The peace festival was started in 1993, a year before the celebration of the 125th anniversary of Gandhi's birthday and it has been held annually on a weekend closest to Gandhi's birth day (October 2). The purpose of the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Festival is:
- To promote nonviolence, peace and justice;
- To provide an avenue for various peace and human rights organizations within the local community of Hamilton and Burlington to become collectively visible, and exchange dialogues and resources;
- To build on local interest and dialogue in peace and human rights issues that develop around the world.
The peace festival is co-sponsored by the India-Canada Society of Hamilton and the Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University. The festival is twinned with the Annual Mahatma Gandhi Lectures on Nonviolence sponsored by the Centre for Peace Studies. The lecture series was established by the India-Canada Society and endowed from public donations.
The peace festival is supported by a large number of peace, human rights and cultural organizations from the local community.
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