Theatres of Conflict. Can drama build peace?

  • Date: 16 November 2015
  • Time: 18.30-20.00
  • Venue: Clement House, 6.02, London School of Economics
  • Chair: Dr. Mary Martin
  • Speakers: David Lan, Charlotte Onslow and Kushtrim Koliqi

Peacebuilding and state-building initiatives traditionally bypass the arts in favour of governance and economic reforms. However there is a growing awareness that culture is an important dimension of creating stable, peaceful and democratic societies. Theatre is an important space for connecting communities previously at war. To explore the potential of drama in conflict-affected societies, we bring together leading theatre, human rights and peacebuilding professionals. We will also show a short film of political theatre-making, by INTENT New Theatre, entitled Kosovo: Life and Liberty in a Young Country.

David Lan is Artistic Director of the Young Vic theatre in London. Charlotte Onslow is Programme Development Advisor at International Alert. Kushtrim Koliqi is Artistic Director of INTENT New Theatre, Kosovo. Mary Martin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, LSE.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come first served basis. For any queries contact us at [email protected] or 0207 106 1299.

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A podcast of the event is available here: Can drama build peace?