Art of Peace

Peace Walk with art interventions in the gardens of the Peace Palace


This event has been cancelled due to new coronavirus restrictions!

This year we are celebrating 75 years of freedom in the Netherlands and 75 years of United Nations worldwide. The Peace Palace commemorates these 75 years of peace by opening its gardens from 14 to 17 October and by organizing the ‘Art of Peace’ walk. This unique tour connects the history of the UN, freedom and the Peace Palace and combines an attractively lit garden with performances and true stories.


Garden tour ‘Art of Peace’
Theatre, poetry and stories about 75 years of peace – all these ingredients come together in the ‘Art of Peace’ programme. At the beginning of the route, visitors meet the Goddess of Peace Irene who addresses them through the art of spoken word.
In addition to historical characters and works of art, fragments from the history of the UN will also be featured. For example, the participants are introduced to the Nobel Prize laureate Dag Hammarskjold, who was Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1953 to 196. Not only during the Suez Canal crisis he advocated for dialogue and de-escalation. The repercussions of the Second World War and the history of the Peace Palace are illustrated by the story of Max Chotzen. He worked as a librarian in the Peace Palace and at the same time was active in the Dutch resistance. Together with colleagues, he printed illegal newspapers on a stencil machine hidden in the basement of the palace.
These and various other stories and art interventions about solidarity, hope, peace and freedom are experienced by visitors as they stroll through the garden.

This tour was developed by the Peace Palace in collaboration with LUSTR, Firma Mes and STET.

Grateful for the support of The Municipality of The Hague, NIBC, VFonds voor de Vrede and MAOC Gravin van Bylandt Stichting

Dates, Venues & Tickets

Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ Den Haag

Please note tickets are not sold in the STET Ticketshop. Follow the links hereunder to buy your tickets.

14 October 2020 19:00
15 October 2020 19:00
16 October 2020 19:00
17 October 2020 19:00

Running time

Approx. 50 minutes

Accessibility and Covid-19

The programme is suitable for all ages, unfortunately the gardens are not passable for wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Of course the measures concerning Covid-19 have been taken into account and both the walking route and the number of participants have been adjusted accordingly.