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World Refugee Day Celebration

World Refugee Day Celebration

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  • Tue 20 Jun ’17, 7:00pm – 9:00pm


Depot Artspace, 28 Clarence Street, Devonport Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

World Refugee Day is being celebrated at Depot Artspace in Devonport, with an evening of compelling speakers, delicious food, live music and thought-provoking art.

One of the events running in association with the Art for Change fundraising exhibition, Where Shall We Call Home? and organised by New Zealand Red Cross and the Auckland Refugee Family Trust, this special evening will be of interest to anyone who would like to know more about issues facing refugees, both during their remarkable journeys to safety and once they begin new lives in New Zealand.

MC Fatumata Bah, who arrived in New Zealand as a refugee baby from Sierra Leone, is a passionate supporter of Oxfam, Amnesty International and other human rights organisations. She has received the Zonta Club Young Women in Public Affairs Award and was a finalist at last year’s Westpac Women of Influence Awards.

Fatumata will introduce:
- Rez Gardi, former Kurdish refugee, lawyer, and Young New Zealander of the Year.

- Mitchell Pham, a Trustee of the Auckland Refugee Family Trust, who will share an extraordinary tale of escape from Vietnam, and the heartbreak of being unable to reunite his family.

- Henok Gurmessa, a journalist in Ethiopia, speaking of democracy and social justice from personal experience.

- Rachel Ibambasi, a singer from the Congo, who will be joined by her sister to share some of her culture’s music.

Ethnic finger food will be provided by the Wise Collective, a project enabling former refugee women to support their families using their skills and talents.

Entry by koha at door.

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