Media Releases 2011

Refugee Realities experience comes to Yarra

03 June 2011

The Yarra community will have an opportunity to walk a mile in the shoes of a refugee, when the Refugee Realities event comes to Collingwood Town Hall this month.

Refugee Realities is an interactive theatre event that re-enacts some of the challenges faced by refugees, including living in a refugee camp.

Community members will take part in the re-creations, and have the opportunity to meet Yarra residents who arrived in Australia as refugees.

Mayor Cr Alison Clarke said the event offered local residents a unique and creative way to gain a better understanding of refugees who live in Yarra.

“The Refugee Realities event will provide the community with a unique insight in to what is like to be displaced from your home because of war or other conflict,” Cr Clarke said.

“Yarra is home to many refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced unthinkable persecution and trauma,” she said.

“Held during Refugee Week, this event will give our community a better understanding of what some of our newly-arrived residents have experienced in order to find a more peaceful life here.”

The Refugee Realities event is hosted by the Yarra Settlement Forum, which is made up of local agencies and service providers, including Yarra Council, North Yarra Community Health, the Neighbourhood Justice Centre, Jesuit Social Services and the Fitzroy Learning Network.

The event is being held in partnership with the Many Moons Production Group, a local not-for-profit association of professional artists.

The free event will be held at the Collingwood Town Hall (140 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford) on Wednesday 15 June, from 4pm-6pm.

 To RSVP, contact Yvette Clarke at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre on 9948 8688 or at


For further information about this release, please contact
Bernadette Collins
Communications Officer
9205 5042 


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