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The Art of Reconciliation

  • By: Féile an Phobail, East Side Arts & Belfast International Arts Festival
  • Location: TBC
  • When: August/October 2024
  • Creative Me Profile: City Explorer, Community Connector

Féile an Phobail, in partnership with Belfast International Arts Festival and East Side Arts presents an International story of art and reconciliation, showcasing international experiences of the transformative role of the arts in dealing with complex issues around legacy, conflict and reconciliation.

This project will draw on experiences and learning from Rwanda, Palestine, and Ireland and focus on the role of arts (in this instance theatre and dance) in working with communities recovering from / experiencing conflict, and the transformative role of the arts in reconciliation and bringing communities together. This project will focus on young people’s experiences, and importantly their hopes and aspirations for the future in their countries. 

This project is all about learning from both our own and international experiences of conflict and reconciliation, and importantly in listening to, hearing and placing the voices of young people at the heart of our future aspirations as a society. The project will have a life span greater than the timeframe of the project, with an international forum of young people continuing dialogue and developing future initiatives.

As well as showcasing individual pieces of work, a main legacy of the project will be the production of a new Theatre / Dance production, developed from the learnings of the project in 2024 and subject to funding, touring the project throughout 2025.

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