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Nottingham Peacebuilders 2017

Various City Centre Venues, Nottingham
Nottingham Peacebuilders 2017


Events from 22 April to 20 May throughout the city

Small acts of kindness make the world a better place.

Nottingham Peacebuilders 2017 is an opportunity to create a shared celebration of everything we do to build a good world.  Peacebuilders grew as a community initiative in response to the 'Gandhi, King, Ikeda (Peacebuilders)' exhibition that will be at Nottingham Trent University's Newton Building from Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 May and at the Broadway Cinema's Gallery from Saturday 6 to Friday 12 May from 10am to 5pm.

The exhibition explores the way in which these three extraordinary leaders demonstrated the power to transform the world through peaceful means.  The Peacebuilders programme of activities and events from Saturday 22 April to Saturday 20 May is citywide and explores the power of the individual to make a difference.  People from all walks of life will have their say on the world they want to see.

Peacebuilders highlights

Peace procession - 8pm, Saturday 6 May, Old Market Square

Gather in the Square for the lighting of candles then carry your wish with you for a better world to the music of Nottingham choirs.  What will you stand up for? 

Peace party - 9pm, Saturday 6 May, National Justice Museum

Once you've taken part in the procession, join the world’s happiest peace party with swing band Shell's Belles.

Other Peacebuilders Highlights

Sunday 7 May, from 1.30pm, Nottingham city centre

Nottingham Symphony Orchestra and Oak Field School flash mobs will be out and about in the city.

Sunday 7 May, 2pm, Broadway Cinema (booking required)

Oscar-winning film Selma, telling the gripping story of the pivotal moment in Dr Martin Luther King Jnr's epic civil rights struggle

Sunday 7 May, 8pm, St Mary’s (booking required)

Concert by harpist Georgina Taylor, baritone Geoff Williams, violinist Derek Williams, pianist Jennifer Hogg and St Mary's Choir, with proceeds going to Emmanuel House

Monday 8 May, 7.30pm, Tiger Boe Centre (booking required)

An introduction to Zen Buddhism by Rev Aiden with a talk about meditation and a chance to try it for yourself

Wednesday 10 May, 2pm, Bromley House Library (booking required)

Talk by Tony Simpson of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation on Ottoline Morrell, DH Lawrence and Bertrand Russell

Saturday 13 May, 11am - 5pm, Old Market Square

Mass meditation with 1,000 meditators organised by Unplugged Space. Bring a cushion and join in.

Wednesday 17 May, 7.30pm, Haywood Road Community Centre

Dance Meditation for Peace workshop by World Circle Dance group

Saturday 20 May, 9.45am, Sir Julien Cahn Pavilion, West Park (booking required)

Talk by Caroline Brazier on Buddhist psychology, open to qualified or trainee counsellors and psychotherapists only

Saturday 20 May, 10am, Secret Studio (booking required)

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Jane Houston, suitable for beginners.

Peacebuilders anthology

Peacebuilders will be inviting people to contribute to a peace anthology to be printed later this year.  This will be supported by Arts Council England.

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"Be the change you want to see in the world."

- Mohandas Gandhi

"Darkness cannot derive out darkness: only light can do that."

- Martin Luther King Jnr

"A revolution of character in just a single individual will change the fate of a nation."

- Daisaku Ikeda

Nottingham Peacebuilders 2017 has been developed with support from Nottingham City Council and Arts Council England.  Partners include the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, Nottingham Trent University, Broadway Cinema, Nottingham Girls' High School and professional and community artists.

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