Sydney Peace Day Festival - September 21st
On 21st September we celebrate International Day of Peace, and this year there will be an all day music, art and wellness festival at Bondi Pavilion, Sydney that will enable you to join the intention of this growing global movement.
Peace can mean so many things, the absence of war, non-violence in our homes and in our schools, supportive relationships with our loved ones, our pets and our environment, come along and celebrate your definition of peace in the beautiful surrounds of Bondi Beach
Health and Wellness industry entrepreneurs, Deborah Shepherd and Susie Wells of Embrace Life, Live Life and Teacher of Deliberate Creation, KAren Swain have joined forces to create the first Peace Day Festival of its kind at the iconic Bondi Pavilion.
The event, which will be a combination of a Wellness Community Festival, music and art exhibition, is designed to carry the message of peace and create awareness of International Peace Day.
Several sporting stars including Wallabies Scott Fardy and Pat McCabe and Australian Cricket Coach Darren ‘Boof’ Lehmann, as well as media personalities and celebrities are backing the concept of this day through a series of vox pop videos that will be available to view via YouTube.
The organisers have also just launched a social media campaign to help promote the concept of peace and recognise that we all have an individual view. Supported by Crunchfish AB, developers of the global touchless camera app, GoCam the campaign is encouraging people to share their personal messages of peace with selfies, using the hash tags #Selfi4Peace, #GoCam4Peace and #SydneyPeaceDay.
“Most people are unaware that International Peace Day even exists,” says KAren. “I’d like to see it recognised as readily as Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.”
“I’m a passionate believer that peace is a very personal concept,” says Deb Shepherd. “I’m not an anti-war advocate personally but I do believe very much that spreading the message and conscious awareness of peace, whether that’s inner peace, within the family or within your community, will help us to improve the lives of everyone.”
International Peace Day, a day that is ratified by the UN, came about through the effort and energy of UK actor/director, Jeremy Gilley, who founded Peace One Day in 1999 with a vision of creating a day where those at war put down their arms, there is no domestic violence and communities can live together in peace and harmony.
The importance of this day cannot be underestimated. Through the efforts of Jeremy Gilley and POD ambassador, Jude Law, during a visit to Afghanistan, the Taliban wrote and signed a letter agreeing to a ceasefire on September 21. During the ceasefire in Afghanistan, humanitarian workers were able to vaccinate around 1.6 million children against polio. This would not have otherwise been possible.
This inaugural event, in addition to having an overall theme of Peace, will be a day of celebrating our humanity and community through music, with performances throughout the day; art with an exhibition showcasing talented artists who have produced works that depict peace and film, and by tapping into information and workshops at the Wellness Community Festival.
Visit the Sydney Peace Day website for more information about the event:
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