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.
The Bethlehem Cultural Festival is excited to announce a special event this March!
We will be hosting the online book launch of the new book Nine Quarters of Jerusalem by Matthew Teller. During this online event, the author will be in conversation with Mahmoud Muna of the Educational Bookshop – joining us straight from Jerusalem.
In Jerusalem, what you see and what is true are two different things. Maps divide the walled Old City into four quarters, yet that division doesn’t reflect the reality of mixed and diverse neighbourhoods. Beyond the crush and frenzy of its major religious sites, much of the Old City remains little known to visitors, its people overlooked and their stories untold.
Nine Quarters of Jerusalem lets the communities of the Old City speak for themselves. Ranging through ancient past and political present, it evokes the city’s depth and cultural diversity. Matthew Teller’s highly original ‘biography’ features the Old City’s Palestinian and Jewish communities, but also spotlights its Indian and African populations, its Greek and Armenian and Syriac cultures, its downtrodden Dom Gypsy families and its Sufi mystics. It discusses the sources of Jerusalem’s holiness and the ideas – often startlingly secular – that have shaped lives within its walls. It is an evocation of place through story, led by the voices of Jerusalemites.
Join us on the 16th of March by registering through the button below.The event will be held via zoom at 7pm Jerusalem time,5pm London time, 12 noon New York time
This event is organised jointly by: Bethlehem Cultural Festival, The Educational Bookshop in Jerusalem and Balfour Project.
Thursday 14 July 2022 5pm UK / 7pm Palestine
Water the Willow Tree – Memoirs of a Bethlehem Boyhood by George A Kiraz
Bethlehem Cultural Festival and Educational Bookshop, Jerusalem invite you to the online book launch of George A Kiraz’s book “Water the Willow Tree” on Thursday 14th July at 5pm UK/7pm Palestine time. George Kiraz will be in discussion with Sarah Irving and Jacob Norris with an introduction by Mahmoud Muna from the Educational Bookshop
Jacob Norris is Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern and Global History at the University of Sussex, UK. His forthcoming book explores the migrations of Bethlehemites in the 19th and early 20th century and is titled The Lives and Deaths of Jubrail Dabdoub (Or How the Bethlehemites Discovered Amerka)
Sarah Irving is Lecturer in modern Middle Eastern history at Staffordshire University, UK. She has written extensively on Palestinian history during the mandate period and is currently researching the social history of the Jericho earthquake of 1927.