Palfest Ireland is a festival of Irish artists who are acting to raise awareness to the continuing plight of the people of Palestine. It will take the form of a series of events around Dublin, including talks, music, theatre, film and exhibitions.
Some of the highlights of the event are listed below along with a timetable of events, but if you want to know more, go to their website here.
PALFEST IRELAND 8-11 July
– Almost 50 free events including plays and theatre –
Headline events of PalFest Ireland include:
- Talk by Dr. Mads Gilbert, the Norwegian surgeon and humanitarian who worked in Al Shifa Hospital during the bombardment of Gaza last summer. 7pm O’Reilly Theatre, Fri 10th July.
- Performance of ‘Seven Jewish Children’ by Caryl Churchill in the Abbey Theatre 9.45pm Fri 10th July, followed by Dr. Mads Glibert giving The Noble Call from the Abbey stage.
- Photographic exhibition in FilmBase 7th-9th July including Palestinian photographer Fatin al-Tamimi, photographer Ann Paq and an exhibition of photographs by children of Gaza created by Algerian photographer Asmaa Seba.
- Talk by journalist David Sheen, former editor of Israel newspaper Haaretz, on the racism inherent in the Israeli system of governance. O’Reilly Theatre 8pm, Wed 8th July.
- Liberty4Palestine concert with Kila, Tig Linn, Ruba Shamshoum, Honor Heffernan & Trevor Knight and Cormac Breathnach, Liberty Hall 8pm Sat 11th July.
- Film screening in the Ireland Institute Pearse Street 4pm Fri 10th July of the Oscar nominated Palestinian documentary ‘Five Broken Cameras’.
- Film screening of the highly-acclaimed international hit Open Bethlehem, with writer/director Leila Sansour in attendance, in The O’Reilly Theatre, 4pm Sat 11th July.
- New theatre piece ‘We Are Rachel Corrie’, based on the US human rights defender killed by an Israeli army bulldozer while defending a Palestinian house from demolition in 2005.
- Cast includes Mary Murray (Love/Hate), Sorcha Furlong (Fair City), Rachael Dowling, Maeve Fitzgerald with original music by Ellen Cranitch.
- Play ‘Bitterenders’ by London-based Irish-Palestinian playwright Hannah Khalid, directed by Jeda De Bri, cast includes Áine Ní Mhuirí (Ballykissangel) and Michael Bates (Fair City). 1pm The New Theatre, Thurs 9th July, with playwright in attendance.
- Blues for Palestine, with Karan Casey, and screening of film by 16-year-old Anraí Carroll, ‘Small Hands In Handcuffs’, Counihans Cork, 9pm Fri 10th July.
- ‘Foot’, a play by Palestinian playwright Ismail Khalidi, that deals with the killing of Palestinian midfielder Tariq Al Quto in 2006. In association with SARI, Dalymount Park Members’ Lounge, directed by Michael James Ford 2pm Sat 11th July.
There will also be plays, dance events, music gigs, film screenings, poetry events, storytelling nights, and children’s art workshops at many venues in Dublin and throughout Ireland.
Information: http://www. palfestireland.net
Click on image below for timetable of events for each day –