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Bringing the World to Chattanooga

Here at Mad Priest Events, we recognize and celebrate the diverse cultures present in Chattanooga. And yet, there’s still room for more--more education, more collaboration, more appreciation--surrounding our diversity. That’s why we’re hosting events around the city that let people experience the world and its beautiful tapestry of food, culture, and tradition...right here in their own backyard.

Our events provide an immersive cultural experience that will include learning about cultural rituals, tasting traditional culinary art, and hearing new genres of music. We are bringing the world to Chattanooga in a new way, and we look forward to you experiencing it with us!

Upcoming Events:  

World Refugee Day Celebration - June 20th, 6pm at The Camp House 

World Refugee Day 2017 is coming up, and Bridge Refugee Services, in partnership with Coming to America: The Story of Us and Mad Priest Events, is putting on quite the celebration!

Bring the whole family for an evening of culture... incredible food from around the world (prepared by past and present clients of Bridge), riveting stories of refugees’ journeys to the US, live music, and an interactive art station for the kiddos!

Tuesday, June 20th, 6-9 p.m. at The Camp House.
Suggested donation of $5 at the door.
Use the ticket link above to let us know you're coming!

We are so thankful to each of you who continually provide opportunities for refugees to create a new home, and a new life here, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Thank you for making Chattanooga a welcoming community!



The United Nations’ World Refugee Day has been celebrated on June 20 every year since 2001 (marking 50 years since the 1951 Refugee Convention). We honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. And we acknowledge their plight and their resilience, but also reflect on what we can do in order to help those who are forced to flee to find safety, regain hope, and rebuild their lives.


Bridge is an ecumenical, nonprofit organization that facilitates the resettlement of refugees in Chattanooga. We are dedicated to supporting refugee families and asylum-seekers in their efforts to achieve economic and social self-sufficiency. We are an affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries, one of nine national agencies that collaborate with the U.S. Department of State and United Nations in their combined effort to protect one of the most vulnerable groups of population, refugees, through resettlement.

Bridge assists refugees by locating affordable housing, setting apartments, assisting with English language acquisition, and finding jobs that will help them become self-sufficient. Through Bridge, more than 1,000 refugees from Burundi, Bosnia, Cuba, Sudan, Colombia, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam, Ukraine, Syria and elsewhere have been successfully resettled in the Chattanooga area since 1996.

For more information, visit or contact Marina Peshterianu at (423) 954-1911, or

*A refugee, as defined by the Refugee Act of 1980, is a person who is outside of his/her home country and is unable or unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of the home country, due to persecution or fear of persecution because of race, religion, nationality or membership in a particular social or political group.

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