This year we are celebrating 75 years of freedom in the Netherlands and 75 years of United Nations worldwide. To commemorate 75 years of peace, every evening from 14 to 17 October 2020 the ‘Art of Peace’ walk will be organised in the garden of the Peace Palace. This unique tour connects the history of the UN, freedom and the Peace Palace and combines an attractively lit garden with performances and true stories.
75 years of freedom, 75 years of United Nations, 75 years of peace
In 2020, we commemorate the end of the Second World War, 75 years ago. The finale of all activities in the context of 75 years of freedom will be the celebration of 75 years of the United Nations. This celebration will take place on 24 October 2020 in the Peace Palace, where the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the UN, has its seat. In order to share these celebrations with a broader audience and to illustrate that 75 years of peace cannot be taken for granted, the Carnegie Foundation, owner and manager of the Peace Palace, has developed the programme ‘Art of Peace’.
Garden tour ‘Art of Peace’
Music, poetry, works of art and stories about 75 years of peace – all these ingredients come together in the ‘Art of Peace’ programme. At the beginning of the route, visitors meet the Goddess of Peace Irene who addresses them through the art of spoken word.
In addition to historical characters and works of art, fragments from the history of the UN will also be featured. For example, the participants are introduced to the Nobel Prize laureate Dag Hammarskjold, who was Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1953 to 196. Not only during the Suez Canal crisis he advocated for dialogue and de-escalation. The repercussions of the Second World War and the history of the Peace Palace are illustrated by the story of Max Chotzen. He worked as a librarian in the Peace Palace and at the same time was active in the Dutch resistance. Together with colleagues, he printed illegal newspapers on a stencil machine hidden in the basement of the palace.
These and various other stories and art interventions about solidarity, hope, peace and freedom are experienced by visitors as they stroll through the garden.
The ‘Art of Peace’ walk will take place on 14, 15, 16 and 17 October from 7 .p.m. onwards. Visitors walk the route independently and are accompanied by volunteers where necessary. Tickets cost €15 per person and can be purchased via the website of the Peace Palace: www.vredespaleis.nl/artofpeace.
At the beginning of the approximately 50-minute walk, visitors will receive a drink included in the ticket price. The programme is suitable for all ages, unfortunately the gardens are not passable for wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Of course the measures concerning Covid-19 have been taken into account and both the walking route and the number of participants have been adjusted accordingly.