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