AS the world marked International Day of Peace yesterday, groups, organisations and campaigners celebrated the occasion with the much-anticipated Peace, Love and Music Jam.
The jam was in line with global peace day celebrations and featured artists like Seru Serevi, Laisa Vulakoro and Ronald Jai.
A statement issued by FemLINKPACIFIC noted the event was a 15-hour session, featuring 80 performers, many of whom were new local bands.
"For Fiji, we are at a critical stage in our democratisation process and if there is one message we can amplify right now, it is that we need a peaceful and inclusive process, and we need to provide platforms for people to communicate," said the organisation's executive director Sharon Bhagwan Rolls.
"What better way to bring communities together and communicate the peace we want than via music and creative expressions?"
Adding to her sentiments was Serevi, who said it was what Fiji needed now.
"This event will also show how, as musicians, we can and are contributing in a positive manner to Fiji's development. It is about changing attitudes," he said in the statement.
The first part of the celebrations — 'Creative Expressions: Making Peace the News' took place at the Suva Bowling Club between 10am and 4pm followed by the peace jam session which began at 6pm. Tickets were sold for $20 each, all in support of the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons.