In 2009, following an official invitation from and a long-term contract with the City Council of Lugano, the City for the Cultures of Peace: International Interdisciplinary Institute established a center of its cultural and scientific activities in Lugano, an important political, cultural, and economic gateway between North and South.
It is in cooperation with the City Council of Lugano, the Department of Education of the Canton Ticino, the University of Italian Switzerland, the Faculty of Theology, Franklin College, the RSI, other Ticino institutions as well as its international network of universities, organizations, and foundations that the City for the Cultures of Peace and its Lugano Institute for Coexistence Studies and Intercultural Mediation, along with the Foundation for the Cultures of Peace, have organized public and educational events such as the international conference “Coexistence and Exclusion in Multicultural Societies” with former Ambassador Carla Del Ponte, Professor Peter Demetz (Yale), Professor Michael Finkenthal (The Johns Hopkins University), and Professor Patrick Imbert (University of Ottawa), “Imagine Peace!” with Nobel Prize Laureates Wole Soyinka and Herta Müller and with Israel Prize Laureate Aharon Appelfed as well as documentary exhibitions, lectures, and seminar series such as “Religion and Peace!” with Professor Azzolino Chiappini, Rector of the Lugano Faculty of Theology. Events were held in Lugano’s Palace of Congress, in the Auditorium of the University of Italian Switzerland, the Faculty of Theology, and on the premises of the Foundation for the Cultures of Peace in Breganzona’s former Town Hall. For more information about events in Lugano, see: Highlights in Lugano.
Through these cultural and scientific activities the City for the Cultures of Peace took an active part in the cultural life of Lugano and supported the City Council’s endeavors to safeguard peace in society, to motivate regional transformation, and to strengthen its international cultural relations.
The activities of the City for the Cultures of Peace, its Institute, and the Foundation for the Cultures of Peace in the ex Municipio of Breganzona, the recently restored former Town Hall of this new district of Lugano, transformed these premises into an intercommunal place of dialogue between CCP guests–scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and political figures from different countries–and the members of the Lugano community. For more information, see: Highlights in Lugano.