Refugee Week is all about raising awareness about the issues affecting Australian Refugees, and also celebrating the great contributions they have made to Australian society. With a bombardment of news and events in social media, it becomes easy to become numb to words that are thrown around. This puts a face to the word, for refugees are humans with a beating heart; not just a label you've read somewhere. The Addison Road Community Centre is dedicated, passionate and committed to improving the lives and outcomes for refugees in Australia, 365 days a year.
There's a stacked program of events for the week from 17 to 23 June 2019 on various dates; some freebies and some ticketed. Most of the events are held at the Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville, with a documentary held at Gumbramorra Hall , and a photo exhibition and forum held at Stirrup Gallery Marrickville, all within the Community Centre at the same address. Events are as follows. Please click on links supplied for full details on the actual event page.
20 Jun - Refugee Week Workshop for Schools - Free Event from 10.30am to 11.30pm. Student representatives and teachers from Sydney high schools are invited to learn about food security and challenges faced by people seeking asylum. A presentation, hands-on workshop and myth-busters Q&A session will be hosted by Dulce Munoz, convenor of Mums4Refugees & co-ord of the Food Pantry's outreach project Mama Penny. Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings to secure your spot at this free event.
21 Jun - As It Happened: A documentary by Sara Aurorae - Free Event from 7pm to 10pm in Gumbramorra Hall at the same venue. A heart-warming, funny and extraordinary film about a retired Uni drama lecturer helping young Palestinian refugees dramatise their stories of life displaced. Intro by Lee Rhiannon and followed by Q&A with Ray Goodlass. Entry by donation to Friends of Allrowwad (Aust). Egyptian street food & bar available.
22 Jun - 2019 Pachamama Festival - Celebrating Indigenous Languages - Free Event from 10am to 10pm hosted by Sydney Latin American Film Fest. A platform for Indigenous languages to be heard and celebrated from Australia across the Pacific to Latin America that also connects back to African Roots. Check link for full details of short film screenings, documentary screening, the Pachamama Artisan Markets, unique and eclectic dance performances and music, foraging seasonal and locally available produce, street food markets and more. Most of the event is free, except for the film session so get your tickets (just $10) early.
22 Jun - Yarn Circle - Language is Culture @ Pachamama Festival - Free Event from 12pm to 2.30pm. A focus on effects of colonisation on Australia's First Peoples and their language that begs the question 'what does the revitalisation of indigenous languages look like?' Hear from invited elders and special guests with Q&A and shared perspectives in a safe and facilitated yarn circle. As part of the Festival, all other aforementioned events on the same date are also in play.
22 Jun - Film - Ukamau y Ké, That's How It Is, and What @ Pachamama Festival - Ticketed event ($10 - Bookings) from 3pm to 4.30pm. A special film screening of Andino hip hop artist Abraham Bojórquez (Ukamau y Ké) who shook the Bolivian music scene with his socially conscious lyrics sung in Aymara and his charismatic performance style. He died violently in 2009 at just 27 years old, at the peak of his musical career. Ecuadorian rapper and director Andrés Ramírez returns to Bolivia to uncover the reasons for his friend's death and the legacy left by this intensely creative soul. As his journey unfolds, Ukamau y Ké comes back to life through archive video footage, interviews, and dream visions.
22 Jun - Photo Exhibition: Through Refugees' Eyes - Free Event from 4pm to 7pm at the Stirrup Gallery Marrickville on the premises. This is the official opening co-hosted by the Refugee Action Coalition. This is followed by a forum also at the Stirrup Gallery Marrickville as follows.
23 Jun - After The Election: What Way Forward For Refugee Movement? - 12pm to 1.30pm - Speakers include Tim O'Connor (Amnesty), Shamindan Kanapadhi (from Manus Island, via Skype), and Imogen Szumer (Refugee Action Coalition). Join in to discuss what the election result means and how we can continue to fight for refugees and against racism.
There are so many wonderful and remarkable events to engage in over the week, be sure to mark the date in your diary and check individual events for full details.