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Our Commitment 

The Greater Mekong Subregion is a vast area of culturally diverse yet interconnected people. Centuries of cross-cultural interaction have given birth to rich history, culture and arts in the region.

The performing arts community has always played an important role in epitomizing the largely Buddhist region and serving as a catalyst of change.

In this milieu, the PETA Mekong Partnership Program has embarked on a mission to transform the creative spaces of Mekong into a stage for social advocacy. The programme highlights the role of the artists not only as purveyors of entertainment, but also as facilitators of knowledge transfer, consciousness raising, and behavioral and societal change.  Read More


Stage for Change: A guide on Theater and Social Advocacy 

Turning creative spaces in the Greater Mekong Sub-region into a social advocacy arena has been the work of the PETA Mekong Partnership Program since its formation in 2004. The Mekong Performing Arts Laboratory, as the program’s key strategy, has been launched throughout the Southeast Asian sub-region and in the Philippines as a way to gather Mekong artists, hone their artistry and equip them with the information and analytical tools needed for social advocacy theater.

In 2006, PETA partnered with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations or UNESCO. The partnership resulted in a collaborative effort between PETA and UNESCO to produce a guide on how issues such as gender and HIV/AIDS can be transformed into a performance piece.

Stage for Change – An Artist’s Guide to Gender, Sexuality, HIV & AIDS Advocacy is a 147-page manual. It provides information on HIV & AIDS in Mekong and how gender and sexuality issues play a role in its spread in the region. The guide also teaches about story building and how to devise advocacy performance pieces. Read More

Building Creative Communities for Advocacy in Mekong 

Building Creative Communities: PETA’S Theater for Advocacy Work in Mekong compiles the experiences of Mekong creative communities in addressing gender and sexuality issues. It tackles the spread of virulent diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS, and how the subregion’s cultural strenghts are harnessed in a bid to curb them.

The 246-page book summarizes the five-year work of the PETA Mekong Partnership Program, which in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, facilitated inspiring encounters with Mekong artists and groups in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

It serves as a documentation of the experiences of artists and groups who joined the annual Mekong Performing Arts Laboratory conducted from 2005 to 2010. Read More

Mekong Arts and Media Festivals

Experience a synergy of cultures and people for change in the Greater Mekong Subregion. See how they tell their stories using cultural resources that heal suffering and facilitate enlightenment.

Captured on camera, learn the different activites of PETA Mekong in multimedia format.   More Photos and Videos