What’s On
October and November 2019


Family Day: Circus Performance
The Palestinian Circus School

Friday, 4 October, 17:00–18:00, 19:00–20:00
Place: the Palestinian Museum

This family activity is aimed at presenting a novel and empowering approach to the concept of freedom of movement. A trail and three stations will be set up in the Museum, its gardens and terrace, with each station representing different circus performance disciplines. Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to watch and experience these exhilarating performances up close and will be encouraged to be rethink and be aware of physical limitations and boundaries.

Participation is free, registration is required here.



A Series of Workshops (Narrative Arts)
The Tale of Sheikh Sa’ed Village

Writer Ahlam Bsharat and artists Haneen Nazzal and Hiba Saleem
- Phase 1 (11–16 Oct): Creative Writing (17+)
- Phase 2 (18–22 Oct): Illustration (17+)
- Phase 3 (24–29 Oct): Shadow Theatre and Film Direction (12–16)
Place: al-Sheikh Sa’ed village and the Palestinian Museum

Participation is free, registration is required here.

On 15 March 2010, the Israeli Military Court approved a plan to separate al-Sheikh Sa’ed village from the rest of Jerusalem with an eight-metre-high annexation and expansion wall. This series of workshops will explore the impact of this violent action on the identity, social relations, and economy of the village through creative writing, comics, animation, and shadow theatre.

Over the course of six sessions per workshop (18 sessions total), the first participating group (aged 17 and above) will work with author Ahlam Bsharat to develop stories that narrate the lived experience in al-Sheikh Sa’ed based on a visit to the village. The second group of participants (design students over 17 years old) will illustrate the written stories in the form of comics. Finally, the third group (students aged between 12 and 16 years old and their educators) will reinterpret the previous workshops’ stories and comics using shadow theatre and animation. The series will result in a short film, a comic book, a booklet with the final texts, and artistic captioned postcards.

Programme
Creative Writing

Day one: Friday, 11 October
08:00–15:00 in Sheikh Sa’ed village
Meeting Point: Qasr el-Hamra Hotel at 7:30
- A visit to Sheikh Sa’ed village and the chance to meet some of its residents
- Participants will hear the story of the village directly from its community to become acquainted with the place and its story
 
Day two: Saturday, 12 October
14:00–17:00 at the Palestinian Museum
- Meeting with a member of the Sheikh Sa’ed community at the Museum
- Open discussion and an opportunity for participants to ask more specific questions and discuss the observations they will have made during their visit to the village
 
Day three: Sunday, 13 October
12:00–17:00 at the Palestinian Museum
- Writing exercises on setting, guided by the following questions and objectives:
o   Describing setting
o   How does a setting become a protagonist?
o   What are the elements/components of setting?
o   Representing setting according to perspective
- Discussion of Katherine Paterson’s novel Bridge to Terabithia

Day four: Monday, 14 October
15:00–17:00 at the Palestinian Museum
- Screening of Bridge to Terabithia, a film based on the novel

Day five: Tuesday, 15 October
12:00–18:00 at the Palestinian Museum
- Exercises on writing the story of al-Sheikh Sa’ed, a place that is bisected by the Israeli annexation wall, in the form of a screenplay with dialogue and as a precursor to the arrangement of material that can be published in the form of a pocket book.

Day six: Wednesday, 16 October
12:00–17:00 at the Palestinian Museum
- Exercises on writing the story of al-Sheikh Sa’ed, a place that is bisected by the Israeli annexation wall, in the form of postcards with captions that tell the village’s story

Illustration

Day one: Friday, 18 October
10:00–13:00 at the Palestinian Museum
- Theoretical discussion and analysis of the text that is to be illustrated
- Partition of the story into scenes
- A preliminary discussion as to the illustration style that will be employed

Day two: Saturday, 19 October,
12:00–17:00 at the Palestinian Museum
- Storyboard preparation
- Design of story locations

Day three: Sunday, 20 October
10:00–18:00 at the Palestinian Museum
- Character design

Day four: Monday, 21 October
12:00–16:00 at the Palestinian Museum
- Illustration of scenes

Day five: Tuesday, 22 October
12:00–17:00 at the Palestinian Museum
- Completion of illustration and compilation of work

Art Direction

Day one: Thursday, 24 October
15:00–18:00 at the Palestinian Museum
- The concepts of shadow theatre
- Image composition and direction
- Methods in the presentation of concepts

Day two: Friday, 25 October
9:00–15:00 at the Palestinian Museum
- Treatment of the elements produced in the illustration workshop for their implementation in shadow theatre

Day three: Saturday, 26 October
9:00–15:00 at the Palestinian Museum
- Scene design for theatrical implementation
- Creature mechanics
- Sound effects

Day four: Sunday, 27 October
14:00–16:30 at the Palestinian Museum
- Filming of the shadow theatre scenes using stop motion techniques
- Video editing

Day five: Monday, 28 October
15:00–19:00 (pending confirmation of olive harvest holiday) at the Palestinian Museum
- Postproduction

Day six: Tuesday, 29 October
15:00–19:00 at the Palestinian Museum
- Postproduction


Political Tour of Jerusalem

In cooperation with Grassroots Jerusalem
Thursday, 10 October,10:00–13:30


The tour identifies and highlights the Israeli policies that are designed to displace Palestinians from Jerusalem, including the revocation of legal status, land expropriation, home demolition, the suffocation of the Palestinian economy, deliberate underdevelopment and more.
It also provides commentary on the existing international aid systems and how their nature and structures do not in reality aid the Palestinian people.

The tour concludes with living examples of inspirational grassroots initiatives in Palestinian communities in Jerusalem that are creatively resisting displacement and disempowerment. 

Tour duration: 3 hours 30 mins., including discussions 

Please note that it is not a walking tour, but includes the following stops: 
- Group gathering outside the Jerusalem hotel at 09:50 
- First stop: Damascus Gate and al Musrarah Neighborhood 
- Second stop: Jabal al Mukabber and Nof Tzuin colony
- Third stop: Ras el-Amood and Har Hazeitim colony 
- Fourth stop: the annexation and expansion wall between Ras al-Amood and Abu Dis 
- Last stop: a view of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Back to al-Rashidiyah or the Jerusalem hotel  

Tour language: English.
Meeting point: In front of the Jerusalem Hotel at 9:50
Fees:50 NIS. Advanced booking is required here.

Kindly note that entry permits to occupied Jerusalem (if needed) are the responsibility of those who wish to participate.



Tour 
Political Tour of Akka

Tour guide Johayna Seifi
Saturday, 12 October, 15:00–17:00

In this tour, we explore the Palestinian social and political narratives of the city of Akka. The tour aims to shed light on the present reality of Palestinians in the city amid the Israeli policies of Judaization. The tour will also explore the most significant historic and archaeological sites of Akka.

Tour language: Arabic
Meeting point: Al-Fanar, al-Fakhoura in the old city of Akka at 14:50
Participation is free, advanced booking is required here.

Kindly note that entry permits to 1948 occupied Palestine (if needed) are the responsibility of those who wish to participate.



Lecture
Material Heritage in Rural Palestine through a Re-examination
of the Traditional Olive Oil Press


Maissoun Sharkawi, PhD
Wednesday, 16 October, 17:00–19:00
Place: the Palestinian Museum

Researcher and lecturer of art history and interior design, Maissoun Sharkawi’s research on cultural heritage is underrepresented in Palestine’s literature. She has sought an industrial revival in the production of olive oil, a historically essential ingredient in the Palestinian economy. On this academic journey, she explores manual olive oil presses in technical detail, in addition to the seasonal features associated with them. In doing so, Sharkawi has reclaimed a wealth of forgotten memory for the benefit of the Palestinian knowledge-base. In her examination of cultural heritage through material findings, she foregoes ancient archeological sites, opting instead to study more recent iterations of manual olive oil presses.

The talk will be in Arabic. 
For organisational purposes, please register here.

Family Day (Olive Season): Harvest Dance

Friday, 18 October
- 13:00–16:30 Olive Harvest
- 17:30–19:30 El-Funoun Dance Troupe Performance
Place: the Palestinian Museum

Every autumn, the land is brought back to prominence as Palestinian families everywhere participate in the olive harvest. We celebrate this quintessentially Palestinian event by inviting the public to join us in picking the olives of the Museum gardens.
The harvest will be followed by a dabkeh performance titled ‘Tallat’ by the young and old dancers of el-Funoun Popular Dance Troupe. The performance is based on the folkloric music album Zajel, which chronicles different stages of Palestine’s history.

For organisational purposes, please register here.


Tour 
Political Tour of Jaffa

Tour guide: historian Yousef Asfour
Friday, 18 October, 15:00–18:00

In this tour, we explore Jaffa through its Palestinian narrative. We will hear stories about its old centre, its port, schools, cinemas, and Jamal Pasha street. We will see the homes of historic Palestinian figures and learn about their forced exile. We will experience the Jaffa of old and tell its stories leading to the present.

Tour stops:
- First stop: the tour kicks off in the city centre.
- Second stop: al-Rashid neighbourhood, the old town and the port.
- Third stop: the cinemas and theatre in al-Nuzha neighbourhood.
- Fourth stop: the homes and schools in al-Ajami neighbourhood.

Tour language: Arabic.

Meeting point: Jaffa Clock Tower at 14:50.
Participation is free, advanced booking is required here.

Kindly note that entry permits to 1948 occupied Palestine (if needed) are the responsibility of those who wish to participate.



Book Launch and Discussion
Going Home: A Walk Through Fifty Years of Occupation

Author Raja Shehade, discussant Tania Tamari Nasir
Sunday, 20 October, 17:30–19:00
Place: the Palestinian Museum

The Palestinian Museum will host the launch of Palestinian author Raja Shehadeh’s book Going Home: A Walk Through Fifty Years of Occupation. Walking the streets of Ramallah on the fiftieth year of the Israeli occupation, Raja Shehadeh records the changing face of the city he calls home. Strolling along the streets, he visits and remembers the places, people and events in his life and tells their stories and what has happened to them. As he grapples with ageing and the failures of the resistance, Shehadeh notes the ways that the past still invades the present. At times elegiac, Going Home, A Walk Through Fifty Years of Occupation, like all the best travel writing shows how the personal is also the political.

Raja Shehadeh is a Palestinian author, lawyer and the founder of the pioneering Palestinian human rights organization al-Haq. Shehadeh is the author of several acclaimed books including Strangers in the House; Occupation Diaries; Language of War, Language of Peace; and Where the Line is Drawn. In 2008, he won the Orwell Prize for Palestinian Walks, published by Profile. Shehadeh lives and works in Ramallah, Palestine.

The talk will be in English.
For organisational purposes, please register here.



Tour
Guest Curator’s Tour With Dr Tina Sherwell

Wednesday, 23 October, 14:00–15:00
Place: the Palestinian Museum

Do not miss the chance to join a tour of our Intimate Terrains exhibition with its curator, Dr Tina Sherwell. Through a collection of unique historic and contemporary works, the exhibition explores how representations of landscape have evolved from the 1930s to the present via a selection of works by 36 artists from Palestine and its diaspora. The works include paintings, photography, installations, video and film, natural media, and sculpture.

Dr Sherwell has carried out extensive research on Palestinian art and visual culture, producing numerous studies on the works of many Palestinian artists. Throughout this tour, Dr Sherwell shares a substantial part of her past and present academic research, allowing for a comprehensive and innovative understanding of the history of contemporary Palestinian art, as well as its relationship to land and location.

For organisational purposes, please register here


Objects-In-Focus
The Palestinian Gazelle

Artist Manal Mahamid
Wednesday, 23 October, 15:30–16:30
Place: the Palestinian Museum

Through her body of work on the Palestinian gazelle, Manal Mahamid speaks to the erasure, dispossession, the renaming of villages and the denial of the history of the Palestinian people as part of the strategy undertaken to refashion and re-represent the physical landscape and its representations as an image of an ideal ‘Jewish homeland.’ Mahamid’s Palestinian Gazelle, named ‘Israeli Gazelle’ at the zoo, looks at first glance like an ordinary gazelle. It is upon closer observation that we notice its amputated leg. The gazelle seems to resonate as a metaphor for the daily contradictions and paradoxes lived and experienced by Palestinians in the 1948-occupied territory.

The talk will be in Arabic. 
For organisational purposes, please register here.


Night at the Museum (Stargazing Using Telescopes)
The Palestinian Spacescape
In cooperation with NOVA for Astronomy and Space Science
Includes a night tour of the Museum

Saturday, 2 November, 18:30–21:30
Age group: 10+
Place: the Palestinian Museum

‘Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.’
– Carl Sagan

Our naked eye can spot celestial bodies shining from afar and lighting up our skies, but our limited sight cannot peer into the worlds that exist within those glimmering dots. Join us for a night at the Palestinian Museum where we will commence our journey of discovery with a screening of Larissa Sansour and Soren Lind’s 2016 film In the Future, They Are from the Finest Porcelain. Using telescopes brought especially for this event by NOVA, we will then gaze at the skies enveloping the Palestinian landscape. Based on what we observe, we will work with a poet and an illustrator to write messages on postcards addressed to the Milky Way galaxy.

All you have to bring is jacket, scarf, and a spark of creativity!
For organisational purposes, please register here.
 

Workshop (Illustration)
In Transition: Illustration and its Expressive Potential
Artist Alyana Cazalet

2–6 November
Age Group: 17+
Place: the Palestinian Museum

In this workshop, participants explore different visual communication fields, including reportage, book illustration and graphic storytelling through a series of daily creative projects. With hands-on experience, they will develop narrative and non-narrative ideas and translate them visually. No experience is necessary, but the ability to draw is required. Participants will bring their own sketchbooks to share their ideas and sketches with the group and build on existing projects. The workshop is suitable for those who are interested in illustration and who wish to develop their creative skills and expand their art and design practise.

About the artist:
Born in Russia, Alyana Cazalet is a cartoonist and illustrator who draws with a loose and expressive style, an ideal medium for humour as well as an immediate and intuitive way of capturing people, scenes and settings. A few squiggles of her pen, and soon, a character who looks ready to share a joke with you is created.

Alyana studied Applied Arts during her time in Moscow, and printmaking after moving to London. She has travelled widely and believes her nomadic lifestyle has left its mark on her swift drawing technique. Alyana has wide-ranging creative experience, including designing textile prints, making puppets and in photography. She is influenced by everything from Jazz to dark Russian literature, from Hieronymus Bosch to the Moomins.

For organisational purposes, please register here.


Tour
Guest Curator’s Tour
Tina Sherwell, PhD

Wednesday, 13 November, 14:00–15:00
Place: the Palestinian Museum

Do not miss the chance to join a tour of our Intimate Terrains exhibition with its curator, Tina Sherwell, PhD. Through a collection of unique historic and contemporary works, the exhibition explores how representations of landscape have evolved from the 1930s to the present via a selection of works by 36 artists from Palestine and its diaspora. The works include paintings, photography, installations, video and film, natural media, and sculpture.

Sherwell has carried out extensive research on Palestinian art and visual culture, producing numerous studies on the works of many Palestinian artists. Throughout this tour, she shares a substantial part of her past and present academic research, allowing for a comprehensive and innovative understanding of the history of contemporary Palestinian art, as well as its relationship to land and location.

For organisational purposes, please register here.


Workshop (Illustration)
Four Seasons: Introduction to Scientific Botanical Drawing (Autumn)
Artist Elizabeth Tesdell

Saturday, 16 November, 10:00–13:00
Age group: 17+
Place: the Palestinian Museum

Observation is the primary process through which we can understand and relate to our natural environment. Guided by artist Elizabeth Tesdell, participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to observe a selection of plants and understand their unique forms and distinguishing features. Based on their visual and sensory observation, they will produce detailed scientific drawings of plants in the Museum gardens. The workshop offers an opportunity for direct interaction with the natural landscape through artistic representation. 

This is a seasonal workshop that highlights the bloom cycles of the diverse plant life in the Museum gardens throughout the year.

For organisational purposes, please register here.
 

Public Display
The Tale of Sheikh Sa’ed Village
A presentation of the works produced in the Workshops

Sunday, 17 November, 16:30–18:30
Place: the Palestinian Museum 

On 15 March 2010, the Israeli Military Court approved a plan to separate al-Sheikh Sa’ed village from the rest of Jerusalem with an eight-metre-high annexation and expansion wall. The impact of this violent action reflects on the identity, social relations, and economy of the village.

Over the course of three workshops (18 sessions), guided by Author Ahlam Bsharat, participants articulated the story of al-Sheikh Sa’ed using different creative narrative media.

The first group worked to develop stories about life in the village, upon which the next workshops in the series would be based. The second group interpreted those stories through illustration and comic book techniques. In the third and final workshop in the series, participants used shadow theatre to bring those stories to life.

This public display showcases the works produced by participants in these workshops, which include a short film, a comic book, a booklet containing the final text and a collection of artistic postcards.
 

Workshop (Video Art)
Documenting Mushroom Hunting in Palestine
Photographer/videographer Hareth Yousef

22 November–1 December
Age group: 15+
Place: Kobar, Ein Qinya and the Palestinian Museum

In some Palestinian villages, the mushroom season is as important and popular as the olive season. This workshop takes participants on two guided mushroom hunting trips in the hills surrounding Birzeit (Ein Qinya, Kobar), during which they will film and document the different species they encounter as well as the tricks and tools employed in collecting mushrooms. They will then create five short videos inspired by their experience. While not out foraging in the hills, participants will be guided by photographer/videographer Hareth Yousef through the filming and editing processes. In groups of three, they will learn types of camera shots, create storyboards, and select and edit their footage.

For organisational purposes, please register here.


Workshop (Archive & Montage)
Counter Montages: Theoretical and Practical Workshop around the Moving Image
Artist Javier Toscano

29 November–7 December
Age group: 17+
Place: the Palestinian Museum

The rendering of meaning for the moving image involves a semantic structure in which the camera, the person portrayed, and the viewer make up the key edges on a given triad. This principle makes it possible –and desirable– to explore different strategies of interpretation that dislocate, reassign, adjust or simply overflow the semantic codes that stabilise the usual readings for the images that inhabit our environment, in order to reconfigure principles of identity and structural understandings that manage to affect the socio-political plane at a variety of levels. 

This workshop is divided into two parts. The first includes collective exercises of categorization and hierarchization to treat visual materials so that they can acquire an archive value, in this case with entries that try to respond to a tactical sensitivity and to a multiplicity of perspectives of a specific social incidence.

In the second part, the participants will construct creative readings through strategic appropriations, which would end up being punctual comments on that reality that is constructed at the very moment in which its meaning is transmitted and decoded: it is the event of montage as the foundation of a collective construction of reality. 

For organisational purposes, please register here.