• 15 June 2019, 2:00pm to 16 June 2019, 9:00pm
VU at MetroWest, Africa Town Cafe
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Emerge in the West Festival: Culture Conversations is a new incarnation of the beloved Emerge in the West Festival in Footscray.

It will be both a community consultation and a platform to experience the incredible talents of local African Australian artists in two intimate local venues.

Emerge in the West: Culture Conversations will deepen the conversation about the cultural evolution of the Nicholson Street precinct; artists, community leaders, collectives and organisations leading a discussion of cultural and artistic responses to issues to help shape the future of this community.

Program of events

Flourishing Business, Flourishing Culture

Date and time: Saturday 15 June from 2pm

Location: Africa Town, 161 Nicholson Street, Footscray

How can Emerge in the West support the positive development of the African business district in Footscray?

Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country by Uncle Larry Walsh. Screenings of local filmmakers’ new short works. In partnership with Cinespace.

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Youth Futures - Justice and Engagement

Date and time: Saturday 15 June, 2 - 4:30pm

Location: VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray

What sort of artistic interventions or responses might occur through Emerge in the West? South Sudan Voice theatre; followed by community conversation.

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Abuse - Substances & Violence

Date and time: Sunday 16 June from 2pm

Location: Africa Town, 161 Nicholson Street, Footscray

How could Emerge in the West contribute to a positive way forward? Conversation facilitated by Soreti Kadir. Opening & closing with P-Unique performance.

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Changing Footscray

Date and time: Sunday 16 June, 2 - 4:30pm

Location: VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray

Discuss cultural responses to Footscray’s changing demographics and development. Fashion by Embrace Your Frizzique; spoken word and DJs. In partnership with FReeZA.

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Emerge in the West Closing Party

Date and time: Sunday 16 June, from 8pm

Location: Africa Town, 161 Nicholson Street, Footscray

Relax and kick back at Africa Town Restaurant. Delicious meals and drinks available at reasonable prices. Connect with other artists and communities who have contributed to the Culture Conversations.

Featuring Ausecuma Beats: Yusupha Ngum’s passionate vocals soar over rich percussion, balafon and guitar. With virtuoso musicians Boubacar Gaye, Panga, Ed Crocker, Bassidi Koné and Adam Halliwell, Ausecuma Beats unites their diverse backgrounds in Senegambia, Cuba, Mali and Australia.

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