Can art and culture contribute to peace processes?
The 20th-21st of November, artists, scholars and development workers from more than six Asian countries meet in Jakarta to share their experiences with using art and culture in peace and reconciliation processes.
Poetry-writing help victims of war to overcome trauma, film screenings open up for dialogue in conflict-affected communities, story telling legitimizes memories from war, and theatre makes people laugh. From war-torn Afghanistan to terror-affected Pakistan, from conflict-ridden Indonesia to earthquake-devastated Nepal, the examples of how art and culture are used as tools in peace and reconciliation processes are many.
THE DANISH CENTRE FOR CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT (CKU) is therefore inviting to a two-day seminar about the contribution of art and culture in peace and reconciliation efforts in Jakarta. Scholars, artists, arts and development managers from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Australia, Denmark and Indonesia gather to share their knowledge and experiences. Inspirational examples, methods and best practices of strengthening peace processes with art and culture will be presented.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS include Professor Yudhishtir Raj Isar, Afghan/American artist Mariam Ghani and Indonesian curator Ade Darmawan, who provide insights on the relation between art/culture and peace/reconciliation. A new study commissioned by the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) and authored by PhD Ereshnee Naidu-Silverman about the role of art and culture in peace and reconciliation processes will be presented at the seminar. The study provides evidence, based on research and case studies, on the linkages between art and culture and their role in pre- and post-conflict interventions for participants to use in their future efforts.
The seminar is organized in cooperation with the Danish Embassy in Jakarta and the Jakarta Biennale.
A PRESS CONFERENCE will take place Friday 20th of November at 9:00 AM at the seminar venue, Gudang Sarinah, Jl. Pancoran Timur II No. 4, Jakarta Selatan. Present will be the Ambassador of Denmark to Indonesia, Casper Klynge, Programme Manager, the Danish Centre for Culture and Development, Signe Leth, Afghan/American artist Mariam Ghani and the author behind study to be launched at the seminar, Dr. Ereshnee Naidu-Silverman.
Please register for the press conference/seminar by using this link: http://eepurl.com/bAGd3z
Please contact CKU Programme Officer in Indonesia Dewi Suciati (firstname.lastname@example.org / +62 (0) 811 8888 145), if you have any further questions.
9:00-9:30 Arrival, registration (tea/coffee)
9:30-9:45 Opening by Denmark’s Ambassador to Indonesia Casper Klynge
Session 1 THE ARTIST AS PEACEBUILDER
9:45-10:30 Keynote speaker Professor Yudhishtir Raj Isar: ‘The artist as peace-builder: Between fact and fantasy’
10:30-10:55 Q&A & Performance
Session 2 WAR, TERROR, AND ART
10:55-11:45 Keynote speaker Mariam Ghani
12:00-12.30 Lunch break
Session 3 THE CONTRIBUTION OF ART AND CULTURE TO PEACE AND RECONCILATION
12:30-13:15 Keynote speaker Dr. Ereshnee Naidu-Silverman: ‘The contribution of art and culture to peace and reconciliation’
13:30-13:45 Artist performance by Yukta Bajracharya & Ujjwala Maharjan, Word Warriors, Nepal
Session 4 ARTISTIC RESPONSES TO CONFLICT IN ASIA AND BEYOND
13:45-15:15 Inspirational talks
- Bhushan Shilpakar, Nepal Picture Library, Nepal: Inclusive history through photography and creative curriculum development
- Nischal Oli, Siddhartha Art Foundation, Nepal: Earthquake response from arts community in Nepal
- Shaheed Nadeem, Ajoka Theatre, Pakistan: Using theatre to address sensitive issues
- Raziq Fahim, College of Youth Activism and Development, Pakistan: Art as anti-radicalisation
- Rasmus Vestergaard, Digital Interactive Art Space (DIAS), Denmark: Inclusion, dialogue and art in public space
- Mira Kusumarini, Search for Common Ground (SFCG), Indonesia: Music for peacebuilding in Bali
15:15-15:45 Break (tea/coffee)
15:45-16:30 Group discussions: Dilemmas in practice
16:30-17.00 Sum up in plenum
Session 5 PECHA KUCHA NETWORKING 20x20x8
17:00-18:00 Pecha Kucha presentations by art institutions, practitioners and other stakeholders working with art and culture in post-conflict situations
18:00-18:30 Drinks and networking
18:30 End of day 1
8:30-9:00 Arrival and registration (tea/coffee)
9:00-9:15 Welcome day 2
Session 6 JAKARTA BIENNALE 2015
9:30-10:15 Ade Darmawan: Introducing the Jakarta Biennale 2015: Neither Forward nor Back – Acting in the present
10:30-15:30 Guided tour curated around the theme of the seminar prepared by the Jakarta Biennale.
Session 7 PEACE AND RECONCILIATION THROUGH ART AND CULTURE – SEMINAR CLOSING
16:00-17:00 Keynote speaker (TBC)
17:00-18:00 Seminar closing statement and reception.