Bethlehem Cultural Festival


Bethlehem Cultural Festival is the first of its kind – a celebration of the not so little town of Bethlehem in Palestine. 

Bethlehem Cultural Festival was launched digitally in December 2020. A virtual celebration of Bethlehem and Palestine’s rich and diverse cultural scene through music, film, dance, cookery and panel discussions. At the end of an extraordinary year, this famous town in Palestine presented events to an audience across the world through pre-recorded performances, short films and live panel discussions.

In 2021 festival will run from 2nd to 5th December 2021, with live events in London (2nd and 3rd December) and in Glasgow (4th and 5th December alongside events online.

People across the world for centuries, have come together to sing carols and present Nativity plays at Christmas. The Bethlehem Cultural Festival brings us together to remind everyone of the importance of this town and its people – not just historically and geographically but through its arts and cultural scene too.

Renowned theatres, arts and cultural centres and individuals from Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean, along with up and coming young artists and film makers, have a platform to showcase their work. We will be welcoming them in person and online for the 2021 Festival – a hybrid of digital and physical events in Palestine and the UK.

Bethlehem – a shining star in Palestine

Ahlan wa sahlan – welcome


Festival co-directors: Melissa Scott; Michele Cantoni; Abdelfattah Abusrour; Huda al-Imam; Nadeen Baboun; Jonathan Brown

Palestine festival: Michele Cantoni; Huda al-Imam; Abdelfattah Abusrour; Fadi Kattan; Nadeen Baboun; Nadya Hazboun; Mahmoud Muna; Angela Feeney; Leila Sansour

Stage Manager: Kieran Enticknap

UK festival: Gizelia Barosso Rossi; Lucy Lyon; Angela Feeney; Mandy Turner

UK education outreach: Ingrid Van Loo; Niul Dillon Hatcher

Bethlehem film crew: Mohamed Abu Haniyeh; Wisam Aljafari

Branding: Caroline Hagen (Reach)

Website design: Andy Webb (Dreamabstract)

UK registered charity number 1185770: Friends of Bethlehem UK