The first Annual Human Values Fest took place on Saturday November 4th, 2017, at the Don Tew Performing Arts Center, in Leander. Human Values Fest is a FREE family-centric festival celebrating five core human values inherent in all of us - Love, Truth, Right Action, Peace and Non-Violence - and expanding the awareness of service in the community. Hosted by the Institute of Sathya Sai Education – USA (a character education institution), with support from local partner schools - Cedar Park Montessori and Sapientia Montessori - and other community supporters, the event drew hundreds of families from around Greater Austin to an afternoon full of joy and positivity.
The event featured: A human values art, music and creative writing exhibition of over 150 works by Primary and Elementary children (and their families); various value-based activities and crafts for children; an Elementary art and music contest; a display of community work by local service organizations. The day merged into an exhilarating evening concert with International Rhythm Masters and world-class percussionists Gourishankar (Indian Tabla), Jerry Fields (Drum Set), Abou Sylla (African Drums), Mike Longoria (Latin American Percussion) and Nicolle Figueroa (Irish Bodhran), with a 20-minute fusion piece titled: Love - the Beat of Life.
The highly inspirational evening was capped by a soul-stirring performance by international hip hop, MTV, humanitarian and value-focused artist: Nimo and Empty Hands Music, who moved attendees with stories and songs such as: Grateful, Be Kind, Keep Loving and Planting Seeds, among many others. The evening ended with an awards ceremony dedicated to all participating children and artists.
Attendees rated the event as “unique”, “moved to tears” and “very impactful”, among others.
The festival’s first instance was so well-received by the community that many individuals, schools and service organizations have already expressed interest in participating in Human Values Fest 2018.
The HVF Coordinating Committee invites all those interested in participating to contact: info@HumanValuesFest.org.