Tuesday, August 27, 2013

POEMS FOR PEACE, Subud International Cultural Association at Zach Theatre, September 21, 2013

for International Peace Day
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 12:30 p.m.
Zach Theatre Kleberg Stage
free admission

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

About Peace One Day Peace One Day began in 1999 as a cease fire initiative in Afghanistan to allow health workers to safely get to children to treat them on that day. In 2001 Peace One Day’s efforts were rewarded when the United Nations unanimously adopted a new resolution to declare its International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. http://peaceoneday.org

About Peace Day – September 21st The International Day of Peace, a.k.a. “Peace Day,” was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has enthusiastically endorsed Peace One Day’s initiative and its global coalition, and encourages all people everywhere to participate in Peace Day, September 21, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeAOxW7O9oE

About The Subud International Cultural Association (SICA) The Subud International Cultural Association (SICA) is a nonprofit organization providing programs and services to individuals and organizations working in the fields of art, culture, and creativity for the development of human values across all fields of human endeavor. SICA believes the development of individual talent is critical to building love and respect among people everywhere. SICA was begun by members of the World Subud Association in 1983. http://www.subud-sica.org

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