Nottingham Peacebuilders 2017: 22 April - 20 May

Nottingham Peacebuilders 2017

Small acts of kindness make the world a better place.

Nottingham Peacebuilders 2017 is an opportunity to create a shared celebration of everything we do to build a good world.  Peacebuilders grew as a community initiative in response to the 'Gandhi, King, Ikeda (Peacebuilders)' exhibition that will be at Nottingham Trent University's Newton Building from Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 May and at the Broadway Cinema's Gallery from Saturday 6 to Friday 12 May from 10am to 5pm.

The exhibition explores the way in which these three extraordinary leaders demonstrated the power to transform the world through peaceful means.  The Peacebuilders programme of activities and events from Saturday 22 April to Saturday 20 May is citywide and explores the power of the individual to make a difference.  People from all walks of life will have their say on the world they want to see.

Peacebuilders highlights

Peace procession - 8pm, Saturday 6 May, Old Market Square

Gather in the Square with your candle, lantern, torch or anything that glows, then carry your wish with you for a better world to the music of Nottingham choirs and artworks including birds, the Peace Angel and the Mandala of Peace.  Who will you stand up for? 

Peace party - 9pm, Saturday 6 May, National Justice Museum

Once you've taken part in the procession, join the world’s happiest peace party with swing band Shell's Belles and a licensed bar. 

Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 May, all day, Lace Market Hotel

Peace Angel artwork by Alison Knox and a tree of wishes for you to record your wish for the world

Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 May, all day, St Mary's Churchyard

Mandala of Peace light sculpture by Anna Roebuck

Other Peacebuilders activities

Many of these Nottingham Peacebuilders 2017 activities are free.  Further details and booking information are included in the Nottingham Peacebuilders 2017 pdf below. 

Saturday 22 April, 11am, Nottingham Railway Station & 1pm intu Victoria Centre

Clarion Choir and Chrisandra Harris' World Circle Dance group perform Peace from the Heart and there will be an opportunity to join in.

Friday 28 April, 8pm, Nottingham Playhouse (booking required)

Michael Mears' one-man play, This Evil Thing, about conscientious objectors in World War One

Saturday 29 April, 12, 12.45, 1.30 & 2.30pm, Cobden Chambers, Lace Market Square, Nottingham Contemporary & Broadway Cinema

Dog’s Daughter (made up of father and daughter Chris and Emma Lewis-Jones) performs Peace Pipe, a live art exploration of conflict and resolution.

Saturday 29 April, 1.30pm, MinorOak Coworking (booking required)

Workshop exploring peace and well-being through spoken word and performance poetry

Sunday 30 April, 9.30am, Friends Meeting House (booking required)

Free Quaker peace breakfast followed by meeting for worship

Saturday 6 May, 9am, Leicester Town Hall Square (booking required)

Adult-only mass cycle ride from Leicester to Nottingham to mark the opening of the 'Gandhi, King, Ikeda (Peacebuilders)' exhibition at Broadway Cinema's Gallery, arriving around 2.30pm

Sunday 7 May, from 11am, Nottingham city centre

Nottingham Symphony Orchestra and Oak Field School flash mobs will be out and about in the city.

Sunday 7 May, 2pm, Broadway Cinema (booking required)

Oscar-winning film Selma, telling the gripping story of the pivotal moment in Dr Martin Luther King Jnr's epic civil rights struggle, plus a creative workshop for children under 12

Sunday 7 May, 8pm, St Mary’s (booking required)

Candlelight concert by harpist Georgina Taylor, baritone Geoff Williams, violinist Derek Williams, pianist Jennifer Hogg, organist John Keys, St Mary's Choir and Kathak dance from the Manushi Dance Organisation, with proceeds going to Emmanuel House.  Refreshments available, including a peace cocktail.

Monday 8 May, 7.30pm, Tiger Boe Centre (booking required)

An introduction to Zen Buddhism by Rev Aiden with a talk about meditation and a chance to try it for yourself

Wednesday 10 May, 2pm, Bromley House Library (booking required)

Talk by Tony Simpson of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation on Ottoline Morrell, DH Lawrence and Bertrand Russell

Wednesday 10 May, 5 & 6.30pm, William Booth Birthplace Museum (booking required)

Peace Tour with the curator for ages 8+

Saturday 13 May, 11am - 5pm, Old Market Square

Mass meditation with 1,000 meditators organised by Unplugged Space.  Bring a cushion and join in.

Wednesday 17 May, 7.30pm, Haywood Road Community Centre

Dance Meditation for Peace workshop by World Circle Dance group

Saturday 20 May, 9.45am, Sir Julien Cahn Pavilion, West Park (booking required)

Talk by Caroline Brazier on Buddhist psychology, open to qualified or trainee counsellors and psychotherapists only

Saturday 20 May, 10am, Secret Studio (booking required)

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Jane Houston, suitable for beginners

Peacebuilders anthology

Peacebuilders will be inviting people to contribute to a peace anthology to be printed later this year.  This will be supported by Arts Council England.

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"Be the change you want to see in the world."

- Mohandas Gandhi

"Darkness cannot derive out darkness: only light can do that."

- Martin Luther King Jnr

"A revolution of character in just a single individual will change the fate of a nation."

- Daisaku Ikeda


Nottingham Peacebuilders 2017 has been developed with support from Nottingham City Council and Arts Council England.  Partners include the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, Nottingham Trent University, Broadway Cinema, Nottingham Girls' High School and professional and community artists.

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