Chandler hosts Multicultural Festival for 18th straight year

January 10, 2013 by  

In just over a week’s time, Chandler will be holding its 18th Annual Multicultural Festival, in which performers, artists, and storytellers from a variety of backgrounds will be on hand to share their traditions and celebrate the diversity of the city.

Poster printing has no doubt been in high demand as the festival’s participants and municipal sponsors strive to maximize local awareness of the upcoming celebration. Entertainment will be plentiful throughout the day. Those attending the festival will have the opportunity to see a Kriti dance from India, Ballet Folklorico from Mexico, a highland dance from Scotland, and more. The festival will also feature a performance from the Chandler Community Celebration Choir and a creative expression competition in which local students will sing, dance, and showcase their art and written work.

A naturalization ceremony will be another highlight of this year’s Multicultural Festival. 200 individuals from a wide range of countries will publicly take the oath to become United States citizens. The event will be held on the ‘Unity Stage’ to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

Attendees of the Multicultural Festival will also be able to sample international foods, learn to dance the Zumba, and see animals from the personal collection of East Valley Wildlife’s Lisa Limbert.

Those who would like to volunteer at the festival may still sign up on, or can find out more information by calling the Chandler Special Events Hotline at (480) 782-2735. This free event will take place on Saturday, January 19, between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm on the Downtown Library Plaza at 22 South Delaware Street.