Ways to Peace Festival 21-22 Sept

 Friday 21st, 7pm: An evening of talks, music and poetry (Ticketed event £12, £10 concs.)

Saturday 22nd, 11am – 4pm: Workshops, music and dance performances (Free, including free entry to Tintern Abbey)

Saturday 22nd, 7pm: An evening of talks, music and poetry (Ticketed event £12, £10 concs.) 

Tickets are available at www.WaystoPeace.org. Also available at the door.

The Ways to Peace : inner peace, peace with nature and peace amongst peoples – these themes will be explored through music, speech (words) and the moving body, throughout a two-day festival, set in the sublime Tintern Abbey. Ways to Peace is being produced by Tintern Festivals Association as a contribution to the United Nations’ International Day of Peace.

The aim is of the festival is to encourage ideals of peace within and amongst all nations and peoples. The festival will coincide with Cadw’s Heritage Open Doors weekend, so visitors will have the opportunity to connect with peace in a variety of talks, dance, poetry, drumming, and meditation workshops. Dance workshops on the Saturday will be lead by Cardiff’s own Rubicon dance company, and they will be performing two unique dance pieces – all for free!

The inspiration for this project arises from growing evidence of social polarisation and increasing tensions between nations and governments, as well as crisis level environmental destruction. These strains have contributed towards spreading a climate of fear and hatred.

The aim, therefore, is to foster a climate of peace within the tranquil Tintern Abbey, through this two-day intercultural event. The opening concert, The Spirit of Peace, on Friday, September 21st, will feature keynote speakers of outstanding international repute: Indian activist and former Jain monk Satish Kumar and peace builder and Nicaraguan advocate of human rights, Bianca Jagger.

The talks will be followed by National Eisteddfod Welsh choir winners, Côr Caerdydd, singing excerpts from Sir Karl Jenkins’ The Peacemakers and Armed Man, a Mass for Peace. A torch-lit Buddhist meditation led by Andy Wistreich in the nave of the Abbey will conclude the evening. Ticketed event. (Ticketed event £12, £10 concs.) Connecting with Peace on Saturday, September 22nd 11-4, there will be a rich variety of activites & events including ‘Peace as a Way of Life’ with Satish Kumar, ‘Harmony in the Wheel of Time’ with Andy Wistreich, Djabot African drumming group, Buddhist meditation led by Ven. Choje Lama Rabsang, Japanese tea ceremony and flower arranging, Tales of the World with Cardiff storyteller Richard Berry, Earth mandala creation with Fiona Frank, Parva Strings Quartet, young and old Poets and Philosophers for Peace, to experience and celebrate the many ways to inner and outer peace, and harmony with Nature, in a world of continuing conflict.

Free and open to all. (Entrance to the Abbey is also free) The Saturday night concert, Working for Peace, features Renewal Gospel Choir, the UK’s leading Green poet Martin Kiszko, and kora player Mamadou Cissokho. The headlining speakers will be: Dr. Scilla Ellworthy, author and founder of Peace Direct, Herbert Girardet, author and co-founder of World Future Council, and Robert Harrap of Soka Gakkai International. Ticketed event. (Ticketed event £12, £10 concs.)

Everyone is welcome and warmly encouraged to attend this very special WAYS to PEACE event! For further details and the latest updates, see https://www.waystopeace.org/, follow Ways to Peace on Twitter (@waystopeace2018), and like our Facebook page (https://www.facebook. com/tinternfestival/).

There is also crowdfunding page (https://www.crowdfunder.- co.uk/ways-to-peace-festival) to raise money to rent a stage to support the festival’s wonderful performers. All donations will contribute towards making this event as special as possible. Tintern Festivals Association Ty Awen, Tintern Chepstow NP16 6SQ contact: tinternfestivals@gmail.com