Colleagues at Kidderminster College came together on Saturday 21 September to mark the United Nations’ International Day of Peace with their MAS Lab World Peace Concert.
“The international day of peace is a United Nations initiative, established in 1981 and observed globally on the 21st September. It is a shared day for all humanity to commit to peace above all difference and to celebrate building a culture of peace.”
– Kev Gammond, MAS Lab Curator
The event, which was free to attend, brought together artists, musicians, authors and speakers for a day of shared celebrations. The diverse range of traditional, local, distant and unique cultures showed what peace means and demonstrated how it can inspire and improve everyday lives and local communities.
The soundtrack to the day was provided by Kidderminster’s own Black Country Brass, who performed moving renditions of a collection of national anthems from around the globe. Human rights activists Todd Maforimbo and David Shuck delivered thought-provoking talks and renowned poet Keisha recited poems addressing the need to be at peace with ourselves so that we are able to be at peace with others.
“This is probably one of the biggest recent news stories for Kidderminster College, drawing together many regional and international partners on an international event… it’s big stuff.
It is of the times we live in globally, it feels the college is making a statement of peace when there are many things that divide us – peace is so fragile and often taken for granted.
Throughout the day staff demonstrated their commitment & empathy towards humanity on a global scale and showed what it means to our learners. Their passion and vigour for an international event is something I haven’t seen in education for a long time.”
– Palvinder Singh, Deputy Principal, Kidderminster College
MAS Records & MAS Lab
Kev Gammond founded MAS (Mighty Atom Smasher) Records, a non-profit music development programme based in Kidderminster, in 2001. The label has partnerships with local education authorities across the UK and has Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs), Robert Plant (ex-Led Zeppelin) and Karl Hyde (Underworld) as its patrons.
The initiative combines industry knowledge and experience with education to give our young people the very best learning experience and prepare them for the wider industry.
Kev launched his latest project, MAS Lab, last year with the purpose of bringing communities closer together through the promotion of social and political causes both locally and nationally.
You can find out more about MAS Records here as well as an hour-long livestream of the event, which includes an inspirational address of UK gangs and knife crime from Dr Ross Deuchar, on Kidderminster College’s Facebook page here.
In 2020, Kidderminster College and MAS Lab will be joining forces with organisations across the UK to combat criminal gang-related activities.
Partnerships with The Ubuntu Roundtable Project will connect young people with local police authorities to open a discourse about issues in local areas, bringing communities together to reduce the risk of criminal activity.
Our thanks go to our colleagues at #TeamKC for organising an enlightening and inspiring event. We all look forward to hearing about the continued positive impact on our learners and the community.