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.


2019 Celebration of Unity events details coming this Summer!


Chandler Multicultural FestivalAnnual Creative Expression Competition

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. First Place Winners will be invited to a February City Council meeting to receive their recognition. Second and Third place winners will have their awards dropped off at their school during the month of February. All winners were displayed at the Multicultural Festival.

The 2018 theme was: Leadership & Diplomacy - showcasing youth leadership and citizen diplomacy efforts to achieve peace

2018 Creative Expression Competition VISUAL Winners
2018 Creative Expression Competition WRITING Winners


Chandler Multicultural and Film Festival

Chandler International Film FestivalFree Admission
Downtown Library Courtyard (Downtown Stage)

The Chandler Multicultural Festival 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. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as you join us for an amazing evening! This entire evening is FREE to the public. Cultural art and food vendors will have items for sale.

The Chandler International Film Festival chandlerfilmfestival.com.

View additional details on the Multicultural Festival, including performance and film schedule.

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.

Free Admission
Downtown Library Courtyard (Downtown Stage)

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.


If you would like more information on any of these events, please call 480-782-2214. Chandler's Celebration of Unity events are hosted by the City of Chandler Diversity Office, Chandler Human Relations Commission, and the Celebration of Unity Planning Committee.

Special Events Hotline : 480-782-2735