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One Million Stars to End Violence

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One Million Stars to End Violence was a peaceful global weaving project that invited people to come together and weave one million stars for an installation as part of Festival 2018 — the arts cultural program for GC2018.

Created by artist Maryann Talia Pau in 2012, One Million Stars partnered with the Queensland Government to connect communities from across the Commonwealth and the world through the peaceful practice of star weaving. 

The project aimed to support the Commonwealth Games Federation’s vision of a peaceful, sustainable and prosperous global community, and supported the Queensland Government’s commitment to preventing domestic and family violence.

The spectacular One Million Stars temporary public art installation was presented by Museum of Brisbane in King George Square from the 29th March to 15th April 2018 as part of Festival 2018 during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will transform the Gold Coast and Queensland by creating benefits for our communities before, during and after the 11 days of competition. These are the benefits that this initiative will bring to Queenslanders both within the Gold Coast and across our state:

GC2018 is a platform to unite Commonwealth countries on peace, prosperity and sustainability related issues of critical importance to the host nation’s region.

  • The project delivers a platform to influence community attitudes towards violence across the Commonwealth and the world.
  • The project inspires communities across the Commonwealth and the world to connect through star weaving, with the collective goal of creating a peaceful statement against violence through a public art installation at GC2018.

The Commonwealth Games profile as a diverse and inclusive event is enhanced through GC2018.

  • The project provides a way for people to participate in GC2018 even if they are unable to travel to the Host or Event Cities in 2018 through the establishment of local Star Weave Jam groups or Star Weave Communities across the Commonwealth and the world. 
  • The project involves a range of diverse star-weaving groups championing a variety of causes ensuring inclusiveness between culture, gender, ability, and representation.


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