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Photo: 1066 Drone Photography

Hastings Sunday 5 September 2021

Photo: 1066 Drone Photography
This was the most extraordinary and unforgettable event; a resounding success with a turnout way beyond our expectations. We are so thrilled that local people turned out in such large numbers to celebrate the rich Palestinian culture in its many forms.

Short drone video of the event.

Dance troupe Hawiyya gave a powerful, evocative and energetic performance, the musicians Jamal and Alaa had people up dancing on the decking with their brilliant Arabic folk songs, the storyteller Elias Matar took the audience on a journey into the imagination.

We had a very busy children's corner with face-painting and craft activities where a bright, colourful collage of Palestinian life was created. There were stalls with authentic handicrafts, food, jewellery, books, art and clothes. Falafel wraps, baklava and a range of liquid refreshments were on sale.

There was a stall giving information about the history of Palestine, the Nakba (Catastrophe), the Israeli occupation and its system of apartheid. Also a stall from PalMusic.

Short drone video taken before the event.


Children's Corner: