Talking Peace Festival 2019

The Talking Peace Festival is a global arts and cultural platform designed to engage people in the most urgent issues of peace and conflict around the world. This one-day festival on 21 September 2019 celebrates the International Day of Peace and uses the power of creativity to showcase the impact of peacebuilding.

The festival returns for its fifth year and takes over Flat Iron Square, a cultural hub in London Bridge. And for the first time it is being organised by five members of the +Peace coalition, who are coming together to tackle global levels of violence and division and transition culture, policy and politics in support of peacebuilding.

Collectively, these organisations work in more than 38 countries around the world with communities, business and government to build peace. Together Conciliation Resources, International Alert, Mercy Corps, Peace Direct and Saferworld are curating an eclectic programme of events including art, food, photography, talks and music to showcase the power of words and highlight some of the inspirational peacebuilding work taking place around the world.

This year's highlights

  • Conflict Café (by International Alert) – 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 can be booked here.

  • El testigo: Caín y Abel (The Witness: Cain and Abel) (by Conciliation Resources) – Screening of the film, El testigo that tells the story of Jesús Abad Colorado. When his family were murdered in rural Colombia, he bought a camera and dedicated the next 25 years to documenting the country’s civil war. In the film he goes in search of the subjects of his most iconic photographs to explore what it means to forgive the horrors of the past. Screening to be followed by a Q&A with the Producer.

  • Talk from Yemen (by The Sana’a Centre for Strategic Studies) – This session will give people the opportunity to learn about how civil society manages the constraints imposed by conflict to contribute to building peace across Yemen, including building peace through street art, research on gender & youth, campaigning and community-based activities.

  • Pints 4 peace (by Peace Direct) – A fun and light-hearted moment to talk about how some of the best conversations and reconciliation happen over a drink. 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.

  • VR experience (by Mercy Corps) - Mercy Corps is 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 find out more about the project and its impact.

Talking Peace Festival 2017

Here's a bit about the last time we got together so you know what you can expect.

Programme of events

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Talking Peace Festival is this year brought you by members of +Peace, a coalition of 21 international peacebuilding organisations which 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: