Thursday, June 12, 2008

Multicultural festival announced: 'Celebrating Our Multicultural Community'

Event to celebrate, and raise awareness of newcomers in the community, and to inspire neighborly acceptance, assistance and appreciation of cultural diversity.
The Greater Concord Area Task Force Against Racism & Intolerance announced that a multicultural festival, "Celebrating our Multicultural Community" will be held in Concord on June 21, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The purpose of the event is to celebrate, welcome and raise awareness of newcomers in the community, and to inspire neighborly acceptance, assistance, and the appreciation of cultural diversity within the greater Concord area. The festival will be held on the State House Lawn and Plaza, and Capitol St., in downtown Concord (rain location is across the street at the atrium in Eagle Square). Admission is free.
The event will feature a variety of live and recorded music from around the world, hosted by DJ Franklyn Rosario, with live performances including: Rwandan Dancers (5:15 p.m.), Scottish Bagpipe Music (6 p.m.), Black Bear Moon African Music (7 p.m.) and French singer Lucie Therrien (7:45 p.m.). Activities and crafts are planned for children. Booths and exhibits will share information and offer art, crafts, books and other items for sale, including items from Russia, Baltics, Rwanda, Bhutan, Sudan, Scotland, Greece, Egypt, Dominican Republic, India, China, Japan, the Mediterranean area, and many more. Food from many countries will be served. Special events include learning Hispanic dances, a Parade of Flags, and a native attire fashion show!
Helen McGlashan, president of the Greater Concord Area Task Force Against Racism & Intolerance said, "Concord is a growing city, welcoming newcomers from around the nation – and across the globe. This diversity makes for a rich blend of culture that can benefit the entire community. By hosting 'Celebrating Our Multicultural Community' we are providing an opportunity for the greater Concord area to welcome our newer members – and for all to sample and truly appreciate the excitement and vitality of our diverse community."
A raffle will be held to offset the costs of the festival, featuring a quilt made by Dancing Crane Quilting.
Sponsors for the event include Merrill Lynch, Casey Family Services, Lutheran Social Services, Owl Woman Design, New Hampshire Highland Games, Concord Chamber of Commerce, Assist-2-Sell, Dancing Crane Quilting, MyPCTEC, and Speedy Printing. In-kind supporters include Constantly Pizza, Imagination Village, Gondwana, Temple Beth Jacob, South Congregational Church, New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord Hannaford, and the City of Concord.
Local service organizations will also be represented at the festival, including Zonta Club, the Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Project, Friends program, Casey Family Services, Community Action Program, and more.
For more information on attending or participating as an exhibitor or vendor, please contact: Nancy Jo Chabot, 746-5892 or, or see the Web site at

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