AN international youth peace summit kicks off in the Waterside Theatre today (September 17) and continues until Saturday.
The aim of the project is to use the arts as a medium to begin the process of discussion and inquiry in order to break down barriers and stereotypes amongst different cultures.
Iain Barr, Chief Executive of the Waterside Theatre said: “This is one of our key projects for UK City of Culture 2013, and we are delighted to welcome the young people from Cyprus and Croatia to the City to share their experiences with our young people.
“We are grateful to our key speakers for making themselves available to speak at the Conference on International Peace Day.”
Involving young people from other areas of conflict, including Cyprus and Croatia, allows for the sharing of experiences and skills and enables local young people to forge relationships with their counterparts in areas of Europe that have experienced similar problems.
The five days will be packed with activities for the young people, culminating with a youth peace conference on Saturday (September 21, 2013) International Peace Day.
Featuring guest speakers from key stakeholders involved in peace and reconciliation, youth projects and funding, the conference will provide young people the opportunity to have their voices heard and be at the forefront of developing future policies and programmes of reconciliation in Northern Ireland.