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Program 11° edition


The significant 11th edition of the World Forum for Peace will take place from November 18th to December 14th, 2023, in various locations in Lugano, with the aim of helping us become aware and share possible “objectives and solutions” for future generations. Peace begins with the small things – that is, with ourselves, our families, in schools, and in every community – and then spreads throughout the world.

The Culture Ticino Network Association sincerely thanks all the supporters and volunteers, guests and speakers, the City of Lugano, the Department of Health and Social Affairs, the Office for the Promotion of Children’s and Youth Rights, the teachers, and all the people who will attend and support our solidarity events.


On Saturday, November 18, 2023, starting at 5:00 PM at the Hotel de la Paix in Lugano, you are all invited to attend the special opening evening of the 11th edition of the World Forum for Peace.

In the first part, there will be welcome greetings from our president and founder of our association, Anna Margherita Maffeis-Natale, who is also the Honorary Consul of the Philippines, as well as renowned guests and authorities.

Following that, there will be an interesting roundtable discussion titled “Peace and the Rights of Children and Youth,” moderated by journalist Antonio Franzi, during which speakers Tiziana Volta, coordinator of the World March for Peace 2024, and Anna Vidoli, Coordinator of the Canton Program for the Promotion of Children’s and Youth Rights UFaG, will participate.

Throughout the evening, there will be appearances by the Consul General of the Philippine Embassy Josephine M. Reynante, the president of the Grand Council Nadia Ghisolfi and the lawyer Chiarella Rei Ferrari, President of the Council of State Raffaele De Rosa, Municipal Filippo Lombardi, and other distinguished guests.

Starting at 7:00 PM, two wonderful fashion shows will be showcased, the Philippine sustainable fashion show by designer PamPinay and the show by Italian designer Miriam Tirinzoni

This will be followed by an interesting round table discussion entitled “Peace and the rights of children and young people”, moderated by journalist Antonio Franzi, with speakers Tiziana Volta, coordinator of the World March for Peace 2024, Anna Vidoli, Coordinator of the Cantonal Programme for the promotion of the rights of children and young people UFaG and Dr. Donatella Marazziti, world-renowned psychiatry specialist and member of the WHO study group.

The Consul General of the Philippine Embassy Josephine M. Reynante, Gran Consiglio President Nadia Ghisolfi and lawyer Chiarella Rei Ferrari, State Council President Raffaele De Rosa, Municipal Councillor Tiziano Galeazzi, and other renowned guests will speak during the evening.

An aperitif and solidarity Gala Dinner will follow at 7 p.m., animated by the musical Duo ‘Le Unio’ (Voice: Francesca Parrotta, Violin: Natalia Carpenco). Two wonderful fashion shows will be performed, the sustainable Filipino fashion show by fashion designer PamPinay and the fashion show by Italian fashion designer Miriam Tirinzoni. During the gala dinner there will also be the awarding of our Spiry Prize and various surprises. Our affectionate Maristella Polli will conduct the evening.

The cost of the Gala Dinner for solidarity is CHF 120.00 per person, to be paid to the account of the Culture Ticino Network Association, as follows:

IBAN: CH140024724710719501F


The funds raised during the evening will be allocated to projects of our Culture Ticino Network Association in Ticino and the Philippines.


On Thursday, November 23, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, at the Lugano Congress Center, the “Village of Peace” will take place—a day dedicated to elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as vocational schools, focusing on peace and human rights, particularly the rights of childhood, adolescence, and youth.

This day, organized in collaboration with other associations and industry professionals who will share their expertise, will transform the Lugano Congress Center with 11 stations where workshops on highly relevant topics will be held. We extend our heartfelt thanks for the significant collaboration from various associations and professionals joining us this year, including Save the Children, Assefa, Swiss Red Cross, SwissABILITY, Pro Juventute, WWF, AMTIBU, the writer Ketty Magni, international pianist Antonio Davì, and Mrs. Suzanne Palermo.

The Culture Ticino Network Association in Lugano also expresses sincere gratitude to the City of Lugano, the Department of Health and Social Affairs in Bellinzona, as well as the Canton Program for the Promotion of Children’s and Youth Rights for their support.


From 8:45 AM: Welcome of participants at the Lugano Congress Center

From 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM: Official inauguration of the 11th edition of the World Forum for Peace with the participation of distinguished guests, including Lugano City Council Member Lorenzo Quadri, and a welcoming address by our president, Margherita Maffeis-Natale. This first part will be enriched by the school choirs from Bellinzona Middle School, under the guidance of teacher Thomas Guggia, and the “Crescendo Cantando” school choir from the I.R.M.A Montessori House in Bedano, led by teacher Barbara Busana.

From 10:00 AM to 12:15 PM: First round of Workshops

From 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM: Common Lunch

From 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM: Second round of Workshops

Further details about the day and descriptions of the various workshops can be downloaded from the dedicated page on our website.

View the workshops by clicking here.


On Thursday, December 14, 2023, starting at 8 p.m., at the beautiful Church of Sant’Antonio in Lugano, we will conclude this important edition with a very special and emotionally rich Solidarity Concert for Peace.

We will witness a performance by the Chamber Orchestra from the Locarno region, conducted by director Andreas Laake, featuring young students from the percussion course at the School of Music and the Pre-College of the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland under the direction of Maestro Bruno Luca.

The event will feature ensemble and solo performances by Isabella Upazzoli, soprano, Andreas Laake, viola solo and orchestra conductor, and Beat Helfenberger, cello solo, whose beautiful pieces will take us into the true Christmas spirit.

Admission to the solidarity concert is by free-will offering.



The funds raised during the 11th edition of the World Forum for Peace will support projects in Ticino and the Philippines, particularly the project “Vocational training in the bakery/pastry sector and support for the establishment of independent businesses in the province of Bulacan in the Philippines.”

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Events report 2022

19 November - 15 December

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11 November - 12 December

Events report 2018

12 November - 13 December

Events report 2017

13 November - 7 December

Events report 2016

12 November - 14 November

Events report 2015

14 November - 16 November

Events report 2014

8 November - 10 November

Events report 2013

19 October - 21 October

Events report 2012

5 October - 7 October

Events report 2011

3 September - 2 October

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