Join us at the 12th annual
World Refugee Day
on Sunday, July 15th
1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403
How did World Refugee Day begin?
In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly established June 20th as World Refugee Day. Since 2001, people around the world have celebrated the day with events that honor the world’s more than 16 million refugees and raise awareness around refugee issues.
What is Twin Cities World Refugee Day?
Twin Cities World Refugee Day is a family-oriented day of celebration that highlights the stories, arts, and cultures of the thousands of refugees in Minnesota and the diversity of cultures, experiences, and assets they bring to our community. The purpose of TCWRD is to provide a platform for refugee stories and artistic practices, to honor their lives and raise awareness of the millions of refugees in the world who have been forced to flee their homes. The annual event is held each year to recognize refugees’ journeys to their new homes through celebration and education. TCWRD is a proud community event that is planned and implemented by volunteers.
Twin Cities World Refugee Day is a community event that aims to
Recognize the thousands of refugees living in our state and celebrate the diversity of cultures and experiences that they bring to our community
Raise awareness around refugee issues, including: international conflicts and violence that create refugee crises, the refugee resettlement process both here and abroad, and the challenges and opportunities faced by refugees after resettling in Minnesota
Build a cultural bridge between longtime Minnesota residents and our newest community members
This celebration of culture and life brings Minnesotans together to recognize and uplift the diverse gifts that refugees bring to our state. Event-goers enjoy free live entertainment, food and vendors from around the world, children’s activities, a community resource fair and interactive educational displays.