Are you tired of waiting to see change? Tired of the same problems we face as community? Do you have an idea of what we can do to have a better life as community? Do you want to share your talents, ideas, artwork or any innovation?
2016 Bet Lahem Live Yallah Makloobeh is the place where we meet. Where together we face the past, challenge the present, and create a better future!
Yallah Makloobeh "upside-down" is the inversion of a cultural trend that is waiting for change to come from the top. Although, only through collaborative, voluntary and participatory engagement from each one of us, the Festival has a reason to exist!
Bet Lahem Live FESTIVAL is an opportunity and a challenge for all of us to come together and DO IT!
We don’t wait for change. We make it by engaging in 4 days of community gathering, where WE decide how the future will look like. Where each one brings his/her talents and contribution to share with the community, and to build a network for change.
“We wanted to create a platform that really represents the fluidity of our culture, the spirit of community and the universality of our values. This isn’t your run of the mill festival, but a catalyst setting for each participant to really challenge themselves in believing the impossible is possible.”
Sami Awad – Founder and Director of Holy Land Trust
Why Culture, Faith & Justice?
Bet Lahem Livecelebrates diversity of faiths and belief systems in our city and globally. We promote values built on acceptance and respect of differences. We encourage human connection in shared values, trust, and heritage.
Bet Lahem Liveexplores our rich and living culture through our customs and arts. Our living heritage links our past, present and future to create a platform for future peace, creativity and cultural exchange.
Bet Lahem Livesupports restorative and social justice—the understanding of one another's needs, and encouraging individual responsibility for the community. We challenge injustice and promote the fair sharing of resources. Every individual human being should have the same rights and opportunities.
Changing The Conversation
Tired of visions of the wall and a destiny defined by what is without, we wanted to change the conversation about Bethlehem and Palestine by celebrating what we have accomplished beyond the wall, cultivating a culture of peace, and together creating new arenas for action.
During our inaugural 2013 Festival, we:
Hosted 6,000 visitors in free activities
Invited 6 local music bands, 7 international, 6 children theater companies, 3 dance troupes and 40 performers as clowns, dancers and puppets for children
Facilitated dialog between people with different backgrounds and with differing beliefs
Helped 25 shops reopen on UNESCO recognized Star Street which has been closed for nearly 20 years
For our second year, in 2014 we hosted:
Peace and Faith panels inviting local and international religious leaders, academics and civil society organizations as panelists
23 local + 10 international bands + 2 dance troupes
6 activities and shows for children
2 theater productions
15 prominent leaders in justice, nonviolence and social activism
2 free and open access workshops on nonviolence communication training and nonlinear leadership
25 shops reopened on UNESCO recognize Star Street + 60 booths displayed a number of handcrafts and local products
Social Justice Bazaar engaging 8 local NGOs to raise awareness and show their work in the fields of women, youth, elderly, disabilities and environment
A cultural Creative Hub for local artists + a Pop-Up Star Street Art Gallery.