Sunday 20 June—Saturday 26 June 2021
The aims of Refugee Week is an important opportunity for us all to experience and celebrate the rich cultures of refugee communi-ties through theatre, music, dance, film, food and other kinds of events that take place all over Australia – and beyond. This participatory festival typically encompasses events hosted by a wide range of people – individuals, community, voluntary and statutory organisations, schools, student groups, faith-based organisations, and more. This diversity creates an eclectic and diverse celebration appealing to all ages.
The key aims of Refugee Week are:
- To celebrate the ways in which people from refugee backgrounds enrich our communities and culture.
- To educate the public about who refugees are and why they have come to Australia, and to understand the many challenges they face in doing so.
- To foster empathy and understanding and in doing so, encourage a safe and welcoming environment for people seeking safety in Australia.
- To enable communities and individuals to take positive action, and stand in solidarity with people seeking asylum and displaced people in Australia and around the world.