Multicultural Arts Victoria
Who We Are and What We Do
‘...cultural diversity creates a rich and varied world, which increases the range of choices and nurtures human capacities and values, and therefore is a mainspring for sustainable development for communities, peoples and nations.’ - UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions 2005.
Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) is Victoria's peak arts organisation promoting cultural diversity in the arts. We are a not for profit organisation and proudly represent artists and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Multicultural Arts Victoria has in four decades made a unique contribution to the Arts in Victoria and beyond.
The Boite: Supporting Artists from Diverse Communities
The Boite started in 1979, a time when cold war politics cast its shadow across the world. ‘Boat people’ from Vietnam and refugees from Timor-Leste were being welcomed and looked after by generous Australians. Boite pioneers were influenced by the Regime of the Colonels in Greece in the late 1960s, by the conflict in Cyprus between Turkey and Greece and by the destabilisation and military overthrow of Chile’s socialist government in 1973. They were acutely aware that we are living on land acquired through deception, disease and violence. Music’s link with politics, its potential to communicate across bitter divides, to provide hope for those in desperate need, and to inspire those challenging tyranny, remain important to the Boite.
The CALD Front: Funding for Culturally Diverse Music
Multiculturalism has been conceptually important to Australian notions of identity since the term was first used by the Minister for Immigration, Al Grassby, in 1973 (Koleth, 2010). However, whilst the cultural, religious and linguistic diversity of Australia has often been lauded as some of this country’s most appealing characteristics, a question being asked presently by many artists is how is this value for diversity reflected in the allocation of arts funding in contemporary Australia? The following article considers this question as it pertains to the diverse musical disciplines that exist in Australia. Here, the allocation of Government funding for diverse musical disciplines is considered. These disciplines normally fall outside those of Western Art music, jazz, pop/rock - disciplines that are often associated within the discourse of ‘multiculturalism’ and ‘Culturally and Linguistically Diverse’ (hereafter referred to as CALD) at Government level, or ‘world music’ within music industry parlance.
Critical thinking and multicultural arts practice
This article wishes to identify a maturing ‘intercultural’ dialogue being expressed in recent contemporary Australian music, theatre and dance; and that such work challenges existing notions of ‘multiculturalism’ in Australian performance.
The argument is that this is prescient of an inevitable broader cultural shift that will challenge the underlying conceptions and assumptions that permeate institutions, policies and public debates concerned with questions of culture and identity.
‘Lend me your ears’: music policy and the hearing body
by Bruce Johnson. Published in Music Forum magazine, Vol 19 Issue 1 (November 2012)
This article draws together strands from various publications that have been generated by over a decade of research in the field, as well as previous conference/symposium presentations, most particularly at the Institute of Popular Music, Liverpool UK, and for the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology at Koli in Finland.