PEACE event 2013 Bringing Divided Communities Together - Sharing the experience of the EU PEACE Programme

Type: News   Reference: 92268   Duration:  Lieu: Commission , Charlemagne building, Brussels
End production: 31/01/2013   First transmission: 31/01/2013
"Bringing Divided Communities Together" aims to highlight one of the European Union interventions in peace-building, namely the EU PEACE Programme within Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. The launch of the PEACE Programme in 1995 was the direct result of the European Union’s desire to respond positively to new opportunities in the Northern Ireland peace process during the paramilitary ceasefire announcements. Since then the EU has provided additional financial assistance through the PEACE II Programme as well as the current PEACE III (2007-2013). The programme features a genuine bottom-up involvement in its delivery and it aims to reconcile communities by creating a shared vision of society, building positive relations at local level as well as acknowledging and dealing with the past. Project Testimonies "Theatre of Witness": - is a model of performance developed by Teya Sepinuck in 1986 that gives voice to those stories that have not been heard in society. The true life stories of people from diverse backgrounds are performed by people themselves, so that audiences can bear witness to issues of suffering, redemption and reconciliation. Theatre of Witness productions are performed in spoken word, music, movement and cinematic imagery. Some recent Theatre of Witness programmes have brought survivors of violence together with perpetrators and witnesses to explore issues of accountability, healing, guilt, restorative justice, forgiveness and redemption.

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