Sarah Blasko will perform a show for the Refugee Council of Australia following the Abbott government decision to axe all funding as part of the recent budget.
Blasko will perform an intimate show at Sydney’s The Giant Dwarf in Redfern on World Refugee Day, June 20.
“I’m emerging from what I’ll affectionately call my ‘fifth album writing cave’ to play this special show at the Chaser’s Giant Dwarf Theatre during Refugee Week,” Sarah said in a statement. “I’m an ambassador this year & The Refugee Council need financial support now more than ever to continue their positive work within refugee communities in Australia. They are also an important force in lifting the veil on our country’s treatment of asylum seekers. So, come watch me sing for the night & you’ll be supporting them. I promise at least one new song & special guests”.
The Refugee Council of Australia has been in operation for the past 33 years and has been the humane voice for people seeking asylum. The Abbott government intends to obliterate the council.
“It seems extraordinary that our organisation – which has been doing this work through thick and thin for 33 years – has been singled out for this treatment,” says Paul Power. Chief Executive of the RCOA .” This in many ways illustrates the state of the relationship between the non-government sector – particularly organisations working on asylum issues – and the government at the moment.’’
Tickets for the show will be available from www.giantdward.com.au/tickets from 9am June 4.
All proceeds will go the Refugee Council of Australia.