Celebration in my Neighbourhood

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Understand the experiences of refugees and explore Western Sydney’s diverse community

This one-day festival in Auburn will reflect the many cultures that contribute to the rich social tapestry of the area, and will tell the stories of those who have became part of the community as refugees or after seeking asylum in Australia.

The day will include workshops in creating Afghan tapestries and kites, Rangoli design artwork, and multicultural mural painting and toy-making. Then you can get involved in musical performances with the African drumming circle, or support your side at the soccer tournament. There'll also be diverse market stalls and food offerings from Sri Lanka to Sierra Leone and Bosnia at this free day of cultural celebration.

The family-friendly festivities are part of the Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood project. Now in its fifth year, it aims raise awareness about universal human rights and to communicate the realities faced by refugees escaping violence and finding a new home. Part of the project is a series of tours that emulate these experiences inside a simulated refugee camp at the Auburn Centre for Community. Register for a place on a free tour during the festival, August 4.

By: Olivia Gee

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