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Campfire Stories

July 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Multicultural Arts Victoria, in partnership with Welcome to Australia and Ethnic Communities Councils of Victoria, presents Campfire Stories as part of Emerge in Yarra 2018, back by popular demand.

Storytelling has the capacity to nurture understanding and compassion. Listen to stories that enrich and influence Melbourne’s culture. Audiences are engaged by everyday Victorians sharing their experiences of being a refugee.

Beginning at 6.30 PM with hot Arabic chai provided by former Syrian refugees, the event will be officially opened by the Djirri Djirri Dance Group with a Welcome to Country and a performance. Following that, the audiences will immerse themselves in rich and diverse tales by four storytellers. Hosted by the Zimbabwean born Lorraine Ngwenya who is a speaker, advocate, entrepreneur and founder of Useful Link, the night will feature the following storytellers:

Bwe Thay is a Burmese refugee who arrived in Australia in 2009. A graduate of the Australian Catholic University, Bwe now works as a Migrant Student and Community Liaison Officer at Swinburne University of Technology.

Iqbal Safari is a member of the persecuted minority, Hazara, originally from Afghanistan. He came to Australia as a refugee in November 2006. Iqbal is a qualified Australian lawyer. He teaches a diploma of interpreting at RMIT University. Iqbal and his like-minded colleagues have established a non-for-profit political and legal organisation (POLICY Inc) to advocate for shaping an Australia where ‘everyone is free and equal in rights and dignity’.

Lizzy Kouth was only 11 years old when she escaped war-torn South Sudan with her grandmother younger siblings and cousin, seeking safety as a refugee in Egypt. Lizzy currently works at St. Francis Xavier College as a Multicultural Officer and for the City of Greater Dandenong Council. It has been 13 years since her arrival here, and she currently serves as a member of the Multicultural Advisory Committee Monash, Refugee Communities Advocacy Network, 2017-2018 Refugee Week Ambassador and she has been selected as a member of the metropolitan partnerships Inner South East region.

Salat Youhana is of an Iraqi – Christian background. She has been living in Australia for 12 years and is currently studying a Bachelor of Education Studies at Victoria University. She is the currently the Chairperson of Hume Interfaith Network Youth group. She also works part time at Migrant Resource Centre North West as a project officer and also at Hume City Council as community development officer.

25 July 2018
6.30 – 9 PM
Abbotsford Convent – Linen Room
1 Saint Heliers Street, Abbotsford

FREE EVENT. Limited spaces, bookings is essential via Eventbrite.

Campfire Stories is presented as part of Emerge In Yarra 2018.


July 25, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers St
Abbotsford, Vic 3067 Australia
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