Produced by Multicultural Arts Victoria, Emerge Festival is presented annually in 4 locations around Victoria to celebrate and acknowledge the important contributions of local newly arrived refugee and emerging multicultural communities. The festival is an outcome of MAV’s Emerge Cultural Hubs program which aims at empowering and creating connections for artists and communities from refugee backgrounds. Refugees are survivors who have been forced to leave their whole lives behind due to persecution and they have survived because they have had courage, ingenuity and creativity. The only festival of its kind, Emerge unearths the incredible talents these people have brought to Australia and provides an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to share and celebrate rich and undiscovered cultures all the way from Africa to the Far East, from the traditional to the contemporary.

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