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Peace Garden at St. Louis Earth Day Festival will feature world music, dance, poetry and hugs!

A melting pot of musicians, poets and dancers will gather and perform in Forest Park on the grounds of the Muny during the St. Louis Earth Day Festival April 21 and 22, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The performances, to be held in a unique space called the Peace Garden, will include dancers, storytellers, a drumming circle and more.

The headline performance on Saturday, April 21, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm is Gitana Productions’ presentation of We The People of the Planet, an artistic celebration of unity through live world music, dance, poetry and even hugs! Volunteers from many social and cultural backgrounds will carry “Free Hugs” signs to promote our common bond as caretakers of each other and planet earth.

PEACE GARDEN SCHEDULE AT ST. LOUIS EARTH DAY
SATURDAY, APRIL 21 (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Victor Farwell of Moon Tribe: Opening ceremony, meditation for peace
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Paneurhythmy: Dance to sacred music of the soul
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Interplay: Community play through expressive arts, storytelling and movement (Jori Martinez)
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Gitana Productions: We The People Of The Planet a celebration of unity through live world music, dance, poetry and hugs!

We The People Of The Planet will feature local poets and musicians Farshid Ethinko Soltanshah (world strings), Tahira Mari (vocals and dance), Gary Sykes (drums), Jerome Williams (Alto Sax) and Baba Mike of the Unity Ensemble (musical director, world drums, steel pan and horns.)

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Faye Folkie and Sonia: Storytelling of peace and laughter exercise
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Paneurhythmy: Dance to sacred music of the soul
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Shanti: Sufi dance instruction, Dances of Universal Peace 50th anniversary
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Jabula: Drumming circle
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Amalghemy: Closing celebration and meditation

ABOUT GITANA PRODUCTIONS
Gitana Productions, Inc. is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural awareness and collaboration using music, dance and drama in the St. Louis region. Gitana events present a rarely seen diversity of international and local artists exhibiting an array of traditional and innovative artistic expressions. Gitana also developed Global Education through the Arts, a community project that uses the arts to promote intercultural competence among economically challenged youth living in South St. Louis and Ferguson. For more information, visit www.gitana-inc.org or contact Gitana Productions at (314) 721-6556.

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