Florence Vigil for Peace Coming up on September 11th

New York University Florence and the City of Florence invite the Florentine community to a special Vigil for Peace to commemorate September 11, 2001 together in Piazza della Signoria with a celebration of peace.

Students and Florentine residents from all ethnic and religious backgrounds and nationalities are invited to submit ‘readings for peace’ – texts, song lyrics, poems, or any other written form. Texts can be selected from any cultural tradition and be in any language. Selected submissions will be featured on the project website Florence Vigil for Peace in the lead up to a public reading of the texts on September 11, 2017, followed by the lighting of a candle. The readings and candle lighting will end with a collective moment of silence for all victims who have lost their lives on and since September 11 and a public reaffirmation of our collective commitment to peace and the value and dignity of human life.

Here are some scenes from the past 2 years’ vigils:

The Florence Peace Quilt, started in 2016, will also be updated and unveiled at the ceremony.

Quilting, a longstanding tradition that has deep roots in both European and American cultures, as well as other cultures around the world, embodies the harmonious interweaving of disparate and distinct elements – patches, or blocks – into a unified and complex whole – a patchwork.

Individuals and groups are invited to contribute a small square 20 inch x 20 inch piece of fabric that reflects their commitment to peace and tolerance. All of the community’s squares will be stitched together by a group of Florence’s seamstresses to create a patchwork quilt that simultaneously reflects the community’s diversity and its unified commitment to tolerance.
For more information about contributing to the Peace Quilt and participating in the Vigil for Peace visit the Vigil for Peace website or write to: florencevigilforpeace@gmail.com

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