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Come one come all and celebrate the Refugee Week Launch: Festival of Welcome at 'The Square' on Sunday 19 June 2016b from 3pm to 8pm. It's a free to attend event filled with amazing entertainment and food. Your RSVP will however be appreciated by clicking HERE, so the organisers can plan according to numbers attending. If you would like to contribute to the work of the Refugee Council of Australia in giving refugees a stronger voice, please consider making a donation when you RSVP for your ticket.

To quote RCOA CEO Paul Power, 'This is a first for us', we've never done anything on this scale before, but wanted to amplify the very broad community support that exists in our country for people seeking safety, and to recognise the great contributions that refugees have made to our way of life. The Festival of Welcome will make this message loud and clear, and what better way to do that than through a united display of culture, food and music? With the election falling just days later, this event is a chance to show the great support in the community that exists for refugees'


This inaugural festival will be infused with an eclectic and inspiring line-up of entertainment on the main stage and some delicious global culinary delights at the street food market on site. There'll be face-painting, photo booths, inspirational speakers from refugee backgrounds and lots more, so make sure you come and celebrate the amazing contributions that refugees make to our communities.

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Image courtesy of Robot Child FB page

A kaleidoscope of artists from refugee communities will be joined by some of Australia's top musical talents with MC Osamah Sami (award-winning actor, comedian, writer and former refugee) along with SBS's Santilla Chingaipe at the helm at this launch. You can expect to see the following artists, to name a few.

Ajak Kwai - deep funk and soul from South Sudan.
Abe Nouk - spoken word poet.
The Burundian drummers - thunderous rhythms through the city centre.
Burmese Chin Community - (and AMES Australia's Voices Without Borders) choral performances.
Tripod - comic trio and musicians
Robot Child (featuring CH 10 'The Project's Waleed Aly)

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Image courtesy of The Cat Empire FB page - photographer Joshua Braybrook, Flat Reality

This day of warmth and compassion of so many Australians towards people seeking safety on our shores will take you all on a whirlwind tour of global harmonies and beats with the focus on the incredible musical heritage that refugee communities have brought to us. Add to it hosting chefs from Afghan, Tamil and Vietamese communities, be tempted and show up at 'The Square'. Stay in touch with the Refugee Council's Facebook and Facebook Event Page for updates.

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Image courtesy of Ajak Kwai FB page
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Why? Festival of Welcome to launch Refugee Week
When: Sunday 19 June 2016 from 3pm to 8pm
Phone: (02) 9211 9333
Where: Federation Square, corner Swanston & Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC
Cost: Free to attend, however please RSVP for numbers & feel free to donate at RSVP link.
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