The Peace in the Park festival returned to Sheffield for 2017 with the message of reclaiming peace in the world and the power of community action. The arts and music festival is celebrating its fifteenth year since it launched in 2003 and is still run entirely by volunteers. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Two fundraisers for this year’s Peace in the Park festival are set to happen this weekend – Friday the 21st at the Riverside and Saturday the 22nd at the Redhouse, writes festival volunteer Chris Arnold.
As many of you may know, lack of funds meant that Peace in the Park was unable to go ahead in 2013, to the disappointment of many Sheffield locals. The festival is looking a lot stronger financially this year but still needs those all important funds raised from multiple events in the run up to June. Purveyors of all things fun Cool Beans are taking care of Friday night at the Riverside whilst Saturday is being hosted by Sheffield reggae stalwarts Dubcentral, both events incorporating a mixture of live music and DJs.
Friday at the Riverside is £6 to get in and features live sets from:
RENEGADE BRASS BAND
THE BALKAN BANDITS
BONGO & THE SOUL JAR
CARL “ON FIRE” WATKINS
Saturday at the Redhouse is £4 to get in and features live sets from…
STEEL CITY RHYTHM
All profits raised go straight to Peace in the Park and help make the occurrence of this year’s festival a certainty. You can find more info on Facebook for Friday’s event here and for Saturday’s event here.
“Peace in the Park” is a one day free festival which promotes peace and understanding by bringing together communities through artistic, musical and vocal expression. The festival takes place this Saturday, the 6th June from 12pm until 8pm, at the Ponderosa Park in Sheffield
Peace in the Park is organised by a group of artists, musicians, students, events organisers and other everyday Sheffield folk, working together in a not for profit collective. Peace in the Park has been running for five years and each year collects money for nominated charities. This year, the local good cause is Nomad Homeless Advice and Support which offers advice, support and practical help to people in housing need across Sheffield. The international good cause is Village Aid, supporting a number of small scale projects in West Africa.
For much more information and stage times visit the Peace in the Park website. The team behind ‘Peace in The Park’ also have a weekly show on Sheffield Live! every Monday at 6pm. Click below to listen to their lastest broadcast:
Peace in The Park