Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fundraising concert @ Wauchope Arts

Baltimore singer/songwriter Sonia Rutstein (AKA SONiA disappear fear) will headline a local fundraising concert on FRIDAY December 8, organised by Wauchope Arts Council, on behalf of the Mid North Coast Refugee Support Group.
Proceeds from the performance will go to Sanctuary Australia Foundation's refugee support work.
Quirky and smart, a poet with a guitar, SONiA is a master of crafting songs that make you simultaneously want to dance, sing and change the world.
Much-admired local musician Helen Mottee will open the show.
Bring plenty of $$ for food, drinks, tea/coffee and raffle tickets.

Where: Wauchope Arts Hall, Oxley Lane (opp Bain Park)
When: Friday 8 December 2017
food and drinks from 6.30pm; music from 8pm
Tickets: $25; $20 at the door or online at
More info: go to the Wauchope Arts website and Facebook page

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Another chance to see CHASING ASYLUM

If you missed the last screening of the incredible film CHASING ASYLUM, it will be screened again for Port Macquarie audiences;
Where: Port Macquarie Library, Grant St, Port Macquarie.
When: Friday 23rd June, from 5.30pm for a 6pm start (til approx 8pm).
Please RSVP to library staff on (02) 6581 8755
Cost: gold coin donation to the MNC Refugee Support Group

CHASING ASYLUM exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how 'The Lucky Country' became a country where leaders choose detention over compassion and governments deprive the desperate of their basic human rights.
More details below or at

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Film thank you

Thank you to Sandra, Lava and Charles Sturt University Port Macquarie campus for hosting last night's screening of 'Chasing Asylum'.
The film exposes the realities of Australia's offshore detention policy, and features never-before-seen footage from inside Nauru and Manus Is and interviews with staff and detainees.
It's fair to say the audience was left stunned or "numb" as one man put it.
If you missed the screening, go to for information on accessing the film.
A reminder the next Mid North Coast Refugee Support Group meeting will be on Sat June 3, 2017 at Wauchope Arts Hall (Oxley Lane) from 10am.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Just a quick reminder about the Harmony Day film @ Port Library, in Grant St.
When: Thursday 23rd March, from 5.30pm for a 6pm start til 8pm.
Cost: FREE

Also save the date (Friday April 21, 2017) for The Bridge Project - a new musical collective that expands upon the idea of the musical bridge, bringing together seemingly disparate cultures and personalities to create a singular, cohesive unit. Comprised of a Turkish Muslim, an Australian Christian, and an Israeli Jew, The Bridge Project does more than cross a chasm; The Bridge Project eliminates it entirely. More details below or at

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Harmony Day Port Macquarie

Come and celebrate Harmony Day at a screening of Constance on the Edge, a film about refugee resettlement and what it takes to belong (see event flyer).
When: Thursday 23rd March
Time: 5.30pm for a 6pm start til 8pm
Where: Port Macquarie Library, Grant St Port Macquarie
Cost: FREE
Bookings: Port Macquarie Library on 6581 8755
For anyone interested after the viewing the audience will be invited to take part in an informal discussion about the film, refugee resettlement and the resettlement experience - What does it take to belong?

* Constance on the Edge

One family. Two wars. Three countries. What does it take to forge a new life far from home?
Filmed over 10 years, Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of one refugee family’s resettlement story in Wagga Wagga, Australia.
Constance on the Edge gets to the heart of a contemporary untold story about the courage and resilience it takes to build new lives. The film also highlights the important role communities play in encouraging a sense of belonging and enabling participation for everyone.