It is my pleasure to present the programme for 2012, a year in which we celebrate BEMAC’s 25 years of dedication to the development, presentation and promotion of arts from culturally and linguistically diverse artists and communities in Queensland.
In this milestone year we reflect on the incredible journey of BEMAC artists, audiences, staff, board members and our invaluable volunteers; from our humble beginnings in West End, to the many years in historic Yungaba House and our recent move to the new Queensland Multicultural Centre.
BEMAC’s annual programme takes three distinct forms; 3P comprises a range of public performances and musical events; Engage targets artists and aspiring artists in a series of developmental projects; and Art 4 All is our community arts and cultural development stream.
The 2012 programme represents both the new and the not so new, with signature events such as the Zillmere Festival and World by Night, an extended Planet series at Brisbane Powerhouse and a range of 25th anniversary celebrations including our annual industry conference Arts in a Multicultural Queensland.
Over the past three years, BEMAC has focussed on the establishment of strong programming and development work across a range of art forms, evident in the music, visual arts and crafts and writing aspects of the 2012 program.
I would like to thank all of our programme partners from across the arts and multicultural sectors and our funding partners – Arts Queensland, Multicultural Affairs Queensland, Brisbane City Council and Australia Council for the Arts.
This year heralds the start of an exciting new chapter in BEMAC’s story, with a diverse program, a new look and a reinvigorated Board and management. I invite you to join BEMAC as we celebrate 25 years of multicultural arts in Queensland.