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Buffalo Without Borders at Asbury Hall - PHOTOS

by Robin David Brown  • 

Buffalo Without Borders, the annual fundraising event which benefits the International Institute of Buffalo (IIB), was held in Asbury Hall at Babeville on Thursday night. 

This year’s event featured all of the signature food and entertainment we have enjoyed in the past; however, this year Buffalo Without Borders seemed to take it up a notch. As attendees arrived, they were handed a “Passport to the world granted by the International Institute of Buffalo.” 

With passport in hand, we were able to travel the world without leaving Buffalo while collecting special stamps from each representative country. Amazing food was available to sample made by local restaurants and caterers who specialize in cuisine from Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Jamaica, Thailand, Japan, Burma, Italy, Ethiopia, India, and Jordan.

If the food, wine, tea, and coffee were not enough to satisfy one’s desires, attendees were also able to bid in a silent auction as well as go down into the Souk (marketplace) and Den of Prophecy where they could shop for handmade crafts, get a henna tattoo from Kala Tiwari, and then have their fortune told by the Polish Heritage Dancers of WNY.

Throughout the night we were also able to enjoy performances from the Jama Jama Peace and Love African drumming group, Karenni Youth Dance Group, UB Bhangra dancers, and Habibi of the Nile Belly Dancer Academy. 

To cap the night off everyone was able to get in on the performance by participating in the Dabke dance with the IIB’s Iraqi friends.

The event was once again a huge success in bringing together the elements that make up the IIB’s vision for our city, which is “a Buffalo that welcomes and celebrates its diversity, and values its residents as the true gift that they are.”

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Photography by Robin David Brown -

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