PEACE FEST encapsulates our passion for social justice and hopes for a brighter future as we shed light on the dark chapters of the history of WWII in Asia. We hope that the engaging programs and art pieces will kindle a meaningful response within you to challenge apathy and intolerance.
Come and join us as diverse communities in Toronto to celebrate the pursuit for peace!
Wind through Mel Lastman Square to find socially conscious art vendors, a unique group of storytellers, chalk art, food vendors, table-tennis exhibitions and tournaments, an art exhibition, and later in the evening – an exciting peace concert.
RSVP for the free Peace concert!
Tales of Peace and Reconciliation
Featuring storytellers from Birds of a Feather: Rubena Sinha, Diana Tso, Jack Howard, Harriet Xanthakos, Sarah Abu-Sharar, Pat Bisset
Location: Gazebo at Mel Lastman Square
Time: 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 5:15pm
Peace Mask Workshop Demonstration
Missed peace mask workshops? Make sure to visit the Peace Mask Project's booth!
Artist Myong Hee Kim will create peace masks throughout the day with peace mask models. Come dialogue with Myong Hee Kim and communications director Kya Kim to learn more about peacebuilding through the arts!
Chalk Art Fun!
Anytime between 12pm - 6pm
Your Vision of Peace
Express your feeling and idea about peace through drawing or writing
Colour Our World
Colour the peace related images drawn by the artist
Steps towards Reconciliation
Trace your feet and include drawings or words related to reconciliation inside your footprints
Draw for Peace
Local artists come together to draw for peace! Come see their engaging works of art and dialogue with fellow peace advocates!
Bonding through Ping Pong (Table Tennis)
Time: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
During the Cold War, the "Ping-Pong Diplomacy" marked a thaw in the tense relationship between the United States and China. Through table tennis demonstration and mini tournaments, we hope the spirit of “the ping pong friendship” can be shared among participants.
Take this opportunity to play and learn from:
- coach for national players, Wendy Chen
- former city councillor, Gordon Cressy
- players on the Summer 2015 National Team and Table Tennis Canada: Amy Nichols, Dun Li, Max Xia, and James Yu
- other expert players!
Sign up to play in a mini tournament!
Location: Outdoor Gallery
Time: 11am – 9pm
Contesting art pieces to the "History + Art = Peace" Art Contest with the following themes in the context of World War II in Asia will be displayed:
- Transforming Hurt into Healing
- Restoring Dignity through Justice
- Sustaining Hope
- Live Painting by Sylvia Chan
- Traditional Korean Drum Performances by Hope 21
Arts and Craft Vendors
A selection of vendors have come together to bring you unique hand-made goods and art pieces to promote peace and environmental justice.
Come share some delicious street foods with us as you participate in the various programs at PEACE FEST!
Stay tune for the feature food vendors!
Through music and various forms of art performance, we hope the message of peace can connect people of different culture and background, be widespread and become an action rather than a word.
Other than the featured music groups, there will be drama, drum performance, video and peace boat ceremony in the evening.
Let’s give a voice for peace together!
This event was made possible by:
The City of Toronto
HYPR Creative Inc.
Sing Tao Daily
Ming Pao Daily
The Korea Times Daily
The Philippine Reporter
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