Join the London Peace Network, artists, film-makers and religious leaders at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square for the premiere of a new short film, followed by a peace breakfast to mark the UN International Day of Peace.
Register here by 20 September to join us on Wednesday 21 September 8am – 9am. Download the flyer.
The film shows London places of worship open and welcoming and is the first in a series of short films and events.
The film will be shown at Southwark Cathedral on 1 October in the presence of the Mayor of London, who initiated the #LondonIsOpen campaign.
We look forward to seeing you!
Our Patron, Lord Bates, has completed his Walk for Peace. With the support of Lady Xuelin, he has walked 3,000 km from Buenos Aires to Rio, arriving in time for the opening of Rio2016.
The Walks for Peace raise awareness of the Olympic Truce, a UN-mandated break in war and conflict from 7 days before the Olympic Games until 7 days after the Paralympic Games. Lord and Lady Bates have also raised £250,000 in sponsorship for UNICEF.
Read Lord Bates’ blog. Here is an excerpt from his last post:
“I think that’s it for this year except to say that our walk was of course to draw attention to the Olympic truce through which signatories seek to set aside differences and work for reconciliation for the period seven days before the Olympic Games until seven days after the closing of the Paralympic Games. The Rio Olympic truce was signed by 180 countries at the United Nations General Assembly in October last year. Looking at our tv screens and events in Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Turkey, Pakistan, Iraq, Thailand, North Korea and France we might wonder what that means in reality.
It is a fair point but just because some people choose not to live up to their international obligations or rise above their tribal differences is not a reason to lower the bar but rather to encourage those who fall short to reach higher. That the world is a better place for the Olympics & Paralympics and the truce that transcends them. That peace and reconciliation was not just part of the ancient Olympic Games of 3000 years ago, it was their entire purpose and point. That ultimately peace is possible it just requires much more courage than war on the part of participants to achieve it. The type of courage, desire, single-minded purpose and ambition we witness everyday through the lives of our Olympians and Paralympians.”
Congratulations – and on behalf of the London Peace Network, thank you for keeping the Olympic Truce ideal alive!
The #LondonisOpen campaign has been launched by the Mayor of London to spread the message that London is united, full of creativity and open for business.
A rich discussion on what Jerusalem means to us from our different traditions – at the first Peace Café. Not the easiest of topics – but we learned from each other’s stories, experiences and from our shared and diverse histories.
People brought delicious food from across the continents: Bangladeshi biscuits, a fragrant rose water dish from Mauritius, rice and dal from India, dates from North Africa, trifle from England, pizza from Italy and hummus from Israel. It was a feast!
Join us next time on 12 January 6-8pm – bring a dish to share or bring ingredients to cook as we gather together.
From our friends at International Alert – the expanding Talking Peace Festival this year . . .
Young? Muslim? Jewish? In North West London?
The MUJU Crew bring Muslims and Jews together through a shared passion for creating art.
In this time of heightened tension MUJU aims to provide an arena for creative dialogue by hosting a two-day theatre lab in which Muslim and Jewish performers (both professionals and those with a passion for theatre/ arts) come together to explore/ question the theme of Peace, in all it’s possible meanings, through theatre.
The outcome will be a piece of theatre that will be shared on the Monday evening.
The entire weekend will be facilitated and filmed to be made into a short documentary. This will be screened at various events in the lead up to the International Day of Peace on September 21st.
WHERE: Al-Khoei Benevolent Foundation, Chevening Road, London, NW6 6TN
WHEN: 10-6pm Sunday 24th and Monday 25th August 2014.
Places are limited! If you would like to be part of this creative experience then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org