Talking Peace Festival 2016

Join us for two weeks of cultural events and discover how creativity can bring people together and resolve conflicts.

Now in its third year, the Talking Peace Festival returns with an exciting array of events to get people talking about peace through arts, film, food and tech.

The festival kicks off today, the International Day of Peace, with a global live art campaign called #ART4PEACE. Street artists and local communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, the Philippines, Ukraine and the UK will be painting murals to highlight the particular challenges their countries are facing.

Meanwhile in Rewnzori in Uganda, we have been running a three-day youth peace camp plus interfaith prayers and reflections on peace. This is followed by a huge mural painting in Kampala on 24 September.

In the UK and Philippines, we’ll also be running #peacehacks, bringing together designers, developers and peace practitioners to develop digital solutions to peace and conflict issues.

Several of our offices will also be spending the day celebrating with our partners. Among them Nigeria, where we’ll be reflecting on the impact of our work thus far in Maiduguri, followed by a session with women and girls in one of the IDP camps.

While in the UK, from tomorrow we’ll be hosting a range of events at House of Vans London, including Conflict Café, a unique culinary experience offering food from conflict areas and harnessing the power of food to break down barriers and get people talking.

There will also be a multimedia installation called Create Syria, exploring how arts can help build a better future in the wake of crisis, and a photo retrospective of Alert’s 30 years of building peace.

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