Hundreds attend school’s Festival of Peace

PUBLISHED: 11:04 21 June 2017

Students puppet show.

Students puppet show.


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

More than 1,000 people attended the festival in Winscombe, and the theme this year was ‘Breaking Waves: holding your course and having 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.

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.”

“We wanted to create an event that offered more than just a music festival. On top of the great groups we also had inspiring speakers, a human library of story tellers, a great selection of our charity partners, some fantastic food and drink and even a circus skills workshop.”

Headmaster Iain Kilpatrick added: “We were delighted to host our second Festival of Peace at Sidcot which really exceeded our expectations.

“The quality of both speakers and performers was extremely high and the event provided fun, sun and inspiration to all who attended.”

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