Panel for Peace – Dialogue on Peace and Theatre

As part of the Grassroots Peacebuilding project, Formaat organized the “Panel for Peace”, an interactive dialogue on the use of Participatory Drama for conflict transformation and peacebuilding.



The Panel for Peace aims to initiate and stimulate the dialogue on using wide ranging forms of interactive and participatory theatre for working in and around (areas of) conflict. The high level Panel for Peace included:

Chen Alon (Combatants for Peace), working with polarized communities in Israel-Palestine

Hector Aristizábal (Imaginaction), Theatre of the Oppressed with torture survivors

Teya Sepinuck (Theatre of Witness), interactive theatre in Northern Ireland

Zhara Yagana (AHRDO) and Hadi Marifat (AHRDO), legislative theatre in Afghanistan

The panel was hosted by Luc Opdebeeck, (artistic) director of Formaat. Opdebeeck is one of the world’s leading experts on using Participatory Drama in a wide range of settings, including conflict transformation. The panel will analyze and reflect on the strengths and opportunities, and the challenges and threats to community-based work using Participatory Drama to address and transform conflict.


The project Grassroots Peacebuilding is a long-term collaboration between Formaat, Workplace for Participatory Drama and Combatants for Peace. It is part of the Oxfam Novib – E-Motive network and the project aims to introduce effective methodologies from the ‘South’ to the Netherlands. Combatants for Peace uses interactive theatre to promote social justice and strengthen solidarity between Israelis and Palestinians.

Peace Embassy

Moreover, Formaat is also the first Peace Embassy (link is in Dutch) in Rotterdam. Collaborators include IKV Pax Christi and Ministerie van Vrede.


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