Coming June 11, 2023!

#TCWRD is a Festival 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. In-person event returning in 2023!

Virtual Presentation

Twin Cities World Refugee Day 2022 was a virtual celebration hosted on Facebook and YouTube. Check out the video to hear messages from Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan,  the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis, and hear the story of a recently resettled Afghan family. Watch dynamic performances and hear stories from:

Food + Community

Celebrate the cultures and experiences of Minnesotan refugees. The festival highlights local food trucks that serve culturally diverse food options, organizations dedicated to providing opportunities and improving the quality of life for immigrants and refugees, and artists enriching Minnesota’s communities.
Food trucks will return in 2023

Recognizing Greatness

TCWRD is a platform to uplift and celebrate all that refugees have brought and grown to enrich both local and global communities, and annually we strive to recognize amazing refugee community leaders that #ElevateOurVoices
​Although we live in a world that can feel divided at times, the exceptional efforts and energies of many people unite our diverse communities. These leaders bridge our diverse communities in order to shift us to a collective cultural narrative that welcomes and accepts all.

Huge thank you to the amazing support of our financial sponsors!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts
Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


This work is funded in part by the Minnesota Humanities Center with money
from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of
Minnesota on November 4, 2008.