We’re celebrating Refugee Week from June 20-26. This year’s theme is ‘Unity’. It recognises that we all have a role to play in helping to build a stronger and more connected community.
Central Coast Council welcomes and celebrates diversity. We celebrate and value the diverse range of identities, lifestyles and experiences of all members of our community.
There are many ways that you can join in to mark Refugee Week on the Central Coast. Here’s how you can get involved.
Explore the Home exhibition at The Entrance
As part of Refugee Week, Council is proud to present Home - a collaborative project which showcases the diverse voices of the Central Coast’s migrant communities.
The exhibition brings together the works of two projects PhotoVoices (2019) and Yaama Ngura (2021) and shares powerful stories of refugees, new arrivals and established migrant communities living on the Central Coast.
These stories share experiences of adversity, strength and cultural diversity, creating a place which is inclusive and welcoming for everyone in our community.
The Home exhibition is on display in the Art Container at Memorial Park, The Entrance from 22 June to 6 July. You can visit on Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 4pm or Saturdays from 8am to 4.30pm.
Learn with your local library
Want to learn more about the unique experiences of refugees? Discover a range of refugee stories at your local library branch or online via our eLibrary.
Check out a curated list of stories to check out via IndyreadsTM to get you inspired! These stories are free to access for all Central Coast Library members. Not a member? You can sign up for free online or at your local library branch.
Hear the stories of Central Coast locals
The role of migrant communities in the Coast’s rich history and bright future is rarely explored. Through visual storytelling we’ve captured the experiences of eight migrant business owners from The Entrance and Woy Woy who have chosen to call the Coast home.
‘If These Walls Could Talk’ celebrates cultural diversity within our communities and provides insight into the cultural, social and economic perspectives of local business owners that help to make our region a wonderful place to live, work and play. Discover their stories now.
Start a conversation
However you decide to mark Refugee Week, we encourage you to take the time to start a positive dialogue with your friends and family about the indispensable role that refugees and migrant communities play within our community and how they enrich our day to day lives!