About 400 people attended this year’s Imagine Peace festival on Lantau Island at the weekend.
The two-day event was timed to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21.
Highlights included fire-dancing, gong bath healing, kite-making, gorgeous sounds by Japanese musicians Cro-Magnon plus stomping drumming sets by local groups Salvaje and The African Peace Drummers.
The Imagine Peace organisation was founded by Lantau resident Kay Sugisaki.
It is committed to building peace and community in Hong Kong.
The festival is run entirely by volunteers and raised funds this year for the Nepal relief effort.
Kay told Around DB in January that Imagine Peace was inspired by Japan’s 3/11 earthquake and the impact it had on Kay’s home country and beyond.
“I chose the name Imagine Peace because what we imagine (and envision clearly) we make real,” she says.
The Cathay Pacific flight crew member who lives in Pui O said she hoped the festival reminded people it was easy to be kind.
“Each of us can do a little bit of good. I don’t have a big agenda. I don’t meditate; I’m not a yoga teacher. I’m not even a vegetarian,” she comments with a laugh. “But in some way I manage to be ‘good’.”
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Photographs courtesy Imagine Peace