The Bradford Festival opens this year with the Big Sing for Peace. Over 300 primary school children from across our District will join together to sing songs of peace and friendship on Friday 13 June at 12 noon with the Lord Mayor of Bradford in Centenary Square. The ‘Routes to Peace’ Big Sing highlights and celebrates the incredible peace work that takes place in our District.
‘Bradford has Peace Studies, the largest academic centre for the study of peace and conflict in the world, the UK’s only museum dedicated to peace and incredible organisations, who work with creativity and passion to bring children and people together. If that isn’t something to sing about, I don’t know what is!’
Lisa Cumming(PPC, Peace Studies, University of Bradford) who convened the first Routes to Peace gathering.
Workshops will be held for children and young people who have been involved in the Schools Linking Network’s Bradford linking scheme this year (booking only – all sessions now full) and the ‘Big Sing’ open to all, will take place 12.00 – 1.00 in Centenary Square, followed by the ‘Bigger Community Sing’ from 1.15 pm.
Workshops will include ‘Song Writing for Peace’ at the Peace Museum with local singer- songwriter Roger Davies (who will also be performing in Centenary Square at lunchtime); exploring images of peace through South Asian dance and music at Kala Sangam; the ‘War Horse’ poppy a craft and story telling activity run by the Peace Museum team at City Hall; creative activities with the artist Lou Sumri also at City Hall and much more!
This year’s event has been organised by SLN, Peace Museum, Stronger Communities Partnership, Bradford MDC and Programme for a Peaceful City/University of Bradford, with support from Bradford YMCA.
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