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Festival for Peace: Music, Forums & Workshops

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The Festival for Peace is a five-day family-friendly event proudly presented by 'A Chorus of Women'.

It will be staged at Albert Hall from the 28th April to 2nd May and feature a fantastic range of music, poetry, forums, workshops and children's activities.

The centrepiece of the festival programme is the world premiere of 'A Passion for Peace' by Canberra poet and composer, Glenda Cloughley.

The choral and dramatic work pays tribute to the courageous women who staged the 'International Congress of Women' in The Hague, in April–May 1915.

The event featured the participation of 1200 women from warring and neutral nations. Attendees included Nobel Peace Prize winners Jane Addams and Emily Greene Balch, as well as Lida Gustava Heymann, Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, Emily Hobhouse, Chrystal Macmillan, Rosika Schwimmer and Emilia Fogelklou.

Together the women discussed how to end the First World War and create conditions for a sustainable peace.

The performance will feature a chorus of over 50 women, the Arawang Primary School Choir, and many of Canberra's finest soloists and musicians, with musical direction by Johanna McBride.

Another highlight of the festival is the 'Songs of Passion and Compassion', which features all new compositions by Judith Clingan AM and Honey Nelson. It will be performed by a Festival Ensemble of 10 fine singers and instrumentalists, with musical direction by Judith Clingan.

There are also a range of public forums, informal conversations, family concerts, children's storytelling displays and much more to enjoy over the five days.

You can view the complete programme of events here.

Tickets for the events are now on sale; click here to proceed with a booking.

For more information on the programme, special guests and ticketing, please visit

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When: 28 April - 2 May
Where: Albert Hall, Constitution Avenue, Canberra
Cost: Up to $35 (depending on event)
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