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GCSP - Media & Arts for peace

Mid Morning Mix // Events// Art & Culture // June 20, 2017

The Geneva Centre for Security Policy is engaging with artists, scholars and practitioners who increasingly recognise the role of media and arts in conflict resolution.

They're calling for all to get creative and help them make a difference!

With its Associate Fellow, Honey Al-Sayed, a Syrian refugee based in Washington and Award-Winning National Radio Host in Syria, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) launches a new initiative on Media and Arts for Peace.

The GCSP brings creative artistic processes together with the media to engage diverse participants, cross boundaries, and build a community of peace-building practitioners with the aim to make their work more meaningful, transformative, and sustainable.


The first element of this initiative consists of a new self-paced online course on Media and Arts for Peace developed in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and launched in Washington DC on 25 May with the participation of Karim Wasfi, former Chief Conductor and Director of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra.

On 21 June 2017, the GCSP has organised a unique day built around peace and creativity, storytelling and strategy. Taking place on the symbolic date of the 36th “Fête de la Musique” and during the Refugee Cultural Festival, this event builds on the synergies of both.

i) Lunchtime workshop (Maison de la Paix, Geneva - from 11:45am)

Better understand the power of storytelling during an informal workshop at lunchtime with Ms Hedda Krausz Sjögren, diplomat, award-winning playwright and theatre producer. Ms Krausz Sjögren will run this workshop based on the play Seven that relates the real life stories of seven women’s rights activists from seven countries. 

  • “In a fragmented but connected society and in an increasingly instable world, theatre and arts create a fabric that weaves people together by offering possibilities for empathy, catharsis and a space to address some of the most complex moral issues of our times.”
  • Ms Hedda Krausz Sjögren, an award winning playwright.


ii) Music, Theatre & Art (Maison de la Paix, Geneva - from 17:00 onwards) - Register here

 - The Damascus String Quintet of the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra will perform alongside the Soprano Racha Rizk.

 - Dr Rama Mani, expert in transitional justice and performer, will direct a transformational theatre piece with performers from Zimbabwe, Kenya and Sri Lanka.

 - A conversation with renowned cartoonists Patrick Chappatte and Hani Abbas, among other activists and field experts, will be moderated by journalist and GCSP Associate Fellow Xavier Colin and conclude the day.


Visitors of the Maison de la Paix will be invited to draw on the walls of the GCSP or on paper in the IHEID Cafeteria to express their thoughts on the question ‘What peace means for you?’. The results of this artistic initiative will be made available on Instagram, as of 12 June 2017 and will be presented during the launch.

Share your thoughts on what peace means to you on Instagram too with #artsmediapeace


  • “I believe that to create a culture of peace, we must first imagine, then communicate, and finally cultivate it. With this new initiative, the GCSP aims at bringing new innovative tools and combining creative approaches for positive transformational change and sustainable peace to occur.” 
  • - Ambassador Christian Dussey, GCSP Director.

Join the GCSP to engage with artists, scholars and practitioners who increasingly recognise the role of media and arts in conflict resolution. Get creative and help us make a difference!

Carolyn Moncel from the GCSP, joins Katt in the studio to talk us through all the events in store...




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