About Peace Festival

Societies moving to post-war contexts face multiple challenges. Many of these are echoes from the war and its historical roots. Memories of war resonate throughout the transition process; they penetrate cultural practices, the public arena, the institutional level, and the social fabric.

The Peace Festival project identified outstanding groups and initiatives that amplify the voices of marginalized peoples challenging official histories in countries of Peru, Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Guatemala. It facilitated the gathering of peace activists from these groups, to discuss and produce art about the ways they use creative methodologies to tell stories about conflict and violence, their methodological challenges and possibilities, and the alternative narratives that subvert established accounts. Such creative spaces for dialogue and reflection contribute to inclusive democracy and sustainablepea

“How can we build upon our differences so that they lead us towards life rather than death?”