UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

07/03/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/03/2019 05:16

BIENNALE OF LUANDA - PAN-AFRICAIN FORUM FOR THE CULTURE OF PEACE

In Africa, the concept of the Culture of Peace is enriched by the values, belief systems, traditions, and cultural and artistic forms of expression that contribute to the respect of human rights, cultural diversity, solidarity and the rejection of violence to build democratic societies.

The Biennale for the Culture of Peace draws from Pan-African Forum 'Sources and Resources for a Culture of Peace' held in Luanda, Angola, in 2013, and aims to expand and sustain the Pan-African Movement for the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence.

The first edition of the Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace, Biennale of Luanda, will be held in the Angolan capital from 18 to 22 September 2019.

This continental initiative is intended to serve as:

  • A global platform for the promotion of cultural diversity and African unity;
  • A venue of international and intra-African cultural exchanges;
  • A special meeting that brings together - every two years - actors and partners of a Pan-African movement for the prevention of violence and conflict, and the consolidation of peace;
  • An opportunity to build sustainable partnerships between governments, civil society, the private sector, the artistic and scientific community, academic institutions, and international organizations.

The Biennale also aims to give a voice to African women and young people and to facilitate the launch of public awareness campaigns as part of the World Day of Peace (21 September).

The Biennale is organized around four main axes:

  1. Forum of Ideas and Youth Forum: two platforms of reflection on the future of Africa, focusing on the dissemination of good practices and solutions for the prevention of crises, and the resolution and attenuation of conflicts;
  2. Festival of Cultures: promotion of cultural diversity and resilience capacity to conflicts and violence in African countries and the Diaspora;
  3. Cultures and Sports Alliance for Peace: gathering of international cultural, sport and music events for peace advocacy;

  4. Partners' Alliance for the Culture of Peace in Africa: encouraging the mobilization of resources and partners to support the Biennale and developing on a larger scale projects and initiatives that have proven successful on the African continent.

Edition 2019: 18 - 22 September (see Provisional Programme)