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Trauma Healing and Creative Arts Coalition

Trauma Healing and Creative Arts Coalition is a new initiative that aims to promote and facilitate reconciliation and peace in post-war contexts, through trauma healing and resource based life enhancing resilience strategies on an individual and collective level.

Large numbers of people from areas of armed conflict and migrants who have suffered traumatic experiences as a consequences of living in areas of conflict. Trauma has negative implications for their personal well-being, their health and also limits their ability to integrate into society, has a negative impact on their families and their work. The influence of trauma on people results in disappointment and frustration on an individual level and a societal level and affects programmes designed to aid fostering, reconciliation, rehabilitation, peace and reconstruction.

THAC aims at bringing together local organisations to implement and develop diverse methods of trauma work and of strengthening personal and collective resilience.

The initiative seeks a holistic approach. People who go about their daily work will be supported and strengthened. Using methods of trauma work, on the psychological and physical level, as well as creativity and art therapy are used. Curiosity, creativity and personal development approaches foster and facilitate the overcoming of personal trauma and are profoundly life-giving. Moreover, the people concerned can be trained in life skills, e.g. nonviolent methods, basic rights, etc., and thus be supported in their economic integration and social rehabilitation. 

For more information on THAC please visit http://theartscoalition.org or email Vicky.Paul@thac.ch

Festival Fest!

It’s an action packed festival weekend for team VJP Media. 

Combining music, literature and performance this year’s Solas Festival in Tibbermore, Perthshire could be the best yet. Dubbed ‘Scotland’s best kept secret’, s identity and place in the wider world ahead of the September referendum. 

An all-star line up includes Liz Lochhead, King Creosote, Josie Long, Robin Ince, James Robertson and Shelagh McDonald. And with music, a mini film festival, comedians, circus performers, writers, talks, debates, theatre and dance all on display there really should be something for everybody. www.solasfestival.com

This year St Magnus International Festival celebrates connections with Norway and Italy and the 80th birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as well as Scotland’s Year of Homecoming. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, the Trondheim Soloists, Sergei Leiferkus, Nicholas Daniel, Joan Rodgers, the Fidelio Trio, Astrid String Quartet and Hugo Ticciati all take to the stage across the week long festival. 

Culture and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop was in Kirkwall to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution at a concert headlined by some of Norway’s most acclaimed classical musicians – the five-time Grammy Award-nominated Trondheim Soloists. www.stmagnusfestival.com

Solas Festival 20-22 June

The Solas Festival programme is a beautiful work in progress developed over many months. We put together an entertaining and varied line-up which touches on arts, faith and justice, and we’re delighted to be welcoming some new guests to the festival next year along with some well-loved favourites.

Confirmed so far this year are comedy legends Josie Long and Robin Ince; hip-hop giants Stanley Odd; social and political historian TM Devine; novelist James Robertson; journalist and presenter Lesley Riddoch and Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber.

For programme and ticket information please visit: www.solasfestival.co.uk