ART OF PEACEBUILDING

With a lack of independent social and cultural spaces open in Prijedor where we operate, it becomes impossible for ethnically segregated young people to meet and exercise their creativity together.

Most Mira’s approach focuses on addressing this obstacle through creative and participatory engagement in a safe space. Our programmes foster creativity, imagination and compassion. This kind of cultural work transforms relationships and builds the capacities required for peace.

Furthermore, by creating initiatives with international communities, we offer local young people the possibility to realise new opportunities.

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OUR METHODOLOGY

Using small groups, concrete materials, open questioning and peer teaching, our programmes encourage children and students to develop their own creativity. We let participants take ownership of the creative process so they work together to design, make and perform in arts festivals and theatre productions.


This action-oriented process creates a supportive and empowering environment, and we believe it is one of the key ways of reaching sustainable peace.

Benefits

  • Encourages a culture of innovation
  • Inspires participants and boosts confidence
  • Embraces and reflects on failures
  • Celebrates success and failure
  • Participants feel more secure asking questions and interacting
  • Empowers community to dream big

ARTS

Our arts projects play a vital role in bringing together secondary and high school students, most of whom attend ethnically and religiously segregated schools in the Prijedor region.

By organising youth festivals and theatre productions, we create opportunities for engagement and collaboration.

While many youth services in Prijedor have political or religious motives, our programme remains dedicated to providing an inclusive space for everyone. Traditional arts education in the area is often limited and didactic, which is why we encourage children to discover their own voice through writing, composing, and designing their own work.

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YOUTH FESTIVALS

Between 2009 and 2011, Most Mira successfully hosted week-long youth festivals that brought together up to 500 children from four segregated schools and two youth centres, with the dedicated support of 120 volunteers.

These initial efforts paved the way for building meaningful relationships among the children, parents, and teachers in the region.

THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

Since 2012, we have continued our impactful work by focusing on drama projects with smaller groups of students.

Guided by our teachers and international theatre practitioners, the children take charge of designing, creating, and performing their own theatre shows based on themes which affect their lives on an everyday basis.

The impact of our arts programme extends beyond the participating children. They proudly showcase their productions and share their creative journey through exhibitions held at local schools and the Prijedor Theatre. These events serve as a testament to the power of youth voice and the transformative potential of a mixed cast working together, even amidst the challenges of separate schools and an increasingly divided community.


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EDUCATION

EDUCATION

By equipping individuals with knowledge, critical thinking skills, and a nuanced understanding of conflict dynamics, education becomes a powerful tool for fostering sustainable peace.

With guidance from our team, teachers from local schools are recruited and trained to support the running of our programmes. Furthermore, we actively organise workshops and lectures to educate both local communities and international visitors on the evolving landscape of peacebuilding in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

In particular, our Democracy & Youth programme which is now in its tenth year.

EDUCATION

DEMOCRACY & YOUTH

Democracy & Youth is an educational programme focussed on the history, political context, and processes of change in Bosnia & Herzegovina since the Dayton Peace Accords in 1995 and runs every year for one week.

Students participate in workshops designed to expand their understanding and knowledge of peacebuilding and its challenges, in addition to guided site visits in the region joined by a legion of local practioners, students and activists from all over the world.

This immersive course is created for aspiring local and international activists and change makers (18-30) and is an ideal way for the international community to find out why Bosnia & Herzegovina is the textbook case for post-conflict peacebuilding.

ARCHITECTURE

Architecture has played an important role at Most Mira. The architectural workshops and projects we have initiated since 2014 have not only brought students together from all over Bosnia & Herzegovina and the world to learn about sustainable architectural practices, but allowed them to directly engage in the creation of our future home.

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ARCHITECTURE FOR PEACE

Architecture for Peace is a programme run by Project V Architecture together with Most Mira. It is a series of on-site residential courses that explore how sustainable architecture can be a vehicle for sustainable reconstruction, peacebuilding and social change after conflict.

The programme foregrounds community engagement and democratises design. Students learn to work resourcefully and collaboratively to design and use innovative materials, products and social enterprises for our future Peace Centre, as well as exploring wider visionary reconciliation strategies and experimental small-scale architectural interventions throughout the rural communities located in Kevljani and beyond.

The projects students finalise are gifted to local communities to build trust and initiate conversations about concrete improvements to homes, neighbourhoods and towns.

The aim of our Architecture for Peace programme is to train the next generation of practitioners working in sustainable reconstruction in post conflict zones. This initiative is being developed as a social enterprise by Project V Architecture with Most Mira, which will continue long after the construction of the Peace Centre.

RECOMMENDED READING

If you wish to learn more about building sustainable peace, our carefully curated collection of books, articles, and videos explores and promotes sustainable peace practices in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

From conflict resolution techniques to inspiring narratives of successful peace initiatives, this resource offers invaluable insights and practical strategies.

Author Publisher Title Year Type
Kemal Pervanić Blake Publishing The Killing Days: My Journey Through the Bosnian War 1999 BOOK
Craig Zelizer Nova Southeastern University The Role of Artistic Processes in Peace-Building in Bosnia & Herzegovina 2003 RESEARCH PAPER
Rebecca Cuthill, Klara Dokmanović, Alexandra Milenov, Andrew Powell, Natalie O’Brien ICTY Bridging the Gap between the ICTY and Communities in Bosnia & Herzegovina 2005 E-BOOK
Ivana Franović Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management Dealing with the Past in the Context of Ethnonationalism 2008 RESEARCH PAPER
Huma Heider The International Journal of Transitional Justice (Re) Imagining Coexistence 2009 RESEARCH PAPER
Martina Fisher Berghof Foundation Transitional Justice and Reconciliation - Theory and Practice 2011 ARTICLE
Johanna Mannergren Selimovic Routledge Making Peace, Making Memory... 2013 RESEARCH PAPER
Nicholas Moll BIRN A Different Kind of Remembrance 2013 INTERVIEW
Maja Milatovic-Ovadia Intellect Ltd (Journal of Arts & Communities) Theatre and Reconciliation: The Day of an Unlucky Man 2016 RESEARCH PAPER
Mark Urban BBC The Judgement of Mladić 2017 DOCUMENTARY
Tiffany Fairey Art Reconciliation Participatory Arts and Peace-building: Embodying and Challenging Reconciliation 2018 E-BOOK
Kemal Pervanić Open Democracy The Theatre Group Challening Bosnia’s Ethnic Divisions 2018 ARTICLE
Romeral Ortiz Quintilla United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) Youth 4 Peace Training Toolkit 2018 TOOLKIT
Allan Little BBC Bosnia: The Weaponisation of History 2019 DOCUMENTARY
Maja Milatovic-Ovadia Intellect Ltd (Journal of Arts & Communities) Shakespeare's Fools: A Piece in a Peacebuilding Mosaic 2019 RESEARCH PAPER
/ United States Institute of Peace Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding / ARTICLE
Rebecca Blocksome koed.hu The Art of War and Peace / BOOK PASSAGE
Refik Hodzić ICTJ Flowers in the Square / ARTICLE