World Poetry Proudly Presents a very special exhibit of award winning photography and art which are the jewels in the necklace and poems on peace from around the world creating a poetic chain, linking the jewels in the necklace.
We want to present some of the images and the artists to those who may not be able to see the display in person. We will be adding additional photos of the display.
GENERATION ONE with World Poetry at Irving K. Barber Center, UBC Library) Vancouver BC. A signature program. May 4 – May 25,2012, Curated by Ariadne Sawyer, MA from the World Poetry Society in partnership with VAHMS, this exhibition will present a special Poetic Peace Necklace of peace poems and photographs from award winning photographers around the world displayed on the walls of IKE Cafe. 150 gift poems will also be available and possibly” a create a peace poem” section. Selected poems will be read on The World Poetry Cafe Radio Show.
WP Peace Book cover by Jaypee.
Award Winning Photographer Jaypee Belarmino, New Zealand and the Philippines
“I chose a child holding a globe for our upcoming World Poetry Peace Anthology cover. It signifies our theme that indeed, Peace is a step closer because it is now just a generation away. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “If we are to teach real peace in this world, we shall have to begin with children.” I believe that by teaching these children effectively, one new generation coming is enough to achieve real peace. The child holding the globe signifies that if we could inspire our children, then through them, peace in the entire world could be achieved, enabling them to understand what it means to celebrate life. Peace – a step closer. Peace – a generation away!”
Afghanistan by Neamat
Neamat Haidari, Afghanistan, TV director and Producer and since 2004. He is working as director with the different media channels such as Tolo TV, Ariana TV and established and Media Production house called Apple Media and has worked Free Lance with news channels such as BBC, Fox News, CNN, and ATN. He has prepared many documentary films encompassing different field of social, economical, cultural events. He is really pleased to hear that we are working for peace and says: “This is our best need after passing years of civil war and I would be really pleased to take your peace message to our country Afghanistan.”
Featured Artist Zayra Yves.
Zayra Yves, USA, award winning, artist, poet and musician,her creative writing is published in numerous print journals, anthologies, on-line e-zines and magazines: The Zimbabwe Situation, Panhandler Quarterly, Voices for Africa, Eyes of the Poet and many others. Her art work is featured at the World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival in two WP Poetic Necklace displays.
World Poetry in kind Sponsors and Partners: Exclusive Media Sponsor: CTV. Print Sponsor: 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)
*These are Sponsors and partners in kind, we do not receive any money from them, only services in kind.* However, their help is gratefully appreciated.
With support from the City of Richmond.
Ariadne’s note: Here are the first three featured photographers and artists in the display going up May 4th. I hope you enjoy them.
The idea for this year’s theme began with a dream vision which included the transformation of the ancient chains of greed, anger, fear, power and despair dissolving into images of people from all the countries on earth, holding hands and glowing with the brightness of respect, friendship, love and peace. It is my hope that the festival will achieve the vision. Like all of our festivals, it runs on the currency of love, faith and hopes which is the most precious of all. May 25-26th, Richmond Cultural Centre, Richmond, BC, Canada. We will also be having four other events during the month of May.
After many years of doing research on the brain, I have come to the conclusion that the brain is hard wired for fight or flee patterns but does not have one for peace. Certainly the the fight or flee responses are needed and valid to keep the survival of the human race. However, the possibility that Peace is an acquired skill which can be learned is perhaps something that can be looked at in the future through courses and other learning materials. I would be interested in working on this with others.
The World Poetry e-anthology.
It was decided to create a free World Poetry Peace e-anthology as a legacy of the festival. This gift could be downloaded by all the people in the world. We would like to thank Yilin Wang and Kimberly Tsan from the WP Youth team for volunteering to assemble and do the initial editing. Final Editing will be done by WP Director Anita Aguirre Nieveras and the e-book will be formatted by WP Director Heidi Mueller. The award winning Photographer Ang Jaypee Belarmino created the cover for us, donating the images for the project. With his permission, I am enclosing his comments and two images in this posting
“I’m finally done with our cover photo for the E-Anthology. I sent 2 files of the same photo – 1 photo having a caption and the other photo without a caption, so that our Youth Team can freely put any caption on it. Kindly just choose from any of those 2 files. Just a little blurb about our cover design: I chose a child holding a globe as our cover. It signifies our theme that indeed, Peace is a step closer because it is now just a generation away. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “If we are to teach real peace in this world, we shall have to begin with children.” I believe that by teaching these children effectively, one new generation coming is enough to achieve real peace. The child holding the globe signifies that if we could inspire our children, then through them, peace in the entire world could be achieved, enabling them to understand what it means to celebrate life. Peace – a step closer. Peace – a generation away! Thank you, hope you like the concept I did for our cover!”
This note brought tears into my eyes: “It will be my honor to contribute my photos to World Poetry. Consider every artwork that I make, whether in painting or photography, as something owned and part of our World Poetry Family. I will contribute a photo for the cover. It will be my pride and honor. Each time you see any of my photo that is worth using by World Poetry, consider it as something owned by the World Poetry. You may use them anytime you want. Money is nothing, Peace is everything! Thank you so much for acknowledging my photography.”
This Morning, JP
The World Poetry Peace Exhibits:Jaypee has also donated some other photos for the exhibit at the UBC Library and at Richmond City Hall. This Morning is another image.
We are fortunate to have several other photos including a stunning photo from the Afghan documentary filmmaker Neamat Haidari and others.
I would like to thank all of you who have submitted peace poems, photos and gift poems. You are truly wonderful and part of the vision.
Ariadne Sawyer, MA, World Poetry Reading Series President