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Al Kamandjâti Festival

A MUSICAL JOURNEY THROUGH THE WORLD TRADITIONS, FROM THE SACRED LAND OF PALESTINE TO ITS HEART, JERUSALEM

THURSDAY APRIL 5TH > SUNDAY APRIL 22ND 2018

VisitPalestine.ps, one of the official Travel Partners of the The Musical Journey – Al Kamandjâti Festival, is ready to help you plan and make the best of your trip. Find below useful information and in case of any questions or need for assistance please contact info@visitpalestine.ps. VisitPalestine.ps plans to help you to get to the events and will provide tours of the areas where the events will happen… These probably will be: Bethlehem Old Quarter Tour, Mosaic Jerusalem Tour, Cultural tours of Ramallah and towns in the North, Hikes around Jericho and Arab Al-Rashayaida. Stay tuned for the detailed program!

About the Musical Journey – Al Kamandjâti Festival

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Al Kamandjâti non-profit organization has the pleasure to invite you to celebrate spring and join a very special musical and spiritual journey in Palestine travelling through cities and villages. Al Kamandjâti Association contact: info@alkamandjati.org

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18-day tour through the sacred land of Palestine

From North to South, Palestinian ancient heritage will reveal its secrets of art and history through alternative visits designed by our tourism partners. The festival will make stopovers in Nablus, Jenin, Al Khalil ‘Hebron’, Gaza, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and in the desert toward the Jordan Valley.

A special journey through music & sacred traditions

Al Kamandjâti Festival has invited musicians and thinkers from all over the world: Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Mayotte, Turkey, Kuwait, Azerbaijan, India… and from Palestine of course! More than hundred artists are part of the adventure which will include a creation:
Marco Polo – A Musical Journey on the Silk Road”.

An ambitious and rich program for this edition

Under the artistic direction of Alain Weber, an expert in the field of traditional music in charge of the Fes World Sacred Music Festival among others, this event brings together on the same platform concerts, improvised musical encounters, performances especially designed for the festival, public readings, lectures, photo exhibitions, sustainable guided tours.

Highlight of the itinerary, the thrilling Jerusalem

The festival will be taking place at the most important heritage sites of Jerusalem. It will be the occasion for a tremendous insight of the fervent city where the monotheistic religions take their roots, in both its contemporary issues and its incredibly rich legacy.

A significant contribution to the local economy

A clear objective of the festival is to strengthen cooperation with the stakeholders while producing the event. From one city to the next, the team will give priority to the local resources and skills available for more sustainability. In addition, it will promote the local expertise and will highlight local crafts, like the handicraft of Al Khalil ‘Hebron’ that won the international award in 2016 for its work of glass, ceramics, pottery and embroidery.

A glimpse of Al Kamandjâti fieldwork

Founded by the viola player and conductor Ramzi Aburedwan, Al Kamandjâti non-profit organization aims to create more and more synergy between cultural and educative actors, developing projects on different scales: teaching and training programs, music production in Palestine and abroad, and preservation of the cultural heritage of Palestine and of the Arab world.

Get to know a few artists invited in April 2018!

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Marco Polo and the Silk Road – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mggzekHUwi8
Salman el Ammari (Kuwait) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqSOIW7CuYA
Ingie (Azerbaijan) – https://youtu.be/veSP97WJgsI
Gasbah (Algeria) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVJv1ZBjkJs
Deba Ensemble (Mayotte) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMlBw1fGKa4
Rhoum Al Bakkali Ensemble (Morocco) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=23&v=CjHEIqY19BU

Some Practical Information on Traveling to Palestine

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For practical information about our destination (electricity, climate, currencies etc…) please check out the General Information section.

Do I need a visa to travel to Israel/Palestine?

That depends on where you are from. You do not need a visa for Palestine, but as you have to travel through Israel to get to Palestine you might need a visa for Israel. EU and US citizens automatically get a 3-month visa upon arrival to Israel, but see here for more information: http://www.doyouneedvisa.com/border/Israel. Carry your visa and passport at all times during your stay.

From Amman you can take a taxi or bus to the Allenby Border Crossing, which takes a good couple of hours to pass. From the Palestinian side – controlled by Israeli authorities – of the crossing you can take the Palestinian shuttles busses to Jericho and then collective taxi (orange van) to Bethlehem – the van will drive only when all the seats are reserved or if some passengers are willing to pay for the empty seats.

Taxi: You can of course take a taxi from the airport directly to Bethlehem. Be aware that only Palestinian drivers will take you into Bethlehem and that it will be more expensive. Agree on the price before you start driving. You can also take a taxi from Jerusalem. If you would like to arrange a private transport beforehand contact Visit Palestine Center at info@visitpalestine.ps for assistance.

How do I get from Jerusalem to Bethlehem?

Read also this post to learn about various alternatives for traveling between Jerusalem and Bethlehem: http://visitpalestine.ps/get-bethlehem-jerusalem/

What is the official language in Palestine? Do they speak English?

Many people speak English very well. In Palestine the official language is Arabic.

Is it expensive?

You can live cheap on the world’s best hummus and falafel and at hostels and homestays and travel by local, public transportation just as you can live very expensively on expensive dinners, at the most expensive hotels and hire a private driver. In Palestine you can live on all budgets.

Where should I stay?

For various accommodation options browse our website – check “Where to Go” section or book them directly on Booking.com

The schedule of the Festival and Tours related to the Festival are coming soon…