The Old Woollen Mill
77 West Street, Tavistock
- Human rights
- International/Cultural relations
- Youth and education
Conflict is about humans in relationship. It is widely recognised that there is a need for innovative, imaginative approaches to relationship building that can make significant and challenging contributions towards a more peaceful world. Approaches that acknowledge and respect the real, gut level experience of pain, mistrust, fear and hope of people involved.
Indra’s mission is to use the language of the arts to challenge stereotypes and false myths, to build bridges, promote empathy and heal relationships across perceived boundaries and barriers. We also intend to provide a platform for discussion about the role of the arts in peacebuilding, and to work with young people, artists, educators, organisations, institutions, and others to develop the creative arts as a vital global resource for reconciliation and the creative transformation of conflict.
Indra also aims to utilise ICT to encourage the creative participation of young people and inspire them to develop arts and bridge-building initiatives in their own communities.
Each Indra group (in Bolton, Burnley, Plymouth, Durham and Derry in the UK, and in South Africa, Palestine, Sierra Leone, India, Kosovo, Brazil, Malaysia, Portugal and China) will undertake a creative project in their own community context addressing specific issues such as bullying, racism, inter-communal tension or intergenerational lack of understanding. All the groups will share this process with each other through a structured programme of virtual activities.
In 2013 they will come together for the Indra Global Congress in Derry. Throughout this period we will open the process to others who wish to engage.
At the Congress each group will have an opportunity to share and present the work they do in their own communities and learn from each other; work together in skills workshops including IT, the arts and creative conflict transformation; work collaboratively towards a celebratory carnival at the end and take part in a symposium with practitioners and academics working in this field. Cultural sharing activities and local visits will provide space for informal communication.
Once upon a time the god Indra made a large net to cover the whole world. Each point of intersection consisted of a beautiful, precious pearl. None of the pearls existed by themselves except as a reflection of each other and of all the pearls in the net. In turn the whole net relied on each individual pearl for its existence.