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A series of special events will take place during the World Humanitarian Summit. These events include musical performances, storytelling sessions, photography exhibitions and other interactive and creative aspects. These events will provide participants with moving and inspiring messages, and help contextualise the global humanitarian crisis.

Through art, music and culture, the special events will push participants’ boundaries to think more critically and empathetically to the human suffering felt around the world. Whether it is from a life-size photo of a child’s face with eyes of despair or a singer from an affected community, the special events will be able to relate to everyone.

 

The special events include:

  •           > The Global Premier of The Last Face: A humanitarian film by Sean Penn

  •           > “The Share Humanity Mural”: An interactive mural

  •           > “Reflections”: A large-scale photography exhibition

  •           > West-Eastern Divan Orchestra: An orchestra performance

  •           > Hack4Humanity: A 24-hour hackathon

  •           > The Humanitarian Action Hub: An interactive visualisation and innovation hub

  •           > The Grand Bargain: A shared commitment to better serve people in need

 

The Global Premier of The Last Face, a humanitarian film by Sean Penn

An international aid agency’s director and doctor (Charlize Theron) meets a relief aid doctor (Javier Bardem) during a political and social revolution. Taking place in Africa, the couple are faced with difficult humanitarian and life situations under the civil unrest.

Duration: 2 hour and 10 minutes, followed by a 20 minute Q&A session with Sean Penn.

 

An interactive mural: The “Share Humanity Mural”

An interactive and joint art initiative, the mural aims to bring together all Summit participants to visualise a “call to action”. All participants are welcomed to sign the 4 panels constituting the mural on 23 May throughout the Istanbul Congress Center and the Lutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

On 24 May, the 4 panels will be assembled and unveiled during the Closing Ceremony.

 

Photography exhibition: Reflections

The photography exhibition “Reflections” is a journey through humanity and its many faces. The photography exhibits tell stories of hope, of despair, of loss, and of opportunity. The stories transcend geographic and cultural barriers and remind of our shared humanity.

“Reflections” is curated in collaboration with the United Photos Industries. It is made up of 17 photography exhibitions located across the Istanbul Congress Center and the Lutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

 

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra: an orchestra performance

Founded by Daniel Barenboim and Edward W. Said in 1999, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra brings together musicians from Israel, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt – joined by a number of musicians from Iran, Turkey and Spain – to perform music and promote mutual understanding, non-violence and reconciliation.

 

A 24-hour hackathon: “Hack4Humanity”

“Hack4Humanity”, a 24-hour hackathon dedicated to providing solutions to humanitarian needs of refugees, will bring together some of the world’s best hackers, UN agency experts, technology partners and innovators to create cutting edge solutions in parallel to the Summit. Following the event, open source solutions will be uploaded onto the RefugeesNow solutions website. Existing solutions will be further developed in collaboration with UN Agencies to provide solid samples of innovation for the global community.

For further information about this event please see the event page here.

 

Virtual Reality Hub

WHS and its partners RYOT and the UN SDG Action Campaign have curated a series of films which show how immersive virtual reality technology is at the forefront of creating empathy, compassion and understanding of humanitarian issues.

For further information about this event please see the event flyer here.

 

The Grand Bargain: A shared commitment to better serve people in need

A "Grand Bargain" between donors and aid organisations to get more means into the hands of people in need by redirecting efficiency savings to the front-line of humanitarian action.

For further information about this event please see the event flyer here.

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