No War Just Peace on the Korean Peninsula!
2017 Hope and Justice
Cultural Festival in Toronto
Featuring the Film Blue Butterfly Effect
Saturday, December 9 — 3:00 pm
Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston Ave.
Child care provided.
Organized by: Hope 21
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The 6th Hope and Justice Cultural Festival is coming!
The Korean youth and student organization Hope21 is hosting the annual Hope and Justice Cultural Festival on December 9, at the Palmerston Library located in the heart of Koreatown near Bloor and Christie. This year’s theme is “No War Just Peace” focusing on the hope for peace in Northeast Asia where tension is rising due to the deployment of the U.S. army’s missile defense system (terminal high altitude area defence — THAAD), U.S.-ROK-Japan military exercises and the DPRK’s nuclear tests.
The program includes the screening of the film Blue Butterfly Effect. This award-winning documentary tells the story of the fierce protests by the people of Seongju against the government’s decision to deploy its THAAD in their backyard. At first, they were concerned about the exposure to radiation from the system’s powerful radar emissions. However, over time, they began to learn more about THAAD and the severe threat it poses to geo-political relations in the region. The blue butterfly has been taken up as a symbol of peace by those who are part of this struggle. English subtitles provided. Here is the trailer:
There will be musical performances as well. The Sorimori Canada and Bichwojune Korean folk music bands will open the event with an exciting Korean percussion performance, followed by storytelling performed by Mr. Yusuke Tanaka who is a member of Saving Article 9, a group working to preserve Article 9, the anti-war clause in Japan’s constitution. Another folk music ensemble, Isshin Daiko is going to be playing traditional Japanese instruments like taiko (drum) and fue (bamboo flutes) to entertain the audience. Refreshments will be provided after the event.
This festival is free of charge in the hope that more people will join and show their solidarity with the cause of the event — peace in Northeast Asia. However, volunteers and donations are welcome.