MANCHESTER, NH – The annual We Are One (WAO) Music/Culture Festival set for Aug. 19 at Veterans Park brings together the Latino and African-descent communities for the largest ethnic cultural festival in New Hampshire. Festivities begin at 11 a.m and will continue until 7 p.m.
Connecting neighbors through food, music, dance and culture weaves the fabric of community and makes us “better together.”
This festival combines the best of past efforts to celebrate our city’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity, all in one place at one time. A full schedule of musical entertainment is planned, and vendors will be on site with an array of food and wares. Admission is free.
Message from the organizers: Building Community, Creating Connections, Better Together
Africans and Latinos have many cultural connections.
Latinos have a language bond that threads together the many diverse, national, cutural and ethnic differences that span the Latino communites in the Western Hemisphere. With many common cultural practices, indigenous and African influences makes each unique.
Many African victims of enslavement speak Spanish due to their colonial inheiritance and many Spanish speakers are of African descent. There are also unique national, cultural and ancestral traditions from our African, European and Indigenous heritages.
Afro, Latino, Indigenous, we all know that we are “Better Together.”