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The Ealing Palestine Festival 2015: Please help us make this festival happen

iCrowdNewswire - Oct 12, 2015

The Ealing Palestine Festival 2015


Please help us make this festival happen:

We need to raise £2,500 to pay for venues, performers’ fees and expenses, and publicity materials and programmes.


The Ealing Palestine Festival 2015
27-29 November 2015

A celebration of Palestinian music, literature, film, food
Marking the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

(Available soon: more details and updates from the website of Hanwell Friends of

Friday 27 November, Ealing Town Hall
The festival will be opened by Councillor Patricia Walker, Deputy Mayor of Ealing
Concert 7 – 9pm
doors open 6.30: there will be a number of stalls selling Palestinian produce.

Oud soloist Ehsan Eman

Jazz singer/percussionist who fuses East and West Somaye.
accompanied by guitarist Stephano D’silva;

GUESTS singer-song writer Leon Rosselson; and acclaimed Palestinian singer Reem Kelani


Saturday 28 November, Drayton Court Hotel
Poetry and Prose from Palestine

3pm Three authors present their books, followed by discussion, Q & A and tea.

Ahmad Massoud: Vanished The Mysterious Disappearance of Mustafa Ouda.
Sarah Irving: Leila Khaled, Icon of Palestinian Liberation.
Tom Sperlinger: Romeo and Juliet in Palestine, teaching under occupation.

6 – 7.15pm:
Contemporary Palestinian poetry, read in English and Arabic from the acclaimed anthology A Bird is not a Stone, a project initially inspired by a number of leading Scottish poets.

7.30pm -late
Social evening, with buffet, music, quiz.


Sunday 29 November, Ealing Quaker Meeting House
Life in Palestine today

Palestinian Cookery Demonstration
Palestinian Embroidery Workshop

The beauty and symbolism of Palestinian embroidery: A presentation by Dr Shelagh Weir

Working for human rights in Palestine An illustrated talk.

Outside the festival programme itself there will be other events in the Borough to enjoy, including film showings and a Palestinian breakfast buffet (Sunday) and a special Middle Eastern lunch (Saturday) at two local restaurants.

Points to note:
• Many events will be totally free entry – some will have a modest entry charge.
• Any surplus funds will go to the fonsa project ( ) which focuses on the training of nurses and midwives at the an najah university teaching hospital in Nablus.


What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?

Many people are, sadly, very unaware of Palestine at all. And when they are, it is only through its problems, challenges and hardships.

Our festival will redress the balance by showcasing and celebrating a range of Palestine’s rich and vibrant cultural present-day activities, as well as its heritage and history.

What is your solution?

By offering a 3 day festival in various venues across  the centre of Ealing – a multi-ethnic borough in West London – we will bring the rich cultural life of Palestine  past and present for people in London to enjoy. 

Contact Information:

Hanwell Friends of Sabastiya - HAFSA

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