International Poetry Festival of Medellín
2006 Alternative Nobel Peace Price
The Foundation Right Livelihood Award with its headquarters in Stockholm has officially announced on September 28, 2006, that a jury formed by ten international personalities has decided to grant the 2006 Alternative Nobel Peace Price to the International Poetry Festival of Medellín, in recognition of its courage and hope in times of despair, among 73 candidates of 40 nations, activists for truth, peace and social justice.
The jury has based its decision to concede this years world peace price to the International Poetry Festival of Medellín for asserting and expressing the human values of beauty, creativity, freedom of expression and community work, in opposition to the fear and violence that prevail in Colombia and in the world today.
The Alternative Nobel Peace Price will be given to the director and representatives of the International Poetry Festival of Medellin, on the 8th of December in a ceremony that will take place in the Swedish parliament.
In regard to this, the organizers of the International Poetry Festival of Medellín wish to express our genuine pride and happiness for the granting of the Alternative Nobel Peace Price to our organization, constituting intrinsically a great recognition of the brave Colombian young people that passionately love life and poetry, and that have year after year filled the venues of the Festival with the fervent desire to contribute to the creation of a new life and the realization of the immemorial dream of poetry, liberty and social justice, and it is also a reward, above all, for the lengthy struggle of the Colombian people for a just and negotiate peace to put an end to our bloody and costly war of 40 years.
The 2006 Alternative Nobel Peace Price is recognition of the historic role of poetry and the spirit, in opposition to the culture of death that has its source in the authoritarian spheres of the national and transnational powers. The 2006 Alternative Nobel Peace Price also constitutes an embrace for the peoples fighters and martyrs of the political massacre of Colombias society, actually a militarized and paramilitarized society where the human, social, economic and cultural rights are violated on a daily basis.
The International Poetry Festival of Medellín summons the poets and creative artists of our time to join the peoples of the world in a shared struggle for a pure earth and a new humanity, without destructive wars or social injustice, as an expression of the immemorial yearning of the human species.
Fernando Rendón Director
Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín URL: http://www.festivaldepoesia