Co-organizers Ritu Budakoti and Elizabeth Nieuwsma talk about the origin of our event and the impact it has on our community.
In 2017 a team of educators and community organizers met to establish a Keene International Festival. The first event, held in 2018, drew in over 500 people from around southwest New Hampshire and beyond. In 2019, the city of Keene's Human Rights Commtitee became a partner of the event. Approximately 1000 people attended.
Keene International Festival showcases and celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the Keene, NH, community through activities that engage and connect people to each other.
Keene International Festival is a multi-generational, family-friendly event held on a Saturday in September.
Donations are welcome. 100% of funds raised go towards festival activities.
The Keene International Festival (KIF) Planning Committee stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and extends its support to those protesting police brutality and racial inequality in a peaceful manner. We condemn all excessive use of force and any other system that perpetuates the oppression of human beings. In keeping with these values, the KIF Planning Committee supports the City's three-step initiative to fight racism in our city.
Raising cultural awareness and celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the Keene community is our vision at KIF, and we will continue to work on strengthening our community by coming together annually to celebrate this wonderful diversity in our region.
Mailing: 227 Maple Ave, Keene, NH 03431. ATTN: Keene International Festival
Donations: 3 Washington St, Keene, NH 03431. ATTN: Keene International Festival. 603-357-9829 (Andy Bohannon, City of Keene)
312 Washington Street, Keene, New Hampshire 03431, United States
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