The Twin Cities World Refugee Day festival is made possible by our all-volunteer planning committee members, the hands-on work of our day-of festival volunteers, the commitment and resources from our collaborating partners, and lots and lots of heart.

It’s a family-oriented day of celebration that highlights the stories, arts, and cultures of the 101,800+ refugees in Minnesota.

Putting on an all-day festival requires a lot of heart, hard work, and yes – - funding!

We aim to be equitable and accessible in as many ways as we can and some of those areas are in being able to provide a free public event, affordable food, free activities for the entire family, bus shuttles, and honorariums for the 30+ self-identified refugee artists performing on the cultural stage.

Your support of $20 (or more), will be a tremendous help in our efforts. I hope that you will consider giving so that we can provide another year of the Twin Cities World Refugee Day festival!


Our list of Donors continue to grow. Many thanks to the following for contributing to the 2015 festival:

Dylan Fresco, Jane Sevald, Rebekah Jacobson, Anonymous, Ibrahim Kaba, Tim August, Shannon Kielblock, Sayon Syprasoeuth, Vichet Chhuon, Daniel Tilsen, Kelly Tsai, Susan Campion, Os & Mey, Julia Opoti, Alexis Cuttance, Elizabeth de Soto, Anonymous, Bruce Thao, Hli Xyooj, Michelle Vang, Kabo Yang, Alexis Walstad, Bruce Thao, Hli Xyooj, Kabo Yang, Michelle Vang, Jamil Jude, Hlee Lee, Darci Schummer, Jessie Roelofs, Karrah Anderson, John Kostishack, Mary Voight, Melissa Vang, Andy Sturdevant, Fres Thao, Mari Quenemoen, Sandra J. Agustin, Heather Bouwman, Shinaah Thao, May Lee-Yang, Andrea Bennett Xiong, Tou Ger Bennett Xiong, Anonymous

Special Thanks to Our 2015 Crowd-funding Video Production Team

Kevin Yang, 2014 Host; Ifrah Mansour, 2014 Honorary Chair; Maya Wheeler, planning committee; Julia Opoti, marketing chair; May Lee-Yang, script writer; Mary Niedermeyer, project coordinator; Mike Niedermeyer, video director and editor; Intermedia Arts, donated space and equipment