Can theatre & creative arts transform conflict?

Can theatre & creative arts transform conflict?

A scene from Dara by Shahid Nadeem, adapted by Tanya Ronder and directed by Nadia Fall at the National Theatre. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

A scene from Dara by Shahid Nadeem, adapted by Tanya Ronder and directed by Nadia Fall at the National Theatre.  Photograph: Tristram Kenton

Wednesday 1 April at Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA, the latest in International Alert’s Peace Talks, The Art of Building Peace.

Conflict resolution around the world desperately needs imagination. The transformative power of performance and other arts is enormous. Art can capture imaginations and breathe life into the heart of peacebuilding. Technocrats and economists may well disagree but theatre, film, photography and painting has much to offer the world of peacebuilding and conflict.

Join our panel at the Rich Mix, a community arts hub in east London, to discuss how art can engage and motivate people in ways that the left brain alone cannot.

This event is inspired by Dara, a play by Pakistani director Shahid Nadeem originally performed by Ajoka Theatre, and currently showing at the National Theatre in London. Dara is a bewitching tale of Indian history that offers a dramatic perspective on how 17th century Moghul politics impacts on today’s conflicts.

Speakers include

  • Anwar Akhtar, Director of The Samosa, a culture and politics site with a focus on Britain and South Asia. Anwar is a production consultant on Dara and is a former director of the Rich Mix.
  • Ruth Daniel, Co-Director of In Place of War, University of Manchester, which supports artists living in sites of war to create social change through creativity.
  • Shahid Nadeem, Award-winning Pakistani writer, theatre and TV director, and human rights activist. He is the author of Dara and Director of Ajoka Theatre, Pakistan
  • Dan Smith (Chair), Secretary General, International Alert

Shahid Nadeem appears in our film “Pakistan: the Pride and the Promise” shot in Pakistan as part of the Olympic Truce, building links between religious and civil society organisations in Pakistan and diasporic groups in the UK.

Dara runs until 4 April at the National Theatre, Southbank, London SE1.

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Peace Cafe 17 March 6pm

Peace Cafe 17 March 6pm

Aff_CafesDepending on the origin of our food, clothes, cosmetics or household goods, our seemingly innocent actions can contribute to human and environmental disasters somewhere on the globe.  The Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh highlighted the direct links between our consumer choices here in the UK and lives overseas.

Ethical choices and consumerism is the topic of our next Peace Café, on Tuesday 17 March at 6pm at LBFN’s home at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PW (Goodge Street tube).

Our special guest is Shehroze Khan from MADE in Europe, a grassroots faith-based charity raising awareness about environmental protection, justice and poverty, and our conversation will include diverse views and a wide range of experiences.

Let us know if you plan to come along.  Bring a little food (veggie) to share.  Everyone can brew the change.  We look forward to seeing you there!

London Boroughs Faiths Network

Aff_CafesDepending on the origin of our food, clothes, cosmetics or household goods, our seemingly innocent actions can contribute to human and environmental disasters somewhere on the globe.  The Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh highlighted the direct links between our consumer choices here in the UK and lives overseas.

Ethical choices and consumerism is the topic of our next Peace Café, on Tuesday 17 March at 6pm at LBFN’s home at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PW (Goodge Street tube).

Our special guest is Shehroze Khan from MADE in Europe, a grassroots faith-based charity raising awareness about environmental protection, justice and poverty, and our conversation will include diverse views and a wide range of experiences.

Let LBFN know if you plan to join us.  Bring a little food to share.  Everyone can brew the change.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Queen’s Speech: reconciliation & truce

Queen’s Speech: reconciliation & truce

In her Christmas broadcast today, the Queen mentioned not only the Christmas Truce during WWI, but also the ancient Olympic Truce, which was the inspiration for the London Peace Network.

She spoke of reconciliation and peace, and of how the example of Jesus Christ, whose birth is celebrated at Christmas, has led her to respect and value “all people of whatever faith or none.”

“Sometimes it seems that reconciliation stands little chance in the face of war and discord. But, as the Christmas truce a century ago reminds us, peace and goodwill have lasting power in the hearts of men and women.”

Watch the broadcast here and find the full text here.

Peace Café

Peace Café

Peace Cafe

The Peace Conference ignited many conversations.

On a smaller scale, we’ll be continuing these at the Peace Café on Monday 1 December at 5pm.

Join us at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte St, London W1T 4PW (Goodge St tube).

There’s a kitchen, so bring food to cook/share (come a bit earlier if your dish takes a while to prepare).

Let us know if you’re coming and/or if you’d like to know when the next Peace Café is happening.

MUJU’s Peace Lab in action

MUJU’s Peace Lab in action

MUJU still 3Outstanding work from young Muslims & Jews at MUJU Crew this summer – watch the video now.

The Al-Khoei Foundation, Brondesbury Park Synagogue and St Anne’s Church of England worked together with MUJU – the filming & editing was supported by the Near Neighbours Programme.

Peace Lab ReLoaded starts in October – contact MUJU to sign up.

Week of Prayer for World Peace 19 October

Week of Prayer for World Peace 19 October

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Sunday 19th October at 2:30pm

A warm invitation from the organisers of the Week of Prayer for World Peace on their 40th anniversary.

“Please join in and together, from the depth of our hearts, let’s send out a united prayer for peace for ourselves, our communities and all parts of the world experiencing trouble.

An interfaith gathering of prayer and peace will be held at the Al-Khoei Foundation, The Stone Hall, Chevening Road, NW6 6TN.

ALL WELCOME!”

Confronting Violence in the name of God

Confronting Violence in the name of God

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Rabbi Lord Sacks. Picture: Sylvie Le Clezio

Public Lecture by Rabbi Lord Sacks on Monday 20 October at 7pm, Greenwood Theatre (Guy’s campus), Kings College London.

All are welcome and admission is free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite.

“There are many conflicts around the world at present which claim to be in the name of God, particularly (although not only), the Middle East – such as ISIS in Iraq (with the persecution of Christians and Yazidis in Mosul), the ongoing situation in Gaza (which affects all three faiths of ‘the people of  the Book’), and so on.  In this public lecture, Rabbi Lord Sacks, as Professor of Law, Ethics & the Bible at King’s College London and Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University, reflects on how we might challenge this situation and confront this violence, and do so in the name of God.”