How do murals, theatre and public art challenge the people and place of a conflict city?

Posted on: 12th February 2013

International Culture Arts Network (ICAN) conference

Friday 1 & Saturday 2 March, 2013 Segregation, Peace Walls and the role of the arts in conflict cities will provide the foundation for a national and international conference next month.


The 2013 Playhouse International Culture Arts Network (ICAN) conference will examine how the arts challenge the people and place of Derry ~ Londonderry and other conflict / post conflict cities around the world.

Held in partnership with University of Ulster, the conference on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 March will draw inspiration from international and national practice.

Representatives from ‘Conflict in Cities', a project which addresses everyday life and the possibilities for transformation in Belfast, Jerusalem and other divided cities, will open the conference.

Croatian Artist Natasha Davis will perform ‘Internal Terrains', which uses videoscape and soundscape to ask questions around identity and the situations in our lives when identity is at stake or seriously challenged.

CEO of ‘Global Arts Corp', an organisation that creates acting ensembles made up of theatre artists who- once children of conflict- now use theatre to promote reconciliation, Todd Lester will also talk about his experiences of conflict resolution.

Throughout the conference attendees and speakers will address the conference issues in creative workshops using four artforms, storytelling and music, murals, theatre and dance.

"The Playhouse International Culture Arts Network has come together with Drama, School of Creative Arts at University of Ulster to maximize one another's knowledge and create a platform for a great array of creative dialogue" Elaine Forde, ICAN Co-ordinator said.

"As a city known for its political divisions, now titled UK City of Culture 2013, Derry ~ Londonderry will showcase cutting edge arts and culture. And as creative organizations we are keen to explore this, creating discussions on an international and local level."

‘Challenging Place' is a free conference devised and hosted by ICAN in partnership with Drama, School of Creative Arts, University of Ulster. Limited complimentary accommodation will be available.

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


To attend the ‘Challenging Place' Conference on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 March at the Playhouse or for more information contact Elaine Forde on 0044 (0)28 71268 027 or email





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