Melbourne will see a 16-day curated festival with over 100 artists from across Australia, China, India, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand in 19 events in contemporary independent dance, theatre, live art, music, visual arts, video and cross-cultural collaborations, from today – 1 December to 15 December 2018.

This year’s event is the sixth annual festival showcasing the best independent contemporary artists exploring the themes of Asia and identity. The festival’s program of events celebrates the synergies that exist between all people.

‘’Mapping Melbourne offers a rare insight into the contemporary art scene in Asia, bringing together collaborations and connections between Asian and Australian artists. Here, at this festival, we are able to witness an extraordinary showcase of bold, innovative and daring new work,” says Veronica Pardo, Chief Executive Officer, Multicultural Arts Victoria.

Mapping Melbourne events including:

  • Street Connection is a live exhibition and work shop featuring Thai street artist, Mue Bon. A Thai artist at the forefront of the Asian street art scene, his unmistakable characters appear on local road sides and shutters, to gallery walls and Art fairs worldwide.

  • Dumpling Boy Temple is a pseudo-shaman space on steroids where the kitsch-o-meter set to full on. Dumpling Boy Temple is an art installation space which provides a unique, kitsch shamanistic experience. The temple space will take inspiration from shamanism cultures in contemporary Asia, with a mix of traditions and symbols combined with manufactured objects.

  • MURTI, ('moor-thee') is a communal participatory installation about worship and ritual in our age. A Sanskrit term, 'murti' is an embodied icon of the Divine. Reflecting on the ancient Hindu ritual of bathing stone idols in water and milk, MURTI invites people to pour vibrant paint upon a large-scale sculpture that reimagines the most revered and abstracted Hindu icon – the Lingam.

  • The Embodied Landscape From a remote and ancient land steeped in both aboriginal and colonial artefacts we enhance the visibility of our first nation footprint with a remote regional initiative. Two ancient cultures meet and collaborate through dance: Sampang Agung Centre for Performaing Arts (SACPA) from Pelem, East Java and Wotjobaluk dancers from the Wimmera. An exhibition of photographs, film and a performance based in a remote regional town, Rainbow.

  • im/modesty Shoeb Ahmad brings a swirl of dream pop and storytelling. A Canberrian underground music scene, Shoeb proudly identifies as a person of Bangladeshi heritage and a transgender woman. Her music is known for exploring deeply personal experiences and vulnerabilities, mixing evocative acoustic and electronic indie pop. Her latest project im/modesty premieres as a live performance work with contemporary music ensemble, Australian Art Orchestra. Originally developed as a multi-speaker installation during a residency in Kerala, this work is inspired by the cultural barriers people India face when exploring their sexuality.

  • #Perempuan In collaboration with Project 11 and curated by Santy Saptari, #Perempuan (or woman), is a group exhibition featuring works by emerging Indonesian artists that explores current issues affecting women in Indonesia, including their visibility in public and their sociocultural role.

Offering a number of diverse and internationally recognised artists, Mapping Melbourne is organised by Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) – see the full listing of events and works on show here.


Dates: 1 December - 15 December 2018

Location: various locations across Melbourne

Cost: Free and ticketed events

Multi-Cultural Arts Website