Metropolis 2018 Cultural/Study Tours

Get a first-hand experience of Australian migration, diversity and integration with our interactive Study Tours. These tours will showcase the work and practice of local organisations was well as local culture. Please find a comprehensive list of our tours offered below:

Tour 1: Barangaroo Aboriginal Cultural Tours

Date: Monday 29 October 2018

Time: 0930 – 1200

Booking Fee: AU$15 per person

Dress: Casual with comfortable walking shoes

Departure Point: Iron Wharf Place, International Convention Centre Sydney

Please assemble 10 minutes prior to tour departure time at the northern end of ICC Sydney.

Connect with the the world’s oldest living culture on an Aboriginal Cultural Tour of the Barangaroo Headland Reserve, located a short walk from ICC Sydney. This tour will immerse you in the native history of Sydney Harbour and the importance of the land to Australia’s Aboriginal heritage and its significance to the clans of the Eora Nation that once lived where Sydney now stands.

The tour extends throughout the six-hectare headland of Barangaroo Reserve, taking in the 75,000 native Australian trees and shrubs that are a feature of the Reserve. As the only public space in Sydney to boast this quota of native flora, this tour is a must for the gardening and green enthusiast. From past to the present, Barangaroo is a place of spiritual and cultural significance. The tour includes a guided walk to and from ICC Sydney.

 

 

 

Tour 2: World Explorer Foodies Tour

Date: Monday 29 October 2018

Time: 0945 – 1415

Booking Fee: AU$15 per person

Dress: Casual with comfortable walking shoes

Departure Point: Iron Wharf Place, International Convention Centre Sydney

Please assemble 10 minutes prior to tour departure time at the northern end of ICC Sydney.

This food trail will take you on a fascinating culinary excursion through Europe, Asia and the Middle East, in the Sydney suburb of Bankstown. Bankstown has one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Australia and is considered as one of the most multicultural areas in the country with over 60 different languages spoken by the people of this suburb.

Start your day with Greek sweets before you explore a gigantic Asian grocery store that will awaken your senses, tuck in to tasty Lebanese Pizzas washed down with Vietnamese fruit shakes and enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch.

You will end your world tour with a selection of indulgent baklava to die for. It’s a feast of stories punctuated by tasty treats. Discerning foodies will relish the opportunity to join this daytime adventure in Sydney’s south-west.  This is far from your typical food tour! If you like exploring new cultures and communities and building relationships through food, then this is the experience for you. Let local guides share their secrets on the best places to eat, experience new cuisine, and shop for the most authentic dishes and ingredients.  Gain a fascinating insight into different cultures and communities while helping to foster community pride.

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Tour 3: Casula Powerhouse

Date: Monday 29 October 2018

Time: 1000 – 1400

Booking Fee: AU$15 per person

Dress: Neat Casual

Departure Point: Iron Wharf Place, International Convention Centre Sydney

Please assemble 10 minutes prior to tour departure time at the northern end of ICC Sydney.

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is located in the Liverpool Local Government Area, one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse areas in Western Sydney. As the cultural facility of Liverpool City Council, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre programs a number of exhibitions, events, performances, film and music tailored to its local audience. The practices of community and cultural engagement are vital to the centre’s annual program and weaves its way through the annual program. Delegates will be treated to a tour of the venue, which has an interesting history in itself, and also a tour of the centre’s exhibitions:

Wayfinders is an exhibition at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre as part of the Oceania Rising project and partnership with the Australian Museum and Blacktown Arts Centre responding to the impacts of Climate Change (Global Warming) in the Oceania region.

Artists taking part in the Casula Powerhouse exhibition respond to wayfinders – past, present and future – who have navigated human impacts on their homelands.

Landless Bodies 

Our experiences of female identity and culture stay with us regardless of geographical context. This exhibition brings together the different practices of Moroccan based, Moroccan and Arabic diaspora artists to show a familiarity of concerns that are not bound by geography, social contexts or time.

Bravery Unmasked

This exhibition presents the radiation masks creatively transformed by people with experience of cancer diagnoses.  The masks were created through a series of workshops at Casula Powerhouse and the Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre during 2018.  The transformation of the masks used in the treatment of head and neck cancers, is aimed at empowering individuals to develop positive associations within their treatment.  All money raised from sales of the masks in the exhibition will be donated to the Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre.

Casula Powerhouse

 

 

 

 

 

Tour 4: Community Migrant Resource Centre

Date: Monday 29 October 2018

Time: 0900 – 1530

Booking Fee: AU$15 per person

Dress: Neat Casual

Departure Point: Iron Wharf Place, International Convention Centre Sydney

Please assemble 10 minutes prior to tour departure time at the northern end of ICC Sydney.

Parramatta is the second oldest city in Australia, being only 10 months younger than Sydney.  Parramatta is a hub of ethnic diversity with only 24.3% of people born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth are India, China, the Philippines, South Korea and Nepal.   The visitors will arrive at our centre in the heart of Parramatta.  A brief introduction about CMRC and its innovative services will be made followed by highlighting projects that had a positive impact on the lives of migrant and refugee clients and communities.  The participants in this tour will get to hear about the following projects and programs:

Beyond Diversity is CMRC’s cultural competence training program, offering customised training covering cultural awareness, knowledge, skills and attitude. 

Bake and Make is a project envisioned to sow the seeds of confidence, self-sufficiency, independence and entrepreneurship in newly arrived women.

The Young Storytellers Project is an incentive where young people are inspired and supported to discover the power of their voice, talking about their issues, finding solutions to issues that are specific to them and embracing a new life in Australia.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Community Migrant Resource Centre

 

 

 

 

 

Tour 5: CORE Community Services

This tour has been removed from the program

Tour 6: Metro Assist LTD

This tour has been removed from the program

 

Tour 7: STARTTS (NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors)

Date: Monday 29 October 2018

Booking Fee: AU$15 per person

Time: 0900 – 1400

Dress: Neat Casual

Departure Point: Iron Wharf Place, International Convention Centre Sydney

Please assemble 10 minutes prior to tour departure time at the northern end of ICC Sydney.

The STARTTS study tour will provide participants with an understanding of how a specialist service works in providing treatment and rehabilitation to people who were forced to leave their country due to persecution in the context of war, political conflict and human rights violations.

 STARTTS is a not-for-profit organisation that for 30 years has provided culturally appropriate psychological treatment and support, and community interventions to help people and communities heal the scars of torture and refugee trauma, and rebuild their lives in Australia. STARTTS also fosters a positive recovery environment through the provision of training to services, advocacy and policy work.

The tour will include two engaging activities for delegates that will provide invaluable insight into the activities that occur at STARTTS. This will include engaging delegates in a computer game that helps people to regulate stress and become calmer as well as a group activity that is used by the organisation to help children and adolescent sufferers.

Morning tea will be provided on arrival and a delicious lunch before delegates depart.

NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

 

 

 

 

Tour 8: Western Sydney University

Date: Monday 29 October 2018

Booking Fee: AU$15 per person

Time: 0945 – 1515

Dress: Neat Casual

Departure Point: Iron Wharf Place, International Convention Centre Sydney

Please assemble 10 minutes prior to tour departure time at the northern end of ICC Sydney.

This study tour proposes an excellent opportunity to experience ‘Welcome to the Country’ at one of the oldest 3-storey buildings in Australia, the Female Orphan School at Western Sydney University, Parramatta campus. Here they will meet the Chancellor of Western Sydney University and engage with researchers and students. They will also visit the Boilerhouse, a site of historical significance. Later an overview of University-Community Organisation engagement showcasing outstanding partnerships with community organisation/s devoted to the welfare of newly arrived migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants will be presented. This tour presents a great networking prospect for international and local community practitioners and researchers!

Western Sydney University

 

 

 

 

 

Tour 9: Ignite Small Business Start Ups

Date: Monday 29 October 2018

Booking Fee: AU$15 per person

Time: 1100 – 1530

Dress: Casual with comfortable walking shoes

Departure Point: Iron Wharf Place, ICC Sydney

Please assemble 10 minutes prior to tour departure time at the northern end of ICC Sydney.

From Sydney’s eclectic Inner West to the cultural melting pot of Sydney’s western suburbs, we take you on a journey which showcases some of Australia’s newly arrived refugees who have turned passion into possibility.

Since 2013, IGNITE Small Business Start – Ups (an SSI funded initiative) has supported over 450 newly arrived refugees and established over 100 small businesses in NSW.

This unique tour introduces you to an amazing group of Ignite entrepreneurs who, despite all challenges, have established their business.  They will take you through their entrepreneurial journey; the challenges, the struggles and the rewards. And you will experience firsthand their amazing products and services.

You will be treated to lunch by the Al Janabi family who are operating the eatery at 4 Brave Women cafe. This will be followed by a selection of Iranian and Georgian traditional desserts by entrepreneurs Magic Tablecloth and Zara Royale.

Our next destination is Parramatta, one of Sydney’s largest growing satellite cities, for a tour of the 3 Sis Hair Salon. You will meet Mojgan and her sisters who were forced to leave Iran, and with the support of Ignite facilitators, opened their hair salon in September 2017. The sisters will provide you with a traditional Iranian afternoon tea and tour of their hair salon.

Our final stop on this whirlwind tour is Nadiri Fine Foods in Fairfield where you will meet Rassul Zahrouni and his family who opened their Middle Eastern supermarket in 2016. 

This extraordinary tour will provide insight and opportunity; it will excite your taste buds and imagination. Come with us on the Ignite Small Business start-ups tour and see how anything is possible.

Cultural/Study Touring Terms and Conditions

All tours include all entry fees and meals where specified. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended for all tours. For any outdoor tours we recommend that participants bring sun protection cream, sunhat, sunglasses and appropriate clothing.

All tours are based on a minimum number of participants. If minimum numbers are not reached by 28 September 2018, a complete refund will be made. Places on all tours are limited and will be allocated strictly in order of receipt of payment. Where participants cancel their tour bookings prior to 28 September 2018, payment will be refunded in full. Thereafter, no refunds will be made.

Disclaimer

The services specified in these tour descriptions are available at the time of writing. However, in the event that any service(s) become unavailable for any reason, Arinex will make every effort to supply alternative services of an equal standard and value but cannot accept any responsibility for failure to provide the specified services.