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Magda Szubanski is to be guest speaker at SSI’s inaugural Mosaic Gala, to be held at Merivale Ivy Ballroom on September 15.

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Ms Szubanski is one of Australia’s most loved acting talents, having featured in international films such as Babe: Pig in the City, Happy Feet, and The Crocodile Hunter, and starring on Australian television in hit shows such Fast Forward and Kath & Kim.

Ms Szubanski’s father was a refugee from Poland who fought in the resistance during the Second World War. He made his way to Britain, where his children were born, before coming to Australia.

“I am an example of what can happen when you let refugees in the door,” said Ms Szubanski, twice rated Australia’s most recognised and best-liked television personality.

Her countless awards include seven Logies, three Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, two People’s Choice Awards and an AFI Award for Best Actress.

Her hugely successful first book, Reckoning — heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory — won the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Nonfiction, and "Book of the Year" and “Biography of the Year” at the Australian Book Industry Awards.

The SSI Mosaic Gala will be a ticketed, fundraising, black-tie gala dinner event with an international/multicultural theme that will showcase the diverse cultures in Australia.

There will be a tantalising degustation menu featuring cuisines from various cultures and entertainment will be provided by groups presenting traditional dance and musical performances.

For more information and ticketing visit the Mosaic Gala website.

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