Every year Refugee Week celebrates the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society, as well as raising awareness about the issues affecting refugees.
In 2018, Refugee Week will again be celebrated with a Freedom Feast at Coffs Central on Friday 22 June 2018. The event is free, but registrations are essential. Register here.
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities Empowerment Forum and Celebration
Come and participate in an empowering community forum celebration during Refugee Week. Hear about what the Better Together Forum has been doing over the past year.
Date: Wednesday 20 June 2018
Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm
Venue: Community Village, Room 1
RSVP: Text Aulfina on 0466 313 881 by 20 June or email.
Frances Larder's multimedia project "Landscape of the Soul" explores the loss and trauma experienced by people of mixed Dutch and Asian descent who were forced to flee their homes due to war, occupation and the Indonesian National Revolution.
As part of Refugee Week Frances will give a talk at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery at 10am on Thursday 21 June 2018, followed by morning tea.
This is a free event and registrations are not required.
Frances's work "Landscape of the Soul" is currently on exhibition in Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery as part of the combined Autumn Selection exhibition from 11 May - 7 July 2018.
The heart of Coffs Harbour will come to life - bursting with the vibrant colours, flavours and aromas that make up the rich cultural tapestry of our beautiful Coffs community - as the upstairs Food Terrace at Coffs Central is transformed into one big, warm and welcoming community living room.
Bring a plate of food to share and enjoy a sumptuous community feast featuring authentic home cooked multicultural food from all over the world. Hear and share stories inspired by these delicious dishes.
Relax and enjoy live music & dance performances from diverse local cultural communities with cultural flavours from across the globe.
Stories from my Heart: A unique and intimate 'show and tell' former refugee story sharing session. Join with a panel of amazing local people as they share objects, photos, memories and stories collected from their life journeys through the refugee experience.
The Freedom Feast and the broader Ref-YOU-gee Week programme is about remembering and acknowledging the struggles for freedom that still exist the world over - and appreciating how we can grow together now through our freedom right here at home.
Everyone is welcome - and with a break-out space with facilitated art activities for the little ones throughout the evening - kids are very welcome too.
So come and tantalise your tastebuds. Grow your understanding. Deepen your connection.
Take a look at the 2017 celebrations.