The Fondation Chirac and the Culture & Diversité foundation are both committed to the central role of culture and dialogue in building a peaceful and balanced society. Convinced that the respect and development of cultural diversity are fundamentally tied to the building of sustainable peace between populations and to social harmony, it was only natural that the Fondation Chirac and the Culture & Diversité foundation have come together to create the Culture for Peace Prize.
Thanks to the Culture for Peace Award, the Fondation Chirac and the Culture & Diversité foundation will continue working to help us become acquainted with others, to develop dialogue at the international level by spotlighting those who work towards such goals day after day.
The goal of the Culture for Peace Award, established by the Fondation Chirac and the Culture & Diversité foundation, is to recognize individuals or institutions who work to resolve conflicts through artistic and cultural programs, thus contributing through their work to intercultural dialogue and the easing of tensions in certain zones between ethnic, religious, and political communities.
How it works
A Committee of Experts, made up of well-known figures from the press, diplomacy, arts and culture, and members of both foundations will establish a list of candidates, analyze them, and shortlist those they will then submit to the Fondation Chirac Jury. The Jury will then choose a laureate for his or her exemplary work in favor of dialogue between cultures and peace building.
As with the Prize for Conflict Prevention, the experts will consider the originality and effectiveness of efforts undertaken, the personal risks, and the exemplary character of the individual or the members of the institution. The artistic and cultural quality of the projects will be of notable importance.