Creative Voices in time of Coronavirus: Muticultural Arts Victoria

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Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) has received a grant of $1 million to conduct new programs, one of which will be in Shepparton.

The two new programs, Duniya Behter and Ahead of the Curve, made possible with $1 million in funds from the Victorian Government’s recent Priority Response to Multicultural Communities During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Program, focus on building digital content skills, generating new community specific forms of transmission, and developing creative enterprise models. 

These programs will create significant employment opportunities and position young people, women and creatives from culturally diverse backgrounds living in Melbourne, Bendigo and Shepparton.

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Under the Trees Pasifika Theatre Project starts in Shepparton

Under the Trees Pasifika Theatre Project

“Never pick wet apples! They’ll rot faster!” Nothing could speak better to the journey that lies ahead with Under the Trees, a compelling new multimedia theatre work being developed in Shepparton by local Pasifika arts collective Know Your Roots Inc and Melbourne-based Pasifika creatives from Pacific Island Creative Arts Australia.

Set in present-day Shepparton, this seminal new work will delve deeply into the history of migrant Pasifika farm workers and will bring to life their stories along with those of their children who have grown up far from their Island homelands.

“With its rich history and vibrant dwellers, we can’t wait to see what will unfold from the Shepparton stories once they’re ready for picking. I can’t wait for the next stage of this project” says Asalemo Tofete who recently spent the weekend in Shepparton along with his colleagues from Pacific Island Creative Arts Australia meeting and hearing from local community.

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Shepparton Culture Kitchen – strategies that diversify local food knowledge to enhance healthier eating

Culture KitchenVic Health recently featured the Shepparton Culture Kitchen Program in an article around what can happen when partnerships place community in the driver’s seat. Everyone has to eat, and food is a great connector to bring people together and create change.

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Shepparton: All Paths Lead to Now

All paths lead to nowOver the last few months, Multicultural Arts Victoria and Riverlinks have been developing a significant new arts and culture initiative with a group of six local artists from First Nations and diverse communities living on Yorta Yorta country in and around Shepparton. This is a way in supporting the extended family of Pasifika and African diaspora community and the Kaieltheban country.

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Heard Instinct

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Heard Instinct is a pilot initiative co-designed by Multicultural Arts Victoria and a group of 10 emerging young artists of colour living in the Goulburn Valley region on Yorta Yorta country. The project is being developed to address a need for more self-determined opportunities for young artists of colour, to come together and be able to freely express themselves through the arts. The project has been made possible with support from Ethnic Council Shepparton, Gandel Philanthropy, Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria.

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