2019 ‘Give Peace a Chance’ Festival

Our 2019 ‘Give Peace a Chance’ Festival is celebrating the International Day of Peace whose theme this year reflects our climate crisis, and calls for the earth’s protection. Kwantlen chief Marilyn Gabriel and Keven Kelly will open our festival with a First Nations welcome. We have a wonderful array of speakers, singers, and dancers. To name just a few, author and teacher Pattie Pascal will be speaking on bullying. We will be hearing from Joseph Roberts, the founder and editor of the progressive Common Ground magazine. Thomas Sandborn, a social justice activist, journalist, and environmentalist, will be speaking on the relationship between the Green New Deal and peace and justice. Rochelle Prasad, founder of Camp We Empower and the Climate Change Challenge program for grades 3-12, will be speaking on her recent trip to the 24th Youth Assembly at the United Nations Institute of Peace.

The well-known Surrey singer and choreographer Jyotika Jasuja will entertain us with her beautiful voice. Cici Cox will soften our mood with her original ballads accompanied by guitar. Nicole Whitney of Shimmy for the Soul will entertain us with a belly dance. Raman Sangha of the Surrey Indian Arts Club will present a special collaboration of two Punjabi folk dances, Bhangra and Giddha. The colourful and fabulously energetic Shiama Priya, a First Nations dancer, will tear up the stage. We will enjoy the ballet dancing of AzestA Ballet School, run by Royal Academy dance teacher Elizabeth Lisa.

Dances from other countries such as Mexico, Russia, China, and Japan will help us celebrate our multicultural Surrey. You will truly be inspired by this lineup Finally, there will be peace themed arts and crafts for the young at heart . Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there.

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