In the month of December, Federation Square will be buzzing with a wonderful line-up of fantastic events and festivals.
On 15 December 2012, the Federation Square will play the role of a hospitable host to the RISE Music and Arts Festival. The RISE Music and Arts Festival will sweep Melburnians off their feet with a marvellous production and presentation of remarkable music, rhythms, beats and dances by the RISE Refugees. Be awed and enthralled by the creativity of our gifted refugee and asylum seeker members.
In its third year, this festival provides a wonderful platform for RISE to interact and engage with the wider community and the general public by promoting and showcasing the enchanting talents and cultural assets possessed by our refugees and asylum seekers.
This auspicious event will be spearheaded by the award winning and highly talented comedy duo, Fear Of A Brown Planet. This year, RISE has an amazing array of artists poised to grace the red carpet of this splendid festival. The following is a non-exhaustive list of all the talented performers: Liza Garza Pataphysics Lady Lash and The Band of Gypsies
Dexter feat Grrilla Step Krumpers Hip Hop Massive Choir Angels Voice Band
African Theatre Group
• Mahindra Bali Gamelan
• Robert Champion
• Ras Jahknow Band
• DJ Mz Rizk
• DJ Sadge
• Indian Dance Academy and more to be confirmed.
And soul-pleasing music will not be the only thing on the menu for this fabulous event! There will be a spectacular presence of food stalls, a market place, theatre performance and free activities for families and little ones.
The RISE festival is an integral and crucial component of RISE's music and arts projects. These projects including this festival serve a multitude of purpose. These festivals aim at assisting society in gaining a better insight into the lives and experiences of the refugees and the asylum seekers while aiding these refugees and asylum seekers in acquiring an enhanced understanding of our society therefore, contributing towards their assimilation into the wider community. These festivals also proffer opportunities to marginalised youth in re-engaging into the wider community through arts and music.
The CEO and Founder of RISE Refugee, Ramesh Fernandez, says, "The Festival, however, is not only a platform for refugee artists to showcase their talents. The fundamental aim of all of our projects is to create a society in which refugees and asylum seekers are welcome, respected, safe and in which they can flourish and achieve their full potential".