With a passion for engaging people from culturally diverse backgrounds in initiatives that focus on developing creative talent, enabling cultural and artistic expression, building social cohesion, harmony and promoting multiculturalism, Leanne was appointed BEMAC’s General Manager in 2015.
Providing strategic leadership across BEMAC’s extensive local, national and international programs and projects, Leanne has effectively positioned BEMAC as the Queensland leader in multicultural arts production. Leanne is passionate about supporting and nurturing emerging artists from culturally diverse backgrounds and weaving multicultural music and arts into the mainstream arts and entertainment landscape of Australia.
An experienced leader and creative thinker with 20 years’ experience in the media, arts and entertainment industries, Michelle joined BEMAC in 2017.
Michelle is a dynamic force of nature who has played a significant part in shaping Brisbane’s music scene. She co-created the annual Brisbane Live Music Week Initiative, was Station Manager of Radio ZZZ and collaborated with Brisbane Festival’s Artistic Director in 2015 for a high profile event, among others.
As BEMAC’s Programme Coordinator Michelle brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience and a passion for working with creatives from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Artist Development Coordinator
Simon joined BEMAC in 2017. An experienced creative and cultural producer, event manager, arts facilitator and educator, production manager and music producer, Simon is passionate about developing and building culturally diverse artists and communities through multi-arts processes of creativity and culture.
He is the creative force behind World of Dance, Creative Schools Initiative and District Studios, a creative visionary who works with a passion to bring together culturally diverse artists, arts workers and producers to implement great ideas through creativity and culture.
As BEMAC’s Artist Development Coordinator, Simon is dedicated to developing and amplifying the multicultural talent Brisbane is home to.
Business Operations and Development Manager
Christina joined BEMAC in 2012 specialising in operational business management, human resource management and commercial finance.
Christina is a practical and logical thinker with natural attention to detail that allows her to effectively manage multiple departments within the organisation’s overall corporate model, including HR, production, co-ordination and logistics.
With a side passion in festival and event management she has worked on a number of significant multicultural events including World Refugee Day and Asia Pacific Cities Summit. Her broad multicultural, music and finance background brings a depth to her ability to oversee the business operations at BEMAC.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Christine is an award-winning journalist who made the move from the media to the arts in 2016 when she joined the team at BEMAC.
Growing up in South Africa as the country transitioned from a separatist society into one that embraced its multiculturalism, and witnessing the fundamental role artists and the arts had played in not only dissipating the Apartheid Regime, but healing the wounds of her homeland and shaping its new identity, Christine has a strong conviction in the power of artistic expression.
With exceptional writing skills, a healthy appetite for music and the arts and a deep passion for multiculturalism, Christine brings an authentic and passionate voice to BEMAC’s marketing and communications.
Nihad’s career with BEMAC has spanned an incredible 20 years. Three years after arriving in Brisbane as a Bosnian refugee, Nihad decided to shed his mechanic career and apply for the position of caretaker at the heritage-listed Yugumba building, which was BEMAC’s home for almost 20 years.
With exceptional problem solving skills, an eye for detail and strong technical abilities, Nihad makes sure the Queensland Multicultural Centre is always in tip-top condition. From fire safety to routine maintenance, Nihad is our man. BEMAC doesn’t merely provide a platform where Nihad can apply his broad skills set, the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds gives deep satisfaction to this accidental cultural scholar.