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Jul 17, 2012 - From the Streets to the Sea: Hip Hop Artists Uniting for Peace
Peace Boat is teaming up with theBedouins, a network of young artists based in the Middle East using art as a vehicle to promote peace, to launch an exciting new project on our 77th Global Voyage for Peace this fall.

Called "From the Streets to the Sea: Hip Hop Artists Uniting for Peace", this project will bring together Hip Hop and Street Artists from various Middle Eastern countries to collaborate onboard the ship's borderless, neutral and mobile space. Participants will use this 2-week opportunity to develop hip hop and street art's use as an instrument of peace and international understanding, while sharing their current realities and gaining new perspectives and constructing visions for the future. Onboard, they will also participate in peace education workshop, dialogue sessions, and dance, music and art events created in collaboration with Japanese participants.

Because this project will not be possible without funding for the Middle Easter artists' flights, onboard fees, and documentation, Peace Boat and theBedouins have launched a fundraising campaign through Kickstarter. Kickstarter allows us to offer you access to music, videos and art developed during the project in exchange for your support.

With your support, we will be able to make this project a reality, and celebrate the meeting of talents across borders in a spirit of peace and cooperation that reflects current realities, hip hop's social potential and future visions for the region.

To learn more about the project, watch the following introductory video and read below.
To support this project, please go to our Kickstarter Funding page



Project Background:
During the recent social and political movements in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, hip hop and street art played an important role as an outlet for expressing public opinion and reaching the wider youth audience. Taking into account hip hop culture's roots as a non-violent way of dealing with the hardships of life for minorities within the United States, and as a creative outlet to deal with injustice and social realities, we would like to explore hip hop and street art's potential as diplomacy and peace building tools in the Middle East.
Through this project, we aim to give youth from different countries in the MENA region opportunities to gain new perspectives and knowledge, and to be able to return to their own countries with new tools and a strong motivation to use their talent to promote peace and youth dialogue in their communities.

Program outline:
September 7: Participating artists flight from their countries to Kochi, India.
September 8~21: Artists will join Peace Boat for two weeks from Kochi, India to Port Said, Egypt, as it sails across the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea and through the Suez Canal. Peacebuilding, conflict prevention, music and art workshop, as well as collaboration and exchanges through music and arts will be held onboard.
September 21-22: Artists will disembark upon Peace Boat's arrival to Port Said, Egypt. The group will then travel to Alexandria and/or Cairo to interact with the youth in these cities and participate in closing ceremonies, concerts and art programs. 
September 23: Artist will flight back to their countries of residence.

Objectives:
  • Generate opportunities for dialogue and cooperation through creative arts among youth in the MENA region, leading to the mutual construction of a future vision.
  • Provide participating artists with new tools and perspectives and the opportunity to use their talent to promote peace, non-violence and youth dialogue in the MENA region.
  • Explore how hip hop and street arts can be used as tools for peace, youth dialogue and diplomacy.
  • Create connections between artists across the MENA region, as well as with Japanese and other artists.
  • Provide a better understanding of youth reality in the Arab world to Peace Boat participants and our wider audience.
Participating Artists:
Visit the Kickstarter Funding page for profiles of participating artists.

Partners:
theBedouins is a Middle-East based crew of skaters and street artists, who have been inspiring youth across the world to use their unique talents for peace, while filming and documenting their expeditions to raise awareness about youth in areas of conflict.
One of their previous projects was documented in a film called Sour, which saw Jordanian and Israeli skateboarders jumping the cultural divide to ride with each other in the midst of the 2006 Lebanon/Israel war.
Their most recent endeavor is PUSH Tunisia, a skateboard 'artivism' project which features a multi-national group of skateboarders, street artists, and volunteers on a trip to Tunisia, eleven months after the revolution.

Fundraising Campaign:
In order to cover the costs involved in inviting the participating artists, and to cover the minimum materials and production cost for the music, arts and videos created during the project, we have launched a fundraising campaign through Kickstarter.

Kickstarter allows us to offer unique products from our project in exchange for everyone's support. But, this is an all-or-nothing campaign. We can only receive the funds and carry out the project if we reach our goal. On the other hand, if your kind support exceeds our goal we will be able to invite more talented artists to join us.

Please go to our Kickstarter Funding page to support this project.

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