Raising Peace Festival is Online - All events are free - No matter where you are in the world, please join us!
We are excited to announce that all the Raising Peace events will now be held online due to the lockdown in Sydney. The festival stalls and exhibitions have been deferred and will still go ahead as soon as conditions are favourable. Tickets available HERE!
Many thanks – the team at Raising Peace.
☮ Peace Festival ☮
From 16th to 26th September 2021
International Volunteers for Peace (IVP) and The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF, NSW) both celebrated their centenaries in 2020. They joined with the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN), to hold Raising Peace, a series of events to mark those centenaries and draw attention to United Nations International Day of Peace (21st September).
The Peace Festival will include: exhibitions, speakers, discussion forums, workshops, films, music, activities and entertainment.
Participating organisations so far:
Australia West Papua Association, Australians for War Powers Reform, Initiatives of Change / Creators of Peace, HandUp Congo, Independent and Peaceful Australia Network, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, International Volunteers for Peace, Maritime Union of Australia, Marrickville Peace Group, Medical Association for the Prevention of War, Pace e Bene Australia, Pax Christi, Peace and Conflict Studies Sydney University, Peacifica, PEN Sydney, People for Nuclear Disarmament, Religious Society of Friends NSW, Safe Ground, Sydney Knitting Nannas, Sydney Peace and Justice Coalition, Sydney Peace Foundation, Uluru Statement from the Heart, United Nations Association of Australia, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom NSW, Women’s Reconciliation Network, Rosemary Kariuki African Women’s Group NSW, Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development International, Soka Gakkai International Australia.
This event will showcase and celebrate a broad range of initiatives, ongoing efforts and successes in promoting peace.
We will share knowledge, inspire, increase visibility, encourage new collaborations, attract and engage young people.
- Showcase the multitude of methods employed to work towards peace
- Draw attention to United Nations International Day of Peace (21 September)
- Strengthen collaboration and relationships between peace organisations, study centres and inter-related issues, eg. First Nations, Climate Change
- Engage with young people
- Explore a world where war is no longer an option
- Promote the delights of living in peace
- Promote understanding across cultures
His Excellency Mr Armando VARGAS ARAYA, Ambassador of Costa Rica, has agreed to be our keynote speaker at the Peace Festival. This is a news article from the Canberra Times:
This link will take you to Lee Rhiannon’s speech on the occasion of our Raising Peace event in 2020, Wage Peace Speech This event celebrated 100 years of SCI (IVP) and WILPF NSW.
About Raising Peace
How did Raising Peace start?
Raising Peace began on the initiative of International Volunteers for Peace (IVP) as a way to celebrate the 100 years anniversary of our founding organisation, Service Civil International (SCI). The name also links us with the Raising Peace campaign of the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS). We are delighted to have Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) and the NSW branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) as co-organisers.
What is the aim?
The name was chosen to celebrate and raise the profile of peace rather than the celebrations of war that we so often see held at official levels.
Raising Peace will bring together the myriad of organisations working for peace in all its manifestations. Mainly from NSW but also the East coast of Australia and nearby Asia-Pacific areas. There will be opportunities to learn from each other and for new collaborations to develop.