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Cuál es la verdad? (What is the Truth?)

Cuál es la verdad? (What is the Truth?) De-constructing collective memories and imagining alternative futures with young people in Chocó through music and arts was a Phase 2 Large Grant project in Colombia.

This project focused on Quibdó, the capital of Chocó in the Colombian Pacific: a remote area disproportionately affected by armed conflict and home to mainly Afro-colombian and indigenous populations who face a complex legacy of intersectional inequalities. It emerged from a longstanding partnership between the University of Edinburgh and Universidad Claretiana and builds specifically on Partnership and Research Workshops carried out in May 2019 in Quibdó, funded by a GCRF Partnership Grant which brought together young people, researchers from Colombia and UK, artists, CSOs, local government agencies and education providers to collaboratively develop the project focus and methodology.

Our project responds to priorities identified by young people: tensions within and between neighbourhoods (barrios), violence and armed gangs, feelings of fear and distrust, through a co-produced music-and arts-based approach: with our CSO partners Fundación Casa Tres Patios and Mr Klaje Collective, we will support  young co-researchers from three Quibdó barrios to facilitate workshops with other young people to critically deconstruct collective memories.

Our project aims were to

1. Enable young people to become critical co-constructors of their communities’ histories and visualize alternative futures through a co-produced music- and arts-based methodology.

2. Generate dialogue between youth groups to break down neighbourhood barriers and deconstruct post-conflict tensions.

3. Make visible the experiences of marginalized young people and support the creation of sustainable alliances with CSOs, policy and educational stakeholders and researchers for delivering social justice for young people.

4. Investigate the potential of participatory music and arts as a tool for reconciliation and capacity building by engaging comparatively with projects in the CtS portfolio and beyond.

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Watch La Verdad, created and performed by Cuál es la verdad? project partners and youth co-researchers:

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Resource Archive

Search or browse the resource archive for films, reports, toolkits and other resources produced by the Changing the Story and its commissioned projects. Items relating to Colombia are listed below:

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The planet of no memoryThis fanzine is created by the Youth Research Board's Preserving Memory Group composed by: David, Antonia, Trina and Leonard. It comes as a product of art research on projects supported …Antonia Bello, David Espitia, Leonard Nyiringabo, Trina Hoti, , , , colombia kosovo rwanda youth-research-board locationformat-zine language-english
The Arts of Survival (Spanish)Written by Alejandro Castillejo Cuellar and investigators Alex Sierra and Juanita Frankey, the following critical review of the Phase 1 Colombia project Tales of the Future: Senses, Creativity and the …Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , , , , colombia phase1 locationreport language-spanish sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions subject-reflections
Small Scale Peace: Fractures of Everyday Life and Transitional PoliciesJournal article Read Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar (Phase 1 Colombia Project 'Tales of the Future) article titled 'Small Scale Peace: Fractures of Everyday Life and Transitional Policies in Colombia published in Revista …Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , , , colombia phase1 locationarticle language-spanish sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions
Desde las fronteras de la precariedadBlog (2018/12/21) Desde las fronteras de la precariedadProf Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , , colombia phase1 locationblog language-spanish subject-reflections
Meet AntoniaMeet Antonia, a Changing the Story Youth Research Board member from Colombia., , , colombia changemakers youth-research-board locationfilm language-spanish
Mobility Fund Report, 2020In 2019, Changing the Story (CTS) launched a Mobility Fund, offering financial support of up to £1000 designed to enhance the mobility and professional development of CTS grantees based in …, , , , , , , , bosnia-and-herzegovina colombia india nepal south-africa venezuela locationreport language-english subject-policy youth
Caja de Herramientas Methodological toolkitCuál es la verdad? (What is the Truth?) De-constructing collective memories and imagining alternative futures with young people in Chocó through music and arts is a Phase 2 Large Grant …, , , , , colombia phase2 locationfilm language-spanish sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions subject-participatory-arts
Introducción del editor invitado: la paz en pequeña escalaIntroducción del editor invitado: la paz en pequeña escala, Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar (2019)Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , , colombia locationarticle language-spanish sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions
Promoting social entrepreneurship through participatory arts and music with marginalised young people in times of pandemic in ColombiaBlog (2021/08/26) Promoting social entrepreneurship through participatory arts and music with marginalised young people in times of pandemic in Colombia, , , colombia phase2 locationblog language-english subject-reflections
'Cual es la verdad' Briefing Spanish)Si bien los métodos digitales han existido durante algún tiempo, la pandemia de COVID-19 ha requerido que proyectos en todo el mundo se muevan a la esfera digital y adapten …, , , , , , , , , colombia locationlanguage-spanish sdg-1-poverty sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-4-education sdg-5-gender sdg-8-work sdg-9-industry subject-covid19 subject-reflections
Etnia Company Performance Universidad de los Andes, ColombiaIn September 2019, the Etnia Company, a group of musicians from Choco, Colombia were invited to participate in a panel discussion and perform at an international conference held at the …, colombia event locationfilm
PUBLICATION LAUNCH! Changing the Story: Our Third YearBlog (2021/05/21) PUBLICATION LAUNCH! Changing the Story: Our Third YearAisha Kayani, , , , , , , , , , cambodia colombia india kosovo phase2 south-africa changemakers locationblog language-english subject-covid19 subject-participatory-arts youth
Participatory digital methodologies with young people in “fragile” contexts in times of COVID-19Blog (2020/12/03) Participatory digital methodologies with young people in “fragile” contexts in times of COVID-19Dr Marlies Kustatscher, , , , colombia phase2 locationblog language-english subject-covid19 subject-reflections
Beyond the Development Imaginary: Alternative Policy in Brazil and ColombiaThis is an Accepted Manuscript version of chapter 3 of the book 'Participatory Arts in International Development' published by Routledge/CRC Press on 29 August 2019. The final version of each …Dr Simon Dancey, Emily Morrison, , brazil colombia locationarticle language-english
The power of music for connecting young people globallyBlog (2021/07/20) The power of music for connecting young people globallyDr Edwar Calderón, , , , , colombia phase2 changemakers locationblog language-english subject-participatory-arts subject-reflections
Troubled Reflections: A small window of opportunity for transformation in ColombiaBlog (2019/05/18) Troubled Reflections: A small window of opportunity for transformation in ColombiaEmily Morrison, , , colombia phase1 locationblog language-english subject-reflections
YouthLEAD Case StudyYouthLead (Colombia) is a participatory arts research project and collaboration between Queen's University Belfast, National Centre for Historical Memory, Konrad Lorenz University and Gestores de Paz. which addresses two broad …, , , , , , , colombia locationarticle language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-3-health-and-well-being subject-participatory-arts subject-street-art youth
The Arts of Survival (English)Written by Alejandro Castillejo Cuellar and investigators Alex Sierra and Juanita Frankey, the following critical review of the Phase 1 Colombia project Tales of the Future: Senses, Creativity and the …Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , , , , colombia phase1 locationreport language-english sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions subject-reflections
Las Voces De Un Río Que Se Niega A MorirBlog (2018/12/21) Las Voces De Un Río Que Se Niega A Morir, , , colombia phase1 locationblog language-spanish subject-reflections
Cuál es la verdad? (What is the Truth?) Final Project VideoCuál es la verdad? (What is the Truth?) De-constructing collective memories and imagining alternative futures with young people in Chocó through music and arts is a Phase 2 Large Grant …, , , , , colombia phase2 locationfilm language-spanish sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions subject-participatory-arts
A Journey That Changed Our StoryA summary of Mr Klaje's visit to the UK, March-May 2022. Including workshops in Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh and LeedsMr Klaje, , , , colombia phase2 locationlanguage-spanish sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-4-education
The Tree of Love: Resilience, Resistance and Reconciliation Among Former Child Soldiers in ColombiaBlog (2019/11/07) The Tree of Love: Resilience, Resistance and Reconciliation Among Former Child Soldiers in ColombiaDr Mathew Charles, , colombia locationblog language-english subject-reflections
A Critique of Transitional DiscourseWritten by Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar (Phase 1 Colombia Project 'Tales of the Future). The following article is a product of Alejandro's research and raises the need to question "Transitional scenarios," their …Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , , , colombia phase1 locationarticle language-spanish sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions
Thinking togetherBlog (2019/12/13) Thinking togetherJesús Flores, Mirla Pérez, , , , colombia phase2 venezuela locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Transforming Conflict and Displacement through Arts and Humanities Opening PlenaryOpening plenary for PRAXIS virtual workshop, Transforming Conflict and Displacement through Arts and Humanities. With panellists Asma Khalifa, Ruth Daniel, Teresa Bean and Neelam RainaAsma Khalifa, Neelam Raina, PRAXIS, Ruth Daniel, Teresa Bean, , , , colombia event kashmir libya locationfilm language-english
Edwar CaledronWith English subtitlesDr Edwar Calderón, , colombia phase2 locationfilm language-spanish
Phase One Critical Review: The Future is Unwritten (Colombia)Written by Dr Simon Dancey and Emily Morrison this critical review of the Phase One Colombia project explores what is known about social imaginaries in Colombia in existing literature and …Dr Simon Dancey, Emily Morrison, , , , , , colombia phase1 locationreport language-english sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions subject-reflections youth
Music, Community and Environment workshop - Mr KlajeRecording of Mr Klaje’s (Colombia) Music, Community and Environment workshop, 29th April, University of Leeds. This workshop promoted collaborative work actions and intercultural scenarios among diverse students/participants, as a strategy …Mr Klaje, , , , colombia event phase2 locationfilm language-english subject-participatory-arts
Promoting social entrepreneurship through participatory artsThe latest briefing from the ¿Cuál es la verdad? Project reflects on our learning experience of supporting a group of young people to set up a multi-strand social enterprise called …, , , , , , , colombia phase3 locationlanguage-english sdg-1-poverty sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-5-gender sdg-8-work sdg-9-industry subject-covid19
How do young people in conflict settings view peace?Listen to the jungle, the rivers and the voices of young people from the Atrato River populations, one of the areas hardest hit in the country by the conflict. Alejandro …Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , , , colombia phase1 locationlanguage-spanish sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions subject-peace
Post-Conflict Participatory Arts Socially Engaged DevelopmentThis book investigates the power of art to enhance human development and to initiate positive social change for individuals and societies recovering from conflict. Edited by Changing the Story partners …Diego Alfonso, Dr Aylwyn Walsh, Dr Claudia Pineda Marín, Dr Laura K. Taylor, Dr Scott Burnett, Dr Tendayi Marovah, Edwin Cubillos, Joshua Chikozho, Nub Raj Bhandari, Willard Muntanga, , , , , , , , , , , colombia kenya lebanon nepal uganda zimbabwe locationarticle language-english sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts
Safeguarding, the story so farSafeguarding means protecting vulnerable people from harm, whether malicious or unintended, by believing and responding to concerns through a systematic approach. In 2019-20, we’re developing a project to generate discussion …Tony Cegielka, , , colombia safeguarding locationfilm language-english sdg-16-institutions
Tales of the Future – ColombiaBlog (2018/04/05) Tales of the Future – ColombiaDr Simon Dancey, Emily Morrison, Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , colombia phase1 locationblog language-english
Peace in a Small Scale'Peace in a Small Scale: Colombia and the Social Imagination of the Future' by Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar and with the research assistance of Alex Sierra. This paper was presented as part …Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, , , , colombia event phase1 changemakers locationfilm language-english
La Verdad, created and performed by Cuál es la verdad?La Verdad, created and performed by Cuál es la verdad? (Colombia). Cuál es la verdad? (What is the Truth?) De-constructing collective memories and imagining alternative futures with young people in …, , , , , colombia phase2 locationfilm language-spanish sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions subject-participatory-arts
Relatos del futuro/ The Future is Unwritten (Colombia)Co-Investigator Simon Dancey Changing the Story’s Phase 1 Colombia strand incorporates two areas of research. The first, an experimental project that seeks to stimulate creativity among young people dwelling at …Dr Simon Dancey, , , colombia phase1 locationfilm subject-participatory-arts subject-reflections
'Cual es la verdad' Briefing (English)While digital methods have been around for some time, the COVID-19 pandemic has required projects around the world to move to the digital sphere and adapt their approaches accordingly. In …, , , , , , , , , colombia locationlanguage-english sdg-1-poverty sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-4-education sdg-5-gender sdg-8-work sdg-9-industry subject-covid19 subject-reflections
Del ahogado el sombrero, a manera de manifiestoDel ahogado el sombrero, a manera de manifiesto: esbozos para una crítica al discurso transicional. Vibrant: Virtual Brazilian Anthropology. By Alejandro Castillejo Cuéllar, 2018.Prof Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar, colombia locationarticle language-spanish
For a Different Today and TomorrowBlog (2019) For a Different Today and TomorrowDr Laura K. Taylor, , , colombia phase2 locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Colombia FilmInterviews with visual artists about creation of animations recording stories of former child soldiers in Colombia.Angel David Hurtado Orozco, David Espitia, Juliana Cueller, Megan Valentine, Nicolas Ocampo, Victoria Huan Zhu, , , , colombia changemakers locationfilm language-english subject-reflections youth