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Confirmed Artists and Participants
King Shiloh Sound System, based in Amsterdam, Holland, is an international, independently operating, roots reggae sound system, founded and inspired through the inspiration of Jah Rastafari.
Kristin Hoffmann is a Julliard trained singer-songwriter-musician with extraordinary artistic range. Her music has been heard on major record labels, film and television, and she has performed throughout the world, collaborating with musical luminaries on projects ranging from individual albums to grand symphonic productions.
Kristin’s songs reflect her personal luminosity, her warmth, and her talent for bringing out music’s healing power.
Premik Russell Tubbs, a composer, arranger, producer and an accomplished multi- instrumentalist, performs on various flutes, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, wind synthesizer and lap steel guitar.
Since 2008, Premik has been part of the house band for Sting’s Rainforest Foundation Fund benefit concerts at Carnegie Hall, where he has backed up such diverse artists as Sting, Elton John, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, James Taylor, Vince Gil, Rosanne Cash and many others. He has been collaborating and performing with Kristin Hoffmann since 2003.
Lyla June Johnston
Lyla June Johnston is of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. She is a musician, poet, anthropologist, community organizer and servant of humanity. She is currently working with an intergenerational cohort of Diné peoples to develop a community based curriculum and summer school. Her poetry, her music and her message has been honored nationally and internationally for its allegiance to non-violence, women’s health, faith and forgiveness. Her dream is to revitalize indigenous systems of sustainable living.
(African Artists Peace Initiative Ambassador, AAPI)
Sydney Salmon was born in Kingston, Jamaica and now lives in Shashamane, Ethiopia. Sydney’s mission is to use music to promote and support the Jamaican Rastafarian Development Community (JRDC) Organization in Shashamane. (Video). His lyrics have weaved their way into the hearts of reggae loving Ethiopians with his unique brand that incorporates traditional Ethiopian styles and melodies with a pulsating Jamaican drum and bass. Tune in to Sydney Salmon music on iTunes.
- High ranking representatives of the Thai Buddhist Clergy have agreed to attend the event and ceremonially pass the “Torch of Unity” to Ethiopia.
Meet our Cultural Ambassadors
Lama Doboom Tulku
Lama Doboom Tulku was born in the Kham region of Tibet in 1941 and recognized as the reincarnation of the previous Doboom Tulku at the age of two by Phurchog Jampa Rinpoche. At the age of 12, he joined Drepung Monastery in Central Tibet and studied Buddhist Philosophy. He came to India in 1959, and lived in a monastic camp in West Bengal to continue his studies. At the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies then under the auspices of Sanskrit University, Varanasi, he studied Buddhist Philosophy and received Geshe-Archarya degree in 1972. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Buddhist Studies by the Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University of Bangkok in 1999. From 1972 until March 2011, he worked in various academic, cultural and administrative institutions of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He pursued a millennium project of World Festival of Sacred Music which became a worldwide event with festivals at over dozen venues in different continents.
He is currently engaged in inter-religious and cross-cultural activities through art and culture, as the Founder Managing Trustee of World Buddhist Culture Trust. He is author/editor/compiler of Buddhist Iconography (English, 1989), Buddhist Translations: Problems and Perspectives (English, 1995), Mahayana Buddhism-History and Culture (English, 2008), Buddhist Path to Enlightenment (English, 1996), Gyalwai Choetsul (rgyal bai chos tsul, Tibetan, 2008), Ngulkar Melong (dngul dkar me long , Tibetan, 2011), Dodang Sayi Tenchoe (rdo dang sa yI bstan bcos, Tibetan, 2005), Tsodang Dawai Tenchoe (mtso dang zla bai bstan bchos, Tibetan, 2012) and Words Well Spoken: Maxims of Earth & Stone (English, 2012) and Maxims of Ocean & Moon (English, 2013). He co-authored several academic works.
H.E. Ambassador Mussie Hailu
H.E. Ambassador Mussie Hailu is a peace activist who is working at national, regional and international level in promoting peace, reconciliation, interfaith & inter-cultural harmony, disarmament, world citizenship, building right human relationships, constructive dialogue and building bridges for international cooperation and promoting the teaching of the Golden Rule which says “Treat others the way you want to be treated” as a guiding principle to enhance respect and human dignity. He also actively works against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Africa.
He served as Diplomat and Ambassador at large. He is a founding member of United Religions Initiative (URI) and currently serving as Global envoy of URI, Representative of URI to the African Union and UN office in Africa, Regional Director of URI for Africa. He also service as special advisor of the African Union –Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC)
He participated for many years at:
- UN General Assembly in New York
- African Union Heads of States Summit
- Peace, environmental protection, security and counter violent extremism conferences at national, regional and international levels.
Amb. Mussie Hailu travels extensively to most parts of the world addressing the issue of Culture of peace, Reconciliation, Environmental Protection, Right human relationships, Interfaith & inter-religious harmony, dialogue among civilizations, eradication of poverty, the need to practice the Golden Rule and Compassion.
Amb. Mussie Hailu promoted people to people relations between many countries and pioneered positive initiatives in Africa including an interfaith movement in his own country of Ethiopia and in many other African countries. He also took the initiative with the Former President of Ethiopia to establish a Council of Former African Heads of States and Governments for Environmental Protection and Climate Change in Africa. His initiative includes a “Declaration for Peace” distributed worldwide during the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in 1995. This declaration was intended to encourage people to make a personal commitment to stand for global peace, human rights, environmental & animal protection, cooperation and International Unity.
After the 1994 genocide in Rwanda he worked with the National and Unity Commission of Rwanda on the issue of peace and reconciliation in Rwanda.
He introduced Golden Rule Day to the world to foster inter-religious, inter-cultural harmony and to build a culture of peace and constructive dialogue and respect in the world. The Golden Rule Day is now celebrated in many parts of the world and he is also the one who drafted the Golden Rule Proclamation which is endorsed by organizations in over 120 countries
Dr. Phramaha Boonchuay Doojai
Dr. Phramaha Boonchuay Doojai is a senior Buddhist Monk from Chiang Mai, Thailand where among his many roles he is a lecturer at Graduate School Center, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (MCU). He was also a vice rector of MCU, Chiang Mai Campus. For decades Phramaha Boonchuay has been a leading interfaith activist in Thailand and abroad and is the Chairperson, Asian Interfaith Network on HIV/AIDS. He is also involved in Peace Building in the troubled southern part of Thailand and other parts of the country. He is Vice Chair for the Niwano Peace Prize Committee in Japan and was the Convener and Host for the first U DAY Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2012.
Haji Syed Salman Chishty
Haji Syed Salman Chishty is the 26th Generation Gaddi-Nashin (Hereditary Custodians/Key Holders) through his Chishty family which has been engaged in serving at the globally famed, acknowledged and renowned center of Peace and Unity for the whole of Humanity – THE BLESSED DARGAH AJMER SHARIF SUFI SHRINE of the 11th Century Sufi Grand Master Teacher Hz.KHAWAJA MOINUDEEN HASAN CHISHTY(R.A.), whose blessed Shrine’s keys have been passed on to the present family of Gaddi-Nashins through generation to generation over the last 800 years.
From an early age he has been passionate about the World Sufi Spiritual Traditions with a special focus on the Chishty Sufi Order. After completing his basic education from Ajmer Sharif, he got a Bachelors Degree in Economic and Commerce from Wilson College, University of Mumbai. Subsequent years have been completely dedicated towards his practical Sufi spiritual research studies on World Sufi Traditions and their impact on the different cultures and traditions of the world and vice versa. His passion and deep longing towards the mystic World of Sufi’s and Spiritual cultures of the world has enabled him to travel across various Sufi destinations globally where he has been regularly invited to speak and participate in International Sufi and Inter Social Conferences on Spirituality, Interfaith Dialogue, top Global University Conferences such as Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University’s annual Student Events, as well as interactive sessions on campus through conducting workshops on Chishty Spiritual Understandings with a special focus on Khidmat e Khalq (Service towards Humanity), Importance of Sufi Musical renderings in Chishty Sufi Order, Sufi Arts, Sufi Poetry, and Sufi Literature. He has represented the Chishty Sufi Order in countries as diverse as Al Hijaz – Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Senegal, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Singapore, United States of America, United Kingdom, Greece, Bosnia Herzegovina, The Netherlands, Iran, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, and many more.
He has been constantly engaged in sharing the blessed Sufi teachings of great Sufi Grand Masters; teachers such as Hz.Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty(ra) and Hz.Mevelana Rumi(ra), as well as other great Sufi Spiritual Masters- teachers from last 1400 years through The Islamic Art of Calligraphy, Islamic Architectural Sacred Designs patters, Islamic Monuments Photography, Sufi Poetry Culture and Sufi musical renderings which unite all of Humanity in Oneness towards the feelings of Truth and Divine Reality.
Rabbi Gabriel Hagai
Gabriel Hagai is an Orthodox Rabbi, lecturer, linguist, philologist, paleographer-codicologist, mediator, poet, calligrapher and singer. Educated in Jerusalem and Boston, he is a researcher and a guest lecturer at a number of Parisian universities and higher institutes.
Very invested in interreligious dialogue, he is an active member and a councillor of several interfaith organizations in Europe and worldwide. Father and grandfather, he is also a Master-Initiator in a non-dualist mystical tradition of Sephardic Judaism whose uninterrupted spiritual lineage goes back to Moses.
Gabriel Hagaï is co-author of the books: “Rites – Fêtes et Célébrations de l’Humanité” (dir. Thierry-Marie Courau et Henri de La Hougue), Bayard, 2012; and “L’Aventure de la Calligraphie” (dir. Colette Poggi), Bayard, 2014.
Meet the U DAY II Creative Director!
Peter Mousaferiadis - U DAY II Creative Director
Peter Mousaferiadis has had an extensive career as a creative director, producer, artistic director, music director, composer and a champion of intercultural dialogue. He has established himself as one of Australia’s leading cross cultural directors. Peter has directed large scale intercultural concerts and ceremonies throughout Australia, China, the Philippines, and Malaysia.
In 2003, Peter founded Cultural Infusion, a global social enterprise that works with schools, youth, and the arts to promote cultural harmony for a more cohesive and richer society. Cultural Infusion delivers programs in India, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt, Cambodia and throughout Australia. Cultural Infusion has been the recipient of numerous awards including the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Intercultural Innovation Award.
In 2015, Peter was appointed as an Associate to the UNESCO Chair for Intercultural and Interreligious Relations, Asia-Pacific, and elected as a board member of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria
In 2014, Peter was elected as Global Trustee for United Religions Initiative and in the same year was presented with the Cultural Revolution Award by the Punjab Government of Pakistan in recognition of 25 years’ contribution to cultural diversity through arts and cultural programs.