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.