International Youth Peace Culture and Arts Festival (April 23rd – 26th, 2014)

Promoting peace through culture with International Youth Peace Culture and Arts Festival

International Youth Peace Culture and Arts Festival (April 23rd – 26th, 2014)

Promoting peace through culture at this International Youth Peace Culture and Arts Festival organized by African Youth Volunteers for Peace (AYVP).

The festival is under the theme; “promoting International culture and Art for peace” which will provide an interactive opportunity for participants from diverse background to discuss and evaluate issues about peace, culture and art.

Sub-themes of the Festival:

• developing the future non-violence democratic leaders
• the role of women in ensuring sustainable culture of peace and democracy
• climate change and its effect of promoting sustainable peace

The International Youth Peace Culture and Arts Festival (April 23rd – 26th, 2014) will unite all international youth who aim at making peace through culture and Art devoted to healing, cultural exchange, Peace Building, Art, and sustainable development.

The festival is a sustainable peace movement where cultural, religious and personal differences are respected and celebrated and our humanity is acknowledged as the thread that unites us all. The Festival offers young people, sometimes for the first time in their lives, a direct experience of what it means to live in unity and peace, free from fear and violence.

Many of the youth who attend have experienced extreme poverty, religious persecution, child labor, gang violence, abuse and neglect; some have witnessed the atrocities of war and have literally run for their lives; many have been uprooted from their native cultures and struggle to integrate into an entirely foreign world.

All of the youth who attend are given a space to completely be themselves, a space to heal, a space to share their stories, a space to be heard, a space to be celebrated and a space to be empowered. Through the Festival, the youth come to realize that sustainable peace begins within, recognizing that in order to create peace in the world they must first find peace within their own hearts

At a time when the world seems increasingly violent and polarized along the lines of faith, nationality and political belief, there is a need for people, especially youth, to connect to each other and the world around them on a deeper, more compassionate level.

The International Youth Peace Culture and Arts Festival addresses this need by uniting the diverse youth of the world so that a foundation of understanding, acceptance and compassion can be created, nurtured and shared by our next generation of international citizens and leaders. The Festival invites youth to become active participants in an International community, connecting and collaborating with peers from all over the world, opening doors of understanding, respect, and friendship between young people of all faiths, cultures and nationalities.

The International Youth Peace Culture and Arts Festival challenges and inspires youth to honor differences, explore commonalities and create One society united by values of love, respect, honesty, community and service. The Festival serves as a space where people from all walks of life can connect with each other on a human-to-human level, celebrate unity in diversity, and share in a living experience of peace.

Activities and discussions provide the youth with tools for conflict-resolution, heart-centered communication, compassionate response, and peace-focused leadership. It is through this sharing that the youth create friendships that broaden their international awareness and ignite their innate capacity for compassion.

The youth are encouraged to put their compassion into action and rise up in service to those who need it most. The International Youth Peace Culture and Arts Festival empowers youth: they return to their homes, schools and communities as Leaders for Peace, planting the seeds for International healing and sustainable peace.

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