We're excited to bring you a diverse line-up of artists and performers at this year's festival. From musicians, muralists, dancers, visual artists, multimedia practitioners, cultural artists and more, we're proud to showcase our creative community!

We present the Be Bold Festival 2021 Artists and Performers line-up in alphabetical order:

Ajak Web image credit Nick Harrison
Ajak Kwai

(Soul / Funk)

Enjoy soul, infused with funky afro-beats representing the depth and richness of...

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Ajak Web image credit Nick Harrison

Ajak Kwai

(Soul / Funk)

Enjoy soul, infused with funky afro-beats representing the depth and richness of Ajak Kwai's South Sudanese roots.

ajakkwai.com

Performance:
Saturday 10 April
12noon-12.30pm
Be Bold Stage

Image by Nick Harrison

Aseel Headshot by Justyn Koh
Aseel Tayah

(Vocalist, art producer, installation artist and activist)

Aseel is a Palestinian prolific art maker...

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Aseel Headshot by Justyn Koh

Aseel Tayah

(Vocalist, art producer, installation artist and activist)

Aseel is a Palestinian prolific art maker living in Melbourne. She has been an unstoppable force in the cultural landscape, bringing multicultural programs to diverse audiences.

aseeltayah.com

Tahlilah (Arabic Lullabies)
Saturday 10 April
11am and 3pm
Bowery Theatre
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Inspired by Arabic and First Nations lullabies, be part of a beautiful, participatory live-art activity in a twilight inspired space. For children aged 6 months to 6 year olds and their grown-ups.

This performance is part of the Be Bold Performance Residencies

Image by Justyn Koh

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Baby Guerilla

(Artist / Muralist)

Baby Guerrilla is an Australian artist interested in approaching space and perspective...

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Baby Guerilla

(Artist / Muralist)

Baby Guerrilla is an Australian artist interested in approaching space and perspective in new and innovative ways that engage beyond the parameters of a gallery or traditional art space. The artist works across various mediums and techniques completing commissions on walls throughout Australia.

babyguerrilla.com

Recent Mural Design on Display
Saturday 10 April
All day
Inside STACC

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Dan Wei

(Multidisciplinary new media artist and educator)

A Chinese-Australian new media artist (via New York...

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Dan Wei

(Multidisciplinary new media artist and educator)

A Chinese-Australian new media artist (via New York City), Dan loves making interactive playful installations. She runs workshops around the world that combines technology and art.

danweipeony.weebly.com

Tadpoles Looking for Mama
Saturday 10 April

Children's Workshop
12.30-1.30pm
Aunty Joyce and Uncle Boots Mural

Art Installation
All day
STACC Foyer Windows

Tadpoles Looking for Mama 小蝌蚪找妈妈 weaves together whimsical Chinese creative elements and Dan's own personal story of childhood loss. At Be Bold Festival Dan will create a window art installation and facilitate a children's art workshop.

These events are part of the Be Bold Performance Residencies

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Dagogo Obogo

(Dancer / Dance Teacher / Choreographer)

Originally from Nigeria, choreographer and dance teacher Dagogo...

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Dagogo Obogo

(Dancer / Dance Teacher / Choreographer)

Originally from Nigeria, choreographer and dance teacher Dagogo Obogo’s talents have taken him all over the world, teaching and performing in more than 15 countries.

facebook.com/Dagogo-Obogo-2068967723375220

Saturday 10 April

12.45pm
Outside STACC / Be Bold Stage

At Be Bold Festival Dagogo will showcase high energy street dance routines for everyone to enjoy.

This project is part of Land MARKS Artist in Residence, supported through the State Government’s Working for Victoria initiative

Image by Rachel Main

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David Murphy

(Visual artist and designer)

Melbourne-based artist David Murphy has worked the past 20 years on...

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David Murphy

(Visual artist and designer)

Melbourne-based artist David Murphy has worked the past 20 years on site-specific, public artworks, ephemeral and performance-based works, theatre design, new musical instruments, and bespoke plywood bicycles. Recurring themes in his artworks have been the Fibonacci numbers/Golden Ratio, molecular geometry, the interplay between maths and music.

davidmurphyart.com

Exhibition
Friday 9 April
All night
Outside STACC

BEBOLD Djarmbi 145 image by Carla Gottgems
Djarmbi Dance

(Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander / Dance)

Cultural Performance
Friday 9 April
All night
Outside STACC

Image by Carla Gottgens

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BEBOLD Djarmbi 145 image by Carla Gottgems

Djarmbi Dance

(Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander / Dance)

Cultural Performance
Friday 9 April
All night
Outside STACC

Image by Carla Gottgens

Fipe Preuss
Fipe Preuss and Irihipeti Waretini

(Creative producers, storytellers and healers)

Fipe Preuss and Irihipeti Waretini are multidisciplinary storytellers that...

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Fipe Preuss and Irihipeti Waretini

(Creative producers, storytellers and healers)

Fipe Preuss and Irihipeti Waretini are multidisciplinary storytellers that explore relationship with ourselves, each other, and our environment.

www.irihipeti.com
www.vaiusu.com

Ipu Ti - Film Preview and Artist Talk
Friday 9 April
7-7.30pm
Bowery Theatre
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Ipu Ti is a weaving of contemporary and classical performance art with traditional Pacific/Māori storytelling. Join us for a preview of their film, followed by an artist talk.

This performance is part of the Be Bold Performance Residencies

Image by Irihipeti Waretini

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James Welsby

(Choreographer and Drag Artist)

James Welsby (aka Valerie Hex) is an award-winning choreographer, performer...

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James Welsby

(Choreographer and Drag Artist)

James Welsby (aka Valerie Hex) is an award-winning choreographer, performer, producer, and director with over a decade of professional experience in dance and cabaret.

www.jameswelsby.com.au

Exhibition
Saturday 10 April

All day
Inside STACC - Gallery

Duets with a Shapeshifter is a drag fusion project showcasing lush landscapes, breath-taking costumes, intricate choreography, and striking digital effects in a 10-minute video. As part of the project Duets with a Shapeshifter will showcase costumes, photographs and screen the video as part of a very special exhibition.

These events are part of Land MARKS Artist in Residence, supported through the State Government’s Working for Victoria initiative

Image by Rachel Main

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Jennifer Tran

(Designer / Community Engagement Artist)

Jennifer is a Chinese Australian designer, community practitioner and...

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Jen Tran 2020 landscape

Jennifer Tran

(Designer / Community Engagement Artist)

Jennifer is a Chinese Australian designer, community practitioner and theatre maker and has been part of projects for renowned festivals AsiaTOPA, Melbourne Fringe, One Night in Footscray and more.

designerjentran.com

Our Kitchen Stories
Saturday 10 April

All day
Inside STACC - Flexi Space 3

Our Kitchen Stories brings community members together by cooking and sharing food and philosophies with guest artists. Join us for an immersive food art installation and cooking demonstration at Be Bold Festival.

These events are part of Land MARKS Artist in Residence, supported through the State Government’s Working for Victoria initiative

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Jessica Wilson

(Artist)

Jessica Wilson is an established artist with a practice in image-based theatre and...

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Jessica Wilson Head Shot

Jessica Wilson

(Artist)

Jessica Wilson is an established artist with a practice in image-based theatre and participative art. She's known for marrying poetics and pragmatics - bringing together artists, non-artists and non-arts industries and technologies in unusual experiences, which engage with broad audiences.

jessicawilson.com.au

Workshop
Saturday 10 April

All day
Outside STACC

Child Nation is a set of digitally prompted journeys which guide kids and to turn their own environment and adults into subversive art projects. By inputting answers to strange questions, undertaking weird actions and considering ordinary things in new ways. Have a go at this innovative digital art play at Be Bold Festival.

This project is part of Land MARKS Artist in Residence, supported through the State Government’s Working for Victoria initiative

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Jo Mott and Aida Azin

(Artists / Workshop Facilitators)

Jo Mott is an Australian artist who makes Collage, Sculpture, Installation...

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Jo Mott and Aida Azin

(Artists / Workshop Facilitators)

Jo Mott is an Australian artist who makes Collage, Sculpture, Installation, New Media and Site Responsive Art. Her broad range of artworks engage the themes of ecologies, environment and place, and her practice includes creating Social and Community Art projects.

joannemott.com

Aida Azin is a multidisciplinary artist and uses her creative practices as a platform to promote the importance of self-representation on cultural perspectives within the visual arts.

aidaazin.com

Children's Art Workshop
Saturday 10 April
10am-2pm
Children's Art Space

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Kalyani Mumtaz

(Experimental / Pop)

A Trawlwoolway musician and artist brings her signature sound and enchanting performance...

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Kalyani Mumtaz

(Experimental / Pop)

A Trawlwoolway musician and artist brings her signature sound and enchanting performance to the Be Bold Stage.

Performance:
Friday 9 April
6.45-7pm
Be Bold Stage

Artist Head Shot Katherine Gailer photo by Oscar Mañon
Katherine Gailer

(Multi-disciplinary Artist / Muralist)

Katherine Gailer AKA Katira is an award winning, multi-disciplinary artist. Originally...

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Artist Head Shot Katherine Gailer photo by Oscar Mañon

Katherine Gailer

(Multi-disciplinary Artist / Muralist)

Katherine Gailer AKA Katira is an award winning, multi-disciplinary artist. Originally from Colombia and currently working in Australia, Katherine creates imaginary landscapes exploring characters, cultural identity and spaces of magical realism. She'll doing a live demonstration of a mural being painted in St Albans - see her in action on the Art Tour.

katherinegailer.com

Live Mural Painting Demonstration
Saturday 10 April
Join Art Tour to see demo and meet artist

Image by Oscar Mañon

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Kontiki Cultural Women Empowerment Inc

(Fashion Designers / Community Engagement and Workshop Facilitators)

Kontiki Cultural Women Empowerment (KcWE) Inc. is...

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Kontiki Cultural Women Empowerment Inc

(Fashion Designers / Community Engagement and Workshop Facilitators)

Kontiki Cultural Women Empowerment (KcWE) Inc. is a voluntary non-for-profit group from the Sierra Leone, African and non-African communities whose main goal is to build the capacity of women of all ages from refugee and migrant backgrounds. They engage participants in artistic fashion designs and hold regular creative workshops.

facebook.com/kontikiculturalwomen

Fashion Show
Saturday 10 April
12.30pm and 1.15pm
Be Bold Stage

KVNYL Image Credit Rachael Vowes
KVNYL

(Hip-hop / Electronic)

(Pronounced Kuh-Vinyl) embodies all elements of the new wave of Australian electronic...

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KVNYL Image Credit Rachael Vowes

KVNYL

(Hip-hop / Electronic)

(Pronounced Kuh-Vinyl) embodies all elements of the new wave of Australian electronic, Hip-Hop artists on the rise.

facebook.com/kvnyl

Performance:
Saturday 10 April
1.30-2pm
Be Bold Stage

Image by Rachael Vowes

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L2R Dance

(Dance / Movement)

L2R Dance aims to actively engage and empower young people in Melbourne’s...

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Break dancing BEBOLD ON 029 image credit carla gottgens

L2R Dance

(Dance / Movement)

L2R Dance aims to actively engage and empower young people in Melbourne’s west through the power of dance. L2R Dance is a not-for-profit organisation delivering dance programs, performances and workshops across Melbourne’s West.

l2r.org.au

Kids Dance Workshops:
Saturday 10 April
11am and 11.45am
Dance Zone

Image by Carla Gottgens

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Lavinia Tosev

(Singer-songwriter / Folk / Pop)

Lavinia Tosev is a 15-year-old soloist with a voice and...

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Lavinia Tosev

(Singer-songwriter / Folk / Pop)

Lavinia Tosev is a 15-year-old soloist with a voice and writing talent beyond her years. A Brimbank local, she connects with her audience through original pop-rock-folk songs.

facebook.com/laviniatmusic

Performance:
Saturday 10 April
11.15-11.45am
Be Bold Stage

LAB HERO by Rachel Main website
LAB Youth Special Supporting DJs

(Dance / Electronic)

DJ Julz
DJ Spell

Performance:
Saturday 10 April
LAB Youth Special...

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LAB HERO by Rachel Main website

LAB Youth Special Supporting DJs

(Dance / Electronic)

DJ Julz
DJ Spell

Performance:
Saturday 10 April
LAB Youth Special Program 2-4pm
Be Bold Stage

Image by Rachel Main

Fb event response
Levz

(Hip Hop)

soundcloud.com/levy-mona

Performance:
Saturday 10 April
L.A.B. Youth Special Program 2-4pm
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Levz

(Hip Hop)

soundcloud.com/levy-mona

Performance:
Saturday 10 April
L.A.B. Youth Special Program 2-4pm
Be Bold Stage

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Mercii Makepeace

(Folk / Singer-songwriter)

instagram.com/makepeacemusik

Performance:
Saturday 10 April
L.A.B. Youth Special Program 2-4pm
Be Bold...

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Mercii Makepeace

(Folk / Singer-songwriter)

instagram.com/makepeacemusik

Performance:
Saturday 10 April
L.A.B. Youth Special Program 2-4pm
Be Bold Stage

Aunty Joyce and Uncle Boots Mural by Mike Maka
Mike Maka aka Makatron

(Artist / Muralist / Illustrator)

Mike Maka, AKA Makatron, has had a full-time art...

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Aunty Joyce and Uncle Boots Mural by Mike Maka

Mike Maka aka Makatron

(Artist / Muralist / Illustrator)

Mike Maka, AKA Makatron, has had a full-time art practice for over 13 years, working primarily as a muralist. Mike also has a strong studio presence, producing canvas and sculpture pieces. His artwork captures a world in which the natural forces fight back against humanity, reclaiming the earth from the uncaring advance of civilisation.

makatron.com

Mural Unveiling and Artist Talk
Friday 9 April

6-7pm
Aunty Joyce and Uncle Boots Mural

The Aunty Joyce and Uncle Boots mural project aims to honour the legendary lives of two prolific local Aboriginal Elders, who are well known community members. They have adopted many children over the years. The mural also will be the first time Lee-Anne Clarke and Mandi Barton have painted a large mural, and will also be the first collaboration with lead artist Mike Maka. Join us to officially unveil the mural and an artist talk.

This project is part of Land MARKS Artist in Residence, supported through the State Government’s Working for Victoria initiative

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The Merindas

(Pop / Dance)

Melbourne’s favourite pop-dance duo will deliver a fusion of Indigenous, electro-tribal pop...

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The Merindas

(Pop / Dance)

Melbourne’s favourite pop-dance duo will deliver a fusion of Indigenous, electro-tribal pop sounds the stage.

themerindasmusic.com

Performance:
Friday 9 April
8.30-9pm
Be Bold Stage

Pirritu Image credit Hormuze Khodaiji
Pirritu

(Folk / Roots)

Ngiyampaa man and First Nations singer-songwriter Pirritu aka Brett Lee brings his...

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Pirritu Image credit Hormuze Khodaiji

Pirritu

(Folk / Roots)

Ngiyampaa man and First Nations singer-songwriter Pirritu aka Brett Lee brings his signature mix of indie, pop and roots.

pirritu.com

Performance:
Friday 9 April
7.15-7.40pm
Be Bold Stage

Image by Hormuze Khodaiji

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Rachel Main

(Filmmaker / Photographer)

Rachel Main's (Shuttermain) artistic practice is rooted in storytelling and connection...

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Rachel Main

(Filmmaker / Photographer)

Rachel Main's (Shuttermain) artistic practice is rooted in storytelling and connection and at its core are the relationships and the communities of people she is engaged with. Her work has continued to develop and expand across a number of mediums including photography, video, dance, multi-media and installation and although there is often a documentary focus, she is interested in process, participation and collaboration.

shuttermain.com

Saturday 10 April

12noon-2pm
Inside STACC - Flexi Space 2

Rachel Main presents a stunning video project show featuring renowned dancers and choreographers.

This project is part of Land MARKS Artist in Residence, supported through the State Government’s Working for Victoria initiative

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Shauntai Batzke

(Classical / Opera)

Wiradjuri soprano and composer, Shauntai Batzke is a principal artist with Short...

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Shauntai Batzke

(Classical / Opera)

Wiradjuri soprano and composer, Shauntai Batzke is a principal artist with Short Black Opera and an Alumna of the Melba Opera Trust. Her resume includes BMus at the Melbourne Conservatorium UniMelb, spent two summers in New York in vocal and performance training at Belle Arti Center of the Arts, Port Fairy Music Festival, made her debut as a solo artist with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, just to name a few. A musical Acknowledgement of Country composed by Deborah Cheetham AO, Shauntai is thrilled to be asked to sing the this same piece for the opening of each performance of MSO’s 2021 season of Peter and the Wolf. In June this year, Shauntai will also be giving her professional debut performance with Victorian Opera in Deborah Cheetham AO’s new opera 'Parrwang Lifts the Sky'. Noted productions include; Pecan Summer (Short Black Opera), Ragtime, Showboat (The Production Company), Beginning of Nature (Australian Dance Theatre), RICERCAR (Present Tense Ensemble), Fidelio (Melbourne Opera) and Corrugation Road (Black Swan Theatre).

shauntaibatzke.com

Performance:
Friday 9 April
7.45-8.15pm
Be Bold Stage

Snuff Puppets image credit Daniell Flood
Snuff Puppets

(Puppets / Performance)

Snuff Puppets create giant puppet spectacles and have been entertaining Melbourne since...

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Snuff Puppets image credit Daniell Flood

Snuff Puppets

(Puppets / Performance)

Snuff Puppets create giant puppet spectacles and have been entertaining Melbourne since 1992. Enjoy a collision of visual art, sculpture, music, and physical theatre.

snuffpuppets.com

Performance:
Saturday 10 April
10.30-11am
Be Bold Stage

Image by Daniell Flood

Fb event response
Vava'u Brothers

(Hip Hop)

instagram.com/vavaubrothers.official

Performance:
Saturday 10 April
L.A.B. Youth Special Program 2-4pm
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Fb event response

Vava'u Brothers

(Hip Hop)

instagram.com/vavaubrothers.official

Performance:
Saturday 10 April
L.A.B. Youth Special Program 2-4pm
Be Bold Stage

Fb event response
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Roving Children's Entertainment
Roving Emu
Princess Bubbles on Stilts

Saturday 10 April
10.30am-1pm
Outside STACC

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Roving Children's Entertainment
Roving Emu
Princess Bubbles on Stilts

Saturday 10 April
10.30am-1pm
Outside STACC

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