Culture

Bethlehem: A Bright Future in Music

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 22.12.2010:

By Michele Cantoni

This Week in Palestine

December 2010

The importance each society gives to music and to music education varies considerably throughout the world. Alongside the role music plays in a given place at any given moment, what is interesting is the way in which that role varies over time. Contrary to the tendency in most Western countries, where musical activit(...)

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Samara dance troupe at Gaza weddings

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 26.10.2010:

Egyptian song and dance lift Gaza weddings

Rami Almeghari, The Electronic Intifada, 25 October 2010

Samara is the name of a new Palestinian-Egyptian dance troupe in the Gaza Strip. The word samara is also the equivalent of "black" in English, and the troupe members chose it because the majority of them are black, and were born, raised and perform in nearby Egypt.

For the (...)

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Reem Kelani interviewed

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 01.10.2010:

Musical storytelling: Reem Kelani interviewed

Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada, 1 October 2010

Reem Kelani (Şahan Nuhoğlu/Roll magazine)

Watching Reem Kelani perform in front of an ecstatic crowd at Halifax's "Discover Palestine" festival, one would be forgiven for thinking that this is an artist with her career path laid out for her. She delivers stunning vocal perf(...)

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Via Dolorosa

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 07.07.2010:

The Palestinian Agricultural Cycle Fire from Heaven and Rites of Spring

By Dr. Ali Qleibo

TWIP May 2010

Th’ inhabitants of old Jerusalem

Were Jebusites: the Town so call’d from them;

And theirs’ the Native right--

But when the chosen people grew more strong,

The rightfull cause at length became the wrong:

And every loss the men of Jebus (...)

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Via Dolorosa

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 07.07.2010:

The Palestinian Agricultural Cycle Fire from Heaven and Rites of Spring

By Dr. Ali Qleibo

TWIP May 2010

Th’ inhabitants of old Jerusalem

Were Jebusites: the Town so call’d from them;

And theirs’ the Native right--

But when the chosen people grew more strong,

The rightfull cause at length became the wrong:

And every loss the men of Jebus (...)

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Summer in Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 06.07.2010:

Summer and Palestinians

By George Rishmawi

TWIP June 2010

Summer in Palestine is a real-life festival. Palestinians who live in the diaspora return to Palestine to visit their family members, tourists from all over the world come to visit Palestine especially since summer is a low season for tourism, students from all over the world travel during their summer holidays to (...)

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Ramallah Suq

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 06.07.2010:

The New Buzz in Town

By Fatin Farhat

TWIP June 2010

Unsure where to go on a lazy Friday afternoon in Ramallah? Come check out the new buzz in town: Souq al-Haraja! If you are uncertain how to get there, lose yourself in the old city of Ramallah and simply follow the music.

Every Friday, the old city of Ramallah is met with the lively atmosphere of Souq al-Haraja, w(...)

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Summer Walking in Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.06.2010:

In Praise of Thorns and Thistles Summer Walking in Palestine

By Penny Johnson

TWIP, June 2010

Walkers in the lovely Palestinian spring usually mourn the dry, hot May wind, the khamsin from the desert, which blows away the last of the anemones and rudely announces the end of a season of delicate wildflowers and, occasionally, rushing water. But in June, summer settles plea(...)

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Palestinian Bagpipers

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 10.03.2010:

Richard Soudeh gave us the following link of a BBC one-minute audio slide show (March 2010) about the tradition of Palestinian bagpipers, dating back to the British mandate period.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8552705.stm

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The Palestinian Tabun

Contributed by Fuad Giacaman on 01.02.2010:

Tabun is an Arabic word for a traditional Palestinian oven.

It is usually made from clay mixed with grain straws. The tabun has a conic or volcano shape with an opening on the top from which the dough for the bread is entered and taken out. Tabun bread is flat bread eaten in our country as well in other countries of the Arab world. It is usually eaten alone, hot, or with Palestinian za(...)

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