The World Forum on Democracy & Peace 2023

"Art & Film for Democracy"

(Berlin; February, 23rd - 26th, 2023)

Conference Overview

"The World Forum on Democracy & Peace" is an annual conference taking place in Berlin to explore the potential for film, art and music to provide a neutral platform for democracy promotion and peace building. The 2023 Forum will focus on the “Growing Threats for Democracy Around the World” as well as on ways to support victims of Human Rights abuses around the world. Artists and practitioners from the fields of film, music, literature, and painting, will share their perspectives on the conference themes alongside renowned artists and leading figures from international politics, diplomacy, academy civil society, and the private sector.

For decades, all forms of the arts have served as a powerful, effective vehicles to inspire and enable people to build cultural bridges and come together towards prosperous peaceful relations. Over the course of many years now, people have discovered the unique potential of the arts and in particular cinema, music, and performing arts to transcend cultures, serving as common languages to bring together different groups and communities in order to promote democracy, justice and human rights. These unique qualities have the unparalleled strength to continuously effect people and over time sculpt human society closer to the ultimate goal of global peace.

The Power of Film & the Arts to Build Peace will be celebrated during the conference and examine the immense transformative value that the film and music hold as vehicles of Cultural Diplomacy to promote democracy and human rights. The vision of the conference is to bring an interdisciplinary mixture of celebrated artists, high level representatives from the film industry and practitioners of Cultural Diplomacy in order to prepare an agenda for after the conclusion of the conference, which will initiate programs and initiatives that will support democracy and human rights protection.