Art Festival
11 — 27 Nov. 2022

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We offer our respect to the Elders of these lands and to all First Nations people who reside here.

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House of Mother Tongue, House of Other Tongue: Language & Community Symposium

When 27 Nov | 10am – 4:30pm
Who Hoang Tran Nguyen, ViệtSpeak and Collaborators
Cost $10 – $15
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Exhibition dates: 11—27 November 2022

Bấm vào đây để nhận bản dịch tiếng Việt (click here to get the Vietnamese translation)

House of Mother Tongue, House of Other Tongue.
An exploration of place, language and migrant-settler positionalities, House of Mother Tongue will be presented at Footscray Community Arts, whilst a second exhibition, House of Other Tongue, will be presented at West Space Inc.

Language & Community Symposium
Emerging from the loss of the Vietnamese Bilingual Program and based in Melbourne’s west, advocacy group ViệtSpeak will present the Language and Community Symposium. The day’s program will feature workshops by Đất Nước Collective, Thảo Nguyễn and Kids’ Own Publishing. Three discussion panels by leading scholars, educators and artists will speak of localized language practices and forms of language justice. Panels will be lead by writer Chi Vu and scholars Helen Ngo and Julie Choi.

Find out more about the Language & Community Symposium: EnglishVietnamese

Sự kiện này sẽ gồm có 3 phần:

This event is designed by the artists to be experienced in three parts. Please explore the related events: 

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Meet the Artists

Hoang Tran Nguyen Read more +

Hoang Tran Nguyen is an artist working in social practice to address overlapping cultural histories and politics of place. His work has featured in self initiated projects (Bilo Artspace, 2001), arts festivals (Due West 2019, Big West 2013, Next Wave 2004) and galleries (ACCA 2021, Buxton Contemporary 2019, The Substation 2013). He is currently a PhD candidate at the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne).

ViệtSpeak Read more +

Community group ViệtSpeak was formed in late 2020 to advocate for Vietnamese language education in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Composed of volunteer parents, educators, artists and researchers, ViệtSpeak was a response to the axing of the Vietnamese Bilingual Program at Footscray Primary School earlier in the year. This was despite a parent-led campaign garnering significant community support. Since forming the group, ViệtSpeak has worked to bring language advocacy across educational and social contexts, including public forums, podcasting and research. In 2023, the group will help launch a new Vietnamese bilingual kinder program in Braybrook as part of an Australian Research Council linkage project.

Vicki Couzens Read more +

Vicki is Gunditjmara from the Western Districts of Victoria. She acknowledges her ancestors and elders who guide her work. Dr Couzens has worked in Aboriginal community affairs for almost 40 years. Her contributions in the reclamation, regeneration and revitalisation of cultural knowledge and practice extend across the ‘arts and creative cultural expression’ spectrum including language revitalisation, ceremony, community arts, public art, visual and performing arts, and writing. She is a Senior Knowledge Custodian for Possum Skin Cloak Story and Language Reclamation and Revival in her Keerray Woorroong Mother Tongue.

Vicki is employed at RMIT as a Vice Chancellors Indigenous Research Fellow developing her Project ‘watnanda koong meerreeng, tyama-ngan malayeetoo (together body and country, we know long time)’. The key objective of this Project is to produce model/s, pathways and resources for continuing the reinvigoration of Aboriginal Ways of Knowing Being and Doing with a special focus on language revitalisation.

Lana Nguyen Read more +

Lana Nguyen is interested in community collaborations and relational projects that speak to the places of which we are a part. Through putting her energy into collaborating, curating and supporting creative practice, she works to create spaces of exchange and learning to shape our collective culture and needs.


Everything will be translated into Vietnamese, Wheelchair accessible.

Events Partners

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Presented by Footscray Community Arts, West Space and VietSpeak. Footscray Community Arts logo