What’s On
 December 2018

City of Science and Industry in Paris.
The 21st Century Museums: Transformations and Proposition
for a Sustainable and Inclusive Model

Speaker: Marc Terrisse
Wednesday, December 19 | 14:00 – 15:30
In collaboration with ‎‎Institut Français Ramallah and Birzeit University

The concepts of Museum and Fine Arts Museum have been constantly questioned since their emergence. The national and archeological museums supplemented the first science museums and art history museums. But it is mainly during the 1970’s that new forms of museums are introduced: the “ecomuseum”, the “interpretive center” or the Centre Georges Pompidou.

What is left today from those new ideas: the involvement of the public, the mediation, the multidisciplinary or the introduction of a new museum marketing policy? The museum is now a global phenomenon. This museum globalization presents similarities in establishments that have been inaugurated in great fanfare in mains cities throughout the world.

Is there a space left, next to those expensive and ambitious projects, for more modest institutions, locally rooted, that would like to offer an alternative model that would not only be based on cultural consumerism but also on a capacity to turn the visitor into an actor of the museum content through a participative and multidisciplinary approach that would be social, artistic and educational?

How is the Mashriq facing this phenomenon? By reviewing the main cities’ national and archeological museums of the area that are following the same trends observed in Europe, we will study, through different projects conducted from Sour to Lebanon, the way in which less solemn experiences can find their place inside medium cities or neighborhoods. Such an approach is led with the intention of making local population more involved and of making those projects sustainable in both cultural and financial aspects.

Marc Terrisse is a doctor in History and holds a Master degree in Management of Cultural Institutions from Paris Dauphine University. As a CNRS associate researcher, he published several articles and books about contemporary museum problematics. He defends in particular a multidisciplinary and participative approach of those cultural institutions. He also led researches focusing on the Islamic heritage of Provence and Languedoc and is interested in minorities’ issues and in their role in history and culture. Marc Terrisse founded the association Le Regard de l’Autre (“Looking through someone else’s eyes”) that aims to promote minorities’ history and heritage through the organization of cultural events. 

The talk will be in English.


Grapes’ branch motif 

A peasant girl holding a bunch of grapes in a vineyard, Palestine, 1934 – 1939, G. Eric and Edith Matson Collection, Library of Congress.

Family Day
Stitching Food for Special Occasions

Friday, December 21 | 11:00 – 15:30 
By Mirna Bamieh, from Palestine Hosting Society 

This workshop will introduce parents and their children to plant motifs used in Palestinian embroidery. Together, we will discover their story, significance and journey through time and geography. Throughout the workshop, the participants will transform those motifs into Canapé (one-bite) food arrangements to be prepared for special occasions. At the end of the workshop we will have created together a feast for eyes and taste buds, through an interactive activity for kids and their parents.

Number of participants: 15-20 children (aged between 5 and 15 years old) + 15 parents

11:00-11:30 Introduction
11:30- 12:15 Parents will form small groups with their children and will be given a list of plant embroidery designs to find them in the Thobs of Labour of Love.
12:15- 13:15 Demonstration on how to prepare the different spreads, and different cuts of the vegetables for the embroidery designs. 
13:15- 14:30 Work in groups of parent and child on making the arrangements according to the chosen design.
14:30- 15:30 A small eating reception of all the Canapé arrangements.

Palestine Hosting Society is a collective founded by artist/cook Mirna Bamieh.The collective seeks to examine the culture of food in Palestine and beyond, and aims to create a platform for food enthusiasts to construct and reconstruct their relationships to place, history, society and politics, over food. Their research unfolds through eating, reading, and conversation. From these the Society develops culinary interventions that unpack social concerns and limitations vis-à-vis contemporary political dilemmas, reflecting upon the conditions that characterise contemporary Palestinian communities. 

Limited availability. To register, please fill the online here.

Kid’s Workshops
Light and Waste

Saturday, December 22 | 13:00 – 16:00
By Mnjm 
Using light and shadow, children will produce a collective artwork. Together, they will rearrange and install solid waste in all its forms to create a shadow portraying a Palestinian village. We will motivate the children to use their intellectual and artistic capacities and to reconsider their surroundings aesthetically. Here is an opportunity to expose children to environmentally friendly practices.

This workshop is part of the Palestinian Museum’s endeavors to create an environmentally friendly culture in Palestine. The Palestinian Museum adheres to green building design guidelines set by LEED.

Mnjm is an environmental project specialized in collecting waste for recycling and exchanging it with basic household items.

Free entry.  
Places are limited.To register, please fill the online form here

Burbara Day: The Wheat Menu

Sunday, December 23 | 16:00 – 17:30
By Mirna Bamieh and Haifa Zeitoun

Join us in this Wheat feast we’re preparing for you this Burbara season.

Wheat is the basis of many Palestinian recipes which are an essential part of popular heritage, holding within them intimate stories and a collective history. Together, we will learn about the different produce we can make of wheat and the different techniques of cooking it using several recipes. We will also identify different types of wheat and introduce the history of its production in Palestine until now.

The menu is made of 13 dishes of appetizers, salads, mains and desserts. It will be served to 45-50 people during sunset in the Palestinian Museum.

Freekeh salad with thyme, rocca and a selection of herbs from the Museum's garden 
Rashta with yellow lentils and crispy onions
Labaniyet burghal
Pumpkin kibbeh stuffed with spinach, walnuts and pomegranate seeds
Main dishes:
Whole wheat maftoul with chicken 
Tomato Maftoul
Eish al-Saraya 

Participation fees: 60 ILS per person (Tickets are available for purchase at Shishapresso in Ramallah and the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit).
Places are Limited. To register, please fill the online form here.

Interactive Tours

School Visits
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University Students Tours
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Group Guided Tours
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Sign Language Guided Tours
To book a group guided tour in sign language, please please fill the online form here. Sundays only.