Cultures of Peace

This festival of the Northeast will travel to three cities


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Conceptualised and produced by Preeti Gill and Mary Therese Kurkalang,Festival Directors, the Cultures of Peace festival is a three way collaboration between Zubaan, the Heinrich Boell Foundation and Khublei. Now in its third edition, the festival has been growing each year and brings together writing, music, film, theatre, media, photography etc. It aims to showcase the cultures of the Northeast and foreground important and pertinent discussions, to build bridges and make connections with the rest of India, and to create awareness of the region, both historically and in its present day context

Now in its third edition, the festival is moving out of Delhi and expanding its reach to other cities. 2014 will take it to three cities, Pune, Mumbai and Guwahati. Earlier editions have included over 60 speakers – writers, academics, Journalists, film-makers, social activists.  As well, there have been exhibitions showcasing different aspects of the Northeastern states, music performances including, Soulmates, Shillong, Rewben Mashangwa, Manipur and the first public performance by The Musical Folks, Shillong, who have since brought out their first CD. 2013 also saw a Sattriya Dance performance by Anwesa Mahanta, Assam, and panel discussions on women's writing, conflict and violence, shared international borders, censorship in films, reporting from the Northeast, food, language and more.

In 2014, the main two- day festival will be held in Pune, the city which witnessed the exodus of large numbers of North easterners, as a result of the rumours spread by sms messages in 2012. The festival is dedicated to Sharmila Rege (1964 2013) Phule-Ambedkarite feminist and pedagogue, and Irom Sharmila the Iron Lady of Manipur on hunger strike since 2 November 2000.

In PUNE the festival will comprise panel discussions organised in collaboration with the Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule, Women's Study Centre Pune University, which will focus on human rights and women's issues in the Northeast, Kashmir, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.The evening programmes will include, a session with authors from the Northeast and music by the Tetseo Sisters, and a preview performance of AAYADAN directed by Sushama Deshpande, taking place in the heart of the city, hosted by The Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts at the Vishwabhavan Auditorium. In partnership with FTII, film screenings are being organised which include films from Tripura, Manipur and Assam. "Asomi" – an Assamese group, has joined hands with us to support the programme in Pune.

In MUMBAI, in collaboration with the KALA GHODA FESTIVAL, the festival will bring together ten writers and Tripura's rapper, Borkung Hrangkhawlaka BK who will set the tone for an evening in the lawns of the David Sassoon Library.

In GUWAHATI, within the framework of the Indian Association of Women's Studies conference at Cotton College, the festival will host an evening of writings by women with 14 writers from the different states of the Northeast, and will include fiction, non-fiction,folk story writers, poets, historians and journalists.

Venue: South Asian Women’s Conference
Cotton College Auditorium
Panbazar, Guwahat
Time: 3:00 p.m

3.00 pm 
Non-Fiction
Moderator: Preeti Gill
Anuradha Sharma Pujari
Rakhee Kalita Moral
Monalisa Changkija
Teresa Rehman
Uddipana Goswami
Indrani Raimedhi

4.30 pm
Readings 

5.00 pm
Fiction & Poetry 
Moderator: Mitra Phukan
Tilottoma Misra
Streamlet Dkhar
Margaret Zama
Anupama Basumatary
Rita Chowdhury
Minimon Laloo

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Venue: South Asian Women’s Conference
Cotton College Auditorium
Panbazar, Guwahat
Time: 3:00 p.m

3.00 pm 
Non-Fiction
Moderator: Preeti Gill
Anuradha Sharma Pujari
Rakhee Kalita Moral
Monalisa Changkija
Teresa Rehman
Uddipana Goswami
Indrani Raimedhi

4.30 pm
Readings 

5.00 pm
Fiction & Poetry 
Moderator: Mitra Phukan
Tilottoma Misra
Streamlet Dkhar
Margaret Zama
Anupama Basumatary
Rita Chowdhury
Minimon Laloo

– See more at: http://www.assamtimes.org/node/9217#sthash.xExNNIZd.dpuf

Venue: South Asian Women’s Conference
Cotton College Auditorium
Panbazar, Guwahat
Time: 3:00 p.m

3.00 pm 
Non-Fiction
Moderator: Preeti Gill
Anuradha Sharma Pujari
Rakhee Kalita Moral
Monalisa Changkija
Teresa Rehman
Uddipana Goswami
Indrani Raimedhi

4.30 pm
Readings 

5.00 pm
Fiction & Poetry 
Moderator: Mitra Phukan
Tilottoma Misra
Streamlet Dkhar
Margaret Zama
Anupama Basumatary
Rita Chowdhury
Minimon Laloo

– See more at: http://www.assamtimes.org/node/9217#sthash.xExNNIZd.dpuf