Each year on June 20, the United Nations and civic groups around the world host World Refugee Day events in order to draw the public’s attention to the millions of refugees worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict and persecution.
On Saturday, June 20, you can commemorate the United Nations’ World Refugee Day at the Bullock Museum with a naturalization ceremony, free samples of world cuisine, live music and performances, and family activities (geared for kids ages 6 and up). Events take place from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., and all attendees can also enjoy free museum admission!
–> Schedule of events:
- At 12 p.m., watch a naturalization ceremony led by Federal Judge Robert Pitman in the Texas Spirit Theater. (Space is limited.)
- Beginning at 1 p.m., try free samples of world cuisine, courtesy of Rosemary’s Catering, while supplies last.
- Enjoy the international music and performances from 1 -3 p.m.
- Discover what the journey of a refugee is like, from home country to the United States, through a learning game sponsored by Caritas of Austin and Refugee Services of Texas.
- Refugee families can get a free family portrait taken by Barclay Wright Photography.
- Find out how furniture store IKEA and the Multicultural Refugee Coalition have partnered up to provide Austin-area refugees with sustainable employment.
- See a stunning visual display of traditional clothing from several countries represented in the Austin refugee community, sponsored by Center for Survivors of Torture and Interfaith Action of Central Texas.
For more information, please visit the Bullock Museum website.