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Stories About Hope

Stories About Hope

Exhibition open 11am-5pm daily, free entry!

Road to Refuge, with sponsorship from Maurice Blackburn: Australia's leading social justice law firm, are proud to present 'Stories About Hope' this World Refugee Week.

This exhibition explores the human dignity, identity and strength in people from refugee backgrounds through photography and short films. Produced by Renee Dixson and curated by Amber Hearn, this exhibition celebrates the courage and resilience of participants who have undertaken diverse journeys to Australia throughout different points in history, and through their stories, prove that your past does not define you and can give you strength to move forward with confidence.

We invite you to join us at No Vacancy Project Space in the Atrium of Federation Square for the opening night launch on June 20 and debut in Melbourne, for an exclusive guided tour of the exhibition by the artist and producer Renee Dixson.

Canapés will be provided and drinks will be available for sale.

Stories About Hope has an associated book by Elias Kelleher will be available for purchase at the exhibition and with your ticket to opening night.

All proceeds will go towards helping Road to Refuge's work in building new conversations which supports and values the lived experience and dignity of people seeking asylum.

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The Plight For Equality: Seeking Asylum and Being Queer

The Plight For Equality: Seeking Asylum and Being Queer

Join Road to Refuge for a panel discussion at the Wheeler Centre about the issues faced by LGBTI people seeking asylum in their journey to safety.

The way that Australia treats people seeking asylum is known to cause significant physical, sexual and psychological impacts. These impacts are particularly felt by LGBTI people seeking asylum who face discrimination on the basis of their sexuality at each stage of seeking refuge - in their homelands, the processing system and once they are in the community.

This panel discussion will focus on why the way LGBTI people seeking asylum are treated is both a human rights issue and a gay rights issue. We will aim to raise awareness and education to bring about an understanding of how the current political attitudes in Australia towards the queer community intersects with how Australia treats queer people seeking asylum.

We are incredibly honoured to invite the following panelists:

Anna Brown, Human Rights Law Centre

Tina Posunkina, Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS)

Kiarash Zangeneh

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Read Between The Wines - From Hell to Hell

Read Between The Wines - From Hell to Hell

Road to Refuges fourth Read Between the Wines event features 'From Hell to Hell' by Shanmugantathan “Ravi” Navageeren. 'From Hell to Hell' is a collection of poetry and art by former asylum seeker Ravi, and this event will give the opportunity to hear firsthand account of life inside the Nauru detention centre. Ravi fled Sri Lanka due to brutality suffered through civil war and the ongoing persecution of Tamil people. After travelling to Australia by boat, Ravi was held in Nauru Detention Centre for three years. Ravi began writing and drawing during this time.

Ravi will be interviewed by Amy Frew from the Human Rights Law Centre, followed by open Q&A. Guests are invited to stay on for conversation and complimentary nibbles. Wine and beer will also be available to purchase.

You dont need to have read the book beforehand, as books will be available for purchase at the event for $20, as well as at Readings Hawthorn (after the event). The money goes directly to helping Ravi's friends who are still locked in detention, as well as ongoing printing and publishing costs.

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Paths to Change - A Conference for the Refugee Sector

Paths to Change - A Conference for the Refugee Sector

Road to Refuge and Amnesty Refugee Network Victoria present Paths to Change - A Conference for the Refugee Sector.

This full day conference of workshops, sector expo and Q&A panel will expertly guide you towards becoming a powerful advocate for the cause and a better equipped ally to people seeking asylum. You will develop a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding these issues, as well as practical skills for implementing change.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day.

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Road to Refuge presents: Gimme Shelter!

Road to Refuge presents: Gimme Shelter!

This February 6, Road to Refuge is presenting an impressive line-up for its summer fundraiser, Gimme Shelter! at The Shadow Electric.

Gimme Shelter! will be headlined by GARRETH LIDDIARD (THE DRONES), THE HARPOONS DJS, NHATTYMAN, ARTHUR PENN AND THE FUNKY TEN, and CABLE TIES, with special guest TOM BALLARD, plus spoken word poets and comedians in the courtyard; with a few surprises to be announced!

Run by a group of passionate young people since 2012, Road to Refuge is a non-profit, volunteer-run organisation dedicated to community education and engagement around refugees and people seeking asylum. The organisation facilitates school and adult workshops and runs a range of diverse community events; generating informed, constructive and inclusive conversations about refugees and people seeking safety in Australia.

Support the work of Road to Refuge by joining us for a day of great music, local talent and summer fun. All Gimme Shelter! proceeds will go towards the organisation’s projects and workshops planned in 2016 to further a more inclusive and constructive dialogue in Australia towards those seeking safety.

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Film for Thought

Film for Thought

Road to Refuge are proud to present two shorts from Australia’s young award-winning filmmakers, Nowhere Line by Lukas Schrank and The Phoenix by Nora Niasari. Using the medium of film, the two directors capture the harsh and widely ignored reality of mandatory detention.

The two screenings will be followed by a panel discussion; exploring the film's themes and discussing the idea of advocacy through art, in its various forms.

The panel will be comprised of:

Nora Niasari, Filmmaker The Phoenix

Baqir Khan, Member Volunteer Coordinator at the ASRC, former Cultural Support Coordinator at Life Without Barriers

Celine Yap, Activist Arts Festival Director for Amnesty International, Presenter for Refugee Radio on 3CR, member of folk band - Little Foot

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Women Who Seek Safety

Women Who Seek Safety

Join Road To Refuge and the Refuge Advocacy Network for a feminist panel discussion on the issues facing asylum seeker and refugee women.

The physical, sexual and psychological abuse suffered by female asylum seekers in detention centres is a major women’s rights issue, as is the discrimination they face on the basis of their gender in the legal system and in the community.

Recognising that the challenges and discrimination asylum seeker and refugee women specifically face is an intersectional feminist issue is imperative to create support for these women and bring about essential change

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The Fence Comedy Debate

The Fence Comedy Debate

THE FENCE is a comedy debate lampooning the absurdity of Australia’s border protection policies. The all-star teams include The Project's Lehmo, acclaimed stand-up comedians Cal Wilson and Akmal Saleh, and First Dog on the Moon cartoonist, Andrew Marlton. Under the watchful eye of the moderator, Judith Lucy, the two teams will face off alongside human rights advocates Julian Burnside QC and Jessie Taylor, on an asylum seeker policy so ridiculous and so unbelievably counter-productive, you might believe it's true: building a fence around the sea borders of Australia.

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Shepparton Film Screening: Mary Meets Mohammad (Free)

Shepparton Film Screening: Mary Meets Mohammad (Free)

Free screening of the fantastic documentary ‘Mary Meets Mohammad’ on the afternoon of Saturday, July 25 at the Youth Club Hall in Shepparton.

Tea and coffee will be provided and all are welcome.

For more information, contact Dana at info@roadtorefuge.com.

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