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 will be launched digitally this year 2020. A virtual celebration of Bethlehem’s rich and diverse cultural scene through music, film, dance, cookery and panel discussion.

From 3rd to 7th December 2020, at the end of an extraordinary year, this famous town in Palestine will be presenting events through pre-recorded performances, short films and live panel discussions.

People across the world for centuries, have come together to sing carols and present Nativity plays at this festive time of year. This year we hope to come together digitally 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 Bethlehem theatres, arts and cultural centres and individuals along with up and coming young artists and film makers will have a platform to showcase their work.

Bethlehem – a shining star in Palestine

Ahlan wa sahlan – welcome


Festival chair: Melissa Scott

Festival co-directors: Marina Barham (Al-Harah theatre); Abdelfattah Abusrour (Alrowwad cultural and arts society); Michele Cantoni (Amwaj choir)

Festival producers: Ben Pugh and Kieran Enticknap

UK festival producers: Gizelia Barosso Rossi; Lucy Lyon; Angela Feeney

PR and social media: Holly Muse

Branding: Caroline Hagen (Reach)

Festival advisors: Jonathan Brown; David Oddie

Website design: Andy Webb (Dreamabstract)

Bethlehem film crew: Mohamed Abu Haniyeh and Wisam Aljafari (Alrowwad cultural and arts society)

Bethlehem coordination assistant: George Matar