Talking Peace Festival Launches in London and uses Street Art to start a Conversation

International Alerts Talking Peace festival has launched in London with a celebration of World Food and great art! The idea is simple, start a conversation over a shared meal or through a common interest and the beginnings of a relationship will be formed.

Lasting the best part of a month, the festival involves some of the best street artists and the most talented cooks as well some of the funniest comedians, all of whom will be giving their time trying start a conversation about peace.

Dan Kitchener live painting in Old Street

Dan Kitchener live painting in Old Street courtesy of International Alert

In terms of art, live painting at locations around London will feature some of London’s very best street art talent with a lot of the art produced then up for display and sale at the Hoxton Gallery. It gives people a chance to see art in action and talk to the artists all of whom will be reflecting in their work what peace means to them.

Launching on 8 September 2014 with a ‘Peace Booth‘ on Old Street Station. Passers by got the chance to learn about the work International Alert does in terms of promoting peace around the world, have their picture taken and see some of the UK’s top street artists in action. The event was followed with a launch featuring a panel of experts at Shoreditch Village Hall and the first pop up version of the ‘Conflict Kitchen’ featuring foods from around the World.

Pure Evil live painting in Old Street

Pure Evil live painting in Old Street courtesy of International Alert

Speaking to International Alert about why he was taking part top artist Dan Kitchener said it was a bit of a no brainer. “Positive imagery, bright colourful, vibrant pictures can spread a positive vibe, it can play a great way of helping you get your message across.” His resultant painting called ‘Still Life’ was, he said, “a state of stillness, utter calm and tranquility. It’s capturing a moment of stillness in time.”

Also painting at the launch, Pure Evil owner of the iconic Pure Evil Gallery said “I believe in peace and I believe art can help to bring about a paradigm shift in peoples thinking.. If you want peace, make art.. Change peoples point of view and you can change a vote, change a vote and you can change the world. Picasso understood this and his Guernica paintings is one of the greatest anti war statements ever made.”

Syrian artist  Tarek Tuma courtesy of International Alert

Syrian artist Tarek Tuma courtesy of International Alert

More events featuring more artists as part of the Talking Peace festival are listed below so get down to see them if you can.

Old Street Peace Booth, 8–14 September 2014
Artists taking part in the Peace Booth include Tarek Tuma, Lana Alana, Mr Dane, Francesca Love, Amara Por Dios, 616, Josh Jeavons, Ibrahim Fakhri and Zina.

Shoreditch Art Wall, 13–19 September 2014
The iconic Shoreditch Art Wall will be taking over by artists 616, Ben Murphy and Pang. Expect an intense artistic experience with that one.

Shoreditch Courtyard Paint Jam, 19 September 2014 6pm-10pm
Get along to Shoreditch Courtyard to see the real kings of the paint jam. With some of London’s best and most prolific street artists including Captain Kris, Himbad, Jeba, Ricky Dep, Saki & Bitches, TonyBoy, Tony Riff and The Real Dill. There will be music and great art. For more info click here.

Queen of Hoxton, 20–21 September 2014
See some brilliant live art at the Queen of Hoxton rooftop as part of Conflict Kitchen London to mark the UN International Day of Peace. Andrea Tyrimos, Hannah Adamaszek, Kef and Syrian artist Ibrahim Fakhri.

Hoxton Gallery, 24 September–3 October 2014
An exhibition of the street art created during the month, held at the Hoxton Gallery, with auction on 3 October.

Talking Peace Festival Artist Gallery

Lana Alana by Lewis Phillips

Lana Alana picture courtesy of Lewis Phillips

Art by Norwegian artist Zina painting in the Peace Booth on 14 September

Art by Norwegian artist Zina painting in the Peace Booth on 14 September

Francesca Love Artist has painted in the Peace Booth picture courtesy of International Alert

Francesca Love Artist has painted in the Peace Booth picture courtesy of International Alert

Amara Por Dios will be painting in the Peace Booth

Amara Por Dios will be painting in the Peace Booth

Pang and Ben Murphy collaborated together on Morella and will be working with 616 to paint the Shoreditch Art Wall

Pang and Ben Murphy collaborated together on Morella and will be working with 616 to paint the Shoreditch Art Wall

Captain Kris from the Lost Souls will be taking part in the paint jam

Captain Kris from the Lost Souls will be taking part in the paint jam

Saki and B by Lewis Phillips.  She will be taking part in the Shoreditch Yard paint jam

Saki and B by Lewis Phillips. She will be taking part in the Shoreditch Yard paint jam

Andrea Tyrimos in action on the street live painting during the Whitecross Street Party she will be painting as part of the Conflict Kitchen at the Queen of Hoxton

Andrea Tyrimos in action on the street live painting during the Whitecross Street Party she will be painting as part of the Conflict Kitchen at the Queen of Hoxton

Kef will be painting at the Queen of Hoxton

Kef will be painting at the Queen of Hoxton

Hannah Adamaszek painting during the Whitecross Street festival.  She will be painting at the Queen of Hoxton

Hannah Adamaszek painting during the Whitecross Street festival. She will be painting at the Queen of Hoxton

Suzko will be taking part in the festival

Suzko will be taking part in the festival

Look out for work from Artista as part of the festival

Look out for work from Artista as part of the festival

Benjamin Murphy will be painting at the art wall and has also donated this piece for the gallery show

Benjamin Murphy will be painting at the art wall and has also donated this piece for the gallery show

Window painting for peace in Hoxton Square by Lana Alana

Window painting for peace in Hoxton Square by Lana Alana