Multicultural Arts Victoria announces 6th Piers Festival celebrating migrant histories on April 9

Indian participation in 2016 Piers Festival

Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV)  is excited to announce the 6th Piers Festival on  April 9, featuring a vibrant mix of artists and cultures; iconic sounds, new collaborations, music, dance and activities for all ages.

Piers Festival celebrates and reflects on the collective historical and contemporary migration stories at its site, Princes Pier, the significant entry point where almost half of Australia’s post World War II refugees arrived. The Festival brings to life the pivotal role Princes Pier played from 1915 to 1969 in Victoria’s growth and as a gateway to the diversity of cultures that enrich our community. With 12,000 attendees in 2015, Piers Festival has grown to become an annual highlight in Victoria’s cultural calendar and a significant occasion to acknowledge and bring to light our Indigenous and multicultural talent.

The 6th Piers Festival, on the 9th of April at Princess Pier, Port Melbourne is a FREE event.

Headline act by Joe Camilleri & the Black Sorrows  

Enjoy the festive interactive atmosphere of the Landing, with displays, performances and activities curated by various active cultural groups from Victoria: Latin Stories Australia; the Ukrainian Association of Geelong; the African Australian Small Business Association; the Shepparton Sikhs Association; Moreland Turkish Association; and Fronditha Care”¦ enjoy traditional beverage samples, Pysanka Easter egg decorating, turban tying, art and craft, musical performances including Ismail Metin from the Yunus Emre Centre, martial arts displays. Have conversations, discover and rediscover artists, communities and cultures that contribute to our wonderful multicultural Australia.

Also featuring migration stories in What Happened At The Pier; The Pilgrim puppet show by Astrid Mendes; storytelling with Howard Goldenberg; weaving workshop with Vicki Kinai; poetry workshop with Myron Lysenko; historical tours with Janet Bolitho; and the International Teahouse to sample tea and coffee from across the world in the friendly, relaxed Gatehouse upstairs.

Plus poetry readings; face painting; song, dance and craft workshops; hoop performances and workshop; the fabulous Red Mo the Pirate; Port Phillip Eco Centre info and activities; art and craft stalls; the Melbourne Poets Union; film screenings of Reading The Wind and Australia’s  Maltese Falcon.

Food from around the globe ”“ Simply Indonesian, Spanish Gourmet, Mutter Krause sausages, Grumble Tumms indigenous, Filipino Street Food, Matrix gelato & ice cream, Traditional Turkish Gozleme, Vietnamese rolls, Babou Juice Bar, Miss Molly’s Coffee.

Multicultural Arts Victoria acknowledges the generous support of the Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) and recognises the significant social, economic and cultural contribution made to Victoria by the many immigrants who arrived through the Port of Melbourne.

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