International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Tucson World RefugeeFEST Celebrates Refugee Community, Culture

The IRC is proud to join with the Tucson community in support of three exciting events to honor World Refugee Day.  
Location: Downtown Main Library Plaza, 101 N. Stone Avenue Tucson, AZ
Date and Times: Friday June 20, 4:30pm 
Join the ‘flash celebration’ by wearing colors of the world, waving an international flag, jamming & dancing. Just show up at 4:30pm on the Jacomé Plaza and be ready to JAM in celebration of life.
WorldFEST Annual Picnic
Location: Armory Park Center, 220 S. 5th Ave, Tucson, AZ
Date and Times: Friday June 20, 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
Come celebrate new futures and conquered pasts with food, drumming, dancing and lots of Eegees! Considering carpooling with a refugee family to help with transportation and bring your favorite ethnic dish to share. Free to the public.
World Refugee Day Celebration/USCIS Citizenship Ceremony
Location:Catalina Magnet High School Auditorium, 3645 E. Pima, Tucson, Az.
Date and Times:Thursday, June 19, 2014, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
The event will kick off at 10:00 AM with refugee youth serving as the Masters of Ceremonies.  The program begins with welcome remarks by Charles Shipman, State Refugee Coordinator, followed by words from local dignitaries.  Refugee youth cultural performances by TUSD students from the “Finding My Voice” student club and local refugee youth dance groups will be featured.  The keynote speaker at this year’s event will be Dr. H.T. Sanchez, Superintendent of TUSD.  The Tucson Concert Band, an all-volunteer orchestra will provide performances of patriotic songs conducted by Lorelei Conrad.  Graduating Seniors of 2014 from the Tucson Ethnic Community Based Organizations will be recognized.   Following at 10:45 AM, USCIS hosts a citizenship ceremony for refugee youth who will become new citizens.  Door prizes and refreshments end the celebration. 
Tucson World RefugeeFEST. (Photo credit: Jamara Knight)