Festival of Peace attracts top bands and speakers

PUBLISHED: 08:23 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:23 15 June 2017

Sidcot students enjoying the Festival of Peace.

Sidcot students enjoying the Festival of Peace.


Live music, exciting speakers and storytellers will be entertaining crowds at Sidcot School’s inspiring festival on Sunday.

The school in Winscombe is holding its second Festival Of Peace with a dynamic line-up of performers, artists and peace champions.

The festival, which is open to the public, is entitled Breaking Waves: Holding Your Course And Having Fun In Turbulent Times.

Beatbox Collective will be wowing crowds with a lively performance at the festival.

The leading beatbox artists are renowned for their high impact and energetic shows and were crowned the official World Beatbox Champions in 2015.

Mango Factory – experts at great brass arrangements and jumping rhythms – and the uplifting Joyful Spirit Gospel Choir will also be performing.

Jo Berry, the founder of Building Bridges for Peace which promotes conciliation as a resolution to hostility, will be speaking on the day.

Bart Weetjens, founder of international humanitarian organisation APOPO, will be talking about training rats to save lives by detecting landmines and diseases.

Sarah Corbett, from Craftivist Collective, will also be showing how craft can be used to challenge injustice.

Miriam Gosling, the school’s director of peace and global studies, said: “The theme of the day is of a moving future which came out of a discussion with students, reflecting their feelings of uncertainty about what lies ahead.

“The festival allows young people to come face to face with individuals who have achieved something amazing.

“We believe that there can be no better inspiration to enable them to face the future with optimism and confidence. This is the idea behind the line-up.”

Visitors can also visit the human library in the school’s yurt village. People with interesting stories have volunteered to spend the day as a human book, to enable visitors to engage with the tales.

The Invisible Youth Circus will be running activities such as juggling and tight-rope walking.

An art exhibition, drama performances and charity stalls will also be on offer.

The festival will run from 12-5pm and a 50p donation is required on the door.

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