OUR STORIES | Sudanese American Aya Elmileik on her experiences with Festival of Nations


Aya Elmileik, a Sudanese American from Rochester, Minnesota, shares her perspectives and experiences on attending previous Festival of Nations, and what she looks forward to this year. The recent University of Minnesota graduate has been attending the festival almost every year since high school, and now works as the festival’s social media manager. In her opinion, more outreach needs to be done to African communities in Minnesota – particularly the Sudanese community – in preparation for the festival this year.

The Festival of Nations will be held May 2-5, 2013. Check out the Festival of Nations blog, which features various acts and booths coming to the festival this year. 

Reporting for this article supported in part by Bush Foundation.