Charlotte Asian Heritage Association to host Gandhi Unity Fall Festival on October 10th

Charlotte Asian Heritage Association to host Gandhi Unity Fall Festival on October 10th
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The Charlotte Asian Heritage Association (CAHA) will host the Gandhi Unity Fall Festival on October 10th to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy of unity and peace in humanity.

Facts

  • Event takes place on October 10th, 3-7pm, at the Old County Court House Lawn, 700 East Trade Street.
  • Admission is free and parking is free at the 4th Street Parking Deck (4th and McDowell Street).
  • In 2008, the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce (CAACC) partnered with Mecklenburg County to display the statue of Gandhi at the Mecklenburg County Old Courthouse Lawn. Since then, CAHA has celebrated Gandhi annually with a candlelight vigil.
  • In 2014, CAHA expanded the ceremony with cultural performances, displays representing 13 Asian countries, food, meditation, interactive yoga, drumming circles and other activities to promote unity and world peace, drawing a crowd of around 400.
  • This year, with a grant from the Arts and Science Council, CAHA expects to grow this event to 700-800 people.
  • In addition to a keynote speech and candlelight vigil, the event this year will include food, exhibition booths, a cultural showcase, entertainment and games for kids. Winners from the “I Am Asian-American” writing contest will also be announced.
  • Keynote speaker TBA. Last year’s speakers were Jennifer Roberts, Sam Wazan and Steve Rao.
  • Hosted by the Charlotte Asian Heritage Association, Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, and the Arts and Science Council.

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Quote

“This event brings people of all walks of life to celebrate peace and unity of our community. Gandhi’s legacy is about how we can bring social change and equity by uniting as one human being.” – Phin Xaypangna, President of the Charlotte Asian Heritage Association

About the Charlotte Asian Heritage Association and Gandhi Park Charlotte

CAHA’s mission is to promote Asian heritage by planning, organizing and sponsoring traditional cultural events to enhance the visibility of Asian ethnic groups as an active and integral part of culturally vibrant community. The first project initiated by CAHA was Gandhi Park Charlotte. Located on the front lawn of the historic Old Mecklenburg County Courthouse at the corner of Trade and Alexander Streets in Uptown Charlotte, Gandhi Park Charlotte celebrates the life and teachings of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

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