EarthDance (26.09.2009)

26 September 2009, Nicosia

EarthDance is a non-profit organization created in 1996, which uses music, dance and technology to support humanitarian causes. Every year, on September 26, thousands of participants from all over the world join the synchronized Prayer for Peace. EarthDance Festival is the largest globally-synchronized dance event in the world with 300 sites in 60 countries taking part. Cypriot youth from both communities joined thousands of participants from other parts of the world to say in unison a prayer for peace and express the belief that love can change the world.

PeacePlayers-Cyprus and HASDER took an active part in EarthDance 2009 through a bi-communal youth festival in Nicosia. PeacePlayers-Cyprus organized a bi-communal Streetball Basketball Tournament at Phanaromeni School in the Old City in which more than 200 kids took part. For its part, HASDER organized a bi-communal concert with the participation of eight music groups as well as a music exhibition at its Folk Arts Institute near the church of St. Sofia in the northern part of Nicosia. In addition, six dance groups gave various performances, ending in the synchronized EarthDance at 2 in the morning when thousands of people all over the globe simultaneously played in unison the following Prayer for Peace:
"We are one global family. All colors, All races, One world united. We dance for peace and the healing of our planet Earth. Peace for all nations. Peace for our communities. And peace within ourselves. As we join all dance floors across the world, let us connect heart to heart. Through our diversity we recognize Unity. Through our compassion we recognize Peace. Our love is the power to transform our world. Let us send it out now"

Participation in the event was truly impressive as more than 2000 people attended the concert and the dance. The two events aimed to reinforce the ongoing peace talks and empower and educate the youth of Cyprus.

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“The game of basketball and music are two very powerful vehicles in terms of bringing people together,” said Rory O’Neil, Program Director for PeacePlayers-Cyprus.