Submitted by Rana Baker on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 09:36
The Palestine Festival of Literature was very much about feeling and thinking deeply about Palestine, about ourselves, and surroundings in the context of home from a literary rather than a rigid political eye.
Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 16:08
Hip-hop is not new to Gaza, but in recent years public performances have been nonexistent. But last week Gaza rappers Revolution Makers and Antara broke that silence with a rare public performance at the Palestine Festival of Literature.
Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 20:51
This year’s Palestine Festival of Literature is scheduled to take place in Gaza from 5-9 May – if only Egypt provides the permits for writers, bloggers and artists – including Ahdaf Soueif, Alaa Abd el‐Fattah, Suad Amiry and others to enter the besieged territory.
For many Palestinians, the month of May is associated with the commemoration of the Nakba. But with the increasing popularity of the arts in Palestine, the second annual Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest) harmoniously unfolded to the final days of spring, a time also for lavender and lilies. The Electronic Intifada contributor Sousan Hammad reports on PalFest, and how it was shut down by Israeli authorities in Jerusalem.
The second Palestine Festival of Literature will take place from 23-28 May 2009. Because of the difficulties Palestinians face under military occupation in traveling around their own country, the festival group of 17 international writers will travel to its audiences in the West Bank. It will tour Ramallah, Jenin, al-Khalil/Hebron and Bethlehem. To mark Jerusalem’s status as Cultural Capital of the Arab World for 2009, the festival will begin and end in Jerusalem.