Last weekend Tamar Valley Peace Festival volunteers were at Harvest spreading the word on all the exciting events and activities planned for the 2019 Festival. Celebrations kick off on Friday 9th to Sunday 18th August August. The intent of the Festival is to celebrate the roles of art, diversity, education and sport in building community cohesion and goodwill between people. A host of community groups, organisations and individuals are involved in delivering activities that support the concept of community kindness, tolerance and non-conflict resolution. This year’s theme is ‘The Power of Integrity’
This year there is a diversity of ticketed and free events that provide something that appeals to everyone. A taste of these events include:
- Eritrean and Ethiopian communities coffee ceremony, 10-11am Saturday 10 August at the Pilgrim Uniting Church (walkway) 34 Paterson Street, Launceston (this event is ticketed so get in early)
- Ride for Peace 11.30am Saturday 10 August. Start at Kings Park and finish at the Peace Garden – Civic Square, Cameron Street
- Poetry for Peace – The Power of Integrity 7pm Monday 12 August at the Plough Inn Launceston hosted by the Tasmanian Poetry Festival and Tamar Peace Festival (this event is ticketed so get in early)
- Peace Party 4-8pm Friday 16 August in the Quadrant Mall, Launceston hosted by Tamar Peace Festival and Cityprom – Launceston Central City
- Our Global Village Celebration starting 9am-4pm Saturday 17 August 49 George Town Rd, Newnham hosted by Tamar Peace Festival and Northern Suburbs Community Centre Inc.
- All Under One Sky (kites and picnic) 10am-2pm Sunday 17 August in Royal Park
There is also yoga, readings, talks, music, peace services, art exhibitions, welcome dinners and much more. All the events can be viewed at the Tamar Peace Festival website http://www.tamarcommunitypeace.org.au Or on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pg/TamarPeaceFestival/events/
The Tamar Peace Festival was first held in 2015. The 2015 Festival involved over 50 local organisations and 7000 participants. Since then, the Festival has become an annual Launceston winter event and has continued to grow.
The Festival is delivered by a group of committed Launceston citizens. They formed the Tamar Community Peace Trust in 2015 with the aim of promoting a more peaceful approach to conflict resolution – from community, social, environmental and global perspectives. The objectives are:
- To raise the awareness of peace issues through the arts, education and the media
- To promote peaceful strategies for resolving conflict at all levels from personal, community, to international
- To translate the desire for peace into action and offer people, especially young people, a course for hope and a motive for action
- To build a world free from injustice, threats of war and violence
- To encourage the artist in every one of us to express peace and tolerance as ways of overcoming violence.
In addition to the Festival there is a permanent peace presence of the Peter Underwood Peace Garden in Launceston’s Kings Park. The City of Launceston allocated land for the installation to support of the Peace Trust and its activities. The garden provides a peaceful place for relaxation and reflection.
For more on the Festival, the Trust and Peter Underwood Peace Garden visit http://www.tamarcommunitypeace.org.au.