Mapping Melbourne is an annual festival presented by MAV (Multicultural Arts Victoria). It's a compelling two-month program of FREE events that runs from 3 December 2020 to 28 January 2021. Celebrating Asian Australian identity, there are premieres and releases of creative works by culturally diverse and self-determined artists.
Adapting to the current state of affairs, this year's festival will be completely virtual. It will explore subjects of diaspora, connectiveness, global relationships and the impacts of COVID-19 to international creativity. The festival kicks off with a spectacular virtual launch event featuring official proceedings, a short film premiere by acclaimed Malaysian-Australian Producer Joelistics and live interviews with festival artists. Anyone can tune into these free events or view the works via the website or Facebook page. This is the 8th and final year of Mapping Melbourne See Program below.
Follow MAV on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to watch the live stream. Follow the event page links given for full details of each event.
Thu 3 Dec from 7-8pm - Joelistics Presents Film School. Watch the live premiere and catch Joel Ma and Film School collaborators in conversation with Margot Tanjutco. Joel's collaborative album is musically a blend of Pan Asian psychedelia, post rock stylings and lo-fi synth-scapes, dusty loops, traditional Chinese and Western instruments. Music and film aim to weave an eerie feeling reminiscent of empty streets, a distant sense of dread and the hypnotic patterns of lockdown life. Dancers personify our collective fear of sickness and loneliness and how those fears dance at the edge of every moment we hold dear. This album took on a life of its own and led to collaborations with filmmakers and dancers.
Thu 10 Dec from 7-8pm - Mask by Soyoun Kim's and Forever Dance by Creature Creature. An In-Conversation event with Margot Tanjutco. The project, Mask, refutes fixed identity based on ethnicity through multiple interpretations of a mask and performing body with a perspective of an Asian-Australian. A mask protects from the spread of the virus, protects from violence on Asian-looking people blamed for spreading the virus, it's a disguise, beautification, superficial representation and more. Forever Dance is an artwork about moving, persisting, dancing forward in harmony, bound to something you believe in, something noble, strong and beautiful. It is a tribute to those who exercise this constant resilience. Creature Creature's collaborative work is about preserving diversity, creating something complex, layered and fluid. The beauty of coming together.
Thu 17 Dec from 7-8pm - Borealis by Adolfo Aranjuez and Not Your Zaddy, Not Yet Your Asian Fantasy by Jonathan Homsey. In-Conversation with Margot, Not Your Zaddy, Not Yet Your Asian Fantasy flips the script on the accumulated microaggressions from sexual stereotyping within the gay community in a light-hearted dance. It's a vulnerable offering of self-acceptance of who one is, in the hope that it inspires and lifts others and shakes off the haters. Borealis, through words and movement, it plays with the idea of routine (a hallmark part of living alone) to explore dis/connection, inter/action and vulnerability. It also examines the permeable lines between solitude, seclusion and solipsism, as well as the negotiation of bodies and spaces, through one lone wolf's lockdown experience.
Thu 14 Jan from 7pm - Omoon in the Teapot by Youbi Lee and Yeween Soo; and ToA Connect exhibition produced by The Creative Gene.
Wed 20 Jan from 7pm - 40 Days by Aarti Jadu plus Xan Coppinger.
Thu 21 Jan from 7pm - The Sanctuary by The Echoes Project and Mother by Mindy Meng Wang.
Wed 27 Jan from 7pm - Agak-Agak by Janette Hoe and Centre For New Geography by Victoria Chiu & RDYSTDY.
Thu 28 Jan from 7pm - Medium Spicy 2 X Big Bao and LIMINAL X Mapping Melbourne: Time Series.
Sign up to MAV's e-bulletins here to be the first to hear about updates and further information of Jan 2021 events. MAV is all about supporting artists, not curating them. They believe in self-determining, independent art that puts the artists first - where they belong - because that's how the magic happens. In the past, Mapping Melbourne was celebrated all over the City in a series of multi-artform live events that took place in galleries, staircases, and everywhere in between. Now the festival will be wherever YOU are. Being the 8th and final year, Mapping Melbourne is savouring the moment of our favourite city with events happening over two months of rolling releases. They have risen to the challenge one last time, placing Melbourne on the map as an extraordinary multicultural city.