Peace Day - September 21, 2008 - 23
With 5 stages of music and a full array of vendors and fun activities, Earth Dance founder Chris Deckker makes his stand that Peace is worthy of celebration. With over 3500 organizations honoring Peace Day, there are seemingly infinite activities to choose from. But for nearly 800,000 peace enthusiasts, one event alone monopolizes their September calendar: Earthdance. While many Peace Day events lean toward the serious, attending to conflict resolution, needs of the poor or the struggle for political change; Earthdance is an extravaganza. Spreading a wave of music and dance around the world with events participating in every continent, over 300 Earthdances occur simultaneously to celebrate peace and participate in the synchronized prayer for peace. His fans are inclined to agree. Over 4,500 attend his festival each year in northern California, and hundreds of thousands more attend simultaneous Earthdance festivals in over 300 locations around the world each year. Most outstanding is Deckker’s synchronized four minute peace prayer, broadcast at all locations at the same time, so that participants can unite their intentions for peace and generate a giant wave of love across the planet together. Chris’s career began as a club promoter, first in London, and then in Japan, South Africa, Mexico and others. As he grew to see that music and dance have the ability to bring people together and build community, he brainstormed a new kind of event that would be the first of its kind. In 1997, believing that united intention can impact our collective human consciousness, he arranged for clubs in 18 cities to hold dances centered around a peace prayer he had recorded. The events were an immediate success, and Earthdance was born. on sept. 13th, people in over 300 locations, in 65 countries, and on the internet, will unite simultaneously for a four minute Prayer for Peace, through Earthdance. click here to be a part of it! PhotograPhy by Kim Sallaway www.worldpeaceemerging.com 23
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