Multicultural Arts Victoria has in four decades made a unique contribution to the Arts in Victoria and beyond. In this book, Paul Clarkson tells the story of an enterprise in which generous people work to enrich our way of life by supporting talented artists and communities from many cultural backgrounds. Through MAV's vibrant programs and policy initiatives, these artists are given their voice, and new and recently established communities are warmly encouraged to participate in a very broad, lively Arts scene.
“As a source of exchange, innovation and creativity, cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature. In this sense, it is the common heritage of humanity and should be recognised and affirmed for the benefit of present and future generations.” — UNESCO, Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, 2001
“Bring together artists from different countries, different cultures and often strangely different traditions and the result is often a hybrid that sparks real alchemy—the kind of excitement you feel when experiencing something genuinely human, new and unique.” — Nicky Bomba, Musician and Singer, 2009