Peace – the writing’s on the wall

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Back in February, Peace Exchange had brought you a post announcing Peace it Together partner Youth Power‘s 2012 Small Grants Initiative.

(And if you missed that post, you can read it here :))

This week, our guest blogger is one of the grant winners, Petros Herakleous who was awarded support for his innovative project – Graffiti for Peace.

Take it away Petros!

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Graffiti is a type of art that always triggers my interest, mainly because of its rebellious nature.

Thus, since the time that I was still an MA student in the Department of Peace studies at Bradford University, I was wondering how the art of graffiti could be used in order to send message regarding the urgent need for peace in Cyprus.

This March, the Youth Power Small Grants gave me the opportunity to pitch a project in which graffiti would be the main activity.

More specifically: Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot youths, inspired by graffiti artists such as Banksy and Blek Le Rat, would send out a message for peace and reconciliation.

And this is how Graffiti for Peace was born.

Greek graffiti artist bleeps.gr in a statement regarding Graffiti for Peace noted: “Walls are something more than urban canvas. They are a potential information board, offering the possibility of analysis and the chance to put our thoughts and philosophical quests up for public display.”

In this way, the participants of Graffiti for Peace will have a chance to express their thoughts, feelings and perceptions on issues related with peace and the reconciliation process in Cyprus.

In my personal view, the people of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, have to realise they have a lot to gain by strengthening the peacebuilding process between the two communities.

Therefore, by using the universal language of art, Graffiti for Peace aims to aid the young people of both communities to send out their messages of hope and peace for the future of their country.

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Thanks for sharing that with us Petros. It just goes to show that any passion can become an agent for peacebuilding.

And by extension, all creativity and innovation can be a potential resource towards breaking down barriers and bringing diverse groups of people together towards a common goal.

Looking ahead then, we can expect bold designs challenging our perceptions about Cyprus reconciliation, coming to a wall, near you :)

That’s all for this time. Peace Exchange will be back with more good stuff soon.

Till then, enjoy the weekend and… see you in the next post!

You can read a Greek version of this post here, and a Turkish version here.

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2 responses to “Peace – the writing’s on the wall

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