The Largest Celebration of Cultural Diversity in Harlem
ABOUT THE 2016 FESTIVAL TEAM

THE COUNCIL CITY OF NEW YORK PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS: The Council of the City of New York is proud to honor Joyce Adewumi in recognition of her outstanding service and contributions to the community.

WHEREAS: We observe March as Women’s History Month to celebrate the extraordinary women who have shaped our City since its earliest days. All New Yorkers are benefactors of their profound courage and their unwavering commitment to progress and equality. As we remember the previous generations of women and their incredible struggles and triumphs, this occasion also serves an important opportunity to celebrate the countless trailblazing women who are building upon that enduring legacy making history today in their own endeavors, Joyce Adewumi is such an individual; and

WHEREAS: Although Joyce Adewumi is widely recognized as a talented and energetic performer of African music, drama, and dance, it is her passion for authentic artistic expression that has led her to create many opportunities for the presentation of African productions here in New York City; and

WHEREAS: It is impossible to fully catalog the cultural events and performances that Joyce Adewumi has inspired, organized or coordinated, but all are characterized by energy, enthusiasm and attention to detail that ensures an accurate presentation whether the performance is traditional or contemporary, especially the Village of Harlem, has enjoyed “Celebrate Diversity Celebrate You:, Dialogue: Africa Meets North America in Harlem,” and events from The New York African Chorus Ensemble; and

WHEREAS: Joyce Adewumi brings us closer together through the celebrations of cultures that are found in our great city, gives of her time, intellect, and talent in so many ways and has truly distinguished herself a role model to others, both women and men, and earning the lasting gratitude of all New Yorkers; now therefore

BE IT KNOWN: That the Council of the City of New York proudly honors

Joyce Adewumi
For her outstanding service and contributions to the community

Signed this 20th day of March in the year Twenty Thirteen.

Christine C. Quinn, Speaker
For the Entire Council

Robert Jackson
Council Member, 7th District, Manhattan

Inez E. Dickens
Council member, 9th District, Manhattan

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.

Our Inspiration


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.

New York African Chorus Ensemble Inc

New York African Chorus Ensemble, the parent company of NYC Multicultural Festival, is a 501(c) 3 organization which, among other things, employs the arts as a tool to combat the issues of racial, ethnic, and religious violence in our community. Joyce Adewumi is the president and founder of the New York African Chorus Ensemble Inc (NYACE) and NYC Multicultural Festival.

Ms. Adewumi is the recipient of the International Artists for Peace and World Harmony’s 2011 ‘World Harmony Award’ and the 2012 ‘Blue Heart’ award from Berlin, Germany. In 2013, she received a Proclamation from the New York City Council awarded by Council Members Robert Jackson and Inez Dickens and a Congressional Proclamation from Congressman Charles Rangel.

Future Leaders 

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:joyce@multiculturalfestival.nyc.

Community Board 9

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.

NYPD Manhattan North Precinct Community Council

NYACE is concerned about building bridges of understanding and friendship among the various cultural communities in our City, connecting all New Yorkers to the resources available to them, and celebrating the multicultural uniqueness of New York City. The NYC Multicultural Festival is a project that encourages the partnership of  the Precinct Community Councils, elected officials, law enforcement, social services organizations and the general public in celebration of the diverse cultural expressions of the Human Race. This is our collective contribution to making NYC safer for all of us.


West Harlem Development Corporation

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.



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