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.

Now in its fourth year, the Talking Peace Festival celebrates the International Day of Peace on 21 September and showcases the power of creativity in resolving conflict.

Held at House of Vans London from 21–24 September, the festival will feature Peace in Progress, an interactive exhibition demonstrating the everyday ways we can all support peace, our innovative pop-up restaurant Conflict Café – exploring the Syrian crisis through the country’s cuisine, a Peacehack looking at how bots can be used to spread the message of peace and a fascinating Peace Talks discussion. Find out more below.

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

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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 will take diners on a culinary journey through Syria, where the conflict has now entered its sixth year. Guests will find out more about the issues facing the country, hearing from the chef and our experts at brief intervals throughout the three-course meal. Meet the chef's that will be cooking for you on the night. Conflict Café is running for three nights, from 21–23 September. Buy tickets here. For further information, email

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. In this interactive exhibition, we will demonstrate the everyday ways we can all support peace – at home and around the world. More details to follow.

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 will take 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 thier opportunities to find safety and build a new life. 

This edition is in partership with IRC Europe and Ben & Jerrys

Peacehack: Robots for peace

23 September 2017

A day long hackathon looking at how bots can be used to spread the message of peace. Peacehackers will convene to discuss the ethics around using this and other technologies, and engage the public in creating their own bots to amplify the message of peace. More details to follow.


House of Vans London
Arches, 228–232 Station Approach Road
London, SE1 8SW

Travel tip: The easiest route is via Waterloo station. Take exit 1 located next to platform 1, turn right and walk straight down. House of Vans London is located on your right-hand side.