In Place of War is making five new cultural spaces and music studios in five of the most challenging settings in the world: a Congolese refugee camp, a prison in the war affected area of Uganda, with indigenous hip-hop artists in Uganda, on an island inhabited by single mothers in Lake Victoria and in West Bank, Palestine. With the help of the Joe Strummer Foundation, In Place of War is able to ship equipment to Palestine and Uganda, which will in turn enable over 1,000 young people access to state of the art music equipment in five cities.
IPOW will ship over 50 compact music studios, live equipment and instruments to a range of grassroots on the ground partners, who work with a range of marginalised young people in places where music studios simply do not exist. This will be life-changing for young people and help to generate new generations of music makers, performers and recording artists. We will also take out a range of profile UK musicians and producers to both Uganda and Palestine to train young producers and artists in the use of the equipment.
In Place of War is a support system for community artistic, creative and cultural organisations in places of conflict, revolution and areas suffering the consequences of conflict. We listen to creative communities and respond by providing innovative, do-it-together solutions for grassroots challenges, sourced from our global community of change-makers. Our community spans over 100 grassroots community organisations with a collective reach of over 60 million people in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Our work over the past thirteen years has been about responding to the needs identified by those on the ground. They have the local understanding, connections to the beneficiaries and are working where international intervention can not happen (such as the drug cartels of Colombia).
IPOW’s tailored support ranges from:
- organisational development
- creative and social entrepreneurial training
- organisation and space development training
- distribution of equipment
- training and capacity building
- advocacy and policy recommendations championing the grassroots international development sector
- performance and showcase opportunities
- mobility of change makers across the world
- the co-creation of creative spaces in places of conflict
For more information please visit www.inplaceofwar.net