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Live Better Together
Thursday 21st September 2017

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Join us at Chichester Cathedral to celebrate the International Day of Peace observed every year around the world on 21st September. 

The themes of peace and reconciliation will inform all our activities on this thought-provoking and inspiring day.  Within the Cathedral on the day there will be a peace trail and opportunities for candle lighting and prayers.
Booking in advance is essential even for free activities.  Full details for all events on the day and tickets are now available from Ticketsource.  You are welcome to book just one activity or as many as you would like to.  Please click on the relevant buttons below:

'Creating Sustainable Peace Within Our Communities' Talk by Dr Justine Huxley

10.30am - 12.00pm, 4 Canon Lane
We are delighted to welcome speaker Dr Justine Huxley, Director of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, who will be introduced by The Treasurer, Reverend Canon Stephen Ferns. 

Book Here (Tickets FREE)

'Make Art Not War' Printmaking Workshop

10.30am - 12.30pm, Eastern Arm
Printmaking has a long and rich history of being used to get across social, political, and personal messages. Use screen and block printing to transform a humble cloth shopping bag into a unique printed art work to spread the word of peace and reconciliation. Taking inspiration from the Cathedral’s colourful and symbolic Reconciliation tapestry by Ursula Benker-Schirmer, participants will learn how to create their own printing block and/or create a paper stencil for screen printing.  Cotton bags for the workshop are ethically sourced. Led by artist Cath Bristow.

Book Here (Tickets £10)

'How can we live better together, for the wellbeing of all?' Interfaith Panel Discussion
2.00pm - 3.30pm, 4 Canon Lane
Noted representatives from different local faith communities will take part in this interfaith panel discussion.  Confirmed speakers so far include Abbot Ajahn Karuniko of Chithurst Buddhist Monastery and Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo, Imam of the Al Mahdi Centre in Fareham. The panel will be chaired by the Cathedral’s Chancellor, Canon Dr Anthony Cane.

Book Here (Tickets FREE)

'Make Art Not War' Community Peace Banner Drop-In Event

2.30 - 4.30pm, Cathedral Green (Eastern Arm if wet)
Join us for this fun and sociable drop-in community printmaking event. In the spirit of peace and reconciliation we will work together to create a colourful, collaborative printed banner inspired by the vibrant colours, themes and motifs found in the beautiful Reconciliation tapestry, design by Ursula Benker-Schirmer.  Printmaking has a long and rich history of being used to get across social, political, and personal messages. Come and have a go at block printing or create a simple cut paper stencil and have a go at screen printing an image onto the banner. By the end of the day we will have all worked together to create a unique colourful printed banner for display within the Cathedral to spread the word of Peace and Reconciliation and celebrate International Day of Peace. All welcome. There will also be a carpeted area available with soft toys for children under 3 years.  Led by artist Cath Bristow. This is a free drop-in event, no need to book.

Film Screening: 'Welcome'
7.00pm - 9.30pm, Vicar's Hall
Philippe Lioret’s 2009 film Welcome is a compelling social drama about the plight of refugees and asylum seekers who arrive illegally in Calais, a city in northern France that has become a transit point for those hoping to cross into the United Kingdom. In the course of its gripping story line and realistic camera work, Welcome powerfully dispels the fantasy of a hospitable Europe which welcomes the displaced with open arms. Whilst the film highlights the plight of people trapped on the shores of Calais it also explores their relationships with the activists and associations trying to help them. Released in March 2009 in France after premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival, this special screening will be introduced by the Cathedral's Chancellor, Dr Anthony Cane.

Book Here (Tickets £8)

To find out more contact the Learning and Engagement Department at or 01243 812997.

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