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.
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.
We 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.
We are committed to being agents of change.
As we enhance cultural vibrancy, unleash the potential of marginalised artists and engage diverse audiences, we enable the creative, cultural and social worth of multicultural artists to be acknowledged and celebrated, while articulating the commercial potential inherent in diverse arts.
We are also compelled to engage and embrace those culturally diverse audiences who may be disenfranchised from accessing arts and cultural experiences, as a means to foster social inclusion and belonging.
OUR ARTISTIC VISION
BEMAC is driven by a conviction that art, as the universal translator can bring disparate communities together, break down barriers and embrace the depth of potential within diversity.
Through the staging of innovative collaborations we kindle the cultural and creative diversity of Queensland’s vibrant multicultural community in order to fuel artistic experiences that transform lives and communities.
Our program celebrates diversity as an exhilarating and compelling long-term asset and fully engages audiences, artists, organisations and communities in ‘the cultural diversity party’.
BEMAC acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and to emerging community leaders. We also acknowledge the important role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the communities we work with.