2017 Peace Lanterns Festival @ Gantry Plaza State Park, Queens [16 September]

2017 Peace Lanterns Festival

14:00 - 21:00

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Gantry Plaza State Park
Queens, New York
HarborLAB and The Buddhist Council of New York invite you to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace (http://un.org/en/events/peaceday/) with a day of meditation, yoga, teachings, dance, crafts, and kayaking!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Please email [email protected] to help with any aspect of the program. We'll forward your information to the most suitable partner. Some needs include:

* artists and graphics professionals (helping the public to decoate lanterns, face painting, sign making, henna tattooing, making postcards and flyers, and more)
* water safety crew (experienced kayakers, certified life guards, certified kayak instructors)
* general help (desk attendants, messengers, food distributors to feed volunteers, people to carry boats, enabling inclusive physical access, etc.)

There will be volunteer opportunities in the weeks leading up to the event as well as the dayitself!

See the 2016 event here:


The fun-filled and fulfilling day at Gantry Plaza State Park culminates in prayers and reflections from interfaith clergy, civic leaders, and scientists, followed by a beautiful floating lantern ceremony on the East River, across from the United Nations.

Featured speakers so far:
Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, For Permanent Representative to the United Nations from Bangladesh; Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. Ambassador Chowdhury is the Founder of the New York-based Global Movement for The Culture of Peace.

Alex de Sherbinin, the Associate Director for Science Applications at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network.

Nick Gulotta, Queens Borough Director at the Office of the Mayor.

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, scholar and founder of the organization Buddhist Global Relief, which funds projects to fight hunger and to empower women across the world.


12PM: Volunteers gather at HarborLAB (53-21 Vernon Blvd, LIC, NY 11101) to finalize preparations for the day.

1230PM: Volunteers begin set up in Gantry Plaza State Park.

2PM-6PM: Free kayaking, guided meditation, yoga, lantern decorating, arts and crafts, and more.

6PM: Afrodancercize with Mambo Tse of Siren Protectors of the Rainforest!

630PM: Interfaith prayers, Philosophical, and Civic Speakers.

730-830PM: Floating Lanterns Ceremomy.

830PM-10PM: Volunteers clean up and pack away, return to HarborLAB.
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