Peace festival

PUBLISHED: 12:30 21 June 2017

Maisie and Molly hanging up their tiedye teeshirts.

Maisie and Molly hanging up their tiedye teeshirts.


Hundreds of people enjoyed inspiring talks, live music and circus skills at Sidcot School’s Festival of Peace.

Free fruit juice drinks.Free fruit juice drinks.

More than 1,000 people attended the festival in Winscombe, which championed the need to stand your course and have fun in turbulent times.

Organisers had lined up an exciting bill of speakers including Bart Weetjens, who spoke about his humanitarian organisation that trains rats to save lives.

Jo Berry talked about restorative justice after spending 15 years working with IRA bomber Patrick Magee and Sarah Corbett discussed ways to use craft to share a message.

Staff and students performed for festival-goers, before internationally acclaimed Beatbox Collective wowed music fans with their energetic show

Students puppet show.Students puppet show.

Miriam Gosling, the school’s director for peace and global studies, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by how well the event has been received.

“The students have taken the lead with the planning and organisation and they can be very proud of what they’ve achieved.”

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