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Back to listDec 8, 2005

SGI-Spain Holds General Meeting and First Youth Peace and Culture Festival

A Spanish dance opens the show

On December 4, SGI-Spain held a general meeting and its first youth peace and culture festival at a convention center in Madrid. Some 2,000 gathered from all 17 states in Spain.

SGI-Spain has grown by twenty-fold in 14 years, as a result of members' sincere and genuine efforts. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message, in which he praises SGI-Spain members' dedication that has developed trust and understanding of the SGI in society. Club of Rome Honorary President Dr. Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner and Mr. Vicente Ferrer, founder and head of Vicente Ferrer Foundation, a humanitarian NGO in Spain, also sent messages.

Modern dancers in an original choreography inspired by "Guernica," a mural by Pablo Picasso depicting the saturation bombing of the civilian target of Guernica, Spain, by the Nazi Luftwaffe in late April 1937, in which 1,600 people were killed

At the general meeting, SGI-Spain national leaders spoke, respectively. SGI-Spain Youth Division Chief Juan Garcia Ito expressed his hopes that SGI-Spain youth would further advance peace and friendship in society through applying the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. During the festival, members performed modern, traditional flamenco and ballet dances and songs in the motif of the peace struggles of renowned Spanish painter Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and the great cellist and conductor Pablo Casals (1876-1973). The event closed with everyone singing SGI-Spain's original theme song.

Grand finale of the SGI-Spain Youth Peace and Culture Festival