New Beginnings Festival

Saturday 27th January 2024

Saturday 27th January 3pm to 10pm

Join us in a celebration of diversity at the Australian National Maritime Museum as part of Sydney Festival. Immerse yourself in eclectic sounds, tastes from all over the world, and a cultural visual experience like no other.

Register to attend this FREE event and enjoy a stellar lineup of performances, experiences, workshops, and stalls to be unveiled as we countdown to Sat 27 Jan!

  • LIVE performances - DOBBY, SOLCHLD, ChikChika and more!
  • FOOD stalls featuring cuisine from around the world
  • MARKET stalls featuring entrepreneurs from refugee and migrant backgrounds
  • FREE experiences and a full program for kids and families - to be announced soon!

Dobby. Photo: Luke Currie-Richardson


New Beginnings Festival is all about fostering an inclusive society that promotes equal opportunities through arts and culture initiatives.

First in, best dressed

As this is a popular and free event, we expect the venue to reach maximum capacity at some points during the festival. This means you might have to queue up on the day even if you have reserved a ticket. We recommend you come in early not to miss your favourite artist. We look forward to seeing you at New Beginnings Festival.


About SSI

Settlement Services International (SSI) delivers a range of human services that connect individuals, families, and children from diverse backgrounds with opportunities - including settlement support, disability programs, community engagement initiatives and training and employment pathways. At the heart of everything we do is a drive for equality, empathy, and celebration of every individual.

The SSI New Beginnings Festival (NBF) is SSI’s flagship multicultural activity dedicated to showcasing the talents of artists and entrepreneurs from refugee and migrant backgrounds, as well as our diverse communities including LGBTQIA, people with a disability, youth, women and CALD communities.

Presented by Settlement Services International.      Supported by Sydney Festival.