Jul
3
Aug 7

The Peace Tree

  • 24-38 Basin Road West Launceston, TAS, 7250 Australia
This image will be replaced as the Global Family Tree at West Launceston Grows.

This image will be replaced as the Global Family Tree at West Launceston Grows.

The Peace Tree

Many diverse roots make one global family tree.

West Launceston Primary School will be celebrating peace during July by creating a Peace Tree.

The tree will be displayed as it grows in one of the school windows facing basin rd so that the community may see the student’s messages and thoughts for Peace.

Peace is for all people.

Jul
10
Aug 5

Peace Doves at LINC

  • Launceston LINC - Ground floor

This year, in partnership with Launceston LINC, the Tamar Valley Peace Trust invited  School students to make a promise to Peace; to write a message or draw an image of what Peace means to them.

Displayed in the ground floor window of Launceston LINC from Monday 10 July until Saturday 5 August 2017.

Jul
23
10:30 am10:30

This event has now SOLD OUT .... ABORIGINAL CULTURAL EXPERIENCE IN THE GORGE

  • The Basin Cottage

This event has

SOLD OUT

and has a very long waiting list.

Walk and Talk Around the First Basin:

Please meet at The Basin Cottage . The Basin Cottage is down from The Basin Road carpark just past the main chairlift station.

 Program

This is a two-hour session starting at the Basin Cottage. The walk meanders in a clock-wise manner along the path, across the Suspension Bridge, and over the river causeway passing the Café and back to the Basin Cottage

Participants will experience:

·         A Welcome to Country and Ochre Ceremony.

·          Learn about material cultural practices.

·         Hands on string making using natural plant fibre.

·         Taste bush foods (in season) and plants/products for medicinal use.

·          Hear stories of the significance of Country, Aboriginal Spiritual origins of the river and geological formations that shaped the Gorge,

·         Women’s Business and Men’s Business.

We will twine Circles of Memory sculptures to honour the Aboriginal ancestors, heal the land and pledge our commitment to walk together in peace and harmony.

Cost: $15 per person

This event has SOLD OUT, please only contact Rocelyn if you can not make it as we have a long waiting list of people wishing to attend. thank you.  Rocelyn on : rocives@gmail.com  Please supply your contact details (Name, Phone number and email) 

This information is essential as there are limited tickets and due to unpredictable weather event organisers will need to contact you prior to the event regarding the weather and to confirm your booking.

Payments to be made on the day of the event.

Co-presented with the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery in celebration of the opening of The First Tasmanians: Our Story.

Jul
23
12:00 pm12:00

COMMUNITY KITCHEN - The Australian Bhutanese society Northern Tasmania (ABSNT)

  • Dining Room of the Inveresk Tavern
An article about the #communitykitchen in issue seven of @lumemag May 2017. Keep supporting this project folks. Cheers. Charlie #inveresktavern#communitykitchen #opendoorsopenarmsopenhearts

An article about the #communitykitchen in issue seven of @lumemag May 2017. Keep supporting this project folks. Cheers. Charlie #inveresktavern#communitykitchen #opendoorsopenarmsopenhearts

COMMUNITY KITCHEN

The Australian Bhutanese society Northern Tasmania (ABSNT)

  • Sunday, July 23, 2017
  •  From 12pm
  •  Dining Room of the Inveresk Tavern, 13 Dry St Invermay 

Website: www.facebook.com/inveresktavern/

Description: This is part of Launceston's Multicultural Flavours: a culinary and cultural journey.

This initiative is a collaboration between the Inveresk Tavern and Migrant Resource Centre Northern Tasmania Inc.

The aim is to:

  • Help people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds feel welcome, form relationships and integrate into the local community.
  • Provide them with broader social and support networks
  • Raise cross cultural awareness in the community; and
  • Provide an opportunity for groups to raise funds for their communities’ activities.

Wheelchair access: yes

Other information: Meal cost to be advised - menus will be published at https://www.facebook.com/inveresktavern/  

Drinks will be available at the adjoining bar. 

Jul
24
Jul 28

Riverside Primary Peace Exploration

  • Riverside Primary School

Riverside Primary Peace Exploration

As a school we have been exploring peace with our buddy classes and thinking about what peace means to us and how we can promote peace within our families, classrooms, school , community and our world. Our Student Core Leaders have had a special focus on how they can promote peace in their role as leaders-beginning with being role models by making personal peace promises. Together our buddy classes have made peace doves for display.

As a school we have been exploring peace with our buddy classes and thinking about what peace means to us and how we can promote peace within our families, classrooms, school , community and our world. Our Student Core Leaders have had a special focus on how they can promote peace in their role as leaders-beginning with being role models by making personal peace promises. Together our buddy classes have made peace doves for display.

Jul
24
Jul 28

UTAS SEL Welcome Lounge project

  • Welcome Lounge (Newham UTAS campus)

UTAS SEL Welcome Lounge project

Group /Organisation: UTAS Student Engagement team

Event: The UTAS Student Engagement Leaders team will run a series of activities within the Welcome Lounge area (near the Walk cafe and TUU on campus) to help celebrate the Tamar peace festival on campus.

 What does peace mean to you?: This activity will be set up for the entire week. This activity asks students to respond to the question on a piece of butchers paper or similar. 


Maps activity: Maps of Tasmania, Australia and the world up on a wall, and people put a sticker of where they are from - this signifies where students are from and coming together peacefully. This event will be run throughout the week. 


Play dough station (on the Monday, with the afternoon tea)
Afternoon tea (on the Monday, with the playdough station, between 2-4pm) - This event will help create a space where students can come and relax and be peaceful, and to have an opportunity to create awareness about the festival for students.

Venue: Welcome Lounge (Newham UTAS campus)

Contact: Emily Newman  unim8slst@gmail.com

Opening hours of your venue: The afternoon tea/playdough will be between 2-4 pm, and Student engagement leaders will be there between usual Welcome Lounge times (11- 3).

Does your venue have wheelchair access: Yes

Jul
25
10:30 am10:30

Messages of peace - Live from grade 5

Image:http://www.examiner.com.au/story/3947036/launceston-church-grammar-school-turns-175-photos/

Image:http://www.examiner.com.au/story/3947036/launceston-church-grammar-school-turns-175-photos/

Organisation: Launceston Church Grammar School

Website: http://www.facebook.com/launcestongrammar/

Event: Live streamed message of peace

Description: Grade 5 Students singing a song for peace

Venue: Launceston Church Grammar School - Junior Campus

Contact: Aaron Jones: ajones@lcgs.tas.edu.au

Jul
25
12:00 pm12:00

Meditation Session

  • Mezzine room (abouve Student Centre, Newham Campus).

Meditation Session

Organisation: UTAS Student Engagelent Leader Team and David Lees

Event: AT Utas, we run a weekly meditation session for students. At this particular session, there will be a focus of peace.

Description: 20 minute meditation session that will be guided by David Lees. Please wear enclosed shoes.

Venue: Mezzine room (abouve Student Centre, Newham Campus).

Contact: Emily Newman: unim8slst@gmail.com

Opening hours of your venue: 12 - 12:30 pm.

wheelchair access: Yes

Jul
26
12:30 pm12:30

PLANTING FOR PEACE

  • Northern Suburbs Community Centre
Planting for Peace 2016 image by Megan Casey

Planting for Peace 2016 image by Megan Casey

'Planting for Peace' will give community an opportunity to come together to paint up a ceramic pot and then plant out some flower or vegetable seedlings to grow at home

A FREE light lunch will be available

Pots, Plants and potting soil will be supplied
 

Venue:11 Blackwood Drive, Rocherlea

Contact: Denise Delphin manager@nscctas.org.au

Wheelchair access: Yes

www.nscctas.org.au

Jul
26
6:30 pm18:30

He Named Me Malala Film Screening

  • Village Cinemas Launceston

Organisation: Safe Asylum

Website: http://safeasylum.weebly.com/

Event Type: Film Screening

Description: Safe Asylum are hosting a screening of He Named Me Malala as part of the Tamar Valley Peace Festival. 

To make this event go ahead, we need to sell 57 tickets prior to the event. Please share this event with all of your friends, families and everyone else you know and reserve your tickets now!

To reserve your tickets, please visit the Demand Film Event Page here: https://tickets.demand.film/event/1702. Tickets are $20 plus a $1.65 booking fee.

Thank you for supporting this event!

Venue: Village Cinemas Launceston

Event Contact: Alison Jales  alisonjales@hotmail.co.uk

wheelchair access: Yes

Entry Cost: $21.65

 https://www.facebook.com/events/162142937656727/?context=create&previousaction=create&source=2&sid_create=801226666&action_history=[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22create_dialog%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22user_create_dialog%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A[]%7D]&has_source=1

https://tickets.demand.film/event/1702

Jul
26
7:00 pm19:00

Communication and Leadership in Peace with Launceston Toastmasters

  • Launceston College,

Organisation: Launceston Toastmasters Club

Website: https://www.facebook.com/LauncestonToastmasters/

Event: All are welcome to join us at the Launceston Toastmasters meeting on Wednesday 26th July, from 7pm – 9pm, at Launceston College, 107 – 119 Paterson Street, when the theme will be ‘PEACE’. 


Free entry, and a light supper will be served. 


During the evening there will be a couple of short (5 – 7 minute) speeches and some impromptu questions on the theme of 'Peace', as well as fun, friendship and information about Toastmasters, which is an international non-profit educational organisation that aims to help members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. 


Toastmasters empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders, to improve their self-esteem and confidence, develop clear and quicker thinking skills, speak with confidence and enjoy doing so.

Venue: Launceston College, 107 – 119 Paterson Street.

Contact: Emily Morgan: contact-2115@toastmastersclubs.org

wheelchair access: yes

Other Information/Questions: Launceston Toastmasters Club Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month in The Ewington Room at Launceston College, 107 – 119 Paterson Street
7pm to 9pm. (Occasionally there is a change; please contact us to confirm venue location)

https://www.facebook.com/LauncestonToastmasters

Jul
27
7:30 am07:30

Inspiring Women In Business

  • Hotel Grand Chancellor

This month’s Inspiring Women in Business breakfast partners with the Tamar Peace Festival and invites the ever inspiring Rebecca Cuthill to speak about her professional and personal experiences

Event Coordinator: CaitlinHindmarsh@taxinstitute.com.au

 Registration Time:

Member Price: $39.00

Non Member Price: $39.00

CPD hours:1.00

View the event brochure

https://eportal.taxinstitute.com.au/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=38511

     

Contact us

State Office Contacts

Jul
27
4:15 pm16:15

Hearts In Harmony - World Peace Meditation

  • pin Hide Map Launceston Linc Centre, Room 2

Hosted in support of the Tamar Valley Peace Festival, unity among all and the healing wellbeing of our planet and humanity, we invite you to join us for a guided/silent meditation session followed by reflection, music and peace prayers from the World's wisdom traditions.

 

Launceston Tasmania Interfaith/Spiritual Community

http://interfaithtasmania.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/interfaith-tasmania-launceston-art-of.html

Jul
27
6:00 pm18:00

The Relationship between Religion and Individual Rights in a diverse, multicultural community.

  • University of Tasmania

Web - http://www.events.utas.edu.au/2017/july/what-is-the-role-of-religion-in-a-diverse,-multicultural-community

Registrations - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-relationship-between-religion-and-individual-rights-in-a-diverse-multicultural-community-tickets-34903531402

UTAS Forum  with Commissioner Santow

‘What is the role of religion in a diverse, multicultural community? How does freedom of religion interact with the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of a person’s race or sexual orientation? 

 Guests speakers inc - Rodney Croome,  AM is an Australian LGBT rights activist and academic.   The Very Reverend Richard Humphrey, the Dean of St David's Cathedral, Plus former Tasmanian anti-discrimination.  commissioner Robin Banks

Lecture Theatre 9

University of Tasmania Newnham Campus, Newnham Driver, Newnham

Launceston, 7250

Human Rights Commissioner, Mr Edward Santow

Edward Santow commenced his five-year term as Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission in August 2016.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ed was chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a leading non-profit organisation that promotes human rights through strategic litigation, policy development and education.

Ed was previously a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law School and a research director at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. His areas of expertise include human rights, administrative and constitutional law, discrimination and freedom of information.

As Human Rights Commissioner, Ed leads the Commission’s work on marriage equality and other human rights issues affecting LGBTI Australians. Ed also leads the Commission’s work on the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) and he has primary responsibility for the Commission’s work on freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of religion.

Ed is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Australia Pro Bono Centre. In 2009,Ed was presented with an Australian Leadership Award.

Jul
28
10:00 am10:00

Newstead College Peace Gathering

  • Newstead College

Newstead College Peace Gathering

Closed Gathering for school community.

Event Type: College Assembly Format with Guest Speakers. Closed Gathering for school community.

Description: Celebration of Peace through music and speakers. Guest Speaker: Edward Santow - Australian Human Rights Commissioner.

Venue: Newstead College.

Topic:  Freedom and the Individual

Human Rights Commissioner, Mr Edward Santow

Edward Santow commenced his five-year term as Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission in August 2016.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ed was chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a leading non-profit organisation that promotes human rights through strategic litigation, policy development and education.

Ed was previously a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law School and a research director at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. His areas of expertise include human rights, administrative and constitutional law, discrimination and freedom of information.

As Human Rights Commissioner, Ed leads the Commission’s work on marriage equality and other human rights issues affecting LGBTI Australians. Ed also leads the Commission’s work on the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) and he has primary responsibility for the Commission’s work on freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of religion.

Ed is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Australia Pro Bono Centre. In 2009, Ed was presented with an Australian Leadership Award.

Jul
28
12:00 pm12:00

PLACE OF PEACE

  • 11 Frederick Street, Launceston
Image from 2017 event. By Megan Casey

Image from 2017 event. By Megan Casey

PLACE OF PEACE

Friday, July 28, 2017 12:00am-4pm

Saturday, July 29, 2017 12:00am-4pm

Sunday, July 30, 2017 2.00pm-5:00pm

City Baptist Church, 11 Frederick Street Launceston, TAS, 7250Australia 

 

Our church building will be open free of charge on afternoons throughout the Festival weekend - to sit in quietness, to learn about the history, to chat over a cuppa.

11 Frederick Street, Launceston

Contact: Jeff McKinnon jeff@citybaptistchurch.net

wheelchair access: Yes, please see the person on duty.

www.citybaptistchurch.net

Jul
28
12:00 pm12:00

 Scotch Oakburn College Peace Gathering

  • Scotch Oakburn College

 Scotch Oakburn College Peace Gathering

This is a Closed Gathering for school community.

Organisation: Scotch Oakburn College

Event: College Assembly Format with Guest Speakers. Closed Gathering for school community.

Description: Celebration of Peace through music and speakers. Guest Speaker: Edward Santow - Australian Human Rights Commissioner.

Venue: Scotch Oakburn College - Penquite Road, Newstead

Contact: Stuart Walls stuart.walls@soc.tas.edu.au

Human Rights Commissioner, Mr Edward Santow

Edward Santow commenced his five-year term as Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission in August 2016.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ed was chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a leading non-profit organisation that promotes human rights through strategic litigation, policy development and education.

Ed was previously a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law School and a research director at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. His areas of expertise include human rights, administrative and constitutional law, discrimination and freedom of information.

As Human Rights Commissioner, Ed leads the Commission’s work on marriage equality and other human rights issues affecting LGBTI Australians. Ed also leads the Commission’s work on the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) and he has primary responsibility for the Commission’s work on freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of religion.

Ed is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Australia Pro Bono Centre. In 2009, Ed was presented with an Australian Leadership Award.

Jul
28
12:30 pm12:30

PLANTING FOR PEACE

  • Northern Suburbs Community Centre
Planting for Peace 2016 image by Megan Casey

Planting for Peace 2016 image by Megan Casey

'Planting for Peace' will give community an opportunity to come together to paint up a ceramic pot and then plant out some flower or vegetable seedlings to grow at home

A FREE light lunch will be available

Pots, Plants and potting soil will be supplied
 

Venue:  Dover Street, Mowbray

Contact: Denise Delphin manager@nscctas.org.au

Wheelchair access: Yes

www.nscctas.org.au

Jul
28
2:00 pm14:00

Launceston College Peace Gathering

  • Launceston College

Launceston College Peace Gathering

Closed Gathering for school community.

Event Type: College Assembly Format with Guest Speakers. Closed Gathering for school community.

Description: Celebration of Peace through music and speakers. Guest Speaker: Edward Santow - Australian Human Rights Commissioner.

Venue: Launceston College.

Topic:  How can young people change our national conversation to promote a more vibrant, inclusive and civil society?

Human Rights Commissioner, Mr Edward Santow

Edward Santow commenced his five-year term as Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission in August 2016.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ed was chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a leading non-profit organisation that promotes human rights through strategic litigation, policy development and education.

Ed was previously a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law School and a research director at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. His areas of expertise include human rights, administrative and constitutional law, discrimination and freedom of information.

As Human Rights Commissioner, Ed leads the Commission’s work on marriage equality and other human rights issues affecting LGBTI Australians. Ed also leads the Commission’s work on the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) and he has primary responsibility for the Commission’s work on freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of religion.

Ed is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Australia Pro Bono Centre. In 2009, Ed was presented with an Australian Leadership Award.

Jul
28
5:00 pm17:00

University Multicultural Night

  • Old Caf, Building A, Newnham Campus

Organisation: Tasmanian University Union

Event Multicultural food and entertainment festival

Description: Come celebrate diversity under one umbrella. The night will involve performances featuring artists from around the world and tasty food cooked with traditional home recipes. Entry is free and food and drinks can be purchased.

Venue: Old Caf, Building A, Newnham Campus

Contact: Janez Zagoda janez.zagoda@utas.edu.a

Wheelchair access: Yes

Jul
28
5:00 pm17:00

The Kingsway Peace Party

  • The Kingsway
Image by Fakington Wilde

Image by Fakington Wilde

The Kingsway Peace Party

Friday 28th July

5pm till 9pm

Kingsway Launceston.

Join us in Launceston’s own Kingsway to celebrate what Peace means to you.

As part of the 2017 Tamar Valley Peace Festival the Businesses of the Kingsway are opening their doors late so we can celebrate our diverse community, and leading via example our commitment to basic Human Rights and needs. This celebration is also about giving back to our community and this year supporting the hard work done by the Launceston feeding the Homeless organisation. So for the month of July the Kingsway businesses will be accepting non-perishable donations. Then on Friday the 28th July during our Peace Party you can help us load up the donations into the van and send them on their way.

Event Contact: https://www.facebook.com/TheKingsway/

During July Retail outlets in the Kingsway will be collecting non-perishable items for “Launceston Feeding the Homeless”

Kingsway Friday 28th July....

Seagrass Design open late to give you the best of locally designed - ethically made Art and fashion! Come and meet these amazing guys.

7pm

Off Center Cafe- unknown Artist display-
A selection of Martinis and collection point for donations to Launceston Feeding the homeless

8pm
Earthy Eatss will be open all evening
as a " late night soup kitchen"

From 8pm Yyan Ng and Karlin Love will be performing on a range of cultural instruments including the Shakuhachi Flute, Clarinet , guitar and even Taiko drumming !

9pm

Kingsway Bar will be open all evening - with all profits from Little Rivers Brewing Co. Little Rivers beer going to Launceston feeding the homeless

Elliot Courtnage will bring home the evening with his reggae inspired tunes from 9pm till late

An event truly embracing what an inclusive multicultural city Launceston is , thinking local but acting global ❤K

On Friday the 28th of July all that has been donated will be collected and we want to celebrate this with you.

 “Launceston Feeding the Homeless” is a wonderful community initiative and this is a chance for us to give back to you as you give to them. So get on down to the Kingsway during July and donate. Plus, make sure you put Friday the 28th July in your diary so you can help load the truck with the donations and help celebrate with the Tamar Peace Festival

Kingsway Bar, Off Centre - Seagrass Design and Earthy eats are all getting involved with the collection points

Jul
28
5:30 pm17:30

Call for nominations – Tasmanian Human Rights Awards 2017

  • • Scotch Oakburn College, Horton Auditorium

Organisation:  Human Rights Week Committee

Website: http://afairerworld.org/hrw/

During the event "WHY TASMANIA NEEDS A HUMAN RIGHTS ACT"   (click on wording and event will open in a new page) representatives from the Human Rights Week Committee will be giving a short speech to promote the awards and encourage nominations.

There are nine categories recognising outstanding contributions by Tasmanians including School, Print Journalism, Individual, Youth, Organisation, Multicultural, Sport, Mental Health and LGBTI cultural awareness.

Some former award winners will be present and nomination forms and advice will be available. For example, these are the local 2016 winners of statewide awards

  • A Fairer World School Award - Riverside Primary School
  • Angus Downie Print Journalism Award- Doug Dingwall (The Examiner)
  • Lucy Henry Human Rights Award for Mental Health focussed activity - Browns SUPA IGA, Longford
  • Human Rights Individual Award - Joint Winners - Besta Poni Peter & Denise Delphin

Contact for "Call for nominations - Tasmanian Human Rights Awards 2017": Karin Le: karin.le@bigpond.net.au    0407 340 179

Tickets for the event hosting the call for nominations may be made here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/why-tasmania-needs-a-human-rights-act-tickets-34964502769

Why do you need to book tickets to hear more about a Call for nominations....Whilst it is a free event the booking system helps the event organiser keep track of numbers as there are limited seats - so please book your seat if you are coming to learn more about the 'Call for nominations - Tasmanian Human Rights Awards 2017" and/or also coming to hear the panelists speak....

WHY TASMANIA NEEDS A HUMAN RIGHTS ACT

Panel Discussion and Public Forum

Event Description: We hear a lot about freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination. But, really, how well are the rights and freedoms of Tasmanians protected? And what about the right to an education, adequate housing and a clean environment? What happens if one person’s rights conflict with those of another’s? Why do some states have a Human Rights Act and others (like Tasmania) do not? 

Come and hear from a distinguished panel about why we need a Human Rights Act and how it can contribute to building the fair and prosperous future we want for all Tasmanians.

Panellists:
Robin Banks was Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner from 2010 to 2017. She has extensive experience working for the human rights of people with disability, young people, Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, and people experiencing homelessness. 

Kristen Desmond is the mother of three children with disability. She is the former Chair of the national peak body Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA). She founded the Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby and is a former Senior Vice President of Autism Tasmania. She is currently a member of the Tasmanian Education Inclusion Advisory Group – Disability Focus and was a former member of both the Tasmanian Ministerial Taskforce for Improved Support for Children with Disability and the Tasmanian Government’s Autism Advisory Panel. Kristen was named Launceston City Council’s 2016 Citizen of the Year and was a Tasmanian State Finalist in the 2014 Australian of the Year Awards. 

Rodney Croome AM is a long-time LGBTI human rights advocate in Tasmania, nationally and internationally. He is the former national director of Australian Marriage Equality. Rodney fronted the successful campaign in the 1990s to decriminalise homosexuality in Tasmania. He is the author of 'From This Day Forward: Marriage Equality in Australia' (Walleah Press). Rodney was named 2015 Tasmanian of the Year.

Rajan Venkataraman is a Member of the Board of Civil Liberties Australia. For twenty years, he worked with the Australian public service as a policy adviser on international relations and national security . He also served as an Australian diplomat and trade negotiator. Rajan volunteers as a tutor with 26TEN, Tasmania’s adult literacy and numeracy program.

Contact for WHY TASMANIA NEEDS A HUMAN RIGHTS ACT Panel Discussion and Public Forum : Rajan Venkataramanrajan@cla.asn.au

 wheelchair access: Yes

Jul
28
5:30 pm17:30

WHY TASMANIA NEEDS A HUMAN RIGHTS ACT

  • Scotch Oakburn College, Horton Auditorium

Tasmanian Human Rights Act Campaign

Website: http://www.tashumanrightsact.org/

Event Type: Panel Discussion and Public Forum

Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/why-tasmania-needs-a-human-rights-act-tickets-34964502769 

Whilst it is a free event the booking system helps the event organiser keep track of numbers as there are limited seats - so please book your seat if you are coming.

Event Description: We hear a lot about freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination. But, really, how well are the rights and freedoms of Tasmanians protected? And what about the right to an education, adequate housing and a clean environment? What happens if one person’s rights conflict with those of another’s? Why do some states have a Human Rights Act and others (like Tasmania) do not? 

Come and hear from a distinguished panel about why we need a Human Rights Act and how it can contribute to building the fair and prosperous future we want for all Tasmanians.

Panellists:
Robin Ban
ks was Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner from 2010 to 2017. She has extensive experience working for the human rights of people with disability, young people, Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, and people experiencing homelessness. 

Kristen Desmond is the mother of three children with disability. She is the former Chair of the national peak body Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA). She founded the Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby and is a former Senior Vice President of Autism Tasmania. She is currently a member of the Tasmanian Education Inclusion Advisory Group – Disability Focus and was a former member of both the Tasmanian Ministerial Taskforce for Improved Support for Children with Disability and the Tasmanian Government’s Autism Advisory Panel. Kristen was named Launceston City Council’s 2016 Citizen of the Year and was a Tasmanian State Finalist in the 2014 Australian of the Year Awards. 

Rodney Croome AM is a long-time LGBTI human rights advocate in Tasmania, nationally and internationally. He is the former national director of Australian Marriage Equality. Rodney fronted the successful campaign in the 1990s to decriminalise homosexuality in Tasmania. He is the author of 'From This Day Forward: Marriage Equality in Australia' (Walleah Press). Rodney was named 2015 Tasmanian of the Year.

Rajan Venkataraman is a Member of the Board of Civil Liberties Australia. For twenty years, he worked with the Australian public service as a policy adviser on international relations and national security . He also served as an Australian diplomat and trade negotiator. Rajan volunteers as a tutor with 26TEN, Tasmania’s adult literacy and numeracy program.

Venue: Scotch Oakburn College, Horton Auditorium, 85 Penquite Road, Launceston

Contact: Rajan Venkataraman

 rajan@cla.asn.au

Start Date: 7/28/2017

Start Time: 5:30:0 PM

End Time: 7:0:0 PM

 wheelchair access: Yes

 

During the event representatives from the Human Rights Week Committee will be giving a short speech to promote the awards and encourage nominations.

There are nine categories recognising outstanding contributions by Tasmanians including School, Print Journalism, Individual, Youth, Organisation, Multicultural, Sport, Mental Health and LGBTI cultural awareness.

Some former award winners will be present and nomination forms and advice will be available. For example, these are the local 2016 winners of statewide awards

  • A Fairer World School Award - Riverside Primary School
  • Angus Downie Print Journalism Award- Doug Dingwall (The Examiner)
  • Lucy Henry Human Rights Award for Mental Health focussed activity - Browns SUPA IGA, Longford
  • Human Rights Individual Award - Joint Winners - Besta Poni Peter & Denise Delphin

Contact for "Call for nominations - Tasmanian Human Rights Awards 2017": Karin Le: karin.le@bigpond.net.au    0407 340 179

Organisation:  Human Rights Week Committee

Website: http://afairerworld.org/hrw/

Jul
29
8:30 am08:30

Call out to Cycling groups - ride to Harvest

 

We are calling out to Cycling groups in Launceston to be involved in this year’s Tamar Valley Peace Festival. Our idea was to encourage cycling groups to start at a given point that suits them, but to conclude at Harvest Market.

With this ride to take place between 8:30am and 12pm on Saturday the 29th of July 2017.

The intention was not to make more work for any one, but to open up conversations between organisations, promote leadership in peace and to suggest a common finishing location for cycling groups during the Festival weekend.

(Staff at Harvest Market are aware of our intentions to encourage groups to ride to Harvest Market on Saturday the 29th of July.)

One key area of the Festival is to engage community groups in demonstrating, on their own terms, what peace means to them – and the role that their organisation takes in teaching and promoting peace and goodwill.

Jul
29
9:00 am09:00

Harvest Matket UTAS Trip

http://harvestmarket.org.au/start-your-day-the-harvest-way/

http://harvestmarket.org.au/start-your-day-the-harvest-way/

UTAS Student Engagement Leader team and Harvest Market

Event: Students will be given the opportunity to be transported to and form the Harvest Market., from the Newham Campus.

Description: Students will be given the opportunity to be transported to and form the Harvest Market., from the Newham Campus.

Venue: Utas Newham campus/Harvest MArket.

Contact: Emily Newman: unim8slst@gmail.com

Jul
29
10:00 am10:00

Pedal for Peace

  • Starting from Park St Carpark
Image from TBUG FB page.

Image from TBUG FB page.

Pedal for Peace

Is there a better way to feel relaxed and in harmony with your body, bike and your community than a gentle and steady ride around Launceston’s off road bike trails? Join us for a contemplation of how calm and beautiful life in Launceston can be, especially on a bike.

We will start at Park St Royal Park and include some time for contemplation at the Peace Garden opened in honour of former Governor Peter Underwood in 2016.

Everybody is welcome but it is not a learn to ride event. You don’t have to be an Olympic rider but you must be able to ride independently.

The ride will be organised by TBUG qualified ride leaders.

For further information contact Malcolm Reid on 0419107892 or malkanga@bigpond.net.au

 

http://www.tbug.org.au/content.php?page=T-Bug%20Home

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-02/migrant-students-learn-bike-skills/8217812

http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4428940/bike-classes-connect-the-community/

Jul
29
10:00 am10:00

Venerable Lama Samten Weekend Teachings - Day 1 - Mindfulness Meditation

  • Palpung Thigsum Chokyi Ghatsal Buddhist Institute.

Day 1 - Mindfulness Meditation

Saturday July 29th. 10am - 12, 2pm - 4pm

Cost $50 per day

Bookings Essential: email - office@kagyu.org.au PH: 03 6334 9680

Mindfulness in Tibetan is DEN SHI. or BAK YAOD.

DEN means remembering. SHI means knowing. BAK means vigilance. YOAD means to have. This practice is with your body, speech and mind. with being mindful you can sit, come, go and do things. But meditation is much deeper than this. Venerable Lama Samten will spend the day explaining the difference, interspersed with short mediation practice sessions together.

Please bring a plate of vegetarian food for a shared lunch.

 

Jul
29
10:00 am10:00

2017 Peace Festival Creative Arts Workshop

  • The Studio, Queen Vic Museum

Organisation: Interweave Arts

Website: http://interweavearts.com

Event Type: Creative arts project.

Event  Description: this creative arts workshop will have 4 different working stations to choose from. 
1. Timber archway construction. 
2. Yarn wrappings interwoven through archway. 
3. Mini sound instillation's to hang on archway, and to make a noise when people walk through it.
4. Peace poems/passages written on the back of origami paper, then made into a peace crane, to hang on archway.


The Peace Arch will be used as the gateway to 2017 ReMade at the Annex

Venue: The Studio, Queen Vic Museum, 2 Invermay Road.

 Contact: Justine Kelly

 Justine@interweavearts.com.au

Start Date: 7/29/2017

Start Time: 10:0:0 AM

End Time: 4:0:0 PM

wheelchair access: yes

Jul
29
10:30 am10:30

Mandala Writing for All

  • Launceston LINC

Organisation: Byakko Shinko Kai

Website: http://byakko.org

Event Type: This workshop is about writing mandalas of bright, positive words

Event Description: Our words are alive!
A Mandala is an ancient art form. By creating a mandala of bright words we radiate energy filled with harmony, love and gratitude. 
Today, it is adapted as a fun and creative art work through which adults and youth alike can generate vibrations of healing and positive affirmations of peace and gratitude towards fellow human beings, to nature and to God.

Venue: Meeting Room 1, LINC, Launceston

 Contact: Tom Teniswood

windsong@skymesh.com.au

wheelchair access: yes

Jul
29
12:00 pm12:00

PLACE OF PEACE

  • City Baptist Church,
Image from 2017 by Megan Casey

Image from 2017 by Megan Casey

PLACE OF PEACE

Friday, July 28, 2017 12:00am-4pm

Saturday, July 29, 2017 12:00am-4pm

Sunday, July 30, 2017 2.00pm-5:00pm

City Baptist Church, 11 Frederick Street Launceston, TAS, 7250Australia 

 

Our church building will be open free of charge on afternoons throughout the Festival weekend - to sit in quietness, to learn about the history, to chat over a cuppa.

Contact: Jeff McKinnon jeff@citybaptistchurch.net

wheelchair access: Yes, please see the person on duty.

www.citybaptistchurch.net

Jul
29
12:30 pm12:30

Discovering the Peace Within: living from the inside out

  • Room 3 Launceston Linc

Organisation: Brahma Kumaris Australia

Brahma Kumaris Australia is part of a worldwide organisation that is dedicated to helping people to bring into their daily lives their most positive energy and deepest personal values.  To do this, we teach Raja Yoga Meditation as a community service.

Internationally Brahma Kumaris is affiliated with the UN as a non-government organisation with consultative status.  It has been the recipient of seven Peace Messenger Awards from the UN.

Website: www.brahmakumaris.org.au

Event Type: Interactive class teaching the simple technique of Raja Yoga Meditation.

Event Description: Through Raja Yoga Meditation we learn to make our mind our best friend and harness its power.  This brings about newness in the way we think about ourselves and the world we live in.

Contact: Alice Hawrylak, Coordinator Brahma Kumaris Meditation Centre Hobart 03 6278 3788

Participation Cost: By donation

Jul
29
1:00 pm13:00

Poetry Reading

  • Collins Bookshop (upstairs)

Event Type: Poetry Reading

Event Description: Open mic format, probably over a couple of brackets of readings. Come along and read your own work, or a poem you like that illustrates or suggests peace or associated themes.

Venue: Collins Bookshop (upstairs) 93 St John Street Launceston

Event Contact: Cameron Hindrum tpf_inc@yahoo.com.au


Opening hours of your venue: 9am - 3 pm

wheelchair access: Not for the room upstairs that we are using for this event.

Jul
29
3:00 pm15:00

Women Dance For Peace

  • Tasdance Studio

Women Dance For Peace

An opportunity for women of all ages, nationalities and cultures to come together and dance.  There will be disco, Persian music, polka, belly dancing, Macarena and who knows what else?  Dance experience is not necessary, but enthusiasm is!

Saturday 3-5pm

Tasdance Studio 197 Wellington St

Free

Women Only

Contact: Alison Jales 0488 000 602 alisonjales@hotmail.co.uk

Supported by Tasdance

Jul
29
5:00 pm17:00

The Launceston Human Library

  • The Old Uni Café (under Education lecture theatres 1&2 - Map reference BE24)

The Launceston Human Library invites you to come and spend 20mns of peaceful conversation with someone in our community you have not met before.

The Launceston Human Library program was awarded a Tasmanian Human Rights Award in 2014. It brings in to Launceston a methodology developed worldwide which aims at building a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people (from our community) are on loan to readers (you). A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.

Participation is free.

Booking: Anyone can just turn up and read a Human Book on the spot BUT if you want to stay for the Welcome Dinner , you MUST BOOK

Date: Saturday 29 July

Time: 5:00pm 6:00pm

Venue: The Old Uni Café (under Education lecture theatres 1&2 - Map reference BE24)

University of Tasmania, Newnham Campus

Come at 5pm and allow time for a couple of 20mns conversations.

So far, we have the following Human Books  – there may be a few other titles as well, which we will confirm closer to the date.

·         The CARDS I WAS DEALT,- Life is like a game of cards. You can't choose what you're dealt but you can decide how to play them.

·         The CHALLENGE OF LIFE IN A WHEELCHAIR, The - How a spinal trauma changed my life overnight  

·         CLIMBING MOUNT KILIMANJARO, 1969 - Both a physical and a cultural adventure!

·         DISABILITY CAN’T STOP ME I am able to live independently, partly because my parents never gave up on me.

·         LIVING WITH A GUIDE DOG - Since my new friend's arrival, my daily life has changed for the best. Of course, it has come with a surprise or two…

·         MAKING AUSTRALIA MY NEW HOME - I came from Germany to Australia in 1952, to work on the Trevallyn Hydro scheme, and later worked as an Ansett employee. I have had varied life experiences.

·         TEARS FOR THE OPERA HOUSE - What was it that moved me to tears as a migrant ship sailed into Sydney Harbour? (Britishmigrant)

·         The VALLEY OF SEARCH - “The stages that mark the wayfarer’s journey are said to be seven”. My spiritual journeying began with agnosticism and ended with Baha’i. On the way I passed through strange “valleys”.

Note: Anyone can walk in and meet a Human Book (no bookings needed) … but if you are staying for the Welcome Dinner, you MUST BOOK ahead.

Any further information, feel free to contact Mike Mc Causland mmccausl@yahoo.com  or 0497 258 761

The program is an initiative of the City of Launceston.

Consider joining the Welcome Dinner (BOOKINGS REQUIRED) from 6:00 to 9:00pm in the same location (check event on Tamar Valley Peace festival) 

http://www.launcestonhumanlibrary.com.au/

 

Jul
29
6:00 pm18:00

Welcome Dinner

  • The old Uni café ( see map) Under Education lecture theatres 1&2 - Map reference BE24

Welcome Dinner

Saturday, July 29, 2017

6:00pm  9:00pm

Venue : The old Uni café ( see map)  Under Education lecture theatres 1&2 - Map reference BE24

The Welcome Dinner Project is a national initiative that invites established locals and people new to Australia share a meal together. Everyone brings food to share that may be culturally or personally significant. We find that the friendships that begin over a Welcome Dinner help newly arrived people feel welcome in their new community as well as being very rewarding for established locals.

To come to the Peace Festival Welcome Dinner please email andrew@joiningthedots.org

The Welcome Dinner will be held at UTAS , 6pm-9pm on Saturday 29 July. 

The dinner is run by a team of facilitators. Expect a fun night of great food and conversation with people from many different cultural backgrounds. 

The event is free to attend, all we ask is that let us know that you are coming and that you bring a plate of food to share. 

This is an alcohol free event - please don't bring any alcoholic drinks. 

Once you email andrew@joiningthedots.org you'll be sent more details about the event.

UTAS Students participating, Please contact Emily Newman and she will take care of the recruitment and registering of UTAS students

Emily Newman: emily.newman@utas.edu.au

Wheelchair access: Yes

 

Consider arriving early and engage with the Human Library.

#utaslifelaunceston”

Jul
30
10:00 am10:00

Drumming for Unity and Peace

  • Launceston Cataract Gorge

Drumming for Unity and Peace

30th July 2017

10am - 11 am

Launceston Cataract Gorge

Drum circle with drums, percussion and dance group (to be confirmed)

Tassie drum Circle is a free community drum circle that meet twice a month in Launceston and around Tasmania. We promote socialisation, friendship and peace in the community.

The event is by gold coin donation to cover the cost of wear and tear on drums and other equipment and to raise funds for this community drum circle in that they can purchase further drums for the public to use.

Cost of participation: $2.00 donation for coverage of free use of drums and percussion

contact: tassiedrumcircle@hotmail.com or 0439 189 886

Jul
30
10:00 am10:00

PEACE SERVICE

  • 11 Frederick Street, Launceston TAS, 7250 Australia
Image from 2016 Festival. by Megan Casey.

Image from 2016 Festival. by Megan Casey.

PEACE SERVICE

Sunday, July 30, 2017 10:00am

Join us to pray for peace around the world and to worship the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.

 11 Frederick Street, Launceston TAS, 7250 Australia

Contact: Jeff McKinnon jeff@citybaptistchurch.net

wheelchair access: Yes, please see the person on duty.

www.citybaptistchurch.net

Jul
30
10:00 am10:00

VENERABLE LAMA SAMTEN WEEKEND TEACHINGS - DAY 2 Coping with Loss & Grief

  • Palpung Thigsum Chokyi Ghatsal Buddhist Institute

VENERABLE LAMA SAMTEN WEEKEND TEACHINGS - DAY 2 Coping with Loss & Grief. from a Buddhist perspective.

Cost $50 per day

 Bookings Essential: email - office@kagyu.org.au PH: 03 6334 9680

The word "loss" can mean many things. People say I have lost my mind; I have lost my wallet, or my job; I have lost my wife or husband; I have lost my country etc. These general expressions, they mean you are not able to find whatever it is you are looking for and could be quite mild on an emotional level.

However loss can also mean death: natural death or premature death. This is stronger, however both contain grief. Grief literally means the suffering of parting of separating. We don't like change, we don't like parting - we like meeting. the suffering of parting or separating these days is quite common: explosions, airplanes accidents, and other unexpected tragedies.

Venerable Lama Samten will explain how to deal with loss or grief.

Please bring a plate of vegetarian food for a shared lunch.

 

Jul
30
12:00 pm12:00

COMMUNITY KITCHEN - The Filipino women's group.

  • Dining Room of the Inveresk Tavern
An article about the #communitykitchen in issue seven of @lumemag May 2017. Keep supporting this project folks. Cheers. Charlie #inveresktavern#communitykitchen #opendoorsopenarmsopenhearts

An article about the #communitykitchen in issue seven of @lumemag May 2017. Keep supporting this project folks. Cheers. Charlie #inveresktavern#communitykitchen #opendoorsopenarmsopenhearts

COMMUNITY KITCHEN

The Filipino women's group.

  • Sunday, July 30, 2017
  •  From 12pm
  •  Dining Room of the Inveresk Tavern, 13 Dry St Invermay 

Website: www.facebook.com/inveresktavern/

Description: This is part of Launceston's Multicultural Flavours: a culinary and cultural journey.

This initiative is a collaboration between the Inveresk Tavern and Migrant Resource Centre Northern Tasmania Inc.

The aim is to:

  • Help people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds feel welcome, form relationships and integrate into the local community.
  • Provide them with broader social and support networks
  • Raise cross cultural awareness in the community; and
  • Provide an opportunity for groups to raise funds for their communities’ activities.

Wheelchair access: yes

Other information: Meal cost to be advised - menus will be published at https://www.facebook.com/inveresktavern/  

Drinks will be available at the adjoining bar. 

Jul
30
2:00 pm14:00

Songs of Peace at Pilgrim

  • Pilgrim Church
Image by Megan Casey - 2016 Concert held in the Pilgrim Hall

Image by Megan Casey - 2016 Concert held in the Pilgrim Hall

Description: Songs of Peace at Pilgrim with a simple afternoon tea.

Organisation:   Singcognito, Evandale Village Singers, Pilgrim Singers, Pilgrim JAM children including Glen Dhu Primary School Primary School Students

Venue: Pilgrim Uniting Church, Paterson St, Launceston

Contact:   Pilgrim Uniting Church Ph: 6331 8466 (Leave message if necessary for Caroline Ball)

wheelchair access: Yes

Jul
30
2:00 pm14:00

PLACE OF PEACE

  • City Baptist Church,
Image from 2017 event. By Megan Casey

Image from 2017 event. By Megan Casey

PLACE OF PEACE

Friday, July 28, 2017 12:00am-4pm

Saturday, July 29, 2017 12:00am-4pm

Sunday, July 30, 2017 2.00pm-5:00pm

City Baptist Church, 11 Frederick Street Launceston, TAS, 7250Australia 

 

Our church building will be open free of charge on afternoons throughout the Festival weekend - to sit in quietness, to learn about the history, to chat over a cuppa.

Contact: Jeff McKinnon jeff@citybaptistchurch.net

wheelchair access: Yes, please see the person on duty.

www.citybaptistchurch.net

Jul
30
2:00 pm14:00

Open Day and talk with George Goldsteen at the Synagogue St. John’s St

  • The Synagogue
http://www.monissa.com/photos/LC_Synagogue_front.jpg

http://www.monissa.com/photos/LC_Synagogue_front.jpg

Event: Talk and questions at the Synagogue

Description:  Talk and questions at the Synagogue with George Goldsteen

Opening hours of venue: Building open before 2.00pm but please do not seat yourself until just before 2.00pm

Other Information:   Dress warmly

wheelchair access: Yes

Jul
31
5:30 pm17:30

Peace: A Practical Matter

  • Annex Theatre – University of Tasmania. Inveresk

Join alumnus Martin Flanagan as he presents a short film about his father's experience of war and move towards peace and reconciliation in his life.  This will be followed with Martin sharing how this has influenced him, where it's led him and subsequent learnings.

Martin was born in Tasmania in 1955 and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tasmania in 1975.

He has written 16 books, a play and two film treatments. For the past 30 years, he has also written for The Age newspaper on culture, politics and sport – in particular, on the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australia.

When: Monday 31 July 2017, 6:00pm (refreshments from 5:30pm)

Where:Annexe Theatre, Inveresk Campus, Launceston

Register: utasalumni.org.au/peace-2017

https://www.utasalumni.org.au/events?cid=1&ceid=256&cerid=0&cdt=31%2f07%2f2017

 

Aug
1
6:00 pm18:00

When is Peace wrong?

  • Royal Oak

When is peace wrong?

Organisation: Launceston Philosophy Café hosted by the University of Tasmania

Event: Facilitated philosophical discussion

Description: 

The Philosophy Café is a regular opportunity for members of the Launceston community to meet and discuss, in some depth, a philosophical topic of their own choosing. The Café is hosted by philosophers from the University of Tasmania as part of its commitment to ongoing intellectual engagement with the broader Tasmanian community.

As part of the Tamar Peace Festival the Philosophy Café will consider the question: when is peace wrong?

Venue: Royal Oak Hotel, Brisbane St, Launceston

Contact:  Graham Wood

Entry: Free

Aug
7
2:00 pm14:00

Frame by Frame (movie) 2pm screening

  • Launceston College Theatre, (laneway opposite Royal Park)

SAWA (Support Association for Afghan Women)

Website: www.sawa-australia.org

Event: Move – 2 screenings – 2pm and 6pm

Event/Project Description: Frame by Frame, set in a modern Afghanistan bursting with colour and character, Directors Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli follows four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate an emerging and dangerous media landscape reframing Afghanistan for the world, and for themselves. When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, taking a photo was a crime. After the regime fell from power in 2001, a fledgling free press emerged and a photography revolution was born.  In light of foreign troops and media withdrawing (though it now appears Australia will send more troops), Afghanistan has been left to stand on its own, as are its journalists. Through cinema vérité, intimate interviews, powerful photojournalism, and never-before-seen archival footage shot in secret during the Taliban regime, the film connects audiences with four humans in the pursuit of the truth.

 

Venue: Launceston College Theatre, 107 Paterson St. (laneway opposite Royal Park)

 Contact: Ros Lewis

rlewis8@bigpond.net.au   

Start Date 7 August

Start Time: 2pm

Opening hours of your venue: 1.45 for 2.00 

 wheelchair access: Yes

Entry/Participation Cost:  Suggested donation: 2pm gold coin, 6pm $5 or more with all donations going to SAWA (Support Association for Afghan Women) Receipts available at the door.

To help us with organising, please book at

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/frame-by-frame-movie-2pm-screening-tickets-35159351567  

 

All donations go to SAWA-Australia,  a not-for-profit organization to provide Afghan women with education and health services for a future Afghanistan free of fundamentalist violence and foreign interference. It was established in 2004.

It is incorporated in South Australia and coordinates regional groups in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.

It is dedicated to raising funds for human rights, education, nutrition, health, safety, and improving the self-esteem of Afghanistan's women and children, including those who live as refugees in Pakistan. Within these aims SAWA-Australia (SA) is responsible for the financial support of a Vocational Training Centre for illiterate women in Kabul, for a hospital in Farah, Afghanistan's poorest province, for student scholarships given to residents of orphanages and for occasional other projects. Its partners in Afghanistan are RAWA, the Revolutionary Asosciation of the Women of Afghanistan, and OPAWC, the Organization for Promoting Afghan Women's Capabilities.

SAWA is not your ordinary charity. It is operated entirely by volunteers and does not have to use part of its donation income to pay any staff. As a consequence SAWA has extremely low administrative overheads (between 1 and 2%), and all donations given to SAWA-Australia (SA) go to its projects in Afghanistan.

SAWA's strength comes from its members. Annual membership is $20, $10 concession and $5 for students, $100 for organizations. www.sawa-australia.org

                                                                                          

Aug
7
6:00 pm18:00

Frame by Frame (movie) 6pm Screening

  • Launceston College Theatre (laneway opposite Royal Park)

SAWA (Support Association for Afghan Women)

Website: www.sawa-australia.org

Event/Project Type: Move – 2 screenings – 2pm and 6pm

Event/Project Description: Frame by Frame, set in a modern Afghanistan bursting with colour and character, Directors Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli follows four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate an emerging and dangerous media landscape reframing Afghanistan for the world, and for themselves. When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, taking a photo was a crime. After the regime fell from power in 2001, a fledgling free press emerged and a photography revolution was born.  In light of foreign troops and media withdrawing (though it now appears Australia will send more troops), Afghanistan has been left to stand on its own, as are its journalists. Through cinema vérité, intimate interviews, powerful photojournalism, and never-before-seen archival footage shot in secret during the Taliban regime, the film connects audiences with four humans in the pursuit of the truth.

 

Venue: Launceston College Theatre, 107 Paterson St. (laneway opposite Royal Park)

Contact: Ros Lewis

 rlewis8@bigpond.net.au   


Start Date 7 August

Opening hours of your venue:  5.45 for 6

wheelchair access: Yes

Entry/Participation Cost:  Suggested donation: 2pm gold coin, 6pm $5 or more with all donations going to SAWA (Support Association for Afghan Women) Receipts available at the door.

To help us with organising, please book at

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/frame-by-frame-movie-6pm-screening-tickets-35159549158

 

All donations go to SAWA-Australia,  a not-for-profit organization to provide Afghan women with education and health services for a future Afghanistan free of fundamentalist violence and foreign interference. It was established in 2004.

It is incorporated in South Australia and coordinates regional groups in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.

It is dedicated to raising funds for human rights, education, nutrition, health, safety, and improving the self-esteem of Afghanistan's women and children, including those who live as refugees in Pakistan. Within these aims SAWA-Australia (SA) is responsible for the financial support of a Vocational Training Centre for illiterate women in Kabul, for a hospital in Farah, Afghanistan's poorest province, for student scholarships given to residents of orphanages and for occasional other projects. Its partners in Afghanistan are RAWA, the Revolutionary Asosciation of the Women of Afghanistan, and OPAWC, the Organization for Promoting Afghan Women's Capabilities.

SAWA is not your ordinary charity. It is operated entirely by volunteers and does not have to use part of its donation income to pay any staff. As a consequence SAWA has extremely low administrative overheads (between 1 and 2%), and all donations given to SAWA-Australia (SA) go to its projects in Afghanistan.

SAWA's strength comes from its members. Annual membership is $20, $10 concession and $5 for students, $100 for organizations. www.sawa-australia.org

                                                                                          


Jul
19
6:00 pm18:00

Four Years - TOO MANY #EvacuateNow

  • City Park

6pm Wednesday 19 July @ the western (Tamar Street) end of City Park, Launceston in the vicinity of the monkey enclosure. The vigil will last approximately 30 minutes.

Please bring a candle(s) and matches. Wear warm clothes. Groups are also invited to bring banners and tee shirts, etc.

For more information contact: Jeff McKinnon 0403 301 501; jeff@citybaptistchurch.net

Check out our webpage - https://www.communityrun.org/events/evacuatenow-four-years-too-many-vigil

[If the weather is damp - we will hold a vigil/wake in the Royal Oak (downstairs) from 6pm.]

Jun
29
1:00 pm13:00

Towards (certified) 'Carbon Neutrality' at UTAS

  • UTAS, Room A060, Building A

Corey Peterson, University of Tasmania Sustainability Manager

Carbon emissions management – a fraught conversation in a politically charged landscape? Clearly, yes. But, if we ignore the politics and start with the premise that emissions need to be managed/eliminated, what is internationally certified carbon neutrality vs ‘carbon neutral lite’? What is the University of Tasmania’s carbon emissions inventory using international standards? What would it take for the University to become certified carbon neutral? How can staff and students help to operationally address the University’s carbon emissions? How might carbon neutrality support our research, learning and teaching agendas?
In this seminar, Corey Peterson provides an overview of carbon neutral certification and presents the University’s emissions inventory and efforts made to lower our emissions to date. Our own researchers across a wide range of disciplines are documenting the impacts of humanity’s collective carbon emissions and highlighting the need to address these emissions. The 2016 University-wide sustainability survey and the University’s performance benchmarked against Australian peer institutions demonstrate the interest and possibility to be a leader.
Corey Peterson is the University of Tasmania Sustainability Manager, a past President and current Board member of Sustainable Living Tasmania, current Vice President of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, the professional member of the University Council and a passionate advocate for ‘sustainability’ in its many forms.

RSVP andrew.pitt@utas.edu.au

Jun
21
Jul 10

Peace Dove CALL OUT to Schools

This year, in partnership with Launceston LINC, the Tamar Valley Peace Trust invites School students to make a promise to Peace; to write a message or draw an image of what Peace means to them.

We have created a Peace Dove template (attached) on which students can write a message or create an image. Once students have finished being creative with their Peace dove and cut them out, we will hang them in the window at Launceston LINC.

To do:

  • Discuss Peace in class – could be as simple as reading a book.
  • Print enough doves for your students
  • Encourage student’s to express what peace means to them by writing or drawing on both sides of the dove (as they will be displayed on glass and seen from both sides).
  • Ask students to cut out the dove.

Return date: Please have the doves back to Launceston LINC by the end of Term 2

Please email  tamar.peace.festival@gmail.com if you would like your School dove as a PDF and would like more information.

We have placed your School’s logo on the Dove as a way of demonstrating your organisation or school’s role in helping ‘teach’Peace. Or you may use the Dove with no school logos. Due to student privacy and the public location of the final works it is an individual choice regarding the inclusion of the student’s name.

We look forward to seeing the wonderful doves that the students create.

They will be displayed in the ground floor window of Launceston LINC from Monday 10 July until Saturday 5 August 2017.

We urge you to engage your students in this process and a discussion about peace – and the concept of non-violent conflict resolution.  Students may define peace in a range of ways – maybe the absence of bullying, war or domestic violence – or greater cultural or environmental harmony.  The lens they use does not matter: the goal is to think about how they, as individuals, can help create a kinder society.   This message so aptly supports the Education Department’s recently launched Respectful Schools: Respectful Behaviour paper. 

Jun
20
6:00 pm18:00

Free Movie - Constance on the Edge

  • UTAS, Lecture Theatre 9

Filmed over 10 years, Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of one refugee family’s resettlement story in Australia. Visit www.constanceontheedge.com 
DIRECTOR BELINDA MASON • PRODUCER MARGUERITE GREY • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MITZI GOLDMAN • IMPACT PRODUCER ALLISON HENRY

Jun
5
12:00 pm12:00

Extra Mindfulness Meditation Session

  • UTAS Student Centre

Mindfulness Meditation

Things can get a bit stressful towards the end of semester.
Mindfulness meditation is a great way to manage stress and look after yourself! David Lees is offering an extra session next week on Monday in addition to the weekly Tuesday session. Come along and try it out.