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Refugee Week 2013

Every year STARTTS, in conjunction with the Refugee Council of Australia and the Australian Refugee Film Festival, organises the Launch of Refugee Week – the week surrounding World Refugee Day on June 20. The event aims to highlight the importance of refugee issues and celebrate the resilience, talents and achievements of refugees in NSW.

The Launch of Refugee Week 2013 was held on Saturday 15 June, from 2-5pm at Pitt St Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney

Refugee Week is a chance to draw attention to refugee issues and to promote respect toward the refugee population, and most of all to celebrate the many amazing contributions that refugees make to Australian society.

At the Launch of Refugee Week 2013 we showcased some of these contributions, from beautiful works of art by refugees, incredible performances, inspiring films and by presenting awards to some of the people who are making the biggest difference to refugee issues in NSW.

Download the event program

Download the official invitation

Art Exhibition, Film Festival and more!

The Dario Palermo Refugee Art Exhibition commemorates the life and works of Dario Palermo, refugee from South America and founder of the exhibition, and continues his legacy to support future development of refugee artists.

In 2013 the exhibition chronicled 30 years of artistic work by refugees, starting with those who escaped South America in the 1980s through to more recent arrivals, including artists currently in detention. 15 artists  from a range of backgrounds as well as 2 refugee art groups participated in the exhibition. Many of these were exciting new refugee artists exhibiting for the first time, as well as new work by some of our regular contributors.

Artists from this exhibition were also exhibited at the Heartlands Refugee Art Prize in Melbourne. Congratulations to Idil Abdullahi who won third place in this prize!

And if you missed the exhibition during Refugee Week it is being shown in an exhibition entitled ‘Solid Ground’ at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery (see more below).

The Australian Refugee Film Festival returned to the Launch of Refugee Week once again with an amazing selection of films, all of which challenged and inspired the audience.

See below for a photo gallery of the event, including images of our speakers Phil Glendenning and Yarrie Bangura, as well as the joyous performance by the South Sudanese Women’s Performance Group.

Did you miss the Art Exhibition at Refugee Week?

It’s not too late! You can see all the art from the Refugee Week Art Exhibition exhibited at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery as part of the ‘Solid Ground’ exhibition

Where: Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, Cnr Oxford St & The Horsley Drive, Smithfield

When: Until August 17, 2013

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STARTTS Humanitarian Awards

Each year, as part of Refugee Week, the Humanitarian Awards are held as an opportunity to acknowledge and thank those who have made an outstanding positive contribution towards refugee issues in NSW.

The Humanitarian Awards also provide a chance to further promote the hard work and achievements of both individuals and organisations in various fields that play a substantial role in improving the lives of refugees.

At the Launch of Refugee Week we presented awards to 10 people who are making the most outstanding contributions to refugee issues in NSW.

In 2013, awards were presented in ten categories:

Refugee community worker – Nasiba Akram

Refugee supporter – Amrit Versha

Youth – Emma Hayman

Education – Hana Sadiq

Sport – Stephanie Kyra and the Bankstown Berries Football Club

Media – Sally Lee

Legal – Emma Stephens  

Rural and Regional – Jodie Braiding

Business – Graeme Sanderson

Best project – Ros Horin, Michelle Kotevski and the Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

Congratulations to the 2013 Humanitarian Award Winners!

Photo Gallery

Artist Hedar Abadi With His Work
Business - Graeme Sanderson (collected By Tim Farrah)
Education - Hana Sadiq
Ethiopian Tea And Coffee For Guests
Guests Enjoying The Art
Keynote Speaker Yarrie Bangura, Refugee From Sierra Leone
Lachlan Murdoch, STARTTS Deputy CEO, Addresses The Crowd
Legal - Emma Stephens
MC Ricardo Goncalves From SBS
Media - Sally Lee
Michelle Kotevski And Members Of The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe
Refugee Community Worker - Nasiba Akram
Refugee Supporter - Amrit Versha
Rural And Regional - Jodie Braiding
The Australian Refugee Film Festival 2
The Australian Refugee Film Festival
The South Sudanese Women's Performance Group 2
The South Sudanese Women's Performance Group
The Weftshop Store Sells Textiles Made By Women In Refugee Camps On The Thai-Burma Border
Youth - Emma Hayman

For more info about Refugee Week and World Refugee Day visit the Refugee Week website (run by the Refugee Council of Australia)

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