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The Welcome Dinner Project

Pop-up dinners helping newly arrived Australians to feel welcome
Buffet table featuring salad, pasta and pavlova
Photograph: Supplied
By Tamar Cranswick |

For newly arrived Australians – migrants, students, refugees and asylum seekers – it’s often difficult to find a sense of belonging. The Welcome Dinner Project is helping to make these new Aussies feel more at home, by opening up kitchens, and hearts, across Sydney.

The social enterprise pairs newly arrived Australians with everyday Aussies for collaborative dinners held in homes across the city. Equal numbers from each group are invited, and each guest brings a dish that’s culturally meaningful to him or her. Coming together over a meal is a universal concept and organisers hope the dinners will sew the seeds for a more inclusive Australia. 

You can nominate to host a dinner, or just come along as a guest. Either way, the idea is to form new connections and appreciate that our cultural differences make for a richer society.

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