Most Mira Peace Centre
Following successful meetings in Prijedor, Most Mira are appointing a new engineering firm from Prijedor to take on the completion of technical engineering design services and to attain the necessary building permit for construction. They are a large public company, who are experienced in working on significant public and private projects in the Prijedor area as well as working directly with the local authority. We also plan to appoint the same company for local on site supervision services of the Works during construction. We plan to start construction in Spring 2020, subject to a successful tender with a local contractor.
In November 2019, our architect Vernes Causevic held a meeting in Kevljani with the First Political Secretary of the British Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alfred Le Prevost, and Head of the Banja Luka office Vanja Manojlovic, to discuss the plans for the Most Mira Peace Centre and the charity’s work. The British Embassy team were shown around the site of the future centre and given a presentation about the design and collaborative workshops delivered to date. We also discussed proposals for the future sustainability of the centre once it is built and the potential for future support from the British Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Picturing Climate, Tate Modern, Tate Exchange
29th November - 1st December 2019
We are proud to be part of a team of international grassroots organisations exploring different approaches to climate change education.
Our work will be presented at Tate Modern, Tate Exchange, 29th November -1st December 2019.
Join us for a for a session Saturday 30th November delivered by Theatre Director Maja Milatovic-Ovadia. With focus on a post-conflict context, Maja considers a variety of approaches, including devised comedy, to urgent social and political issues. Tate Modern 12.30-2.30
Most Mira is one of seven partners taking part in a creative research project Picturing Climate. Picturing Climate is a year long arts and education partnership project, funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council, which will help set-up a new international research network. Picturing Climate will bring together researchers and grassroots arts and culture organisations across four distinct socio-cultural and physical geographies – Cuba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jordan, and the UK – to explore the potential of arts and humanities based methodologies, specifically participatory photography and storytelling, for developing local and international educational capacity on climate change induced food and livelihoods insecurities.
Picturing Climate: Participatory Photography and Narrative Storytelling for Climate Change Education brings together artists, researchers and grassroots arts and culture organisations in Cuba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jordan and the UK to explore the potential of arts- and humanities-based methodologies, for developing local and international educational capacity on climate change induced food and livelihoods insecurities.
The seven project partners: Agnes Czajka, Open University; Jasmin Hasic, International Burch University; Dzeneta Karabegovic, University of Salzburg; Counterpoints Arts; grassroots organisations Riera Studio in Cuba, Most Mira in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Auranitis Life Line in Jordan; and two UK-based arts practitioners with expertise in participatory photography and narrative storytelling methodologies Eva Sajovic and Corinne Silva — come together to organise workshops in Cuba, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Jordan using a variety of methods and approaches.
Our work began in Havana, Cuba in April 2019 and will continue in Bosnia in August and Jordan in September, culminating in a learning lab and public programme at the Tate Modern in London at the end of 2019. Most Mira's recent learning trip to Havana Cuba enabled us to learn about how arts organisation The Riera Studio is navigating their work around the challenging and restrictive education system to enable creative engagement in climate change and environmental rights issues. Most Mira have supported their learning and in turn will use their work to inspire our next Youth Theatre project on Land and Climate themes.
As a part of Picturing Climate Network Most Mira is facilitating a participatory site specific and filmed theatre project in July 2019 on rural rights and environmental issues. This will be screened and discussed by both Youth Theatre students (16-20) and Project on Peacebuilding (PoP) students (18-30) this August. During PoP delivery Most Mira and Burch University will facilitate a learning lab on peacebuilding, agriculture and climate in Bosnia inspired by the issues arising from the young people's theatre project. The lab will be captured and observed by Picturing Climate Network Partners who will also contribute to a cross cultural workshop on the strengths and challenges around arts activism in Cuba and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Most Mira Peace Centre wins in Collegium Artisticum 2018
Project V architecture and Most Mira have won first place in the Collegium Artisticum Award for Best Idea at the National Architecture Awards ceremony for our project, Most Mira Peace Centre.
The award is organised by the Association of Architects BiH.
The project was one of 5 shortlisted for the award by a panel of international jurors (Idis Turato, Tadej Glažar and Christoph Hinterreiter) in the 'Idea' category, among a total of 57 applications.
The Most Mira Peace Centre was particularly commended in a panel discussion after the award ceremony for its importance for Bosnian-Herzegovinian Architecture.
Collecting the award at the ceremony in Sarajevo were not only architects from Project V, but also 4 students who participated in the Most Mira Rammed Earth Construction workshop in October 2017. They are just a few of the many that have contributed to the success of the Centre so far, and we would like to thank all those have participated to date.
We look forward to the next stages and construction of the Centre.
Pictured left: Milica Borić, Dajana Papaz, Emina Čičkušić, Kenan Muslić, Lucy Dinnen, Vernes Čaušević. Photo credit: Selver Učanbarlić / AABH
Call for applications: Project on Peacebuilding
Together with our partners from the European Union Studies Centre at the City University of New York, Most Mira are now inviting applications are now open for Democracy & Post-Conflict Politics in Bosnia: a weeklong course examining the history, context, and changing politics of peacebuilding.
The course, led by both scholars and practitioners, will examine the history, context, and changing politics of peacebuilding in the Bosnia, and provide young people with the opportunity to learn and network.
This immersive experience is ideal for young people (18-30) who want to learn more about the history of Bosnia and activists currently working in the region. Certificates of participation will be given to participants who complete the full weeklong course.
When: 2-8 August 2018
Where: Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)
Who’s eligible: Young people and students (ages 18-30). Participants must be fluent in English.
The deadline for submission is 15 May 2018. You will need to fill in an application form as well as sending a copy of your CV (resume) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and all applicants will be notified in June.
For the application form and more information visit: http://bit.ly/2q74SX4
For previous projects, reports, and further information:
Rammed Earth Prototyping Workshop
Most Mira in collaboration with Project V Architecture are pleased to announce the upcoming Rammed Earth prototyping workshop, which will take place from 4th October to 10th October 2018, on the site of our future Youth Peace Centre in Kevljani, Prijedor. We are delighted to welcome Martin Rauch and the team from Lehm Ton Erde who will be providing on site supervision for a team of up to 12 architecture students and recent graduates from Banja Luka, Sarajevo and London, who will have the unique opportunity to participate in the building of the prototypes and actively learn about this technology through hands-on work on site.
Martin Rauch is an expert and honorary professor of the UNESCO Chair for Earthen Architecture, building cultures and sustainable development and will also be giving a lecture during the workshop about the work of Lehm Ton Erde and their Rammed Earth projects across the world.
For BiH students of architecture and young architects who have graduated in the past 3 years, who wish to apply - please do so by the Monday 18th September 2018 by following this link. There are only 10 spaces available.
Most Mira hosts the fourth Project on Peacebuilding
Most Mira hosted 14 participants on 2-8 August 2017 for the Project on Peacebuilding in the village of Kevljani in the north of Bosnia. The project was a mix of local Bosnian, international, and Bosnian diaspora young people (18-30 years old). The theme for this year’s course was “Democracy & Post-Conflict Politics in Bosnia” and included workshops on challenging post-conflict politics, destabilizing identities, refugees, the 2014 floods, art and activism, the politics
of NGOs, engaging the diaspora in peacebuilding, and the relationship between democracy and peacebuilding.
Participants went on site visits to six memorials in the region, two former concentration camps (Trnopolje and Omarska), and two mass graves, in addition to visiting local NGOs, community centers, and commemoration ceremonies. The project hosted our first Community Party as part of our outreach efforts to bring the local community into discussions with participants--and over 20 community members came out. Participants also conducted our second annual community survey in Prijedor, Kozarac, and Kevljani exploring local perceptions of peacebuilding.
One participant summarized the impact of the project on her: “Most Mira gave me the opportunity to go places I would never have gone and to interact with people I would never have met. I was born in Prijedor but it was the first time I ever walked the streets of Prijedor. The project gave me a sense of a safe space and people I could relate to.”
Look out for the POP 2017 report to published later in 2017 with descriptions of the workshops and site visits, the findings from our community survey, and a case study about segregated schools.
"Moustaches"- 2017 Theatre Project
Over a period of four months up to 27 young people, eight local facilitators and the Most Mira team worked collaboratively to devise a new theatre piece - a comedy about the notion of moustaches.
The young people took part in weekly workshops where they created characters, improvised situations and composed songs.
The premiere of the play took place on Sunday 4th June at Prijedor Theatre to great success. Over 200 people attended- the theatre was full of laughter as the play the children created, which dealt with the role of men and women through time, was full of comedic interpretations of society. The play was then performed in Jablanica near Mostar and Banja Luka.
Applications for Peacebuilding Project now open
Applications for 2017's residential "Democracy & Post-Conflict Politics in Bosnia: A weeklong course examining the history, context, and changing politics of peacebuilding" are open until 31st May 2017.
This week-long course will engage students in the history, political context, and processes of change in Bosnia since the Dayton Peace Accords in 1995. Students will participate in workshops designed to expand their understanding and knowledge, in addition to guided site visits in the region.
This immersive experience is ideal for young people or university students (18-30) who want to learn more about the history of Bosnia and activists currently working in the region.
When: 2-8 August 2017
Where: Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)
Who’s eligible: Young people and students (ages 18-30). Participants must be fluent in English.
To apply, for more information, download the application form.
Visit by Ambassador Edward Ferguson
On 17 November 2016 we were delighted to welcome His Excellency Edward Ferguson, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The meeting took place in Kevljani.
Our architect Vernes Causevic, of Project V Architecture, gave a presentation of the Most Mira Youth Centre project to our special guest. We exhibited a range of drawings, models and photographs from early and current stages of design development to give a detailed overview of the ideas behind the building proposals and the journey we have been on with our local stakeholders in the design and planning process since May 2014. This helped us describe both the building design and the participatory architectural workshop series that continues to involve students, professionals and the local community to build support and social bridges as the project develops.
This was followed by a brief tour around the future building site. Ambassador Ferguson was also interested to hear about our plans for the Spring 2017. This will involve organising a rammed earth wall prototyping workshop with our collaborators and specialists Lehm Ton Erde on the site of the future centre, where we will host a large group of students, volunteers and local contractors to construct sample rammed earth walls and run other on-site events and lectures.
Theatre project 2016
For the first time we collaborated with high school students to create a new theatre piece based on an exploration of the theme of voice and comedy as a genre. From March to June 23 students, age 16-18, took part in weekly workshops supported by seven local facilitators.
In devising their play the young people discussed citizens’ rights, free speech, the role of protest, voting rights, local authority corruption and the taboos around how to to discuss the early 1990's war through art.
Proposed Youth Peace Centre in Kevljani
In 2012 following three successful arts festivals the site was bought with a plan to establish a more permanent presence in the region. The proposed youth centre building design has received planning approval.
The costs of the collaboratively developed design have been funded by a National Endowment for Democracy grant, by a Balkan arts fundraising event and by private donations. The site has symbolic significance not only because it stands at the crossroads between Serb and Bosniak villages, but also across from the festival site which is where Bosniaks were rounded up in 1992 before being sent to the local concentration camps, but also because on it stands a bombed out building, the visual symbol of the 1992 war.
The youth peace centre project transforms a war-ruined house into a vibrant arts destination for local youth and international volunteers. A colourful mural on the north facade represent more recent youth arts activities organised by Most Mira, combines the past success of the charity's arts festivals and current local drama projects and inspired the project to keep parts of the ruin as a 'canvas' for changeable stage settings for outdoor theatre events. It now symbolises the power of young people to transform the past into a hopeful future.
To find out more about the Peace Centre please read the following materials:
The Peace Centre building is to provide a space that enables Most Mira to organise and host year round events and programmes for the local youth community and their growing network of international volunteers based around the following three themes:
The building should showcase local skills and materials, as far as possible use recyclable materials and achieve a low carbon footprint, and be innovative in designing activities for a collaborative future. It will be a large welcoming, light and airy space that makes use of views of trees and fields around and beyond the building, that is easily transformed and adapted for different functions, e.g. performances, concerts, exhibitions, talks, workshops and training courses, without a fixed stage but equipped with WiFi, audio and visual equipment for film screenings, plays and events.
Function / Space Requirements:
Welcoming Reception Area
Main Hall / Flexible Theatre
Work Space / Arts Studios
Lockable Office Space, Meeting area / meeting table, Social Enterprise Workshop space
Toilet / Shower facilities
Kitchen / wet areas etc. - Utility / storage
Accommodation / Bedrooms and Dormitories for volunteers, staff, students, arts residencies and other guests etc
Flexibility: the Peace Centre should have a degree of flexibility to enable different events and uses depending on the changing needs of the local youth.
The economic model for the Most Mira Youth Centre is similar to that of a Co-operative. It is intended for all income generated from the use of the building to go back into the running, maintenance and programme development costs. During the first three years of operation of the centre will require considerable external funding as the activities increase and more staff are employed. Beyond this horizon we would expect this funding gap to diminish as the social enterprises starts to generate more substantial revenues. We would anticipate that the centre will require continued external funding during its existence.
By 2020 the social enterprises should begin to be significant income generators. Most Mira aims to have recovered the costs of their first three years of expenditure on developing Social Enterprise projects through the sale and hire of Most Mira branded products.
The Architect's Plan
“A building is not just a building; it is a space where social change can happen”
This project transforms a war-ruined house into a vibrant arts destination for local youth and international volunteers from Most Mira. The site is a sign of the 1990's war, located 10km from the former Omarska Concentration Camp, currently an iron ore mine owned by ArcelorMittal. A colourful north mural represents more recent youth arts activities organised by Most Mira, which combined with the success of the charity’s local drama projects inspires us to keep parts of the ruin as a 'canvas' for changeable settings.
The design has been developed through local participative workshops, used as an integral part of the design process. Individual pavilion-like building forms, constructed from earth, group around the ruin as if engaged in a conversation, transforming the formerly private house into a public courtyard and outdoor theatre.
Rooms spiral off the central courtyard, including a flexible theatre, arts studio, craft workshop and dormitories which can spill into the courtyard. Most Mira aim to develop the site through a series of participative building workshops and residencies. The intended building and process represent the process of transition towards reconciliation. The project is a transferrable model for reconciliation for other post-war sites in the region, with aims for the local Youth Club to become part of a nation-wide development framework.
Building for the future
Most Mira would not be where it is today without the generous help of many people and organisations. Several hundred volunteers from countries all over the world enabled the workshops and festivals to become reality, many organisations in Bosnia joined our vision from schools to youth groups and now architects in the UK and Bosnia are working together to develop the concept of a Peace Centre in Kevljani.
We are also very grateful to everyone who has funded Most Mira to date - notable donors include: The Halley Stewart Trust, the SDL Foundation, Jefferson School (Georgetown, US), Youth in Action, The Esmee Fairbairn Charitable Foundation, Spencer Hart Charitable Trust, The Swedish Institute, The Funding Network, W.F. Southall Trust, The Tinsley Foundation, Alan & Nesta Charitable Trust, ArcelorMittal Foundation and of course many private donors.
Most Mira was delighted to be awarded the Erste Foundation's Award for Social Integration in 2011.