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Sidcot Festival of Peace

A fun day out with food for thought – as well as live music from Sons of Pitches, inspirational talks from a polar explorer and a para athlete, workshops, games and a human library...

For an inspirational and thought-provoking fun day out, head over to the Sidcot Peace Festival at Sidcot School in Winscombe just south of Bristol on Sat 15 June, with live music, talks, games, ethically sourced food, local craft stalls, workshops – and a human library.

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Organised by the Quaker school’s Centre for Peace and Global Studies, this year the theme is ‘Conflict Resolution: Me, You and the World’,  and the festival is all about how conflict can be resolved within ourselves, between different people, and between people and the planet – and how we can each play our part.  Bring it on…

There’s music from a cappella group Sons of Pitches, winners of BBC2’s The Naked Choir hosted by Gareth Malone (maybe you’re one of the 3 million who’ve viewed their videos on You Tube?),  Hackney primary school bands@millfields and super talented Sidcot pupils.

Inspirational speakers:

  • World record holding polar explorer Alex Hibbert, who, with George Bullard, skied for 113 days across 1,374 miles of Arctic ice in July 2008, carrying their own supplies.
  • Despite being born without fully formed arms and legs, John Willis of Power2Inspire competed in an able-bodied triathlon relay in 2013, swam 50 x 1,000m in 100 days in 2015, and completed all 34 Olympic and Paralympic sports in 2016.
  • Writer and campaigner Tim Gee will be speaking about preventing conflicts before they start (can he come over to my place?)

Other stuff includes samba drumming, a poetry slam, slack lining (similar to tightrope walking), therapists and meditation, an eco-brick workshop, crafts, charity stalls and a human library – that’s where ‘books’ are people with different experiences and you can ‘read’ the book by asking questions.

Get a henna tattoo, your face painted, try your hand at tie-dye – then slip into the photo booth.

To keep you going, Bristol street food’s Good Food & Co, will be serving up free-range meat, vegan, gluten and dairy-free world food, all ethically sourced (of course).

The festival is free and you can register here.

Sidcot Festival of Peace, Sat 15 June,  12pm – 5pm at the James O’Connell Peace Field, Sidcot School, Oakridge Lane, Winscombe, North Somerset, BS25 1PD.

1 comment on “Sidcot Festival of Peace”

  • Sarah June 1, 2019

    I love a human library. I wish all libraries had readable people i. them. Real life is so much more interesting than fiction.


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