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Established in 1979, we have presented and promoted hundreds of excellent musicians, dancers, writers and storytellers at thousands of events. These range from over 1,500 intimate concerts at the Boite World Music Cafe to many major concerts at Hamer Hall, Melbourne Concert Hall, Melbourne Town Hall and elsewhere to audiences of over 2,000.
We are dedicated to building bridges between cultures and we look for opportunities to make creative spaces attractive to people from many communities.
We encourage creative development and provide professional performance opportunities for artists. We promote audience development, not only in numbers and box office takings, but in the development of awareness, knowledge and respect for the work of the artists.
The most important area of our participatory program uses singing as a means of encouraging active participation in the arts.
The Melbourne Millennium Chorus is a 350 voice choir we have built annually since 1999 for a major concert with a powerful theme, has received a series of outstanding reviews. In 2014, we return to Hamer Hall to present Gurrong – New treasures in an old land which feature Archie Roach and Shane Howard, Lamine Sonko (Senegal) and Ernie Gruner.
The Boite Singers’ Festival at Daylesford also encourages singing in the community. The Boite Schools Chorus this year involves 51 schools and 998 students.
The World Music Cafe is always looking for new outlets for excellent musicians, both local and international, which focus on acoustic music in intimate venues.