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Refugee Welcome Zone

In August 2014 City of Adelaide declared the City of Adelaide a Refugee Welcome Zone.

City of Adelaide welcomes refugees and asylum seekers to the City and acknowledges the difficult journey men, women and children make to Australia to seek our protection.

We also celebrate the wonderful cultural diversity that refugees and asylum seekers bring to our community and the tremendous contributions refugees have made to Australian society in the fields of medicine, science, engineering, sport, education and the arts. 

Refugee Welcome Zones are an initiative of the Refugee Council of Australia.

Watch our video below to learn more about the City of Adelaide as a Refugee Welcome Zone.

Refugee Week

Refugee Week is Australia's annual campaign to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions they make to Australian society. The theme for Refugee Week for 2015 to 2017 will be “With courage let us all combine”. Taken from the second verse of the national anthem, the theme celebrates the courage of refugees and of people who speak out against persecution and injustice. It serves as a call for unity and for positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation’s welcome for refugees and to acknowledge the skills and energy refugees bring to their new home.

Refugee Week Events

This year Refugee Week is from Sunday 18 June to Saturday 24 June. We will celebrate with a range of free activities in our Community Centres which bring the local community together to embrace the stories of refugees and acknowledge their contribution.


Multicultural shared meal and art exhibition

When: Tuesday 13 June, 4pm – 7pm. Exhibition to run throughout June.

Where: South West Community Centre, 171 Sturt Street, Adelaide

This is the exhibition launch of artwork by young people from refugee backgrounds in partnership with the Australian Refugee Association. Coinciding with a multicultural shared meal, all are welcome. Bring a plate to share and meet new people and hear the amazing stories.


Community Cultural Concert

When: Sunday 18 June, 3pm – 5pm

Where: North Adelaide Community Centre, 176 Tynte Street, North Adelaide

A community event celebrating diversity in the local community – Tibetan drumming, African Gospel Choir and understanding of what it takes to move to another country. This event is free, and no bookings are required.


Screening of Colourfest

When: Thursday 22 June 7pm – 10pm

Where: Box Factory Community Centre 59 Regent St South, Adelaide

All are invited to enjoy a collection of short films from Colourfest, that tells the stories of refugees and celebrates Australia’s diverse and evolving identity. This even is free and no bookings are required.


Refugee Stories

When: Thursday 29 June 6pm – 7.30pm

Where: Minor Works Community Centre, 22 Stamford Court, Adelaide

Come and hear stories from people with a refugee background, interact and understand their journey and contributions since settling in Australia. An opportunity for questions and discussion will be available. 


End of Ramadan Community Breakfast

When: Monday 3 July 8am-9.30am

Where: South West Community Centre, 171 Sturt Street, Adelaide

Iftar’ is the Arabic word for breaking one’s fast and is universally known amongst Muslims as eating the first meal after a day of fasting. The breaking of one’s fast during Ramadan, is encouraged to be done with a community so that one may share the blessings of the meal with others. You are invited to join us for Iftar / breakfast and have the opportunity to learn more about Ramadan, EID and Iftar in a respectful and inclusive environment.

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