#ArtsDialogue Timeline

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Arts Dialogue development timeline:

• 2011 On invite from the British Council, Darren Ferguson from Beyond Skin travels to Sri Lanka were he meets Shalini Wickramasuriya from The Music Project. 2012 they develop the #Parallelversing Project.  Esufally Family Foundation invest in a start up programme with the Arts Council NI investing as principal funder in a 2015/2016 programme that firmly establishes the project).
• 2013 Beyond Skin start working in partnership with WOMAD Foundation to develop a Northern Ireland educational programme. Archive website
• 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 (February) IBIS Belfast Hotel partners with Beyond Skin as corporate hospitality sponsors providing a home from home for all guests visiting Northern Ireland with Beyond Skin projects..
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. Whilst in Bogota at  the conference Darren Ferguson meets Dr Ahmad Sarmast, founder of Afghanistan National Institute of Music.
• 2017 (Jan) Comic Relief invest in Beyond Skin #Youth4Peace core development
• 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 #Youth4Peace Arts Dialogue framework. The National Trust provided Mount Stewart as a space for the team to assemble. WOMAD Foundation, Arts Council NI & Community Relations Council as principal funders.
2017 (April) ARTS DIALOGUE COLLECTIVE ESTABLISHED with the first #ArtsDialogue workshop taking place in July in Antrim Northern Ireland.
2017 (October) members from #ArtsDialogue return to Mount Stewart for Conversations Festival. Afghanistan National Institute of Music joins #ArtsDialogue with Founder (Dr. Ahmad Sarmat) first visit to Northern Ireland. Representatives from Beyond Skin, The Music Project, Escuelas de Paz, Heartbeat and Brehon Advisory also attend facilitating workshops/conversations. Key support comes from Arts Council NI, British Council & National Trust.

• 2018 BuildaBridge International USA joins the network

• 2020 An outcome from an Arts Council legacy awardMin-On Concert Association & Research Institute (Japan) joins the network