First Olympic Seed Festival and 17th Peliti Seed Festival, April 19-22, 2017
The institution of Olympic Seed Festivals was proposed by Peliti (www.peliti.gr) during the Global Citizens’ Assembly which took place between 14-16 October 2016 in the Hague. The Global Citizens’ Assembly was organized by Navdanya (http://navdanya.org) and Seed Freedom (seedfreedom.info).
By means of the Olympic Seed Festivals we transfer the Global Citizens’ Assembly to various parts of the world. We also transfer a message about the growth of the seeds of a new culture based on love and co-operation for the earth and the seed, for the air, a culture that does not separate the natural environment from human beings. We specifically refer to the seeds of traditional varieties, varieties saved by farmers for many thousands of years.
The concept of the Olympic Seed Festival
Το Olympic Seed Festival is a celebration of the growth of the seed, of co-operation with the earth, water, seeds and other human beings.
Truce with Nature: We were inspired by the ancient Olympic Games. In antiquity wars were stopped during the games and a truce prevailed. We accordingly propose a truce with nature. We invite you to co-operate with nature, to stop spraying poisons, to stop polluting the air the water and the soil. We propose that for a month you find ways to co-operate with the other forms of life.
We focus our attention on the positive actions that take place on the planet, on the positive actions that we can implement. With our thoughts and our actions we strengthen the positive aspects.
We share the responsibility for what is taking place on the planet as workers for co-operation and love.
The First Olympic Seed Festival is organized by:
And supported by:
- Municipality of Paranesti http://paranesti.gr
- Environmental Centre of Paranesti http://kpeparanestiou.gr
- SeedFreedom, http://seedfreedom.info
- Navdanya International, http://navdanya.org
- Men and women from all over the world who became enthusiastic at the idea and expressed their desire to support us.
The First Olympic Seed Festival is being organized together with the 17th Peliti Seed Festival 2017.
From 19th to 22 nd of April 2017 on the Peliti land in Greece.
Connecting Olympic Seed Festival with other international or national actions.
International Meetings of Resistances to GMOs (IFA GMO 2017) in Brittany, France, 28, 29 & 30 April, 2017. A delegation from the organizing committee will come to Olympic Seed Festival and Vaso Kanellopoulos will represent Peliti in the International Meetings Resistance to GMOs in Brittany, France. For more information: contact [at] rir-ogm.info
Campaign to support
We have been organizing seed exchange festivals for the last 17 years. Both National and International ones. We believe in positive thinking. Daily with our thoughts and acts we create our future. The First Olympic Seed Festival is a positive proposal aiming to bring seedsavers together Let us leave off the tears and lets work together. With the money to be collected we will invite people from around the planet to the First Olympic seed Festival and pay for their tickets.
The nearest airport is the Thessaloniki Airport/SKG Airport/Greece
www.thessalonikiairport.com Thessaloniki Airport | SKG Airport | Greece
The city of Thessaloniki is located in the North of Greece.
From Thessaloniki to Paranesti, duration three hours by car.
Wednesday 19th April 2017, day of arrival.
Thursday 20th April 2017, first day, closed meeting.
- Getting to know each other.
- Planning our positive actions.
Friday 21st April 2017, second day, closed meeting.
- How the actions can be realized.
- The next Olympic Seed Festivals, when, where and who organizes them.
Saturday 22nd of April 2017 third day. Open for all,
- seed exchange event, seeds are free.
Seed saving for amateurs, conservation and planting
- free meals
- additional workshops
- music, etc.
The detailed program will be submitted in March 2017.
- During the Olympic Seed Festivals we organize a photographic exhibition with photos from all over the world. The exhibition will present farmers who save their own seeds and tell us their story. The organizations also present their work and give their message.
- Video projections
For the close
At the end of the Olympic Seed Festivals, we make a circle, hold hands and visualize the good future of the Planet.
For more information you can write:olympicseedfestival(at)peliti.gr replace the (at) with @