ST. PAUL, MN — CAPI, an immigrant-led nonprofit organization founded in 1982, will celebrate Twin Cities World Refugee Day 2021 on June 20.
This year, the event will also be launched on virtual platforms such as Facebook and Youtube.
The speakers of this event are Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis, and award-winning Hmong American author Kao Kalia Yang.
The event will feature the following artists:
- Cypher Side Dance School
- Ifrah Mansour
- Nyttu Chongo
- Tou Saik
- Free in Color Arts
- Kashimana Ahua and Reequal Smith (a collaboration of MN and Canadian artists)
- Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue
Twin Cities World Refugee Day recognizes the thousands of refugees living in Minnesota and celebrates the diversity of cultures and experiences they bring to the community in the state.
Each year, Twin Cities World Refugee Day features over a dozen refugee artists, including musicians, dancers, poets, and storytellers.
Visitors coming to this event will enjoy free live entertainment, food, and vendors from around the world, a community resource fair, children’s activities, and interactive educational displays.
The event is celebrated to 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.
In addition to building a cultural bridge between longtime Minnesota residents and the newest community members of the state, this celebration of culture and life aims to bring the diverse communities of Minnesota together.