Peace1Day – The Elgiva is proud to support the UN International Day of Peace with this incredible event

The Elgiva is delighted to announce something that has been long in the planning – and that we can now finally share with the people of Chesham.

This September we are holding an event in Chesham to celebrate and actively support the UN International Day of Peace, a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, or ‘Peace Day’ which falls in September every year.

This year on 14 September The Elgiva will host ‘Peace1Day’ with an incredible evening of global music, dance and other performances including: the powerful energy of Hartbeats Vitae Drummers, the fiery flamenco passion of Lucia Caruso, soaring arias from opera singers Gavin and Renae, the stunning synchronicity of local award winning dancers Tuffney Performing Arts, the magical flavour of Asian Ghazals by Temoor Alam and to top it all, the completely amazing Chesham-based 12 year old singer, songwriter Ruby Leigh (anyone who has seen her knows she is destined for truly great things!).

It’s easy to be cynical about UN days, but Peace Day has become an extremely effective day in communities all around the world. Since 2001, when a young English film-maker persuaded the UN to give it a fixed date – 21 September every year – its awareness has increased from virtually zero to 2.2 billion people. Peace Day created a ceasefire in Afghanistan in 2007, leading to the safe immunisation of 1.4 million children and now, all across the world, millions of individuals, schools, groups and communities have come to see how the day can be used to promote diversity, celebrate differences, break down ignorance and fears, increase knowledge and understanding, educate and inspire children and reinforce the work of those in our society who work tirelessly to help people in need.

The idea to hold a Peace Day event in Chesham started as literally an ‘over the garden fence’ initiative dreamed up by two neighbours in Sunnyside Road after a Sunday morning chat about traffic calming over a cup of tea in a back garden. Now it has become a community-wide event with lots of organisations jumping on board.

So please, if you like the sound of this, come on our journey with us. The evening at The Elgiva will be a fantastic evening of entertainment featuring 100% local artists, showcasing our wonderful town and, in the longer term bringing meaningful benefits to many – particularly our children.

Come to ‘Peace1Day at The Elgiva’ on 14 September – tickets just £5, £3 concessions.

5th August 2019