Talking Peace Festival

8 September 3 October 2014

London, 5 August: To coincide with the UN International Day of Peace (21 September), peacebuilding organisation International Alert is pleased to announce the launch of Talking Peace Festival – a groundbreaking initiative to highlight the importance of words in resolving conflict.

The festival will launch on Monday 8 September and run for a month in venues across London.

It will feature a dazzling array of thought-provoking events and pop-up activities - from a South Bank photo exhibition re-visiting Rwanda 20 years on, to a street art showcase about peace in Shoreditch.

Comedy, debates and cookery will all find a role in Talking Peace as we span the globe to reveal why every peace process must start with a conversation.

Dan Smith, Secretary General of International Alert, says:

“Peace depends on people communicating with each other. This is why dialogue is such a central feature of Alert’s peacebuilding work around the world. We bring together different sides of a conflict to discuss issues, and to identify possible solutions that will avoid violence”.

Talking Peace will use the universal language of creativity to communicate its message, because culture in all its forms can itself be a powerful tool for sparking debate, creating empathy and inspiring change.

The festival will tap into London’s rich arts scene, bringing together local and international talent. Through a series of inspiring events, Talking Peace will stimulate curiosity about peacebuilding and the hard work it requires.

“We hope this festival will give a sense of how words can bring people together, and show why dialogue must be the first step for building lasting peace”.

The complete programme for Talking Peace Festival will be announced in August. Please check our website for updates:


About International Alert

International Alert is one of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations, with nearly 30 years of experience laying the foundations for peace in more than 25 countries.

Dialogue is a crucial aspect of building peace. We bring people together to help them better understand their differences and resolve them peacefully.

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