Travel to and explore Palestine’s cultural landscape: Summer academy in Ramallah

Posted on 25 March 2013

European Union National Institute of Culture

3 weeks in Ramallah, live, work and join our visual journey! Summeracademy Ramallah is inviting participants from all walks of life and all corners of the world to meet and mix with Palestinian participants! We will explore the cultural landscape of the region and facilitate the contact within all aspects of Palestinian life, society and close neighborhood. We want to discover unseen images and collect unheard stories that will give a fresh impression of contemporary life in Palestine. Date: 13 August – 3 September.

Our participants will be encouraged to follow their own vision as well as working in groups. By using the full range and capacity of audio-visual and time-based media we will elaborate each work piece to its full potential. The participants will have the opportunity to present their artistic results in the final exhibition.

Of course, we will have a rich social life too. Every season new cafés are popping up all over the place where you can have a shisha while taking snacks. Visit stylish restaurants and colorful  barbecues which are open until 4 in the morning. Ramallah´s nightlife offers an interesting cultural program of free concerts of Arab, Classical or Rock music in public spaces. You can listen to lectures in lush gardens under fig trees, watch Art House Films at Al Kasaba, dip into the world of the Hip and the Beautiful at Bar Beit Al Aneesa, listen to famous Khalas Rock band or Arab singer-songwriters and a lot more to explore and have fun.

We look forward to make excursions to Bir Zeit, and if possible, to Jerusalem and Nablus to visit galleries, artistic projects and theater projects, Slow Food initiatives etc.

If you have personal questions, please let us know:!

To apply for the workshop please go to Application in the menu bar or click here.

Excursions to several cultural organizations in the region, e.g.:
Al Qattan Foundation,  Al Sakakini Cultural Center,  Al Kasaba CinemaBir Zeit MuseumArt School RamallahMahatta Art GalleryAl Ma´amal Art GalleryAl Hoash, Al Riwaq Architectural CenterDanish House in PalestineThis Week In Palestine(Monthly Cultural Magazine)

Nabila Irshaid offers her expertise in art in public space, participative art, art as a process and audio – visual concepts. She can provide her knowledge about the cultural landscape of Ramallah and its surroundings and has some knowledge about local life.

Tobias Hammerle will be the second instructor during the workshop and will share his many technical skills and experience in teaching all over the world.

More information about the Instructors 2013 you’ll find here.

This article originally appeared here

What hope sounds like: a performance by Gaza’s children at the Gaza Music School

The children of the Gaza Music School performing to a French and Egyptian delegation early January 2013. The boys in this clip are around 9 years of age. According to Qattan Foundation’s website, the Gaza Music School (GMS) was established “in response to growing demand for music education voiced by children and parents who attend the Qattan Center for the Child (QCC) in Gaza City, one of the A. M. Qattan Foundation’s main projects.” The Gaza Music School was completely destroyed by Israel during its attack on Gaza in 2008 and was rebuilt since then. A testimony to the resilience of the Palestinian people. To find out more information about the school and Qattan Foundation visit the following link