New Beginnings: Refugee Arts & Culture Festival

Community Arts & Cultural Development

New Beginnings Festival 2017

Celebrate hope, unity and new beginnings!

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The New Beginnings: Refugee Arts & Culture Festival 2017 is a celebration of the artistic vibrancy, cultural expressions and heritage of people from refugee backgrounds.

Since its inception in 2015, the New Beginnings: Refugee Arts & Culture Festival has offered a free celebration of the diverse and rich creative talents of refugees and people seeking asylum.

Refugees are people who, through no fault of their own, have been forced to leave their homelands in search of safety. At the New Beginnings: Refugee Arts & Culture Festival 2017, exiled artists and craftspeople will have the opportunity to showcase the diverse cultural and artistic contributions they make to Australia through a series of events:

• New Beginnings for Refugee Week:

A program of events during Refugee Week in June will inspire, challenge, inform and develop creative conversations. The Refugee Week Festival will include an art exhibition featuring works by artists from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds; a film night showcasing shorts created by newly arrived film makers; and a Community Kouzina installation highlighting the role food plays in shaping identity in a new social and cultural environment. New Beginnings for Refugee Week will be held at 107 Projects (Redfern).

• New Beginnings Festival in Spring:

This one-day arts and culture festival on 18 November will draw upon the rich cultural heritage found in new and emerging communities to encourage intercultural understanding. Artists from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds will showcase their talents in live music and dance performances. The festival, presented at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour, will also have kids’ workshops, and food and market stalls.

This celebration of hope, unity and new beginnings will help to educate the general public about refugees and the contributions they make to Australia. All donations will support the production of a high-quality showcase of the rich cultural heritage and expressions that refugees bring to their new homes.

It’s your chance to show that the Australian community does not just tolerate diversity, it embraces it.

Last year, more than 3,000 people attended the New Beginnings: Refugee Arts & Culture Festival. Your support will ensure that the 2017 festival attracts an even larger audience to help counter negative opinions about refugees and people seeking asylum.

Donations will be used to cover costs including performer and artist fees, professional development workshops and venue hire, ensuring this remains a free event.

All donations, big or small, will play a critical role in the ongoing promotion of cultural engagement and creative talent in this high-quality event that highlights diversity, shared values and artistic vibrancy.

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.

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Lynn Dang

NSW
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Kiri Koubaroulis

NSW
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Jennifer Wong

NSW