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The Jordanian Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation concludes its community program "The Arts: A Language for Dialogue"

The Jordanian Network of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for Intercultural Dialogue, chaired by the Royal Institute for Religious Studies, concluded its training program "Arts: a language for dialogue", which brought together 24 young men and women from different governorates (central, east and north) and orientations (Muslims, Christians and Baha’is) representing a number of civil society organizations that are members of the network. The training was held over two days and included different activities. Participants showed great interest and interaction to the content of the program as well as towards the different trainers.

On the first day, Dr. Renee Hattar gave a welcoming speech to the participants on behalf of Dr. Magda Omar, Director of the Royal Institute for Religious Studies. She emphasized the mission of the Institute as the head of the Jordanian Network and its permanent activities in the fields of dialogue between cultures and religions, and fostering interreligious and intercultural dialogue as an effective tool for countering intolerance, extremism and radicalism. As well as for forging a culture of mutual respect and understanding, acceptance of the other and considering dialogue an effective means of bringing together nations and peoples, The importance of values and principles. Dr. Hattar later gave the first training of the program on "What is dialogue? the art of self-expression". The first day was concluded with artist Ghassan Abu Laban, who gave a painting session on the art of expression and analyzed the participants' painting in an interactive exercise.

On the second day of the training, which was devoted to the part of "What is Dialogue? The art of listening" was presented by Dr. Amer Al-Hafi from RIIFS. He spoke about experiences from different countries, cultures and religions and made these comparisons in order to acquire the human dialogue that brings humanity closer together, extremist ideology, violence and its aftermath. Then the artist and musician Tariq al-Jundi presented a musical activity focusing on the musical denominations, their definition, their diversity, and their influence on feeling, reflection and thinking. Participants enjoyed musical exercises that reinforced the importance of the arts to their various work and interests.

The training program ended with a group exercise with the participants, focusing on breathing as a method of relaxation, meditation that helps in appreciating silence and listening to others.

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