World Festival of Cultural Diversity

A global, year-round celebration of the world’s culture, created by the Khalili Foundation, culminating in the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on 21st May. 

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A Global, Year-round Celebration

The World Festival of Cultural Diversity is a global, synchronised celebration of cultural diversity supported by UNESCO. It is a year-round programme of events and activities leading up to the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on 21st May.

The Festival is created and coordinated by the Khalili Foundation to spotlight efforts around the world to preserve and promote cultural diversity, especially through the cultural sector. 

Cultural institutions from around the world participate. Details of Festival events worldwide will shortly be placed on the map below

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“Diversity is not an abnormality but the very reality of our planet. The human world manifests the same reality and will not seek our permission to celebrate itself in the magnificence of its endless varieties.”
CHINUA ACHEBE

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Publication and Webinar Series

The themes explored are set by the recently published Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity 20th anniversary book, published by the Khalili Foundation. You can learn more here. 

Over the coming months, we are working with Aspen Institute UK to arrange 6 seminal webinars, each with a stellar panel discussing a particular aspect of cultural diversity. These include:

To participate, please contact us

We encourage you to nominate your exhibition, performance, lecture or special event to be part of the World Festival of Cultural Diversity.

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity, there is beauty, and there is strength.”
MAYA ANGELOU

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“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.”
JOHN F. KENNEDY

To participate, please contact us

We encourage you to nominate your exhibition, performance, lecture or special event to be part of the World Festival of Cultural Diversity.