Chandler Multicultural Festival

Multicultural Festival with Sponsor Logos

The Chandler Multicultural Festival teamed up with the Chandler International Film Festival and Cultura Communications to bring you a collaborative and eclectic weekend of international films, a variety of cultural performances, food and beverage vendors, and fun for the family.

By embracing cultural diversity events and collaboration efforts in Chandler, we can learn to interact with others, build bridges to trust, respect, appreciate and understand all who live, work, and play in our city. 

Learn about the event history.

Multicultural Festival Dancers in Yellow

25th Annual Chandler Multicultural Festival

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 | Noon - 6 p.m.
Downtown Stage |178 E. Commonwealth Ave. | Free Admission

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and join us for an amazing evening featuring two stages packed with lively performances. Cultural art and food and beverage vendors will have items for sale.

New this year is an Asian Village at the Community Center and "Drinks Around the World" tasting stations.

Head over to Harkins Chandler Fashion Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. for a screening of The Nomads; the story of a newly appointed teacher introducing men's rugby to an inner-city North Philadelphia high school amidst the chaos of massive budget cuts and school closures.

 

Event Schedule

Performing artists and times are subject to change *Asian Village Preview
12 p.m. Welcome
12:05 p.m. Sparkles Bollywood Dance*
12:11 p.m. Arizona Asian Alliance*
12:27 p.m. Chandler Youth Theater
12:53 p.m. Serenity Dance Group*
1:04 p.m. Comparza Texalpan
1:24 p.m. Mayor's Welcome
1:34 p.m. Kūliaikapono Hula Studio
2:04 p.m. Taiko Drums
2:34 p.m. Ballet Folkorico
2:55 p.m. Arathi School of Dance*
3:01 p.m. Stefanne Kohl | Belly Dance
3:16 p.m. Multicultural Fashion Show
3:41 p.m.

Indigenous Enterprise

4:02 p.m. NXT*
4:13 p.m. Cha’Bii’Tu Apache Crown Dance Group
4:34 p.m.

Teri Tobin

4:55 p.m. Chuck E. Baby and the Allstars

Performing artists and times are subject to change The Asian Village will be located inside the Chandler Community Center.
12 p.m. Welcome 
12:10 p.m. AZ Vietnamese Community/Serenity Dance Group
12:25 p.m. Jemel Marquez | Asian Hip Hop
12:35 p.m. Nadia | Singer
12:40 p.m. AZ Cambodian Dancers
12:50 p.m. Nateshwari | Indian Classical Dance
1 p.m. Mayor and City Council Welcome
1:10 p.m. Kaela Ho and Mickey Navarro | Hula Dance
1:20 p.m. Sampradaya Dance of India
1:30 p.m. Zariya Shams | Bangladesh Student
1:35 p.m. Zamara Reyes of Dragon Warrior Kenpo Karate
1:55 p.m. AZ Vietnamese Community/Serenity Dance Group
2:05 p.m. Bangladesh Student Association of Phoenix
2:15 p.m. Sparkles Bollywood School of Dance
2:25 p.m. Ku'ulei Siva Productions | Polynesian Dance
2:45 p.m. Kriti Dance | Youth Bollywood Dancers
3:15 p.m. Arizona Asian Alliance | Beijing Opera
4:15 p.m. Arathi School of Dance | Indian Classical Dance, Indian Fusion Dance, Hindu Mythology Dance
4:45 p.m. RGOCREW | Korean Hip Hop
5:05 p.m. Bangladesh Association of Phoenix | Dancing and Singing
5:15 p.m. K POP Dance
5:25 p.m. Korea Taekwondo Academy
5:35 p.m. Palestine Community Center of AZ 
5:55 p.m. NXT | K Pop

Food Vendors

Asian Seoul | Korean, Japanese, Thai 
Az Maui Wowi | Hawaiian Smoothies and Coffees 
Bubble Bee | Boba Tea Drinks
Detriot Coney Cruiser | Hot Dogs
El Jefe Tacos 
Firehouse Kettlecorn 
French Me | Gourment French Fires
I Dream of Weenies | Hot Dog Cart 
M & D Catering: Tzikii | Greek
Pastries n Chat | Indian Food
Phx Lechon Roasters | Filipino
Pura Vida Grinds | Costa Rican Coffee
Sweetmagicmpx | Indian Food
Taquerias Las Palmas 
Udder Delights | Ice Cream

 

Performer Bios

Kalashri Asha Gopal is the founder and director of the Arathi School of Dance. Asha teaches the Pandanallur style of Bharatanatyam and is a distinguished dancer and teacher. She has represented the governments of Karnataka and India as a cultural ambassador, giving performances in Sikkim for the King of Sikkim and in Canada. She had the privilege of performing for two former Presidents of India and the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and has given memorable performances in Europe, Mexico and the USA.

Asha has made a mark for herself with a citation in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most number of arangetram graduations. The Arathi School of Dance was founded in 1981 in Phoenix, and currently offers classes in Phoenix and Tucson. In 2006, in its 25th year, the school graduated its 100th student, and only 10 years later, during its 35th year in 2016, graduated its 200th student.

Asha is supremely gratified and proud that these students and many more have had the opportunity not only to bond with the ancient culture and heritage of India, but to gain the resolve and passion to pass it on to the next generation.



 

Arizona Asian Alliance

The Arizona Asian Alliance will be performing Beijing opera, a swan dance, an Ode To Pear Flower dance, and a Chinese style fashion show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arizona Cambodian Dancers are two self-taught Cambodian American dancers aiming to preserve the Cambodian culture.
 

Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ

Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ, Inc is a 501(c)(3) organization celebrating the colorful tradition of Mexican folkloric dance. Led by an experienced dancer, Vanessa Ramirez, the group began as a recreational class.  As one of very few East Valley Folklorico groups currently operating, interest in the dance troupe has grown exponentially.  Our students range in age from 4 years old - adult and enjoy an exciting and fun way to express themselves through dance and learn about Hispanic heritage.

 

 

 

 

Cha'Bii'Tu Apache Dance Crown Dance Group originated in 2011 when the daughter of Steylln Carrol was crowned Miss Crown Apache of the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Many friends gathered to create dance in her honor and to celebrate and interpret historical Apache Dance.

The dance group has since performed for many festivals, parades and birthday parties. The group has also entered many Crown Dance Competitions and won several times. The group all are men dancers ages 15 - 25.

Chandler Youth Theatre is a children's theatre that aims to cultivate an inclusive learning environment where youth from all backgrounds can pursue theater, create art, and collaborate in a production. Chandler Youth Theatre strives to produce both quality productions and positive theater experiences by teaching children to respect the space, respect the instructors and each other, and, most of all, to respect themselves. We provide much more than just a theatre experience with private music lessons, show choir, and music classes for toddlers to start to familiarize themselves with music on a deeper level.

Chuck E. Baby & The Allstars

Voted Best Party Band in Town By AZ Central

Chuck Morris has been performing as Chuck E. Baby & The Allstars for more than 30 years in the valley and is voted the best party band in Arizona. They perform in the nightclubs, bars and Casinos in the Phoenix area every week. Chuck generally performs as a 5-piece band, also as a trio, duo or solo. This band has a repertoire that includes every style of music including rock, country, blues, new orleans, dance, party, 60’s-90’s as well as original music. They can play any song requested and play it well as they are versatile, engaging and everybody has fun at Chuck E. Baby’s events.

 

 

 

 

 

Comparza Texalpan a group of dancers from the state of Morelos Mexico. We represent the Tlahuica tribe from that region.  The natives were not allowed to join the festivities of the rich people, so natives came up with their own festivities and designed a custom that will make fun of them, therefore our masks have long beards and blue eyes. Basically, we are making fun of the Spaniards with our costumes.

 Dragon Warrior Kenpo Karate & Zamara Reyes

Dragon Warrior Kenpo Karate has performed in many events/festivals. They are located in Avondale and have classes for kids, teens and adults. They offer American Kenpo karate, kickboxing/Muay Thai, & strength and conditioning. Zamara Reyes is 13 years old and has competed in the world championship of performing arts in July 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

Fushicho Daiko*Phoenix Drummers

Taiko surfaced centuries ago in Japan as a means of communication to signal distant villages of advancing enemies or natural disasters.  Your world was measured by the distance your drums could be heard.  It was, and is, used in temples and shrines to call people to the spiritual, and for a celebration of many festivals giving thanks for good crops, rain, community, fertility; things important to people’s daily lives.

Fushicho Daiko*Phoenix Drummers performs both traditional and original Taiko songs with power, energy, skill and joy. The combination of sound, movement, instruments and teamwork creates a dynamic, spellbinding audience experience.

 

 

 

Jemel Marquez

Jemel Marquez has a passion for dance; his main style of dancing is hip hop. He started in his 8th-grade year and continued on his high school career. In his junior year in high school, he became a member of an organization called the Maricopa Dance Company. It’s an advanced class of dancers who perform in dance recitals and high school sporting events.

Jemel is well known for his exciting and energetic performances. Whenever he sets foot on stage, he is always ready to entertain the audience. 

 

Miranda Manley has been teaching open level K POP classes in Tempe for one year for people of all ages and levels. 

 

Kaela Ho

Kaela is a recent Grand Canyon University graduate. She joined the Philippine American Student Association and Hui Aloha clubs on campus which is where she was able to fully embrace and be proud of her Taiwanese-Hawaiian heritage. She learned to hula dance in the GCU Hui Aloha club and has performed several times both with on her own and with other dancers.

Almicke is a Filipino-American student currently studying Computer Programming at Grand Canyon University. She is also an active member in the Philippine American Student Association, which is her favorite club as she is able to embrace her culture while making new friends. She plans to release new music this year. 

 

 

 

Komezakaranga Drummers

We are the African Burundi Drummers that have been performing in the Black Panther Movie, local festivals, NFL Games, African Festivals, Las Vegas Caesars Palace and more. We aim to keep the tradition of Ingoma out of Burundi alive by educating generation after generation about the Ingoma. Komezakaranga wants to make a positive difference in the life of youth, primarily through a supporter of our elderly Burundian community and you.

 

 

 

 

 

Korea Taekwondo Academy

Korea Taekwondo Academy will demonstrate and introduce Korean traditional self-defense artistry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kriti Dance is a Bollywood dance academy teaching adults, kids and youth Bollywood dances from India. Students have performed at various community events in the valley. They have performed Bollywood dances 11 times during half-time and pre-game shows for the NBA. Bollywood dances are fun and energetic promoting fitness and cultural education. 

 

Nadia

Nadia is an artist born in Chicago. Nadia loves connecting with the world through music and will be singing at the Asian Village.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nataswari group specializes in Indian Classical dance, Bhanantanayam. Jhi's is an ancient Indian classical dance form. We will present the "Rythmetic" dance of Bharatananyarm.

 

NXT

NEXT, (Stylized as NXT) [Hangul: 엔엨스티] is a YouTube channel that uploads K-POP choreography cover videos surrounding the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It consists of a YouTube channel called NXT Official. Many of its members are also active as YouTubers, singers, actors and models. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palestine Community Center of AZ

Dabkey is a folkloric dance from Palestine. Palestinian Dabkeh is an ancient folkloric line and circle dancing. Palestinian Dabkeh is a communal dance performed at community gatherings and weddings. It goes back to as early as the Canaanites wherein communities joined in the energetic foot-stomping dance. It exemplifies the joyous culture of Palestine filled with love, energy, kindness and artistic expression. 

 

 

 

 


 

RGOCREW

RGOCREW is a music collective created by Korean-American artist JASN in 2019. Established after the release of JASN’s debut EP “… And the Argonauts”, the Arizona-based crew is unapologetically Asian-American, with influences from rap, Korean rap and hip hop. RGOCREW is comprised of JASN, Jun2, Wifi Wifey, BahkSang and Jeongmin, along with two new artists—Nick Yu and Almicke.

 

 

 

 

 

Sampradaya Dance of India

Sampradaya Dance of India is a dance institute in Chandler that teaches Bharatanatyam dance under the guidance of Guru Nita Mallya. Bharatanatyam is a classical Indian dance form that originated in the temples of Tamil Nadu, a southern province of India.

For the program, the students from Sampradaya will perform a salutation to Lord Shiva, who is considered the god of this dance form. The participants are Eashani, Diya, Adithi, Ishani, Gayatri, Nikasha and Taneesha.

 

 

 

 

Serenity Dance Group

Serenity is a Vietnamese cultural dance group under the Arizona Vietnamese Community. It consists of Vietnamese-American boys and girls who are committed to preserving and sharing the wonderful Vietnamese culture through music, dance, and other performing arts.

Established in the summer of 2011, these dancers, ranging from 7th to 12th grade, have been practicing hard from traditional to modern dances and have performed at many Vietnamese Community events. 

 

 

 

 

Sparkles Bollywood School of Dance will be performing Bollywood Based Dance, bringing on stage a beautiful Indian Medley that shall showcase Indian Bollywood style of dance.

 

Stefanne Kohl (Azzah)

Stefanne Kohl (Azzah) is a professional belly dancer who has been dancing for 7 years now. From dancing on TV, to winning contests, her love for belly dance shows while watching her captivating performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teri Tobin

The signature sound of hybrid musical influences from soulful rock to jazzy R&B has proven as commercial as it is inspirational. Tobin’s writing prowess led to placement in the 2008 independent film, Fathers of the Sport. Her voice and music can be heard with such corporate partners as Direct TV and Inflight with American Airlines. She has also shared stages with such peers as Anthony David and Rhonda Thomas, nationally toured her “Love & Soul LIVE” concert series, and is a staple performer for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and NBA’s Phoenix Suns, respectively. Tobin’s work has earned her two Independent Music Awards and a SoulTracks Reader’s Choice Awards nomination.

In the summer of 2016, Tobin began her inaugural international tour to London and Paris. With a sack full of honest and empowering songs in tow, now it’s Teri Tobin’s turn to encourage listeners to allow love and support to happen in their lives, and to stand just as boldly and proudly in their truth as they have allowed Teri Tobin. Teri's fifth highly anticipated effort, “Forever” is due out first quarter 2020 and features singles “Smile Again” and wedding favorite “Heaven”.

Vendor Opportunites

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