling circles and other cultural workshops may take your fancy while the little ones will be landed on seventh heaven by a diverse range of kid's activities.
This event also aims at promoting and upholding the musical talents of new refugees and emerging artists who now call Australia home. A tribute will be paid to Indigenous Australians as the traditional owners of this land and in recognition of their spiritual, physical and cultural connection to the land.
Food, drinks and more An Ethiopian coffee ceremony will be a crowd-puller as it will infuse the festival arena air with the aromatic smell of exquisite coffee. Tantalising food from all parts of the world will have a prominent presence and will get your juices flowing with the enticing sights, sounds and smells. There will a number of market stalls selling fascinating merchandise.
Getting there The setting of the festival will be Fitzroy Town Hall located at 201 Napier St, Fitzroy. You can access the festival by hopping on a tram. Trams 112 (stop 14) or 86 (stop 17) will deliver you to your destination. The festival will commence at 12pm and culminate at 5pm. More juicy nuggets of information on this festival can be obtained here.
All are invited to this free festival which will celebrate Melbourne's multiculturalism. Highlight the date on your calendar and come along for this exclusive opportunity to familiarise yourself with the diverse cultures that call Melbourne home.