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Chandler Multicultural Festival 

Each January, Chandler sponsors the Multicultural Festival, in association with the Celebration of Unity, to highlight the cultural diversity of our community through music, dance, art, storytelling and more. 
This event is part of Chandler’s Annual Celebration of Unity events scheduled for the month of January. As a joint collaboration between Chandler Men of Action, East Valley Jewish Community Center, Chandler Center for the Arts, Friends of the Library, Human Relations Commission and the City of Chandler, we are proud to present an extensive variety of community events.

Chandler Multicultural and Film Festival
Saturday, January 13, 2018
4 to 9 p.m.
Downtown Library Courtyard (Downtown Stage)

This year’s 23rd annual Chandler Multicultural Festival has teamed up with the Chandler International Film Festival to bring you a collaborative and eclectic weekend of international films, cultural performances, food and beverage vendors, and fun for the family. As the Multicultural Festival comes to an end at 7:10 p.m., the Chandler International Film Festival will then take over and present a series of short films out on the lawn for festival goers to enjoy. Films will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as you join us for an amazing evening!

Performance Schedule

4:00 to 4:20 p.m.       Indigenous Enterprise

Indigenous Enterprise is a group of young entrepreneurs who spread Indigenous culture all over the world. Since 2015 they have been collaborating with various Artists such as “The Black Eyed Peas” and “Riff Raff”. 

 4:25 to 4:40 p.m.       AZ Rhythm Connection

AZ Rhythm Connection®, is a group of highly skilled facilitators whose primary focus is to bring the joy of rhythm and percussion to any and all events where rhythm is welcome.

4:45 to 4:55 p.m.       Cool Hands Sign Language

While projecting prerecorded songs from various cultures/languages, Cool Hands (children ages 5-18) perform interpretations of the lyrics in American Sign Language.

5:00 to 5:15 p.m.       Britahn Newbill

Britahn first started singing at the age of three at her church and in a local Phoenix Community Choir.  She was the youngest member to ever join the community choir.  In good times and bad she has always drawn strength and inspiration from singing. 

5:20 to 5:35 p.m.       Irish Song & Bracken School of Irish Dance

The Bracken School of Irish Dance was founded in 1980 by Thomas Bracken, a Tullamore native. Thomas Bracken is a recipient of many regional, national and world medals as both a dancer and teacher. The Bracken school has performed around the world in touring shows in both Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and for various acts such as the Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies, Gaelic Storm, and many others.

5:40 to 6:05 p.m.       Instituto de Folklor Mexicano

Instituto De Folklor Mexicano  will bring dances such as “can can” and other dances from the Mexican revolution era (la cucaracha, Jesusita Chihuahua, Marrieta).  We will provide very different styles of Mexican folk dances to represent different parts of Mexico.

6:10 to 6:25 p.m.       Master Shin’s World Class Tae Kwon Do

At the festival, there will be a Taekwondo demonstration showing different forms of self-defense and board breaking.

6:30 to 6:45 p.m.       Aloha Yoga & Hula Studio

Come watch the beautiful performances of Aloha Yoga and Hula with healing Hula and upbeat Tahitian dances featuring children and adult dance troupes.

6:50 to 7:10 p.m.       Chinese Lion Dancers

Is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume to bring good luck and fortune. 

Chandler International Film Schedule

The Circle, USA
An estranged father reunites with his young son (Stranger Thing’s Noah Schnapp) in Depression-era America after the sudden death of the boy's mother. The two travel town to town where Dad sketches portraits for locals to make a meager living for the both of them. It's on this formative journey that the boy discovers not only the transformative power of art, but how to open his heart as well.
Ostoja Will Move Your Piano, Serbia
Today is a day when Ostoja, a legendary piano mover from Belgrade gets a special delivery.
Sick in Africa, USA & Mozambique
Meet Bernad, an elderly Yawo man from northern Mozambique who suffers from a mysterious illness. Travel along with him as he searches for answers while navigating the health care system available to him in his rural African context.
The New Machine, USA
A Convenience store employee's position gets threatened when the owner decides to change the old cash register with a new POS system.
Ineffable, France
After the tragic death of Helie, Finn's childhood sweetheart, he is overwhelmed by regret and grief. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Finn embarks on a journey through time and space in search of Helie, and to restore the very fabric of his life.

The Chandler International Film Festival will be held January 12th-15th at the San Marcos Hotel in downtown Chandler, they will be showing over 100 films from around the globe. The event includes a red carpet opening night event, filmmakers workshops, after parties, and of course the many films that are coming to Chandler from all over the world. More information available at

View details on other Celebration of Unity events.

Event History

In 1995, the Friends of the Chandler Public Library established the Chandler Multicultural Festival to bring the community together for a fun-filled day of art, music, and dance while also learning a little more about the rich cultural diversity that exists in our community. The festival has grown into a signature event for the City and offers a quality arts experience in the comfortable setting of the downtown Chandler Public Library! 

The Multicultural Festival is a part of the Celebration of Unity annual events held each January to honor our community's heritage and diversity, along with the spirit and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights movement.

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