Countdown to Peace Festival

PEACE Festival HQ is a hive of activity as the packed schedule for this year’s event is finalised.

Though we have to wait until Labour Day Weekend (April 29 to May 2) for the four days of festivities, a whole host of build-up events are already under way.

Last Sunday Italian movie, Il Postino, was shown at Warwick Twin Cinema, and festival organisers have promised to show more unique films in coming weeks.

This Sunday sees the start of Art and Craft Healing workshops for Aboriginal women from Warwick and surrounds.

The six-week program will teach women new skills and allow them to create a wall-hanging about healing.

From plant dyes to beading and stitching, week by week those attending will learn new skills from thevarious teachers.

Organiser Ann Hayward said it would be a big ask for women to grasp the skills in such a short space of time, but they would give it their best.

“Everybody Counts” is the theme for this year’s Peace Festival, which festival director Ruth Power said was to emphasise respect and that everyone has a contribution to make.

Of particular note is the Zonta Business Breakfast, on Thursday, April 28 with guest speaker Cyndi O’Meara.

The internationally recognised nutritionist and author will then speak to local upper primary students before an evening seminar for the public on the same day.

This is the fourth biennial Peace Festival and for the first time, many activities on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 will focus on Aboriginal art, dance and music.

A hip hop workshop by Last Kinection will inspire would-be dancers, and an Aboriginal Showcase in Leslie Park will allow budding stars to develop stage skills including PA preparation and stage presentation.

Arts and craft stalls will be scattered around the park for the general public to peruse at their leisure.

“There will be lots of great music and entertainment,” Ms Power said.

On the Saturday a concert will be held in Warwick Town Hall where local and imported musicians will wow the audience.

The Sunday of the festival will also be jam-packed with a soccer carnival at Queens Park, where teams from Africa, Kumiyama and migrant communities in Brisbane will join with local teams from Warwick and Toowoomba for a kick-around.

Meanwhile, poets have the chance to unite over breakfast in Leslie Park, which will be awash with food stalls, kids’ activities and even more music and entertainment.

For more information of the Art and Craft Healing workshops contact Ann Hayward on 4661 5229 or 0459 162 708.

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