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MEDIA INVITATION: Artists from 15+ backgrounds take to stage at one of Sydney’s biggest celebrations of multicultural creatives

SSI 2 mins read

Media are invited to capture the artistic vibrancy and diverse cultural expressions of multicultural Australia. 

Filipino, Murrawarri and Ngemba artist, DOBBY will be joined by special guests, L-FRESH The LION, Sereen Omran, for a one-of-a-kind headline performance at New Beginnings Festival, this Saturday at the National Maritime Museum. 

DOBBY is co-headlining the festival with rising Afro-Caribbean, Arrernte RnB and neo-soul artist SOLCHLD, alongside a lineup of Aussie artists from 15+ cultural backgrounds.  

Festivalgoers will also have the opportunity to explore food stalls featuring cuisine from Jamaica to Sierra Leone, and visit the market stalls of First Nations, refugee, and migrant entrepreneurs. 

Key facts: 

  • When: Saturday, January 27, at 3 -11pm 

  • Where: National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney 

  • Interview opportunities:  

    • 11+ artists, including DOBBY, SOLCHLD and West-African band Chikchika 

    • First Nations, refugee, and migrant entrepreneurs/business owners 

    • New Beginnings Festival producer, Raphael Brasil 

  • TV and photo opportunities: Live music, dance, drumming, circus performances, live mural painting, art exhibition, food and market stalls from around the world, and interactive and roving acts 

  • New Beginnings Festival website and program 

SSI’s New Beginnings Festival began in 2014 as a platform to use arts and culture to build bridges between refugee communities and wider Australia. Last year, over 5,000 people came together in the heart of Sydney to celebrate the rich cultural diversity that makes Australia special.  

Paving the way towards sustainable festivals 

With more and more single-use plastics banned across NSW and other Australian states, New Beginnings Festival is paving the way forward how festivals and festivalgoers alike can ditch plastics.   

Through an ongoing sustainability partnership with MUNDO Institute, New Beginnings Festival has saved 3.28 tons of CO2 emissions and eliminated the use of at least 6,000 disposable plastic items.  

This year an “army” of bin volunteers will again educate festivalgoers and get their hands dirty to ensure no recyclable ends up in landfill to maintain the festival’s 73 per cent landfill diversion rate. 

The festival is presented by non-for-profit organisation SSI and its partners, the Australian National Maritime Museum; Mundo Institute and BUZZ Speaker Hire; with Stage Partner Allianz, and Experience Partner Cultural Perspectives. 

Find out more 

Key Facts:

New Beginnings Festival line-up images.

2023 highlight video.

About us:

About SSI 

Settlement Services International (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. Through community-led arts and culture initiatives, SSI Arts and Culture empower individuals through self-expression, bring communities together, and help build a stronger society where everyone is valued. 


Contact details:

SSI Senior Communications Officer Jordan Wood:  

M: 0431 233 392, E: 

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