La maggior parte dei visitatori in Palestina non si rendono conto che, oltre ai siti reali e santuari da visitare, ci sono molte attività culturali e musicali che si svolgono su quasi ogni giorno della settimana. Fare il check elenco locale per gli ultimi annunci. Oltre a queste attività regolari, ci sono numerose feste annuali che si svolgono durante tutto l’anno ciascuno con la propria esperienza unica per residenti e turisti.

Il Festival di Gerusalemme 2007 (www.yabous.org>)

Ogni estate, gente del posto e turisti arrivano per godersi il festival della Musica di Gerusalemme. Organizzato da Yabous Productions, il Festival si svolge in varie località attentamente selezionate. Dalla Tomba dei Re, appena fuori le mura della città vecchia di Gerusalemme, alla Chiesa Luterana del Redentore e il Mercato Al Qataneen dentro le mura della città, il Festival riunisce abitanti e turisti insieme per le celebrazioni di questa festa, lunga una settimana, con esibizioni di gruppi palestinesi cosi’ come di gruppi internazionali.

Quest’anno il Festival e’ tornato a Gerusalemme con il tema ” Mantenere Viva Gerusalemme”. Il tema deriva dalla nostra determinazione a rimanere connessi e superare gli ostacoli che ci troviamo di fronte nella nostra vita quotidiana.

L’anno scorso, il Festival non è stato organizzato a causa delle restrizioni finanziarie imposte alle organizzazioni della società civile come risultato delle elezioni del nuovo governo palestinese. Yabous pertanto aveva deciso di annullare il Festival per l’anno 2006 e ha iniziato a lavorare sodo per il Festival dell’anno 2007 affinche’ fosse realizzato e per farne un grande successo.

Un altro anno è trascorso, e il Consolato Generale di Francia è stato un importante supporto per Yabous Productions, offrendo la grande sede presso le Tombe dei Re di Gerusalemme per il Festival.

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The International Film Festival began in 2006 and works to promote inter-cultural dialogue and cultural diversity while helping to create adequate conditions for the development of cultural activities through regional and international networking. The KIFF targets areas of Palestine that are physically isolated or economically marginalized, helping Palestinians from all walks of life to learn about more than the political story of their nation. Through hosting workshops, filmmakers, and screenings, as well as bringing in a number of regional and global celebrities, Al-Kasaba is able to put on a unique show year after year.

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Since its debut back in 1994, the annual Lettuce Festival which takes place in the beautiful village of Artas just south of Bethlehem near Solomon;s Pools brings locals and visitors together in a joyful festival celebrating and honoring the eternal Palestinian peasant. Organized by the Artas Folklore Center is truly an experience as you get the chance to interact with the living stones of this ancient land and experience the hospitality and culture of Palestinian in real life.
Ogni anno nel mese di dicembre, l’annuale bazar di Natale esibisce stands organizzati dalle comunità provenienti da tutti gli angoli della terra. Ogni anno, la Piazza di Manger si riempie abitanti e turisti, venuti a godersi lo spirito dei cristiani in festa.
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At the height of summer, the still-sleepy city of Birzeit comes to life in a five-day festival of music, dance, cuisine, film, poetry, and theatre, all within the beautifully restored old city. Home to one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the region, Birzeit is known for its college-town ambience and wonderful hospitality. While it is already a popular destination for local families, international tourists are increasingly moving beyond the traditional tourist sites in the West Bank to enjoy the living culture of Palestine amidst the beautifully terraced hillsides.

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For dance lovers of all types, the annual Contemporary Dance Festival simply cannot be missed. Sareyyet Ramallah, a local troupe of scouts that also focuses on increasing Palestinian youth access to culture, puts on a three-week festival that brings together performers from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine. In addition to a large number of performances, this festival also hosts a number of workshops for the community. This combination of spectator ship and participation creates a lively and creative atmosphere for visitors to come and enjoy the best that Palestinian, and indeed world, performance artists have to offer.

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Do you like music – any and every kind of music? Then you simply cannot miss the annual Fête de la Musique. Organized by Al Kamandjati in cooperation with the French Consulate, this four-day event brings together local and international artists for a celebration of contemporary and classical music. Each day of the performance is held in a different venue throughout the West Bank and is open to the public. The atmosphere and university setting of these events make them a unique treat for audiences – and it only gets better year by year.

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Ogni ottobre, il villaggio di Taybeh torna a vivere con centinaia di abitanti e turisti che vi accorrono per prendere parte all’incontro annuale Oktoberfest. Il festival include una vasta gamma di attività culturali e di intrattenimento come musica folcloristica e performances di danza, musica gitana, e perfino hip hop.

Oltre a godere l’atmosfera del festival e le sue attività, i visitatori di Taybeh possono anche partecipare a visite guidate di questo antico villaggio e alla Fabbrica della Birra Taybeh, famosa in tutto il mondo. Il tour comprende visite alle rovine bizantine della Chiesa di San Giorgio “di Al Khader”, che risulta essere la più antica costruzione di Taybeh. Altre tappe includono la Chiesa greco-ortodossa, con i suoi bellissimi mosaici del 4 ° secolo, la Chiesa latina del Redentore, una casa tradizionale palestinese, e di un nuovo moderno macino per ulivo.

Ogni anno nel mese di ottobre, Manger Square rivive con suoni, luoghi da visitare ed i sapori tradizionali di Betlemme. Abitanti e visitatori si riuniscono per celebrare la lunga tradizione della raccolta di olive. Dalle esibizioni musicali di gruppi locali alle danze tradizionali della Artas Folklore Group. Cabine di esposizione a Manger Square mostranto l’artigianato tradizionale palestinese, gli olii di oliva, zuppe di olio di oliva e il famoso vino Cremisan.
La Palestina sta lentamente diventando sempre più conosciuta per il l’osservazione di uccelli. La sua posizione al crocevia tra l’Africa, l’Asia e l’Europa ne fanno un percorso per la migrazione biennale di oltre 500 milioni di uccelli che vengono in primavera viaggiando dall’ Africa attraverso la Palestina, Europa e Asia per poi ritornare nuovamente in Africa in autunno.

Il paese ha una notevole varietà di habitat, ognuna con la propria specie di uccelli. In piu’, potete osservare gli uccelli tra alcuni dei siti archeologici e storici piu’ famosi del mondo, come la regione di Gerico, Wadi Quilt, Gerusalemme e la Wilderness. La Palestina Wildlife Society ha individuato circa 13 importanti Aree protette in Palestina. Per ulteriori informazioni si prega di visitare il sito palestinese Wildlife Society www.wildlife-pal.org

Il festival dell’Osservazione degli uccelli si svolge presso l’Orto Botanico di Gerico verso marzo. Il festival vi permetterà di esplorare la rotta di uccelli migratori in tutta la Valle del Giordano. Oltre ad altre attività di osservazione, il festival include impianti di alberi e le visite ai siti archeologici all’interno della zona di Gerico.

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The Palestinian National Theater (PNT) was founded in 1984 by El-Hakawati Theater Company. One year later, the management of the center was handed over to a board of directors composed of artists, writers, and notable persons in the Palestinian community. The PNT supports or participates in a number of the annual cultural festivals listed above, but they are especially famous for their annual International Puppet Festival that is held between 15 and 30 October. This festival brings together local and foreign puppeteers to delight audiences of Palestinian children and adults alike. In a day and age where Palestinian youth are engulfed in new high-tech gadgetry, the not-so-lost art of the puppeteer leaves them as awestruck as the most digitally advanced movies.

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Perhaps the oldest and largest of annual festivals, the PIF was founded in 1993 to organise and host the first international cultural events in Palestine. The festivals have brought music and dance groups from Spain, Greece, Chile, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Iraq, and Turkey. It is truly the most international festival held in the West Bank. It is, of course, also a celebration of Palestinian artists and heritage. In 2005 the festival expanded beyond Ramallah into a number of various villages and refugee camps throughout the West Bank. The age and scope of the event have made it a “must do” for seasoned and new visitors to Palestine.

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The written word, loved throughout the Middle East, is especially treasured by Palestinians in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and around the world. The Palestine Festival of Literature brings Palestinian and international artists together for audiences across Palestine, organises cultural festivals with international and local participation, and facilitates workshops with Palestinian students in co-operation with academics. Rather than remaining in one place, the festival is held in several locations throughout Palestine. Last year’s festival wrapped up in the Solidarity Tent of Umm Kamal in Silwan, where an open-mic night for poets and authors was held, as well as a performance by Dam.

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shashat-womens-film-festival
hashat Women’s Film Festival in Palestine is the only ongoing annual women’s film festival in the Arab world. Shashat, which means “screens” in Arabic, held the first edition of its festival in 2005, and is now launching its seventh edition as part of the project, “I am a Woman from Palestine.”

The festival tours nationally in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in partnership with nine Palestinian universities and several cultural and community centres. It celebrates Palestinian, Arab, and international women’s cinema in its objective to explore the social and cultural implications of women’s representations. The festival consists of screenings, discussions, panels, workshops, and the subtitling of selected films into Arabic.

The seventh edition of the festival focuses on Palestinian women filmmakers and consists of the following components – an intensive three-month training/production workshop in Gaza, which resulted in six films by young Gazan women filmmakers; four productions by established women filmmakers; 85 screenings/discussions in 13 Palestinian cities followed by social consultancies; and 6 specially produced TV programmers.
The seventh festival is funded by the European Union, Heinrich Boll Foundation, Goteborg Film Fund, and the Ford Foundation.

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The Jerusalem Show (‘Ala Abwab Al Janna) borrows its English title from the vivacious and atypical formats of the Saturday Night Live show and the Muppet Show, whereas its Arabic title ‘Ala Abwab Al Janna (Outside the Gates of Heaven) references the sacramental veneration that is bestowed on Jerusalem. A similar ludicrous dichotomy is ostensible to Jerusalem’s inhabitants (including those at Al-Ma’mal Foundation).

The Jerusalem Show is neither a biennial nor a one-time event. It is neither a large-scale show nor an international grand exhibition. It is an attempt to intercede within the apocalyptic decadal tides of upheaval under which the city kneels, stealing time during the ebb of violence (yet sunk neck-high in hatred and discrimination) to wage an action of covert resistance to the forced hegemony of one creed and one people on the city. In a way, it can be perceived as a political action, and so the organisers try to garner as much support as possible from institutions, organisations, youth centres, clubs, etc., which operate in the city. The Jerusalem Show presents works, performances, and interventions throughout the Old City as unique actions that promote a re-reading of the city in a creatively open, accessible, and interactive manner.

It is the aim of Al-Ma’mal to re-define its work and position in Jerusalem from that of artistic space-fillers to activists. In a context and time such as this, art, culture, activism, manifestations, political protest, social work, etc., are all part of its actions and its understanding of what a show in Jerusalem should entail.

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theatre-of-the-oppressed
The Theatre of the Oppressed is now in its fourth year. The event features performances by local and international groups and is attended by people from around the world. The three-month “season” of theatre dazzles performance art lovers with dozens of extremely varied and unique performances from Ashtar and its international partners. While the Theatre of the Oppressed concept was born on the other side of the ocean and is currently all over the world, the unique experiences and talents of Palestinian artists, combined with the context of the occupation, make the Palestinian version stand out from the rest.

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youth-drama-and-animation-festival
Unknown to most in the West Bank, but known to most people in Gaza, Theater Day Productions (TDP) hosts an annual Youth Drama and Animation Festival. TDP fills a small area with art and expression created by young people and drama teachers. This year TDP will go to Rafah and parts of Khan Yunis where 15 groups of children will prepare for 6 weeks of drama workshops and video animation. On 26 and 27 October, they will gather in the one venue where their mini-performances and films will be shown to family, friends, teachers, and the community at large. Coffee, sweets, and a public debate about the benefits of theater and arts for children end the two-day festival.

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