San Miguel de Allende: The New Meeting Point of Peace Around the World
By Kenia Rivera
‘“Peace is something that we built, it’s the result of clear agreements for a healthy coexistence,” said Alberto Herrera, director of change.org in Mexico, who is one of the most representative speakers at the celebration of the International Day of Peace organized by Camino de la Paz in San Miguel de Allende.
Sun, Sep 21, 12-6pm
Ancha de San Antonio 21
Camino de la Paz is an association that seeks to disseminate not only the interior and social well-being of the inhabitants of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato; but in addition, it is a collective effort to make peace a sustainable reality in every corner of the world.
On September 21, Camino de la Paz joins the celebrations of the International Day of Peace, with a free event open to the general public for each of the activities, to combine thoughts through speeches, concerts and performance.
Alberto Herrera, director of change.org, will expose the importance of human rights and world peace as a reason of welfare. Before his presentation this September 21, Herrera spoke to Camino de la Paz about what you will learn:
If peace is a construction, how can we reach that goal?
For the construction of that process, we must identify what is hindering the construction of peace. It is necessary to have a historical view on the facts of the present. While we do not understand what comes from centuries, we cannot work in what is happening in the country, like relations of domination and systems of impunity.
San Miguel de Allende is a multicultural city; we can find coexistence among expatriates from countries such as the United States, France, Canada with the inhabitants of the city.
How can we build peace when you have differences of language and cultures?
Diversity is not an obstacle; it is a virtue that should be celebrated. We must give value to that difference. The diversity of languages is part of the normality and everyday life. All social conventions must be respected. A diverse society is a marvel.
In addition to these presentations, Camino de la Paz will also include in the event art exhibitions that were prepared in collaboration with the gallerist René Parra, who invited a group of well-known painters and sculptors to donate pieces that will be sold with a special price.
Camino de la Paz activities
One of the most important works will be ‘“The Dialogue,” by Mary Jane Miller and Valentín Gómez, two renowned artists.
On the other hand, you can enjoy performances, exhibitions, and six local musicians, as a live choir, Mauricio Sánchez, Mexigitanos, María Lozano Sánchez and Enrique Cornejo.
Camino de la Paz will also present workshops of meditation and yoga. Thus, guests learn not only about expressive arts, but practice better mental and physical balance.
There will be children’s activities to include young people to build a better future. As well there will be a workshop for the management of conflicts through a culture of peace by Dr. José Félix Rojo Candelas, of the Procuraduría de Derechos Humanos del Estado de Guanajuato.
Besides being one of the most popular destinations around the world, San Miguel de Allende stands out for peace in the lifestyle of its inhabitants. And September 21 will become a place for gathering of national and global peace.
The event will be held at Instituto Allende, located at Ancha de San Antonio 22, 12-6pm.