Celebrate Palestine Activities

Posted: February 3, 2014 in New Perspectives: Israel/Palestine


Celebrate Palestine is a festival that runs various workshops exploring different aspects of Palestinian existence, resistance and culture through interactive activities. The workshops are structured in such a way as to provide interaction and accessibility for all ages and are being developed with the artists. Certain workshops were tailored specifically for children. The workshop that took place are

  • Dabke Workshop– Dabke is the traditional Palestinian folk dance, representing Palestinian culture and identity. Passed from generation to generation, dabke is performed with pride and as a sign of perseverance in the face of the occupation.
  • Kite Making– Kites have been used across the occupied West Bank and Gaza as a form of political resistance and expression of Palestinian identity. Flying the Palestinian flag was illegal before the Oslo accords, so using kites decorated as the flag was both provocative and empowering. Today the children of Gaza maintain this tradition of kite flying as a form of self-expression and a symbol of their desire for freedom. They have set and broken their own world record for flying thousands of kites on Gaza Beach. Come and learn how these kites are made and fly your own kite in solidarity with the children of Gaza.
  • Football– The football team has been organising tours around Syria, Lebanon and Turkey and also West Africa, using football as a way to transcend cultural boundaries and promote a human level of interaction independent of governmental and official organisations. September 2011 the teams travelled to Egypt, Gaza, the West Bank and Jordan linking up and playing with local universities, communities and relief organisations.
  • Arabic Calligraphy– This workshop was run by Sameh Alhabbash who is extremely well known for his work. He was born in Iraq in December 1976 then moved to Libya with the family in 1977. He started calligraphy at the age of 14 in 1992 when he was in high school in Yemen. He was schooled by one of the most known calligrapher in the capital Sana. He participated in many of my school events especially the ones that related to Palestine. He then moved to Gaza strip 1994, where he made a workshop with art students in Al-azhar University in Gaza city.
  • Story telling– The workshop was led by Alia Alzougbi. Alia is a master storyteller from Lebanon with a strong affinity to Palestine. She has been awarded the Best Storyteller Award for 2011 by the Fringe Report and was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland in 2008 for Best Performance in Film. In this workshop for children, Alia will cherry pick some folktales from Palestine and explore their content through games and discussion based on the principles of Philosophy for Children.
  • History of Palestine Hip-Hop– Rapper Stormtrap, former member of Palestinian hip hop band The Ramallah Underground took participants through the history of how hip hop started in Palestine and how it became what it is today, a powerful voice of resistance for Palestine’s youth.


Writen by: Jay Alom


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