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Bethlehem Cultural Festival

Watch highlights from last years festival
Event date : 02/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 2:00 pm
Approximate running time :

Dabke celebrations in Manger Square as the 2021 Bethlehem Cultural Festival is launched.
Event date : 02/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 2:05 pm
Approximate running time : 5mins

Alrowwad

Baha Alhelou takes a walk along the wall and discusses paintings on the wall and through Aida refugee camp.
Event date : 02/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 2:30 pm
Approximate running time : 29.05 mins

Mahmoud Muna, Saleem Albeik and Ranwa Alamsi

Mahmoud Muna speaks to Arabic Granta authors
Event date : 02/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 3:00 pm
Approximate running time : 50 mins

Sari Khoury, Nasser Soumi, Jean Paul Creissac and Paul Reder

Discussion with Sari Khoury and Nasser Soumi from Bethlehem and Jean Paul Creissac and Paul Reder from Montpellier.
Event date : 02/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 4:00 pm
Approximate running time : 50 mins

Tunisia/Palestinian olive oil

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.
Event date : 02/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 5:00 pm
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Fadi Kattan, Sam Clark and Xanthe Clay

Fadi Kattan discusses Palestinian food and heritage with Xanthe Clay.
Event date : 02/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 6:40 pm
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Christiane Dabdoub Nasser, Leila Sansour and Jacob Norris

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.
Event date : 02/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 7:40 pm
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Ahmed Masoud, Selma Dabbagh, Nayrouz Qarmout and Naema Aldaqsha

How do authors write in English about Palestine? How can they reach a global audience? Ahmed Masoud, Selma Dabbagh, Nayrouz Qarmout and Naema Aldaqsha discuss their work from London and Gaza.
Event date : 02/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 8:40 pm
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Faris Ishaq

Commissioned piece by BCF based on the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish
Event date : 02/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 9:45 pm
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Ensemble Music Academies of Palestine (EMAP) with the participation of the Galilee Quartet, Bethlehem Strings and Amwaj Choir

The pieces of the Baroque Mosaic are works by European composers of the 17th and 18th Century.
Event date : 03/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 2:00 pm
Approximate running time : 43.04 mins

Hani Abu Dayyeh, Prof Tom Selwyn, Wisam Abbassi and Ghadeer Najjar

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
Event date : 03/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 3:00 pm
Approximate running time : 60 mins

Clarinet Theatre - Fadi Alghoul

This theatrical work is to revive the memory of a Palestinian child who has lived in Beirut during the war in 1982 with all its dimensions.
Event date : 03/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 4:00 pm
Approximate running time : 65 mins

Wine talk with Michael Karam, Madeleine Waters, Faouzi Issa and Sari Khoury

Performance of a piece commissioned by the Bethlehem Cultural Festival, based on the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish.
Event date : 03/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 5:00 pm
Approximate running time : 50 mins

Haifa Zangana, Victoria Brittain

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.
Event date : 03/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 6:10 pm
Approximate running time : 40 mins

Abdelfattah Abusrour, Brigid Keenan and Charlotte Eagar

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.
Event date : 03/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 6:50 pm
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Hawiyya Dance Company

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. 
Event date : 03/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 7:50 pm
Approximate running time : 10 mins

Ahmed Najar, Ashraf Afifi, Aimee Shalan

Ahmed Najar, Ashraf Afifi and Aimee Shalan discuss the impact of the occupation on artists in Palestine and on Palestinians in the diaspora.
Event date : 03/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 8:00 pm
Approximate running time : 50 mins

Galilee Quartet

The Galilee Quartet is a classical string quartet comprised of three brothers and one sister from the Sa'ad family. They performed with the great virtuoso violin player Nigel Kennedy in a phenomenal concert in the BBC proms music festival in London at the Royal Albert Hall.
Event date : 03/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 9:00 pm
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Carol Mansour

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.
Event date : 04/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 1:30 pm
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Carol Mansour, Carol Sansour, Huda al-Imam, Lucy Lyon

Carol Mansour, Carol Sansour, Huda al-Imam in conversation with Lucy Lyon
Event date : 04/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 2:00 pm
Approximate running time : 50 mins

Michael Vatikiotis, Toby Ash and Anthony Gorman

Michael Vatikiotis in conversation with Toby Ash and Anthony Gorman.
Event date : 04/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 3:00 pm
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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.
Event date : 04/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 5:00 pm
Approximate running time : 60 mins

Coordinated tree lighting between Bethlehem and Glasgow

Cathedral and Manger Square, Bethlehem, followed by a candle-lit procession outside.
Event date : 04/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 5:45 pm
Approximate running time : 15 mins
The Bethlehem Cultural Festival

National Piping School, Glasgow and Bethlehem Scout Groups

Collaborative video of piping in Glasgow and Bethlehem with the National Piping School, Glasgow and the Scout bands of Bethlehem
Event date : 04/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 6:00 pm
Approximate running time : 10 mins

Ben Harrison and Allie Butler from Grid Iron in conversation with Marina Barham and Adnan Al Bobali from Al Harah Theatre, joined by Sara Shaarawi and chaired by Mark Brown

Ben Harrison and Alice Butler from Grid Iron Theatre discuss their collaborative project with Al Harah Theatre in Bethlehem,the Bethlehem Site-Specific Festival.
Event date : 04/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 6:30 pm
Approximate running time : 50 mins

Charlie Davis from Skatepal: Film screening and panel discussion

Charlie Davis, founder of Skatepal, shows a film and talks about his work in Palestine with skateboarding.
Event date : 04/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 7:30 pm
Approximate running time : 50 mins

Discussion between Cairsti Russell and Diala Isid.

Cairsti Russell and Diala Isid in conversation about her upcoming film, Freedom to Run, and the Bethlehem marathon.
Event date : 04/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 8:30 pm
Approximate running time : 50 mins

Mafar

Performance of a piece commissioned by the Bethlehem Cultural Festival, based on the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish.
Event date : 04/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 9:30 pm
Approximate running time : 7 mins

Alrowwad Theatre

A performance of 'Majnoun Leila', a play produced by choreographer and artistic director Philippe Talard, by the Alrowwad theatre company.
Event date : 05/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 1:00 pm
Approximate running time : 60 mins

Emily Jacir, Malak Mattar, Yazan abu Salamah and Mustafa Shaklah

Emily Jacir talks to young artists about how their childhood memories influence their work
Event date : 05/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 2:00 pm
Approximate running time : 50mins

Chahrazad Ahzin , Manal Odeh

Cooking from Scotland and Palestine featuring Chahrazad Ahzin and Manal Odeh.
Event date : 05/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 3:00 pm
Approximate running time : 50 mins

David Hayman, Baha AbuShanab and Razan Madhoon

Short film screenings, followed by a discussion between David Hayman and Baha AbuShanab about the impact of film on Scottish and Palestinian identity.
Event date : 05/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 4:00 pm
Approximate running time : 50 mins

David Hayman Jr., Moe Abutoq and Neil Leiper in conversation with Wisam Jafari and Ibrahim Handal

In this panel, the Shooters team discuss film-making with young Palestinian film makers Wisam Jafari and Ibrahim Handal.
Event date : 05/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 5:00 pm
Approximate running time : 50 mins

Abdelfattah Abusrour , Neil Leiper and Chunk

Dr Abdelfattah Abusrour, Neil Leiper and Chunk 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.
Event date : 05/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 6:45 pm
Approximate running time : 50 mins

Commissioned piece

Faris Ishaq playing an original composition on the nay, an end-blown flute originating from the MENA region.
Event date : 05/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 7:45 pm
Approximate running time : 30 mins
Palestinian Folk Tale

Sliman Mansour, Dalal Odeh

Palestinian folktale told for children in Scotland
Event date : 05/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 8:30 pm
Approximate running time : 30mins

Jacob Norris, Odette Yidi David, Mariela Kawas, Diana Cahuas, Alfonso Simon Ablarach, Randa Hasfura Anastas and Kamil Hazbun

Panel discussion/roundtable about migratory experiences of Bethlehemites and their descendants in the Americas. 
Event date : 05/12/2021
Start time (UK) : 9:00 pm
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