the little big peace event was founded in 2011 by Mel Larsen. It was (and still is) created and managed entirely by volunteers.
The founding 2011 team was: Louise Abbotts, Lisa Balkissoon, Ann-Marie Baptiste, Anna Godsiff, Mel Larsen, Anna Nolan, Zoe Robinson, Joyce Serwah, Ben Spencer, Tim Ridley, Jane Woolner, Philip Valentino.
To find out more about us and why we do it watch our 2011 video.
“The little big peace event sets out to explore the culture and concept of peace in an inspiring and open-minded atmosphere. The event aims to draw in the local and wider community, both as participants and event goers. At its heart is the idea of inclusiveness and acceptance. This is peace in its widest sense – not just political, but personal too”
The festival was originally inspired by an amazing organisation called:
In September 1999 Jeremy Gilley founded the film project Peace One Day to document his efforts to create an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence with a fixed calendar date. In 2001, Peace One Day achieved its primary objective. United Nations General Assembly resolution (A/Res/55/282) was unanimously adopted by UN member states, formally establishing an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace, fixed in the global calendar on 21st September.
With the day in place, Peace One Day’s aim now is to institutionalise Peace Day across the world so it becomes self-sustaining. Not only has Peace Day been proved as a catalyst for broad-ranging civil society action by individuals and groups in every country of the world, but also for life-saving activities.