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UPDATE: October - December programme planned for Belfast, Mid Ulster.

Arts Dialogue collective is an international intergenerational diverse team of musicians, artists, producers, writers & peace activists.

The organisations represented in the collective are Beyond Skin (Northern Ireland), Heartbeat (Israel-Palestine), The Music Project (Sri Lanka) & Escuelas de Paz (Colombia), Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Brehon Advisory. (active Internationally) and United Network of Young Peace Builders regarding #Youth4Peace initative.

The team represents a shared creative resource of decades of experience in peacebuilding, community development and youth work within very different areas of conflict and post-conflict,.

#ArtsDialogue delivery and approach puts the Arts at the heart of the space & dialogue challenging traditonal formats of workshops, good relations events, conferences and shared space. This is in contrast to other approaches were the Arts element is viewed as an add-on or the artistic elements are moulded round a formal schedule. .#ArtsDialogue aims to challenge, question and provoke mediocrity through unbounded creativity in the pursuit for a more peaceful and equal society.

Beyond physical meet-ups, collaborations and delivery of projects the Arts Dialogue team have been operating and communicating through a WhatsApp Group housed by Beyond Skin.

Arts Dialogue Genesis timeline:

• 2012 Beyond Skin establish the #Parallelversing Project with The Music Project Sri Lanka.
• 2013 Beyond Skin start working in partnership with WOMAD Foundation
• 2014 United Network of Young Peacebuiders (UNOY) and members (includes Beyond Skin & Escuelaz de Paz) form part of a consortium as part of the #youth4peace campaign 
• 2015 (December), #youth4peace achievement as UN adopts Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace Security.
• 2016 (January) Beyond Skin take lead responsibility of #youth4peace initiative in Northern Ireland.
• 2016 (May) Beyond Skin set up #youth4peace Steering group
• 2016 (July) WOMAD Foundation introduces Beyond Skin to Heartbeat, an organisation bringing young people from Palestine and Israel together through Music.
• 2016 (October) Beyond Skin CEO travels to a conference in Colombia invited by British Council. Project development with Escuelas de Paz begins.
• 2017 (March) Beyond Skin host the first Global Youth Peace Summit in Northern Ireland. Using Arts as the engagement and learning dialogue the Summit was facilitated by artists and peace builders from Heartbeat, Escuelas de Paz, The Music Project, UNOY with also artists from Tanzania, England, Wales, Ireland, Spain. Brehon Advisory facilitated the development of a Arts Dialogue framework. The National Trust provided Mount Stewart as a space for the team to assemble.
• 2017 (April) ARTS DIALOGUE COLLECTIVE ESTABLISHED with the first #ArtsDialogue workshop taking place 3rd July in Antrim Northern Ireland.
• 2017 (October) 16 members from #ArtsDialogue return to Mount Stewart for Conversations Festival. Afghanistan National Institute of Music joins #ArtsDialogue with Founder (Dr. Ahmad Sarmat) visit to Northern Ireland.