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March morphs into a festival

Thursday, 3rd October, 2013

Social justice advocates (from left) Tracey Willow, Stacey Jackson, Eliza Hull, Caitlin Neal, Lynne Dalrymple and Donna Kennedy are organising a Festival of Respect Social justice advocates (from left) Tracey Willow, Stacey Jackson, Eliza Hull, Caitlin Neal, Lynne Dalrymple and Donna Kennedy are organising a Festival of Respect

By Emily Roberts

A festival aimed at celebrating social justice issues will run over a four-month period.

The Festival of Respect is a collaborative project and stems from the annual Reclaim the Night march against domestic violence.

It is being organised by the Far West Community Legal Centre and the Warra Warra Legal Service.

Far West CLC CEO Tracey Willow said they agreed to organise Reclaim the Night after the Domestic Violence committee asked for input.

"It turned into a series of events that would be held from the end of October to the end of March, next year," she said.

"We want to encourage people to understand the messages of safety and love.

"Most events we are organising are tied to a social justice day."

Ms Willow said the Far West CLC and Warra Warra Legal Service were excited to be working together.

"There is a lot of interest brewing and we are developing different concepts. It is extremely positive."

The Festival of Respect will start with the Reclaim the Night march on October 25.

"We will meet at Hungry Jacks around 7.30pm," Ms Willow said.

"There will be a police escort as we march from there to the Court House."

Reclaim the Night is an event in honour of women, children and men killed as a result of family/domestic violence.

Other events throughout the festival will include, Letters of Respect, National Film and Screen Archive Events in Far West, White Ribbon Events, World Aids Day and International Persons with a Disability events.

Many other events are being planned.

The festival's events will be open for the whole community.

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