New Beginnings Festival

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New Beginnings Festival
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Support refugee artists as they forge new careers in Australia

It’s difficult enough as it is trying to crack into the creative sector, let alone if you’re also navigating a new language and culture without the personal and professional networks you had to leave behind.

Now in its third year, the New Beginnings Festival celebrates artists from refugee and migrant backgrounds, giving them a platform to showcase their myriad talents in front of thousands.

Artists on the line-up include Australian-Ugandan hip hop MC Kween G and classical guitarist Sako Dermenjian, who left Syria during the civil war and has now resumed studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Also appearing is Hani Abdile, a writer and spoken word poet who found healing in the craft during her year spent in detention on Christmas Island.

Once you’ve filled your heart with their songs and stories, you can also fill your stomach with the vibrant flavours of our migrant community’s cuisines. There’ll be stalls cooking up street food favourites from Egypt, Iran, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka, with everything from sambooseh and moussaka to injera and falafels. Wash it all down with a glass of Aunty’s Ginger Tonic – created by Yarrie Bangura from a traditional Sierra Leonean recipe, the business provides employment opportunities for fellow refugees.

By: Juliana Yu

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