Interactive Theatre for Peace in Somaliland

IREX Europe trainers Steve Grihault and Neil McCafferty work with our Hargeisa based partner KOW Media Corporation as local theatre professionals continue a tour of Somaliland. 48 shows will be put on in towns across Somaliland. Theatre expert Steve Grihault has worked with the actors to transform their plays into “interactive” forum theatre, otherwise known as Drama for Conflict Transformation. In the plays the actors stop at key intervals allowing members of the audience to come on stage and act out how they think the story should proceed. In this way communities across Somaliland are challenged to think and discuss about critical issues of conflict in their society such as clan violence, recruitment of youth by extremist groups, drug abuse and violence against women.

Steve and Neil visited the shows at Hargeisa and Gabiley on December 13 and 14 respectively and worked with the teams to refine their performances.

Neil, IREX Europe’s media expert, worked with the KOW production team to help them record and produce the shows, for broadcast on local TV and on the internet.

The last of the 48 shows is scheduled for Hargeisa Kodbur on February 2. The project will end in Hargeisa with a four-day festival of film, photographs and art. The Festival aims to promote Peace and Reconciliation in the Horn of Africa. Entries will portray messages of peace and tolerance in the Horn of Africa. Short films of up to 10 minutes will be open to worldwide competition, while photographs and art will be open to applicants within Somalia. Finalists will see their work displayed at a 4-day festival in Hargeisa on the 27th February – 1st March, 2012, and prizes awarded on the last day of the festival.

For entries, submit at KMC office as advertised or on KOW media website.

For more information about the Somailand: Interactive Theatre for Peace project, please visit:

For an interview with Steve Grihault, IREX Europe Theatre Expert, please visit:

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