Peace Day Philly 2014 Gathering

Peace Day, September 21
9:30-11am; 11am – 12:01pm; 12:01 – 1pm
People’s Plaza – South side of Market Between 5th & 6th St., Philadelphia

Join us as we connect with each other and people across the world for our Peace Day Philly 2014 gathering! Come to all or any part of the activities as you wish!

9:30am -10:15am – Free vinyasa style yoga*
10:15am – 11:00am – Free Be The Peace Meditation**
11:00am – Peace Day Philly Program – will include global and local reflections on peace and healing, performance by Aschak and The Earth Day Kids and interactive art activities.
12:00 noon – Minute of Silence for Peace (global activity in all time zones)
12:01pm – 1:00pm - Participatory Drum Circle – All welcome to join, facilitated by Philadelphia Area Community Drum for Change. (Bring your own drum and chair, if possible. For those who don’t have a drum, the group will have extra instruments!)
Peace Pals

For the Program Flier, CLICK HERE
To join the Facebook Event, CLICK HERE

* Peace Yoga offered by Elyse Venturella – In Vinyassa yoga, the assanas (postures) are linked together in a series of movements that are synchronized with the breath.
**Peace Meditation -”Be The Peace You Wish to See in the World” Mediation with Jeff Carreira - If we want to witness the source of violence in the world we only have to look inside. Our inner world is often a commotion of criticism, judgment, blame and insistence on having a problem. We do violence to ourselves in subtle ways everyday. There is a source of peace that always already exists even in chaos. To be the peace we see in the world we must rise above the violence we habitually do to ourselves. In this session Jeff Carreira will introduce a form of meditation called “The Practice of No Problem” that shows how we can become the peace we want to see in the world.

Brundibar and The Children of Theresienstadt

Peace Day, September 21
Old Saint Joseph’s Church
321 Willings Alley (near 4th and Locust Sts., Old City)

An original, inspiring version of a children’s opera that tells the story of the children who gave 55 performances of the opera Brundibar in the Theresienstadt concentration camp during WWII. Free will offering.

Presented by International Opera Theatre
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Read article Why Philly Children are Passionate about Brundibar and the Children of TheresienstadtCLICK HERE

Concert for Peace

Peace Day, September 21
First Presbyterian Church In Germantown
35 W Chelten Ave, Phila.

Philadelphia Sinfonia and Keystone Boychoir, two organizations supporting the development of young performers and global citizens, again join in collaboration to present a Peace Day concert. Selections, both classical and modern, from last year’s concert included I Need You To Survive and Da Pacem Domine. Free Will Offering.
Germantown Concert Photo

For the concert flier, CLICK HERE.

See Philadelphia Keystone State Boychoir’s video, CLICK HERE
See Philadelphia Sinfonia’s video, CLICK HERE

From Philadelphia Sinfonia’s Artistic Director Gary White:
Our daily interactions with each other shape the world. We must and should learn to interact with each other in ways that show respect and appreciation for all. Peace Day Philly’s message has a great appeal to our local, as well global communities. Our students want to help spread this universal and critically important message however we can.

Music is often viewed as a “common language” we can all share and shared experiences have the power to bring us together and help us to get to know and respect each other. Our musical interactions are often very powerful shared experiences for both our audiences and the performers. Many times long lasting friendships and continued communication and discussion are the result of a concert long after it is over! This helps to bring us all together and better understand and appreciate each other.