The Global Peace & Unity Festival is a unique opportunity for people to contribute to and be part of a project dedicated to creating a more harmonious world.
What is the GPU
With a noble aspiration of spreading greater peace and fostering unity between like-minded progressive representatives of various communities in the UK and throughout the world, on 4th December 2005, The Global Peace & Unity Festival (GPU) was launched. Attracting over 25,000 visitors at its very first inauguration, GPU established itself as an indelible milestone for the Muslim community in the UK whereby people from all walks of life came together for one eventful day at London’s highly acclaimed ExCel Centre.
Since its inception, the Global Peace & Unity Festival continues to draw a multi-ethnic crowd, reaching over 50,000 attendees in 2008 and over 100,000 attendees in 2010, featuring some of the best scholars, thinkers, leaders and celebrities. The appeal of GPU is its continual quest to create a meaningful place for dialogue. Over the course of one weekend, the breadth of activities organised demonstrates the demographic diversity attracted to the Festival: an eagerly anticipated international line-up of speakers who provide valuable insights on a variety of subjects; informative seminars and interactive workshops giving visitors the opportunity to share ideas and help forge a new spirit of co-operation and understanding; an Exhibition Hall featuring hundreds of stalls, Funfair, Sports & Adventure Zone that brings excitement and fun to thousands of children and equally challenging activities for adults. The impressive Nasheed Concert provides light entertainment for all, creating a unique colossal platform for new artists alongside world-famous performers.
The Global Peace & Unity Festival is a truly special gathering. Additionally, part of forging a brighter and more cohesive future is recognising those who have contributed to and achieved notable accomplishments. One of the highlights of the GPU is its array of awards ceremonies. The Education Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Friends of Islam Awards have been key acknowledgments for extraordinary individuals who have displayed immense dedication through their contributions to a more prosperous society. Such awards are a celebration for us all.
Informative seminars and interactive workshops giving visitors the opportunity to share ideas and help forge a new spirit of co-operation and understanding; an Exhibition Hall featuring hundreds of stalls, Funfair, Sports & Adventure Zone that brings excitement and fun to thousands of children and equally challenging activities for adults. The impressive Nasheed Concert provides light entertainment for all, creating a unique colossal platform for new artists alongside world-famous performers.
The Global Peace & Unity Festival is a non-profit organisation that has grown into a phenomenon that touches millions around the world. Catering to both Muslims and non-Muslims, GPU promotes a space for a much needed dialogue and offers the unique opportunity for those interested in peaceful co-existence to come together and celebrate the best of world cultures.
The two day event features many exciting highlights. The conference includes an impressive selection of international speakers ranging from acclaimed scholars, politicians, activists and other dignitaries, alongside refreshing entertainers. Parallel to the conference is an extensive exhibition comprising of businesses and unique retailers.
The GPU is not just a family event; it represents the diversity and breadth of our communities in thinking, education, entertainment and exploration. It has become a significantly recognised landmark event in the UK with an ever growing popularity.
Excel London is a leading international exhibition and conference center that caters for a variety of events from award winning exhibitions and conferences to international association meetings, banquets and sporting events. Excel facilitates large amounts of visitors and is situated in a stunning waterfront location in the heart of London’s Royal Docks. Excel is part of a 100 acre campus and is easily accessible.
The Global Peace & Unity Festival is held at one of the largest venues in London, one of the very few which has the capacity to host a gathering of this magnitude. Excel has been GPU’s host venue since 2005.
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