"If we are to reach real peace in this world...we shall have to begin with the children." (Mahatma Gandhi)  

4th Annual Children's Gathering for Peace

Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre
Sunday, June 5, 2005
2-4:00 pm

Please join us for singing and dance performances by a wonderful diversity of children's performance groups. All ages welcome. Featured performers include:

Siya Manyakanyaka
Swaranjali - East Indian Children's Music Group
Japanese Singers "Humming Birds"
Middle East Peace Camp
Arab Children Dabke Dancers
Anadolu Folkdance Group/Turkish Children
Children from Jose Marti Child Development Center
El Centro de la Raza
Eritrean Youth Dance Group
Hengda Dance Academy
The Islamic School of Seattle
Children of Peace
Kanykey Marat Kyzy (Honored Guest from Kyrgyzstan)

Plus a special appearances by:
*Kofi Anang on Djembe
*Farlis Calle Guerrero: Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and    Founder of the Columbian Children's Peace Movement
*Congressman Jim McDermott

This songfest invites the participation of everyone! Children from around the world will perform in dance and song. The event will be woven together by group singing of all who come. Kofi Anang, a local drummer from Ghana, will accompany the singing on djembe. Local school children will help Mary K. McNeill lead everyone in song.

The event will culminate in the singing of "We Are Children of Peace", a song Mary K. wrote with the help of her students. The song has been recorded in five languages and is part of a larger project to communicate with children all over the world that children here want to be friends and create a peaceful world with children everywhere.

A new world culture is being formed with the children leading the way! Come, join us as we create a world that turns in beauty, dance, and song, and hear what the children of the world have to say!

We will be filming the children singing "We Are Children of Peace" in Farsi, which will then be aired on television in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and India!

This event is sponsored by the Seattle Center

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