Festival Program


Black Lives, Refugee Lives

Sat 1 Sep, 1pm
Deakin Edge, Fed Square

An estimated one in ten Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths is from suicide. An estimated 50 percent of refugees to Australia are further traumatised by immigration processes. Riyadh Al-Hakimi, Gerry Georgatos and Megan Krakouer on learning, empathy, hope and ways forward.

This session is $22/$19. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.


1 hour

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Session Artists

Riyadh, a Masters graduate in International Studies, is a human rights practitioner. Riyadh came to Australia from homeland Iraq as a refugee. He has returned on occasion to Iraq to help in restorative community work. From hometown Perth through the charity Wheelchairs for Kids, Riyadh has coordinated the shipment of a thousand rough terrain children’s wheelchairs to Iraq.

Gerry Georgatos is a suicide prevention researcher and the national coordinator of the National Indigenous Critical Response Service, coordinator of the National Migrant Youth Support Service and a prolific writer on suicide, poverty, homelessness, racism and on the ways forward. He has an extensive and pronounced body of positive social justice achievements.

Megan Krakouer is a Noongar woman from the south-west corner of Western Australia. She is legally trained and an advocate for postive social justice change. Krakouer improves the life circumstance of others who are disadvantaged and impoverished through her work with supporting families throughout Western Australia.

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