The Peace Train is an international movement that began in 1992 in South Africa to help Nelson Mandela break through Apartheid by forming a 500-voice, multiracial and multicultural youth choir. Started by two women who were born on opposite sides of Apartheid’s barriers, Sharon Katz and Nonhlanhla Wanda, The Peace Train has been conducting projects with diverse groups around the world for over 25 years, to sing in harmony as one Human race. In 2018, The Peace Train’s founders will bring singers from Northern, Central and Southern California across the border into Mexico as part of their Transcending Barriers project. The Mexican and Californian participants will meet at the border at 12:00 Noon on July 21st to link arms and sing together as they parade from the border to Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT). At 6:00 PM that evening, they will present a unity concert at CECUT.
The Peace Train band will also perform a special Mandela Centenary concert on July 18 at 7:00PM at the WorldBeat Cultural Center, Balboa Park.