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Locarno Talks la Mobiliare: the visionary power of words

Carla del Ponte, Diébédo Francis Kéré, Peaches and Ben Moore


© Locarno Festival, Erik Jan Ouwerkerk, Marie Rouge, Manu Friederich


What happens when people try to shape the future?

This is the underlying question for the concept behind Locarno Talks, a new platform for discussion and exchange set up by the Locarno Festival together with its Main partner la Mobiliare and featuring guests from the world of politics, economics and the arts. For the first run of the event, which will be held from 6 through 11 August, the theme will be “home.”

Among those invited to take part in this inaugural edition are Carla del Ponte, member of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Diébédo Francis Kéré, award-winning architect from Burkina Faso, Canadian artist and musician Peaches and the British astrophysicist Ben Moore. The full list of guests will be announced on 12 July 2017. All speakers at the Locarno Talks will address the topic of “home”, sharing their own experience and knowledge of this universal theme.

Locarno Talks la Mobiliare will be held at the Spazio Cinema, where the newly designed concept created by artist Kerim Seiler invites visitors to relax and mingle in a creative and stimulating environment in the “Locarno Talks Bar la Mobiliare.”

La Mobiliare will also be partnering with the Festival at the Locarno Garden la Mobiliare, with the WasWenn pavilion, also designed by Kerim Seiler. The Locarno Garden will provide a meeting point for all festival-goers, with bar and music.

Further information and programme on the official Locarno Talks page.

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