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Refugee Week

Chin family from Burma

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

Coffs Harbour Ref-YOU-gee Week 

Friday 12 - Saturday 20 June 2020

Coffs Harbour Ref-YOU-gee Week 2020 is the chance for all of us to come together and celebrate our community members from refugee backgrounds, their stories and journeys, talents and strengths, the rich cultural diversity they bring to our region and the positive contribution they make to the local community.

This year with COVID restrictions limiting the opportunity to gather in person, Council and our valued community partners are taking the party online and inviting everyone to "put yourself in the picture" with an exciting array of online and on air live events.

Check out some of the amazing local live streamed events below including:

Ref-YOU-gee Week Official Welcome / Morning Tea
When: Friday 12 June - 10am
Where: Watch the recording of the live event

Kitchen Concert Series featuring Ali & Kamiran (from Syria)
When: Wednesday 17 June - 6:30pm
Where: Watch the recording of the live event

Freedom Sounds Live Radio Show on CHY FM 104.1
When: Friday 19 June - 4pm
Where: Listen live on 104.1 CHYFM

Kitchen Concert Series featuring The Brothers (from Congo)
When: Saturday 20 June - 6:30pm
Where: Watch the recording of the live event

Stories from the Heart

The past few years has seen a great array of captivating content created, as local artists and community organisations have come together with community members from refugee backgrounds to capture and share their amazing stories, perspectives and journeys.

Stories from the Heart collects a number of these all in one place for you to enjoy at your leisure via the links below.  Grow your understanding, deepen your connection and put yourself in the picture of the lives and journeys of some of the newest valued members of our community to call Coffs home.

Walking in Two Worlds

Film documenting the broader project


Lullabies and Sweet Dreams

Film - With My Own Two Hands

Food Stories (audio)

Hopes and Dreams (audio)

Journeys from Africa (audio)

Journey from Iraq (audio)

Freedom Feast

For the past 3 years, the Freedom Feast long table multicultural feast has been the flagship community celebration to honour Refugee Week in June.

Freedom Feast 2017

The Brothers - Freedom Feast 2018

Cross-cultural dance performances - Freedom Feast 2017

Performance One

Performance Two

Performance Three


Watch a short film made by Coffs youth from refugee backgrounds for the Rec Ya Shorts youth film festival and supported by STARTTS youth program The film explores all the little things that make us happy; being with our friends, playing soccer, being a superhero & music.

Multicultural Playwright Performance Project

KateWorsley (2019) - Coffs Harbour Refugee Youth Performance 

Follow the MyCoffs Connect Facebook page for all the latest multicultural happenings on the Coffs Coast.