With Love from Russia: The Angels of Peace in Prague
By Olga Vakulinskaya, president of WFWP Russia, founder of the Angels of Peace ensemble
The Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) of the Czech Republic and WFWP Russia, with the support of the German and European branches, initiated the Global Women Peace Network Assembly and an international and inter-religious Bridge of Peace that were held in Prague in the Olshanka hotel on May 4.
More than 100 women from around 18 countries took part in this program. Many people were moved to tears and some participants were able to overcome their families’ long-standing pain and resentment toward their “enemy countries.”
With a deep desire to support global peace for the entire human family—no matter what nation, religion, race, or culture, The Angels of Peace ensemble from Russia, comprised of 14 children between the ages of 12 and 18, in the company of five adults (art director, manager, singing teacher, make-up artist, costumes/interpreter), traveled to Prague to support the events with their expansive cultural repertoire. They opened each part of the Bridge of Peace program with a special song in the language of the countries that were called to the stage. They sang a German, Polish, Czech, Jewish, Russian and several classical Christian songs during the program.
Additionally, they held a Youth Bridge of Peace program and a full concert in an ecological area of Prague on May 1. Many young people from the Czech Republic, America and Japan attended the concert.
On May 3, the Angels of Peace gave a 1-hour concert at an elderly people's home where an inter-generational Bridge of Peace program was held between the Czech Republic and Russia. The elderly were moved to tears by the performance and didn't want the children to leave. They shared many words of gratitude and expressed their love to the Russian children.
On May 4, the Angels of Peace returned to the Global Women Peace Network Assembly and held their main concert for all the participants. The audience was really moved and was supporting the dancers and singers with a very loud applause and words of encouragement.
Many people from different countries came up to us after the concert and expressed their love and gratitude. They asked the troupe to keep up the good work because they consider such cultural projects very meaningful.