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Refugee Week

Every year Refugee Week celebrates the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society, as well as raising awareness about the issues affecting refugees.

Freedom Feast Long Table Dinner

For the last three years Refugee Week has been celebrated in Coffs Harbour with a Freedom Feast community long table dinner which again booked out in record time - despite moving to a bigger venue - with over 800 community members of all ages, cultures and walks of life attending. 

The 2019 event filled the Exhibition Pavilion at Coffs Showgrounds with the pure excitement of 800 people coming together, bringing a culturally inspired plate of food to share, and enjoying the onstage entertainment featuring the Homelands Music Tour along with a rich array of local performances from community members from refugee backgrounds. 

As the tables were pushed back and everyone danced the night away,  smiles were shared and new friendships forged.

These friendships will be carried forward within the local community and throughout our local neighbourhoods. 

Massive thanks and appreciation to our major partners and sponsors SSI, STARTTS, Anglicare, Uniting, Red Cross, North Coast Settlement Services, New Horizons, TAFE, Mid Coast Communities, Volunteering Coffs Harbour and Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre, Multicultural NSW and the more than fifty community members who volunteered to make this celebration possible.

Film Screenings & Exhibitions

Other highlights of the 2019 Coffs Harbour Ref-YOU-gee Week included a screening of the film 'The Staging Post' and panel discussion, the official launch of the Lullabies and Sweet Dreams multi-art installation project at Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre, and the amazing Stories to Freedom exhibition on display at Coffs Museum.

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.

They are proud community initiatives by Coffs Harbour City Council, delivering on the MyCoffs Community Vision of a connected, sustainable and thriving Coffs area. 

Take a look at the 2019 Freedom Feast celebrations.

 


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