FESTIVAL OF HOPE IN BRUNSWICK

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by Sharon Shandley

 

The 20th June is World Refugee Day, and to celebrate The Amnesty Refugee Network of Victoria and Moreland City Council proudly present Festival of Hope at the Brunswick Town Hall.  This festival aims to change the conversation by reframing the issue in a positive way, through a day and night of exciting as well as enlightening activities for the whole family.

 

Included on the festival bill are Two Refugees and a Blond, a Melbourne trio whos web series takes a lighter look at life as a refugee in a new country.  The comedy takes cultural misunderstandings and missteps to a new and hilarious level by seeing what happens when two refugees land on the doorstep of an outspoken blonde radio host.  Drawing on the real life experiences of the two refugees of the trio, the web series pokes fun at refugee stereotypes and creates another way of understanding their plight.

 

Also part of the festival are the Sisterworks Craft Market, the pop-up shop of a grassroots enterprise based in Melbourne Sisterworks Inc.  This enterprise aims to help refugee and migrant women, who are the most vulnerable asylum seeker due to social isolation and economic dependency.  To break down these barriers to social and financial independence, the market offers these women financial opportunities as makers and importers of handcrafts, which are sold at over 60 pop-up shops and events throughout Melbourne.  The women also get the opportunity to improve their English and interact with the broader community.  

 

All profits raised will be donated to the Amnesty Refugee Network of Victoria and will contribute to the work to build a brighter future for refugees in Australia.”


For those keen to make a difference, or even with a curiousity to learn more, this event offers the opportunity to make connections with some of the leading organisations committed to refugee and asylum seeker rights.  During the day, advocacy workshops will be run by non-profit organisations Amnesty, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and Road to Refuge.  Road to Refuge is an educational and interactive website designed for both high school students and adults alike which allows you to make choices for a fictional asylum seeker on their journey from country of origin to Australia.

 

Festival of Hope Fiesta runs from 12pm to 5pm and includes art and dance workshops, musical entertainment and a Kid’s Corner space with free face painting and activities.  Festival of Hope Gala runs from 7pm to 11pm and includes entertainment from musical group Afrovival and a discussion panel on current refugee policy with Sisterworks founder Luz Restrepo serving as one of the panelists.

 

Entry to the event is free however donations are encouraged.  All profits raised will be donated to the Amnesty Refugee Network of Victoria and will contribute to the work to build a brighter future for refugees in Australia.  More information on evening activities and band performances to be announced soon on the Amnesty International website.  For further information please contact Mihaela Stefanovic at the Moreland City Council on 9240 2436.

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