The 11th annual Ottawa Peace Festival is being held from September 21 to October 2. Highlights include films, lectures, presentations, kids’ events, and more!
Thursday, September 21, is UN International Day of Peace. To mark the occasion in Ottawa, there’s an event on Parliament Hill from noon to 1 p.m. It’s an Innerspace & Peace Day City of Ottawa Proclamation and Mass Mindfulness Meditation. Jon Cabot-Zinn will lead the mindfulness event with Lululemon.
Friday, September 22, there’s a Peace Meditation presentation by Daniel Mauro at 7 p.m. at Saint Paul University, 223 Main Street , in the Amphitheatre, Guigues Hall, Room 1124. Peace Arts Night, an evening with guitarist Jason Bailey and visual artist Alberto Agreso is happening at First Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Avenue, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 23, events run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Starting at 11 a.m. you can join the Ottawa Riverbank Greenup: Peace of Green at Westboro Beach.
As part of the Ottawa Peace Festival, World-Changing Kids is hosting Kids Love Peace: two days of children’s programming. The first is September 23 from noon to 4 p.m. at Sandalwood Park, 2850 Sandalwood Drive. Highlights include music and dancing, yoga, painting, biking, sports, arts and crafts and mindfulness.
Day two of Kids Love Peace is Sunday, September 30 from noon to 4 p.m. at Fairlea Park, 2969 Fairlea Crescent. Again, music and dancing, yoga, painting, biking, sports, arts and crafts, and mindfulness will be on the agenda.
Sunday, September 24, Peace Stories are featured from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Ottawa Public Library, Main branch auditorium, 120 Metcalfe Street.
A breakfast seminar, a discussion, meditation, films and a concert are also in the works for the multi-day peace fest. Events wrap up Sunday, October 1, UN International Day of Nonviolence. The annual M.K. Gandhi Lecture on Peace and Humanities is slated for 2 to 5 p.m. at the Lecture Theatre, Richcraft Hall, River Building, at Carleton University. For details about all the events and activities, see the Ottawa Peace Festival blogspot.