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The Living in Harmony festival saw colourful multicultural community events throughout March. Local highlights included Breaking Bread (March 10-12) at the Redfern Community Centre (an evening of discussion, damper and Jewish challah-bread making workshops), and the Just Say Hi film launch in Glebe (March 12), a moving documentary featuring local community groups – with a sound-score by Sydney Choirs and members of the public.
The public’s view of refugees is influenced by politicians and the media who associate the term with fear and panic. On June 22, as part of Refugee Week 2013, non-government organisation Welcome to Australia coordinated Walk Together demonstrations throughout the country in support of refugees and human rights. The Sydney event was held in Parramatta. Marchers including union groups, religious and social justice communities gathered at Church Street near the Parramatta River. Ozi Batla of hip-hop collective The Herd performed at the post-walk festival in Parramatta Park.