On Peace Day 2015 thousands of activities took place all over the world celebrating peace through dance. The campaign was particularly strong in the Great Lakes region of Africa where hundreds of events took place all over the region. Globally, thousands of Zumba® instructors and participants danced together to promote reconciliation and peace-building in their local communities and a special ballet class at Hong Kong Cultural Centre taught by famed international guest teacher and former Principal of The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, Ms Cynthia Harvey, helped make 2015 one of the most successful years yet for the One Day One Dance campaign. Here are some of the other inspirational events from 2015:
Our partnership with Zumba Fitness® led to an incredibly energetic campaign called #Dance4Peace, seeing about 600 Dance4Peace videos of Zumba® classes and events for Peace Day and/or Zumba® moves for peace uploaded on social media, from 67 different countries all over the world.
Kivu Youth Entertainment, DRC
Vijana Up is a project of Kivu Youth Entertainment (KEY) to reintegrate street children through hip hop dance. For Peace Day, KEY organised an ‘introduction to hip hop dance and performance’ involving Rinha Crew (young dancers, the trainers in Vijana Up) and the children of Vijana Up at transit centre CAJED with former child soldiers. They trained in hip hop dance and Capoeira, and they did a dance performance all together. Vijana Up shared this message for Peace Day: “Let’s live in peace in our families, not in armed forces or groups, nor in the streets, nor in the camps.”
Musicians without Borders and Ubumwe Community Centre, Rwanda
Musicians without Borders (MwB) had several activities happening in Rwanda on Peace Day:
- A new training program in MwB Community Music Leadership at Mahama refugee camp (the camp newly set up for refugees from Burundi.
A song composed by MwB Community Music Leaders, written to refugees.
Music workshops in Gisenyi as part of an event organised by the Ubumwe Community Centre for Peace Day. The event also included several performers from the Centre, including acrobats, dancers, singers and musicians.
HONG KONG BALLET, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Ballet supported Peace Day, an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence, on 21stSeptember 2015.
Famed international guest teacher and former Principal of The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, Ms Cynthia Harvey taught a ballet class with 6 Hong Kong Ballet dancers at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from 4:30 to 6:00pm on Monday, 21st September, 2015. 20 external dance students were invited to take part side by side with HKB dancers in this wonderfully meaningful event to promote peace through dance. Watch the video below.
NATIONAL THEATRE MANNHEIM, GERMANY
13 dancers and four musicians performed for 430 people in the audience at the National Theatre Mannheim, including some refugees from Syria in the audience who only arrived in Germany a few days before Peace Day. After the performance people were invited to come on stage, then the entire occupancy started dancing and celebrating together to celebrate the whole notion of 'One Day One Dance'.