Pittsburgh will celebrate World Refugee Day on Friday, June 21st in Market Square. From 11AM-2PM, you can join in with other members of our community to honor the courage of millions of refugees worldwide who were forced to flee their homelands and start new lives. Immigrant Heritage Month is also recognized in June, and the day will feature refugee and immigrant speakers, multicultural food and craft vendors, and music, poetry, and dance performances from around the globe. The emcee will be Khara Timsina, Executive Director and co-founder of the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh (BCAP).
World Refugee Day is free to attend and open to the public. You will have the opportunity to learn more about refugees and immigrants in Pittsburgh and their experiences here, plus there will be a variety of children’s activities that will make this a fun-filled and educational event for the entire family.
The 2019 World Refugee Day event is organized by Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach (AJAPO) with support from Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS), the American Red Cross of Southwestern PA, Global Wordsmiths, South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM), Literacy Pittsburgh, All for All, and Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education (ARYSE). It is also sponsored in part by Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
The celebration will primarily be held outside in the center of the square. More details will be shared leading up to June 21st; you can stay up to date on the event’s Facebook page.This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.