Arts as diverse as our people.

MAV has a profound commitment to arts and artists shaping the narratives that define who we are as a multicultural nation.

NEWPRINT’s producers Ninth Planet X POOKIE Presents: WESTSIDE

Melton’s own music and dance mini festival WESTSIDE brings you the exciting rising scene of Neosoul, Rnb, Pop and hip-hop artists from all around Victoria. Featuring live performances by JAGSoliNOMADDysporaRara ZuluLayMalesh + FlexxAchaiDJ Sovblkpssy plus SC dance crew.

WESTSIDE is a free all-ages day event taking place at Melton Community Hall on Sun 29 May 2022.

Up Close | Darebin Sessions

The newest season of UpClose takes place in Darebin and features amazing local artists: Karina Lehman (Chile), Camille El Feghali (Lebanon), Sarita McHarg (India), and The New Monos (Argentina).

Their music performances were filmed at Preston Market where aromas, languages, and cultures from all around the world meet.

Shepparton Culture Kitchen

Celebrating two years of working together, the women of the Shepparton Culture Kitchen offer this special opportunity for community to share in a diversity of flavours, stories and food cultures.

Duniya Behter

Duniya Behter is an experience that will see women and young people from CALD communities, in Bendigo and Shepparton, drawing from the resource of their cultural roots, to build creative businesses and produce new digital creative work.

Creatives

Meet the artists and communities

Lah Eh Soe

Pop Music Artist

Lah Eh Soe is an 18-year-old Pop artist from Thai Land who currently lives in Bendigo Australia. Lah Eh Soe has been making music for 1 year and is influenced by artists like Post Malone, Eminem and XXXtentacion.

KibbZ (Jai Atkinson)

Musician

Jai Atkinson (AKA KibbZ) is a 23 year old man living on Dja Dja wurrung country with connection to Yorta Yorta people. Jai uses Hip-Hop music as a medium to express and share his views and observations of his surroundings. Jai has been creating beats and lyrics since the age of 13 and in the last 5 years has developed a program to share his skills and experience with like minded youth.

Aryo Hall

Composer, Trombone Player and Band Manager

Aryo is an Indonesian-Australian composer, trombone player, and band manager currently based in Castlemaine. He specialises in Jazz, Latin, Balkan Gypsy, and Gamelan music and has performed extensively around Australia and internationally. Born in Yogyakarta, he began playing music from a very young age, press-ganged by his parents who are well known Gamelan teachers. He studied classical euphonium and jazz trombone and was drawn to the thriving tradition of Gypsy Brass. His ambition is to lead a gamelan-fusion project that would embrace the traditional music of central Java and the processes of contemporary improvisation.

Shirin Shakhesi

Animator and Illustrator

Shirin is an Iranian-Australian animator and illustrator. She works across a variety of media including digital painting and video animation. Her body of work conveys themes of collective memories and visually encapsulates a vast range of cultural influence, Persian literature, issues in modern cultures, and philosophical allusions. She reaches her visual goals by combining different art forms and seeking new means of expression through those established mediums. She recently graduated from a bachelor of fine art in animation.

Aroha Pehi

Dancer

Aroha Pehi is a proud Darrriebullum, Kuku-Yalnji, Ngāphui and Ngātiporou woman from South-East Queensland with strong ties to the Shepparton community. A graduate of NAISDA Dance College, she works as a freelance dancer based in Sydney. She co-founded ‘Lost All Sorts Collective’, a contemporary dance theatre collective producing works focused on Indigenous issues. Aroha has started to explore new art expressions, such as writing and dance on film.

BER

Musician and Artist

BER is an eighteen year old musician and artist from Victoria, Australia, hailing from Dja Dja Wurrung Country (Bendigo) and now living on Wurundjeri Land. She is currently studying at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, where she hopes to expand her musical knowledge and technical capability. She is passionate about the ocean, and scuba dives. She hopes to one day join ocean clean-ups to protect the marine life and ecosystems. You'll often find her in little niche shops, supporting small businesses or in op shops. Her music is available to listen to on all streaming platforms.

MAV Arts

Explore the works

Who we are

We make art as a visceral response to the forces of bigotry and intolerance, which seek to undermine the hard-fought battle for pluralism.

We make art to understand who we are as migrants on Indigenous land.

We make art to draw attention to the work that is still needed to future proof our identity as a society that deeply values its diversity.

Vision

Arts as diverse as our people.

Purpose

We champion culturally diverse artists and communities to create systems of cultural production and participation that uphold equity and self-determination.

MAV Values

We champion culturally diverse artists and communities

Diversity

We privilege non-western ways of doing, knowing and being, to tell stories that illuminate our humanity and improve intercultural understanding;

Equality

We strive for cultural democracy, sharing our knowledge and skills with partners across the arts and cultural sector to build platforms for engagement and visibility;

Trust

Diverse communities see themselves represented in and by us, in work that resonates with their truths, underpinned by shared values and dreams of new futures; and

Courage

We are outspoken in our support of cultural participation as a human right, from which we derive social, cultural and economic benefits for the development of individuals and society.