The 1st Peace World Forum

The First World Forum for Peace (Generations in the heart of Peace), was held from 30 September to 2 October 2011, at Palazzo dei Congressi, in Lugano.

Promoted by: Culture Ticino Network Association.

Organized by: MaffeisNetwork SA.


1. World Forum: 1st Edition

 “Generations in the heart of Peace: from Ticino to the World” World Forum, ended on 2nd October, with great success and having Culture Ticino Network and its team very satisfied.

The World Forum offered to its participants three days rich of cultural activities and performances: besides five scheduled round tables, all the attendees had the possibility to assist to numerous video-projections, related to peace and others intercultural issues, and to visit a paint exhibition (whose paintings were later sold for solidarity purposes by “Associazione pittori e scultori ticinesi”), and many NGO’s stands.


2. Friday, 30 September, 2011: the World Forum’s opening

The World Forum opening party was held on Friday, 30 September 2011, with Margherita Maffeis, Founding President of Culture Ticino Network, greeting all the guests. Thereafter, Tibetan singer Dechen Shak-Dagsay offered an astonishing performance, followed by the folkloristic music band Balkan Lovers. The climax of the evening, however, came with Angelo Branduardi, well-known Italian singer and songwriter who, after the concert, spent some time with his fans.


3.  Saturday, 1 October, 2011

3.1 Morning: the official opening

On Saturday, 1 October 2011, Culture Ticino Network’s Founding President Margherita Maffeis, along with Hon. Paolo Beltraminelli and Ferruccio Ünternaher, on behalf of Lugano’s City, hosted the white-blue (colors of peace) cutting ceremony who officially kicked off the World Forum. A very emotional and moving moment, livened up by the musical performance of rising musicians Alessandra Doninelli (violin) and Teira Yamashita (viola), accompanied by Greek singer Fedra Rachouti.

Later, after the exclusive photo exhibition dedicated to Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the first two round tables took place, themed after intercultural, ethical and health-related issues. The above-mentioned conferences were all hosted by well-known lecturers, such as Prof. Franco Cavalli, Prof. Giorgio Noseda, Dr. Franco Denti and Padre Polidoro, prominent member of Assisi Pax International (broadcasting live from Assisi).

3.2  Late afternoon and evening: live entertainment and concerts

Late in the afternoon children from Circo Fortuna, performed in many small circus shows, along with young dancers from Associazione Akas Branko Radicevic, who danced over a south Serbian popular music backdrop.

After the above-mentioned performances, the day came to an end with another solidarity concert, in which renowned pianist Cyprien Katsaris, UNESCO’s artist for peace, introduced “Melodie della pace” (Peace melodies), along with Janis Vakarelis (decorated with the “Gold Phoenix order”) and the Önder Sisters, Ferzan and Ferhan (both UNICEF’s ambassadors). In closing, an amazing musical journey took place, with a Swiss premier offered by four contemporary pianists, who played classic pieces from great composers such as Liszt, Vivaldi, and Ravel.

4.  Sunday, 2 October, 2011: a goodbye

Sunday, 2 October 2011, had three round tables scheduled, which took place immediately after the surprise musical performance of the “Canticle of the Sun” (Canticum o Laudes Creaturarum), by Vox Nova choir. Thereafter, all the artists who performed during Saturday’s concerts were involved in an exciting brainstorm with many renowned acts of the local musical scene, such as Maestro Bruno Amaducci and Denise Fedeli, OSI’s artistic director (Orchestra della Svizzera italiana). Later during the day, Maurizio Tamagni (President of Damiano Tamagni Foundation), former State Counsellor Luigi Pedrazzini, and more personalities from the above-mentioned foundation, discussed the topic of youth violence, proposing raise-awareness activities for the youth, promoted by Fondazione Idee Sport through its projects “Midada” and “Midnight“.

In conclusion, the topic of discussion switched to “using social networks and internet to spread the culture of peace among people”. Finally, Culture Ticino Network’s team and all its volunteers, accompanied by the sweet melodies of Vox Nova choir, greeted all the guests warmly.

The great success of the 1st edition turned the “Generations in the heart of Peace: from Ticino to the World” World Forum into a tradition.


Download HERE the program of the first edition (2011).

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and income statement of the year 2011