Council celebrates Peace Day with free concert

18 September, 2014Posted in: Community, Events

Wingecarribee Shire Council is celebrating The International Day of Peace with a free concert at the Bowral Memorial Hall on Saturday September 20.

Council’s Cultural Development Officer Celeste Coucke explained the significance of the day.

“The International Day of Peace is observed around the world every year on 21 September and is an opportunity for everybody to join together, participate in events and recognise that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights,” she said.

“It’s a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.”

Supported by Wingecarribee Shire Council, this year’s local celebrations will focus on a concert entitled, ‘Extend the Olive Branch’ to be held at the Bowral Memorial Hall on Saturday afternoon.

The concert will feature performances by the Wuka Plukas, The Kangaroo March Choir, Flamenco Solymar and The Yellow Shack Miracles.  Afternoon tea will be served at the conclusion of the entertainment.

Origami peace cranes created by the children from Colo Vale Public School will be handed out to concert-goers.

“These cranes are a small reminder of the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict,” Ms Coucke said.

The International Day of Peace, or Peace Day, was established in 1981 by a United Nations General Assembly resolution.  In 2001 the General Assembly voted unanimously to adopt further resolutions establishing 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.

The ‘Extend the Olive Branch’ International Peace Day Concert is presented by the Friends of Diversity (sponsored by Macarthur Diversity Services initiative) and supported by Wingecarribee Shire Council, Wingecarribee Family Support, Uniting Care Burnside, Wingecarribee Baha’i Community, Illawarra Multicultural Services and community members.

The concert is free of charge and open to all ages.

The ‘Extend the Olive Branch’ International Peace Day Concert will be held at Bowral Memorial Hall, Bendooley Street Bowral on Saturday September 20 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

For more information on the concert phone Renica on 0413 536 800.

Details on The International Day of Peace can be found at