The AMANI Festival's mission is to bring people from various cultures together and provide a forum for enjoying, sharing and learning more about each other's unique background. AMANI is a celebration of peace among all cultures. At AMANI, we believe we all have a responsibility to provide and sustain multiple cultures while creating a true sense of community among a town’s people. It is the PEOPLE who make the community. With AMANI, it gives an outlet to bring everyone of various walks of life together not only for a day of entertainment but a memory and experience that will have a positive lasting effect.
Since 1994, Amani has gained a number of members, sponsors, and volunteers, all of which have helped transform it into a highly successful organization. Members participate in an array of local rallies and events that champion anti-racism, as well as the acceptance of other cultures. Amani's biggest and most renowned event is the street festival the Amani Festival Committee puts together each year in the spring. Held in downtown Carlisle, PA, the festival hosts a variety of speakers, performers, vendors, and events all geared towards the themes of unity, acceptance, and tolerance. Amani festival always includes events for adults, as well as many activities for children. Vendors will be selling crafts, food, books, and clothing and street performers will be dancing and singing throughout the day. A multitude of cultures will be represented including Thai, German, Chinese, Native American, Greek, Caribbean, and African-American. The Schedule of Events provides a detailed account of the vast scope of cultures to be represented in this year's festival.