☮ Peace Fair ☮
From 19th September to 3rd October 2021
Address: 107 Redfern St, Redfern 2016
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 a series of events to mark those centenaries and draw attention to United Nations International Day of Peace (21st September).
The Peace Fair will include: exhibitions, talks, discussions, workshops, films, music and entertainment and children’s activities. Parallel online events will include short films, videos, speakers and discussion forums.
The exhibition will remain in place for two weeks and be open to the public with events each day, as a celebration of peace. All groups with an interest in peace, in any of its manifestations, are invited to set up a display or stall at a minimal cost. This will be an opportunity for new connections to be made and new initiatives to arise. Please join us in helping plan and shape this important event.
Participating organisations so far: Australia Institute, Australia for War Powers Reform, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons, Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition, IPAN, IVP, Institute of Economics and Peace, PEN Sydney, People for Nuclear Disarmament, Marrickville Peace Group, Maritime Union of Australia, Medical Association for the Prevention of War, Sydney Peace and Justice Coalition, Wage Peace, Australian West Papua Association, United Nations Association of Australia, Peacifica, Quakers Australia, Pax Christi, Peace Bus, Religious Society of Friends (NSW), SEARCH Foundation, Safe Ground, Sydney Peace Foundation, Teachers Federation, Uluru Statement, Creators of Peace, Pace e Bene, WILPF.
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
Activities planned so far
- Welcome to Country
- Welcome ceremony with civic dignitary
- Celebration activities
- An Expo for the general public
- Time slots to showcase each organisations
- High profile inspirational speakers
- Nobel Peace Medal on display
- Workshops – indigenous perspectives, alternatives to violence
- Panel sessions
- Children’s activities
Other possible activities
- Peace march to the venue
- Human library
- Meditation. Singing bowls. A minute of silence
- T Shirts – printing
- Schools competition – designing a peace poster
The Ambassador for Costa Rica has agreed to be our keynote speaker at Raising Peace.
This is the recent news article from the Canberra Times:
A variety of other speakers are being approached.
This link will take you to Lee Rhiannon’s speech on the occasion of our Raising Peace event in 2020,
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.