ABOUT Celebrate Life Events
Join the party and celebrate life!
What can every single one of us celebrate? Something we all have in common, no matter what our age, background or birth place? Life of course!
And what makes a celebration enjoyable? Music, dance, food, and good company - and this is exactly what Celebrate Life events are all about.
More than just a great night out…
Celebrate Life organises ultra-friendly, multicultural events with a twist. Each one is carefully crafted to take you on a journey, leaving you in a different frame of mind than when you first walked through the door.
As organisers we’ve learnt that there are some things you can’t actually organise. All you can do is put the right pieces in place, set the stage (literally) and let the magic do its work.
A powerful mix
People talk about the power of music, but what is that power? How does music make you feel?
Art is a tool of expression, and when the artistry of music, dance, storytelling and film are expressing something very real and human, then something unusual starts to happen.
Each musician and performer at each one of our events is, in a sense, a part of the Celebrate Life team - not just a paid performer doing a gig. Their unique expression creates the pixels which make up a bigger picture, a universal message that weaves through every set. Unity, humanity, inner strength, co-existing peacefully, celebrating our cultural differences and sharing our fundamental similarities.
How do we know it works?
Look around at a Celebrate Life event and you'll see this isn’t some fanciful theory, it’s being put into practice right now - not only are the musicians collaborating from across unexpected countries - even countries which may actually be at war with each other - but the audience is also an extremely diverse mix of ages and cultures. Not even we have worked out where they all come from (although we have noticed they keep coming back)!
The more the merrier
Whoever you are, and wherever you're from you'll find a very warm welcome at our next Celebrate Life event. All we ask is that you come with an open mind and an open heart...and help us get the party started!
‘For me, such an opportunity is golden. It is a rare occasion that cultural diversity is celebrated musically in such an accessible way.’
~Rachel Hayter (flautist)
'Music is a powerful weapon for peace.'
~ Dele Sosimi, (Afrobeat)
‘I love to contribute to something which is bigger than me, and today it’s very much like that. I’m extremely privileged to be chosen to be a part of it and am humbled by the whole experience.’
~Siemy Di (percussionist)
What People Say:
'Coming to something like this opens your heart, and you go back home with a little bit of peace.’
'I love the whole
idea of this event, that it's bringing together diverse cultures and it's a celebration of those cultures that seem separated. I'm from South Africa so this is something which really resonated
'The whole atmosphere in this place has been wicked. I'd definitely come again 100%'
‘I came to
your event a month ago and I found it extraordinary. I just wanted to come back again and feel
'I'll take away
the message: 'You are looking for peace, and peace is looking for you. Be still, so that the peace can find you!'
- what a line!'
‘I saw many
faces of that multicultural integration that I haven't seen before in my lifetime’
'We'd like more
events like this.
A good cause and good fun!
was called Songs to Inspire, and it definitely inspired
me a lot!'
'It was the
most enjoyable evening for a long time!'
'Great idea. Should have more events like this.'
was a wonderful
What we do:
MUSIC & PEACE EVENTS
We collaborate with artists, communities and groups for mulit-cultural music events which also contain dance, spoken word, film, storytelling and art.
Each event contains a message of peace, togetherness and humanity whether that be through the performance itself or through short film.
CINEMA & FILM
All our events contain an element of film, even if it's just a slideshow on the wall, but some of our events have film as the main focus.
Our first cinema event was at The Ritzy in Brixton, showing the UK premiere of 'Peacemakers' a conversation between Jeremy Gilley, founder of Peace One Day, and Prem Rawat, Ambassador of Peace.
We have been collaborating with the Little Big Peace Festival in Streatham for four years now, and this past year we branched out and organized a mini World Music Festival in Battersea Park. So far we have met with great success and we plan to branch out into other festivals in the coming year.
We regularly organise fundraisers for charities that are making a genuine difference. Our favourite is 'Food for People' which has facilities in Ghana, India and Nepal. We collaborate with other charities too, and most of our events have a variety of charities represented on information tables at the back.
The past year has seen some highly successful collaborations with the UK Rwandan Community, lead by Patrice Shema, himself an artist.
The events featuring traditional song, dance and above all a message of hope and forgiveness, have attracted a lot of attention, encouraging more for the future.
All our events are documented by a professional film crew, and thanks to our resident editor and budding filmmaker, Wendy Lewis, short films are made from each event. These have meant that the reach of the events extend far beyond the night itself. Plans for more extensive documentary films are underway.