Refugee Week 2019: What's on

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.

During Refugee Week we:

• reflect on the needs faced by millions of people forced from their homes
• come together to celebrate the courage of refugees resettling in Australia
• recognise the generous acts of welcome displayed to refugees by so many caring Australians


Key SSI events for Refugee Week

June 15 – 22: Homelands Tour 2019

A seven-date, collaborative live music tour across QLD and NSW (Logan, Ipswich, Loganlea, Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Casula and Lilyfield). Click here for all tour dates.

June 22: SSI New Beginnings Winter Festival

A full-day public program of activities is led by newly arrived artists and will feature live performances, including the finale of Homelands. The event will officially form part of Open Inner West festival at the Community Refugee Welcome Centre in Callan Park, Leichhardt.

June 26: Community Kitchen Refugee Week event

SSI Community Kitchen will celebrate Refugee Week with the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), 11am - 2pm, Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn.

Events hosted by member and partner organisations

June 16: Step With Refugees in Sydney - World Refugee Day Walk from Pirrama Park.

UNHCR is running this event in partnership with SSI and will bring together Sydneysiders and recently-arrived refugees that now also call Sydney home. After the walks alongside the iconic harbour, celebrate World Refugee Day with music and food stalls run by former refugees. Register here.

June 17: MDSI Refugee Week event

Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative, in partnership with Campbelltown City Council, is holding a Refugee Week event at Campbelltown Council Civic Hall, 91 Queen Street, Campbelltown, 10 AM - 2 PM. Featuring guest speakers, information stalls, activities, photo booth, face painting, performances and light refreshments. To RSVP, or for further information, contact Sana m. 0419 751 552 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Fatin m. 0407 215 128 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Ivania Joya m. 0490 816 268 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

June 17 – 21: Finding Your Feet Refugee Week tapestry workshops

Join artists Sayd Abdali and Jane Théau to help us make a tapestry rug during Refugee Week. The design of the rug celebrates the new lives that refugees begin in Australia. Sayd Abdali is a master Afghan tapestry artist. He has developed a unique needle to weave his designs through a technique known as punch needling (or tufting). Sayd is an expert in this technique, using it to support his family during 30 years living as a refugee in Iran. Every day, 10am-12pm, and 12.30pm to 2pm.

Free and bookings not required:

June 18: Information forum about refugees and asylum seekers.

Come to this information session hosted by Advance Diversity Services and Bayside Council to find out about: Difference between refugees and asylum seekers; Basic legal context around asylum seekers and refugees; What government support or services are available for refugees and asylum seekers; Where to make referrals for refugee or asylum seeker clients. Coronation Hall, 23 Barden St, Arncliffe NSW 2205, 9am - 12pm. Register before June 17:

June 18: #RefugeeWeek Breakfast

Join Sydney Multicultural Community Services and North Sydney Council for a #RefugeeWeek Breakfast with Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis as he speaks about his extraordinary journey — from Iraq to Western Australia’s Curtin Detention Centre to being one of the world’s foremost surgeons, transforming the lives of amputees and, incredibly, back to Iraq.

Hear also from the Roje Ndayambaje, Refugee Performance Poet, and Antoinette Uwera from the Asylum Seekers Centre.

From 7:30 to 9:30, Crows Nest Community Centre, 2 Ernest Pl, Crows Nest, 2065.

For more information, contact Noel Zihabamwe on 9955 3952 or Eric Poulos on 9936 8193.

Bookings essential: visit

June 19: “A world of stories”

Hosted by the Penrith Multicultural Interagency, including SydWest Multicultural Services and Nepean Multicultural Access, this event for community members, leaders, workers and businesses from the Penrith area will run from 10am to 2pm. St Mary’s Community Centre, St Marys Corner Community and Cultural Precinct, Building 5, 29 Swanston Street, St Marys. Light lunch provided. Bookings essential by June 16 to Lauro Sado, 9833 2416 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

June 19: Join CORE Community Services for a celebration of Fairfield's diverse cultures!

Refugee Week is a significant event for CORE Community Services. Fairfield City being home to many generations of migrants and refugees, it is important to recognise and celebrate the valueable contributions refugees have made among our society and to celebrate their resilience. There will be an art competition and a celebration of cultures through food, music and cultural performance.

Monamor Reception, Level 1 / 41-43 Smart St, Fairfield, NSW 2165; 9:30 to 12:30. Contact Morlai Kamara on (02) 9727 0477 for more information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

June 19: Journey Beyond Fear screenings

Gymea Community Aid & Information Service and Sutherland Shire Council are proud to present two screenings of Robyn Hughan’s Journey Beyond Fear, a feature documentary told through the eyes of a teenage girl and her refugee family in pursuit of resettlement. This emotional roller coaster takes us from despair to joy through hope, humour and love — shattering prevailing stereotypes. There will be Q&A after each screening with a guest speaker from a refugee background. Regional Arts Centre & Gallery 782 Kingsway, Gymea.

1.30pm screening book here | 6.30pm screening book here

June 19: Refugee Week film screening SOLD OUT

CORE Community Services’ free Refugee Week film screening, from 12:00 to 16:00, Hoyts Australia, Polding Street, Wetherill Park 2164. To book tickets or for further information contact Julie on (02) 8707 0637, Lidia (02) 8707 0644 or Claudia (02) 87171529.

June 19: Journeys of Resilience, Courage and Hope

The Multicultural Services Network invites all to a celebration of Journeys of Resilience, Courage and Hope at the Granville TAFE Library from 10am - 12pm. This free event includes morning tea, performances, and a panel discussion where panellists will share their journeys of resilience, courage and hope which have come out of their personnel refugee experiences, overcoming challenges, and settlement achievements in Australia. For further information contact Anisha on (02) 9687 9901 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Maria on (02) 9891 8128 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

June 20: Blacktown City Refugee Week celebration

Celebrating refugees’ contributions and successes. Hosts include MECA (Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency), SydWest Multicultural Services and SSI. From 12.30pm to 4pm at Westfield Mt Druitt and Dawson Mall. Barbecue, entertainment, information stalls, youth and children’s activities and more.

June 20: Free community dinner

Share a meal and celebrate the positive contribution of refugees in our community. Program includes inspiring guest speakers, entertainment and kids’ activities. Child minding available. Kogarah School of Arts, Corner Queens Avenue and Bowns Road, Kogarah, 5.00pm - 8.00pm. Supported by Advance Diversity Services, Settlement Services International and Refugee Council of Australia. Booking at the ‘What’s On’ page at 

June 20: CORE Community Services’ Two Months A Year Café

Immerse yourself in all-inclusive performance of diaspora communities celebrating diversity. Narratives of struggle, hope, love, bravery, resilience and culture through the lens of one event, honoured through music, visual storytelling and stage performance. Powerhouse Youth Theatre, 19 Harris Street, Fairfield, 2165. 

June 21: Film night

Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative, with the Camden Cohesive Communities Group, is organising a film night at Oran Park Library. The Merger explores the decline of a cash-strapped Aussie Rules rural footy club and the recruitment of refugees to keep the club viable.

June 21: Sydney Multicultural Community Services #RefugeeWeek Event

Sydney Multicultural Community Services is hosting a #RefugeeWeek Event to celebrate the journey, survival and resilience of people from a refugee background. There will be free food, performances, an art exhibition, henna tattoos and more.

From 10:30 to 12:30, Sydney Multicultural Community Services, 3 General Bridges Crescent, Daceyville.

June 21: Word of Mouth - Refugee StorySLAM

Migration is only one part of the journey. In recognition of this and to celebrate Refugee Week, join us at “Word of Mouth” and celebrate stories by local refugees in a live story–slam format. The event will run from 10 am to 12 pm and be held at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. This is a not-to be missed event where you will have the chance to hear from 15 local community members as they share their own stories of resilience, growth and hope. This is a free event open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP’s are essential.

To RSVP, email Miriama Tamata at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 8711 7405.