Who we are
As Queensland’s most dynamic producer of multicultural arts, BEMAC has been successfully staging ground-breaking productions that fuel the diverse practice of artists from a variety of different cultural backgrounds for almost three decades.
Established in 1987 by a group of passionate advocates and artists inspired to bring the creative work of a new generation of multicultural artists into the spotlight, BEMAC has grown to become the state’s leading multicultural arts producer, presenter and artistic development organisation.
In 2015 BEMAC merged with Access Community Services Limited, one of Australia’s pioneers in the provision of support services for newly arrived refugees, migrants and culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Queensland. In 2019 BEMAC and Access joined with Settlement Services International a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential.
This alliance recognises the importance of the arts in building social cohesion and inclusion and is indicative of BEMAC’s commitment to the excellence of artistic practice and programming.
BEMAC’s Board of Management are also the Board of Management for SSI.
BEMAC’s creative leadership, executive and Board are all majority people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
BEMAC are renowned for showcasing the innovative work of multicultural artists who are largely missed by institutional radars but whose distinctive and distinguished work has the potential to cross from the margins into the mainstream.