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Morrill Meadows Park, KENT WA

Refugees and Immigrants Festival

Sign up to be part of this Event: https://www.wideworldforrefugee.com/sign-up-form Unlike other regional cultural festivals, this event is led by immigrants and refugees themselves and is informed by their experiences.

Refugees and Immigrants Festival
Refugees and Immigrants Festival

Time & Location

21 Sep 2024, 11:00 – 18:00

Morrill Meadows Park, KENT WA, 10600 SE 248th ST Kent, WA 98030

Guests

About the event

Washington's demographic has evolved rapidly, witnessing a surge in refugee and immigrant populations, particularly in King and Pierce counties, originating from diverse places like Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and more. Despite the theoretical welcome to immigrants and refugees, cultural communities often find themselves isolated, lacking opportunities for authentic intercultural exchange. The existing advertising landscape predominantly targets Eurocentric audiences, neglecting the rich cultural tapestry of Washingtonian immigrants, refugees, and asylees.

In response, the Refugee and Immigrant Festival (RIF) emerges as a transformative, intercultural event. 

This free festival seeks to weave together the diverse refugees and immigrants cultures of the state, specifically targeting communities in King and Pierce counties. RIF invites these communities to share their rich cultural heritage, including food, arts, dance, and language. Unlike other regional festivals, RIF is entirely immigrant-and-refugee-led, providing a unique platform for authentic representation.

The festival aims to address the problem of cultural isolation by fostering intercultural dialogue, understanding, and the sharing of powerful refugee and immigrant stories. Scheduled for September 21, 2024, coinciding with Welcoming Week, RIF serves as a catalyst for advocacy and awareness. It emphasizes the importance of welcoming strangers in our cities and provides a space for refugees and immigrants to actively engage in advocacy on issues impacting their lives.

Attendees of the Refugee and Immigrant Festival can anticipate a vibrant array of cultural performances, including drama, poetry, and firsthand stories from refugees and immigrants. This immersive experience allows the audience to interact with presenters, engage in various cultural and artistic activities, and gain a deeper understanding of the diverse communities contributing to Washington's cultural fabric.

In conclusion, the Refugee and Immigrant Festival responds to the pressing need for genuine intercultural exchange in Washington, particularly in King and Pierce counties. By spotlighting the cultural richness of refugee and immigrant communities, RIF not only bridges the gap of isolation but also promotes diversity, cultural enrichment, and active participation in advocacy. The festival is a testament to the power of grassroots, immigrant-led initiatives to create meaningful connections and foster understanding in an evolving demographic landscape.

We invite everyone in our community to attend and participate in this festival, where we can come together and learn from one another across our differences. Let's make this a day to remember, where we celebrate the strength, resilience, and beauty of our immigrant and refugee communities.

Here's how you can participate:

  1. Donation: Support our cause by making a donation of any amount here: Donate
  2. If you are a vendor, performer, sponsor, or volunteer interested in providing donations of time, supplies, demonstrations, performances, or other goods to support the Refugees and Immigrants Festival,  Please fill out this form: Here

Tickets

  • Refugees & Immigrants Festival

    This event is free to all, We encourage people to reserve a ticket so it can help us know how many people will attend the event to allow us prepare effectively

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