Peace Day Philly 2017 Schedule

CLICK HERE for the 2017 Guide 
CLICK HERE for the Detailed Schedule

(Event descriptions are also below.)

CLICK HERE for Police Organized Activities that will take place in Districts throughout the city! Some libraries and schools across the city will also be involved. Contact a school or library in your community to see if they are participating in PDP!

Ashack and Drum Circle
For many ideas about how to engage in Peace Day, go to:

The Power of Peace Meditation

Thursday, September 21
12:15pm -12:45pm
Center of Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut Streets

Peace manifests when the incessant inner chatter of the mind slows down. When you experience your inner being in silence, your emotional restlessness and nervousness start to dissipate. We invite you to join members of the Brahma Kumaris for a guided meditation.

Meditation flier

To download the flier, CLICK HERE

For more information, please contact us at 856-786-2800 or

About the Brahma Kumaris
Brahma Kumaris is a worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation and world renewal. Founded in India in 1937, Brahma  Kumaris has spread to over 110 countries on all continents and has had an extensive impact in many sectors as an international NGO. However, their real commitment is to helping individuals transform their perspective of the world from material to spiritual. It supports the cultivation of a deep collective consciousness of peace and of the individual dignity of each soul.

Together for Peace Concert

September 21 (The International Day of Peace)
7pm – 8:30pm

Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square

Free, though donations appreciated

This very special Peace Day Concert will feature local and global talents!

World Fusion Artist Farah Siraj fuses her influences of middle eastern music, flamenco, jazz, bossa and pop. She has performed at venues worldwide including the United Nations, Nobel Prize Hall, the World Economic Forum and the Kennedy Center. As a humanitarian, Farah focuses on raising awareness about the consequences of war and violence, and advocates for women’s rights, refugee rights and animal rights.
farah close up
Watch Farah’s music video WHAT IF, written for Peace Day

Songwriter and singer Ben Arnold has been a fixture on the Philadelphia musical landscape for the better part of the last 25 years. Always down for the challenge of re-invention and experimentation, Ben tours regularly and has appeared multiple times on WXPN’s World Cafe. Ben continues to reveal more of himself. Always a different day, another mood and another view on the human condition.
Listen to Ben’s song FREEDOM


To RSVP for this free event, CLICK HERE.

Peacemaker Scavenger Hunt

National Liberty Museum
321 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
10am – 4pm (Through Sept. 23)

$5 special admission for anyone who mentions Peace Day Philly

A “global” Scavenger Hunt of ordinary people from around the world who are working to create peace. Visitors to the Museum can pick up their Scavenger Hunt at the front desk, collect stickers at the scavenger hunt stations around the Museum and, once completed, can receive a “prize” of having our replica LibertyBell rung just for them.

National Liberty Museum

Global Feast: Celebrating Philadelphia’s Cosmopolitan Canopy

Saturday, September 23
Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Sts, Philadelphia
Global Feast cut
This is the closing event for Peace Day Philly 2017 and the Market’s Breaking Bread” series. This collaborative offering will include:

Barriers Can Be Broken: A multicultural mural project in partnership with Reading Terminal Market, Peace Day Philly and University of the Arts Alumni, CDGood. All are invited to bring piece of fabric that connects to your culture/heritage, on 9/23 and add a piece of it to the mural! Or, you can drop off your fabric at the Market office before 9/23. 

- Intercultural music by talented artists, including
–Performers from Intercultural JourneysVenezuelan violinist Luigi Mazzocchi and Chilean singer/guitarist Patricio Acevedo (10-11am)
Farah Siraj - world fusion artist, vocal and guitar (12-1pm)
–Performers from Artwell, Marcy Francis and Jan Jefferies – African /Jamaican Drumming (3-4pm).

A photo essay on intercultural moments at the market by Manisha Patel of Peace Day Philly and the UN Association of Greater Philadelphia.

Food demos

Kids PEACE ART activities (on Filbert Street)

Free and open to the public – DOWNLOAD THE POSTER/FLIER HERE.

Special Tour – Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq

Saturday, September 23 (and 9/24), 1:30pm – 2:15pm
The Penn Museum
Leaving from Pepper Hall (just above the Main Entrance desk)

In honor of Peace Day Philly, the Museum will offer several special weekend exhibition tours – a deeper look at the loss of, threats to, and efforts to save, cultural heritage in war-torn Syria and Iraq. Free with Museum Admission. 
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Recognizing and Interrupting Racism #2

October 5, 5:30-7:30pm
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia

Presented by: The Peace Center with support from American Friends Service Committee

Free and open to the public

Interrupting expressions of bigotry can be intimidating, but with some practice, we can learn how to move past our shock and concern and move into Upstander mode. Join us as we explore some of the stereotypes and assumptions people have and how we can best respond while keeping everyone safe.
Undoing racism 1


Barbara Simmons has been with The Peace Center since 1987. She is founding director of PeaceTalks radio, producing radio documentaries from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Rwanda, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Canada and the United States. Ms. Simmons is also an adjunct professor for the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Masters Program at Arcadia University where she teaches Facilitation for Conflict Transformation and Advanced Mediation.

Great thanks to the American Friends Service Committee for their support of this program.