Talking Peace Festival returns to London in September 2015

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"I am proud to be part of a peace festival that celebrates the power of words to remove barriers and bridge divides, to change lives positively.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, International Alert patron

London, 11 August 2015: International Alert, the UK’s leading peacebuilding charity, is delighted to announce the second Talking Peace Festival will take place in London from 3 September to 3 October 2015.

The festival, which coincides with the UN's International Day of Peace on 21 September, will bring together art, food, photography, talks, comedy, music and technology to showcase the power of words and creativity in resolving conflict.

This year’s festival theme focuses on ‘peace in our cities’, and will look at the new challenges that urbanisation poses to peace, from organised crime to civil unrest, and identify possible solutions.

The much anticipated festival will also include a Peace Talks panel discussion on the role of technology and peacebuilding on 21 September, coinciding with the International Day of Peace.

The festival will have an expanded #ART4PEACE programme, including an exhibition and auction of urban and street art by leading international talent. A music strand is introduced this year, with internationally acclaimed musicians coming together in a unique online creative collaboration.

For the first time, Talking Peace will also host a number of ‘sister’ events in countries across the world, including Colombia, Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Uganda.

Phil Vernon, Director of Programmes at International Alert, said: "The next Talking Peace Festival will continue to build on the success achieved last year. We have seen a great appetite for cultural events that stimulate discussions about peacebuilding and celebrate the hard work it requires. We look forward to seeing an even greater number of people enjoying our festival in 2015.”

Among this year’s highlights:

  • New for 2015: Peace Tracks – launching this year, a global collaborative music project that will bring together internationally celebrated recording artists with musicians from conflict zones;
  • Expanded for 2015: #ART4PEACE – a campaign featuring an exhibition and auction of urban art by leading international talent with a focus on ‘peace in our cities’;
  • Conflict Café (formerly Conflict Kitchen London) – a pop-up culinary experience serving dishes from conflict zones. This year it features the cuisines of the Middle East, Colombia, Nepal, and Armenia and Turkey, with a special brunch by Honey & Co.’s Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer. Hosted at House of Vans, in partnership with GrubClub and Cult Events;
  • Peace in Our Cities – an outdoor photography exhibition exploring issues facing young people in different cities, including London, Tunis and Kampala;
  • #peacehack – a series of peace-inspired hackathons taking place in cities around the world including London, Barcelona, Beirut and Derry, with more cities to be announced.

Other events taking place during Talking Peace will include live street art demonstrations; an ‘Are You Taking the Peace?’ comedy night on the International Day of Peace (21 September) and two specially programmed Peace Talks in International Alert’s ongoing panel discussion series, which looks at current themes and developments around the world affecting peace.

The full Talking Peace programme will be announced later this month.

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For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact:

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Ilaria Bianchi
Head of Communications
Talking Peace Festival Director
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M +44 (0)7910 255256

Julia Karlysheva
Communications Officer
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Social media tags: Twitter: @talkpeacefest, Instagram: @international_alert, Hashtag: #TalkingPeace

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 (including the UK). We believe that dialogue is crucial for building peace. We bring people together to help them better understand their differences and resolve them peacefully. Find out more at