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  This page contains a collection of resources and links that may be of relevance to those interested in traditional, folk and world music and dance in Australia. We have been able to include only a small proportion of the vast number of artists, organisations and events involved in multicultural music and dance.  
  Living Traditions News  

Living Traditions News was the bi-monthly email newsletter of Living Traditions. Its primary purpose was to publicise the activities of Living Traditions and its members.

Previous editions:
Edition 4 - February- March 2007 (Adobe PDF 123 KB)
Edition 3 - November-December 2006 (Adobe PDF 124 KB)
Edition 2 - October 2006 (Adobe PDF 161 KB)
Edition 1 - September 2006 (Adobe PDF 132 KB)




  Multicultural Arts Organisations  
Folk Alliance Australia
The peak body for folk arts in Australia. The FAA exists to foster and promote the folk community and the folk arts, including traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance and spoken word performing arts in Australia. FAA seeks to advance organisational and individual initiatives in these areas through education, advocacy and professional and field development.

The Boite
The Boite celebrates Australia's amazing cultural diversity through a prolific program of festivals, events, radio programs, CDs and publications. Its dedicated staff using specialist expertise developed over 26 years have presented and promoted hundreds of excellent musicians, dancers, writers and storytellers at thousands of events. These range from over 1,200 intimate concerts by the fire at the Boite World Music Cafe to 10 major concerts at the Melbourne Concert Hall to audiences of over 2,000.

Multicultural Arts Victoria
MAV provides opportunities and support structures to artists and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds as well as offering culturally diverse art to the public at large. Multicultural Arts Victoria was established in 1983 and evolved from the Festival of All Nations. Since that time, it has worked consistently to support artists and communities in Victoria and has a strong history of quality program delivery and of encouraging innovation and creative cultural expression in the arts.

Community Music Victoria
CMV is a not-for-profit membership-based association that supports, promotes and facilitates music-making among Victorian communities. The organisation is committed to helping Victorians rediscover and exercise their music-making capacities. CMV's main program is Victoria Sings which develops and supports enterprising (and predominantly voluntary) singing leadership within communities.

Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre Inc. (BEMAC)
BEMAC advocates and works to establish cultural diversity through the arts, and offers arts and community cultural development services to culturally diverse artists, arts groups and communities. BEMAC is a Resource Centre for culturally diverse artists, artsworkers, community cultural development workers, arts and cultural organisations, communities and community organisations. BEMAC also produces a series of professional standard, culturally diverse performance events in Brisbane.

Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre
Nexus is a progressive arts organization in South Australia advocating for, facilitating the development of, and showcasing the arts, the artists and the communities from diverse cultural experiences to enrich the expression and portrayal of contemporary Australia. Nexus aims to create a two-way bridge between culturally and linguistically diverse artists and the mainstream in multicultural Australia. Nexus has fostered artistic activities reflecting the fluid social and cultural nature of Australian society through exhibitions, music, dance, creative writing projects and cross-cultural interchanges. It seeks to extend art form boundaries by situating current art practices within a wide social context.

Kulcha Multicultural Arts WA Inc.
KULCHA Multicultural Arts of Western Australia was established in 1983 as the Ethnic Music Centre and is today the state's peak presenter of multicultural arts and Western Australia's leading world music venue. For nearly twenty years, KULCHA has been generating a dynamic program of music and arts projects to advance the development of Australian artists from diverse cultural backgrounds.



  Funding Bodies  
Australia Council for the Arts
The Australia Council is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. It directly supports young, emerging and established artists, as well as new and established organisations. The Council provides over 1700 grants each year to artists and arts organisations across the country in the fields of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, community cultural development, dance, literature, music, new media arts, theatre and visual arts/craft.

Arts Victoria
Arts Victoria is the Victorian Government body charged with advising on and implementing arts policy, developing the arts and cultural industries across the State and ensuring access for all Victorians. Arts Victoria supports the arts and cultural industries to encourage excellence, develop good ideas, build audiences, encourage participation and improve facilities.

The jb seed
A grants program funded by John Butler, fellow artists and associates. Grant categories include Social Activism through the Arts, Professional and Skills Development, Indigenous Touring, and Publicity / Marketing.

Ian Potter Foundation
Established in 1964, The Ian Potter Foundation is today one of Australia's largest private philanthropic foundations. The Foundation makes grants for general charitable purposes in Australia. Areas of interest are the arts, education, environment and conservation, health, social welfare, science and medical research. The foundation also has a small travel grants program.

Many local governments also have arts funding programs.

Trad & Now
Australia's national folk magazine. For news, reviews and information on traditional and contemporary music, dance, storytelling and reports on live performances in Australian and beyond. Trad & Now's mission is to promote, preserve and support the cultural diversity and heritage of all traditional and contemporary folk music and related performance arts such as poetry, dance, storytelling and folklore and to encourage this as part of our everyday lives.

fRoots (previously Folk Roots) is the world's leading magazine covering modern and traditional music with roots from around the globe, from Anglo-trad to Zanzibar pop via the great mixing desk in the sky. FRoots has been at the sharp end of the folk/roots/world music scene for over 25 years, dealing with an incredible diversity of music from the latest fusions to the very ethnic. Features, news, reviews and information on the UK and international scene.

Here are links to four of Australia's largest folk and traditional music and dance festivals.

Australia's premier world music and dance event, held annually in Adelaide. Features high-profile international performers as well as great local acts.

National Folk Festival
Australia's premier folk festival, held every Easter in Canberra.

Port Fairy Folk Festival
Victoria's largest folk and roots music festival. The festival presents a unique line-up of International and National artists over the four day long week-end. Folk roots, blues, jazz, bluegrass, celtic roots, jazz, crossroads country and rock, and music of the world.

Woodford Folk Festival
The Woodford Folk Festival is Queensland's major folk arts festival. Held over six days and six nights it presents more than 2000 performers and 400 events with concerts, dances, workshops, forums, street theatre, writers' panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, an entire children's festival, art and craft workshops, late night cabarets and special events including a spectacular fire event.
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