POEMS FOR PEACE
Austin-based Subud International Cultural Association (SICA) invites the entire Austin community — poetry groups, poetry teachers, poetry lovers, singers, dancers, artists, actors, pipers, players and friends to create and share POEMS FOR PEACE in honor of Peace Day, Saturday, September 21, 2013.
SICA is part of a global coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working with UK’s Peace One Day to organize activities celebrating peace and nonviolence around the world on Peace Day. Over 600 million people will be aware of Peace Day this year and there will be a 24 hour celebration for Peace Day 2013 at The Hague —headlined by Carlinhos Brown, Miguel Bosé, The Feeling and others from around the globe. SICA will be live-streaming the event.
Austin’s own and former Executive Director of the Austin Creative Alliance, Latifah Taormina, spearheaded the Poems for Peace global initiative last year. Now, the celebration culminates in Austin with veteran Austin performers Robert Faires, Kathy Catmull, Steve Moore, and Barbara Chisholm among several others, sharing poems they love at a FREE event Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm at Zachary Scott Theatre’s Kleberg Stage (1401 West Riverside Drive, Austin, 78704). The event is free of charge to the public.
Peace One Day’s theme for this year’s Peace Day is “Who are you going to make peace with?” Taormina explains, “Maybe that begins with oneself, with forgiveness of ourselves and others, and from there we can begin to feel the peace inside we can share with others.”
Austinites are being called to action by participating in, or coordinating, a Poems for Peace event, which can be as simple as reciting poetry in one’s home. People can recite, write, sing and create poetry through flash mobs, poetry readings, parties, slams,performances, workshops, exhibits, classes, concerts, games and love-notes in honor of Peace Day. Poetry can be found even in a child’s scribbling their favorite rhyme on the sidewalk with chalk. Participants are encouraged to document and share their efforts on the Poems for Peace website (www.poems-for-peace.org) or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PoemsForPeaceOneDay. There are also past examples of creative events from around the world, on the website.
“This is about actively sharing one’s love of peace through poetry.” says Latifah Taormina, SICA’s Board President. “Poems live in our music, our holy books and in our hearts. Poems for Peace is an invitation to connect to that place inside us all and share your favorite poems — wherever you are — on Peace Day.”
SICA is proud to be part of this global initiative for peace which gives everyone an opportunity to share good things with friends and neighbors in a powerful and positive way.
www.facebook.com/poemsForPeaceOneDay -- http://twitter.com/Poems4peace -- http://www.poems-for-peace.org