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Sting to headline celebrations for Peace One Day’s 20th anniversary at Shakespeare’s Globe

COMPOSER, singer-songwriter, actor, author and activist Sting will headline celebrations for Peace One Day’s 20th anniversary at Shakespeare’s Globe on September 21, 2019.

This year, Sting was recognised by the BMI Pop Awards for his enduring hit single Every Breath You Take as the Most Performed Song on radio, and he will close the concert with a special performance for Peace Day.

The not-for-profit organisation, led by founder Jeremy Gilley began in 1999, with his vision of creating a day of ceasefire and non-violence with a fixed calendar date – Peace Day.

The UN made this vision a reality in 2001 by unanimously declaring September 21 as the International Day of Peace. By last year over a billion people were aware of the day and ceasefires have been brokered in some of the most violent regions of the world.

Twenty years after it was launched, Sting will join a host of stars to look back at Peace One Day’s achievements. The day-long celebration will comprise panel discussions and readings, culminating in a one-off concert on the Globe stage to honour those who have inspired people around the world to observe the day through peaceful activities and actions.

Sting said: “It is a pleasure to perform in celebration of Peace One Day’s efforts to bring the world together on this day of unity. Having travelled the globe through my career, I’ve seen first-hand how music can unite communities.”

Joining Gilley at the Globe will be Peace One Day Ambassadors, actors Jude Law, Sir Mark Rylance and Juliet Rylance, musicians Jack Savoretti, Emeli Sande and Will Young, and key peace advocates including Ahmad Fawzi the United Nations Strategic Communication Expert, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC Commonwealth Secretary-General, Dr Scilla Elworthy founder of the Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct, Pastor Dr James Wuye and Imam Dr Muhammad Ashafa.

Jeremy Gilley said: “It is incredibly moving to be celebrating our Peace One Day 20th year with the support of Sting. Peace One Day’s mission has been to establish a Peace Day with a fixed calendar date, prove it could reduce violence in areas of conflict, homes, workplaces, local communities and now our goal is to institutionalise this day with three billion people being aware by 2025. It’s inspiring to have the key supporters coming back together for this show from the 20 years of work”.

Read more about Peace One Day.

To book tickets, visit www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/peace-one-day-the-20-year-celebration/.