International Culture Arts Network (ICAN) presents Seminar by Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn Thursday 1st March 2012 7pm

Afghan community-based theatre practitioner Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn will deliver a powerful talk on his experiences of using the arts in areas of conflict at The Playhouse.

Independent theatre artist Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn has been in residency with International Culture Arts Network (ICAN) for six weeks.

During his time in the North West, Hjalmar is working with local professionals in his fully subscribed masterclass in The Playhouse. Participants will learn new methodologies, which they can apply to their own community-based work.

On Thursday March 1 at 7pm Hjalmar will give a two hour seminar, whereby he will discuss his work in Afghanistan and his part in founding of the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO), an all-Afghan community-based theatre platform in Kabul. AHRDO works to promote democracy, a culture of non-violence and the respect for human rights in Afghanistan.

This acclaimed international artist will also bring his different interactive theatre methodologies to Coleraine, working with young people in three different areas of Coleraine, Harpurs Hill, The Heights and Ballysally. Working with Coleraine Community group, Focus on Family, the project will challenge and encourage young people to explore social issues affecting them in their area.

Hjalmar works as an independent community-based theatre practitioner and has used different interactive theatre methodologies as a conflict transformation, reconciliation and community-building tool in various conflict and (post-) conflict countries including Colombia, Ucraine, Rwanda, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. As one of the founders of the AHRDO, Hjalmar has helped create an independent organization that employs a variety of arts and theatre-based programs, creating space for dialogue, peace-building, social justice and public participation.

Hjalmar also holds a Masters in Peace and Development Studies and is driven by the belief that it is ordinary people that must be at the core of any genuine peace building endeavour. He strives to create physical and emotional safe spaces, allowing for deep personal and collective introspection as well as the creation of genuinly respectful human relationships. These relationships eventually result in the self-empowerment and mobilization necessary for peace from below to occur.


Free. Booking is essential. Contact Elaine on (028)71268027, email

Performance Extras

ICAN is a three year project which has been part-financed by the European Union's Regional Development fund through EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (Peace III) managed through Special EU Programmes Body.

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