Together we are strong.

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This is a youth-led,
anti-racism project promoting social inclusion, connection, belonging and education; it is based on Gumbaynggirr Country in Coffs Harbour.

We use arts-based messaging to build resilience in our community and stand against racism.

We believe each of us has a role to play in becoming allies to those experiencing racism, and in joining together to build a cohesive community where people from all backgrounds feel safe and able to thrive.

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“Racism is more than just words or actions. It also includes the invisible barriers, big and small, that can prevent people from doing as well in life as others simply because of their cultural background.”

Australian Human Rights Commission

Current Project

Song, Film Clip, Documentary, Mural & Training Programs

The project's official launch is in April 2022, with the release of an original song (written by a songwriting collective and Grow The Music), a film clip and documentary (produced by Bathtime Productions), and the installation of a large scale visual art mural in a prominent location in Coffs Harbour.

We will collaborate with schools to create bystander racism training through a forum theatre project and a hip hop project, to develop cultural awareness and greater understanding between young people from different cultural backgrounds.

"Under the Sun we’re all the same here.
We are all shining stars.
The colour of my skin does not define me.
Let’s change the world and make it a better place."

Music Video

‘All One Under The Sun'

Written by: Songwriting Collective and Grow the Music
Video: Bathtime Productions

Click here to to download the song via Ditto
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Documentary

‘All One Under The Sun'

Created by Bathtime Productions, this documentary follows the development of the All One Under the Sun project and features interviews with participants, facilitators and community members at crucial stages of the project.

It shows the lived experiences of racism in our local community and explores the concept of ‘two sides of the same street’ and how our experiences can be very different based on our culture, age or religion.

Participants also share their thoughts on the changes they can see happening, as well as their hopes and dreams for the future.

Community-based
Programs

Songwriting Collective

The songwriting collective is made up of young people from different ages and cultural backgrounds, who participated in songwriting and recording intensives with Grow The Music; this culminated in the development of the original project anthem and film clip. The song incorporates five community languages including Gumbaynggirr, English, Arabic, Swahili and Kurdish Kurmanji.

The songwriting collective came together through a call-out for interested young musicians in the community, and through music outreach workshops in four local schools, with 150 young people participating.

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Youth Action Collective

In 2021 we invited all local high schools in the Coffs Harbour LGA to nominate young people to attend a youth training day at the Botanic Gardens and be part of the Youth Action Collective. The day included an introduction to Gumbaynggirr culture, a First Nations perspective on racism, and anti-racism training presented by the Challenging Racism Project.

We have 18 active members who attend monthly meetings, contributing to the development of AOUTS, its leadership and relevance to young people. They will also support the launch of AOUTS in the community and in schools, and will look for future opportunities to make an impact around racism in their local school communities.

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Community Based
Programs

Songwriting Collective

The songwriting collective is made up of young people from different ages and cultural backgrounds, who participated in songwriting and recording intensives with Grow The Music; this culminated in the development of the original project anthem and film clip. The song incorporates five community languages including Gumbaynggirr, English, Arabic, Swahili and Kurdish Kurmanji.

The songwriting collective came together through a call-out for interested young musicians in the community, and through music outreach workshops in four local schools, with 150 young people participating.

people taking part in programs
Youth Action Collective

In 2021 we invited all local high schools in the Coffs Harbour LGA to nominate young people to attend a youth training day at the Botanic Gardens and be part of the Youth Action Collective. The day included an introduction to Gumbaynggirr culture, a First Nations perspective on racism, and anti-racism training presented by the Challenging Racism Project.

We have 18 active members who attend monthly meetings, contributing to the development of AOUTS, its leadership and relevance to young people. They will also support the launch of AOUTS in the community and in schools, and will look for future opportunities to make an impact around racism in their local school communities.

people taking part in programs

Schools-based Programs

Stand Up/Stand By - Forum Theatre

In collaboration with local schools the forum theatre performance will be created, with the aim of educating young people about the power of bystander intervention when racist incidents occur, and how to use this approach safely. Participants will work with a theatre professional and complete anti-racism bystander training.

The performance that is developed through this process will then be presented to local schools and community groups.

Forum theatre invites the input of audience members to find a solution within the scenarios presented, and will include discussion and insights into how they as individuals can support those experiencing racism.

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Change the Story

This project will work with young people from different cultural backgrounds to develop cultural awareness and understanding about each other through hip hop, songwriting and cultural education.

The project will culminate in the development of original songs which the young people will then share and celebrate with their schools, families and broader communities.

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All One Under the Sun Festival

19 June 2022 (9:30am - 2:30pm)

The festival will be presented by Coffs Harbour City Council in collaboration with the All one Under the Sun project and consortium, and will take place at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden in Coffs Harbour. It will be a whole-of-community celebration of cross-cultural Coffs Harbour, with live music, dance, workshops, installations and cultural food.

Merchandise

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All One Under The Sun is supported by a consortium of local organisations

led by STARTTS, which includes Blue Sky Community Services, Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Lands Council, headspace Coffs Harbour and Coffs Harbour City Council. Funding has been provided by the NSW Government through Multicultural NSW.

We’re a multi-disciplinary team of  people from local community organisations.

We collaborate with local arts and cultural workers and organisations to deliver our programs and realise the creative vision.