Third Annual Africa Arts4Peace Forum to be held January 25-29


A document from the Africa Arts4Peace Forum

Building on the success of the first and second Africa Arts4Peace Forums in 2015 and 2016; as part of pre-events of the AU January Summits. The third Africa Arts4Peace Forum will be held from the 25 to 29 January 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the theme: ‘’Silencing the Guns by 2020; Role of Youth, Artists and Media’’. The meeting will discuss, strategize and co-create ways to strengthen youth, artistic and media leadership skills for the promotion of culture of peace; good governance, democracy and human rights in the realization of AU’s strategy on ‘Silencing the Guns’ by 2020 in Africa.

AAPI believes that the only viable and sustainable way to promote long lasting peace is to inculcate the culture of peace and non-violence in the minds of the citizenry and most especially the young (who are not only the future leaders, but the leaders of today). The forum and related activities will create a platform in which youth, artists, media and various stakeholders can co-create an ‘’action factory for peace’’, retool and advocate creatively for peace education, social justice, conflict prevention and non-violent conflict resolution strategies in Africa, using the AU and UN peace mechanisms as a prefix.

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Question for this article:

Do the arts create a basis for a culture of peace?

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The African Artists Peace Initiative (AAPI) is a Pan-African movement of artists and peace-makers, championing a culture of peace and non-violence in Africa. The overarching objective is to use ”ARTS” as a weapon and tool for nurturing a culture of peace based on values, attitude, and ways of life conducive to the promotion of peace among individuals, groups and society. The movement is inspired by the AU Constitutive Act, AU Make Peace Happen Campaign, AU 2063 Agenda and the UNESCO Culture of Peace and Non-Violence Campaign.

AAPI currently has 43 country coordinating teams , 80 celebrity ambassadors, and over 10,000 members across Africa and Diaspora.

NOTE: AAPI does NOT have funding to cover the travels and accommodation for applicants/participants. We are available to support you in booking affordable accommodation in Addis-Ababa and obtaining an Ethiopian Visa Upon Arrival for countries without Ethiopian Embassies.

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