Meet Ravi At Parliament On King

Meet Ravi at Parliament on King

Ravi Prasad is the founder and owner of Parliament on King, a social enterprise Café in Sydney that uses food to support another pathway for refugees and asylum seekers seeking to work and contribute. Disheartened by Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, Ravi and his wife were inspired to turn the lounge room of their Newtown home into a café where asylum seekers and refugees can train to gain employment in the hospitality industry. Parliament on King runs a…

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Mem Fox Reading I’m Australian Too At The NSW Refugee Week Launch

Mem Fox reading I’m Australian Too at the NSW Refugee Week launch

The Refugee Council of Australia and City of Sydney are excited to announce the Launch of NSW Refugee Week 2017 to be held at Paddington Town Hall on 16 June. The launch will feature a reading from renowned Australian picture book author Mem Fox from her new book I’m Australian Too. Mem Fox has received numerous honours and awards for her contributions to literacy in Australia and around the world. Mem Fox is a passionate advocate for children’s literacy and uses…

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Register Your Event

Register your event

Would you like to list your event on RCOA's Refugee Week calendar? As part of our role as national coordinator of Refugee Week, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) produces a national calendar of Refugee Week events. The calendar is available here: https://www.refugeeweek.org.au/events/ 

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Refugee Week Resource Kit Now Available

Refugee Week Resource Kit now available

This Resource Kit has been designed to help community organisations, event organisers and teachers to prepare for Refugee Week being celebrated from Sunday 18 June to Saturday 24 June 2017. The Refugee Council of Australia is encouraging organisations to celebrate a unified Refugee Week based around the theme ‘With courage let us all combine’.

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Refugee Week 2017: Poster Revealed

Refugee Week 2017: Poster Revealed

We are delighted to reveal the 2017 Refugee Week poster image! This year’s poster features Hani Abdile and Ravi Prasad from Sydney café Parliament on King. Ravi set up the café in his front room to train people seeking asylum and refugees to work in hospitality, and Hani- a performance poet and author from Somalia who is just 22 years old- works there on weekends. Ravi and Hani are just one part of the incredible contribution that people from refugee…

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Refugee Week 2017 Update

Refugee Week 2017 Update

In 2017, we’re building on this huge community support to make Refugee Week even better than last year. Planning for welcome dinners, festivals, public storytelling and much more is already underway. Every day and in every state and territory, a huge range of activities, forums, seminars, breakfasts, sporting events, art exhibitions, book launches and films will be on offer. As we approach the week itself, we’ll start sending out a regular bulletin with all of the Refugee Week updates.

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First Ever Refugee Film Festival

First Ever Refugee Film Festival

The Refugee Council of Australia launched Australia’s first ever Refugee Film Festival on Friday, 4th November 2016. The sell-out event took place at Melbourne’s Federation Square with a special screening of Constance on the Edge. Tim O’Connor, Acting CEO of RCOA, said “there couldn’t be a better film for the occasion than Constance on the Edge, a funny and uplifting story of the ups and downs of making a new home”.  Constance herself, as well as the filmmakers, attended the…

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Refugee Week Bulletin 23 June 2016

June 23 2016 Refugee Week Bulletin View this email in your browser Refugee Week 2016: Off to a Flying Start! Wow - what a start to the biggest Refugee Week that Australia has ever seen! We at the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) headquarters have been inspired and humbled by your response and support. The Sydney and Melbourne Launches were hugely successful, with political leaders from across the spectrum coming together for refugees on Friday at Sydney's new Inner West Refugee Hub, and many,…

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THANK YOU for attending the first ever Festival of Welcome!

Thank you for attending the Festival of Welcome View this email in your browser THANK YOU  for attending the first ever Festival of Welcome! Thank you so much for coming along and helping us to make the first ever Festival of Welcome a huge success. The wintry weather is clearly no match for Melburnians - thousands of you came together on Sunday to extend an incredible welcome to refugee communities, with dancing, singing, delicious food, face painting and much, much more.We hope you…

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