Oldham’s Peace Week is a week of celebration, reflection and action on peace, starting on the UN International Day of Peace on Wednesday 21 September.

In 2015 Oldham Council became the first local authority in the UK to sign the Pledge to Peace and in 2016 Cllr Derek Heffernan became Oldham’s first Mayor of Peace.

13 local organisations have joined the council in signing the pledge; they have formed the Oldham Pledge to Peace Forum.

The Oldham Peace Week is a programme of activities to engage the public, schools, the community, faith groups and businesses in helping to make Oldham a more peaceful borough.

Please note that some of the events are invite only.

For more information about any of the events please contact:

E: richard.outram2@oldham.gov.uk

T: 0161 770 4024

The events:

Wednesday 21 September

The Oldham Peace and Respect Flag will be raised at Oldham’s Civic Centre by the Mayor of Oldham and dignitaries.

School peace assemblies will be taking place in schools across the borough and children will get the chance to work with Roamer the Robot.

Thursday 22 September

A group of peace ambassadors will be visiting the Peace Museum in Bradford

Friday 23 September

1 – 3pm (invite only)

A special Pledge to Peace Forum event will take place with external guests at the Civic Centre. The event will showcase what has been done in the year since the launch of the Oldham Peace Plan last September. (This event is invite only)

Saturday 24 September

Peace Day Celebration Event, 1 – 4pm, Oldham Library and Gallery Oldham

This is an event not to be missed. A new Peace Book Section in the library will be officially opened by Oldham’s Mayor of Peace, with readings from ‘Splitting the Arrow’. Alongside this there will be live music, theatre from Oldham Theatre Workshop, inspirational speakers and poetry readings. Hack Oldham and Roamer the Robot will also be there in the Technology Zone.

Sunday 25 September

Peace Picnic in the Park, 1 – 3pm, Dunwood Park, Smallbrook Road, Shaw OL2 7UQ

Bring the family along, get your picnic pack from Mandels café and join us at Dunwood Park for an afternoon of arts and crafts, face painting and a peace picnic. The Mayor of Oldham, Derek Heffernan, will open the event, along with the chairperson of Shaw Parish Council.