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How dance, drama and music can protect children

How dance, drama and music can protect children:

Children Change Colombia Project Talk 2019

This year, our annual Project Talk focused on the way that our partners’ projects use arts activities such as drama, dance and music as practical tools for defending children against threats to their safety and for protecting their rights in the long term. 

We had a great turn out for the event, and were so pleased to see both new and old supporters coming together to learn more about the children and young people who we work with in Colombia.

Our Programmes Manager and Executive Director, drew on research and examples from our partners’ projects to show how the introspection, observation, communication and cooperation involved in making art has the capacity to heal trauma and to foster a child's sense of self-worth.

We were delighted to be able to premiere a specially commissioned short film, featuring children and young people at two of our partners’ projects which use drama, music, dance and film as tools to strengthen children’s confidence, knowledge of their rights and resilience to the threats that exist in their communities. In the film, the children explain the practical impact of arts activities on their lives. It was produced by Labzuca, a film unit run by our partner Tiempo de Juego and staffed by young people who once attended their arts project. 

Scroll to the bottom of this page to watch the film now! We would love to know what you think of it, please drop us a line to let us know!

To learn more about our policies on using images and stories of real children and young people from our partners' projects in our communications, click here.

A big thank you to all the attendees, volunteers and Julia Hayes from Inclusion Creativa for making the event such a great success.

You can also watch a recording of the whole event here, and look out for a review of the evening’s discussion in our Spring newsletter – coming soon!

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