One Billion and Rising returns to Kogarah Town Square

Kogarah Town Square will be transformed into a venue for dance, self-defence displays, music and inspirational speeches this Friday at 7pm for the annual One Billion Rising event.

Organised by Kogarah Community Services (KCS), One Billion Rising will celebrate the multicultural community of the St George region while raising awareness of violence against women.

Performances will range from Bosnian singing to Wushu martial arts, Zumba to Nepalese, Cabaret Burlesque to Yi Quan Kung Fu, as well as Indian, Indonesian and belly dancing.

Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a Flash Mob to the song "Break The Chain" .

One Billion Rising is an annual, global event held in more than 200 countries.

"We aim to not only highlight the issue of violence against women in our community but celebrate and empower survivors, families and friends," KCS Community Engagement Officer Alison Ryan said.

Since 2012, One Billion Rising has attracted hundreds to Kogarah Town Square every year, as well an even larger audience via social media.

In addition to the many performers, there will be representatives from Georges River Council, NSW Police, Federal and State MPs, Moving Forward and BreastScreen NSW.

"While it is important to recognise the courage and resilience of women and families experiencing violence, on Friday, February 14 we will unite, rise and celebrate hope for the future" Ms Ryan said.