19 November 2018

10.45-11.00 - Council of Europe hemicycle

The Highrock gospel Singers and Nathalie Gaudefroy

Over the past 20 years, these singers have been discovering Gospel, a journey which began when they were children at Hautepierre (literally High Rock), one of Strasbourg’s more challenged districts. This group has become a musical reference point of the a cappella Gospel genre.

For the World Forum for Democracy 2018, they will pay tribute to the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, who died in August. They will offer an artistic spectacle with the help of the opera singer Nathalie Gaudefroy.


13.45-14.30 - Council of Europe room 9

Les Mots-Arts - Poets: What’s your take ?

At the occasion of and in partnership with the World Forum for Democracy, the local association Les Mots-Arts is hosting an international poetry meeting. This meeting between poets from various backgrounds and countries aims to share in an artistic and informal way their livelihoods, mirroring the societal realities in different parts of the world. Following the poetry recital, the audience will have an opportunity to exchange with the authors.


20 November 2018

10.00-17.00 - In Front of the Council of Europe hemicycle

L'Ososphère - Chorus

The collaboration between Ososphère and the Council of Europe continues during the 2018 edition of the World Forum for Democracy with a workshop to create a radio and urban programme with the collaboration of Radio en Construction and the band « Converson ». All day long a space and an online radio station will be created simultaneously live and in situ. The Ososphère relies upon the World Forum participants to broaden this workshop with their expertise, experiences and intuition.


18.45-19.45 - Council of Europe room 9

Les Mots-Arts - Poets: What’s your take ?

At the occasion of and in partnership with the World Forum for Democracy, the local association Les Mots-Arts is hosting an international poetry meeting. This meeting between poets from various backgrounds and countries aims to share in an artistic and informal way their livelihoods, mirroring the societal realities in different parts of the world. Following the poetry recital, the audience will have an opportunity to exchange with the authors.


21 November 2018

12.30 - closing session - Council of Europe hemicycle

Lúcia de Carvalho

Lúcia de Carvalho was born in Angola and spent the later part of her childhood in Portugal. Music punctuated and nourished her daily life very early on. She left Portugal as a teenager and lived with a French family. Her artistic career began with dancing when she was 16, in the group “Bia de Assis et Som Brasil” performing traditional Brazilian music. She performed and learned with other Brazilian artists residing in France and during her travels in Brazil. She played in the biggest cities of Europe: London, Brussels, Paris, Cannes, Toulouse, Luxembourg, and Lisbon… Probing diversity and cross-fertilisation of cultures within her music, she reconnects with her Angolan roots and finds her identity as an artist, a women and a citizen of the world. This human and artistic adventure has been immortalised in the documentary “Kuzola, le Chant des Racines”.


The Democracy Innovation Award presented by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to the most popular initiative of the World Forum for Democracy is an original work by the artist Ilana Isehayek.

Ilana Isehayek began her career as an artist in Canada before settling in France twenty years ago. Her origins and journey through life appear in her constant attention to the question of roots, travel, and cultures of origin and of adoption. One of her main preoccupations is creating a link between the past and the present, history and lived experience, defining the role of the public in the work, its appearance or its physical approach to a place. In paintings, sculptures or installations, she develops a very personal language.


All plenary sessions will be illustrated live by the caricaturist and cartoonist Laurent Salles.

Caricaturist and cartoonist, Laurent Salles was born in Nîmes in 1972. After obtaining a degree in Caricaturist and cartoonist, Laurent Salles was born in Nîmes in 1972. After obtaining a degree in Applied Arts, he joined the Art Deco Strasbourg in 1990 and made his debut on television when he was still a student. His sharp pen and his caustic humour were quickly noticed, particularly in the show "the SALLES Drawings", a weekly column of cartoons in the Alsatian regional news. Since 2010, his cartoons appear in the daily newspapers L'Alsace, Le Bien PUBLIC and JSL (Journal de Saône-et-Loire) and you can find him every month in the comic "Cucaracha, scholarly cockroach". In 2016, he joined international network of committed press cartoonists, "Cartooning for Peace".