La Fiesta: Arts That Protects

The team leading the Creating Safer Space research project Art that Protects: Contributions of artistic-cultural initiatives to the self-protection strategies of young people and women in the context of the urban conflict in Medellín, 2022 is visiting Aberystwyth, Wales.

All welcome to the below in-person event.

Thursday, 19 October 2023
Time: 10.30 – 12.00
Venue: Cinema, Aberystwyth Arts Centre


  • Adriana Diosa and Oscar Manuel Zuluaga (Harlequin and the Jugglers, Colombia)
  • Beatriz Arias López and Laura Jimenez (University of Antioquia, Colombia)
  • Berit Bliesemann de Guevara (International Politics, AU)

Financed by the Creating Safer Space network, the research project “Art that Protects” looked at the impact of twenty cultural organisations who work with communities in the city of Medellín, Colombia, in areas which are highly vulnerable and affected by urban violence. The project showed the power of community art in this context. By strengthening social ties, erasing the invisible boundaries that divide neighbourhoods, and empowering marginalised groups, community art creates safer space for communities living amidst violent conflict. As a platform for the inhabitants of the neighbourhood to express themselves, to denounce, to undergo catharsis, and to resist, community-based art becomes the umbrella that protects civilians from violence and creates safer space for life.

This event combines the presentation of the project findings and short video clips from the project-based play “La Fiesta” with elements of live theatre and a discussion with the audience to explore the power of the arts to provide safer space in violent contexts.

All welcome! Please reserve your free ticket on Eventbrite.