Sunday 5 September 12pm - 6pm   Free Entry


Hastings is to host UK's first ever 'Palestine on the Pier' - a celebration of the best of Palestinian culture including food, music, dance, storytelling, handicraft and children's activities. The free, daytime event is jointly hosted by Hastings & Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the pier management team Hastings Pier Entertainment Ltd.

Live on Stage
12 Noon - Open and Welcome
12.30 - Storytelling for children
1.30 - Live music by Jamal and Alaa
2.30 - Hawiyya Dance Company show
3.00 - Storytelling for the whole family
4.00 - Live music by Jamal and Alaa
5.00 - Dabke dance workshop by Hawiyya - everyone welcome!
6.00 - Close

The event will transform the top deck of the pier with stalls selling authentic Palestinian food such as hummus and baba ghanoush wraps, as well as sweet delicacies like baklava and knafeh. There will also be stalls selling hand-embroidered craft such as purses, bags, keffiyeh scarves, wall hangings, olive wood bowls, necklaces, hair clips, brooches, bookmarks and flags. Meanwhile, children's activities and craft will run towards the back end of the top deck.

Throughout the day, there will be a rolling-programme of entertainment including a storyteller, music on the Oud and percussion and a dance show by the Hawiyya dance company.

The Hawiyya Dance Company

'We are thrilled to join in a celebration of Palestinian culture at 'Palestine on the Pier,' said Serena Spadoni, member of Hawiyya Dance Company.

'Dabke is a powerful dance that connects people while carrying a strong political and cultural meaning of resistance. It is rooted in the land and is an evolving art form that maintains its strong traditional roots. Our performance will take the audience on a journey through the narratives of identity, displacement and resistance with the use of dabke and contemporary forms.'

She added: 'We also look forward to sharing our platform and dancing together with the participants during our dabke workshop.'

Hastings and Rye PSC Chair Katy Colley said: 'Despite living under military occupation, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza enjoy a rich culture and history. We feel Hastings is the best place to launch Palestine on the Pier since it has a tremendous openness to other cultures, not to mention an unrivalled sense of fun. This may be the first but we know it won't be the last - perhaps next year there will be a similar event on every one of the 56 piers in the UK!'

Thanks to Euan McGrath for the poster artwork Euan's website.