Art & Performing Arts

Drama in Teacher Education Programmes In Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 16.10.2006:

By Dr. Hala Al-Yamani

Education in Palestine

Education aims to achieve goals in all aspects of life related either to the present or the future. It is based on thought or ideology which is not neutral, as Freire (1972) stated that it might be for either “domestication or for freedom.” Thus, there is an ideology governing the educational system in Palestine that is not entirely c(...)

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Art Education in Palestine and the Arab World

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 16.10.2006:

By Raymond Prucher

As a lecturer, having taught in the art and visual communication programmes of Al-Quds University and the American University in Dubai, I can attest to the reality that the majority of students have not been taught what art is, what it can be, how to look at it, or how to think about it. It is taught as a hobby or as therapy, if at all, rather than as the serious pro(...)

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Palestinian Dance Education under Occupation

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 16.10.2006:

Need or Frill?

By Omar Barghouti

Despite an almost obvious and persistent need to promote creativity, imagination and freedom of expression as crucial ingredients in cultural development, dance as a form of spiritual and cultural education as well as a useful medium in education has been virtually non-existent in the formal education system in the occupied Palestinian territory (...)

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Reem Kelani: Telling the Palestinian narrative through song

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 02.10.2006:

Susannah Tarbush, The Electronic Intifada, 11 July 2006

The debut CD of Palestinian singer Reem Kelani - "Sprinting Gazelle: Palestinian Songs from the Motherland and the Diaspora" - is a major contribution from this remarkable singer, musical researcher and broadcaster towards reviving and spreading Palestinian culture.

In the weeks since "Sprinting Gazelle" was released in the(...)

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The First Palestinian Circus School

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 07.09.2006:

The Dream of Shadi Zmorrod

By Leyla Zuaiter

The crowd of men, women and children assembling outside Ramallah’s Ashtar Theatre on a hot August Friday evening is decidedly diverse, running the gamut from veiled Palestinian women to a foreign man in an elaborate dreadlock coif resembling a plate. As the appointed hour of the show nears and they have spilled into the theatre lobby, (...)

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Saraya, the Ogre’s Daughter (Emile Habibi)

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 06.09.2006:


By Emile Habiby

By Emile Habiby

Translated from the Arabic by Peter Theroux

Ibis Editions, Jerusalem, 2006, 210 pages, $16.95

One moonless night in the summer of 1983, on a boulder off the shore of what once was al-Zeeb, a Palestinian village north of Acre, the narrator of Emile Habiby’s haunting last novel catches a glimpse of a (...)

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Hebron, the Land Of Culture

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 04.09.2006:

by Fuad Sultan Tamimi

Hebron is the second oldest city in Palestine after Jericho, with a population of about 140,000 citizens. It is a mixture of 5,500 years of Canaanite, Roman and Islamic cultures and histories. The cultural process that began in Hebron in the early ages has left its marked touches and impact on both the people and the land. In Hebron one can find both traditional a(...)

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Breaking of the Seventh Wall (Ashtar)

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 04.09.2006:

By Iman Aoun

When we hear the word ‘wall’ we tend to think of a concrete gray and rough form of texture standing tall in front of us. Well, it’s not. The seventh wall is a virtual wall that we build over the years. Its texture is formed of ideas and ideologies, experiences and examples, taboos and restrictions that accumulate in our deep psychological self and stay there forming a comp(...)

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Culture as the Art to Breathe (Mitri Raheb)

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.09.2006:

By Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb

There was a time when people thought that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is like a 100-metre run. Participants behaved accordingly; they gathered their strength in a concentrated effort and within such a short time. When they reached the goal, they were out of breath, but they could afford it for this short time period. However, increasingly people are realizi(...)

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Painting: The Palestinian people (Unamore)

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 15.07.2006:

The Palestinian people

The Palestinian people, as I see them now, carried deep in their soul the light of the sun, interwoven with the female force of the creation of the earth.

They daily experience the contempt for this creative force.

Still they know to let visually emerge a gay vitality and the togetherness which characterizes this people so much when they dance and s(...)

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