Thursday, June 19, 2014
Tomorrow is the United Nations-designated day to honor those who flee their homes because of violence, conflict or persecution. According to the UN, there are some 43.7 such folks around the world.
The scene at Market Square, as befits a focus on the refugees' resilience, will be on the festive side.
Pittsburgh’s event, sponsored by groups including the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. It includes live music, food and craft vendors from the local refugee community. Performers include Bhutanese dance troupes, and singers from Turkey and Nepal.
Special guests include the Allstar Refugee Band, a group based in the Czech Republic that is in the midst of preparing for a world-premiere theatrical production next week at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh (which itself knows something about sheltering writers persecuted in their home countries).
The band, which plays a lively and eclectic blend of sounds and styles, performs at 1 p.m. at Market Square.