A detour

Is a different way of arriving

How do you move through your city?
In Mosul war has destroyed infrastructure and culture.
There are few places for young people to do things, to meet.
In Jerusalem, segregation restricts Palestinians from entering certain areas.
There are few places for young people to do things, to meet.
In Cardiff, on the surface things seem intact, but youth services have been cut by 85% and the city is increasingly gentrified, privatised and corporatized.
There are few places for young people to do things, to meet.
So how do we meet the other, and how do we meet beyond the borders?

DETOUR is a collaboration between Mosul Eye (Mosul), The Fiction Council (Jerusalem) & Gentle/Radical (Cardiff) exploring what it means for young people to find solutions to borders, and the toxicity of adultism. Iraq and Palestine continue to suffer the consequences of colonialism, Western intervention and war. Wales has a centuries old experience of imperial subjugation by the English and eradication attempts on its language and culture. It has also participated in imperial exploits, and benefitted from the spoils of the wider European colonial project.

What would a project of reparation look like? And how does an undertaking of ‘cultural exchange’ avoid repeating the old colonial approaches?

DETOUR brings together young people from three cities and explores what reparation, peace making, climate justice, borders and young voices – look and sound like. Through conversation, writing, film, sound and sung works, young people across these cities will be supported to create work that speaks to their anguish, truths and hopes.