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The Refuge Festival debuts at The Motley Bauhaus this February

Thursday 30 January 2020

The Refuge Festival debuts at The Motley Bauhaus this February

Opening on the 27th of February and running until the 21st of March, the inaugural Refuge Festival will be taking over The Motley Bauhaus to celebrate diversity of voices and experiences in this beautiful multicultural municipality. The festival will feature a gathering of artists who have personal experiences as refugees or asylum seekers coming to Australia.

At the launch, you can expect to hear from guest speakers, feast on the food provided by the Morrocan Soup Bar, enjoy music from the Musical Journeys Ensemble, then soak in the launch of the Refuge Fine Art Exhibition.

Quick round up:

The Refuge Fine Art Exhibition
Also launching on the 27th of Feb is the Refuge Fine Art Exhibition. Bringing together some amazing artists with diverse practices together into one exhibition. Join in for the launch or drop in any time, during Motley's opening hours, until the 21st of March. Gallery hours are 10–5 Wednesday–Saturday, also open evenings while there are events on.

Haus Musik
Haus Musik will feature intimately curated performances with a live Q&A showcasing the exceptional and diverse musical artistry of Naarm (Melbourne). For this edition we have:
- Saray Iluminado Femme Trio: Saturday 29/2 @ 7pm
- Good Luck Omen: Saturday 7/3 @ 7pm.

The ARTery Podcast
The Refuge Festival sees the return of the ARTery, offering you an audio link to all the goings on in this new festival. There will be artist interviews, vox pops, performance samples and of course the dulcet tones of May Jasper bringing you everything you didn’t know you wanted to know about the inaugural festival.

Artist Talks
This series of artists talks gives you the chance to get to know the artist behind the work. These free events are hosted as part of the ongoing desire to help artists infiltrate wider society by bridging the gap between artist and audience. On Thursday 5th, you can hear from Zakiria Tahirian, on Monday 2nd you can meet Tadros Hannah, and Monday 16th come in to meet Emmanuel Asante.

Artist Workshops
We are very pleased to be offering a chance to learn more about some of the artistic practices on display as part of the Refuge Festival. You can learn the traditional art of miniature painting from Zakiria Tahirian, Persian Dramatic Storytelling with Elnaz Sheshgalani, acrylic colour from Tadros Ibrahim, and traditional African painting from Emmanuel Assante. For times and to book tickets, check out the website.

Iranian Bauhaus. March 9th–15th @ 7:30pm
Performed in the style of pre-Islamic Naghali, an ancient Persian form of dramatic storytelling. This is a highly visual/gestural form of theatre, that uses the body to communicate archetypal aspects of the human psyche. The ambiguity of life, the unconscious and the unknown are all explored in this performance, within the framework of Persian puppets.

The Refuge Film Festival. Sunday March 15 @ 3pm
As part of the refuge Festival we invited film-makers from a refugee or asylum seeker background to be part of a mini film festival. Check the website for the full lineup and to book your spot.

Refuge has become such a politicised word it's hard to hear it through all the noise. But refuge is more than a political football: It's safety. It's home. It's a way forward or place to hide. It's shelter from the rain, or a t-shirt when it's warm again. It's a friendly hug to forget your troubles or after a long day, it's a bath with bubbles. Refuge can be just about anything and anywhere.

With visual art, musical and theatrical performances, artist talks, workshops and a podcast, Refuge Festival is one you wouldn't want to miss!

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