Theme of respect for Tamar Valley Peace Festival

PEACE TREES: Fenella Edwards, Caroline Williams and Debbie Clark during last year's Tamar Valley Peace Festival. Picture: Paul Scambler
PEACE TREES: Fenella Edwards, Caroline Williams and Debbie Clark during last year's Tamar Valley Peace Festival. Picture: Paul Scambler

The many forms of respect will be explored as part of this year’s Tamar Valley Peace Festival.

More than 60 events are scheduled for the annual celebration, including a mix of different workshops and forums.

The 2018 theme of respect is set to be highlighted at the festival fundraiser on July 31, for which the newly renovated Star Theatre will host a special screening of Pride.

Set in the summer of 1984, the film tells the story of how UK gay and lesbian activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers.

Star Theatre venue manager Lee Bailey said it was “an honour” to be involved in the festival.

“We’re hoping we can build an ongoing relationship to become part of what they do,” she said.

“Films have always been a really good way to get a message across to people.

“There are so many films with strong messages, and Pride is definitely one of them.”

The fundraiser will be followed by a free event featuring poet, lawyer and feminist, Sara Mansour.

Presented through the Institute for the Study of Social Change, The Future of Feminism and Diversity: A Conversation with Sara Mansour will delve into diversity within communities, as well as the #metoo movement and feminism.

Ms Mansour will be joined by ISC deputy director and gender equity expert, Dr Meredith Nash for the discussion, which will be held at the Annexe Theatre from 6pm on August 1.

The festival is set to welcome another special guest on Friday, August 3, with director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson to speak at Scotch Oakburn College.

The subject of Dr Nelson’s talk is ‘Although leadership cannot be taught, it can be learned. The power is in the story.’.

Entry to the event is free.

  • For more information on this year’s Tamar Valley Peace Festival, including a full list of events and how to get involved, go to www.tamarcommunitypeace.org.au.