Join a host of leading South African bands, artists and celebs to show your support for peace in South Africa at the Peace Starts 2011 Concert taking place on Saturday, 24 September at Crawford College, Benmore, Sandton and enjoy a jam-packed rocking line-up.
The line-up will include well known South African bands and artists such as, The Graeme Watkins Project, WONDERboom, Kwesta, Shugasmakx, Slikour, Flash Republic, Josie Field, Paul E Flynn, RedButton, Sifiso, DJs Deezo and Pencil Boy, The Honey Droppers and more.
All of these artists, as well as participating partners and organisers, have given of their time and talent free of charge, and all have the same belief; that each and every one of us have the responsibility to play an active role in bringing about the harmony we desire in our community.
Entrance is free to the Peace Starts 2011 event; all you need to do is register on www.peacestarts.co.za. A unique code will be mailed to you, which then must be presented at the entrance. The event is proudly sponsored by MK and UJFM 95.4.
Make the most of the recent sunny days and bring picnic baskets with your own refreshments, food, blankets and sun protection as the concert will keep you rocking ’til sunset. Food and drinks will also be available from various fast food outlets, but no alcohol will be sold (so please bring your own). Security will be present; so no weapons will be allowed on the premises and the standard no underage drinking rules will apply.
Other participants who will champion Peace Starts are Greenpeace, Miss Earth SA and Roots & Shoots SA. Inspirational leaders The Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Dr. Jane Goodall will deliver motivating messages to festival goers.
Officially observed worldwide on 21 September, The International Day of Peace is aimed at commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace.
In 1998, Jeremy Gilley, a UK-based filmmaker, began to make a documentary about world peace that eventually led to the formalising of a UN resolution declaring an official day of the observance of peace. This goal was reached in 2001 when UN GA resolution, put forward by the UK and Costa Rican governments, was unanimously adopted to establish the first ever day of global ceasefire and non-violence fixed in the calendar as 21 September annually.
South Africans are no strangers to the concept of choosing peace over conflict, with our democracy being built on these very principles. Peace is also not just the responsibility of our government or our police force, but the responsibility of each and every South African.
With this in mind Martin Otto, better known as Cito, lead singer of SA’s legendary rock band, WONDERboom, formed the “Peace Starts In Your Heart” initiative. This stemmed from a World Peace Day concert held at Back to Basix in Johannesburg in 2008, and has since become an annual event, as part of the global events that take place the week surrounding International Day of Peace.
A collaboration song “Breathe Together” has been recorded for the Peace Starts initiative, with vocals added onto the track by the Peace Makaz aka Cito, Josie Field, Slikour, Graeme Watkins, Kwesta, Shugasmakx, Paul E Flynn, Red Button and Sifiso, with a uniquely rock/hip-hop fusion vibe. It will shortly be sent to radio stations for play listing but in the meantime, check it out online here.