Cremisan Road, Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Mahmoud Darwish in the presence of absence (photo by GZ) Corridor from Erez crossing into Gaza (Photo by CdV) Anti-wall demonstration in Bi'lin. (Photo by LS) Old city of Hebron (photo by GZ) Hisham's Palace, Jericho (photo by GZ) Gilo settlement - Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Bypass road north-south - Jerusalem (photo by GZ) Mahmoud Darwish on Yasser Arafat- Ramallah (photo by GZ) Wall grafitti made by Berlin residents. (Photo by CdV) Drone flying over KhanYounis, Gaza. (Photo by CdV)

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Arts and culture

  • In 2009 the West Bank counted 5 museums, 506 cultural centers, 5 theaters and 3 cinemas.
  • The magazine ‘This week in Palestine’ lists all cultural and touristic events in the occupied Palestinian territories.
  • Internationally renowned Palestinian musicians include u’d players and composers and Samir Joubran and singer Rim Banna, Reem Talhami, Trio Joubran and Kamilya Joubran
  • DAM, Patriarch and the Gazan formation DARG Team are leading hip-hop artists of Palestine.
  • Among famous contemporary Palestinian visual artists are Tayseer Barakat, painter Sliman Mansour, paintress Faten Toubassi and sculptress Vera Tamari.
  • Al Hakawati Palestinian national Theatre in East Jerusalem offers cabaret-style productions and plays that are usually strongly political. Ashtar is a base for drama education both Jerusalem and Ramallah.
  • Theatre Day Production is Gaza’s only professional youth theatre and is run by Dutch director Jan Willems, American playwright Jackie Lubeck and a host of Palestinian actors and drama teachers.
  • Palestinian–Israeli actor Juliano Mer Khamis headed the Freedom Theatre in the refugee camp in Jenin up until his assassination in 2011. He took over from his mother Arna and made the film ‘Arna’s Children’ about the impact of the Battle of Jenin in 2002 on the children at the drama school.
  • 13.000 children of Gaza reclaimed the world record of Kite flying from China during the UNRWA summer games of 2011.
  • The Arabic folk dance dabkeh is widely performed at weddings and joyous occasions throughout the Levant including Palestine. Palestine’s leading dabkeh dance group is El Funoun El Shabiyeh.
  • Palestine knows a rich literary culture with poets and writers like Tamim Albarghouti,  Samieh Elqasem, and Samieh Shuqair Mureed Barghouti. Contemporary Palestinian literature is often characterized by its heightened sense of irony and the exploration of existential themes and issues of identity, resistance and steadfastness. Famous Palestinian fiction writers are Emile Habibi and Hussein Barghouti. Scholars such as Edward Said, Walid Khalidi and Ghada Karmi excel in non-fiction.
  • Every Palestinian regardless of his educational background is able to quote the poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008). Darwish won numerous international literary awards, including the Dutch Prince Claus Award in 2004, and is regarded as the Palestinian national poet.
  • The famous Lebanese folksinger Marcel Khalife put much of Darwish’ work to music.
  • Darwish’ work was translated into many languages. ‘Waarom heb je het paard alleen gelaten’ was published in 2009 by Uitgeverij de Brouwerij.