Festival for Peace

Event details

28 April – 2 May 2015 Albert Hall, Canberra www.chorusofwomen.org

Featuring world premiere of A Passion for Peace

The new community oratorio by Glenda Cloughley, with musical direction by Johanna McBride

Celebrating the centenary of the International Congress of Women, The Hague, 28 April–1 May 1915 when over 1200 women from warring and neutral nations gathered to discuss how to end the First World War and create conditions for a sustainable peace. For a taste see the YouTube of We Women.

“Peace is not merely an absence of war. Peace is the nurture of human life.”
Jane Addams, President of the 1915 International Congress of Women

The festival will include broadcasts from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Centenary Conference in The Hague 28 April – 2 May 2015

Program Highlights

Performance: A Passion for Peace

Tuesday 28 April 7.30 pm (world premiere) Thursday 30 April 7.30 pm Saturday 2 May 7.30 pm

A community oratorio giving a fresh, life-enhancing perspective to First World War commemorations, performed by A Chorus of Women with Arawang Primary School choir and soloists, including Louise Page and Christina Wilson

Conversation: Women with a Passion for Peace

Wednesday 29 April 12.30–2 pm

Stories from 1915 with Glenda Cloughley

Family concert: Things are Changing

Wednesday 29 April 5–6 pm

Original songs by Canberra composers; direction Judith Clingan AM With Canberra Children’s Choir, direction Greta Claringbould

Forum: Finding the Ways to Peace

Wednesday 29 April 7.30–9.30 pm

A facilitated conversation about the legacy of the 1915 congress especially in relation to current global issues

Women’s Day — Women’s Ways

Thursday 30 April 10 am – 4 pm

Program of activities on the theme Women’s Power to Stop War, with WILPF, Diana Abdel-Rahman and others

Conversation: Women with a Passion for Peace

Friday 1 May 12.30–2 pm

Themes from the 1915 congress: ‘then and now’ with Glenda Cloughley

Concert: Songs of Passion and Compassion

Friday 1 May 7.30pm

Recent Canberra compositions sung by a local ensemble, direction Judith Clingan AM

Forum: Peace on Earth – Peace with the Earth

Saturday 2 May 10.30 am-12.30 pm

A facilitated conversation about the links between peace and environmental issues including climate change, with Kate Rigby (convenor), Will Steffen, Stephen Pickard and others

Family concert: Peace Songs for all Ages

Saturday 2 May 1.30–2.30 pm

Hughes Community Choir, direction Tim Brevitt

Other activities

Storytelling for children, Writers for Peace, schools presentations, displays (including WILPF centenary, PeaceKnits and Quakers)

See a chorus of women website for full program.

Food and beverages for purchase


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