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Emerge in the South East

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A FREE event to discover Dandenong's hidden art and culture
The City of Greater Dandenong, will be hosting Emerge in the South East; a free event at Dandenong's bustling market on Sunday 7 June, 2015.

Emerge in the South East
Emerge in the South East

Being one of the most culturally diverse localities found in the state of Victoria, Emerge in the South East celebrates its rich cultural identity with a day of festivities, filled with vibrant colours and compelling sounds of many different refugee, emerging, and Indigenous communities found in the region.

Emerge in the South East
Dancers at Emerge in the South East, 2014

The Refugee Action Program at Springvale Community Aid and Advice Bureau, in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria, have put together Emerge in the South East's program, sponsored by Plus Point Grafix of Dandenong, and supported by Greater Dandenong Council and Dandenong Market.

The celebrations will begin at 10am, with an array of cultural food stalls to fill hungry tummies. Delicious flavours will be offered by Free Burma Café, Adonai Foods, African Cuisine, and Addictions' Afghan flavours. There will also be tea tasting and Wild Timor Coffee to take the chill out of an otherwise typically chilly, mid-winter Melbourne day.

As tantalising aromas fill the air, visitors will be entertained via two stages of enjoyment: infectious beats played by reggae band, T-Rhythm, as well as up and coming trio, Ribeleon taking to the stage.

Emerge in the South East
Emerge in the South East, 2014

Following that, the West Papuan string band, Black Orchid will present their talent, and the Timorese band MysticTrio will collaborate with Colombian artist Mauricio Rendon in a tribute to Spanish musician, Manu Chao. Former contestant of 'The Voice'; Soli Tesema, and Afro-lankan drumming duo Ray Pereira and Kanchana Karunaratna will perform on the main stage.

To explore the region's cultural art scene, there will be a variety of artists presenting their creative talents. Indigenous artist Debbie Austin will demonstrate how dot painting is done, and Wellsprings women will show off their cultural weaving skill.

Bust a move alongside Ray Pereira's drumming and dance workshops, and get social media snap happy with a turban trying 'selfie' event, alongside hair braiding and Henna artistry.

Emerge in the South East
Turban 'selfie' event

Community groups will also have the opportunity to exhibit cultural song and dance, with the Acholi women's group presenting the Mauritian Seggae band, dancing into the afternoon.

Multicultural Arts Victoria's successful Emerge events are presented in various locations around Victoria, offering a chance for new refugee and emerging artists to present their talent to a wider audience.

Emerge in the South East
Emerge in the South East, 2014

Visit one of Victoria's oldest marketplaces; Dandenong Market, on Sunday, 7 June 2015, between 10am and 3:30pm, and soak in the atmosphere of Emerge in the South East, infusing global cultures that make our city so rich in diversity.

*Images c/o Emerge in the South East's Facebook Event Page
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Why? FREE cultural event in Dandenong
When: Saturday 7 June 2015, 10am - 3:30pm
Where: Dandenong Market, Cnr Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong
Cost: FREE
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