What's On
December 2021 

Dear audience,You can now mark the Museum’s December events on your digital calendar (pc or mobile) through this link.

A Night at the Museum
Sunday, December 5th, until 19:00

On Sunday, December 5th, the Palestinian Museum will offer extended hours, welcoming visitors from 9:00 until 19:00. This will allow more visitors the opportunity to visit the exhibition “A People by the Sea: Narratives of the Palestinian Coast”, as well as to enjoy the Museum facilities.

Exhibition Guided Tour
“A People by the Sea: Narratives of the Palestinian Coast (1748-1948)”
Assistant Curator: Ahmad Al-Aqra

December 8th | 9:00-9:30
Location: The Palestinian Museum
The tour will be in Arabic

This tour accompanies the Palestinian Museum’s third annual conference “Palestine: Producing Knowledge, Catalysing the Future.”
 Join us for a guided tour of the Palestinian Museum’s Fifth Annual Exhibition, "A People by the Sea: Narratives of the Palestinian Coast".

Note: Following the tour, we will head from the Palestinian Museum to Birzeit University to participate in the Museum’s third annual conference.

Please register in advance by sending an email to: activities@palmuseum.org

Third Annual Conference
Palestine: Producing Knowledge, Producing Futures

In partnership with Birzeit University’s Department of Social and Behavioral Science and Mada al-Carmel Arab Center for Applied Social Research. 
Wednesday, December 8th | 10:00-18:00
Location: Birzeit University, Said Khoury Building for Development Studies, Room 104. The conference will also be broadcast through the Museum’s social media pages.
Languages: Arabic and English (Interpretation)

Speakers: Beshara Doumani, Mohanad Mustafa, Khaled Furani, Mai
Albzour, Abaher el-Sakka, Ala Alazzeh, Lena Meari, Rana Barakat, Amer Hlehel,
Ali Mawasi, Kamal Aljafari, Inass Yassin, Salim Abu Thaher.

The third annual conference accompanies the Palestinian Museum’s current exhibition “A People by the Sea: Narratives of the Palestinian Coast (1748-1948)” which repositions the Palestinian coast today within its broader socio-political and cultural contexts, by linking its materiality and future(s) to the colonial reality within which it is situated. The conference focuses on producing emancipatory knowledge about Palestine, the discourse of indigeneity and political and cultural approaches to this discourse, as well as research methods and approaches through which we can begin to ascertain and shape Palestine’s future.

Conference Programme 

From the illustrations of the poem “I am a Painter who Did Not Fall into the Heart of the Net”, written by Wasim Al-Kurdi and illustrated by Abdullah Qawariq. The poem was published by the Palestinian Museum through the projectThe History of Palestinian Art as told by the Objects of Daily Life.

Stories Launch
“The History of Palestinian Art Told by Objects” Project
Zahra wara’ Zahra, ‘Urus Taht al-Shajara (A Flower Behind a Flower, a Wedding under the Tree)

Sunday, December 12th | 14:00-17:00
Location: Palestinian Museum

In a unique experience, the Palestinian Museum will celebrate the publication of six children’s stories through the project “The History of Palestinian Art as told by the Objects of Daily Life”.

This event is aimed at children between the ages of 6-8 years old. The launch event will also include the following activities:

 Conversation and Book signing with the authors and illustrators.

 Christmas tree lighting and decorations as inspired by the six storybooks. Under the tree will be placed presents made by the children themselves.

 Food and Stories: Burbara in the Palestinian Museum: Burbara is a traditional dessert made in December to celebrate St. Barbara’s Day.

 Arts and crafts: Artist and researcher Samar Qarash will lead an arts and crafts session using everyday objects.

 Author-led illustration session: Author Lubna Taha will lead this session where the children will learn to draw some objects from nature, which they will then use to decorate the Christmas tree.

 Storytime with the Story and Song with artists Mira and Jalal.

Spaces for the stories launch and accompanying workshops are limited. Please pre-register by sending an email to: activities@palmuseum.org

*Note: The event title is inspired by Anas Abu Rahma’s story, Serwa wara’ Serwa (A Cypress Behind a Cypress).

A Guided Tour in the Palestinian Museum’s Collections Room
Heritage Dresses: Memory Trail
With Museum Registrar Baha Al-Jubeh

Sunday, December 19th | 16:00-17:00
Location: Palestinian Museum
The tour will be in Arabic

Join us to learn the story of 80 Palestinian embroidered dresses (thobes) that travelled from Palestine to the United States three decades ago. The thobes were acquired and preserved by Palestinian and Arab-American women from the Committee for the Preservation of Palestinian Heritage (CPPH), in Washington, D.C. This collection of thobes and accessories were recently returned to their homeland in Palestine and are to be preserved in the Palestinian Museum.