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City to host a festival of peace; EVENT TO FEATURE BANDS AND DANCE GROUPS.

Byline: EMMA STONE

COVENTRY is hosting a "Peace One Day" festival on Saturday to mark the United Nations' International Day of Peace.

The festival takes place from noon to 8pm under the canopy in Cathedral Lanes, in the City centre.

The event, organised by the Coventry Youth Council and supported by the City Council's youth service, will feature local bands, including the Underdogs, the Bombdogs and Fine Line - the winners of the Coventry Youth Service Youth Festival, held in the Memorial Park in July.

Local dance groups, including Kombat Breakers, will also perform.

A peace wall will be put up for members of the public to write their own messages of peace, and people will be able to add their names to a peace petition.

John Daziel, a DJ from Kix 96.2fm, will be hosting the event, as well as reading out Coventry citizen's messages of peace from the peace wall.

City children will also be reciting their own messages for peace.

The aim of the day is to raise global awareness of the United Nations International Day of Peace.

Cllr Nick Nolan, leader of Coventry City Council, said: "Our city has a proud reputation for peace, understanding and reconciliation, so I'm full of praise for the efforts of the young people who have worked hard to put this event together.

"Peace is worth celebrating and the events in Coventry will draw the important link between our community and those in other nations across the globe."

Coventry Youth Council was established in 1999 as the voice of young people in Coventry to provide a link between them and Coventry City Council.
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