Alert to mark 30th anniversary with third Talking Peace Festival

To coincide with UN International Peace Day (21 September) and to mark its 30th anniversary, leading peacebuilding organisation International Alert will hold its third annual Talking Peace Festival in London on 21 September–2 October 2016.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, patron of International Alert, said: “Always building, always challenging, always inspiring. For 30 years. I am very proud to be associated with International Alert’s history”.

The festival will take over House of Vans, a cultural hub on London’s South Bank, and present food, art, photography and films from around the globe, raising awareness of the vital work of peacebuilding and the power of creativity to bridge divides and resolve conflicts.

The festival will also feature a peace-inspired hackathon at Google Campus London and an international live art campaign spanning locations around the world, to be livestreamed on social media.

Among this year’s highlights will be:

  • Art – Create Syria: A multimedia art exhibition that explores how arts, from theatre and film to animation and puppetry, can support dialogue, resilience and peace in the wake of the ongoing Syria crisis; #ART4PEACE: A live art campaign for Peace Day (21 September) in London and globally, inviting prominent street artists and local communities around the world to paint murals and highlight the particular challenges to peace their countries are facing;
  • Food – Conflict Café: A popular dining experience that champions the idea of peace through food. This year, Conflict Café will cover the cuisines and conflicts of Lebanon and Sri Lanka. In association with Grub Club and Cult Events;
  • Photography - International Alert: 30 years of building peace: A photography exhibition showcasing the everyday peace stories of the people and communities International Alert has supported over the last 30 years.
  • Film - Series of film screenings that explore peace and conflict issues around the world;
  • Technology - #Peacehack: Bringing together technologists, developers, designers and peace practitioners, this two-day hackathon aims to generate innovative solutions for using technology to build peace. This year, the event will focus on countering hate speech.

The full Talking Peace Festival programme will be announced later this summer. Find out more at:


Key dates:

  • 21 September – 2 October 2016: Talking Peace Festival and 30th anniversary celebrations
  • 21 September 2016: Launch party (by invitation only)

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About International Alert

International Alert was founded in 1986 to help people find peaceful solutions to conflict.

Building on its early work in Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Uganda, International Alert has grown to be a leading peacebuilding organisation, working in more than 30 countries around the world, from Colombia to Syria and Ukraine.

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