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.
“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
All One Under the Sun
Songs, Film Clips, Documentary, Mural, Theatre Shows, Training Programs & Flash dances
The project's official launch was in April 2022, with the release of an original song (written by a songwriting collective and Grow The Music) and a film clip and documentary (produced by Bathtime Productions).
In May 2022 we collaborated with schools to create a theatre show 'Stand Up Stand By' to explore the role of the bystander in racist incidents. We performed this at the Coffs Harbour Conservatorium, Jetty Theatre and Riverside Theatre in Parramatta.
We also worked with a number of local schools on a Hip hop music project ‘Change the Story’ to develop cultural awareness and understanding between young people from different cultural backgrounds.
In June 2023 celebrated the 'All One Under the Sun' Festival at the Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens.
"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."
‘All One Under The Sun'
Our programs are run within schools & the local community to promote social inclusion, connection, belonging and education & empowerment.
An original theatre show exploring racism and the role of the bystander, weaving real life scenarios with poetry, hip hop, film and dance. Stand Up Stand By has been created by young people from Orara High school as part of the All One Under the Sun program to address racism in schools and the broader community of Coffs Harbour.
Change the Story is a Hip Hop and cultural awareness project promoting cross cultural connection, belonging, inclusion, education and empowerment of young people.
Our pilot program worked with First Nations and Ezidi young people from both Coffs Harbour and Orara Highschools. Both groups have created and recorded original songs and film clips in collaboration with professional artists.
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.
All One Under the Sun Festival
The festival was presented by Coffs Harbour City Council in collaboration with the All one Under the Sun project and consortium, and took place at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden in Coffs Harbour. It was a whole-of-community celebration of cross-cultural Coffs Harbour, with live music, dance, workshops, installations and cultural food.
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.