Catholic Charities Immigrant & Refugee Services will celebrate World Refugee Day at an outdoor Community Arts Festival in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, 58 Seventh Avenue. The festival will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 26.
World Refugee Day, first held in 2001, is designated by the United Nations to honor all the world’s refugees. The official date for the commemoration is June 20, but the Brooklyn celebration was delayed to accommodate this year’s Juneteenth observances.
The June 26 event was held outside the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and will also utilize the Conservatory’s garden space. The Brooklyn Conservatory and Catholic Charities are the two lead organizers of the event, this year being held for the sixth time.
Artists who have experienced refugee status will perform. Their countries of origin include Cameroon, Haiti, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Uganda and Ukraine. The Brooklyn Public Library featured an interactive activity for youth and participants will be asked to join in a Plant Hope activity, intended to create a seedling symbolizing human resiliency, hope and new journeys. Catholic Charities will also display information and stats on refugees in New York and how New Yorkers can welcome newcomers to our communities.