Film Premiere 21 September #LondonIsOpen Places of Worship

Film Premiere 21 September #LondonIsOpen Places of Worship

londonisopen-21-septJoin 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!

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Lord Bates completes Walk for Truce from Buenos Aires to Rio

Lord Bates completes Walk for Truce from Buenos Aires to Rio

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!

Peace Cafe 17 March 6pm

Peace Cafe 17 March 6pm

Aff_CafesDepending on the origin of our food, clothes, cosmetics or household goods, our seemingly innocent actions can contribute to human and environmental disasters somewhere on the globe.  The Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh highlighted the direct links between our consumer choices here in the UK and lives overseas.

Ethical choices and consumerism is the topic of our next Peace Café, on Tuesday 17 March at 6pm at LBFN’s home at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PW (Goodge Street tube).

Our special guest is Shehroze Khan from MADE in Europe, a grassroots faith-based charity raising awareness about environmental protection, justice and poverty, and our conversation will include diverse views and a wide range of experiences.

Let us know if you plan to come along.  Bring a little food (veggie) to share.  Everyone can brew the change.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Aff_CafesDepending on the origin of our food, clothes, cosmetics or household goods, our seemingly innocent actions can contribute to human and environmental disasters somewhere on the globe.  The Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh highlighted the direct links between our consumer choices here in the UK and lives overseas.

Ethical choices and consumerism is the topic of our next Peace Café, on Tuesday 17 March at 6pm at LBFN’s home at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PW (Goodge Street tube).

Our special guest is Shehroze Khan from MADE in Europe, a grassroots faith-based charity raising awareness about environmental protection, justice and poverty, and our conversation will include diverse views and a wide range of experiences.

Let LBFN know if you plan to join us.  Bring a little food to share.  Everyone can brew the change.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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The meaning of Jerusalem – Peace Café

The meaning of Jerusalem – Peace Café

Peace Cafe 1A 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.

Talking Peace Festival 8 September – 3 October

Talking Peace Festival 8 September – 3 October

From our friends at International Alert – the expanding Talking Peace Festival this year . . .

tpf pink hash date“The Talking Peace Festival is a series of events taking place this autumn around International Peace Day on 21 September.

Using the universal language of creativity, the festival will illustrate the importance of dialogue in resolving conflicts in venues across London. Join us for talks, comedy, art, food, photography and more!

The full programme will be announced later in August, but here is a flavour of what to expect:

  • Launch party, Shoreditch Village Hall, 8 September (RSVP here)
  • Peace Booth, Old Street underground station, 8-14 September
    Strike a pose for peace in our Peace Photo Booth and enjoy live art demonstrations as part of our #Art4peace campaign. Free.
  • #Art4peace campaign, various locations throughout September. Talented street artists unite in painting campaign for peace in spaces around East London. They will include: Benjamin Murphy, Dan Kitchener, David Walker, Faunagraphic, Fipsi Seilern (Pang), Francesca McHugh (Love Artist), Ibrahim Fakhri, Jim McElvaney, Joel Bergner, Lana Hughes (Lana Alana), Magnus Gjoen, Mr Dane, Paul Curtis (Moose), Pure Evil, Suzko and Tarek Tuma.
  • Takeover of Shoreditch Art Wall, 17-19 Great Eastern Street, 13-19 September
    Come and see this iconic Shoreditch mural transform into a giant piece of street art – for peace! Free.
  • Rwanda photo exhibition, South Bank, 17-28 September
    Photography from award-winning photojournalist Carol Allen-Storey, featuring the stories of young Rwandans, their reflections on the genocide and hopes for the future. Free.
  • Conflict Kitchen, Queen of Hoxton, 20-21 September
    A pop-up grill serving dishes from the Middle East over the weekend of International Peace Day. With recipes from renowned chefs Anissa Helou, Yotam Ottolenghi and Claudia Roden.
  • Are you Taking the Peace?, The Comedy Store, 22 September (Book tickets here)
    Our annual benefit comedy night featuring Rich Hall, Stewart Francis, Holly Walsh, Matt Rees, Daniel Simonsen, Nick Revell and Alistair Barrie (MC).
  • Various, Hoxton Gallery, 23 September-3 October
    Exhibitions, talks, workshops and more!
  • No Pressure to be Funny, The Phoenix – Cavendish Square, 28 September
    The highly acclaimed satirical panel show presents an International Alert special, chaired by LBC Radio’s James O’Brien.

For updates, follow us @TalkPeaceFest and use the hashtag #TalkingPeace to share your views!”

MUJU 48 hour Peace Lab | 24-25 August | NW London

MUJU 48 hour Peace Lab | 24-25 August | NW London

Young? Muslim? Jewish? In North West London?

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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 info@muju.org.uk to book.