The True Community Festival!
“To inspire social interaction of all cultures in our community and make as our collective volition–the building of “One True Community.”
To celebrate the people of merging and traditional cultures in our area; promote multicultural fellowship within the community; and assist the diversity iniatives of businesses, organizations, and institutions that enrich the families of our region.
The Unity Festival was created to:
Ø Promote awareness of services and opportunities available that enhance the quality of life in the community.
Ø Familiarize local residents, businesses and organizations with the expressions of merging ethnic cultures in our community.
Ø Contribute to the heritage celebrations that are unique to Lackawanna County.
The design and format of the festival encourages the attendance of families who are attracted by the positive, educational, and cultural experiences in a safe, outdoor environment. Activities are choreographed for all ages and diversities, bringing together a “community happening” – indeed this is the “True Community Festival of Northeast Pennsylvania.”
In past years we have provided cultural expressions of Arabian, African American, Haitian, Indonesian, Jamaican, Latino, Native Americans, Nepali Bhutanese, and Russian heritages; performed or presented by people right here in our community. This year we are reaching out to even more cultural groups anticipating increased response.
Lackawanna County is known and appreciated for the many outstanding heritage celebrations that are unique to our area. The Festival of Unity is increasingly appreciated for its uniqueness in bringing these different cultures together under one sky for a day of fellowship; learning about and enjoying each other’s heritage.
This intimate community event successfully began in 2005 in celebration of Melanian News bridging the gap to the merging cultures in Northeast Pennsylvania. It is our hope to continue it each year as an integral part of the unique heritage celebrations throughout our area. The festival is free to the public and all proceeds cover event expenses, planning, and community initiatives that improve the quality of life in NEPA.