On the left below please find an article from CPNN, and on the right its discussion.
Please note that links to the discussion no longer work directly.
Instead, Use the following address
where xxx is the topic number in the failed address obtained when you click on the discussion.
If this doesn't work, click here.

Learn Write Read Home About Us Discuss Search Subscribe Contact
by program area
by region
by category
by recency
United Nations and Culture of Peace
Global Movement for a Culture of Peace
Values, Attitudes, Actions
Rules of the Game
Submit an Article
Become a CPNN Reporter

Sesi and GRPCom sponsor Peace Fairs in 10 cities of Paraná, Brazil
an article by Paraná Online

On 29 and 30 June, ten cities of Paraná will host Peace Fairs, community events that encourage activities reflecting the culture of peace and educational, cultural and leisure initiatives for the population. The events are an initiative of Paraná Sesi [Social Service of Industry] in partnership with the Paranaense Group for Communication (GRPCom) and the communities where the fairs will be held.

click on photo to enlarge

The events will take place simultaneously in Curitiba, Rio Branco do Sul, Ponta Grossa, Guarapuava, Umuarama, Cascavel, Foz do Iguacu, Maringá, Londrina and Apucarana. The idea is to mobilize communities around the state to reflect on how to reduce violence in cities and take actions that can raise awareness about the damage caused by various types of violence, encourage citizenship and to develop educational and socialization processes in the localities.

"The initiative contributes to the establishment of links between different local actors, which reinforces the sense of belonging and everyday practice and lead to building sustainable communities for peace," said Jose Antonio Fares, superintendent of Sesi Paraná. According to him, in this initiative, SESI-PR applies its experience of coordinating and mobilizing the community through its institutional programs such as the Education Local Arrangements, the Network of Local Development, We Can Paraná, Paraná's Corporate Citizenship Council (CPCE) and Junior Achievement.

Each location with a Fair will have a different program specifically adapted with activities that develop local talent, such as cultural groups, services, art workshops, recreation and education for peace. All nine of the state fairs will feature the "Tree of Attitude", which will put together the intentions of the community to reduce violence in the workplace - what each person can do individually to make peace. Another action common to all the fairs will be the group embrace for peace, where residents hold hands around the site of the event calling for an end to violence.

The first Peace Fair was held in 2011 in Vila Sandra, the industrial City of Curitiba (CIC), in partnership with the Association of Residents of Zimbros Houses. At the end of March this year, the community of Vila Sabara also in CIC, hosted a Peace Fair in partnership with the association "Friends of the Sahara," SESI and GRPCom.

(Click here for a Portuguese version of this article)


Question(s) related to this article:

Can festivals help create peace at the community level?,

* * * * *

Latest reader comment:

This discussion question applies to the following articles:

"Let's build the Bridge of Peace."
House of Erasmus of Rotterdam at the Nelson Mandela Festival
The Festival of the Route of  Queens and Kings
Festirois 2011
Gabon : Libreville a vibré au rythme de la Fête des Cultures
Gabon: Libreville dances to the rhythm of the Festival of Cultures
Sesi e GRPCom realizam Feira da Paz em 10 cidades do Paraná
Sesi and GRPCom sponsor Peace Fairs in 10 cities of Paraná, Brazil
Sustainability-related ‘Peace Corner’ added to Earthfest event
Festival Mundial da Paz leva 600 atrações ao Ibirapuera em São Paulo
World Peace Festival hosts 600 attractions at Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo
Kalinga [Philippines] lines up Week for Peace activities
2nd Guwahati International Music Fest to establish city in global music circuit
Festivais de Folclore Promovem a Cultura de Paz
Folklore Festivals Promote Culture of Peace (Brazil)
Tercera edición del festival Jóvenes celebrando la vida en una cultura de paz (Guatemala)
Third annual youth festival celebrating life in a culture of peace (Guatemala)
7 billion reasons for peace at Delhi Festival
India: Peace fiesta underway at Wokha


This report was posted on July 3, 2012.