The Solidarity Shorts International Film Contest 2013 Workshops are over. The winners of the contest came to Poland, took part in an intensive Film Workshop at the Gdynia Film School and participated in the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Warsaw. Overall, the entire experience can be best described through a series of pictures, available at our Facebook photo gallery.
The Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates convened in Warsaw, Poland, October 21-23, 2013, calls for a new realism to advance human solidarity based on principles of nonviolence and peace. The example of those who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – individuals and organizations – demonstrates that when people summon the courage to stand up for peace change can happen.
We regret to inform that the EMMA FOR PEACE workshops scheduled for today has been cancelled because of the bomb alarm in the Teatr Wielki- National Opera. Lech Walesa Institute, co-organizer of the summit regrets that this situation occurred and we apologise for any inconvenience.. Please note therefore that the earlier celebration of the 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize laureate proceed smoothly.
Since 1999, at each annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, a Committee made up of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates presents a Peace Summit Award. The Award is presented to personalities from the world of culture and entertainment who actively stand up for peace and make broader audiences aware of issues in the contemporary world. The initiator of the Award was Mikhail Gorbachev, himself Laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.
Recipients of the award over the years have included singers, actors and even a football player. Musician Peter Gabriel was honoured with the Award for his commitment in his artistic activity against violations of human rights and his firm stance against violence and war, like in his song “Biko” in which he sang about Steve Biko, an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa, killed in 1977.
Among musicians acknowledged for their advocacy of peace, there is also Bono, lead singer of the Irish rock band U2, honoured for his engagement in the cancellation of debt in third world countries. Singer Annie Lennox, known for her musical work with the Eurythmics, was recognised for her work against the HIV pandemic in South Africa. Other musicians whose charitable activities have been honoured include Cat Stevens and Bob Geldof, organisers of the “Live Aid” and “Live8” concerts.