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#ahrcchat on In Place of War

Date: 30/08/2013

In Place of War is showing how art created in war-torn countries can, against all the odds, reach an international stage. Professor James Thompson and his colleagues have documented how people are creative music, drawing, writing, painting, sculpture, dance, drama and song despite the conditions they find themselves in. James will be joined by artists from Democratic Republic of the Congo and Egypt for our next twitter chat. The chat will give twitter users the chance to explore the project and the art that might be, but isn't necessarily, in response to war.

Thanks to AHRC Follow-On funding it is now possible for this art to be seen much more widely. This work deserves a wider audience. So we've used some of our grant to create an online platform for artists added James. This has resulted in the portal http://www.inplaceofwar.net.

One of the artists featured and joining the chat is Ramy Essam, the Egyptian musician best known for his appearances in Tahrir Square during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. His song Irhal meaning “leave” was voted No.3 in listing magazine Time Out chart 100 Songs That Changed History. Music is the strangest weapon because it's a peaceful weapon, said Ramy.

In Place of War hopes to bring Ramy and other war artists to a stage in the UK. People can access them online but live events have never been more popular. You can't beat actually seeing something, said James. The project will touring a number of festivals including Portmeirion's Festival No. 6, Bestival, Shambala and Glastonbudget.

Alongside the festivals, Professor Thompson tweeting from @inplaceofwar will be joining AHRC's twitter account @ahrcpress at 3:00pm (BST) on Wednesday 11 September 2013 for a live chat. We hope also to be joined by some of the artists involved. The AHRC is inviting all its twitter followers to get involved and join in by using the hash tag #ahrcchat.

To find out more about the In Place of War project, you can read the AHRC feature In Place of War.

For further information, please contact: Danielle Moore-Chick, AHRC: 01793 416021 d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

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