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Multicultural Arts Victoria - Media Release April 5 2012 Multicultural Arts Victoria – a crucible for diversity- a new home in the heart of South Melbourne - official opening today

Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) new premises in the South Melbourne Town Hall will be officially opened today, April 5 at 5.00pm, by the Hon Nick Kotsiras the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Ms Heidi Victoria Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts and the Mayor of the City of Port Phillip Ms Rachel Powning.

The Chair of Multicultural Arts Victoria Stefan Romaniw OAM stated, “We are entering a new phase in our organisation. Multicultural Arts Victoria is well positioned to contribute to the vitality of the Arts in Victoria. Our new home is in the heart of The Emerald Hill Cultural precinct in South Melbourne which is just a short stroll from the Southbank Cultural Precinct. We are in a prime position to work in partnership with artists, communities and key arts agencies in the City to affect change and create a vibrant cultural landscape that reflects diversity through the Arts.”

“We are passionate about traditional forms and new hybrid models in the arts,” stated Jill Morgan Chief Executive Officer. “Multicultural Arts Victoria is looking forward to working towards re- vitalising and re-invigorating these two essential cultural and community hubs, and to assist in giving Melbourne two imaginative cultural precincts that are open, accessible, integrated precincts that can become major cultural tourism destinations that connects the arts to people and people to the arts. We are very excited by our new home and the opportunity it brings,” said Ms Jill Morgan.

Today in our community there is radically changing demographics, main stream cultural activity sees an increasing variety of cultural programs representing the many communities that make up contemporary Australia.

In a recent scoping study conducted last year by Lateral Projects it was highlighted that Multicultural Arts Victoria for over four decades has championed cultural connections that have shaped the broader social fabric of Victoria. More than simply art for art’s sake, MAV promotes intercultural dialogue, bringing cultures together and increasing cultural literacy. Its innovative work not only improves human rights, but increases Victoria’s economy through cultural tourism, employment pathways and improved social cohesion.

“From our base in the South Melbourne Town Hall the organisation will continue to make a significant contribution to the arts locally and nationally and internationally,” concluded Romaniw.

For Media enquires contact eo@multiculturalarts.com.au or 91883681