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Saturday, September 21st

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MAS Lab World Peace Day concert will take place on Saturday 21st September 2019 at Kidderminster College. The free event will feature artists, musicians, authors and speakers celebrating this year’s international day of peace.
MAS Lab Curator Kev Gammond says: “The international day of peace is a United Nations initiative, established in 1981 and observed globally on the 21st September. It is a shared day for all humanity to commit to peace above all difference and to celebrate building a culture of peace.”
World Peace Day heralds a flourish of action in Kidderminster, beginning at 11:45am when bell ringers at churches across the town will ring out to proclaim the opening of the event at midday.
Speaking about the town-wide serenade Kev said: “The church bells are the loudest musical instrument – louder than the original heavy metal band!”
Beginning at 12pm in Kidderminster College with an opening speech by Principal Andy Dobson, World Peace Day attendees will see performances of music, poetry and speakers interspersed with short films. Music will be provided by Black Country Brass, one of the Midland’s top brass bands who will play international anthems followed later by JJ Vibez Music Group from the Kadoma School For The Blind in Zimbabwe. Renowned poet Keisha will be introduced by Leslie Fairclough (InspireYou), one of the many inspirational speakers appearing during the afternoon – these include human rights activist Todd Maforimbo and David Shuck, our Midlands Peacekeeper, who will be speaking about his prominent role within the community.
In 2020 MAS Lab will be collaborating with organisations across the UK, focussed on combatting criminal gang-related activities. In anticipation of next year’s focus, MAS Lab welcome special guests Blaire Kirk Adderley and Mark Murray from the prestigious Tutu Foundation and Youth Futures anti-knife crime and serious youth violence team who will be sharing their experiences of the Round Table initiatives in London. Author and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the West of Scotland, Dr Ross Deuchar, will be addressing UK Gangs and Knife Crime.
Cat Draper, Deputy Principal – Learning & Quality, will be speaking about how Kidderminster College will be celebrating its 140th anniversary then she will introduce ex-music student Tom Whittaker who will talk about his recent work in Cambodia where he now lives and works. Tom has been exploring the creation and expression of cultural identity through photography, music and language.
Our story of progress shines out brightly as Deputy Principal Palvinder Singh delivers his closing speech and the day ends with the sound Sam Cook’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” playing out to share our strong identification with world peace.
The MAS Lab curator wants us all to ‘think big globally in art and life on this special day in Kidderminster’ – his friends and patrons; Robert Plant, Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Bev Bevan (ELO) all support World Peace Day with love and peace of mind.

Price: FREE

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Kidderminster College
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