Durham Sister Cities plans peace festival and poster contest

Jun. 22, 2013 @ 10:01 PM

“Tell Your Story” will be the focus of the festival “Durham and the World: Journeys Toward World Peace” sponsored by Sister Cities of Durham on Sept. 14 at the Pavilion at Central Park.

Organizations in the Durham area are invited to have a display to explain how members of the group connect with the world and to encourage others to make connections as well.  Schools, churches, international organizations, etc. are invited to participate as we promote World Peace Day Sept. 21.

Sisters Cities of Durham, which is connected to six other cities around the world, invites other groups in the Durham area to sponsor activities or set up displays to highlight their connections to other locales with posters, brochures, music, art, dance, food samples to give away, etc.  A six-foot table will be provided with the registration fee of $15, or bring your own table with the registration fee of $5.

From 3 p.m to 5 p.m., the Durham community is invited to come see the displays, talk to the representatives of the organizations, participate in art activities such as creating “clothesline quilts” about world peace, listen to musical presentations, watch dance demonstrations, see the photo exhibit about Durham which is on display in Durham, England, and view the international quilts from our six sister cities in Tanzania, England, Japan, Russia, and China.   The last hour, from 5 p.m. to  6 p.m,, will feature musical and dance groups.

A special exhibit will be the Poster Contest for school-age children with a focus on World Peace Day.  The theme for the posters is “The Sky is the Limit..  Participants are asked to depict their perspective on World Peace Day.   Entries should be brought to the festival for display and judging.   Prizes will be awarded for students in the categories of elementary school, middle school and high school.

Other activities include a world map display for our local connections to the world, an environmental display about our “footprint” on the world, an interview center, international flags display, international items as door prizes and arts and crafts activities led by local art and crafts organizations.

To obtain the registration form for the Sept. 14 festival or for additional information, contact Brady Surles, Sister Cities of Durham:   brady_surles@hotmail.com,    or go to: www.sistercities-durham.org   or call 919-943-3705.  We will need:  Name of the organization (School, Church, International Organization, etc ) and the Name of the Contact Person with e-mail and telephone number.   Come join us and “Tell Your Story”.