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World Refugee Day - Soccer Tournament and Cultural Festival


Sun 19 Jun 2011, 11:00am–3:00pm

Where: Hataitai Velodrome, Ruahine St, Hataitai, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Kavita Raj

Head to Hataitai Park to celebrate World Refugee Day!

Festival goers will be able to cheer on as teams from all over the world battle it out in a mini soccer tournament. Without exception, New Zealand's refugee communities are passionate players and followers of the beautiful game, so you can expect energy and fierce competition!

The highlight of the day will be the Invitational Match, in which City councillors and Wellington personalities are pitted against the All-Stars Refugee team in an attempt to break a three year losing streak!

MP Annette King and Wellington City Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, both long-time supporters of this event will be on hand to award the trophies to the deserving winners.

A cultural festival will offer the opportunity to sample food from countries such as Myanmar/Burma and Somalia, as well as watch traditional dances.

An exciting addition to this year's celebration is the premiere performance by Collabor8 – a drama group of 8 refugee background students from Myanmar/Burma, Iraq, Sudan and Rwanda, facilitated by ChangeMakers Refugee Forum and Voice Arts Trust.

This year marks the 2011 anniversary of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and World Refugee Day, allows countries all around the world to collectively honour the world’s more than 16 million refugees and raise awareness around refugee issues.

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