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Culture for a Better Food Future

What do film, art, music, gastronomy have to do with the growing climate crisis and our strained agrifood systems? These cultural threads sew the fabric of a connected world that transcends all boundaries, to help connect young people and empower them to transform agrifood systems. Gastronomy, art, music and film all act as universal languages to communicate across borders and cultures.

This year, the WFF will focus on how agrifood systems transformation accelerates climate action. Bringing culinary traditions, the inspiring power of film, and the bonding aspect of music and art together in the lead up to the WFF 2023 flagship event in Rome, we aim to highlight our mission statement and bridge the gap between policy, youth advocacy and actionable solutions towards a better food future for all.

Get involved

The World Food Forum needs youth volunteers, partners and sponsors to participate, help bring the events to life, and spread the word about the WFF and the key issues facing our global agrifood systems. If you want to join the movement and create a better food future with us, sign up for our mailing list and follow us on social media to keep up to date on our latest news.

To become a volunteer, partner or sponsor, email us at [email protected].

The art stream

Art

The art stream of the Culture track harnesses the power of art, fashion and innovation to communicate the mission and values of the World Food Forum through stunning visual representations. The 2022 WFF flagship event featured a dynamic art exhibition curated and created by the youth run Tramandars art association.

The 2023 flagship event featured another iconic exhibition at FAO headquarters as well as a special exhibit at the Rome botanical gardens on mushrooms.

 

 

Discover the 2023 Exhibition

The film stream

Film

The film stream of the Culture track uses the power of film to tell stories of agrifood systems heroes in communities around the world, innovative solutions, traditional and indigenous knowledge, and more. Every year, the WFF holds a Film Festival to award films from across the globe that embody the mission and vision of the World Food Forum and each year's theme.

Here is a look at the 2023 Film Festival winners.

The gastronomy stream

Gastronomy

The gastronomy stream is at the very heart of the culture track, as food is a universal language that has been bringing people together for generations. Events and programs are held throughout the year, but the WFF flagship event at FAO headquarters is a special occasion to showcase food culture across regions.

Lunches provided by member states and themed events based around sustainable and nutritious ingredients provide an opportunity for them to showcase the innovative work of their youth in agrifood systems as well as to share their culture with participants and connecting with them through food.

At the WFF 2023 flagship event, there was a special focus on millets to celebrate the nternational year dedicated to them.

The music stream

Music

Music is the thread that runs through all the WFF tracks during the flagship event and more. As a catalyst for change, it is what brings people together and brings them down to earth, whether it be during policy discussions or cultural events.

The anthem written and produced yearly by young international artists serves a personification of the theme to bring it to life through music.

 

2022 WFF flagship event concert

 

2022 WFF Film Festival Award Ceremony

 

2021 WFF Anthem by AY Young

News

WFF Culinary Series: Exploring sustainable cooking practices
WFF Culinary Series: Exploring sustainable cooking practices
16/02/2024

The WFF Youth Towards Zero Food Waste campaign has embarked on an exciting journey with the launch of its culinary series.

Calling all changemakers: Partner with the World Food Forum!
Calling all changemakers: Partner with the World Food Forum!
14/11/2023

If you are interested in joining forces with us, explore the various partnership opportunities.

Meet the winners of FAO Geneva’s World Food Forum Photo Contest
Meet the winners of FAO Geneva’s World Food Forum Photo Contest
07/11/2023

The FAO Liaison Office in Geneva organized its first Photo Exhibition, celebrating the 2023 World Food Forum (WFF).

Meet the Winners of the Third Annual World Food Forum Film Festival 2023
Meet the Winners of the Third Annual World Food Forum Film Festival 2023
18/10/2023

This year, the WFF Film Festival reached a record high of about 500 films submitted by young talented directors from over 70 countries.

Framing the future: World Food Forum Photo Exhibition on Climate Action and Agrifood Systems Transformation
Framing the future: World Food Forum Photo Exhibition on Climate Action and Agrifood Systems Transformation
17/10/2023

The FAO Liaison Office in Geneva joined hands with the United Nations (UN) Organizations in Geneva to open the World Food Forum (WFF) photo exhibition...

World Food Forum opens with a call to accelerate climate action by transforming agrifood systems
World Food Forum opens with a call to accelerate climate action by transforming agrifood systems
16/10/2023

Leveraging the power of youth, investment and innovation, the week-long event aims to forge new paths towards a more sustainable, resilient, inclusive...

DATA4IMPACT by Francesca Rossi Minelli | XAARCHIVE
DATA4IMPACT by Francesca Rossi Minelli | XAARCHIVE
15/10/2023

This site-specific video mapping installation by XAARCHIVE embraces the main facade of the FAO, transforming it into a stage for data and creativity.

Rainy Silver Clouds by Chiara Ventura
Rainy Silver Clouds by Chiara Ventura
15/10/2023

Chiara Ventura's site-specific art installation in the FAO cafeteria is composed of emergency bags, typically used for storing and supplying water in...

Altar to Dionysus by David Allen Burns and Austin Young | Fallen Fruit
Altar to Dionysus by David Allen Burns and Austin Young | Fallen Fruit
15/10/2023

This photographic animated artwork projected on the iconic FAO building was inspired by a visit to an ancient temple and vineyard at an archeological...

On the rocks (Unearthing Life) by Marco Cesari
On the rocks (Unearthing Life) by Marco Cesari
15/10/2023

This year’s atrium centerpiece consists of a Ginseng Bonsai, or ficus microcarpa, nurtured and grown by the artist over the past two years in such a...