In recent years, arts-based approaches to conflict transformation have gained increased attention and prominence from a range of disciplines. There is an ever increasing number of individuals and civil society organisations utilising the arts for the positive transformation of societal conflicts. Since 2005, Xchange Perspectives has been active in South Sudan, working at the nexus of arts, culture and peacebuilding.
A future where we are all aware of the conditions of marginalized segments of society and their potential! For the past eighteen years, the Club Infantil in Jinotega, Nicaragua has been dedicating considerable time and effort working along the lines of this vision. An Xchange Perspectives member recently volunteered for over three month, supporting Nicaraguan kids in action.
Peace as a state of being transfuses all levels of life from the social and the political, to the ethical and the spiritual. The interconnectedness of all these realms is essential to identify and grasp, as acting on one level influences and shapes all others. And where does peace start? It starts from the heart, as Lost Boy, a musician supported by Xchange Perspectives sings.
‘A Tribe Called Peace’ sprang out of the need to find durable and peaceful solutions to the issue of tribalism in Southern Sudan. A 20-artist (approx. 10 male, 10 female) band (singers, musicians and dancers), representing many of the diverse tribes in Southern Sudan will tackle this issue in their productions, outlying non-violent sustainable solutions.
Xchange Perspectives supports the establishment of an informal academy for graphic design, video production and photography in Kawangware, one of the biggest slums in Nairobi. The activities are geared towards building the youth’s and the least privileged people’s capacities from within Kawangware, by providing them with skills aiming at communicating the perspectives, problems and needs of their community.
"A radio station that improves the standard of living and passes crucial information to the people of Magwi." Initiated and implemented by Xchange Perspectives for DED, the Rural Youth Voices Project Magwi supports people to share their views through music, radio, and print productions. Radio Magwi FM 92.5 builds channels of dialogue for exchanging knowledge and visions, an essential pillar of peace.
"Let's participate actively with all our hearts. Life is more important than anything else. And life can only be in unity", Johnsonic sings for the whole Sudan to vote peacefully. This music video, produced by Xchange Perspectives for mict, brings in simple words what the elections meant to the people of Southern Sudan: Having their voices heard.
Xchange Perspectives is to carry out the implementation of the Comm-Unity-Project in Hanover Park, Cape Town, a township whose members suffer from a range of psychosocial and economic problems. Hanover Park is one of the communities most plagued with direct, cultural and structural violence. The project aims to inspire young people to respect themselves as well as others and to explore alternative paths of and for peace.
Although 'conflict' is a word used frequently, its hidden meanings and underpinnings are not easily uncovered. This video, produced by Xchange Perspectives, outlays the thoughts of the 2008 EPU students on conflict, its forms, ways to transform it and the role of each one of us in turning conflict into opportunity.
Xchange Perspectives has taken the initiative to document one of the most successful community festivals in Burkina Faso. The music festival 'Dilembu Au Gulmu' (FESDIG) takes place annually in Tiantiaka, approx. 200 km east of the capital Ouagadougou. Although the festival aims at promoting traditional culture and creates sustainable income opportunities for the local people, it has however not received much national nor international attention.