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Back to listMar 16, 2008

Building a Culture of Peace Exhibition in Luxembourg

SGI-Luxembourg showed panels from the exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" at the Expo Hall in Kirchberg during the 25th Festival of Migration, Cultures and Citizenship held on March 15 and 16, 2008.

From left to right: Shuichi Hamaguchi, district men's leader; Chizuko Breden, general director; Nicole Schrambke, former young women's leader; and women's leader Claudine Ries

The Festival was attended by about 20,000 people who visited the 160 booths with displays by associations from other countries, political parties, unions and peace organizations, as well as stands providing information from the government about immigration. In 2007, Luxembourg's population consisted of 277,900 inhabitants of Luxembourg nationality and 198,300 of foreign nationality. So 41% of the population are non-Luxembourg nationals, with their number having doubled in the last 25 years--and this is not counting the 120,000 people crossing every day from Germany, France and Belgium to work in Luxembourg.

The Minister of Family and Integration Marie-Josée Jacobs, the Mayor of the City of Luxembourg Paul Helminger and the Minister for Small and Medium Sized Businesses Fernand Boden attended the official opening. Coinciding with the festival, a "Salon" on books and culture was held. Many conferences were held over the weekend, as well as book readings by foreign authors, performances of plays related to the immigration issue in Europe etc. On Saturday the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue was also inaugurated.

The SGI booth and exhibition proved popular, and 500 bookmarks were distributed to visitors. A blank poster entitled "What will I do for peace" was displayed, and people, especially children and youth, were encouraged to write on it about their vision of peace.

As a result of participating in the festival, SGI-Luxembourg has been invited to take part in other upcoming events such as the International Day of Peace, an exhibition about different religions in Luxembourg to be held at the History Museum and an "Interfaith Marathon for a United World," which will take place on May 3.

The SGI-Luxembourg booth displayed ten posters from the exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World," as well as many books and brochures related to SGI.

[Adapted from a report from SGI-Luxembourg; photo courtesy of SGI-Luxembourg]