The Story Behind IPYG’s Card Section Performance at the WARP Summit
We are Youth volunteers for the Card Section Performance
Last month at the WARP Summit 2016, 12,126 IPYG youth created spectacular scenes of War and Peace that captivated the viewers, which was seen as the result of purely voluntary efforts in raising great awareness for peace. Behind the scenes, however, performers, staff, and organizers, under scorching heat and humidity, spent over 180 hours practicing in the span of 18 consecutive weeks.
The card section performance deeply moved all the participants on site, as well as those abroad who watched through screens, binding everyone together in the spirit of peace. So, what has motivated these youths to gather and express these exquisite moments of peace? The distinctive features regarding this year’s card section performance and the performers’ narrative interviews are highlighted here.
I. Spirit of Volunteerism
From the bottom of our heart, we fully support the peace work of HWPL along with IPYG and IWPG. We were more than willing to spare our time, efforts, and young spirits to raise hopeful awareness of peace. As non-paid and purely voluntary performers, the spirit of volunteerism, which has become a culture perceived among all youth performers, was something that bound us together.
What we enjoy in this world should not be taken for granted, and we, as the youth in this generation, ought to give back and make this world a better place to live in for the future youth. It encourages us to keep on going even when facing many obstacles before us.
II. Diversity Found on Common Ground
We are students, teachers, advertising marketers, nurses, trading firm workers, salespersons, and much more, and we also come from diverse backgrounds in terms of ideals and views. Yet, we share one common ground – that is, we hope to spread a culture of peace through our performance.
A culture that will move many hearts of citizens and leaders, who will come to realize the necessity of putting an end to wars and will then actually act upon their beliefs. Holding, folding, and unfolding each individual card that we made demonstrated the diversity among us and that of the world in which we live.
However, it is the culture of peace that unites all differences in the mutual understanding and tolerance between peoples, communities, and nations. Our unique story and experiences are to be shared with others in spreading the culture of our common goal.
III. Dynamic Performance
What is great about our performance is that it delivers the hearts of many yearning for peace with strong messages and realistic scenes for the global citizens. This year’s card performance, “War and Peace” consisted of three acts:
1. The History of War
2. Articles of DPCW, and Korea
3. the Core Nation of Peace.
The 21 minute-long performance narrated the atrocities committed during war time, both in the past and present, as well as the roadmap to reach a sustainable and universal peace. Our determination and messages for the global family are captured in this video.
The article above was written in a first-person perspective based on interviews of card section performers. Please click to see more relevant content, 12,126 Peace Messengers Deliver the Hope of Peace to the World.