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Music, painting, performance, sculpture, storytelling, poetry, and other methods of artistic expression are ancient methods of creating communities. Art and creativity speak to humans on a deeper level than words alone, bringing people together and make it easier to promote peace. By sharing creative expression, people are able to appreciate the differences as well as the similarities between cultures, to appreciate each other as individuals in spite of harmful stereotypes, and to come together to heal the scars left from ethnic and religious violence. Through the arts, URI Cooperation Circles can more easily transcend language barriers and other boundaries, and true peacebuilding connections can begin.

Some examples of this approach include:

Label: Featured Cooperation Circles

Onkar Academy

Asia,
7 (seven) members

TOL’ART

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Círculo Latinoamericano de Músicos

Latin America and the Caribbean,
20 members

CARAVAN

Multi-Region,
300 members

Moreland Together

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
24 members

Sacred Currents

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
7 members

Afrikayyah Interfaith Council

Multi-Region,
18 members

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July 12, 2017 8:38 PM

East India Music Festival Promotes Young Artists

More than 1,000 musicians performed during the two days of the festival, covering almost 12 hours a day.

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July 3, 2017 9:13 AM

The Weekly Shot: Peace Music Festival

The music festival was a wonderful opportunity for like-minded artists to bond and reflect on their contribution to a better world, and for URI Cooperation Circles to come together around a unifying project. 

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June 22, 2017 4:37 PM

West India Schoolchildren Celebrate Environment Day

URI West India Cooperation Circles, together with URI Youth Ambassadors, launched their 3-day, city-level campaign from 18th to 20th June,2017.

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June 12, 2017 9:00 AM

The Weekly Shot: Teaching Art and Peace

CARAVAN partners with a girls' school in Jordan, offering an introduction to gender equality, cultural diversity, intercultural and interreligious understanding, and the need for peace. 

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May 30, 2017 4:58 PM

A Song for Peace 2017

Learn about the second International Festival "A Song for Peace", Facundo Cabral Prize - English, Portuguese, and Spanish versions available.

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May 25, 2017 2:37 PM

Music Festival Celebrates Peace

URI - América Latina & Caribe successfully hosted the second edition of its music festival "A Song for Peace," which celebrates peace in the form of music.

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March 6, 2017 1:01 PM

The Weekly Shot: Happy Purim

Purim (which starts the evening of March 11th this year) is one of the most festive Jewish holidays.

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February 23, 2017 5:50 PM

An Interview with Moreno Overa, Music Festival Organizer

Moreno is the organizer for the second “A Song for Peace” Festival, held in Brazil. This interview is presented in three language translations: English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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February 16, 2017 4:03 PM

Celebrating Life and Interfaith Friendship

Being together was the most beautiful birthday present for me. I dedicate the evening to the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, the message of which came out beautifully in our time together.

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February 13, 2017 9:29 AM

The Weekly Shot: A Song for Peace

URI Brazil, in collaboration with the URI Latin America and the Caribbean region, Campinas Cooperation Circle, and all the Cooperation Circles of Brazil, is hosting its second "A Song for Peace" festival.

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