The Immigrant Story Live
The Immigrant Story and Portland Center Stage bring the acclaimed live storytelling event, The Immigrant Story Live, to the U.S. Bank Main Stage.
We invite you to hear four compelling first-person tales of courage, fortitude, and resilience in the face of unimaginable challenges by members of our community from Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Mexico, and India.
After a brief intermission, the evening will continue with the melodious singing performance by Shivani Joshi, presenting traditional ghazals and folk tunes from South Asia. She will be joined by eminent musicians, trained in different genres, and specifically assembled for this occasion to create a one-of-a-kind evening. The night’s music will blend traditional sounds with acoustic and electronic harmonies arranged by the talented Balamurali Balu (Bala), a well-known composer in the Tamil film industry.
Join us for a night of stories and music from Oregonians about the places they built, the traditions they brought, and what it has meant to truly belong in their hometown. This live event will celebrate the broader meaning of global diversity by drawing attention to the rich diversity in our communities and investing in their stories and traditions.
This free event is made possible by a generous contribution from Zidell Family Foundation. Additional funds for programming have been provided by Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and by a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation.
The Immigrant Story Mission & Vision
To document, narrate and curate stories about immigrants in order to promote empathy and advance an inclusive community.
We envision an America where everyone is valued and included and where ethnic boundaries are unimportant.
With these goals in mind, we seek to:
Advance the national dialogue and dispel myths about new Americans through strong, thoughtful, narratives.
Use cutting-edge technology and produce only the very best content.
Become the most desired medium and reach every American.
Provide a platform that focuses on the common strengths of all Americans, not their differences.
Portland Center Stage is committed to identifying & interrupting instances of racism & all forms of oppression, through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility (IDEA).