Peace is coming to Cairo this weekend. As part of the global Peace One Day campaign, a fun-fuelled festival will be taking place at Darb 1718 featuring some of city’s favourite underground music acts, a bazaar, art exhibits and tons of fun!
Launched in 1999, Peace One Day’s objective is to “institutionalize Peace Day as 21st September.” Throughout the years, millions of people have been active on Peace Day in every country of the world and hundreds of organisations have carried out life-saving activities in areas of conflict. Last year alone, this message of peace caught the imaginations of over 280 million people in 198 countries. This year they’re planning on doubling that number, and an ambitious collection of organisations in Egypt are hoping to help.
The Peace One Day festival at Darb 1718 will be taking place this Saturday, in conjunction with CISV (a local youth exchange non-profit), CKU (Centre for Culture & Development), Rassef and AFPAF (Artists For Peace And Freedom). Some of the city’s brightest talents have signed up to sing for peace including; hilarious double act High on Body Fat, super crooner Shady Ahmed, he of chicken-on-the-head fame Neobyrd, the brilliant Bluenotes, The Cassettes, The Jokers, Antiqua, Ahmed Safi Eldin and lots more. “We are very excited about the band line up,” said Ali Sarwat, one of the tireless organisers behind the event. “We really have some great musicians this year.”
There will be educational activities, simulations and games about conflict resolution for all ages, stalls by local small businesses, free yoga classes and in keeping with Peace One’s cultural focus, art exhibits and talks by both local and international talents. “We have artists coming in all the way from Denmark working alongside Egyptian artists for a Peace and Freedom Exhibition,” adds Sarwat.
Last year, the event which took place at Darb 1718 attracted around 1200 people. This year - thanks to an especially exciting lineup of entertainment and activities - they’re aiming for an even bigger and better turnout. Tickets are priced at only 25LE (sold at the door) and all profits are going to Darb 1718 (for art-based community projects) , as well CISV (Children's International Summer Villages), so this is well worth getting off your ass for.
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