The audience went around the world in one concert.
The audience went around the world in one concert. Jenna Cairney

Music joins all at festival

A DODGY soundboard couldn’t stop the Peace Festival finale from going ahead yesterday at Warwick Town Hall.

To Japan with Love was held yesterday afternoon with stellar performances from around the world.

The benefit concert kicked off with a spirited show by Roger Knox who, undeterred by the mic failure, went on to play acoustically.

This year’s festival theme was Everybody Counts, but there was a distinct emphasis on the environment with encouragement for all to work together to improve it.

“Everybody needs to get our heads together to keep nature going for our children,” Mr Knox said.

The beautiful Japanese harp was played by Kumiyama visitors Taishokoto Strings, who were later joined by Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal and tabla player Ravi Singh for a cross cultural music experience.

The concert aimed to raise money for the people of Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunami, as well as drawing the curtain on a weekend full of wonderful events.

Mayor Ron Bellingham attended along with the Mayor of Kumiyama, Warwick’s unofficial sister city.

Earlier in the day an environment symposium, Awakening the Dreamer, was held at Warwick Central School.

Run by Fiona O’Sullivan, the event encouraged attendees to question beliefs and facilitate community discussion on how to make changes to create a more sustainable environment.

The holistic approach encouraged attendees to look at all aspects of their life when learning about environment sustainability.

The movie Spirited Away was shown during the day with German film, Miracle of Bern, the last event of the festival.



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