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International Youth Peace Culture and Arts Festival (IYPCAF) April 23 - 26, 2014

International Youth Peace Culture and Arts Festival (IYPCAF) April 23 - 26, 2014

About

Promoting peace through culture at this International Youth Peace Culture and Arts Festival organized by African Youth Volunteers for Peace (AYVP).

The conference is under the theme; “promoting International culture and Art for peace” which will provide an interactive opportunity for participants from diverse background to discuss and evaluate issues about peace, culture and art.

Sub-themes of the conference:

• developing the future non-violence democratic leaders
• the role of women in ensuring sustainable culture of peace and democracy
• climate change and its effect of promoting sustainable peace

The International Youth Peace Culture and Arts Festival (April 23rd – 26th, 2014) will unite all international youth who aim at making peace through culture and Art devoted to healing, cultural exchange, Peace Building, Art, and sustainable development.

The festival is a sustainable peace movement where cultural, religious and personal differences are respected and celebrated and our humanity is acknowledged as the thread that unites us all. The Festival offers young people, sometimes for the first time in their lives, a direct experience of what it means to live in unity and peace, free from fear and violence.

Many of the youth who attend have experienced extreme poverty, religious persecution, child labor, gang violence, abuse and neglect; some have witnessed the atrocities of war and have literally run for their lives; many have been uprooted from their native cultures and struggle to integrate into an entirely foreign world.

All of the youth who attend are given a space to completely be themselves, a space to heal, a space to share their stories, a space to be heard, a space to be celebrated and a space to be empowered. Through the Festival, the youth come to realize that sustainable peace begins within, recognizing that in order to create peace in the world they must first find peace within their own hearts

At a time when the world seems increasingly violent and polarized along the lines of faith, nationality and political belief, there is a need for people, especially youth, to connect to each other and the world around them on a deeper, more compassionate level.

The International Youth Peace Culture and Arts Festival addresses this need by uniting the diverse youth of the world so that a foundation of understanding, acceptance and compassion can be created, nurtured and shared by our next generation of international citizens and leaders. The Festival invites youth to become active participants in an International community, connecting and collaborating with peers from all over the world, opening doors of understanding, respect, and friendship between young people of all faiths, cultures and nationalities.

The International Youth Peace Culture and Arts Festival challenges and inspires youth to honor differences, explore commonalities and create One society united by values of love, respect, honesty, community and service. The Festival serves as a space where people from all walks of life can connect with each other on a human-to-human level, celebrate unity in diversity, and share in a living experience of peace.

Activities and discussions provide the youth with tools for conflict-resolution, heart-centered communication, compassionate response, and peace-focused leadership. It is through this sharing that the youth create friendships that broaden their international awareness and ignite their innate capacity for compassion.

The youth are encouraged to put their compassion into action and rise up in service to those who need it most. The International Youth Peace Culture and Arts Festival empowers youth: they return to their homes, schools and communities as Leaders for Peace, planting the seeds for International healing and sustainable peace.

Description

The purpose of the African Youth Volunteers for Peace (AYVP) is to promote peace building through cultural diplomacy. It strives to educate and unite through the showcase, promotion and celebration of Africa’s rich cultural heritage.

We are led to believe that democracy and peace are inextricably linked; that democracy leads to and causes peace; and that peace cannot be achieved in the absence of democracy.

A steadfast concert for peace can never be maintained except by a partnership of democratic nations. No autocratic government could be trusted to keep faith within it or observe its covenants. It must be a league of honour, a partnership of opinion. Intrigue would eat its vitals away; the plottings of inner circles who could plan what they would and render account to no one would be a corruption seated at its very heart. Only free peoples can hold their purpose and their honour steady to a common end and prefer the interests of mankind to any narrow interest of their own.

The Festival will have many far-reaching benefits. The most obvious is that by providing a platform and structure through which people can demonstrate their support and desire for peace this will inevitably result in fewer outbreaks of violence. Living in peace is a universal good which every person, at each level of society, benefits from.

AYVP seeks to build peace in Uganda and Africa through youth development, peace education, and promotion of human rights, Youth Volunteers for Peace, Peace Building and health. We also seek to bring public awareness that would enable people to make peaceful and healthy decisions for themselves, their families, nations and the continent.

In a bid to promote peace, intercultural dialog and togetherness, senior governmental representatives, business leaders, academia, leaders of NGOs, religious and spiritual leaders, peacemakers and renowned personalities from across the globe shared their views and spread the message of peace, unity and intercultural harmony.

The objectives of the event are as follows:-

• To celebrate mankind brotherhood through cultures
• To promote culture tourism among participating countries
• To provide as a safe, peaceful and joyful environment that allows people from different backgrounds to overcome their differences and unite for peace
• To bring awareness and build capacity among youth on critical peace building issues with the objective of creating future peace educators
• To provide a forum for the youth to showcase their ideas in solving societal problems
• To showcase African rich culture
• To promote cultural tolerance and unity in diversity as a commitment to peaceful coexistence
• To engage political leaders, civil society, the media and representatives of the private sector with ideas of cultural tolerance and to encourage their commitment to peace, unity and development
• the state of our democracy,
• commitment of governments to develop practical and achievable youth policies,
• Critical insight into how the international community responses to conflict, War, and humanitarian situations: Importance of peace in today’s world
• Promotion of Human rights: challenges and the way forward
• To promote the spirit of peace, educate and guide the youth to establish noble ideals of peace-loving, the pursuit of world peace, working towards the achievement of world peace.

Culture Performances will include;

• International culture fashion show
• International culture music and drama performances that promote peace
• International culture show
• International culture musicians

Art Performances will include;
• Art pieces that promote peace and love

The Media Edition of International Youth Peace Culture and Arts festival (IYPCAF 2014)

The Peace Festival is the first ever initiative of its kind in Uganda and scale to be held in Kampala. It is intended to be an annual event (April 23 - 26, 2014) that promotes peace-building through Art and cultural diplomacy. The Festival strives to engage, educate and unite through the showcase, promotion and celebration of both Africa’s rich cultural heritage and countries from other continents of the world. It offers a platform for young leaders, both female and male, to identify the societal roots of conflict, express opinion, overcome differences and commit to the achievement of sustainable peace in Africa and the world at large.

The Festival is a residential one and will consist of a range of indoor and outdoor events, among which: peace walk, conferences/workshops, project presentations, games for peace, debate, film screening, poetry, drama and music, cultural displays, arts exhibition and lectures among others.

The Peace Festival is an unprecedented event that foresees the engagement of nearly 2500 participants (youth, academics, civil societies, government officials, diplomats, businesses and media across the globe.

It will, therefore, offer unparalleled level of commercial exposure (national, regional and global) for potential sponsors, partners and supporters. It is also a unique opportunity for businesses to assert their commitment to sustainable peace in Africa.

Registration fees:

• International Participants $50 for 4 days
• Rest of Africa $30 for 4 days
• East Africans includes Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda $15 for 4 days

Exhibition:

This will include Culture exhibitors, Art Exhibitors.
• Exhibiting for 4 days $45

Accommodation:

We shall put hotels for those who want to book or reserve a room during the festival very soon.

Festival Partners:

• Africa Initiative for the Needy Uganda (AINU)
• Uganda Youth Foundation for Sustainable Development (UYOFOSUDE)
• Kikwanya Integrated Development Society (KIDS)
• Kasansa Standard Singers
• Citizen’s Effort for Development
• Effort for Child Support Uganda
• Africa Youth Foundation for Peace and Democracy (AYFPD)
• AIN Uganda Foundation
• Tiner International School of Beauty
• Kampala Muslim Daawa and Development Association (KAMDDA)

For more Information about the event visit; http://www.ayvp.jigsy.com/events