Manifestation “Future without war!”

The Organising Committee of the manifestation Future without War which was to take place 10-12 September in Utrecht, the Netherlands, has decided to postpone the event until next year.

The main reason is that the original date became uncertain due to new COVID restrictions. This has several consequences in terms of the number and quality of the venues needed, the availability of volunteers and equipment. We were not able to accommodate to this new situation on such a short notice. The new date is 9-11 September 2022.

The present program will serve as a basis for refining and completing the program. For more information please go to our website and let us know whether you are interested in a regular update by mail.

On behalf of the Organising Committee:
Stephan Brües
Giel van Dam
Reinoud Doeschot
Frank Feiner
Ben Lindeman
Carla Schoenmakers
Egbert Wever

WRI History:

Building upon 100 years of non-violent action:
In 1921 War Resisters’ International was founded in the Netherlands. It is now a global network of grassroots anti-militarist and pacifist groups, working together for a world without war.

If there is one thing the last year has taught us, it is that we must change the ways we are dealing with each other and with the world. We now may have the best opportunity to do better. To prevent a climate disaster, to put an end to the ‘refugee crisis’, to stop the destruction of nature and to end wars. That is why we call on everyone to join in a manifestation to inspire one another, learn from one another and join forces to make the world a little better in a non-violent way.

This manifestation will take place at Utrecht, September 10 – 12, 2021. In it the notorious date 9/11, twenty years exactly after the attacks on the WTC in New York. The momentous aftermath of these events, the war on terror, is the utmost example of war and violence only breeding more violence. There will be of course the necessary attention for these events.

On several locations in the city workshops will be organised which can be attended and musical performances will be held both indoors and in the open air. The manifestation will be finished off with demo’s and self-made flash mobs. The number of participants in each event will be fixed conform the limitations corona then requires. Workshops will regularly be given in groups of 25 participants max and are of an interactive nature: no long speeches but new ways of communication, for instance by art. Live streaming of a part of the program will be included. The main program indoors brings four central themes (pacifistic perspectives, resistance against war & violence, peace education; and building peace & ‘the new generation’). Alongside three challenges will be met: climate change (focus on Friday), war against terror (Saturday), and the way fugitives and migrants are being met (Sunday).

The need for all sorts of non-violent ways to solve conflicts and realise enduring change today is as relevant as it was one hundred years ago, when in Bilthoven, a village near Utrecht, a group of pacifists established War Resisters’ International. WRI is (and was) an international group of individuals who want to prevent war and take away the causes of war. It now is a network active in 40 countries on all continents.

The event is a unique opportunity for the new generation of non-violent activists to meet and exchange experience, and to learn from experienced activists. We aim for some 200 participants, local and European, whom we ask to come to Utrecht by train. Language will be English. Participation fee will be held as low as possible in order to allow people with low income to participate.

Together we shall be strong to meet new challenges for a sustainable world without war!