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On September 18 and 19, 2010, Cebu City will join over 500 other locations in 80 countries in celebrating Earthdance 2010, the largest synchronized music and dance festival for peace. This year’s theme is “Embracing All Traditions.”
Conceived in 1996, this annual global event calls for peace and unity all over the world using the universally understood platforms of music and dance. The event is aligned with the International Day of Peace celebration.
The 32-hour event will be officially opened with a bike rally headed by Mayor Mike Rama, starting from Ayala Center and capping at Family Park. Activities lined up for Earthdance 2010 include Interfaith Prayers, Interactive Art Installations, Drumming Circle, Traditional Indigenous Healing Therapies, Fire Dancing, Tai Chi, Yoga, Children’s Creative Space, Great Meditation Circle, Art Gallery, and Eco-Wellness Workshops.
A number of Cebu’s most talented artists and musicians will also render performances during the two-day event. There will also be live DJs, ethnic orchestra presentations, rocket stove exhibit, composting and permaculture demonstrations, recyclable materials depot, all-day green market, natural body products to sample, and an array of food choices, among others.
The main highlight of Earthdance 2010 will be the synchronized Prayer for Peace to be held at 7:00 a.m., on September 19, 2010.
The festival is part of a month-long celebration of peace and environmental awareness. On September 10, there will be an Interfaith Symposium on Peace and on September 25, a Peace Parade and Peace Festival will be held at the Cebu Coliseum. On September 11, a Guadalupe River clean up will take place.
The event is free of charge during the day. Tickets for the Saturday night Dance Party cost Php 75.00 for adults and Php 50.00 for students. You can buy tickets at Kukuk’s Nest in Lahug and at the CESDEV office at the University of Cebu main campus. Proceeds of the event will go to the Cebu City Task Force on Street Children and the rehabilitation of the Guadalupe River.
For those who won’t be able to join the event at the Family Park in Talamban, the festivities will be aired live via electronic billboards all over Cebu City and online through www.earthdance.tv.
Earthdance 2010 is held in partnership with the Cebu City Council, the University of Cebu and Bigfoot Studios.