Over 200 people gathered in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, as part of Peace Week which was organised by International Alert Kyrgyzstan to celebrate the International Day of Peace from 18 – 20 September 2019.
During this week the team hosted various events including a film screening, a poetry night and Peace Talks to allow people to come together to celebrate peace, discuss what it means and how it might be achieved, and learn how to build sustainable peace.
Peace Week started on 18 September 2019 with a film screening of Terry George’s Hotel Rwanda. The plot of the film is based on the real events of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsis.
Following the film screening International Alert’s Programme Manager Rasul Momunaliev, together with a local Film Director, held a question and answer session and discussed the topic of peacebuilding in the motion picture with the audience – using Hotel Rwanda as the starting point.
The poetry night was held on 19 September, where people were invited to share and perform their own poems about peace, or recite the works of various poets from around the world. The event was moderated by Eleanor Proyaeva, one of the best literary scholars in Kyrgyzstan. People of all ages and backgrounds came together to listen to the poems and talk about how art can bring people together and heal hearts.
On the last day of Peace Week, 20 September, Daniyar Amanaliev (a public figure in the country) was invited to the Peace Talks event to talk about how peace and peacebuilding is one of the important elements of living a happy and prosperous life. At the end of the week all participants had a chance to draw their understanding of what is peace for all to see and read.