World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival

18 March, 2013 1 comment

World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival presents Inspire Peace: a free event for Peace.

The Theme for the Third Annual World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival is Inspire Peace, and the festival will run from April 4 to April 30, 2013, at 301 Lillooet room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia (www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/)

Created by Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea in 1997, the World Poetry Society is built upon respect, honor, support, peace and love for all. With a focus on recognizing multicultural and multilingual poets and writers, the society promotes its mandate through the power of arts and education. This is the Third Annual World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival. All events are free and open to the public. The festival is hosted by Yilin Wang (a contributor to the latest issue of Ricepaper!), Ariadne Sawyer and Directors.

Everyone can participate and for those who want to do so, please register (or volunteer!) at www.worldpoetry.ca  and bring a poem on peace, a story about peace, a song, or a dance. Or you can also bring a story or read from the Jack Layton book, edited by the well known Penn Kemp on April 11th! Space is limited for all events, so please register early!

The festival will feature:

  1. International guests, local poetry groups, community partners, dancers, musicians, filmmakers and multimedia.
  2. Display tables, Poetic Necklace display at Ike’s Art Gallery April 4-30th.
  3. Extra event: World Poetry Youth Peace Poetathon World Wide.
  4. The World Poetry Canada International Month, April 4-30th with our partner the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
  5. World Poetry National Poetry Month Peace Display plus the display cases in the IKBLC foyer, April 4-30th
  6. Gift poems!


Event Program:
April 4th, 7pm – 9pm, Grand Opening in the Lillooet Room (Room 301) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

  • First Nations Welcome
  • World Poetry Peace E-Anthology .aunch
  • Music by Rio Samay Band and performance by the Jasmine Dancers
  • Empowerment Awards
  • World Poetry Exclusive: “The Broken Destiny of Poetry,” an Afghan documentary by Rahmat Haidari and Sajia Hussain

April 11th, 7pm – 9pm in the Lillooet Room (Room 301) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

  • Cross Country Tour of Penn Kemp’s Jack Layton, Art in Action; bring a story or read from the Jack Layton book, edited by the well known Penn Kemp
  • Poetry readings by local poets
  • International Guests include Michael Kwaku Somuah and Kwame Yirenkyi

April 20th, 1pm – 4pm in the Lillooet Room (Room 301) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

  • First Nations welcome by Wanda John-Kehewin and poetry launch of “In the Dog House
  • Navaho flute music by Angelo Moroni
  • World Poetry Peace Poetathon official launch
  • Music release by Japanese composer Yoshifumi Sakura
  • World Poetry Exclusive: “Silence,” a short documentary by Afghan filmmaker Sharif Saedi
  • Music and poetry readings

This is the first time that World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival has documentaries sent to them. With the help of Cinevolution, two out of eight were chosen for viewing. Come and see these interesting films at this exclusive showing! Ricepaper Magazine is a part of it and our contributors as well (Yilin Wang as a host and Wanda John-Kehewin).

For those who cannot be there in person, please send good thoughts for peace.

Our wonderful partners in kind: Exclusive Media Sponsor CTV, Cinevolution, Ricepaper, Vancouver Tagore Society, Signature Partner: VAHMS,  explore ASIAN, Simon L. Barber Learning Centre at UBC (www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/), The Jasmine dance Club, Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop, TAN, the Afro News and the City of Richmond. Peace Posters by Sattar Saberi, Doc PenPen, Jaypee Belarmino and poets, M&M, World Poetry and partners.

Contact Information:

www.worldpoetry.ca, ariadnes@uniserve.com, yilinw@gmail.com, allan.cho@ubc.ca

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James Miller 28 March, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Thank you for posting the information. Will definitely look for this event.

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