Sydneysiders will come together for Refugee Week to celebrate diversity and the valuable contribution of our refugee communities.
Together with the Asylum Seekers Centre and Amnesty International, we're hosting Band Together - a night of conversation and music in Town Hall on Wednesday 23 June.
Speakers include passionate refugee advocate and former Socceroo Craig Foster and refugee, artist and musician Farhad Bandesh.
Farhad was detained in the detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. He was eventually transferred to Australia for medical treatment and released in late 2019 after 8 years in detention. He'll perform live on the night with rock legend Jim Moginie from Midnight Oil and friends from The Celibate Rifles, Youth Group and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Refugee Week 2021 - Band Together speaker, Roaa Ahmed
18 year-old Roaa Ahmed, who fled Egypt with her family before finally resettling in Sydney in 2018, will talk with Councillor Jess Scully. Her story highlights the challenges of seeking asylum and the joys of finding a new home. Now fluent in English and studying hard for her HSC, Roaa also volunteers with other refugees and teaches Arabic. She plans to go to university next year to study psychology, media and communications.
Other speakers include Australian Local Hero of the Year Rosemary Kariuiki, Asylum Seekers Centre CEO Frances Rush and Amnesty International Australia Refugee Coordinator Graham Thom
Tickets are available to attend the event in person at Sydney Town Hall or to join the live stream.
The event will be Auslan Interpreted with captioning available on the live stream.
This year's Refugee Week theme is unity - a call for all of us to work together to help build a more cohesive community.
The week-long program of events from Sunday 20 to Saturday 26 June is a wonderful opportunity to experience the rich cultures of refugee communities through music, performance, storytelling and conversation.
The City of Sydney has been a refugee welcome zone since 2005. We're committed to upholding human rights, demonstrating compassion and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in our community.
See the full list of Refugee Week events taking place across the city.