Talking Peace Festival programme announced

Talking Peace Festival is a series of events taking place this autumn around International Peace Day on 21 September:

Using the universal language of creativity, the festival will illustrate the importance of dialogue in resolving conflicts in venues across London. Join us for talks, comedy, art, food, photography and more!

The full programme will be announced later in August, but here is a flavour of what to expect:

  • Launch party, Shoreditch Village Hall, 8 September (RSVP here)
  • Peace Booth, Old Street Underground Station, 8-14 September
    Strike a pose for peace in our Peace Photo Booth and enjoy live art demonstrations as part of our #Art4peace campaign. Free.
  • Conflict Kitchen - Restaurant (Burma, Jordan and Peru), Monikers Restaurant, Hoxton Square, 11-27 September, (Book tickets here). Conflict Kitchen is a different culinary experience combining food from conflict areas and illuminating conversations. Each week we'll bring to life the recipes of those regions and give every diner the opportunity to learn about prospects for peace.
    Over the month of September, the Conflict Kitchen will serve mouth-wateringly delicious food from countries around the world that have experienced violence and conflict.

    Join us at the dinner table to get a little taste of different cultures, learn about their hopes for peace and strike up conversation with those sharing your table. - See more at:

  • #Art4peace campaign, various locations throughout September. Talented street artists unite in painting campaign for peace in spaces around East London. They will include: 616, Andrea Tyrimos, Benjamin Murphy, Dan Kitchener, David Walker, Faunagraphic, Francesca Love Artist, Ibrahim Fakhri, Jim McElvaney, Joel Bergner, Lana Alana, Magnus Gjoen, Mr Dane, Pang, Paul Curtis (Moose), Pure Evil, Suzko and Tarek Tuma.
  • Takeover of Shoreditch Art Wall, 17-19 Great Eastern Street, 13-19 September
    Come and see this iconic Shoreditch mural transform into a giant piece of street art - for peace! Free.
  • Photo exhibition: "The Amahoro Generation: The youth of Rwanda talk peace", South Bank, 18 September-3 October
    Photography from award-winning photojournalist Carol Allen-Storey, featuring the stories of young Rwandans, their reflections on the genocide and hopes for the future. Free.
  • Conflict Kitchen - Rooftop (Middle East), Queen of Hoxton, 20-21 September. Our Conflict Kitchen takes on a Middle Eastern grill theme for the weekend of International Peace Day, serving recipes from renowned chefs Anissa Helou, Yotam Ottolenghi and Claudia Roden.
  • Are you Taking the Peace?, The Comedy Store, 22 September (Book tickets here)
    Our annual benefit comedy night featuring Rich Hall, Stewart Francis, Holly Walsh, Matt Rees, Daniel Simonsen, Nick Revell and Alistair Barrie (MC).
  • #Art4peace Exhibition, Hoxton Gallery, 23 September-3 October
    Exhibition showcasingA a selection of works from the #Art4peace campaign.
  • Art4peace Auction, Hoxton Gallery, 3 October
  • No Pressure to be Funny, The Phoenix - Cavendish Square, 28 September
    The highly acclaimed satirical panel show presents an International Alert special, chaired by LBC Radio's James O'Brien.

For updates, please visit the festival website:

And follow us @TalkPeaceFest and use the hashtag #TalkingPeace to share your views!