Document referenceD1036
Level of description Fonds
TitleCardiff and Vale Peace Festival, Records
Creator(s)Cardiff and the Vale Peace Festival
BackgroundThe South Glamorgan Peace Network (now known as Cardiff and the Vale Peace Festival) was established at the instigation of South Glamorgan County Councillors in 1983/4 to encourage the people of the County, and especially its children, to explore ideas about peace, the environment and human rights.

The cornerstone of the Peace Festival has always been the annual Poems and Posters for Peace competition for the schoolchildren of the counties, in which children are asked to write a poem or produce a picture illustrating their ideas on a theme suggested by the Festival organisers. Between 1,500 and 2,000 entries are received each year from schools throughout Cardiff and the Vale. Welsh medium schools have been particularly well represented. The competition has become an established event in the school calendar. Prizewinners and their families were traditionally invited to a presentation in South Glamorgan County Hall in the autumn. In recent years, this ceremony has been alternately hosted by the Leader of the Vale Council and the Lord Mayor of Cardiff.

For many years the Festival was an annual week-long event in the Hayes based at the Peace Caravan and run by volunteers. Bands, clowns, dancing, poetry reading and face painting took place alongside the Poems and Posters competition. Following the introduction of the Local Government Act which limited local authorities political involvement the main festival was shorted to a weekend event before being confined to the current format of the the annual Poems and Posters for Peace competition.

In 1995 a book was published to celebrate the Festival's 10th anniversary entitled 'All We Are Saying', an anthology of children's work. This book was cited by Community Enterprise Wales as an excellent example of community enterprise work.

The aims of the Festival are to:

Encourage children throughout Cardiff and the Vale to explore ideas about topics such as peace, the environment, human rights, international understanding and co-operation, justice and the distribution of the world's resources. (Throughout the years themes have ranged over, for example, 'Growing the Garden of Peace', 'Who Cares?', 'A Friend in Need', 'You and I'.)

Help children to become aware of discrimination and ways of combating discrimination, both within and beyond their own communities.

Reach children far beyond the scope of those who enter the competition, trying to promote reflection by children generally on ways of living peacefully with one another and with the world around them through the publication of broadsheets
DescriptionConstitution, papers relating to the organisation of the Peace Poems and Posters competition including lists of entries, lists of winners, publicity material, 'Peace Poems and Posters' magazine including winning entries, photographs of winners, an appeal for funding for the competition and the 10th anniversary anthology, prize certificates, correspondence
ArrangementChronological within record series.
Extent6 files, 2 volumes, 7 papers, 2 photographs, 1 CD, 10 bundles
Physical characteristicsFair condition
AppraisalAll records which meet the collection policy of Glamorgan Archives have been retained. Duplicates and ephemera have been destroyed/returned to the depositor.
Source of AcquisitionDeposited by the Festival orgnaisers Nov 2013, Feb 2014 and Jul 2015
Finding AidsA detailed catalogue is available online.
Access statusNo restrictions.
Conditions of accessNo restrictions.
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