Our meeting this Thursday afternoon is packed with excellent peace-making opportunities for local religious groups and faith forums over the summer.
We’ll be putting all the information on the blog later so that we can all find the links and contacts we need.
In the meantime, here are a few clips and links to Olympic Truce-related programmes and events over the summer.
BBC Radio 4’s Beyond Belief had an excellent discussion on the ancient Olympic Games, including the Truce, and the contested values evident in the modern movement. You can listen again on iPlayer.
On the opening night of the Games, Prom no 18 is Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, with the West-East Divan Orchestra projecting an “inclusive vision of hope, reconciliation and hard-won triumph”. The programme says, “What better to mark today’s opening of the London 2012 Olympics than Beethoven’s ultimate hymn to universal brotherhood?” I would add sisterhood, of course.
The South Bank Centre is holding a Festival of the World from 1st June. Here is a clip of Jude Kelly, the Director, and others talking about the founder of the modern Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin, and how the Festival will be about participation and about how the arts are used for social change around the world.
This Saturday, 19th May, the Riding Lights theatre company comes to Lambeth for one night only with its show Monsieur de Coubertin’s Magnificent Opymlic© Feat!
LBFN’s twinned projects in Pakistan, Jamaica, Sri Lanka and Ghana, and all the local activities we are involved in to reduce violence and to build trust in London this summer are in good company.