Bethlehem Cultural Festival

WHATS ON – LONDON 2022

Tuesday 29th November 2022


The Camp’s Gate

Alrowwad Dabka Dance group

Date: Tuesday 29th Nov 22
Time : 19:00 (Start 19:30)

Location : Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road
Duration : 120 mins

This powerful performance brings together music, theatre and traditional Palestinian Dabka dance to tell the story of the elderly Abu Ahmad.


Wednesday 30th December 2022


Tastes of the Levant: Arak and Kunafeh

Nader Muaddi, Fiona Dunlop, Nermin Khamosia and Michael Karam

Date: Wednesday 30th Nov 22
Time : 18:30

Location : Noura Brasseries Ltd, 16 Hobart Pl, London SW1W 0HH
Duration : 180 mins

Nader Muaddi, founder of the award-winning Muaddi Craft Distillery on the outskirts of Bethlehem talks to British-Lebanese author and writer Michael Karam about Arak, the world’s oldest distilled spirit, made from grapes and aniseed. Michael’s book “Milk of Lions” (as it is known in Arabic) traces the history of Arak. Both will discuss the Arak renaissance, celebrating its unique identity and heritage and guide us through tasting Lebanese and Palestinian Arak.

Fiona Dunlop, travel and food culture writer will join Nermin Khamosia of Ta’mini Bakery Fulham Road, London to talk about Kunafeh, the traditional orange-sweet of Nablus as well as travels and memories of Nablus and guide us through a tasting.

Ticket prices include Arak tasting with a selection of mezze followed by a sample of Kunafeh.

Food

Thursday 1st December 2022


Opening reception

Opening reception at Tabernacle

Date: Thursday 1st Dec 22
Time : 18:00

Location : The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square
Duration : 45 mins

Chris Wood, CC BY-SA 4.0

Outside looking in: 19th century exploration of Bethlehem

Maxim Sansour, Jacob Norris, Khalil Shokeh

Date: Thursday 1st Dec 22
Time : 18:45

Location : The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square
Duration : 45 mins

Jacob Norris, Maxim Sansour and Khalil Shokeh will discuss a remarkable period of western exploration of Bethlehem in the mid-1800s. Mr. Sansour and Mr. Shokeh will also present a first-time English translation of Dr. Titus Tobler’s Bethlehem in Palästina, the first and only travelogue written exclusively about Bethlehem during that period.

Discussions

Healing through art

Malak Mattar, Hannah Rose Thomas and Elizabeth Filippouli

Date: Thursday 1st Dec 22
Time : 20:00

Location : The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square
Duration : 45 mins

Malak Mattar and Hannah Rose Thomas in conversation with Elizabeth Filippouli.

Arts
Women under siege - survival through art

The Camp’s Gate (Short Performance)

Alrowwad

Date: Thursday 1st Dec 22
Time : 20:45

Location : The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square
Duration : 15 mins

This group of talented, young dancers from Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem will be showcasing highlights from their longer performance, The Camp’s Gate, which premiered during the celebrations of the 24th anniversary of Alrowwad Centre for Arts and Culture earlier this year.

Arts
Dabka dance

Syriacs of Bethlehem

George Kiraz, Jacob Norris

Date: Thursday 1st Dec 22
Time : 21:00

Location : The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square
Duration : 45 mins

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.

Discussions

Friday 2nd December 2022


Yacoub Shaheen

Musical performance by Yacoub Shaheen

Date: Friday 2nd Dec 22
Time : 20:00

Location : The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square
Duration : 120 mins

Musical performance by singer, multi-instrumentalist Yacoub Shaheen, supported by the Shirley Smart Trio.

Music
Yacoub Shaheen

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