Twin Cities World Refugee Day is a celebration of the more than 90,000 refugees who have made Minnesota their home in the past 30 years – and the more than 14 million refugees around the world. The event represents the many refugee communities of the Twin Cities with cultural performances, speakers, activities, food and vendors, and an immigrant resource fair that bring together refugees, their neighbors and the community in which we all live. While the Twin Cities has celebrated the event since 2005 – last year with more than 1,500 attendees – World Refugee Day was created by the United Nations and is honored around the world each year on June 20.
Performers include: Marimba Africa, e.g. bailey, Cultural Society of Filipino-Americans (CSFA), Hoang Anh Dance Group, Logan Moua, Nepali Dance Group, MN African Women’s Association Youth Dancers (MAWA Agile Program) & Titambe, Ka Joog (“The Last Poets”) + more. e.g. bailey performs at 4:00pm at Minnehaha Park (4801 Minnehaha Avenue South, Minneapolis), along with Umar Williams, Brian Van Tassel, and Dameun Strange.
Twin Cities World Refugee Day is brought to life by individuals at a variety of local organizations that serve refugees and immigrants. Organizations represented on this year’s planning committee include: CAPI, Council on Black Minnesotans, Crown Medical Center, Brian Coyle Center – Emerge Community Development, Episcopal Community Services, Hennepin County Office of Multicultural Services, International Institute of Minnesota, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Metropolitan Health Plan – Hennepin County, Minnesota Council of Churches, Minnesota Department of Health – Refugee Health Program, Minnesota International Health Volunteers, Ramsey County – Public Health Department, Slavic Community Center, St. Paul Public Schools, Statewide Tobacco Education and Engagement Project (STEEP), and Volunteers of America – Minnesota. tcworldrefugeeday.org