Talking Peace Festival 2019

The Talking Peace Festival uses arts and culture to explore the most urgent issues of peace and conflict around the world.

Thank you to everyone who took part this year on 21 September.

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Celebrating the International Day of Peace on 21 September, the festival used film, food, art, music, photography and talks to showcase the importance of peacebuilding.

The 2019 events were run by five of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations: Conciliation Resources, International Alert, Mercy Corps, Peace Direct and Saferworld.

A total of 12 events were held at Flat Iron Square, a cultural hub in London Bridge.

The fifth annual Talking Peace Festival was extra special, as in 2019 we were the UK's flagship event for the first ever global Peacebuilding Action Week run by the +Peace coalition.

Thank you to Billion Bites for shooting and editing the 2019 Talking Peace Festival video.


Events

All Day

Diaspora Woman: portraits from Colombia exhibition

All day, The Siding at Flat Iron Square, 6 O'Meara Street, London, SE1 1TE
Showcasing portraits and the stories of Colombian women who are now living in London but contributing their voices to the ongoing Colombian peace process. All the women are part of Diaspora Woman, which uses the collation of testimonies, as well as art, music, cooking and community, to heal past trauma and contribute to the collective memory of Colombia. Organised by Conciliation Resources.

VR experience

All day (special presentation at 3pm), Cantina at Flat Iron Square, 6 O'Meara Street, London, SE1 1TE
Mercy Corps and the University of Bradford are using virtual reality (VR) experiences to help Syrians reconnect with and discuss the heritage of their homelands, as well as that of their host countries. During the festival, attendees will be able to interact with the VR and learn more about the project and its impact from a field team member working in Jordan.

Art of the Sudanese revolution

All day, The Siding at Flat Iron Square, 6 O'Meara Street, London, SE1 1TE
An exhibition of artwork used during the deadly 2018–2019 protests in Sudan, when artists covered every inch of the Khartoum square with revolutionary artwork. The exhibition also incorporates children’s drawings of genocide in Darfur and the Nuba Mountains. Organised by Waging Peace, in partnership with Sudan Revolution Art.


Afternoon

Let's Dabkeh

12.30pm, The Siding at Flat Iron Square, 6 O'Meara Street, London, SE1 1TE
Join this folk dance workshop and learn how to dance a simple, traditional Syrian Dabkeh. You will also get to know more about its history, why it was created, how it reflects the peaceful values of the Syrian community and how it is being used today to bring people together.

Spray Peace

12.30pm and 3.30pm, Terrace at Flat Iron Square, 6 O'Meara Street, London, SE1 1TE
Spray Peace has been founded with the aim of promoting values of tolerance, peace and equality through different forms of art. This stencil making workshop provides a new, fun perspective on graffiti allowing everyone to try and make their own stencil street art!

Performances by Colombian diaspora women

1pm, Omeara at Flat Iron Square, 6 O'Meara Street, London, SE1 1TE
Women of the Colombian diaspora living in London share their experiences of peace and conflict through performances of spoken word poetry and dance. Organised by Conciliation Resources.

What inter-clan conflict in the southern Philippines can teach us about peacebuilding

1.30pm, Mezzanine at Flat Iron Square, 6 O'Meara Street, London, SE1 1TE
Learn why conflict has endured in the Bangsamoro region of the Philippines, what solutions were effective, and which ones weren’t in stemming violence. Through the case study of 'rido' (a form of inter-clan violence), this talk emphasises the need to respect and engage with diverse perceptions, needs and rule-systems, highlighting the experiences of local communities. It will be delivered by former Philippines team member Francesca Humi. Organised by International Alert.

The power of stories: community peacebuilding and arts in Yemen

2.30pm, The Siding at Flat Iron Square, 6 O'Meara Street, London, SE1 1TE
Hear from Yemeni activists, artists and peacebuilders on how they are pushing back against conflict through community peacebuilding, art, campaigning and research.

Youth voices from Ethiopia

3pm, Mezzanine at Flat Iron Square, 6 O'Meara Street, London, SE1 1TE
Hear from young people from eastern Ethiopia – the Somali Regional State – about their experiences. When war broke out 25 years ago, many of them were forced to flee to the UK. Some haven't seen their families since. Now a peace deal has been signed, people have been able to visit their home country. The young people share their stories and their hopes for peace in this interactive discussion. Organised by Conciliation Resources.


Evening

El testigo: Caín y Abel (The Witness: Cain and Abel)

5pm, Omeara at Flat Iron Square, 6 O'Meara Street, London, SE1 1TE
When Jesús Abad Colorado's family were murdered in rural Colombia, he bought a camera and dedicated the next 25 years to documenting the country’s civil war. In this film Jesús explores what it means to forgive the horrors of the past. Screening to be followed by a Q&A with the producer. Organised by Conciliation Resources.

Pints 4 peace

5pm, Mezzanine at Flat Iron Square, 6 O'Meara Street, London, SE1 1TE
A fun and light-hearted moment to talk about how some of the best conversations and reconciliation happen over a drink, and to discuss what peace means to you. The idea here is to sit down and take a moment to talk over a beer, soft drink, coffee or tea – the session will be guided by Peace Direct.

Conflict Café

7pm, The Siding at Flat Iron Square, 6 O'Meara Street, London, SE1 1TE
A pop-up culinary experience serving dishes from conflict zones. This year it features the cuisine of the Philippines, a three-course sharing meal will be created by Anglo-Filipino chef Mark Corbyn of London supperclub, The Adobros, in partnership with Eatwith. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time. Organised by International Alert. Find out more.

Zong Zing

8pm, Omeara at Flat Iron Square, 6 O'Meara Street, London, SE1 1TE
Watch performances by this eight piece Congolese dance band who play uplifting dance music called 'Cavacha'. 'Cavacha' is the core rhythm of Central African music that has given rise to ‘Soukous’ in the Democratic Republic of Congo, ‘Makosa’ in Cameroon and ‘Coupez Decallez’ in the Ivory Coast. Organised by Mercy Corps.


Partners

Talking Peace Festival is this year brought you by members of +Peace. +Peace is a coalition of 21 international peacebuilding organisations that is mobilising people, governments and the private sector to tackle global violence and division. The 2019 Talking Peace Festival represents the official UK launch of the coalition.

Partners taking part in Talking Peace Festival 2019:

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