In addition to an amazing line-up of artists and open air concerts, the program includes a series of activities, events, talks, and workshops developing our keynote themes of Faith, Culture and Justice. These are intended to promote active engagement, discussion, exchange and exploration of ideas, as well as personal development.
Bet Lahem Livecelebrates diversity of faiths and belief systems in Bethlehem and globally, promoting values built on acceptance and respect of differences.
How have Christian and Muslim religious influences affected the culture and society of Bethlehem? What is the history of cooperation between the oldest and only mosque situated in the Old City of Bethlehem and the Nativity Church situated across it in the Manger Square? Festival events related to the theme of Faith include a series of panel discussions with speakers representing the religious communities of Bethlehem, creating a space for knowledge of the three Abrahamic religions’ shared values, including:
Christian and Muslim Relations in Bethlehem
Christian and Muslim Relations and the Arab Spring
Justice in Religion (Christian, Jew and Muslim)
It is the Holy Land Trust’s belief that Peace can only be achieved through the cooperation of the three faiths.
Bet Lahem Live celebrates our rich and living traditions through our customs and our arts, recognising that our living heritage links our past, present and future and forms a platform for peace, creativity and cultural exchange. Festival events related to the theme of Culture include:
Concerts with local and international musicians on the different stage venues
A cultural parade illustrating the historical path of Bethlehem
Guided tours of Star Street during the festival for international audience, with a scavenger hunt for young people
A Children’s Corner, with music, shows, and clowns, living statues and face painting
Bet Lahem Live encourages human connection in shared values, trust and acceptance and supports restorative justice: the understanding of one another's needs, and encouraging social responsibility. We challenge injustice and promote human values and rights.
A Social Justice Bazaar with Bethlehem organizations that provide needed community services
Awareness Tour on Star Street and Bethlehem area
Youth activities with CCHP on Star Street before the festival (decoration of the street)
Activities around the Segregation Barrier - the Wall surrounding Bethlehem
An Open Panel discussion on Star Street Development organized by CCHP with Bethlehem Municipality and Ministry of Tourism. Saturday 21 June from 3 – 5pm
Free daily workshops with training on nonlinear leadership by Sami Awad on Friday and Saturday from 9 to 12pm at the office of the Holy Land Trust
Free daily workshops with training on nonviolence by Michael Nagler on Friday and Saturday from 9 to 12pm at the Bethlehem Peace Centre:
General introduction and overview on Nonviolence. How does nonviolence work? How to use nonviolence safely and effectively. Friday June 20
Metta's Roadmap for an Unstoppable Movement. Saturday June 21