Faces of Yarra

Anchana Muangil, Richmond

“I live in Richmond and my favorite and most visited place is Victoria street. The street with all its ‘Saigon lights’ signs in different Asian languages, busy market stalls, oriental cafes and restaurants remind me of my home in Thailand. There are also a lot of beauty salons where you can do your nails or hair for a very reasonable price. Moreover, the food choice is extremely diverse. For a chef it is [the] perfect place for food experiences and inspiration for creating new dishes. I like that Richmond is not too urban and on your day off you can enjoy beautiful nature in the park.”

Photograph: Alexandra Gorbunova 

Submissions for Emerge 2017 are coming to a close

Call outs to get involved in the City of Yarra’s most inclusive celebration of multicultural arts and music, Emerge 2017, are coming to a close this Friday.

Created in 2004, in conjunction with Multicultural Arts Victoria’s (MAV) Visible Music Mentoring Program, Emerge 2017 started out as a humble arts festival and has grown into an all-encompassing series of art and music events taking place across the Yarra for one week at the end of June.

Emerge 2017 welcomes innovative music and art submissions from artists in the Yarra and provides an outstanding opportunity for newly arrived refugees and emerging communities to get involved in telling their stories and connecting with the community.

We spoke to Joel Ma, one of the creative producers, about all that is coming from this year’s event.

“It’s about opening up communities and neighbourhoods to the multicultural personalities and diversity that is around them and we often take for granted… and within that is this rich amount of human story and experience that we can all benefit from and embrace,” he said.

Cookin’ Up Community with South Sudanese spoken word poet Abe Nouk and South Sudanese singer Ajak Kwai (held at the Fitzroy Community Kitchen). Photo: James Henry Photography

“MAV gravitates towards innovative ideas and artistic pursuits,” he says,“The other side of [Emerge 2017] is to create amazing art, for us it’s about finding artists within [the Yarra] who represent all groups… to come together and collaborate and try ideas out and connect with where they live now.”

Emerge 2017 is also pushing the boundaries of the mainstream music scene by challenging expectations of many mainstream musicians who are of the notion that multicultural arts and music can’t be separated from the traditional.

“From the music perspective, I’m very interested in the idea that multiculturalism includes more than just a traditional view of art or view of music. It can sometimes be engaged with traditional instruments, but that could be offset with electronics or contemporary music collaboration… And that is where you’ll find the most popular music of today,” said Joel.

With a philosophy of celebrating the positive contributions of newly arrived refugee groups, and embracing diverse art and music in the Yarra community, Emerge 2017 is definitely something we can get behind.

In its 13th year and thriving with strong connections to community leaders and cultural groups, Emerge 2017 is only expected to continue to cultivate its invaluable contribution to the community.

The submission deadline is 5 pm Friday the 5th of May, with all submissions going to Freja Macfarlane at freyja.macfarlane@multiculturalarts.com.au

Multicultural football club bringing kids together

Melbourne City Football Club is kicking goals in 2017, with its I Speak Football program up and running for another year.

Located in the City of Yarra, young football fans aged 14 – 17 from across the state are invited to participate in the 25-week program to sharpen up their skills and put their talent on display.

The Centre of Multicultural Youth founded the program in 2015, and after two years have handed it over to Melbourne City FC to run as part of its Citizen’s Giving Program.

Photo: Melbourne City FC

Head of Community at Melbourne City FC, Sue Crow, believes the program is in its best shape yet.

“The Citizen’s Giving Program is featured across the City franchises in Manchester, New York and Melbourne,” she said.

“Fans vote for the programs they want to be a part of and they receive funding to run.”

The program emphasises social inclusion and bringing kids together to enjoy the global language of football. It also aims to help them build a stronger connection within the community.

Mentoring participants through I Speak Football are third-year members of the Yarra Pathways Program.

Launched in 2015,  the Yarra Pathways Program connects young talented football players aged 18 – 25 with clubs such as I Speak Football. The program sees the players developing leadership skills and confidence, and provides alternative pathways into football careers, such as coaching.

With the aim of developing leaders for the future, the student mentors are given free reign over the activities and structure of I Speak Football.

“These young leaders have developed the [I Speak Football] program, and they’re delivering what they’ve written … it’s practically their program and we’re [Melbourne City FC] there to monitor it,” Ms Crow said.

Photo: Melbourne City FC

While the program has only just begun for 2017, Melbourne City FC has high hopes for its growth throughout the year.

As word spreads through the community, I Speak Football leaders are looking forward to welcoming new participants.

“I expect as the word gets around, more kids will come,” Ms Crow said.

Head to the website here for more information about I Speak Football or They Yarra Pathways Program.

Written by Marnie Cohen

11 Reasons Why The Yarra Is Ace: A World Photo Day Celebration

It’s world photo day and we want to celebrate 177 years of photography by showcasing what makes the City of Yarra so amazing. Here are just a few reasons that we’re humbled to be part of the Yarra community.

1. Respecting and acknowledging the Wurundjeri people, who are the traditional owners of this land.



2.  The art – fine art, street art, performance art, you name it, we got it.


Installation of James Bonnici’s new solo exhibition at Lindberg Galleries. @lindberggalleries @jamesbonniciart

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The most creative traffic light busking I have ever seen! #busking #circusact #circus #hoddlestreet #melbourne 👌😂😜

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3. With hundreds of places to park your behind, food definitely makes the list.


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4. Inclusion, acceptance, tolerance and humanity feature strongly throughout the Yarra community.

When he left traces of rainbow prints so you won’t get lost 🌈 #morning #coffeehunting #gertrudest #victoria #melbourne #rainbow

A photo posted by Anisa Ornella Octaviana (@ornellanor) on



@cityofyarra we salute you. 👍 even if I did get a parking fine in Smith Street…

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5. The diversity, rich culture, beautiful colours and flavours. Without these we’d probably be South Yarra (not that there’s anything wrong with that).


#johnstonstreetfiesta #spanish #festival #paella #hispanic #melbourne 💃

A photo posted by SOPHIA ARGIRIOU | MELBOURNE (@emeraldwink) on



Come celebrate Melbourne’s vibrant hispanic community, today is the final day of the #johnstonstreetfiesta for 2015.

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6. There’s a never-ending list of things to see and do.

Here’s to capturing the last days of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival @_gspf.

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7. Who could forget Mary Rogers helping people cross the street over on Bridge Road in Richmond


//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsand councils efforts to represent women via their social media streams.



8. I’m going to leave this one blank because i don’t know how to describe whatever this is.



9. Love it or hate it the deconstructed coffee is said to have originated in Abbotsford…



Oops wrong one, sorry about that. Here it is…



10. The iconic Edinburgh Gardens. A place for friends, family and community.



Which more importantly, is the location of a Pikachu.



11. And last but not least is Yarra’s commitment to sustainability.




Unfortunately Kanye’s Pablo pop-up store didn’t make the list, better luck next time buddy.


By Tiyana Matliovski