Category: Art-ctivism

Kuwaiti girls use martial arts to counter bullies and violence

KUWAITI GIRLS USE MARTIAL ARTS TO COUNTER BULLIES AND VIOLENCE Asma Hasnawi and her daughter Riham spend more than 12 hours a week learning kajukenbo, a mixed martial art the mother says boosts her child’s confidence and thwarts bullying. In a small hall in Kuwait City, women and girls in black uniforms gather to learn the basics of self-defence. On...

Tehran conference to discuss effects of art, peace on sustainable development

TEHRAN – The effects of art and peace on sustainable development will be discussed during a conference, which will open at the Qasr Museum Garden in Tehran on Thursday. The Art, Peace and Sustainable Development Conference will be organized by the Honarnamay-e Aban Art and Cultural Institute in collaboration with the Art and Cultural Organization of the Tehran Municipality, ECO...

War and Peace: A workshop by Bangladeshi artists

Eight Bangladeshi artists submerge themselves into their country’s tumultuous history, universal repercussions of war, and inclusivity of art A large tent made entirely of newspapers welcomes visitors at Akar Prakar gallery with colourful drawings of picturesque landscapes. There are calm rivers, boats quietly floating on their surface, and the brimming sun smiling from far behind. Bringing in a dose of...

MUSIC IN PEACEBUILDING HUB SURVEY

MUSIC IN PEACEBUILDING HUB SURVEY —————————————————–   Dear Friends and Colleagues, This year 2019, the Min-On Music Research Institute (MOMRI) together with partners and like-minded stakeholders, will focus on developing an interactive and engaging website with the aim of serving your needs and interests in Music in Peacebuilding. We call it the MOMRI-HUB. We’d like to hear from you and...

The artists promoting peace in Thailand’s conflict-plagued south by Caleb Quinley

Saiburi, Thailand – With his hands tucked in his jacket pockets, Anas Pongpraset slightly nods towards two collapsed buildings in front of him. “That’s where the car bomb went off,” says the 35-year-old of an explosion that rocked the Chinatown district of the small town of Saiburi in Thailand’s deep south in 2012. “It killed both Buddhists and Muslims. There...

The Dubai group that’s on a mission to make reading ‘cool’ again

Meet the literary ladies behind the Dubai chapter of Book Fairies, which aims to get people reading again by hiding novels around the city Abeer Acero, blogger and book reviewer, launched the Dubai chapter of the international Book Fairies movement. Courtesy The Book Fairies Shahd Thani hid her first book at last year’s ­Emirates Literature Festival. The blogger and novelist...

Making and knowing: how theatre helps to explore a city’s identity

What gives an urban area a particular quality? What is the mood, feeling or atmosphere that makes a “place”? At a superficial glance city spaces might seem defined by road layouts and buildings, infrastructure and zoning laws. But my interest as a researcher and theatre maker is in investigating the kinds of everyday interactions that give these spaces an identity...

Designs for life: the Guatemalan women fighting for rights to their textiles

Beautiful handwoven Mayan textile designs are often copied by foreign designers and mass produced. It amounts to intellectual property theft, say the Mayan women who are fighting back In May 2016, the organisation took a motion to Guatemala’s constitutional court, seeking protection for indigenous textiles. In November of the same year, it proposed a legislative reform to existing laws, such...

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