Previous Events

26 June 2018: UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture


STARTTS 2018 Humanitarian Awards


The 2017 Refugee Ball


Communities in Cultural Transition Forum


12th African Women’s Dinner Dance – 14 October 2017


The Right to Rehabilitation: Healing the Wounds of Torture

Join us for a special free event to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2015

Thursday 25 June, 6pm for 6.30pm start, Aerial UTS Function Centre, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo (next to UTS)

How are current global conflicts impacting the work of rehabilitating torture survivors? What can be done to support survivors at a time when the need is the greatest it’s ever been?

RSVP by 23 June to

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2015

Face to Face: Refugee Teenage Girls

An exhibition of photos and stories by Mira Lemberg

Wednesday December 10, 6pm, Theatrette Foyer, NSW Parliament House

STARTTS proudly presents a collection of photos and stories exploring the lives, hopes and dreams of refugee teenage girls in Australia.

In their own words, and accompanied by full length portraits, twelve girls share candid reflections on their refugee story, family, relationships and fitting in to Australian society. Artist Mira Lemberg photographed these girls – all of whom are STARTTS clients – and worked collaboratively with them to help them shape their stories, resulting in a series of beautiful portraits and heartfelt writings.

Join us at the opening night on December 10, to mark International Human Rights Day. The exhibition runs from 8 – 12 December.

RSVP to or (02) 9794 1900

With thanks to the City of Sydney, Red Cross and the Hon. Barbara Perry MP

Let It Be

Family friendly choral-singing event

Sunday December 21, 4pm, Riverside Theatres Parramatta (FREE)

STARTTS is thrilled to present an enchanting family friendly choral singing event to mark the start of this year’s festive season.

Choirs formed from refugee and multicultural communities in Sydney will lend their voices to a repertoire spanning continents, cultures and centuries, from Iraqi sacred music to songs of freedom from the world’s newest country, South Sudan.

Up to 100 performers showcase the power of the human voice and its expression around the world in a joyous celebration of life and the healing power of music.

Performers include the ‘Choir of Love’ (Arabic Choral Music), South Sudanese Women’s Performance Group, Bosnian Women’s ‘Blue River Choir’, Spanish Speaking Choir, guest artists Annette Tesoriero and Elia Bosshard, plus special guests.

FREE, but bookings essential via Riverside Theatres Box Office: 8839 3399 or

Let It Be choir concert flyer

Panel discussion to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Once again STARTTS is working with Amnesty International to put together a panel of interesting guests to discuss torture in the world today.

Speakers include Dr Kiran Grewal from Sydney University, Ed Santow, CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and our own Mohamed Dukuly. MC’d by Richard Ackland, it is sure to spark debate and, we hope, action on torture.

6pm – 8pm, Wednesday 25th June

Lvl 3 Event space, Central Building, 28 Broadway, Chippendale.

More information on the invitation below, and you can register here.

STARTTS 25th Anniversary

From a small house in Fairfield to an organisation of nearly 150 people, helping thousands of trauma survivors each year, STARTTS has come a long way in 25 years.

We celebrated this remarkable milestone on the 6th of December, where 750 of our supporters joined us for a joyful and inspiring look at 25 years of work with trauma and torture survivors.

See photos, videos, speeches and more on our website here.

Neurofeedback at STARTTS

featured on ABC’s Catalyst

STARTTS’ innovative Neurofeedback program trains the brain to overcome the impacts of trauma – click here to see our work featured on ABC TV’s Catalyst program.

The Politics of Torture and the Power of Film

Have movies and media influenced our perceptions of and opinions about torture?

Join us for a discussion panel with Jason di Rosso, Cynthia Banham and A/Prof Fleur Johns. MC’d by Richard Ackland. 27 June, 6:30pm.

Dance Africa Dance

Dance Africa Dance – Blending traditional African dance with contemporary Australian styles in a unique performance.

Dance Africa Dance, in a sold out performance at Riverside Theatres Parramatta, showcased work from various Sydney-based African Australian dance groups, and demonstrated the breadth of skill and talent in the community.