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Peace.Isn’t.Quiet Festival

At HWS, peace is outspoken and artistic. For the third consecutive year, the Colleges are holding an entire festival to celebrate our pursuit of peace. This year, the Peace.Isn’t.Quiet Festival will be held on Sunday, April 26 from Noon to 8 p.m. on Stern Lawn.

The event’s many student organizers note that, “Due to the amazing impact of the two previous festivals, we are looking to make this year’s third annual peace fest even bigger and better! This event is for everybody interested in promoting and celebrating peace!”

In addition to peace, the day-long festival promotes inclusivity, awareness, love, understanding, expression, music, words, articulation, community, singing, dancing, friends, beauty and laughter.  The promotion of all of these tenets will kick off with the annual Sustainable lunch picnic/solar cookie baking competition, which will be hosted in conjunction with Campus Greens and Americans for an Informed Democracy.

Following the competition, the festival will hold a day full of musical performance, poetry, storytelling and much more. On the Quad, festival-goers will also find vendors, arts and crafts, information booths (with materials from both campus clubs and outside vendors), speakers, performers, yoga, and a full day of active and creative peace-building.

The festival is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring cash if they wish to make purchases from vendors or make art-related donations.

The event’s rain location is the Barn.

Organizers encourage those who perform to attend and those who would like to contribute should direct their e-mails to:


The festival’s performers include:

1. Emma’s Revolution is an award-winning feminist/activist duo known for their “bold, profound, moving, hilarious and transformative” songs on a wide variety of topics including but not limited to: environmentalism, antiwar and nonviolence, civil rights, women’s rights, immigrant issues, lesbian and gay rights as well as global and international issues.

The duo tours internationally and has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Pacifica’s “Democracy Now!” For more information, click here

Dovie Thomason

2. Dovie Thomason is an internationally renowned, award-winning Native American storyteller. She is known for not only her stories connected deeply to the earth and environmentalism, but stories about the necessity and importance of peacemaking. For more information, click here

3. Daughters of Creative Sound is a Buffalo-based group of “storytellers, dancers, singers, and percussionists whose diversity of talents lends itself to a broad-based level of creative expression.” For more information, click here

El Ka Bong

4. El Ka Bong is a local, Geneva-based band that asks: “Do you like unique music that’s easy to dance and chill out to? Have you been discouraged and outraged lately with the state of popular music in the United States? Are you tired of mediocre vocals, non-existent bass lines, canned guitars and choruses that repeat 60 thousand times? If so, El Ka Bong is the band for you.” For more information, click here

5. God-des & She is a Hip-Hop and Soul Duo from the Midwest. God-des & She have morphed into an Intercontinental phenomenon through touring the U.S and Europe. They got their first big break when they made their television debut on the Season 3 finale of Showtime’s hit series “The L Word” and they haven’t looked back since!

God-des & She’s “Love You Better” broke records on MTV’s Logo network holding the #1 most requested spot on the charts for 15 weeks straight! Their video for “Lick it” was banned on MTV, because it was too sexy?! but can now be seen on MTV’s Logo channel. But you get to see them live and unfiltered at Peace.Isn’t.Quiet! For more information, click here.

HWS performers at the festival include:

1. Doc Baker’s Traveling Musicological Extravaganza
2. Samba Percussion by Mariza Pereira ’10
3. Music and stories with Prof. Charlie Temple (and others!)
4. Poetry by Gala Mukomolova ’09

The festival’s activities include:

1. Yoga
2. Sustainability activities with Chaplain Lesley Adams
3. Seedball making and Origami with Sarah Michalak
4. Recycled Art
5. Luminaries
6. Tea & Poetry with HWS Faculty
7. Kissing booth with PRIDE
8. Confession Booth with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship
9. Tie-dying and Solar Cookie-Baking with Campus Greens
10. DIY Clothing swap/alteration station

At the event, festival-goers will also be able to:

-Enjoy delicious and free coffee from the Coffee Shop!
-Hang out with Rochester’s Raging Grannies
-Enjoy products from Geneva’s own Red Jacket Orchards and Normal Breads
-Have their faces painted by a member of the Arts and Social Change House

The sponsors are growing but thus far Peace.Isn’t.Quiet is working with The Progressive Student Union, Campus Greens, Amnesty International, Student Activists for Darfur, Americans for Informed Democracy and the Arts and Social Change house.

The student co-organizing team is comprised of seniors Jacqui Sands, Gala Mukomolova, Ben Michalak and Jennie Seidewand.