International Alert’s Talking Peace Festival is returning to London for its second year this autumn with an even bigger series of creative events around the International Day of Peace (21 September).
The festival provides a unique arts and cultural platform for engaging people with the most urgent peace and conflict issues around the world.
Last year’s events engaged thousands of Londoners and received coverage in over 20 countries. They left us hugely inspired by the appetite people have for talking more about peace, so we’ve decided to put together another packed month-long programme, which this year has a special focus: ‘Peace in our cities‘.
Food, street art, exhibitions, music, talks, technology and comedy will all feature prominently in a festival that has something for everyone. We’ll be getting underway on 7 September with most activities taking place in London, but some also going global for the first time.
Dialogue will remain at the heart of everything, because we believe it’s the first step towards resolving conflicts and building peace.
Talking Peace Festival 2015. Because peace begins with words.
The programme at a glance
Remember Conflict Kitchen London? We’re very excited to announce that the ‘most inspiring pop-up of 2014’ (as named by Time Out) will be returning this September under the new guise of Conflict Café. Serving up authentic dishes from conflict areas around the world, the restaurant will inspire more strangers to ‘break bread’ with one another and find out something new about the conflict, history and food of these regions.
Our #ART4PEACE campaign will also be back in a bigger way. There will be live art sessions, an exhibition and an auction featuring original works from some of the biggest street artists around, all painting their visions of peace in their city.
We’ll be exploring this theme in a host of other creative ways, including through a major photography exhibition documenting International Alert’s diverse work in building peace in different cities around the world.
Our talks programme will also include a special discussion on ‘peace in our cities’ to launch the festival. We have another impressive line-up of speakers taking part in our second talk on technology and peacebuilding, where we’ll be tackling the question ‘Can an app stop a bullet?’
This will complement our peace hackathons (#peacehack). Building on the success of last year’s London hack, this will connect with hackathons we’re hoping to host in other major cities in September, from Barcelona to Beirut to Washington. All will attempt to develop groundbreaking ideas for using technology to build peace in these different urban contexts.
And that’s not the end of it. We’ll have live musical performances with the launch of ‘Ceasefire Sessions’, while our comedy night will be returning on the International Day of Peace when some of the UK’s brightest comedians will take part in a ‘Are you taking the peace?’ special.
We’ll be revealing more details on the website, including special features, blogs and photos, so stay tuned for updates.
Be the first to find out by following us on twitter @talkpeacefest, and join the conversation using #TalkingPeace.