6th Art for Peace Festival Invitation
Creating art is a way to reimagine the future, to build bridges and foster understanding, to develop empathy, to make friends, to express feelings, to build self-confidence, to learn how to be flexible and open-minded, to be exposed to different ideas and learn to listen to the views of others, to work collaboratively. These are all attributes that can help to promote peace.
The power of the arts to promote peace lies in their emotive nature; the arts can help people feel the pathos and waste of war and help to instill a desire and commitment to end war and work for peace. All of the arts have a contribution to make - music, drama, literature, poetry, dance, film - and the visual arts, such as paintings, prints, posters, sculptures, and photography.
Picasso's first Dove of Peace, chosen as the emblem for the First International Peace Conference in Paris in 1949, was a traditional, realistic picture of a pigeon which had been given to him by his great friend and rival, the French artist Henri Matisse.

Picasso later developed this image into a simple, graphic line drawing that is one of the world's most recognizable symbols of peace. He also named his fourth child 'Paloma', the Spanish word for 'dove'.
Historically art has been dominated by society’s rulers, whose patronage supported artistic creation which glorified war. We are all familiar with ‘heroic’ battle scenes with kings on horseback and patriotic images of noble soldiers. One of the first artists to break with that tradition was Jacques Callot, who produced two series of etchings on ‘The Miseries of War’ depicting the horrors of the Thirty Years War which devastated central Europe in the 17th
Two hundred years later Francisco Goya responded to the Napoleonic Wars in Spain (1808-1814) with his series of etchings, “The Disasters of War” showing the maiming and killing of Spanish peasants who had risen up against the occupying French army. Goya was influenced in his work by Callot, and in turn Goya’s work influenced many later artists, including Picasso. Goya’s anti-war prints were banned for thirty years after his death.

For another one hundred years, until the First World War, there was little or no anti-war art. The First World War generated a plethora of anti-war reactions in the visual arts as well as other arts such as literature and poetry. Artists, writers and poets conscripted into the war powerfully and graphically captured the senseless slaughter which took the lives of millions.
6th Art for Peace Festival Opening
Photo By Marziye Hakim
Photo By Morva Bagherian
The graphic section of the Art for Peace Festival, whom Mr. Iraj Mirza Ali Khani one of the leading graphic designers in Iran is the secretariat of its sixth edition, is the only competitive part of the festival, and medal will be awarded to the selected graphic designer as past years. Same as Shiva’s medal of peace have been awarded to the selected poster, in last two years in the graphic section, Farshid Mesghali’s medal of peace will be awarded to the selected poster in the sixth edition of festival. The medal will be awarded to the selected designer who will be chosen by Farshid Mesghali the Master, in the closing ceremony in Mellat Gallery.
The graphic section of the sixth Art for Peace Festival consists 44 graphic posters on Peace, Coexistence, Avoiding Violence and War, Cancer, and Environment issues and graphic designers from France, the United States, Switzerland, Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea, Turkey, Greece and 10 Iranian artists Iran have been featured.
Fars hid Mesghali’s medal award to selected poster of the sixth art for peace festival
According to the Public Relations of the sixth art for peace festival, Farshid Mesghali’s medal will be awarded to the selected poster in closing ceremony.  
We invite you and your companions to attend the closing ceremony of the 6th International Art for Peace Festival and the awarding medal of peace of 2018.
closing ceremony of the 6th Art for Peace Festival