Thu 1 Dec 2016 to Sat 17 Dec 2016

Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) presents the fourth edition of Mapping Melbourne 2016, a festival of FREE multi-artform events showcasing independent contemporary artists exploring the theme of Asia and identity.

For the fourth year of Mapping Melbourne, MAV has engaged a number of established and emerging artists from across China, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, India, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia.
Celebrating the city’s unique Asian Australian identity through visual art, live art, music, contemporary dance, public programs and new multidisciplinary collaborations. Feature events include:

Fire Monkey – Singapore-based Asian dance laboratory Arts Fission and Melbourne-based choreographer and dancer Victoria Chiu will present a collaborative performance inspired by the Chinese Zodiac calendar and the I Ching.

Crossing: Beyond Baliseering – Featuring an extraordinary range of paintings, sculptures and large-scale installations, the exhibition explores and reflects the visual and social culture of Bali.

Desivolution – The photography exhibition explores the contribution of the recently arrived Indian diaspora to Melbourne.

Mini Mapping: Symphony of Boxes – Students from Melbourne’s New Star Art School have created an installation of bold, colourful imagery inspired by 1950’s Pop Art that expresses their everyday lives, dreams, joys and inspirations.

Steps – Experience a new perspective on Indian traditions when Sivaganga Sahathevan and her classical music ensemble, Taste of India, collaborate with Studio J, a new dance space run by independent artist Jaya Karan, on the steps of the Old Treasury Building.

Common Ground – Established in 2013, Common Ground is a space for people from all faiths, to come together and use spoken word and poetry as a medium for dialogue, friendship and interaction.

Moyi – This unique live art installation will feature work by senior artists from China, Zhang Qiang, Huang Yan and Wang Xiaoming. In the evening, the space will become a live music collaboration, bringing together Australian/Chinese guzheng player Mindy Meng Wang and acclaimed Australian trumpeter/composer/sound artist, Peter Knight.

Mapping Melbourne 2016
1 – 17 December
Various locations in City of Melbourne
More info here

Mapping Melbourne 2016 is supported by the City of Melbourne, Creative Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, Besen Foundation, Project 11 and PBS106.7FM