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Join Red Cross for an evening of multicultural music, food and discussion

Australian Red Cross invites you to a free event in Melbourne to celebrate our cultural diversity and inspire new ways of making Australia an even more welcoming society.

Monday September 5, 2016

Author and activist Tasneem Choprawill be hosting Australian Red Cross' Melbourne event
Author and activist Tasneem Chopra will host a lively and interactive discussion at Australian Red Cross' Melbourne event

How can we make Australia a better place for everyone? Come and hear author, activist and event host Tasneem Chopra lead a lively and interactive discussion exploring reasons behind the public perception of asylum seekers and refugees and what we can do as a community to build a more supportive and cohesive society.

Hear a panel of expert speakers, engage with stories from around Australia, enjoy live music performances by local and emerging artists, sample international canapés served by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and see the official launch of a short film about peoples' stories of finding safety in Australia.

The free public event will be at Fitzroy Town Hall on Thursday 15 September from 5.45-8pm.

Tickets are free but limited. Get yours now at

Red Cross Victorian Director Penny Harrison says Australia is one of the most diverse nations on earth. "We pride ourselves on being accepting of one another's differences and must make sure that everyone feels they can join into the economic, political and cultural life of Australia," she says. 

"We're also proud of Australia's diversity. Come along and help make Australia an even more welcoming and supportive place and hear from speakers and performers who are making such a great impact on our communities."

Guests at this year's event include:

Abe Nouk: spoken-word poet, hip hop fanatic, MC and author who arrived in Australia as a refugee from Sudan.

Terrasur: Latin folk fusion group, keeping the sounds of South America alive!

Dr Gregory Phillips: a medical anthropologist from the Waanyi and Jaru Aboriginal people with a passion for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, education and youth work.

Shabnam Safa: co-Founder of the Noor Foundation-and a former refugee from Afghanistan-who encourages young refugees to take up sports as a way to get involved in their communities.

Sherene Hassan: director of the Islamic Museum of Australia who served with the Islamic Council of Victoria for eight years and is an enthusiastic believer in building bridges between Australia's communities.

Architects of Social Bridges: An evening of multicultural discussion, music and food

Thursday 15 September, 5.45-8pm

Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St., Fitzroy VIC 3065 MAP

Free, but must be booked in advance at


More information
Contact Hedda Ngan at or on 0401 282 595 / 03 8327 7387