Otago Light of Peace

University of Otago


Event Management


The Otago Light of Peace event was an inspiring project co-conceptualized with the University of Otago and the Dunedin Interfaith Relationship Network (DIRI) to mark the university’s 150th anniversary. The primary goal of the event was to create a meaningful gathering that transcended boundaries, uniting individuals from diverse backgrounds and beliefs under the common banner of promoting peace and harmony.

The design process for the Otago Light of Peace event involved meticulous planning, coordination, and thoughtful curation of elements to create a serene and profound experience. The event sought to inspire participants to reflect on the significance of inner peace and compassion, fostering a sense of interconnectedness and unity among attendees.

Embodying Peace: The Otago Light of Peace Event

The Otago Light of Peace event was held on a picturesque evening, set against the backdrop of the iconic Clock Tower at the University of Otago. The ambiance was thoughtfully crafted, adorned with candles, lanterns, and symbolic decorative elements, creating a tranquil atmosphere conducive to contemplation and reflection.

Participants were encouraged to engage in a simple yet powerful act – lighting candles while offering prayers, reflections, or silent contemplation for peace. The event’s inclusivity was a hallmark, welcoming individuals of all ages, genders, religions, and beliefs, fostering an environment of openness and acceptance.

The event’s profound impact was evident in the diverse group of attendees, which included university students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community. The positive response and overwhelming support from participants underscored the success of the event, leaving attendees with a deep sense of inspiration and connectedness.

Crafting Meaningful Designs and Experiences

The Otago Light of Peace project encompassed a range of carefully designed components that collectively created a memorable and meaningful experience for attendees. The lead designer spearheaded the creation of an event plan, captivating posters that conveyed the event’s essence, appealing T-shirt designs, and innovative Sketchup designs.

Beyond the aesthetics, the project team played a pivotal role in overseeing the event’s meticulous management to ensure its seamless execution. The seamless integration of design elements with event coordination contributed to the project’s resounding success.

The Otago Light of Peace event transcended being a mere gathering, evolving into an immersive experience where individuals connected on a deeper level, engaging in genuine conversations, sharing their thoughts and feelings, and finding solace within the community. It stood as a powerful testament to the unifying force of compassion and the boundless potential of collective action towards creating a more peaceful world.

In conclusion, the Otago Light of Peace project exemplified the profound impact of design in fostering harmony and reflection among individuals from diverse backgrounds. The event’s success underscored the enduring significance of peace and compassion in our lives, leaving a lasting inspiration for attendees to strive for a more compassionate and peaceful world.