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Monday, September 15, 2014

New York: Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace

Here's a message from my friend Sakura, who wants all of you in the NYC area to check out a fun event: 

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the second annual “Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace" will take place at the Paul Milstein Reflecting Pool at Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center in New York City.

Coinciding with the International Day of Peace and the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, this unique occasion will bring together prominent civic, interfaith and community leaders, along with New Yorkers of all ages, to inspire a collective quest for peace with lantern floating, live music and cultural performances at one of the most iconic settings in New York City.

We would like to invite you as a member of the media to join us at this special event. During this free day-long, family-friendly event, you will have an opportunity to construct a paper lantern and inscribe it with a personal message of peace, and then set the lantern afloat in the Paul Milstein Reflecting Pool.

The Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace is meant to inspire a spirit of harmony and compassion that transcends all boundaries of age, gender, nationality, ethnicity and religious tradition – and empower people to create a stronger force for peace in our families, our communities and globally.

This year marks the second Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace in New York City, and in recognition of Lincoln Center’s pre-eminence as one of the world’s leading cultural institutions, the ceremony will feature performances by some of the most widely-recognized musicians and artists.

Wendy Whelan, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and guest artist with Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, will perform “After the Rain,” a duet with fellow New York City Ballet dancer Craig Hall, and choreographed by world-renowned contemporary ballet choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.

There will also be performances by Alphonso Horne, a 26-year-old trumpet performer who was handpicked by Wynton Marsalis to be a part of his Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars; the students of The Julliard School; a dance performance choreographed by Abdur-Rahim Jackson; students from The Dalton School; Shinnyo Taiko drummers; and others.

For more information, contact Sakura at (212) 715-1611, or via e-mail at

If you are in the US, you can see a video of last year's event. I can't see it in Canada... d'oh! 

There you go! Have a great time! And Sakura - send me some photos of this year's event. 

Photos in this article are courtesy of Sakura, of the 2013 event.

Andrew Joseph

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