Fourth Annual Bet Lahem Live Festival Aims to Bring Community Together to Inspire Social ChangeStar Street, Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine, 28 July 2016—Holy Land Trust, is hosting the fourth annual Bet Lahem Live Festival on historic Star Street in Bethlehem. The festival will run from August 4 to 7, 2016.
This year’s community festival theme is Yallah Makloobeh, Arabic for “Let’s go, upside down.” The concept for the theme is rooted in a call to take responsibility for the development of Star Street, for the strength of Bethlehem, and for the future of Palestine. Holy Land Trust is seeking to turn the discourse about the future of Star Street and Bethlehem upside down: Instead of talking about what is wrong, let each person talk about what he or she is going to do.
“Our vision for the festival is to bring the community together for a purpose, to inspire social change,” said Sami Awad, Founder and Director of Holy Land Trust. “This starts with Star Street, but it doesn’t end here.” To accomplish this vision, the Bet Lahem Live Festival will feature workshops on nonviolence and nonlinear thinking, panel discussions from community and government leaders, and film screenings from local filmmakers to stir thought and conversation. The festival will also welcome local and international artists who will showcase their music, theater, and visual art.
“The three ideas at the center of the Bet Lahem Live Festival are culture, faith, and justice,” said Lara Mitri, Bet Lahem Live Festival Manager and Operations and Administration Manager for Holy Land Trust. “These ideas are woven throughout the entire conference, celebrating art and culture, modeling interfaith discourse, and advocating for justice.”
Bet Lahem Live Festival is hosted by Holy Land Trust, under the auspices of the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and antiquities , the Ministry of Culture , the Bethlehem Municipality and Governorate, and in partnership with the Bank of Palestine,Manger Square Hotel , HMC, Chiesa Valdese , NIC , the world-renowned Greenbelt Festival, Amos Trust , Asparago –Healthy and Authentic Food, Al Hala , Bulk Express, Center for Cultural Heritage Preservation, Caritas, Nesquik , Musalaha, Hope Springs , Zimam , Shepherds Beer, Hemaya , Nescafe , Coolnet and Power Group and in cooperation with the Committee of Star Street.
Through a commitment to the principles of nonviolence, Holy Land Trust aspires to strengthen and empower the peoples of the Holy Land to engage in spiritual, pragmatic and strategic paths that will end all forms of oppression. We create the space for the healing of the historic wounds in order to transform communities and build a future that makes the Holy Land a global model for understanding, respect, justice, equality and peace.
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