2022 – Rencontres Orient Occident du Château Mercier

Seventh Ousseimi Foundation Prize for Tolerance awarded to Rencontres Occident Orient du Château Mercier

The Board of the Ousseimi Foundation is pleased to announce the award of its seventh Prize for Tolerance to Rencontres Orient Occident du Château Mercier ( The award ceremony will be held at Château Mercier on October 7, 2022, on the opening day of the 10th session of the Rencontres.

Since 2012, Rencontres Orient Occident du Château Mercier, in the Swiss canton of Valais, has made an extraordinarily proactive and varied contribution to a world of greater tolerance, of real convivence across all the artistic expression of the great civilisations and the dialogue of cultures, religions and philosophies.

These “encounters” (rencontres) have not only put into practice the concept of Living Together in Peace, but, still more, demonstrated that this is possible within the shared and coordinated practice of all forms of music, graphic arts, films, conference-debates and even long nature walks.

Through their diversity and regular annual occurrence, the encounters have given rise to a “spirit of Château Mercier” and created a model for convivence deserving of recognition and encouragement, full justification for the presentation to this organization of the seventh Ousseimi Foundation Prize for Tolerance.