Cultural diversity on display

STORYTELLING was a powerful tool for cultural acceptance on Harmony Day when young people from the award-winning Students Against Racism (SAR) group shared their personal accounts of living as a migrant in Hobart.

The Living In Between workshops, which were presented by the Salamanca Arts Centre on 21 March as part of Ten Days on the Island, invited members of the public to engage in conversations with young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

SAR coordinator and TasTAFE teacher Gini Ennals said the workshop helped to build a better understanding between migrant groups and the greater Hobart community.

She said that despite delivering hundreds of workshops since its formation in 2008, the SAR group still found the experience “extremely rewarding.”

“The Tasmanian SAR group is a great example of how young people can empower themselves and educate the community about the impacts of racism,” she said.

“This group has been so successful because the young people are telling their own stories – it is a two-way process with the students gaining as much as they are giving.”

Ms Ennals said the participants in the Harmony Day workshop were “clearly moved” by what the students had to say.

“Our students relished the opportunity to share their stories with the aim of creating tolerance, acceptance and understanding in our community,” she said.

“These workshops are a great way of creating friendships and fostering a better understanding of cultural diversity in the community.

“On behalf of the SAR group, we’d like to thank the Salamanca Arts Centre for hosting our Living in Between workshop.”

For more information about the SAR group, visit http://afairerworld.org/lib.

Caption: The Tasmanian Students Against Racism group presented its ‘Living in Between’ workshop at the Salamanca Arts Centre in honour of Harmony Day on 21 March.

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