Peace and Disarmament

Back to listFeb 27, 2010

SGI-Argentina Hosts Peace Festival


100306argentina_cultural-fes.jpg Festival's grand finale

On February 27, 2010, SGI-Argentina held a culture festival at a stadium in Buenos Aires to commemorate Argentina's bicentennial and the Soka Gakkai's 80th anniversary.

Over 10,000 attended the festival, including Dr. Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, 1980 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Presidency Under-Secretary- General Gustavo López; and Minister of Education Alberto Sileoni. Other guests included University of Buenos Aires Rector Rubén Hallú and Lidia de Pugliese, widow of the late Argentine tango maestro Osvaldo Pugliese.

100306argentina_tango.jpg SGI-Argentina members perform tango

In his remarks, Rector Hallú expressed his belief in the importance and value of SGI-Argentina's various activities for peace, culture and education. Similarly, Dr. Esquivel commended SGI-Argentina for bringing hope and a vision of peace to society and shared his wish for future generations to embody this same spirit.

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message congratulating the SGI-Argentina members on the holding of the festival and expressed his respect for their ongoing contributions to the betterment of society.


[Adapted from an article in the March 6, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]