On 3rd July the very first #ArtsDialogue workshop took place in Rathenraw Youth Centre supported by Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council & Comic Relief.
#ArtsDialogue is a collective of Artists and Peace activists driven by four Peacebuilding Arts organisations, Beyond Skin (Northern Ireland), Heartbeat (Israel-Palestine), The Music Project (Sri Lanka) & Escuelas de Paz (Colombia) with strategic support from United Network of Young Peace Builders and Brehon Advisory.
"Claiming back our creative freedom as Artists within Peacebuilding and Community Relations - Challenging traditional and default formats of conferences, workshop models and safe space concepts - A unique Arts led approach for shared learning drawing on decades of experience across the Globe." - Arts Dialogue
The Global Youth Peace Summit was held across Northern Ireland in March 2017 facilitated by Beyond Skin in partnership with organisations, peace builders and artists across the globe. The design went against the grain of traditional conferences allowing unprogrammed space for creativity, natural dialogue and relationship building.
#GYPS2017 was part of the #youth4peace initiative implementing UN Resolution 2250 on Youth Peace & Security. Some visuals documenting #GYPS2017 have already been released with other multimedia and outcomes presentations in post-production.
An unexpected legacy outcome of #GYPS2017 was the organic construction of Arts Dialogue, a creative engine of artists working for Peace.
Over the past three months the #ArtsDialogue team have been designing and fundraising for the delivery of a long-term programme of workshops and events. This has now begun. Although the majority of the team are based outside of Northern Ireland they will be travelling in an out and utilising new technology to assist deliver the activities in Northern Ireland.
An extensive workshop programme is taking place over the Summer with ambitious plans beyond that.
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.
Although working with all ages a focus of #ArtsDialogue will implementation of the #youth4peace ambassador’s programme, delivered by members of Arts Dialogue team – an intergenerational diversity of artists, young peace activists and professionals in conflict resolution.
More information visit #ArtsDialogue page
To date funded programmes are scheduled for Antrim, Ards, Belfast, Cookstown, Castlereagh, Lisburn, Newtownabbey, North Down.