Peace Day - September 21, 2008 - 26
NotesfromArouNdtheGLoBe PLattsburg, ny “We began with a circle gathering and drumming in Trinity Park. People poured water into a bowl with flowers with each person offering prayers for pure and abundant water for all parts of the world. We joined all others at 7:00 pm for the Peace Prayer. When the prayers were completed we had a procession down a spiral staircase to the river to pour in the blessed water. An Algonquin Water chant was sung to further purify and bless the water. After more singing, dancing, and drumming, the procession moved back up the spiral staircase as observers stopped to honor the spirt of the celebration. The circle was closed with prayers and promises to begin to create an even more wonderful celebration for 2008” EARTHDANCE2007 include: MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD ANTHONY B JJ GREY AND MOFRO IVAN NEVILLE’S DUMSTAPHUNK KINKY BUCKETHEAD PRAANG FEATURING STEVE KIMOCK TRAVIS AND JANOVER DIGABLE PLANETS NEKO CASE The weekend had many highlights, from stellar performances by international artists, to all night DJ dance marathons, to intimate moments with the elders as they shared sacred wisdom. Thank you to everyone who helped create the magic. “-Chris Deckker Earthdance California 2008 Performers for caPE toWn, south africa Earthdance Cape Town is a 2 day celebration with 2 stages, a peace camp, workshops, free healings, kids area, and more. Friday evening kicked off with the peace camp hosting a “barefoot boogie” plus a warm up party on the “bands and beats” floor. Saturday opening ceremony began with gongs, drums, didgeridoos, and more on the trance floor. At 1pm both stages kicked into action and then progressively built towards link up at 1am which was once again a magnificent moment for South Africa. Earthdance Cape Town is currently the biggest event of it’s kind in Cape Town and is not only creating awareness buy also changing the face of music events/festivals in South Africa. Earthdance Cape Town branched out last year to incorporate a second stage focused on bands and other forms of music. The success of this new area has meant the inclusion of a wider cross section of people, truly creating the vision of hosting a unifying event for Cape Town itself, while unifying the like minds of South Africa with those all over the world participating in Earthdance Events. northErn caLifornia “Earthdance Northern California was a great success once again. Over the years the 3 day festival has grown into a wonderful community gathering offering entertainment for all ages and music for all tastes. The highlight of the event was the global Om which elevated the Prayer for Peace link up to another level. It was a very powerful moment with over 5000 people Oming in the main field, surrounding a center stage where indigenous and modern elders from many nations were holding sacred space. It was a wonderful moment after 11 years of participating in the Prayer for Peace moment to now experience the community unite in synchronized voice. “What a pleasure to be able to have so much fun, raise awareness, and support charity!” – Regan Nano, Earthdance Promoter. 26 Peace Day 2008
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