Tamasha, a project of The Little Art, launched TamashaYESPeace, an extensive program which aims to empower youth through theater and performing arts, regarding the key issues of peace, conflict resolution and diversity. More than 32 young adults, aged between 16 and 25, participated in the first session of workshops in Lahore. The six-day long workshop hosted 5 participants from Quetta, 1 from Islamabad, 1 from Sheikhupura, 1 from Taxila and 24 from Lahore. The YesPeace program will have three rounds of workshops during the course of the project, two in Lahore and one in Islamabad. A collaborative closing event of the workshops will take place in Islamabad on which the work of other YesPeace partners will also be presented.

According to program manager Umair Mushtaq, the extensive training program was based on achieving sustainable development goals through performing arts.

The interactive theatre workshop included activities such as games, exercises, and techniques to create dialogue on key issues. Amongst the activities, the workshop also included sessions on ‘youth as agents of sustainable change’ and ‘promoting values of global citizenship education through performing arts’.

TamashaYESPeace Program is supported by the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and YESPeace Network while the other major partners include ASSITEJ Pakistan and Alliance Francaise de Lahore.

Published in Young Nation Magazine on August 19, 2017