World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival!
Running on love, faith and hope!
Reknowned Musician Rene Hugo Sanchez to Play at dinner May 26th!
May 25, Richmond Cultural Centre, 6:30-8:30 pm, May 26, 10:30 am-4:30 pm.
Theme: Inspire Peace!
May 25, 6:30-8:30 pm .Grand opening: First Nations Welcome by Roberta Price.
Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer, MA and World Poetry Directors.
Welcome from the City of Richmond.
Letters from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada and the Honorable BC Premier Christie Clark.
Greetings by partners Presentation of World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award celebration for Richard Doiron from New Brunswick, Canada. World Poetry Empowerment Awards for International visitors. Dance by Jasmine dancers, reading and light refreshments.
May 26th, Richmond Cultural Centre: 10:30 am-4:30 pm.
Theme: Achieve Peace!
Addresses by Dr. Stephan Gill and Ashok Bhargava on The Meaning of Peace. Poetry readings and book launches by International poets: Doc. PenPen, Philippines. “The Father of Philippine Visual Poetry” is the writer and director of “Takipsilim,” an award-winning indie docu-film. His upcoming book”PENTASI B’’ will contain a collection of 100 visual hundred poems and will be launched at the World Poetry International Festival in May. Richard Doiron, World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner will be launching his new book: Let There Be Peace.
Other book launches: Attila F. Balázs, author of many books of poems and prose. His prizes and distinctions include the Sighet Poetry Festival Prize (Romania). Written in Magyar, his work has been translated into many languages. He lives in Bratislava, Transylvania where he is the director of the publishing house AB-ART. He will be launching his new book at the festival along with Dr. Stephen Gill. Awards, dances by Jasmine Dance Club.
Light refreshments in the afternoon. World Poetry Youth Team will host Achieving Peace, an interactive panel. Other international guests include: Yoshifumi Sakura, Japan, Zayra Yves, USA, Neamat Haidari, Afghanistan, Dr. Hadaa Sendoo, Mongolia Betty Scott, USA, Alaha Ahrar, Afghanistan and USA, Samarendra Patra, India, Manny Capcito, USA etc.
The Vancouver Tagore Society will present a brief presentation on Peace.
Theme: Celebrate Peace!
May 26, Executive Airport Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre 7311 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC. Opening at 6:00 pm. There will be one seating of the gourmet dinner at 6:30 pm. Dinner tickets: $35.00. Meet and with the international poets and guests from several countries, network, read your poetry, buy books from the book table, Music from the renowned Rene Hugo Sanchez and dance! Closing at 11 pm.
Alan Hill, City of Richmond, 604-276-4391, firstname.lastname@example.org
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TAN-The Afro News. Partners: Signature partner: Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society, The Vancouver Tagore Society, Jasmine Dance Group, Canada Council for the Arts, The Writer’s Union, Rice Paper Magazine, The Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop, The Airport Quality Inn Hotel, Aboriginal Writer’s Collective West Coast. Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia (UBC Library) World Poetry gratefully acknowledges the support from the City of Richmond.