WFSM Opening: Honoring the Sea

Peace on the Beach

Agape International Choir
Halau Keali'i O Nalani with Halau O Lilinoe
Kinnara Taiko
La Canada High School Marching Band
Sacred Rhythm Drum Ensemble
Swing Brazil Tribe with Viver Brasil
Ti’at Society

Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Cost: Free; no reservations required.

Join us as we honor the sea on the shores of Santa Monica Beach. Over four hundred artists launch the 2011 World Festival of Sacred Music in a celebration that speaks to the tremendous diversity of our city. United in purpose, artists will gather at Dorothy Green Park (named in honor of the founder of Heal the Bay).

Each group calls forth their unique power of song and dance as they process to the awaiting Ti’at canoe and Tongva elders. Heal the Bay and our youth lead the celebration with sounds from the great marching band tradition. The sacred rhythms of Brazil, Japan and world drums call to the forces of nature while Hawaiian chant, the Agape International Choir, and the native Tongva people sing in honor of the sea. The cultural abundance of our city and the collective wisdom that comes from such diversity will be felt as never before.

The procession ends with an enormous gathering on the water’s edge. All are invited to sit in the sand as each group performs for the sea and places their offering on the Ti’at canoe. As we witness the Ti’at taking offerings and sacred blessings beyond the breaking waves, many will reflect on their commitment to be better stewards of this planet.

In the late afternoon sun, each group spreads across the beach for individual performances. Children are encouraged to learn about our sea from Heal the Bay educators. As the day ends, we contemplate the setting sun alongside thousands of our neighbors, family and friends. Some may wish to offer flowers or silent prayers; others may wish to join in communal song.

Wear white or aqua. Travel light as activities move along the beach. Be prepared to sit in the sand without blankets or chairs. If you wish, bring flowers for the sea. Please support Santa Monica’s ban on single-use plastic bottles.

Produced by the World Festival of Sacred Music in partnership with City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and Heal The Bay.

Cost: Free; no reservations required.


Santa Monica Beach

Dorothy Green Park

Dorothy Green Park
Santa Monica 90405


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