'Play for PEACE’ was an 8 day youth camp, with 30 young people from Russia, Ukraine and Georgia. It brought together young musicians to explore inclusion and non-violent communication through the medium of music, in order to spread messages of peace and make positive changes in their own lives and in the lives of people from their respective communities.
The target group were young people, between 15 and 30 years of age with a focus on those with fewer opportunities, meaning people with social disabilities, cultural minorities, and unemployed young artists.
The need this project addressed was for the development of non-formal education methods for combating stereotypes, understanding identities, and exploring issues of peace.
The aims of the project
- To create a comfortable and safe atmosphere where participants can feel free to express their thoughts, and explore each other’s cultures
- To equip participants with creative tools to promote peace and inclusion, achieve cultural dialogue and mutual understanding through creating musical performances
- To affirm tolerance and acceptance, and promote human rights
- To create young ‘peace ambassadors’ from countries experiencing conflict
The first part of the camp was dedicated to the participants getting to know each other and each other’s local realities. Focus was placed on the breaking down of stereotypes and building an understanding of the meaning of peace. Discussions were held on common topics with an emphasis on the fact they were coming from different societies, religions, and nationalities.
In the second part of the camp the participants worked together in mixed groups to create joint music projects. This was used to establish cultural dialogue among the participants, especially in the context of the conflictual situations that exists between the represented countries. The joint music projects were for the creating of music tracks with the common aim of spreading of peace messages. This process helped the participants to gain a deeper understanding of each other. They were able to express themselves and their culture through music and learned how to trust in multicultural cooperation.
Innovation and Impact
This project was supported by a cross-sectorial approach. It consisted of cooperation and support between NGOs, the local Municipality – Tbilisi City Hall, the Ministry of Youth and Sport, and the oil company FREGO. The project was widely presented in talk-shows and other TV programmes. Both Musicians and NGO representatives were able to express the importance of supporting youth initiatives, especially in the field of maintaining peace. It was this combination, along with the dedication and high level of involvement by all parties, that made this project a success.
The other innovative aspect was the use of music as a medium to explore peace and combining this with the local music festival.
Everyone involved in the project was positively affected by it. The donors, participants, partner NGOs, partner companies, supporters, members of Youth Association DRONI, and the audience of the festival, all gave positive and constructive feedback. There was local and international media coverage. The project made a large impact on the local community of Georgia and on the communities of the participating countries. Participants of the camp were interviewed by Russian, Armenian, and Georgian TV and radio journalists. Each participant disseminated information about the project in their social circles, family, neighbours, and acquaintances. Social Media was actively used during and after the project, performances were live streamed on the Facebook page of ‘Street Music day’ and ‘Youth Association DRONI’. Participants from Russia produced a video of the project which was later shared on different media sources.
Link with the Council of Europe
European Youth Foundation: The project was funded and supported by the European Youth Foundation
Partners and Contacts
- Local Municipality (Tbilisi City Hall)
- The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Georgia
- Private companies - Oil Company FREGO
- Local and international media (main TV channels of Georgia – Rustavi2, Imedi, Georgian 1st Public Vhannel, GDS, FM RADIO JAKO, FM Kviris Palitra, Russian 1st Channel)
- International donors (Erasmus+)
- Ekuna Gogoberishvili
- Giorgi Kikalishvili