75th Anniversary

01 August 2021

2021 marks the 75th anniversary of Caux as the European conference centre of the worldwide movement of Initiatives of Change (then called Moral Re-Armament).
 
The Caux Forum in July this year will mark the high-point of the celebrations around the 75th anniversary and will lead up to Swiss National Day and a Day of Gratitude on 1 August.
 
This day will celebrate the gift that some incredibly visionary Swiss families and individuals gave to the world 75 year ago, when they bought the derelict Caux Palace Hotel. (Discover the story of one of them here.)
 
They believed that global change must start with ourselves, and be founded on pan-cultural social values. IofC Switzerland continues to promote this approach, aiming to inspire, equip and connect those who participate in our activities, and to establish new opportunities, collaborations and trust.
 
 
Caux Artists 2017
 
 
Initiatives of Change also has a history of engaging with the arts as a means of celebrating cultures, identity and interdependence and encouraging connection beyond the intellectual.
 
One of the key facets of the 75th anniversary celebrations will be to revisit some artistic productions from the past and to encourage new collaborations, workshops and contributions. Artistic components will be woven into these upcoming months, throughout the Caux Forum and also the Day of Gratitude.
 
The Day of Gratitude will not only mark the official closing of the Caux Forum Online 2021. It will also concentrates on the role that the Caux Conference and Seminar Centre has played as a catalyst for change over the last 75 years.

 

TIP 2019 hands

 

8:00 - 9:00 am GMT: Day of Gratitude - Water of Life

Celebrate with us Lennart Segestrale’s wonderful fresco, the beautiful masterpiece that has accompanied so many important meals and discussions over the years in the dining-room of the Caux Conference and Seminar Centre.

MORE HERE

 

12:00 - 14:00 GMT: Launch of the IofC Hub 2021 (1 - 5 August)

For the second time, the IofC Hub will bring together and connect the international network of Initiatives of Change. Stay tuned for registration!

REGISTER HERE

 

15:00 - 16:00 GMT: Day of Gratitude - 'Musical Stories' with the Caux Vintage Chorus

This musical event will present a variety of songs which were composed and performed especially for Caux and the many activities of Initiatives of Change all over the world. Join in and (re)discover IofC's musical heritage of the past!

REGISTER NOW

 

Stay tuned and watch this space for more details!

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Lennart Segerstråle's fresco at the Caux Palace
 

Photo top: Adrien Giovannelli

Photo fresco: Initiatives of Change


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