NYC Multicultural Festival- is for EVERYONE; it's about celebrating all cultural expressions through music, dance, poetry, art, food, fashion, etc. The festival is organized for the community by the community.
Every cultural community, unique in its mode of dress, food, language, beliefs and customs, adds to the sight, sound, taste and smell of NYC. However, this great city is often plagued by hate crimes. Inspired by the desire of NYPD Chief of Department, Philip Banks III, to have ‘Police and Community working together to combat issues of racial/ethnic discrimination and violence in New York City, the Celebrate Diversity Celebrate You Festival was founded in 2010. The name of the festival changed in 2014 because it is a celebration of NYC.
Future Leaders is a mentoring program of the New York African Chorus Ensemble which aims to supplement formal education with the skills and experiences young people need to establish a successful career in any industry. With the NYC Multicultural Festival as a platform young adults are given hands on experience learning about and being involved in event planning, community service, grant writing, role of city agencies, etc. Contact info:email@example.com.
Nestled in West Harlem, Community Board 9, is the most diverse community on the island of Manhattan. Rev. Morgan - Thomas, !st Vice Chair of Community Board 9, and the Arts and Culture Committee have been supporters of this festival since 2013. CB9 in now one of the major partners working hard to make sure that this festival provides opportunities for artists (main stream and ethnic) in the community to showcase their music, dance, cuisine, wearable art, etc, while fostering greater collaboration between the various cultural communities, and ensuring that relevant information about health, economic development, youth issues, senior issues, arts and culture, etc are outreached to a larger segment of the community.
The festival also provides vending opportunities for entrepreneurs who wish to promote their products to the thousands of people who attend our festival.Working with the office of the Borough President and funded by West Harlem Development Corporation, New York African Chorus Ensemble organizes free Vendor Workshops which help potential vendors, especially in Community Board 9, understand the process of getting a Temporary Street Vendor License as a pathway, or not, to eventually getting a storefront. Interested individuals can contact us anytime to find out the date and time of our workshops.