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SGI-Denmark Participates in the "Gandhi+Festival" in Copenhagen

Kenneth Balfelt (middle)

Between January 19 and March 2, 2007, SGI-Denmark participated in the "Gandhi+Festival," a series of events held at the Vanloese Culture House in Copenhagen, coordinated by artist Kenneth A. Balfelt. Mr. Balfelt is well known in Denmark for his progressive art using innovative means, including dialogue, to communicate about social issues such as homelessness, immigration and drug use.

60 people attended the February 25 event hosted by SGI-Denmark, entitled "Ordinary People are Those Who Create Sustainable Living" and focusing on the Earth Charter. Kim Henriksen of SGI-Denmark gave an explanation of the Charter and introduced excerpts of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's proposal on education for sustainable development. Guests then listened to a viola recital while viewing the "Seeds of Change" exhibition, created by SGI in collaboration with the Earth Charter Initiative. Next the film A Quiet Revolution highlighting individuals taking action for change around the world was screened. The session concluded with a dialogue about the Earth Charter and the values needed for sustainable living. Dr. John Avery, head of the Danish Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and president of the Danish Peace Academy, was among those who attended.

070225den_seeds_exh.jpg Visitors to the "Seeds of Change" exhibition
070225den_quiet_rev_disc.jpg Informal discussion following screening of A Quiet Revolution

A poster version of the "Seeds of Change" exhibition was on display from February 7 until March 2 in the corridor adjoining the Gandhi Room where the Festival events were hosted.

[Adapted from a report from SGI-Denmark]