May 4th - May 7th, 2017 RiverCentre, Saint Paul, MN
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For nearly 85 years, the Festival of Nations has inspired people throughout the region to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity brought to us by immigrants from around the globe.
In 2017, the Festival will continue its legacy as the longest running multicultural festival in the Midwest and, once again, collaborate with more than 90 ethnic groups to create a truly unique experience – one that celebrates cultural heritage and provides our community’s immigrants with a platform to express their stories through world-class performances, exhibits, ethnic cuisine, and personal connections.
Thank you for your immense support and coming together for our Peace Vigil on March 4th, 2017.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed in an disheartening incident on Feb 22, 2017, shot in a sad display of hate. Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot were wounded in the incident that took place in Olathe, Kansas. Ian took gunshots in a very brave and compassionate attempt to protect Srinivas and Alok.
In Gandhiji's words strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. By coming together with strong will , we witnessed over 200 people join us to raise awareness against hate and show our solidarity in support of justice and tolerance towards people of all diversities. We were reminded today by all of our community coming together that we are one community, one race - the human race and we will all support each other. We want to spread the light of love and acceptance across all our differences today.
IAM Lifetime Achievement Award
IAM Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017 was presented to to MR. MUKTHAR THAKUR in gratitude and deep appreication of his devotion, loyalty and dedicated service to the community
The award was presented at a glittering ceremony on February 11th at DoubleTree at Park Place, St. Louis Park in front of a full house comprising various regional non-profit organizations, dignitaries including state senators and legislators, city mayors including Chris Coleman and Attorney General Lori Swanson who came fresh from the success of challenging and winning in the courts against the latest immigration ban along with the state of Washington.
Connect India 2017
Presented by India Association of Minnesota (IAM) in partnership with Dr. Dash Foundation, Connect India 2017, the first signature IAM event of the year, got off to a great start to a full house on Saturday, February 11th at DoubleTree Hotel Park Place, St. Louis Park.
Over 40 non-profit Organizations attended the event that included 250 community leaders and 30 dignitaries including state senators, legislators and mayors. Among the notables included MN Attorney general Lori Swanson and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.
The evening started with the social hour followed by elevator-style community introductions where each organization got the opportunity to introduce and share their respective work with the rest of the room. This was followed by a video recap of Dr. Dash Foundation about the various cultural, educational and charities that the Foundation has helped over the years.
IAM 2017 President Sree Kamojala addressed the gathering with a stunning announcement about 2017 being the year in which the much-anticipated India Heritage Center would see the light of day – a core committee spear-headed by IAM is already in place.
The keynote speakers were next and gave rousing speeches about the need of the hour – amidst the negative rhetoric, how we as Minnesotans have always welcomed one and all and stand tall against any kind of discrimination and hate. Speaker after speaker, including AG Lori Swanson, assured and empowered the crowd about the we in us all!