Confronting Radicalism and Promoting Peace: A Cultural Approach

ARDD

On Wednesday ARDD held the event "Confronting Radicalism and Promoting Peace: A Cultural Approach" which aimed to discuss the idea of understanding the importance of multiculturalism in the Arab world; the current and complex situation of youth in the region and how arts and culture can inform, inspire, and build solidarity. By promoting culture among the youth, ARDD encourages pluralism as a tool to achieve Renaissance in the region. The discussion was followed by a live performance by Naya, an all-women muwashahat band.

The mission of the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) is to actively contribute as a civil society organization to a just and stable society, free of inequity and conflict. In the past year, ARDD has established its initiatives to promote the Arab Renaissance through strategic programs, fostering policy dialogue, panel discussions and events targeting different audiences that articulate and create linkages and understanding between the different cultural factors that impact the Arab Renaissance, with the aim of building civic movements around emerging issues in the region.

The event aimed to contribute to the planning for ARDD’s 10 year Anniversary next year. The discussion looked at ARDD’s work in the previous period, and designed strategies for the next cycle based on the critical cultural changes. 

ARDD Renaissance project is seeking creative and diversified solutions to the social and cultural crisis within Arab communities, including minorities, women, refugees and migrants. Our ethos is to implement initiatives that foster cultural dialogue that would challenge one-dimensional interpretations, radicalization, and people’s day-to-day realities. We seek to promote a fuller and more complex picture that would encourage our target communities to play a vital role in the emancipation of the region. 

ARDD believes that culture is a sustainable tool towards co-existence, peacebuilding, and nonviolence. We strongly argue that culture and art serve as an antidote to radicalization and extremist ideologies. The whole region is in transition, and there is now a crucial moment where meaningful social and cultural engagement needs to happen.

Objectives and Expected Outcomes  

Building on the ongoing debates of ARDD around the Arab Renaissance the main objectives of the discussion was to stimulate debates around three identified issues: First, understanding the importance of multiculturalism in the Arab world; second, the current and complex situation of youth in the region and how arts and culture can inform, inspire, and build solidarity; and third, a brief look at the heritage of the Arab region, with an emphasis on culture of peace and embracing pluralism.

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