The Byron Bay Peace Coalition will connect with millions globally on Peace Day 2012 at a ceremony starting with dove release at 3pm today.
Meet at the Peace Pole east of the Byron Surf Club for a beautiful vernal equinox ceremony. Wear white (optional), Welcome to Country, the Peace Flame story, candle-lighting ceremony from the Flame by international members of our community.
There’s also gamelan orchestra, Pico Masaki, Japanese folk singer, classical ballet, singalong with Mati Jo Earth Choir, Dorsett Campbell Ross, Rose Shivakti, release of white doves, human mandala (with crystal bowls), spiral hug. Simple peace dance. Rainbow Peace Flag parachute drop onto the beach as the sun sets.
Carry your own placard or flag or use ones supplied or bring instruments and join the Walk for Peace through town to a hall at 5 Carlyle Street across from the central English Language School where Indonesian cuisine is available from the Peace Cafe.
From 5.30pm enjoy a Peace variety concert fundraiser for Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya (12 million people in Somalia are dying from drought) interspersed with Peace filmclips about the origins of the day started by one man, Jeremy Gilley. Concert features Sharny Russell Van Herp jazz pianist, Back Deck Rehearsal activist ballads, Mitch Brown troubadour, Chris Fisher and Marcelle (Monkey and the Fish) activist folkrock, Simple Folk Celtic Twisted Fate Choir, New Dawn Chorus, Peace Choir, Rob Gibson performance poetry, Kane Douglas. Social/political Rapper, Paul McMahon and friends stand-up comedians. Get up and dance after the concert to Latin beats.