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Leamington Peace Festival

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June 2009, Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa

Peace FestivalOne of the UK's longest running free festivals; The Leamington Peace Festival aims to promote peace and equality between people and nations while living in harmony with the environment. The Festival is an opportunity for local artists, campaigners, community groups and Leamington people to come together to share two days of inspiration and celebration. This year's festival will feature two entertainment areas, children's & workshop tents, over 120 stalls – Peace Festivalcharities, activists, spiritual groups, healers, crafts and fairtraders.

The festival will kick off with some young local talent on the Marquee stage at 11am on Saturday and the music will continue throughout the weekend including performances from Manpoints!, Self Made Maniac, Powderblue, Seize the Day, The Pockets, and Kate Goes and many more. The Heels, an 8 piece instrumental ska and reggae group from Birmingham, will be closing the festivities at 5.20pm on Sunday.

There will be more sounds on the bandstand with Freaky Karma, Sarah Ruddick, Desert Adventures, Susan Richardson, Mothers Jam, Rory McLeod, Lewis Garland & the Kett Rebellion and Sambassadors of Groove as well as many more.

Throughout the weekend there will be free art & craft workshops, tai chi, Belly Dancing and Indian Head Massage. Also this year sees the Peace Fesitival's first ever solar cPeace Festivalinema showing short films and clips about Peak Oil and how we can make the transition towards a sustainable, low carbon lifestyle and economy.Leamington Peace Festival

There is plenty to keep the younger children amused in the Kids Tent, a Magic, Music and Laughter Show with Kristoff the Clown, juggling workshops, button jewellery making, ceramic painting and much more.

And always at the heart of the festival, there will be a wide variety of charities and campaigning stalls, plus talks from both stages between bands with suggestions as to what you can do to help make the world a better place. Speakers will include representatives from Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth, One World Link, CND, Stop the War, Action 21 and many more.

For more information see the website www.peacefestival.org.uk

If you would like to volunteer over the weekend, the committee would love to hear from you - please email info@peacefestival.org.uk or phone 0845 388 4207 for more details.