Celebration of Unity

Each January, the City of Chandler holds a series of events to honor our community's heritage and diversity, along with the spirit, ideals, life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights movement.

As a joint collaboration between Chandler International Film Festival, 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 in which more than 10,000 people participate annually. Become a part of Chandler's Annual Celebration of Unity events scheduled throughout the month of January.

Klezmer Screening and Concert  

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
6 p.m.
Chandler Center for the Arts

The East Valley Jewish Community Center presents a
 screening of “The Last Klezmer: Leopold Kozlowski, His Life and Music” and a klezmer concert featuring Yale Strom. More than 1,000 students from the Chandler Unified School District will also attend a special program to learn about Klezmer music.

Klezmer Musical Fest

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019
12 - 5 p.m.

East Valley Jewish Community Center
908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ 85224

The Klezmer Musical Festival is a daylong program featuring multiple Klezmer bands, food and a Yiddish Fest experience with lectures and a genealogy workshop. There will also be face-painting, inflatables and other children's activities. Musical performances include Yale Strom, the Rural Street Klezmer Band, Jerusafunk and Yehudie & the Gefilte Fish.


Chandler Multicultural and Film Festival

Chandler International Film Festival

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019
2-9 p.m.

  • Chandler Multicultural Festival begins at 2 p.m. 
  • Chandler International Film Festival begins at 7 p.m. 

Downtown Stage
Free Admission

The Chandler Multicultural Festival teamed up with the Chandler International Film Festival and Creative + Cultural to bring you a collaborative and eclectic weekend of international films, cultural performances, food and beverage vendors, and fun for the family. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as you join us for an amazing evening. Cultural art and food vendors will have items for sale.

Vendor application 

Chandler International Film Festival

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.


One: Candlelight Vigil for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019
4-6 p.m.

  • Candlelight Vigil begins at 4 p.m. 

Downtown Stage
Free Admission

We celebrate Unity in Chandler as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his efforts to bring people together and unite many cultures in our nation.


Annual Creative Expression Competition

Chandler Multicultural Unity Fesitval

The Creative Expression Competition is open to all students living or attending school in Chandler. Students are encouraged to enter the competition in written or visual art. This gives our Chandler students an opportunity to express themselves and share their talent with the City.


Strong Communities: Building a sense of pride, understanding, and connection in your community in the face of challenge and divisiveness.


Deadline for entries: Friday, Nov. 30, 2018
Please send or drop-off entries to: City of Chandler - Neighborhood Resources - 235 S. Arizona Ave. Chandler, AZ 85225

Additional Information

Winning entries will be displayed at the Multicultural Festival on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, and online after the Multicultural Festival. First place winners and schools will be recognized at a February 2019 City Council Meeting. All other winners will have their awards sent directly to their schools.

2018 Creative Expression Entry Form