Hume celebrates National Refugee Week with free expo and moving exhibition

Hume residents who fled war-torn countries to seek asylum in Australia will share their stories as part of Hume City Council’s Refugee Expo at the Hume Global Learning Centre – Broadmeadows on Wednesday 20 June, 9.30am - 2.30pm.

The Expo, which will run as part of 2018 National Refugee Week (17 – 23 June), will also showcase programs, activities and services that are available to Hume's refugee and asylum seeker community. 

Hume Mayor Geoff Porter said Council’s Refugee Expo was an opportunity to meet refugees, asylum seekers and families, as well as build networks with community groups and organisations.

“At Hume, we are proud to be one of the first local government authorities in Australia to become a Welcoming City and to support new arrivals to Hume City, which has one of the highest rates of refugee settlement in Victoria.

“Council’s Refugee Expo and National Refugee Week is an important opportunity to reflect on this, as well as understand the many different and at times difficult paths our residents took to make Hume home.”

Hume City Council will also celebrate National Refugee Week with the opening of ‘They Cannot Take the Sky – Stories from Detention’, an award-winning oral history project by Behind The Wire, at the Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery in Craigieburn.

Cr Porter said the exhibition would officially launch on Tuesday 19 June and encouraged Hume residents to attend.

“In this exhibition you will hear first-hand from people who have sought asylum in Australia and from those who were and are still detained by the Australian Government, under its mandatory detention policy,” Cr Porter said.

“The special launch event for this exhibition will feature talks by Aran Mylvaganam, a member of Behind the Wire, spokesperson for the Tamil Refugee Council and himself a refugee who fled Sri Lanka as an unaccompanied 13 year old, and David Manne, Human Rights Lawyer and Executive Director of the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre.

“The stories we will hear from both Aran and David, and through the exhibition, will be extraordinary, devastating and inspiring,” Cr Porter said.

“Most importantly they will shine a light on the voices that are so often absent from public discussion, and allow us to gain an important glimpse into what it is like to seek asylum in Australia.

“The free launch event will also feature a performance by Bukjeh , created in response to dialogues between children and people forced to leave their homes, as well as an opportunity to taste delicious food from Tamil Feast.

“If you can’t make the special launch event, the exhibition will be open to the public from 31 May until 5 August 2018 and I highly recommend a visit.”

‘They Cannot Take the Sky – Stories from Detention’ Exhibition launch

Date:                6pm, 19 June 2018

Location:          Conference Room 1, upstairs Hume Global Learning Centre Craigieburn

Address:          75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn 3064

Cost:                Free

For more information about the exhibition and to book your free tickets, visit
For more information about Council’s Refugee Expo, visit

Posted on 10:00 AM, 11 June 2018

Updated : 3:26 PM, 8 June 2018

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