Bethlehem Cultural Festival is an independent platform for artists and cultural practitioners from Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean
Bethlehem Cultural Festival was launched digitally in December 2020. A virtual celebration of Palestine’s rich and diverse cultural scene through music, film, dance, cookery and panel discussions.
In 2021 the festival was held in December, with live events in London and in Glasgow alongside online events.
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 Bethlehem, Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean – 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 2022 Festival – a hybrid of digital and physical events from Palestine and Eastern Mediterranean as well as it’s diaspora.
THE TEAM BEHIND THE FESTIVAL
Festival co-directors: Melissa Scott; Michele Cantoni; Abdelfattah Abusrour; Jonathan Brown; Fadi Kattan
Marketing and programming: Lucy Fisher, Bernadette de Heer
Glasgow marketing and programming: Rachel Mooney, Cairsti Russell, Lucy Lyon
Palestine school outreach coordinator: Manal Odeh
UK festival: Martin Brown; Ingrid Van Loo; Niul Dillon Hatcher
Bethlehem film crew: Mohamed Abu Haniyeh; Wisam Aljafari
UK marketing: Zeina Ramadan
Festival Partners have included: Alrowwad, Amwaj, Bethlehem Municipalty, British Council, Educational Bookshop, Glasgow City Council, National Piping Centre, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages (SCILT)
Branding: Caroline Hagen (Reach)
Website design: Andy Webb (Dreamabstract)
UK registered charity number 1185770: Friends of Bethlehem UK