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Al Yasmina Cultural Center was established in 1993 by a group of local artists with a view to bringing cultural life back into the city of Nablus. Operating from a ‘hole-in-the-wall’ office space next to the Municipal Gardens, it organizes a variety of cultural programs in other venues around the city in conjunction with the Municipality of Nablus, An-Najah National University, and various overseas cultural missions.
As the most important non-profit cultural organization in Nablus, the Center is responsible for the co-ordination of artists and arts groups representing the city in various national and international festivals held in Palestine.
It presents lectures and seminars involving distinguished speakers from within and outside Palestine in conjunction with An-Najah National University and holds summer camps in conjunction with the municipal government. It also offers occasional courses, workshops, and lectures for members of the public and school students, organizes cultural programs for major religious festivals, such as Ramadan, and stages occasional art exhibitions in the Municipal Gardens shelter, outside its headquarters.
Administered by an Executive Committee, Al Yasmina Cultural Center comprises a membership of over 150 and incorporates several amateur performing groups, including adult and children’s folkloric music ensembles and a dabkeh troupe.