Sidcot Festival of Peace Sidcot Festival of Peace

Sidcot Festival of Peace


The Sidcot Festival of Peace takes place in the afternoon on Sunday 19 June, entitled ‘The Nature of Identity’. 

Held in Refugee Week, and taking place on Father’s Day, the afternoon event will celebrate family and community, exploring ideas about identity, belonging, and our place in the world. At a time when many communities around the world face the harsh realities of displacement and seek refuge, the festival is a timely reminder to reflect on, and engage with, ideas of home.

The Sidcot Festival of Peace will host leading edge speakers including zoologist, presenter and natural history writer Sanjida O’Connell  and acclaimed poet Matt Harvey.

The event includes a stirring mix of drama, art, music and dance, all seeking to provoke reflection on the festival’s theme, while a unique ‘Human Library’ provides the rare opportunity to actively engage with the stories of refugees and others working to relieve crisis  across the globe.

In addition to his eagerly anticipated ‘Let Your Life Speak’ seminar at Sidcot on 25th May, the Festival will also host Mark Edwards’s world acclaimed photographic exhibitions, WHOLE EARTH? and HARD RAIN, during May and June.

HARD RAIN will be held in the Sidcot Arts Centre during May, and WHOLE EARTH? – displayed outdoors from 1st May 'til 30 June – will provide a powerful illuminating backdrop to the Festival of Peace on Sunday 19 June, and a potent reminder that we can all be part of the solution for a more peaceful and sustainable world.

A call out to all Sidcot families

Do you want to take part in out first peace festival?

We are looking for music and dance – think world music, something lively and inclusive.

If you would like to perform or get involved please let us know we would love to give you a stage.

Invites go out to the Sidcot community in the next week or so.

Email peace@sidcot.org.uk to get involved.

Jacqueline Bagnall and Miriam Gosling
Centre for Peace and Global Studies

Independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 - 18 in Somerset