Empowering refugee artists through music and culture

Refugee artists performing at the Spirit of Welcome Community Festival on 16 June will be renumerated at industry rates.
A performer at Spirit of Welcome Community Festival 2023. Photo: Damon AMB. A woman with long brown hair wearing a white top with floral embroidery singing at the front of a seated crowd.

Refugee Week is coming up from 16 to 22 June with the focus on ‘Finding Freedom: Family’ and celebrating unconditional love and strength in times of adversity.

To celebrate, not-for-profit refugee services organisation Settlement Services International (SSI) is hosting the Spirit of Welcome Community Festival in Lilyfield, NSW featuring a line-up of creative practitioners who contribute to the cultural and artistic fabric of their new homes.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne and was most recently engaged in consultation for the Emerging Writers’ Festival and ArtsGen. Instagram @lleizy_