Did you know that cultural initiatives have the power to bridge conflict and nurture positive peace?               

We harness this potential by using fine and performing arts,

popular culture, heritage, literature or films to create dialogue

and peaceful co-existence in communities ravaged by war or

those on the precipice of conflict. Through culture, we can

cultivate the pillars of peace: diversity, resilience, social

cohesion and tolerance. By using culture, we can counter

extremist narratives, polarisation and  tensions over identities

and control of resources that often block the path to peace.


​The projects are supported by Rotary Peace Fellows, working

group founders and coordinators of this area,

Natalia Sineaeva-Pankowska and Dr Matthew Johnsen, as well

as Dr Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala, the director of the Makerere

University Rotary Peace Center in Kampala.

They and several other members of the planning team with experience in program design and implementation will help guide the Rotary community through the culture for peace process, exploring new ideas and visions that celebrate culture as an agent of positive peace.

We will utilize a variety of cultural resources in different contexts to build sustainable peace processes. The projects will deploy a multidimensional cultural approach towards capacity-building and empowering co-existence and reconciliation of local communities.

Contact: Natalia Sineaeva at nsineaeva@gmail.com

Project 1: Fine Arts Academy: Orchestrating Peace Through Arts & Science (Iraq). Project Details here

Project 2: The Neighbours: Enhancing dialogue and peacebuilding among young people in Bangladesh (Bangladesh) - Project Details here

Project 3: Let There be Light: Establishing a training center to empower Rohingya women and children living in Bangladesh Project Details here

Project 4: Shantinalay: A Place for Peace: Exploring the deep meanings of folk music (Bangladesh) Project Details here

Project 5: Rock for Peace: human rights education through arts and sports at Polish Woodstock Festival (Poland) Project Details here


These projects will strive to use emerging technologies appropriate to engaging the addressed communities in the post-pandemic world.

Partner Organisations

Dr Matthew Johnsen
Karim Wasfi
Shahriar Kabir
Lablu Barua
Prof. Dr. Mamun Al Mahtab 
Dr Helen Nambarlirwa Nkabala
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