Schedule of Events and Speakers

Stay tuned for the 2018 schedule of events and speakers

2017 Event

This event includes ongoing various musical performances, speeches, and group activities. Below are loose time frames for each type of fun activity! Mayor Bill Bell will launch the event with a short welcoming speech.



Welcome Mayor Bill Bell

2:00 PM- Humeera, a refugee resident of Durham from Pakistan.

2:50 PM- Felipe, an immigrant resident of Durham.

3:00 PM- Ahmad, a refugee resident of Durham from Syria.


Music (starting shortly after first speaker)

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba band

Khaldoon singing Arabic songs of home

Mayrelis singing songs from Cuba


Kaira Ba, Orange County, North Carolina, November 7, 2013.Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba  Kaira Ba plays music inspired by the ancient West-African griot tradition. Led by the kora, the 21-stringed harp-lute, this highly original blend of traditional and modern styles creates an infectious sound reminiscent of West African dance bands full of unison melody, adventurous improvisation, fiery solos and polyrhythmic frameworks.


DurtyDub  Part live improv experiment, part DJ, Durty Dub delivers “turnt-up” dance party grooves from America and the African Diaspora, combined with haunting ballads and old-school, distorted guitar abandon.

Activities (Ongoing throughout the event):


Stay tuned for info on which local vendors of international food will be selling their delicacies!