A pattern of activity has emerged that helps to define what Indra is and does in practice. This pattern involves young people and their co-ordinators in Indra hubs undertaking conflict related projects in their own communities, and then sharing their experience both virtually and live with their peers across the world. This ongoing activity will be underwritten by a programme of academic teaching and research. Evidence from this activity and research will then form the basis of material to be used for advocacy to governments, NGO’s and other agencies. The 2013 Indra Global Congress will provide a platform for the expression of this aspiration and an opportunity to share achievements to date.
Building on the success of the 2010 ARROW Global Congress we plan to undertake a programme of shared creative activities building up to the Global Congress event in Derry, 2013. The Congress itself will be an opportunity for groups of young people from existing and potential Indra centres to come together and share their practice, ideas and experience. There will be a wide range of workshop activities, training opportunities, sharing of performances, speakers, discussion groups and social activities, culminating in a shared celebration/performance event at the end of the week.
Mary Duddy has been working hard to set the scene for the 2013 Congress in Derry. Derry is the UK City of Culture for 2013, which is why Mary was so keen for us to hold a Congress event in the city. Mary has engaged the interest of the key officers of the City of Culture programme and we have begun dialogue with colleagues from Derry Playhouse and the University of Ulster regarding their engagement and support.There is a huge amount of work to be done in the build up to the event from raising resources to pay for accommodation to covering the costs of travel for co-ordinators and young people from India, Palestine, South Africa and elsewhere. We need urgently to address these challenges now. For the last Congress in 2010 we broke down the costs of travel and identified groups, individuals and organisations that were willing to help with a specific group. For example, the Plymouth Barbican Theatre Voice for Change group raised the resources to get the girls over from Lucknow, the Quakers in Tavistock helped to bring young people from Palestine. We do need to focus our energies on this task now if we are to make the Congress event a reality.