Festival Opening Event
11am - 12.15pm | Performance Tent on Smithfield Square
This year, BlueFire Street Fest will be taking place on International Day of Peace, 21st Sept, when local issues are situated in a global call for peace and solidarity. In Ireland, we have built solid foundations towards a peaceful society which we at BlueFire are dedicated to expressing, highlighting diversity and positive social integration.
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously voted to designate September 21st as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
BlueFire Street Fest has dedicated this year’s programme to doing exactly this. We will be honouring peace and solidarity through education and public engagement which will begin with a ceremonial opening and Global Minute of Silence - see full details below. The festival has also dedicated a street arts programme to Climate Action, which is the theme for International Day of Peace 2019.
This year, we are proud to also celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of the great peace-maker Mahatma Gandhi who committed his life to to ensure freedom and peace for the people of India.
Peace Ceremony Programme
The ceremony welcomes all to participate in an event that is taking place right across the world. Please join us to share in this important occasion.
The event will be held in the large tent on Smithfield Square. No booking required. Seating available.
Lord Mayor of Dublin
Our Lord Mayor, the first citizen of Dublin Paul McAuliffe, will be attending our ceremony and giving a speech on peace in relation to our city of Dublin and his own efforts in promoting Climate Action. BlueFire Street Fest is proud to be supported by Dublin City Council, whose diversity and integration policy is committed to developing a City that promotes social inclusion and integration of all ethnic communities.
CEO Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation
The Glencree Centre is devoted to peace-building and reconciliation in Ireland, North and South, and beyond. The programme work builds peace and fosters reconciliation through facilitated dialogue and peace education. The organisation was founded in 1974 as a response to violent conflict in Ireland. Naoimh is passionate about peace-building and the importance of conflict resolution at every level of society. She is an experienced mediator (MCIArb), with qualifications in International Relations (DCU) and international Security & Global Governance (Birkbeck).
Members of the Dublin Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre
Kagyu Samye Dzong is a Dublin-based Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre, founded in 1977, the oldest established Buddhist Centre in Ireland and part of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. We gratefully welcome members of the Centre who will facilitate a guided meditation in preparation for the Global Midday Minute of Silence, a moment dedicated to collective thoughts on world peace.
Spoken Word Artist
Claudia Crampton is a spoken word artist and poet from Greystones, Co Wicklow and a recent graduate of English, Media and Cultural Studies from IADT in Dun Laoghaire. Claudia will recite her powerful poem ‘Diversity Is Not Dangerous’, that highlights the inequality, injustice and inhumanity that she witnesses in everyday life. The poem was developed as a collaboration with filmmaker Marelia Nogueira to mark the European Day Against Hate Crime 2018.
Chandrika Narayanan Mohan
Spoken Word Artist
For Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, the granddaughter of former Indian president KR Narayanan, Dublin is just the latest chapter in her nomadic existence. However, Dublin has offered her more than a thousand welcomes, in Ireland she has found her literary passion and strong footing on our spoken word stages. Chandrika's poetry reflects the world around her from borders to love.
Discovery Gospel Choir
Discovery Gospel Choir is Ireland’s leading multi-cultural choir, singing songs of hope from all over the world. They are a community of like minded people who want to participate in integration, who respect and encourage interfaith dialogue – all through the power of music. "Through music, we share our languages, our cultures, and we make a safe space for people to share their stories, develop their talents, and always be met with respect and love."