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 partnership with the City of Brooklyn Center, join us on June 11 at Centennial Park (6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Center, MN) from 12 pm – 5 pm!
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:
The Cultural Stage is booked!
The Cultural Stage for TCWRD 2023 is now full for the event! We are happy to have 12 performers/groups bring their artistry to the stage and can’t wait for you to see them! Just a few of the groups who will be there: the Ukrainian group Cheremosh Dance Ensemble; Seev Cev Hmong Line Dance; Afrocontigbo; Chico Chavez Orchestra; and more!
Crafts + Community
Celebrate the cultures and experiences of Minnesotan refugees. The festival highlights local artisans enriching the lives of Minnesota’s communities and organizations dedicated to providing opportunities and improving the quality of life for immigrants and refugees in the state.
To register as a Global Market Vendor or to participate in our Resource Fair, click the link below. Registration fees are $50 for the Global Market and $75 for the Resource Fair.
It takes a lot of hands and heart to put on a celebration like this! We welcome community members to get involved in a number of ways throughout the day. Whether that’s helping with set up, parking, or event flow…we’ve got a number of items to choose from. Sign up at the button below!
Become a Sponsor!
Show your support for our refugee community by becoming a Twin Cities World Refugee Day Sponsor! Choose between Voyager, Pathfinder, or Storyteller. Click the link below for more info!
In Partnership With
Thank you to our sponsors for your support!
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.