A day of literature, music (and modestly priced food) inlcuding contributions from: Maan Abu Taleb, Diana Buttu, William Dalrymple, Kassem Eid, Omar Robert Hamilton, Rachel Holmes, Hannah Khalil, Kareem Samara, Kamila Shamsie, Ahdaf Soueif and William Sutcliffe.
Since 2008, Soueif and her colleagues in PalFest, The Palestine Festival of Literature, have brought artists from outside Palestine to taste this bitter and complex experience, an experience evoked in ‘This is Not a Border’ (2017). Breaking the cultural siege imposed by Israel, PalFest reaffirms, in Edward Said’s words, ‘the power of culture over the culture of power’ and strengthens Palestine’s cultural links with the rest of the world.
Artists for Palestine UK, launched in 2015, gives a platform to Palestinian voices, and campaigns against their silencing. There are many who would like art and culture to serve the project of occupation; APUK suggests a different role.
These are difficult times for Palestine, and the roads to freedom seem more cruelly blocked than ever. To enact hope, to demonstrate support, to explore modes of solidarity have become urgent and necessary.
2.30-10pm. Free. Please note that this event is limited capacity so come early to avoid disappointment.