REFUGEE WEEK 2020: Official line-up, resources and more

This week marks Australia's first-ever digital Refugee Week!


The Refugee Council of Australia have been busy planning at the Refugee Council (RCOA) HQ and we’re so excited to share with you what we’ve got in store! 

Digital entertainment program
With the future of lockdown restrictions uncertain, we’ve put together an incredible week of digital entertainment which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home:  

  • Sunday, 14th June, 6.15pm, On ‘Welcome’: Migration, First Nations and Refugee Communities: for the official Refugee Week 2020 launch, panelists from first nations and refugee communities take a deep dive into the meaning of ‘welcome’ and the intersections of indigenous and refugee rights. Hosted in collaboration with the Wheeler Centre.* 
  • Monday, 15th June, 6.15pm, Words Without Borders: an evening of spoken word and poetry performed by members of Australia’s Refugee communities, in collaboration with The Wheeler Centre.
  • Wednesday, 16th June, 12pm, Voices from the front line: Refugee women and COVID-19: Refugee and asylum seeking women and leaders of frontline services share their experiences of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.* 
  • Wednesday, 16th June, Global storytelling night, in partnership with Refugee Week UK.  Join four amazing people from around the world as they share their stories of 'welcome' and 'imagination', based on this year's themes. MC'ed by the awesome Mariam Issa.* 
  • Thursday, 18th June, 1pm, Foundations for Belonging: Join ABC's Lydia Feng in conversation with Shanthi Robertson (Western Sydney University), Dor Achiek (Settlement Services International) and Shukufa Tahiri (Refugee Council of Australia) for this special Australia at Home event.* 
  • Thursday 18th June, 4pm, In-Depth Conversation: Join Cate Blanchett in conversation with Australia for UNHCR Special Representative Marta Dusseldorp.  
  • Friday 19th June, 7.30pm, For Sama: Tune in for this special screening of Oscar-nominated and multi-award winning film For Sama. In partnership with the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.  
  • Saturday, 20th June: STARTTS annual Humanitarian Awards, to celebrate World Refugee Day and wrap up Refugee Week.* 

Click here to receive a daily update during Refugee Week, to let you know what’s happening every day and share with people who might be interested.  

Of course, we also encourage you to host your own event, and this year, we’ve put together everything you need to make it easier than ever.  Read on to find out how.  

These events are free to attend. If you would like to make a ticket donation to support the costs of Refugee Week, please click here.  All participants from refugee and first nations backgrounds are paid for their participation and any further funds raised go to supporting the advocacy of the Refugee Council of Australia. 

Click here to head to the Refugee Week website, to obtain all of the 2020 resources, including posters, resource packs and more. You can also read about our incredible ambassadors and much more.

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