What is World Refugee Day?
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 the Twin Cities World Refugee Day Festival?
Twin Cities World Refugee Day Festival is a family-oriented day of celebration that highlights the stories, arts, and cultures of the 101,800+ refugees in Minnesota and the diversity of cultures, experiences and assets they bring to our community. The purpose of World Refugee Day 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 in June by a collaboration of resettlement agencies, community based organizations, for-profit entities and ordinary citizens to recognize refugees’ journeys to their new homes through celebration and education. The festival is a proud community event that is planned and implemented by volunteers.
Twin Cities World Refugee Day is a local event that aims to:
- Recognize the more than 101,800+ refugees living in every corner of our state and celebrate the diversity of culture 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.
The festival brings together refugees from more than a dozen ethnic groups and other Minnesotans to celebrate the diverse gifts that refugees bring to our state. Festival-goers enjoy free live entertainment, food and vendors from around the world, children’s activities, a community resource fair and interactive educational displays.
Getting to the Event
You can get to the event using the bus (Route 64) or visit www.metrotransit.org.
Arlington Hills Community Center has a small parking lot with limited space. We encourage you to park along the street on Payne Avenue.
2015 Presenting Sponsors
This activity is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
2015 Platinum Sponsors
2015 Gold Sponsors
2015 Collaborating Partners
New American Alliance for Development
East Side Arts Council
Pahoua Yang and James Song, Houa Lee, Shoua Yang, Gaosong Vang Heu, Asian Economic Development Association, Mike Niedermeyer, Kevin Yang, Intermedia Arts