Performing Violence, Engendering Change: Developing Arts-Based Approaches to Peacebuilding connects artists and researchers from countries across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia working with peacebuilding practices rooted in the arts. The Cluster will enhance participants' roles as stakeholders in peacebuilding by providing opportunities for research collaboration and knowledge exchange during workshops held in Kenya, Lebanon and Sri Lanka.
In recent years, scholars, policy makers and practitioners have begun to acknowledge the benefits of using arts-based methods for violence prevention and peacebuilding. Evidence suggests that arts-based methods hold significant potential for improving human security and relations between groups in areas affected by violence and conflict. Arts-based methods, especially when combined with community-centred participatory methodologies, can act at once as analytical tools and dissemination media, whilst creating spaces for practical interventions in difficult contexts.