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International Day of Peace 2012
There is so much happening across the
planet during the entire weekend of Sept. 21st to Sept. 23rd for this year's global observance of the International Day of Peace. It is impossible to
cover it all - and that's good! This exemplifies the extent of this
observance, and how many sectors of society have embraced this occasion; and it
indicates that the observance of International Day of Peace is becoming more
and more mainstream.
Hundreds of art institutions worldwide, from Australia to Zimbabwe, are supporting films4peace to celebrate the International Day of Peace. Films4peace is an annual short film commissioned by PUMA.Peace. It features 21 of today's most innovative artists visually interpreting the subject of peace. Live screenings will accompany the online release at major museums globally, including the Bass Museum of Art (Miami, USA) and the Design Museum (London, UK); and in public urban spaces, such as the City of Barcelona (Spain) and the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The films include live action, experimental animation, and fine art; they are only 30 to 90 seconds in length to facilitate online as well as live screenings. Films4peace are both disturbing and inspiring, responsive to the reality of our time; but they also ask us to be responsible for our actions, to make the world a better place - a world that is safer, more peaceful and more creative.
In keeping with the spirit of the commission, these films will be gifted to the world, within the public domain - and available for screening cost free, as tools for peace. By releasing these short films as broadly as possible, on multiple live and virtual platforms, the aim is to effect positive social change and broaden the discussions around peace globally. These art films will be released online on the International Day of Peace (21 September) on a dedicated films4peace website, and through social networking, on-line newsletters, and video sharing sites and blogs. Here is where you can get more information and sign up to see them upon their release.