I have now become an active member of the Coventry Friends of Palestine group, where we organize events to highlight what is happening in Palestine. We have two quite big events coming up that I thought I would mention here for anyone who is local and would like to attend.
The first is on the 19th June. We have the director of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin coming to Coventry University to give a talk and hopefully secure a booking in a local theatre for the Freedom Theatre to come and perform here next year.
The director is touring the country with various venues booked for the talks.
THE FREEDOM THEATRE PALESTINE
CREATION UNDER OCCUPATION
12rd – 23rd June
This June Nabil Al-Raee Artistic Director of The Freedom Theatre Palestine will tour Britain accompanied by Zoe Lafferty Associate Director screening shorts films, documentaries and discussing cultural resistance.
The Freedom Theatre was built in the heart of the Palestinian resistance in Jenin Refugee Camp in 2006. The aim was to create a political and artistic movement of theatre and filmmakers who could fight the Israeli Occupation through art and use cultural resistance as a tool to fight oppression.
PROGRAM OF EVENTS:
DATE: 12th June
VENUE: Cappuchaino Cafe 44 Carrington Street Nottingham NG1 7FG
DATE: 13th June
VENUE: Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD
DATE: 14th June
LONDON – SOAS
DATE: 16th June
VENUE: MBI Al Jaber Seminar Room, 12 Russell Square SOAS, Centre for Palestine Studies and London Middle East Institute, LMEI,
DATE: 17th June
VENUE: Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York YO1 9SL
LONDON – THE YOUNG VIC
DATE: 18th June
VENUE: The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London SE1 8LZ
(for Young Vic Genius Directors)
TIME: 19th June
VENUE: Jaguar Building, Room JA152, Coventry University.
Organised by Global Leadership Programme, Coventry University and Coventry Friends of Palestine.
LONDON – WILTON MUSIC HALL
DATE: 23rd June
VENUE: Wilton Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, E1 8JB
Our second event is on the 22nd June at Habibi Restaurant. This is part of Coventry’s Positive Images festival.
Palestinians don’t always get a good press. In fact more often than not, they are faceless, nameless, ageless. They are the stone throwers, the terrorists.
As a matter of fact some Israelis would like us to believe that the land of Palestine was an empty land, and that Palestinians do not exist – either within Israel, in the West Bank and Gaza, let alone the millions of refugees living in other parts of the Middle East.
So, in this United Nations Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, we would like to celebrate Palestine, her history and culture. We hope you will join us.
On Sunday 22 June, between 4pm and 7.30pm, as part of the Positive Images Festival, we will be sharing the food, poetry, photographs and music of Palestine, in Coventry’s very own Palestinian Restaurant – Habibi. http://www.habibirestaurant.co.uk/
Located at the city end of Far Gosford Street, Habibi originated from a desire to bring to Coventry the experience, taste and atmosphere of the Middle East. People of all backgrounds, race and beliefs can be found dining, relaxing or smoking a fruit sheesha in authentic surroundings under the same roof. The word Habibi means “my beloved” in Arabic and it is a creation of love, peace, unity and tolerance.
There will also be Palestinian produce on sale – edibles, olive oil, soap, carved olive wood, embroidery.
Tickets are £5 for adults, children under 12 go free and are available at the restaurant, or can be booked through our Facebook page – Coventry Friends of Palestine Group. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coventry-Friends-of-Palestine-Group/348472765293519?fref=ts
Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on either of the events.
Apologies for those who read this post who are not local to me, but please check out the Freedom Theatre and their good work.