In 2009 the founders of Culture for Peace identified the need to strengthen local grass roots organisations in their peace building efforts in societies of transition. While introducing classical approaches to conflict transformation such as peace education, classical dialogue and "Dealing with the Past" approaches to the various peace processes (Nepal, Myanmar), also arts-based approaches were systematically included in consultation and implemantation of locally owned peace projects.
The potential of art and culture in overcoming conflict and violence has been extensively described in the "culture and conflict" literature.
We enhance social change and conflict transformation through cultural, artistic and educational initiatives.
We promote intra- and intergroup dialogue in remote areas of regions in transition.
We develop tailor-made and innovative methodolgy with our local partners and international experts and generate best-practice.
We connect local everyday peace potentials with national and international networks.
Many artists contribute to fight shrinking space in repressive regimes and tirelessly raise their voice to social and political issues. Therefore they can often be defined as human rights defenders or peace building artists. Sometimes - as a last resort - they have to be temporarily relocated because they face repression in their home country. This can contribute to damaging brain drain and loss of peace potential in their home community.
We analyse and facilitate potentials within wider eco systems of human rights defenders (including artists).
We connect relocation of human rights defenders with strengthening everyday peace potentials and structures within their home community.
RELATIONSHIPS PEACE BUILDING DIALOGUE COMMUNITY WORK ART & CULTURAL APPROACHES
EVENTS CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION