Aug. 18, Save the Date: We Are One Festival celebrates diversity in spirit of unity

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We Are One Festival celebrates our city’s diversity in a spirit of unity. Photo/Carol Robidoux

MANCHESTER, NH – The We Are One Planning Committee is hosting the 5th Annual “We Are One” Ethnic Festival on August 18 in Veteran’s Memorial Park.

“Planning is well underway for this year’s event,” said Event Coordinator Shaunte Whitted. “It’s truly an honor to be a part of an event that brings such joy to the community. This event brings together a combination of diverse food and entertainment.”

The We Are One Festival came together in 2013 combining the Latino Festival, started by Latinos Unidos de New Hampshire in 2000, and the African/Caribbean Celebration, founded by Ujima Collective in 2001. Both communities faced social isolation because of their small total number and the variety of national, ethnic and cultural diversity within both the Spanish-speaking communities and those of African descent. This event provides access to familiar food, a family-friendly environment and fun for young and old. It is also one of the largest single annual multicultural gatherings in Manchester.

Event organizers, The We Are One Planning Committee, is comprised of community volunteers, each responsible for some part of the event planning process through committees. The original group was composed primarily of former organizers from the two merged festivals. However, the open invitation to participate in the planning has resulted in a slightly different crew that represent as many as 10 different countries.

For more information email info@weareone.one; or sent inquiries – or donations to help support the festivities – to P.O. Box 5932, Manchester, NH 03108. You can also call (603) 627-4631 or visit www.weareone.one.