Talking Peace Festival 2017

The Talking Peace Festival is a global arts and cultural platform designed to engage people in the most urgent issues of peace and conflict around the world.

The festival celebrates the International Day of Peace on 21 September and showcases the power of creativity in resolving conflict. Watch this video to find out more.

The 2017 festival was held at House of Vans London from 21–24 September, with an interactive exhibition Peace in Progress, our innovative pop-up restaurant Conflict Café, the creative Robots for Peace #peacehack and a fascinating Peace Talks discussion.

We also had loads of events taking place around the world, including an arts festival in Myanmar, an animation festival in Ukraine and a music festival in the Philippines.

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We were pleased to have the support of Ben & Jerry’s in London, who were on hand throughout the festival with ice cream and information about their campaign with IRC Europe, Together for Refugees.


Conflict Café

21–23 September 2017

Conflict Café celebrates the power of food to break down barriers and get people talking. Diners join communal tables, where they are treated to a feast of traditional dishes from countries that have experienced conflict around the world. Great food is at the heart of Conflict Café, but it is also an informative and interactive dining experience.

This year, we took diners on a culinary journey through Syria, where the conflict has now entered its seventh year. Guests found out more about the issues facing the country, hearing from the chef and our experts at brief intervals throughout the three-course meal. Conflict Café ran for three nights, from 21–23 September.

Find out more about Conflict Café.

Peace in Progress

21–24 September 2017

Peace is just as much about communities living together, side by side, and resolving their differences without resorting to violence as it is about people signing a treaty or laying down their arms. That is why we believe that we all have a role to play in building a more peaceful future.

This interactive exhibition brought to life the everyday approaches we use to make lasting peace a reality. We journeyed from Rwanda to Syria, to show how methods as simple as talking, sharing and playing can help make a difference. Attendees could also get involved too, by taking on our tomato trader challenge, marking their place of peace in London or just taking a break from the madness and playing a game or two.

Peace Talks

21 September 2017

Peace Talks is our panel discussion series, which looks at current themes and developments around the world affecting peace, providing an interactive platform where people can discuss and challenge big questions about peace.

This Peace Talks took a closer look at the journey of those who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict, violence and persecution, as well as their opportunities to find safety and build a new life.

This event was held in partnership with IRC Europe and Ben & Jerry's.

Peacehack: Robots for peace

23 September 2017

This day-long hackathon looked at how bots can be used to spread the message of peace. Peacehackers convened to discuss the ethics around using this and other technologies, and engaged the public in creating their own bots to amplify the message of peace. Find out more about the bots here.


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