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February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

| $20 – $100

UNITY EARTH: LIFT OFF is a multigenerational, intercultural, interactive concert in celebration of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week. This unprecedented celebration will bring together First Nations leaders, musicians, diplomats, artists, scientists, peacemakers, interfaith and faith-based activists, along with guests of all ages in a colorful celebration of our common humanity. Tickets and program available at http://www.unity.earth/lift-off/ $20 General Admission | Children 12 and under FREE! The concert will feature a cast of globally-renowned touring artists including BELLA GAIA, a NASA-powered live concert that blends music, technology, and satellite imagery to illuminate our interconnectedness and turn the stage planetary. International artists include British reggae legend Pato Banton and Chinese meditative chanting artist Mystic Voice. The line-up also features major NYC-based talents including holistic hip-hop legend Akim Funk Buddha (with his dance troupe the Bonsai Lab), Juilliard-trained vocalist Kristin Hoffmann, and indigenous Caribbean (Taino) & Spanish master percussionist William Ruiz. The event will begin with an opening ceremony led by Ramapough-Lunaape Chief Dwaine Perry with visiting indigenous leaders, and Diné musician, poet and activist Lyla June will also perform. It is an honour for us to welcome an array of First Nations leaders including Dwaine Perry, Chief of the Ramapough-Lunaape Nation, Dr. Mindahi Bastida of the Center for Earth Ethics, Hereditary Dakota Chief Phil Lane Jr., as well as Diné poet, musician and activist Lyla June. We are also pleased to be welcoming a delegation from China and Korea including Lixin Chen and Ming Shan, as well as Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Global Envoy of the URI to the African Union. Also joining us will be Karenna Gore, Director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, as well as Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grimm, the Executive Producers of Journey of the Universe, and Directors of the Yale University Forum on Religion and Ecology. The United Nations NGO Committee for Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns (UN-CSVGC) is a co-sponsor of the event and have included it as one of their official events for the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week. —————————————— The Road to 2020 —————————————— UNITY EARTH: LIFT OFF is a catalyst for the Global Road to 2020 and its culminating event, the Caravan of Unity Across America. The Road to 2020 is an increasingly public series of events worldwide designed to capture new opportunities for weaving a greater spirit of unity and peaceful coexistence across the Earth. These gatherings, which began in 2016 at the United Nations, all build towards the Caravan of Unity, a globally broadcast display of solidarity designed to bring together grass-roots movements in ecology, arts, the wisdom traditions and social justice. This historic tour will begin in San Francisco on September 1, 2020 and finish in New York on the International Day of Peace, September 21, in support of Sustainable Development Goal #16 (Peace). Building on the work of UNITY EARTH’s U Day Festival 2018, which commemorated World Interfaith Harmony Week in Ethiopia at the African Union Commission in February 2018, the UNITY EARTH: LIFT OFF event on February 2nd, 2019 will work to engage and inspire the New York community, NGO representatives to the UN, and the diplomatic corps while introducing the Road to 2020 and Caravan of Unity to an international audience. ——————————————- About the Performers ——————————————- BELLA GAIA Bella Gaia is an unprecedented NASA-powered immersive experience inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life-changing inspiration of seeing the Earth from space. Illuminating the beauty of the planet both natural and cultural and the interconnectedness of all things on Earth, this live concert blends music, dance, technology and NASA satellite imagery to turn the stage into a breathtaking planetary journey. PATO BANTON Pato Banton is a Grammy-nominated artist who delivers an empowering performance that is not to be missed and an experience not to be forgotten. His music is live theatre where no show is alike and audience members become participants in the experience. Positive vibrations abound with a beat to keep you on your dancing feet, while Pato delivers a message that is food for the mind and soul. Pato dialogues with the crowd on a range of topics including current events and spiritual freedom while keeping the vibes upbeat and fun! KRISTIN HOFFMANN Kristin Hoffmann is a Juilliard trained multi-instrumentalist, with a transcendental ability to take audiences on a journey of deep awakening to Spirit .In addition to stints at major record labels, Capitol and Interscope Records, and song placements on hit TV shows like Dawson’s Creek and Palmetto Pointe, she has shared stages with The Wallflowers, Feist, Brandi Carlile, Richie Havens and many other musical luminaries. In her own words, Kristin says, “My goal is to spread love, light, peace and truth into the world through the vehicles of music and energetic frequency.” AKIM FUNK BUDDHA An avid world traveler and self-described old-school B-boy MC, Zimbabwe-born Akim Funk Buddha is known for his holistic approach to hip hop, drawing from a full spectrum of cultural traditions and artistic disciplines. Rhyming, beat-boxing, mouth and body percussion, story-telling, break-dancing, Mongolian throat-singing, Indonesian monkey chants, body-balancing, and martial arts are seamlessly blended to create distinctly spiritual yet urban sonic and visual compositions. An urban legendary Hip Hop performer and his dance troupe, Akim Funk Buddha’s Bonsai Lab creates a ‘Funk du soleil’ experience merging urban expression with international flavors. Akim believes that “through the power of music and performance, fear and ignorance can be conquered and the world brought closer together. MYSTIC VOICE Mystic Voice is world-touring performance artist specializing in chanting and meditative traditions. Her music is inspired by ancient spiritual texts, such as the Tao Te Ching, the Buddhist Sutras, the Sanskrit Vedas, and the poetry of Rumi. After completing her Masters in Engineering at Stanford, she returned to China and held prominent roles as an international relations consultant within the cultural and business sectors. It was during this time that she realized her need to connect people through creativity and healing practices, and thus she started her Journey of Harmony Project, a series of concerts, workshops and cultural events across China and the world. Since that time twelve years ago, she has become known as a prolifc performance artist worldwide. She currently resides on Jeju, “The Island of Peace,” located in the East Sea between China, Korea and Japan. Mystic Voice is joining the event with an important delegation hailing from China and Korea. LYLA JUNE Lyla June is a poet, musician, human ecologist, public speaker and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her dynamic, multi-genre performance style has invigorated and inspired audiences across the globe towards personal, collective and ecological healing. Her messages focus on Indigenous rights, supporting youth, inter-cultural healing, historical trauma and traditional land stewardship practices. Her undergraduate studies in human ecology at Stanford University coupled with a traditional upbringing inform her potent messages conveyed through the medium of powerful yet prayerful hip-hop, poetry, acoustic song and speech. Her personal goal is to grow closer to Creator by learning how to love deeper. WILLIAM RUIZ NYC-based Indigenous Caribbean (Taino) & Spanish master percussionist William Ruiz plays tongue drum, log drum, and hand-strung custom Indian bells among other instruments. He incorporates his style (which calls Tropical Percussive Jazz, weaving strands of island rhythms, contemporary jazz, Latin percussion, and West African dance music) with the indigenous shamanic rituals associated with spiritual drumming he learned through his travels. His drumming has taken him to Egypt, Indonesia, and Puerto Rico where he performed with master indigenous drummers from a number of major percussion traditions around the world. His parents are from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and Ruiz grew up in NYC. He has played at the UN, on CNN, and at Lincoln Center Out of Doors and can still be found playing in the subways of NYC because “I love doing this, it’s down to earth, and I love New York. ——————————————- Creative Director ——————————————- Rhiannon Catalyst, Creative Director of UNITY EARTH LIFT OFF and Tour Manager of BELLA GAIA, has curated and guided 20 years of transformative events and interactive experiences in NYC and beyond. Catalyst earned her moniker by curating projects consciously designed to create moments of true connection and participation, celebrating cross-cultural and interdisciplinary influences, and using the arts to facilitate the joining of forces to create unforgettable experiences and purposeful change. ——————————————- The Venue ——————————————- The United Palace is a transformational organization and performance center that fuses spirituality, art, culture and entertainment through spiritual programming, world-class concerts, multimedia productions, monthly movie screenings, dance classes and more. The theater opened in 1930 as a premier vaudeville movie house and one of five Loew’s “Wonder Theatres” across the NYC boroughs and New Jersey. Since 1969, when the theater was purchased by the United Palace of Spiritual Arts (formerly known as the United Christian Evangelistic Association), the United Palace has been an inclusive spiritual center celebrating the world’s great wisdom traditions. With stunning architecture that mixes international elements and symbolic motifs, the fourth largest theater in Manhattan is more than just a unique venue — it is a hub of creative expression and personal growth designed with and for the community. ——————————————- Tickets & Info ——————————————- Saturday February 2nd, 2019, 3:00PM – 6:30PM United Palace 4140 Broadway at 175th St. New York, NY $20 General Admission | Children 12 and under FREE! Tickets available now at http://www.unity.earth/lift-off/ ——————————————- Our Partners ——————————————- Partner organizations included in the UNITY EARTH Road to 2020 include United Religions Initiative (URI), UN Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns (UN-CSVGC), the International Day of Yoga Committee at the United Nations, Evolutionary Leaders, We The World, Compassion Games International, Four Worlds Institute and many more. ——————————————- Contact Info ——————————————- Ben Bowler Executive Director, UNITY EARTH ben@unity.earth Adam Collett Operations Manager, UNITY EARTH adam@unity.earth Kate Buck Communications Manager, UNITY EARTH kate@unity.earth


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