The PETA-Mekong Partnership Program
In September 2004, PETA crossed its maritime borders to embark on a pilot programme among performing artists in the culturally diverse yet largely impoverished Greater Mekong Subregion. Its main aim is to mobilize, build partnership and support for the performing arts community within the countries comprising the Greater Mekong Subregion, namely, Cambodia, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Thailand, Burma, and China’s Yunnan Province to do advocacy work on issues related to gender, HIV/AIDS, children’s rights and child protection work through theater and performing arts.
The programme has since established projects that have facilitated crossborder exchange, capacity building and partnership with the Mekong performing arts communities. It has explored ways of using the creative environment for learning, artistic expression, and advocacy that engaged the public to tackle social issues confronting the subregion.
At the onset, the PETA Mekong Partnership Programme partnered with the Rockefeller Foundation to mobilize performers around the issues of gender, sexuality and HIV/AIDS. Beginning in March 2009, PETA has forged partnership with Save the Children-UK’s Mekong Cross Border Project, and later with Terre des Hommes Germany to promote the rights of children in the region.
Thus far, the programme has reached all six countries with varying degrees of collaboration and assistance. It has supported about 24 performing troupes across the region, trained some 120 performing artists and 230 children and youth, reached out to 175 adult artists and media practitioners, and put on shows for an estimated 20,000 audience.
To continue what it has started, PETA continues to find ways and push further its international agenda of solidarity and advocacy work by continuously building and engaging creative communities of committed and progressive artist-advocates.
This website is developed as a resource-archival site of the PETA Mekong Partnership Program.
You can contact us at:
The PETA Theater Center
No.5 Eymard Drive, New Manila
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Fax: 632.722.6911 or 632.410.0821