Program for Fourth Annual World Refugee Day in San Diego
June 21, 2014, 10 AM - 3 PM
Balboa Park : International Cottages Area
10:00 AM: Event Start (resource tables and vendor booths only)
11:00 - 11:30 AM: Opening Ceremony at the Stage of International Cottages Area
Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Bob Montgomery, Executive Director, International Rescue Committee (IRC) San Diego
12:00 - 3:00 PM: Stage dance/ music performances, film screenings, and other activities
Our “Meet Your Neighbor” theme showcases the different neighborhoods and the abundantly communities that reside within our county. One can walk through the event venue and experience almost every refugee culture found in San Diego. The event allows visitors the chance to hear stories of the refugees through panel presentations, performers from Haiti, Iraq, Congo, Burma, and the Karen community, see cultural exhibitions in the different regional areas of the park, attend a film screening, puppet show, international bazaar featuring refugee-owned local businesses, as well as participate in cultural arts and crafts that include leather work, Karen Bamboo Dance, Karen weaving, and more. Furthermore, there will be resource sharing on services and the information available from the San Diego Refugee Forum, UNHCR, Red Cross, United Nations Association, and Chipotle on their connections to the refugee community. It will be a memorable event that exhibits the contributions made by refugees to enrich the lives of San Diegans.