Peace Days by Marcia Senft

What could be better than having a festival devoted to peace, especially in these troubled times?

This year, as we celebrate Winnipeg’s 10th Annual Peace Days Festival, we want to put a spotlight on the varied and interesting events that have been scheduled as part of this important and amazing festival.

The Festival has grown from a one day concert at the Forks to a 2 week long festival, comprised of many venue and community partners who put on events that are meant to inspire, encourage and demonstrate peace in action.  Peace is a word that means different things to different people.  It can refer to inner peace, neighbourhood congeniality, erasure of racial intolerance, acceptance of diversity, and bridge-building among those who live and work in Winnipeg. It can also refer to climate change and moving from local to global awareness and concern. On this year’s events calendar ( there are more than 20 different events going on around this city including “Pathway to Peace – Women Perspective” at Red River (Sept. 14),  a classical guitar concert by a Syrian based guitar quartet (also on Sept. 14 at night), “Pieces for Peace” – the chance to meet newcomers by playing a board game with them about the journey that refugees make at Across the Board Cafe (Sept. 17), Peace songs and a video presentation on Human Values (Sept. 19) and Conflict and Environmental Impact on Women and Peace (Sept. 22).

Because I have a passion for compassion, I became involved with this impactful festival many years ago and continue to be amazed and inspired when I meet like-minded individuals and become aware of incredible organizations and non-profits that do such good work locally and internationally. Will you join us and “Be a Piece of Peace?” I hope so.

Come to one event or take in as many as you can…but do join us. Together, we can accomplish so much more!