POWER OF PEACE FESTIVAL – 28 to 29 October 2017

Power of Peace Festival

The Power of Peace Festival: Celebrating Global Mahatma Gandhi (the “Festival”) is an initiative of Gandhi Salt March Limited. The Festival will take place on 28 – 29 October 2017 in the cities of Ipswich and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

The Power of Peace Festival seeks to promote the values of peace, nonviolence, and harmony. These values were highly encouraged by Mahatma Gandhi to foster an equal and inclusive society, despite ethnicity, religion, social and economic status.

The Festival aims to bring scholars, businesses, students and communities across diverse cultural, religious and economic background from Australia and overseas to celebrate in a two-day program within Ipswich and Brisbane, Australia.

 

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The Festival will also provide cultural and business networking platforms.  

Peace Festival
The Power of Peace Festival will include a symbolic re-enactment of the Dandi Salt March. The March will commence at the Mahatma Gandhi Inspiration Bridge located at Springfield (Ipswich, Queensland). It will conclude at the Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Roma Street Parkland (Brisbane, Queensland).

EVENT Details

Saturday, 28 October 2017 – Welcome Reception and Forum over Dinner – Queensland Art Gallery, Southbank (Brisbane, Queensland)

Sunday, 29 October 2017 – Power of Peace Festival – Robelle Domain Parkland, Springfield (Ipswich, Queensland) and Roma Street Parkland (Brisbane, Queensland)

 

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About

The Power of Peace Festival is a vehicle to champion inclusive community spirit by deepening a sense of belonging and shared culture. Partnerships and collaboration underscore the Festival program celebrating cultural diversity and creative enterprises that will promote exchange and collaboration between Australia and the world. This initiative promotes the Gandhi values of inclusiveness, nonviolence and peace for better humanity.

 Gandhi Salt March Limited

Gandhi Salt March Limited (GSML) was established in 2016 to provide the governance vehicle specifically to deliver the Power of Peace Festival – a celebration of Global Mahatma Gandhi. Registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) as not for profit organization. GSML is partnership focused, engaging with government and private sector organizations, and various community groups to deliver a relevant and engaging festival with long term benefits to the wider community, including developing a sense of belonging in the community and strengthening potential trade and business networks.

Our Vision

GSML is established to promote the teaching of Mr Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi and raise awareness of those teachings with a specific focus on world peace, humanitarian pursuits and charitable endeavours.

Our Objectives

Our objectives include:

  • Developing a national event over the next three years to become an annual community festival with associated events in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth besides Brisbane;
  • Promoting Gandhi ideals amongst the community to lead to greater tolerance and non-violent behaviour;
  • Delivering an educational and cultural experience that engages and inspires community participation with a specific focus on youth education; and
  • Promoting exchange and collaboration between Australia and overseas.

Background and Initiation of the Power of Peace Festival

In 1930, Mahatma Gandhi led the Salt March as an act of nonviolent civil disobedience, to protest British rule in India. The Salt March was a key action contributing to the Indian Independence Movement and the Indian Freedom struggle. Gandhi was accompanied by 78 marchers at the beginning of the 24 day journey with others joining along the way.

Vital links between South East Queensland (Australia), Gandhi’s country of birth (India) and his global values as well as the current Indian democracy, were reinforced in 2014 when the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the Mahatma Gandhi Statue at the Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane (Queensland, Australia).

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils the Mahatma Gandhi Statue at the Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane (Queensland).

Connections with the Gandhi philosophies were further established in February 2015 when the Mahatma Gandhi Inspiration Bridge was opened at Springfield (Ipswich, Queensland). Dr Ella Gandhi (grand-daughter of Mahatma Gandhi) visited the Bridge in 2015 and commended the dedication.

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Mahatma Gandhi’s grand daughter Dr Ela Gandhi visiting the Mahatma Gandhi Inspiration Bridge at Springfield (Ipswich, Queensland).
AUSTRALIAN REGISTERED CHARITY

The Power of Peace Festival is an initiative of Gandhi Salt March Limited, an Australian Registered Charity.

Festival Program

Saturday 28 October 2017 to Sunday 29 October 2017

TIMEEVENT
Saturday 28th October, Queensland Art Gallery - Stanley Place, South Brisbane
4:30pm - 8.10pm Welcome Reception, Forum & Dinner
Peace, Nonviolence & Inclusiveness: Are Gandhi Values Relevant in 21st Century?
Speakers include Dr Ela Gandhi (via live stream), Ms Maxine McKew, Mr Neville Roach AO, Mr Peter Varghese AO, Professor Amitabh Mattoo, Ms Rabia Siddique and Ms Carol Angir
4.30pm for 4.45pm startGuest Arrival, collect name batches
4.45 to 5.15pmGuest networking over canapes and drinks
5.15pm - 5.25pmUsher to be seated
5.25 - 5.40pmWelcome by MC and Key note speakers (tbc)
5.45pm to 7.45pmForum begins with Panel Discussion, Debate Q&A
7.45pm - 8.10pmImages of Truth by Ishara Puppet Theatre
8.10pmEnd of Session
Dinner will be served during panel sessions
Sunday 29th October, Springfield Central, City of Ipswich
8:30amOfficial Opening of the Power of Peace Festival with key officials and dignitaries.
Venue: Mahatma Gandhi Inspiration Bridge, Springfield Central, City of Ipswich
Attendees: Key dignitaries, diplomatic representatives, bilateral chambers, business, community, student, education institutes, and other organisations from all cultures, ethnic and religious backgrounds are invited to attend.
8:45amPower of Peace Parade - a walk from Mahatma Gandhi Inspiration Bridge to the Robelle Domain Parklands Amphitheater, Springfield Central
Attendees: Students, communities and business groups will be invited to participate and requested to bring their flags.
9am - 9:45am Power of Peace Address
Venue: Amphitheatre at Robelle Domain Parklands, Springfield Central
Program:
· Opening with Welcome to Country by Uncle Albert and the Hymba Yumba School, Springfield
· Welcome by Mayor of the City of Ipswich, Andrew Antoniolli
· Address by Mr Maha Sinnathamby, Supporter of Mahatma Gandhi, Chairman of Springfield Land Corporation
Attendees: Key dignitaries, diplomatic representatives, bilateral chambers, business, community, student, education institutes, and other organisations from all cultures, ethnic and religious backgrounds are invited to participate and requested to bring their flags.
10am – 10:40amPower of Peace Choir
Performed by Ipswich City Orchestra under the baton of famed conducted Patrick Burns.
10:45am – 11:15amPeace and Wellness Salt March Walk for 1.2 kms
Walking route: Robelle Domain Amphitheater to Springfield Central Train Station
This is a re-enactment of the Gandhi Salt March
Attendees: Key dignitaries, diplomatic representatives, bilateral chambers, business, community, student, education institutes, and other organisations from all cultures, ethnic and religious backgrounds are invited to participate and requested to bring their flags.
11.25am – 11.55am Power of Peace Train Ride
Symbolic ‘Peace Train’ ride from Springfield Central Train Station to Roma Street Station (Brisbane).
This is a FREE PEACE TRAIN with limited capacity. Please book to confirm your seat.
Attendees: Students, communities and business groups will be invited to participate and requested to bring their flags
Sunday 29th October, Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane
11:55am – 12:30pm Power of Peace Parade
Walking route: Roma Street station to Gandhi Statue at Roma Street Parklands Students, communities and business groups will be invited to participate and requested to bring their flags.
Attendees: Key dignitaries, diplomatic representatives, bilateral chambers, business, community, student, education institutes, and other organisations from all cultures, ethnic and religious backgrounds are invited to participate.
12:30pmPower of Peace Address
Venue: Mahatma Gandhi Statue, Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane
· Welcome Ceremony with traditional performance
· Welcome by Lord Mayor of Brisbane (or representative)
· Address by Mr Neville Roach AO
· Premier of Queensland (or representative)
· PM (or representative) of Australia, PM (Or representative) of India, Premier of Queensland (tbc)
1:10pm'Peace for All and Everyone' - Student Art Competition Award Presentation
As part of the Power of Peace Festival a student art competition is being held involving students with the festival to learn about and celebrate Gandhi’s ideals. The art competition focuses on promoting an inclusive community spirit.
1:30pm – 2.15pm Images of Truth - By Ishara Puppet Theatre from India
About the production: Commissioned by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in 1993, Ishara’s Images of Truth broke the boundaries of conventional puppetry and inspired generations of puppeteers. Choreographed to music from across the world, it’s a mesmerizing, non-verbal, musical adaption on one of the mankind’s most iconic figures - Mahatma Gandhi.
One of India’s foremost and innovative puppeteers, Dadi D. Pudumjee established the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust in1986, which is now one of the leading platforms for innovative puppet theatre across the world. Ishara uses puppetry as a medium to entertain as well as address various social issues through their performances and workshops.
2.30pm - 5pmPower of Peace Festival formally concludes.
Multicultural Performances by Namaste World continue until 5pm.

Our Sponsors & Supporters

The Power of Peace Festival is proudly sponsored and supported by:

 

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To register your interest or for further information about sponsoring the Power of Peace Festival please contact:

Jim Varghese, Chairman
Mobile: +61 418 881 866
Email: jim@powerofpeacefestival.org

 

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