Dr Poole will introduce the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet while Heather Masoud (Zaytoun) and Karim Fitouri guide us through olive oil production in Tunisia and Palestine and a tasting session.
Christiane Dabdoub Nasser in conversation with Leila Sansour and Jacob Norris about her book, “A moon will Rise”. Topics of interest range from Bethlehem families in Palestine and across the globe, to the unrelenting construction of borders across Palestine/Syria/Lebanon and Brexit.
Education for Tourism, Pilgrimage and Cultural Heritage in Bethlehem
This panel responds to the demands of a ‘new tourism’ emerging in Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, and Beit Jala following the period of Covid lockdown, continuing occupation, and the urgent need to consider the relationships between Palestinian/Bethlehemite society/culture and cultural heritage
“Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person”
A discussion between Iraqi writer Haifa Zangana and journalist Victoria Brittain about Palestinian women who have written about their experiences as ex-prisoners. They also discuss The Palestine Book Awards, and how it offers an important platform for Palestinian voices.
What is ‘Beautiful Resistance,’ and what role can cultural activity play within the community? Abdelfattah Abusrour, Brigid Keenan and Charlotte Eagar discuss their work in refugee camps across Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon.
Hawiyya Dance Company was founded in 2017 as an all-women’s collective that explores identity, culture and resistance through dance. The collective uses Dabke and contemporary dance forms to create interwoven narratives of identity, displacement and resistance.
Twelve Palestinian women sit before us and talk of their life before the Diaspora, of their memories, of their lives and of their identity. Their narratives are connected by the enduring thread of the ancient art of embroidery.
Carol service with the Lord provost and Rev. Mark Johnstone. With readings and carols from Amwaj choir and the choir of Talitha Kumi school, including an Armenian Christmas-related song by Amwaj with solo singer Levon Kaladjian.
Wasted Time: Cultural activity and the role it plays in national identity
Dr Abdelfattah Abusrour, Neil Leiper, Chunk and with Dr. Rhys Machold discuss the positive role that filmmaking, theatre and the arts can play in giving hope to people, through their work with young people and prisoners.
George Kiraz discusses the importance of the Syriacs in Bethlehem and their contribution to the artistic and religious life of Bethlehem, as well as his recently published book, Water the Willow Tree – Memoirs of a Bethlehem Boyhood.
Nader Muaddi, founder of the award-winning Muaddi Craft Distillery on the outskirts of Bethlehem talks to British-Lebanese author and wine writer Michael Karam about Arak, the world’s oldest distilled spirit. Fiona Dunlop, travel and food culture writer will talk about Kunafeh and guide us through a tasting.