Published Friday, 5th June 2015
Refugee Week will be held across the nation from 14-20 June 2015.
This year’s theme, With Courage Let us All Combine, is taken from the second verse of the national anthem.
The theme celebrates the courage of refugees and of people who speak out against persecution and injustice. It serves as a call for unity and for positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation’s welcome of refugees and to acknowledge the skills and energy refugees bring to their new home.
Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said refugees had contributed greatly to Fairfield City.
“Diversity is one of our greatest strengths,” Mayor Carbone said. “I am pleased that Fairfield City continues to welcome refugees, giving them an opportunity to rebuild their lives in a new place they will call home.
"As we come together as a united community this year for Refugee Week we promote harmony and togetherness and restore hope for those who have experienced a life of trauma.
“These celebrations are of particular significance to the community of Fairfield, where more than half of our residents were born overseas.”
Fairfield City Council regularly engages with local service providers to assist refugees in accessing vital networks and resources.
To acknowledge Refugee Week a number of Fairfield City Council facilities and local service providers will host inspirational guest speakers, feature films, photography exhibitions, cultural performances and much more to showcase the courage displayed through the life experiences of refugees.
What: Photography exhibition, sharing stories of people’s experiences travelling from Cambodia
When: Monday, 15 June, 10am to 2pm
Where: Cabravale Leisure Centre 30 Broomfield Street Cabramatta, NSW 2166
Organiser: Khmer Community of NSW Inc.
What: Screening of Mary Meets Mohammed, a multi-award winning documentary feature film
This film follows the arrival of Tasmania’s first detention centre through the eyes of local Christian woman and knitting club member, Mary, and Muslim Afghani Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad, who is detained inside the centre – as they connect through the gift of a knitted beanie.
When: Monday, 15 June, 12.30pm
Where: Whitlam Library, Cabramatta
Organiser: Fairfield City Council
What: Book launch of stories celebrating the success of local business people and professionals who arrived in Australia as refugees
When: Tuesday 16 June
Organiser: Fairfield Community Engagement Network
NOTE: This event is by invite only, media are welcome to attend.
What: Multicultural Extravaganza, including cultural song, dance, face painting, indoor soccer tournament and more.
When: Wednesday, 17 June, 10am
Where: Police Citizens Youth Centre Cabramatta, Corner of Railway Parade and McBurney Road, Cabramatta
Organiser: Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre, members of Fairfield Emerging Communities Action Partnership and Fairfield Multicultural Interagency
What: Screening of Girl Rising, featuring voice performances by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomes, Cate Blanchett and more.
Educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation, yet millions of girls aren’t in school. Girl Rising uses storytelling to inspire action that gets girls into classrooms worldwide. Guest speakers and panel discussion following the screening.
When: Thursday, 18 June, 9am–noon
Where: Hoyts, Stockland Wetherill Park
Organiser: Fairfield City Council and Immigrant Women’s Health Service
Bookings essential as places are strictly limited: call 9726 4044
What: Forum with keynote speakers from the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) and Settlement Services International (SSI)
Where: Fairfield High School 405 The Horsley Drive, Fairfield
Organiser: The Parents Café – for further details please contact Haitham Jaju 9727 2111
What: Screening of MORTARS
Jackie’s world is upended when an Arab refugee fleeing danger enters her property. A hybrid film part documentary, part fictional drama shot entirely in Western Sydney from director Iqbal Barkat and Filigree Films
When: Friday, 19 June, 6pm
Where: Fairfield Museum and Gallery, 634 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield
Organiser: Fairfield City Council, Fairfield Museum and Gallery, Filigree Films
What: Fairfield Celebration
Come along to find out what refugee services are available to people from a refugee background with community and government agency stalls and cultural entertainment.
When: Friday, 26 June, 10.30am-12.30pm
Where: Fairfield Forum
Organiser: Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Network
Media enquiries: Hannah Kilgore, Communications and Marketing Officer. Phone: 9725 0723