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Organization: International Day of Peace in the United Kingdom
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PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity


TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity

PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

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ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.


Aberystwyth: Morlan Centre event with stalls, refreshments and Cor Gobaith (local Peace choir) who sang songs from “The Day After Peace”. Donations benefited Amnesty and Medecines Sans Frontieres.

Bangor: Peace Day concerts were held at the Greek Taverna and at Blue Sky Café. 50 attended a panel discussion on “Iran & Middle East peace” with Sir Harold Walker, former British Ambassador to Iraq, organized by Bangor & Anglesey UNA & Amnesty International. 50 attended a film showing of “Joyeux Noel” about the Great War, assoc. with Bangor & Anglesey Peace & Justice Group. 50+ visited the Clock Tower for street performances from ‘Batala’ (Same Dummers) & the ‘Bangor Community Choir’.

Bath: 400 students & staff from Royal High School made a human Peace sign & big Peace dove – see report. Belfast: 200+ attended an Ulster Hall event featuring Brian Kennedy, organized by Pace of Change. Beyton: 700 students from Beyton Middle School thought of ways to celebrate Peace and showed their work at an assembly the next day.

Caernarfon: Peace Day concert at the Snowdon Inn. Colwyn Bay: Open mic evening for poets & musicians. Organized by: Pace of Change. Cowes: “Peace Tree” interactive display, with a collection for the UN World Food Programme at the Octopus Garden Café. Crawley: 8th annual general meeting of the West Sussex Mediation Service at Hawth Theater.

Derry: 60 attended an event at Café Del Mondo featuring music, poetry and radio interviews which was broadcast on Peace Day. Pace of Change. Dorking: A small group attended a meditation on peace and self-healing.

Glastonbury: First “Twinning” between Great Britain (Isle of Avalon) and a Greek Island (Patmos the Holy Isle). Hampshire: Spiritual meditation for Peace at the White Eagle Lodge. Hove: “Peace Now” event at the Old Market, Brighton’s biggest Peace event.

Keighley: Event at the Town Square to raise the Union Jack, Yorkshire and UN flags. Later Peace roses were planted around the Town Square. Organized by Keighley government. Kings Lynn: Day of meditations on Peace and drumming.

Leeds: Carriageworks event for an ecstatic dance practice. They wished to “dance for peace to
manifest peace in others”. More. Llangollen: Peace concert at St. John’s Church. Org: Pace of Change.

London: London Week of Peace is an annual major city-wide, week-long series of events with thousands in attendance, with this year featuring a Talent Show, 5K Run for Peace, Peace Debate, a Trafagar Square Peace concert with a wide range of musical guests and surprise headlining acts, and a Fashion Show with designers and contributions from Newham College students.

London (continued): Event hosted by ASLUK with a viewing of “The Day After Peace”, reflections from religious leaders, international Peacemakers and musical guests. * Discussion: ‘Bridge of Peace’ from distinguished African women who have taken a lead on Peacebuilding and reconciliation initiatives, including Mrs. Marie-Therese Nlandu – Presidential Candidate in the Democratic Republican of Congo Election of 2006 - Organized by: WFWPI . * All day event with performances, speakers and stalls presenting the history of different countries’ contributions to Peace and unity, organized by: Health Protection Agency. * Music event: a “sonically stunning and highly physical site specific performance” with a Peace theme, organized by Synthes:s at the Hackney Wick Festival * Restaurants donated £1 on main courses to VITAL to highlight relationship between Peace and human rights (in particular for children) * A young girl named Jess passed out free homemade cupcakes with a Peace theme, and accepted donations for the Macmillan Cancer Fund.

Manasquan: Hundreds setup over 700 pinwheels in the shape of a giant Peace sign at Manasquan Elementary School, to the music of John Lennon. Manchester: Concert at Lloyd’s Hotel, an open mic night in the center of Manchester; An evening of art, music, film and poetry performances on Peace at the Bay Horse with local peace action group ‘CARISMA’ - org: Pace of Change.

Mold: A mixed musical concert with poetry at Y Pentan. Org: Pace of Change. Morpeth: Screening of “Pray the Devil Back to ####” at Holystone Church.

Norwich: A small Peace walk took place to celebrate and support the message of Prem Rawat, a teacher and Ambassador for Peace. More. Nottingham: About 20 women from Soroptimist International of Nottingham stood in silence, wearing white, at Speaker’s Corner. Friends accompanied them to explain to passer-bys their motivation. At the Buddhist Center, there was a “Chant for Peace”.

Plymouth: Event Plymouth Centre for Faiths and Cultural Diversity to share stories of Peace and reconciliation, which were then acted out on stage by actors in spontaneous, lively and frequently moving theater. In collaboration with Mirror Mirror Theater Company.

Rake: Peace messages on prayer flags, guided meditation and circle dance at WhiteEagle Lodge.

Rochdale: 1000+ people attended the 4th annual “Peace Parade UK” at Rochdale Town Center, which included the presence of 10 mayors of Greater Manchester and the Minister for Sport.

Salford: An open afternoon of music, circus, flat iron market, inc crafts and global food.

Southampton: Meeting at Art House to collaborate on a textiles piece for Peace Day.


In Ashbourne, Derbyshire, a Peace Pole was unveiled as part of International Day of Peace.

Barefoot Books in Bristol celebrated the International Day of Peace by “growing a forest of Peace Trees”. People were invited to decorate leaves with pictures and messages of peace. Storytelling events took place as well.

Christians Together in Camden organized an event for Christians from different churches throughout Camden to share International Day of Peace prayers, and prayer with songs in the Taize style.

Huddersfield Interfaith Council invited all comers to join them in a short reflection on Peace and to observe a minute of silence for peace at the Huddersfield Methodist Mission on International Day of Peace.

Mount Charles Methodist Church in St Austell held an 8-hour peace vigil in the church with a display of peace flags outside the church. Local people were invited to write their peace prayers on flags for display.

Moving for Peace A school assembly took place at a local high school in Leeds encouraging students to become more peaceful in themselves and to join in Moving for Peace by doing something for peace with others.

Peace Café Various activities took place in the Peace Café in Portsmouth on the International Day of Peace, including anti-war songs, Make a Wish for the World, poetry and haiku readings, tea tasting etc.

Peace Parade UK The parade was a collaborative effort between Sleepwalker Films, celebrities, volunteers, and children from all 98 schools in the Rochdale area. The children carried giant peace doves they constructed as part of the educational process leading up to the event. The day also included a minute of silence at noon, a 30-minute peace service, an afternoon of activities at Hopwood Hall College, a Truce International “Kick a Football For Peace” Competition, a film screening, a Question and Answer session with distinguished guests, and a live pop concert at Richmond Hall.

Penryn for Peace A gig was held at Miss Pea(ce)pods in Penryn. Musical groups performed and art installations and projections were on display to raise awareness on International Peace Day.

St Peters CE Juniors and World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) in Leigh, Lancashire organized an assembly concerning peace throughout the world. The program included singing the Song for Peace. (

Waterstones Bookshop in Birmingham hosted an author talk on the International Day of Peace for two authors whose books deal with the subject of peace. Birmingham‟s Lord Mayor joined in with attendees for a minute of silence on Chamberlain Square.*

PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

On a global level, reported events for the International Day of Peace continue to grow year after year (see the website listed above):

In the 2005 Report, 155 Peace Day events in 47 countries are presented.

The 2007 records show that:
* We had 623 commitments across the world
* 70 countries
* 225 cities (outside of the USA)
* 42 US states
* An estimate of nearly 500,000 participants
* An average of 500 people per event

2009 annual report listed 700+ events

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

not reported

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

The International Day of Peace is an annual event.

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

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