The Shroud Maker: Written and directed by Ahmed Masoud, performed by Julia Tarnoky and designed by Dima Karout, 'The Shroud Maker' is about Hajja Souad, an 80-year old Palestinian woman living on the besieged Gaza Strip who knows about business. She has survived decades of wars and oppression through making shrouds for the dead. A compelling black comedy, the play delves deep into the intimate life of ordinary Palestinians to weave a highly distinctive path through Palestine’s turbulent past and present.
Palestine Verses: An annual poetry night that began in 2014 after the assault on Gaza, for people who wanted to express solidarity, share experiences and voice their emotions. Hosted by Interpal, this is an evening of performance and poetry, featuring spoken word artists Richard Sudan, Atlas X, and Tom Bishop with an open mic session.
Still - Judy Price: The UK based artist Judy Price will present a complex body of work focused on Palestine. Two multi-screen installations and a photographic piece will reflect on Palestine’s colonial past and the current lived experience of occupation. Price explores, for example, the stone quarrying industry in Palestine’s West Bank through a subtle examination of the impact and workings of the occupation, where much of the material quarried is expropriated by Israeli authorities and used to build settlements or exported as Israeli stone.
Jumana Manna: A first UK solo exhibition by the Berlin and Jerusalem based artist Jumana Manna, comprising a newly commissioned feature-length film 'A Magical Substance Flows Into Me' (2015), presented alongside an installation of sculptures. Manna’s work explores the ways in which power is articulated through relationships – from expressions of masculinity in working-class East Jerusalem, to the particular bond between athlete and coach, or the diplomatic role that Norway played in the Oslo Peace Accords.
The Shroud Maker: What's the best business one can establish in Gaza? Loosely based on a real life character still residing in Gaza, this play is a dark new satire written and directed by Ahmed Masoud that tells Hajja Souad's story. She's survived decades of wars, deportation and oppression through making and selling shrouds for the dead, profiting from the continuous Israeli attacks. The 51-day Israeli war on Gaza in summer 2014 proves highly lucrative for Hajja, until her past returns to haunt her and forcing her to make a momentous decision.
Dia Batal, Tracing Landscapes: An exhibition of new multimedia works by the spatial designer Dia Batal for the 'London Design Festival'. Batal uses the art of Arabic calligraphy to transform text into objects, which seek to engage audiences in contemporary issues of identity and belonging. Batal not only re-envisions this traditional art but also conventional architectural forms and objects.
Gaza On Gaza: An exhibition of work by Palestinian artists in response to the lives devastated by last year's conflict in Gaza. During the military offensive 1,500 Palestinian civilians were killed and over 500,000 were displaced from their homes, with the UN estimating that nearly 400,000 children require mental health support to cope with the events they witnessed.
Akala + Katibeh Khamseh: Eminent UK hip hop artist Akala will be headlining a unique show featuring Palestinian hip hop group Katibeh Khamseh as part of the Celebrating Sanctuary London Festival during Refugee Week UK. The award winning MC and founder of the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company is recognised as a visionary on the UK hip hop scene, pushing radical politics, poetry, social awareness and activism to the fore and being a modern day chronicler of the global struggle for equality.