About New Beginnings

The SSI New Beginnings Festival is a unique celebration of the creative work of artists, performers and craftspeople from refugee and migrant backgrounds living in NSW.

Through an innovative and vibrant program staged at inner-city venues, the festival showcases the work of culturally and linguistically diverse artists and makers to Sydney audiences and beyond.  

The festival draws upon the rich cultural heritage and artistry found in new and emerging communities to encourage intercultural understanding and engagement. Ultimately, this celebration of hope, unity and new beginnings seeks to counter negative sentiments  about refugees and people seeking asylum and to encourage people to celebrate the creative contributions newcomer artists and communities bring to Australia.

An initiative of SSI’s Arts & Culture Program, the SSI New Beginnings Festival has been held bi-annually during Refugee Week (June) and Spring (November) since 2015.

The SSI New Beginnings Festival is a family-friendly, all-ages celebration. Everyone is welcome! #NewBeginningsFest


About SSI

SSI is a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential. We work with all people who have experienced vulnerability, including refugees, people seeking asylum and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, to build capacity and enable them to overcome inequality.