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Program Sumud Festival Bethlehem, 30/4 – 1/5

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 28.04.2009:

SUMUD FESTIVAL NEAR THE WALL AT RACHEL’S TOMB, BETHLEHEM30 April – 1 May 2009The Sumud Festival is a cultural initiative in the heart of Bethlehem in an area severely affected by the Apartheid / Separation Wall. The festival will show the sumud or steadfastness of the Palestinian people not to succumb to the pressures of closure, checkpoints, settlement building, Wall and occupation. It will celebrate Palestine’s spirit of freedom and peaceful resistance.Thursday 30 April18:30 Opening by Dr Victor Batarseh, mayor of Bethlehem 19:00 Concert under the military watchtower, with • Belgian singer Evi de Jean accompanied by Jerusalem pianist Noubar Vosgueritchian • Handing out awards to winners of a school student contest about inter-religious living together, as a form of sumud, by Abdallah Shakarneh, head of Ministry of Education-Bethlehem • the West East Best Project, a cooperation between Dutch, Iranian and Palestinian musicians featuring clarinet player Kymia Kermani and violinist Morad Khoury 20:00 A large human KEY, symbol of freedom and the opening of gates, formed by Palestinians and visitors carrying candles • Peace prayers and wishes from around the world projected on the Wall • Restaurant owners from the neighborhood sell snacks 21:00 EndFriday May 110:00 Performances for children, near the Sumud Story House: Khaled al-Massou and colleagues of Inad Theater, Beit Jala 12:00 End 18:00 Freedom music from roofs near the Wall around Rachel’s Tomb Performers: Evi de Jean and Jessica Morcos (singing duet), AEI Choir, Scouts Group St Joseph/Terra Sancta School for Girls (drums), Al Rowwad Dabke and Choir (Aida camp), Mohammed Ghanayem (Rapper, Doha), Antoinette Kinesivich (accordeon) and music students, Jessica and Marian Murra (chello, violin), Edward Said Conservatory – Laith Al-Bandak (qanun). Artistic production: Noubar Vosgueritchian (Vision Center for Culture and Arts/ Al Ezaria- Bethany) 19:00 Improvised music party • International prayers and wishes shown on the Wall. • Restaurant owners selling snacks. 20:00 End.Meeting point: The Sumud Story House (02-2746595) along the Hebron Road near Rachel’s Tomb, northern side (on 200 meter walking distance from the foot passenger’s exit of the main Bethlehem terminal/checkpoint, on the left, just before the military watchtower).Organization: Arab Educational Institute (AEI-Open Windows),, Tel.: 02-2744030 (Fuad Giacaman) / 02-2777876 (Elias Abu Akleh) / 02-2746595 (Rania Murra)


Michael Schonberger

on 02.09.2009