Festival of Faiths
From Wednesday 19 April 2017
To Saturday 22 April 2017


Now in its 22nd year, the Festival provides a forum for dialogue that is rooted in the authentic wisdom of our ancient faith traditions. The 2017 Festival will explore cultivating compassion in our world, our communities and ourselves.

Globally renowned faith leaders, thoughts leaders and civic leaders including Karen Armstrong, Ambassador Matthew Barzun, Ingrid Mattson, Naomi Tutu, Teddy Abrams, Cynthia Bourgeault, Rami Nashashibi, Bishop Marc Andrus, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, Azhar Usman, Mayor Greg Fischer and many others will take the stage to discuss the compassionate cities movement, the science of compassion, compassion and economics, compassion in ecology and much more.

Learn more and get tickets!

Use the code COMPASSION and receive 25% off all tickets!
Tickets available through the Kentucky Center for the Arts box office in person, by phone (#502.584.7777) or online at .


The 2017 Festival offers itself as an honest broker and stakeholder in dialogue around authentic compassion. World class thought leaders and spiritual practitioners will explore a vision for compassion in our current economic systems, in world affairs, in our cities and within ourselves.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT: Getting Real About Compassionate Cities

Wednesday | April 19th | 10 AM - 12 PM

In the light of today’s challenges and opportunities, how do we more deeply engage, understand and define authentic compassion in order to move our cities from aspiration to reality?

Co-authors of the Charter for Compassion, Karen Armstrong and Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, will be joined by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Mayor Francisco Cienfuegos of Ciudad Guadalupe, Neuvo Leon in Mexico and others, for a working session to discuss the compassionate cities movement and its vision for the future.

Karen Armstrong is an internationally renowned author and historian of religion, whose books have been translated into forty-five languages. In 2008 she was awarded the TED Prize and began working on the Charter for Compassion. The Charter was crafted by leading thinkers in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism and was launched in the fall of 2009 and has become a global movement.

Joan Brown Campbell is the former director of the Department of Religion at the historic Chautauqua Institution. She was the first ordained woman appointed as General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA. Campbell is a devoted activist for peace and social justice and is committed to growing the global compassion movement through the Charter for Compassion International.

Mayor Greg Fischer was elected Louisville’s 50th mayor in 2010 and was sworn in for a second four-year term on January 5, 2015. Mayor Fischer has pursued three top goals: making Louisville a city of lifelong learning, a much healthier city and an even more compassionate community. Fischer is a trustee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and was named a “2013 Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine.

Mayor Francisco Cienfuegos is currently the Mayor of the municipality of Ciudad Guadalupe, in Nuevo León, Mexico and serves as the President of the Association of Intelligent Cities in Mexico. He joined the State Government in 2009 after founding the Metropolitan Association of Nuevo Leon’s Mayors and was named President of the Northern Region’s National Municipal Federation of Mexico.


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