The New Beginnings: Refugee Arts & Culture Festival provides showcase opportunities for exiled artists and craftspeople living in NSW. It helps to promote to the public, media and the arts community the extraordinary talent of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
The Festival draws upon the rich cultural heritage and artistry found in new and emerging communities, encouraging intercultural understanding and engagement through the exposure of diverse cultural expressions. It fosters new and established artists and provides them with opportunities to develop their work through collaborations, partnerships and building networks.
The Festival sets artists and craftspeople in front of an audience that they might not otherwise reach. Ultimately, it seeks to counter negative opinions about refugees and asylum seekers and educate the general public about the creative skills and contributions they bring to Australia.