Welcoming refugees and celebrating cultural diversity
With a new name for 2015, The World Refugee Day Community Festival is now called WelcomeFest. Last year 17,000 people attended this free celebration of cultural diversity and the contribution that refugees make to Brisbane and Australia.
Kicking off World Refugee Week on June 14, Welcome Fest is just of the many events for that week which culminates in World Refugee Day on June 20. The event includes food, music, performances and crafts.
Some Refugee Facts
There are around 15.2 million refugees around the world and many more people who live in constant fear or death, torture or forced removal from their community.
Australia welcomes around 20,0000 refugees each year. Most do not come here by boat, but are brought here under humanitarian protection visas.
Refugees make other contributions, in particular to the cultural diversity of Australia. Can you imagine how different Australia would be if we hadn't welcomed Vietnamese refugees back in the 1970s. Today it is refugees who are introducing us to new foods such as Ethiopian and Sudanese.
There will numerous stalls featuring the food of the world.
There will both traditional and contemporary music and performances highlighting the cultural contributions of Brisbane's refugee communities.
Stalls will also feature handcrafts and other art works.
There will craft and other activities for kids and the whole family.