Below: Slideshow from We Are One 2014 inaugural fest
MANCHESTER, NH – The city will be celebrating its diversity in a unified way during the fifth-annual We Are One African/Caribbean Celebration on Aug. 17 at Veterans Park, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Festival co-chair Sudi Lett explains that the festival, which began 18 years ago as several separate cultural festivals, has evolved to incorporate all of them into one. It’s as much a celebration of unity as it has been a journey of figuring out how to make the best use of collective resources while making sure that it is inclusive.
“It’s a celebration of the city, it’s people, and the various cultures that co-exist here in Manchester, and will feature musical acts from around the state, along with a fashion show, and a kids corner,” says Lett, who is working with co-chair Shaunte Whitted to organize the event.
The tremendous amount of money and human resources required to create and sustain such events led to the decision five years ago to combine forces. Now the We Are One fest is one of the largest, most diverse festivals on New Hampshire’s summer calendar.
The event will take place, rain or shine – and over the years there’s been a mix of both, but the weather never stops the enthusiasm of those who have worked diligently each year to coordinate and showcase they best offerings from the city and beyond, from cuisine and entertainment to vendors and community service organizations.
“We’re still looking for some volunteers to help the day of the festival,” says Lett. Any individuals or community groups interested in being part of the We Are One festival can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-657-4969.