A Celebration of Cultures

The Festival of Cultures drew a large and diverse crowd to Falls Park on a beautiful Saturday in June. Blue skies and lots of sunshine brought together vendors, singers and dancers and plenty of  food from all over the world.

A beautiful morning to start setting up for the big event

Mayor Paul TenHaken kicked off the event by reading the World Refugee Day Proclamation, informing the audience of the significance and importance of the refugee population. 

The World Refugee Day Planning Committee which included LSS, the Presentation Sisters, South Dakota Voices for Peace, Caminando Juntos, the Multicultural Center, Sioux Falls Public Library, and other amazing community advocates, put together a booth at the Festival to celebrate our refugee community in honor of World Refugee Day. 

Falls Park was full of people, and we were so happy to welcome many visitors to our booth to read poems written by refugee students from the Center for New Americans, play trivia about refugee resettlement topics, and learn more about the refugee community in Sioux Falls.

One of our newest entrepreneurs from the refugee community, Nadifa Mahamed

Lindy Obach, ESL instructor, staffed the booth with many wonderful volunteers throughout the day. “We had so much fun meeting people and telling them more about the vibrant refugee community here in Sioux Falls. Our trivia game was a big hit, where we asked questions about refugee resettlement, language, geography, and United States citizenship. The day was awesome, and we connected with so many people.” 

Written by Lindy Obach and Silke Hansen, ESL Instructors at LSS-Center for New Americans

300 East 6th Street, Suite 100 | Sioux Falls, SD 57103

1-866-242-2447 toll free | 605-731-2059 fax

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