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MAV advocates for the development and promotion of diverse creatives and artwork practices. Find out about our current projects, events, and news.

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Diasporas 2023

From 27 Oct 2022

A returning to ceremony, community and renewed sustainability. DIASPORAS IS SET TO DISRUPT SYSTEMS OF POWER IN THE ARTS, IGNITE ARTISTIC PRACTICES, AND REPRESENT DIVERSE CREATIVES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES. Diasporas has been created for, by and with diverse creatives as an artistic intervention to increase visibility, participation and equity in the arts towards a new arts ecology.    The first iteration of Diasporas created opportunities to increase visibility by providing creatives of colour participation in self-determined commissions to create new work, present new work or both.  Diasporas 2023 will be a continuum of culture making, prioritising diverse worldviews and knowledge systems.  As we are transitioning into the next era and navigating extensive global, local and personal changes.   Diasporas 2023 is commissioning a team of 6 Thought Leaders, Creatives of Colour with a strong foundation in ceremony, connection and community to spearhead the second iteration of Diasporas. The team will weave together the five pillars of focus, economic sustainability, cultural maintenance and evolution, integrity in storytelling, food and environmental care and create a path towards a legacy in the arts sector.



From 30 Jun 2021

Diasporas is created for, by and with diverse creatives as an artistic intervention to increase visibility, participation and equity in the arts towards a new arts ecology. More than a festival, Diasporas holds space for the interrogation and development of arts and cultural practice with diverse artists and communities. Diasporas is a springboard for building culture, connection and knowledge and a training ground for the next generation of producers, designers, technicians, and creatives.

Some of our Events

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YO CiTY – Elle Shimada ft. Co-Dreamers

Thu 16 Feb 2023

A kinetic succession of dance beats and abstract compositions. 嶋田会希–Elle Shimada is a violinist, producer, curator, DJ and multi-instrumentalist from Tokyo based in Melbourne. Fluidly fusing Tokyo’s futuristic underground scene, Melbourne mellow-jazz and influences from house and traditional music from around the globe, Shimada’s production and live sets are a kinetic succession of dance beats and abstract compositions. For Elle Shimada, the concept of home is ever-changing; it is the current which flows through her debut album, ‘Home ≠ Location’, released on Australian label The Jazz Diaries. The album contains lean, skittish skeletal beats upon which Shimada’s shimmering falsetto climbs. Lithe and loose, marrying incisive political commentary with deep introspection, the album folds in blends of house, bass and candied keys to showcase why Shimada is one of Australia’s most exciting talents. Elle Shimada’s live shows often feature multicultural and diverse artists of various mediums of arts including dance, fashion, and fine -arts. Her curation is a politically charged peaceful protest and emphasises exchanging knowledge and energy between the stage, dance floor and the community. Shimada utilises the uniting power of music to cultivate a dancefloor-activism that is inclusive, honest and raw creating progressive spaces beyond musicianship.

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Legends of Common Ground

Fri 17 Feb 2023

In 2023, we present the Legends of Common Ground, a showcase by the legends who have participated in Common Ground’s history. Local poetry enthusiasts are invited to participate via an open mic slot. Common Ground was established in 2013 to create a space for young people from two faiths that are often religiously and racially vilified (Sikhism and Islam), to come together and use spoken word and poetry as a medium for dialogue, friendship and interaction. It has since evolved to be a dedicated platform for diaspora community and local creatives to come together through a series of workshops and theatre performances around Victoria and interstate. This will be a unique experience of multilingual poetry and spoken word.


Join our team | Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Wed 1 Feb 2023

Are you a creative thinker and change-maker? Are you passionate about equity, cultural safety and justice in the arts? Can you meme in moderation and discourse with depth? MAV’s community, platforms and presence are growing, and we are seeking a sharp, creative and detail oriented person to lead the MAV Marketing and Communications Team. The Marketing and Communications Coordinator is a key role at MAV and is responsible for MAV’s strategic marketing, communications, audience development and brand management, ensuring that the organisation is in line with our vision: Arts as Diverse as our People.  If this is you, consider having a talk with us about the position. Or submit an application to Theresa Angela, theresa@mav.org.au by 11.59 pm, Wednesday 2 March 2022 with the subject ‘Application for MAV's Marketing and Communications Coordinator’. Please see full position description here. MAV is committed to equal opportunity employment, addressing the lack of representation of culturally and linguistically diverse leadership in the arts sector. We strongly encourage First Nations People, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse People, People of Colour and Deaf and Disabled People to apply. If you would like additional access support to complete your application, please talk with us. We are open to submissions in alternative formats. For information about the role please don’t hesitate to send your enquiries to Digital Media and Design Officer, Theresa Angela at theresa@mav.org.au. If you prefer to talk over the phone, please send a message with your phone number and we will be in touch.

Out of the Park Picnic: Food Enterprise EOI

Tue 10 Jan 2023

FUSE, the City of Darebin’s contemporary, multi-arts festival, is calling for a food enterprise to participate in Out of the Park Picnic, a free, outdoor event taking place on Sunday 12 March, 12-6pm, at Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir. Out of the Park Picnic, programmed in partnership with MAV, features artists who reflect Darebin's diversity and talent, as well as creative activities for children and families. This expression of interest is for an enterprise to provide a culturally diverse food experience for Out of the Park Picnic. Working with FUSE, the successful applicant intention will create an inexpensive offering that echoes our values, including cultural and linguistic diversity, accessible pricing and inclusivity. Enterprises with community models and sustainable practices will be prioritised and are particularly encouraged to apply. Please note: this is not a commitment on FUSE’s behalf. Food providers will be selected by the curatorial team from a shortlist and applicants must be based in Darebin. There is no up-front fee or payment. All revenue will be generated by your sales on the day of the event. To start the conversation, please complete the form below.

Out of the Park Picnic: Rhythm & Dance Call-Out

Tue 10 Jan 2023

Are you a curator, dancer, drummer or choreographer with a knack for blending beats with movement? FUSE – the City of Darebin’s contemporary, multi-arts festival – invites expressions of interest from curators, artists or artist groups to join us for Rhythm & Dance, a roaring, collaborative performance held during Out of the Park Picnic, the opening event of FUSE Autumn 2023. We want your energy, colours, fabulousness, beats and moves to coalesce into an explosion of sound and movement.

Out of the Park Picnic: Volunteer EOI

Tue 10 Jan 2023

FUSE, the City of Darebin’s contemporary, multi-arts festival, is calling for volunteers to support Out of the Park Picnic. This free outdoor music event is scheduled for Sunday March 12th, 2023 from 12pm to 6pm at Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir. Out of the Park Picnic, programmed in partnership with MAV, features artists who reflect Darebin's diversity and talent, and also holds creative activities for children and families. The event is designed to provide a safe and inclusive space for families and friends to enjoy great talent while connecting with a valued community park. Volunteers are integral to this event, providing support, information and the visible face of the community. FUSE is looking for enthusiastic people who: Have worked in community settings Have experience with access or inclusion Enjoy community events/live music We would love to hear from people who speak languages in addition to English.

Announcing the Diasporas 2023 Artist Team

Tue 20 Dec 2022

MAV is excited to share with you the Diasporas Artist Team, put together by the Diasporas Advisory Group. We would like to congratulate Vicki Kinai, Irihipeti Waretini, Katherine Gailer, Bella Waru, MzRizk and Julie Ann Minaai! This team of artists span many different art forms including but not limited to dance, weaving, filmmaking, visual and NFT art, DJ'ing, movement and sound art. These creatives are power houses, so watch this space as they collaborate to create something truly special for Diasporas 2023.

MAV presented life memberships to Mike Zafiropoulos AM, JP and Marcello D’Amico, who helped to build our organisation.

Thu 15 Dec 2022

On 15 Dec 2022, MAV offered life memberships to two people who helped to build our organisation of the past 50 years: Mike Zafiropoulos AM, JP and Marcello D'Amico.