MASLAB – World Peace Day – 21/09/19 21/09/2019


Heralded by MAS Lab and Kidderminster College, World Peace Day arrived at #TeamKC, bringing together regional, national and international partners, artists and speakers dealing with World Peace Day topics.


As a college we are all concerned to look out beyond boundaries for inspiration, especially at this moment.

As we lead the way in collaboration with others combating County Lines, drug dealing, serious youth violence and knife crime, when our culture is in danger of folding in on itself, now is the time for us to find different outlets through events for our staff and students, driving new perspectives -these can be excellent teachers of humility.

It can be excruciatingly difficult for artists from certain countries, especially those in Africa and the Middle East, to obtain the necessary visas to visit Britain even when responding to an invitation. Kidderminster College have booked JJ Vibez Music Group from the Kadoma School For The Blind in Zimbabwe for World Peace Day.

At this moment in time Kidderminster College staff and students can ill afford to narrow it’s cultural horizon and not attend this one-off event.

Let’s all welcome our overseas friends with open arms on World Peace Day at Kidderminster College.


MAS Lab Curator Kev Gammond says: “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.


The MAS Lab curator wants us all to ‘think big globally in art and life on this special day in Kidderminster’ – his friends and patrons; Robert Plant, Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Bev Bevan (ELO) all support World Peace Day with love and peace of mind.


The much anticipated #WorldPeaceDay event at Kidderminster College brought together thought-provoking talks, evocative stories, short films and performances from both traditional, local, distant and unique artists in a celebration of what peace means and how we can utilise it to inspire and improve both our everyday lives and our community.

With music provided by our own local Black Country Brass, who gave a moving rendition of a collection of national anthems from around the globe, the day moved on to a series of talks and performances from human rights activists, Todd Maforimbo, our Midlands Peacekeeper, David Shuck and renowned poet Keisha, who addressed the need to be at peace with ourselves so that we are able to be at peace with others.


In 2020 MAS Lab will be collaborating with organisations across the UK, focused on combating criminal gang-related activities. In anticipation of next year’s focus, MAS Lab welcomed special guests Blaire Kirk Adderley and Mark Murray from the prestigious Tutu Foundation and Youth Futures anti-knife crime and serious youth violence team who shared their experiences of the Round Table initiatives in London. Author and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the West of Scotland, Dr Ross Deuchar, gave an inspirational address focusing on UK Gangs and Knife Crime, which you can check out on our Facebook.


A huge thank you to everyone who performed, took part and attended this inspirational gathering. Make sure you check out our social channels for pictures of the day, and give us a follow for news of next MAS Lab event:

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