The Nobel Peace Center has named Khalid Salimi, director of Melahuset and Oslo Mela, as "Dialogue Voice of the Month" for August. The Nobel Peace Center commends Salimi for his long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion in cultural life.
Every month, the Nobel Peace Center gives an award to someone who has worked actively for good dialogue, and for August it is director and cultural activist Khalid Salimi who was named "Dialogue Voice of the Month". Salimi is the founder of Melafestivalen and Melahuset, and he has also established the magazine Samora Forum, the radio channel Radio Immigranten and the Antiracist Center, which he also headed for many years.
"Salimi has worked tirelessly to allow new voices to be heard both in the public debate and on the stages and pulpits he has had access to in his work," writes the Nobel Peace Center in its justification.
On Wednesday 13 September, Khalid Salimi was at the Nobel Peace Center to receive the diploma for Dialogue Voice of the Month. He also received the book Those who listen, move the world. Here, the Nobel Peace Center has collected the Nobel Peace Prize winners' best tips for good dialogue.
"The legacy of the Nobel Peace Laureates has shown us that 'creating safe spaces' and 'inviting everyone in' are essential principles for facilitating dialogue. Salimi's work is a very good embodiment of these principles", says Nobel Peace Center Director Kjersti Fløgstad in a press release.