Peace Starts in the City Concert

Peace Starts in the City

Peace Starts In The City


21 September 2013

Join a host of leading South African bands, artists and celebrities to show your support for peace in South Africa at the Peace Starts in the City Concert taking place on Saturday, 21st September at SkyRoomLive in the Johannesburg CBD.

Peace Starts in the City is a free Rock and Hip Hop concert featuring some of SA’s top acts, representing the crossover culture we are experiencing in Joburg at the moment, whilst promoting The International Day of Peace (21 September).

Hosted by Peace Starts and SkyRoomLive, Peace Starts in the City invites everyone to “Love Jozi” again and enjoy the mesmerising performances by Shortstraw, WONDERboom, Newton’s 2nd Law, D-Skwad, Impande Core and Eden Michelle & Owen Kay against the beautiful city skyline of Johannesburg.

Peace Starts is affiliated to Peace One Day (UK) and The United Nations.

Doors for Peace Starts in the City will open at 2pm with the performances kicking off at 3pm on Saturday, 21 September and running until approx. 8:30pm.

Entrance is free but booking tickets online is essential to guarantee admittance on the day as space is limited. Bookings can be done at or at

Each guest needs to register individually, as a unique code will be emailed to each attendee, which must then be presented at the entrance.

Food and drinks will be available for sale throughout the day and evening.

All of these artists, as well as all involved in staging the event, have given of their time and talent free of charge, to ensure that this could be a free event and inclusive as possible, in the celebration of peace.

For those not able to attend, or not in Johannesburg, the concert will be filmed and streamed live for online viewership by SkyRoomLive as we celebrate Peace Day with the rest of the participating peace observers worldwide.

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Says Cito, Founder of Peace Starts; “Each year I feel honoured and humbled at the willingness of artists and venues to get involved in support of this important day. I’m particularly thrilled this year to have SkyRoomLive hosting our event, so that we can not only celebrate online alongside the rest of the world, but also to showcase the incredible music talent that SA has to offer, to the world at the same time.”

Officially observed worldwide on 21 September, The International Day of Peace is aimed at commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace.

In 1998, Jeremy Gilley, a UK-based filmmaker, began to make a documentary about world peace that eventually led to the formalising of a UN resolution declaring an official day of the observance of peace. This goal was reached in 2001 when UN GA resolution (A/Res/55/282), put forward by the UK and Costa Rican Governments, was unanimously adopted to establish the first ever day of global ceasefire and non-violence fixed in the calendar as 21 September annually.

South Africans are no strangers to the concept of choosing peace over conflict, with our democracy being built on these very principles. Peace is not an idea. Peace is also not just the responsibility of our government or our police force, but the responsibility of each and every South African.

With this in mind, Cito, lead singer of SA’s legendary rock band, WONDERboom, formed the “Peace Starts In Your Heart” initiative.  This stemmed from a World Peace Day concert held at Back to Basix in Johannesburg in 2008, and has since become an annual event, as part of the global events that take place the week surrounding International Day of Peace.

This year, Peace Starts in the City concert promises to be bigger and better than ever before, and will be held on Saturday, 21st September from 15h00 – 20h30 at SkyRoomLive in the Johannesburg CBD.

On Peace Day, who will you make peace with?

Each year Peace One Day (UK) has a central theme, and 2013 is no different. This year’s theme is “On Peace Day, who will you make peace with?” Peace One Day’s Ambassador, actor Jude Law, has this to say:

This is as significant in South Africa as it is around the world, and therefore Peace Starts will be supporting this initiative in the lead-up to this event, and at the event in particular and will encourage as many South Africans to get involved and making that same pledge for the betterment of their individual communities.

Cito concludes; “Every year, Peace Starts has grown and taken on a new chapter. This year, Peace Starts in the City invites the rest of South Africa, and the world, to join us in celebration of the most important day of the year, Peace Day, by observing it online!”

Come and join the celebrations alongside the Peace Starts Celebrity Ambassadors and fellow citizens at Peace Starts In the City 2013; be a part of a global initiative and show your support for Peace in our land on 21 September.

Peace Starts extends their gratitude to SkyRoomLive, The CoLab Network, Halcyon’s Haven and Fix Post Production.

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For more information on the international organization Peace One Day, go to

View Jeremy Gilley’s video :

Social Media:

Facebook: Peace-Starts

Twitter handle: @peacestarts

Twitter # Tags: #PSITC (event) and #PeaceDay (Int. Day of Peace)

Cito and a number of the participating bands are available for interviews on request. Please contact Collett Dawson at The Colab Network on to make arrangements.

Photos of participating bands are available on request. Contact Collett Dawson at