National communications event in Kyrgyzstan

National communications event in Kyrgyzstan

The Foundation for Tolerance International (FTI) held a National communications event in Bishkek on 11 May to celebrate the use of Forum Theatre by young people from across the country, engaging over 90 participants in finding solutions to bullying within secondary schools.

Representatives of the Ministry of internal Affairs, the Bishkek Mayors Office, independent experts, schoolteachers and students were in attendance.

Contact Tajyka Shabdanova: for more details.

Artistic workshops for girls in Huye and Gisagara Districts in Rwanda

Artistic workshops for girls in Huye and Gisagara Districts in Rwanda

Gira Ingoma – One Drum Per Girl is now offering artistic workshops for girls on Saturdays and Sundays, in ten primary and secondary schools in Huye and Gisagara Districts in Rwanda.

On 6th May 2023, Ingoma Nshya Festival was launched at Huye Campus Stadium where 250 girls performed for parents, school leaders and representatives from Huye district. They discussed how to achieve gender equality in culture through education.

For more information see:

National communications event in Kyrgyzstan

Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) Culture as Change Webinar

Can Cultural Art forms contribute towards social change?

Thu, 15 Jun 2023 12:00 – 14:00 BST

This webinar will introduce three projects engaging directly with how cultural art forms can affect social change in young people and their wider communities. It will start by introducing the project led by Dr Simon Dancey and his team from UCA. They will discuss what Deuda performance (a Nepali call and reply genre of song and dance, performed in Western Nepal) is as an art form, as well how and why it invites communication/change.

The webinar will be interactive allowing for rich discussion. The second project to be introduced is One Drum One Girl led by Kiki Odile from the Women’s Cultural Centre in Kigali, Rwanda. She will be presenting how introducing girls drumming, including a reflection on a recent festival held in Kigali is challenging gender norms. Thirdly the webinar will share learnings from The Magic of Theatre, via their Director Nurlan Asanbekov, discussing how taking youth theatre to informal spaces/venues is catalysing a growth in cultural and educational opportunities in Kyrgyzstan. The webinar will include our young researchers, video clips and a synthesis discussion looking for similarities and nuance across all three. We hope you can join us!

The organisers will provide interpretation from English into Bahasa, Kyrgyz, Nepali, and Kinyarwanda.