celebrating peace and reconciliation
Peace Through Folk activities so far
1994 to 1997 – fund raising concerts in aid of a Rainbow Rovers Aid and cultural exchange Convoy to the Saharawi refugee camps on the borders between Algeria, Mauretania and Mali.
1998 – Supported and aid convoy to Tindouf.
1999 – 2002 Further concerts, performances and cultural exchange visits in aid of the Saharawi people.
2002 – 16 vehicles and 45 people aid convoy to Saharawi Camps at Rabouni and Dahkla.
2002 – 2005 folk sessions and cultural fusion work with disposed refugees living in Staffordshire.
2004 – ‘It’ll all be over by Christmas’ concert and film commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Christmas Truce.
2006 – Participated in, an international aid mission to Tifariti to mark the 30th anniversary of the invasion of the Western Sahara.
2011 – 2013 Developed and promoted various events, concerts films and a cd in commemoration of the centenary of the birth and demise of RMS Titanic (with a particular focus on Capt., EJ Smith who was born in Stoke on Trent).
1997 – to 2013 organised annual Folk Gatherings which became public events from 2010.
20th – 21st September 2013 – Manifold Valley Folk Gathering, Alstonefield which included a International Peace day concert and the launch of Peace Tent 14 – 18
5th and 6th April 2014 supported and organised ‘1914 – 2014 In celebration of Peace’ - a weekend peace festival at Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek
22nd to 25th August 2014 – organising and operating Peace Tent 14 – 18 at Shrewsbury Folk Festival
19th to 21st September 2014 Manifold Folk Gathering which included Peace Tent 14 – 18 and other activities marking the UN International Day of Peace on Sunday 21st Sept. see www.thefolkgathering.org
23rd to 25th April 2015 Spring into Peace 3 day festival commemorating the centenary of both the Armenian Genocide and the Gallipoli landings (more details)
29th August 2015 Shrewsbury Folk Festival Saturday Night Peace Concert Sabrina Marquee (details)
18th to 20th September 2015 The Folk Gathering in Alstonefield, within the Peak District National Park