Where to go Guide
Palestinian National Theater (El Hakawati Theater)
When the Palestinian National Theater (PNT) was founded in 1984 by Al-Hakawati Theater Company within the old Al-Nuzha Cinema building, it was the only cultural center within the Occupied Territories. One year after opening, the management of the center was turned over to a Board of Directors comprised of artists, writers, and notables from the Palestinian community.
Since its inception the Theater has served as a forum for cultural and artistic activities, developing strategies and activities geared to the upgrading of arts and culture at a national level. Its mandate goes beyond preserving Palestinian culture, folklore and tradition, including as it does the active search for new ideas, talents, and approaches to Palestinian self-expression.
The facilities of the Theater include a Main Auditorium, a Small Auditorium, an Arts Library, and a Café. The venue hosts more than 200 productions every year, including theater, music, film, and other activities geared to the needs of the local community. It organizes workshops, seminars, and other educational activities for artists in different disciplines, conducted by both local and overseas experts both in-house and in the community. The Theater also supports the production of films, plays and puppet performances and stages the annual International Puppet Festival.