Tucson World RefugeeFEST Celebrates Refugee Community, Culture
The International Rescue Committee in Tucson is proud to once again sponsor the community’s largest celebration of refugees, the fourth annual Tucson World RefugeeFEST! The festival, presented by the Somali Bantu Association of Tucson, AZ (SBATA) will take place this year on Saturday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Maracana Indoor Sports Arena, 555 E. 18th Street.
“Tucson World RefugeeFEST is an incredibly fun and engaging celebration of the many diverse cultures and backgrounds that are represented by our refugee community here in Tucson,” said Melissa Wieters, development officer for the International Rescue Committee in Tucson. “We are thrilled to be able to join with SBATA and the many other organizations committed to raising awareness of the gifts of culture and global perspectives that refugees share with all of us.”
Tucson World RefugeeFEST. (Photo credit: Jamara Knight)
Tucson World RefugeeFEST will feature live performances and art from refugees around the world, as well as educational booths, ethnic food, and interactive multi-lingual children’s activities. A soccer tournament between refugee teams from Tucson and Phoenix will take place throughout the day with an award ceremony in the evening. A formal United States Citizenship and Immigration ceremony in the afternoon will celebrate refugees who have succeeded in attaining U.S. citizenship.
For more information on the Tucson World RefugeeFEST, visit www. http://www.tucsonrefugeefest.com.