Unity Festival to promote diversity in WMass

"We Raise Our Voices" concert to be held on October 18

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A first-of-its-kind event coming this fall aims to bring people in western Massachusetts together through the power of song.

Hundreds of local singers will take part in the Springfield Unity Festival, which will take place on October 18 at Springfield Symphony Hall.

The singers that will be featured during the festival come from diverse backgrounds, and will be singing songs from all around the world. The choice of music is designed to highlight our area’s cultural diversity, and promote unity and harmony among all people.

“Bringing the people from the African-American church, Hispanic churches, our white churches all together, different religions, different races, bring them all together and be able to worship in unity,” said Jay Adams of St. John’s Congregational Church.

The event is being organized by local activist York Mayo and Minnechaug Regional High School choir director Lee Hagon, “I hope that people will have had an experience that stays with them for the rest of their life,” Lee Hagon, co-founder of the Springfield Unity Festival said.

In addition to the “We Raise Our Voices” concert, other planned events include a “music swap”, a Springfield Public Forum lecture, and an all-day music festival for children.

For more information, you can visit the Springfield Unity Festival’s website at springfieldunityfestival.com.

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