Palestine On The Pier Returns with UK's First 'Thobe Show'

Hastings Sunday 4 September 2022. 12 until 6pm.

This year Hastings Pier Entertainment and Hastings & Rye PSC are taking over the whole pier with a full programme of entertainment and activities for the whole family. Check out our promo video here.

The main stage will feature the world class viola player and composer Samer Rashed who is flying in from occupied East Jerusalem to perform with his UK band playing his blend of gypsy jazz with an Arabic twist.

The centrepiece of this year's event is a catwalk show of heritage thobes flown in from Ramallah with heritage expert Imtiyaz Hussein presenting the collection of tatreez embroidered dresses, sourced from all over Palestine. This show has never been put on in the UK before and some of the dresses are over 150 years old.

The Hawiyya Dance Company will be performing a brand new show of their storytelling dance that fuses contemporary and folkoric dabke.

Jamal and Alaa will once again perform traditional Arabic music on the oud and percussion.

There will be a children's corner featuring Palestinian storyteller Elias Mattar and kite-making workshops, a number of stalls selling Palestinian food and drinks, Palestinian handicrafts for sale, as well as 'tatreez' embroidery workshops held at The Nest over the weekend with expert Miranda Allan (see right hand column). Art in the Park/ Arts on Prescription will help run our kite-making workshop for kids.

Photos from left, clockwise: heritage thobes; Samer Rashed; Hawiyya at last year's Palestine On The Pier; Jamal and Alaa; Hawiyya's newest member Zeina; Elias Mattar.

Palestine On The Pier 2021
The very first Palestine on the Pier took place last year, attracting a crowd of over 1,000. Our write-up with videos and photos. Click here.