Emerge Festival 2017

Multicultural Arts Victoria presents the 13th Emerge Festival, a new week-long celebration of the diverse talent and cultural identity of Yarra; enjoy free and ticketed workshops, language and cooking classes, comedy, music, theatre, exhibitions and forums.

This year Emerge Festival offers a sensational collection of new and rich experiences inspired by the streets of Richmond, Collingwood and Fitzroy. Each day we are greeted by the smells of freshly cooked Pho and the braiding syllables of Vietnamese, Somali, Arabic and Mandarin (to name a few). Here, with Ethiopian Injera in one hand, a slice of pizza in the other, we head nod with old rockers and discover our hips can really shake to 6/8 in the Spanish Quarter. This is Yarra.

The Reading Room at the Fitzroy Town Hall will be transformed into the Emerge Festival Hub, conjuring new thoughts and ideas, a love for new languages and deep belly laughs. All activities at the Hub will be free and include: Arabic, Dinka, Vietnamese, Woiwurrung and Boonwurrung language classes; a Refugee Week performance by Melbourne Playback Theatre and the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria; Yarra Settlement Forum and Yarra City Council Q&A event featuring Abe Nouk, Julian Burnside AO QC and Arnold Zable; a Comedy Shindig featuring Dilruk Jayasinha, Nelly Thomas, Diana Nguyen and Kevin Kropinyeri; and Saba’s Health Foods every day including Teff grain bakery products, tea and Ethiopian coffee.

For program, tickets and further information visit Multicultural Arts Victoria.


Emerge Festival is funded by the City of Yarra through our Annual Grants program, Festivals and Events stream.


Image credit: Ajak Kwai at Fitzroy Town Hall by Bernie Phelan