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The Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival!

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The Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Proudly announces the Empowered Award Winners.

We had over 300 nominations come in, some even six months early. We wish we could honour all of you.

Each nominee was nominated by at least two people, in some cases much more. A check was made as to background, good heart,abilities and the quest for peace. The Empowerment awards are based on these qualities.

This year, the age range is from 12-100!

An award will be given to those that can attend during the month of October, for those who cannot come due to Visas or other reasons, a certificate will be sent to you by e-mail. In past festivals, awards were sent out, but most never reached their destinations. If there is a name or country error, please let us  know.

This list will be going on site and when time permits, a brief bio, photo and a poem or writing will be put on site.

The festival is coming together, created by many hours of volunteer work for peace. We are have launched a Crowd Funding site to pay for some of the costs, rather than have it come out of pocket. For more information: Go to  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fourth-world-poetry-peace-festival/x/8284778 and join the team to create empowerment and peace!!This is your festival too and the waves of peace coming from it will circle the world!You can also contribute by becoming a peace connector volunteer and helping out in the festival. Contact: ariadnes@uniserve.com or astarte_sita@yahoo.com

All the best to you and keep up the good work. Peace and the world needs you!

World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Award Winners!

World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award: Carol Knepper, Canada.

World Poetry Unsung Hero Award: Mobin Saberi, Canada.

World Poetry Cultural Ambassador   Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah, Ghana.

World Poetry Music Ambassador Yoshifumi Sakura, Japan.

World Poetry Cultural Ambassador: Mutiu Olawuyi, Gambia.

World Poetry Theatre Ambassador: Oswald Okaitei. Ghana

World Poetry Youth Peace Ambassador: Timileyin Olajuwon, Nigeria.

World Poetry Empowered Poets:

Janet Kvammen, Canada

Elaine Woo, Canada

Honey Novick, Canada

Una Bruhns, Canada

Lini Grol, Canada

Anviksha Srivastava. India & USA.

Corazon Wong Canda, Japan.

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, USA.

Helen Bar- Lev, Israel

Mamta Agarwal, India

Peter Thabit Jones, Wales

Stanley Barkan, USA

Adisa AJA Andwele, USA.

Samay Hamed, Afghanistan.

Lidia  Chiarelli,  Italy.  

 Murray Kion. Netherlands

Empowered Musician:

Enrico Renz, Canada.

World Poetry Empowered Graphic Artist:

Sainabou Baldeh, The Gambia.

Empowered Filmmakers

Kagan Goh, Canada.

Mary Fowles, Canada.

Rahmat Haidari, Afghanistan.

Ghafar Faizyar, Afghanistan.

Akshat Ajay Sharma, India.

Sharif Saedi, Afghanistan.

*** Three filmmakers from our new partner, Vancouver Asian Film Festival will be joining us as soon as they are selected


World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival, April 4-30th At UBC!


Breaking News!

 Award winning Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah and Kwame Agyare Yirenkyi  are coming to the World Poetry Canada International Festival! They just received their visas!

A message from award winner Saleh  Mazumder our esteemed director of the World Poetry  Peace E-anthology internet launch: I am Md Saleh Mazumder. I feel proud to be part of the World Poetry family. There will be one launch at the University of British Columbia 7-9 pm April 4th and an internet launching event, also on April 4th at 7 pm. A participation page has been created on the World Poetry Canada International Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/#!/WorldPoetrySeries

I Invite all you to join the event and page. If you can’t attend the World Poetry Canada International festival you may share your poems on the Facebook page and we will post poems on the www.worldpoetry.ca site. The download link of the world poetry E-Anthology will be available during the internet launch and grand opening on April 4th  at the University of British Columbia  and on the Internet.  As we help to reach our goal of one step closer to peace, I am eagerly waiting for the festival to get started and wish everyone great success.  I want to thank everyone who has been is working day and night to get the festival off the ground. This festival is an wonderful dedication towards peace.

I will not be able to attend there in person, however I will be there with spirit. All the best to the World Poetry family and all the poets across the globe. Please join us at the Internet Launch. “      Saleh Mazumder.


Book on Display at UBC April 4-30th









Photo credits to Doc PenPen!


World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival! April 4-30, 2013.

301, Lillooet room at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. University of British Columbia, 1961 East Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/

Inspire Peace!

Please register at www.worldpoetry.ca  and bring or post a poem on peace, a story about peace, a song, or a dance! Space is limited for all events, so please register early!
All free!

Hosts: Yilin Wang, Ariadne Sawyer and Directors.

Register on line, volunteer, enjoy! Come to one event or all three! For those who cannot be there in person, please send good thoughts for peace!

April 4, Thursday, Grand Opening at the Victoria Learning Theatre (Room 182),  7-9 pm First  Nation welcome by Godwin Barton.   Official World Poetry Peace E-Anthology launches at UBC and on the internet! Post your peace poem, video link, or a few words at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/WorldPoetrySeries


Pancho and Sal http://riosamayaband.com/







 Read your poem and a poem of a poet that cannot attend. Dance to the delightful music by Rio Samaya Band (Pancho and Sal) and enjoy the beautiful Jasmine dancers.  Watch the World Poetry Exclusive Short Afghan Film: “Silence” by Afghan Youth Poet Sharif Saedi.  Light refreshments.


Silence Poster






April 11,  Thursday, 7-9 pm,301, Lillooet room at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Cross country tour:  Penn Kemp: Jack Layton, Art in Action. Poetry readings: Trevor Carolan, Ruth Hill and others plus international guests. Bring your stories about Jack Layton, poems and thoughts. We acknowledge the support of the League of Canadian Poets, the Guild of Canadian Playwrights and the Canada Council for the Arts. 

April 20, Saturday, 1-4 pm   First Nations Wanda John-Kehewin “In the Dog House”, published by Talon Books. Navaho flute music  by Angelo Moroni. Poetry readings by Bernice Lever and others.   Music/ poetry presentation by Japanese composer Yoshifumi Sakura.

Afghan film: the Broken Destiny of Poetry by Rahmat Haidari and Sajia Hussain (documentary on a young Afghan woman poet and her struggles to survive and write) trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0FPPddB6UY


Broken Destiny of Poetry film.


Join the World Poetry Peace Poetathon official launch as it flows around the world bringing a focus on peace with supportive peace connector partners.


Filipino Poets by Jaypee

Displays: April 4-30th. Peace Posters by Sattar Saberi, Doc PenPen, Jaypee Belarmino and poets, M&M, Mirwais Janbaz ,World Poetry and partners.

Painting by Mirwais






Awards to international guests and local empowered poets.

Our wonderful partners in kind: Exclusive Media Sponsor CTV, Cinevolution, Ricepaper, Vancouver Tagore Society, Signature Partner: VAHMS,  explore ASIAN,  Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC, www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/ The Jasmine Dance Club, Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop, TAN, the Afro News and the City of Richmond.

www.worldpoetry.ca  ariadnes@uniserve.com  yilinw@gmail.com allan.cho@ubc.ca


World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival 2013 Winners!




Ariadne’s Note:

It is  with great pleasure that we announce the award winners for the World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival 2013.

Each entry was nominated by one or more people, and went through a background check. The awards are based on humanitarian and peace efforts to make the world a better place.

Many of the award winners are youth. They show a wonderful commitment for peace and the respect of others. Each award winner has sacrificed to promote peace and understanding and in some instances  have shown great courage in the face of adversity.

For the first time ever, we had 10 film, doc entries. With help from our community parter Cinevolution, we were able to include the film award winners this year. The two films will be shown during the peace festival.

Please welcome the World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival 2013 Award Winners:


A flower for our award winners







Empowered Poets:

Empowered poet, Wanda-John Kehewin.

Empowered Poet Yilin Yang.

Godwin Barton.

Empowered Poet Saleh Mazumder.

Empowered poet, Penn Kemp.

Empowered poet, Oswald Okaitei.

Empowered poet, Olawuyi Mutiu. 

Empowered poet, Ljubomir Mihajlovski,

Empowered poet, Ljupce Zahariev,

Empowered poet, Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah.

Empowered poet, Selene Bertelsen.

Empowered poet, Caroline C. Nazareno, (Ceri Naz)

 Empowered Poet, Yaman Saleh.

Music, acting, art, graphic art, photography:

Rio Samaya, (Pancho and Sal) Empowered Band.

Yoshifuma Sakura, Empowered Composer

Angelo Moroni, Empowered actor.

Sattar Saberi , Empowered artist.

Kwame Agyare Yirenkyi, Empowered Graphic Artist.

Atia Abawi, Empowered Journalist.


Sharif Saedi, Empowered filmmaker (Silence)

Rahmat Haidari , Empowered Director (Broken Voices of Poetry)

Sajia Hussain Azmat , Empowered Humanitarian & Director (Broken Voices of Poetry)


M&M, Empowered Photographer

World Poetry Ambassador to Nepal, Mk Shrestha.

World Poetry Ambassador to Japan: Frederico Gordo.

Greetings from our winners 2012!

Award winners 2012!