A festival of Bethlehem at Christmas
St James’s Piccadilly, London. December 23rd 2013 – January 5th 2014
Through music, food, art, poetry, debate and more Bethlehem Unwrapped goes behind the romanticised Christmas card images of the ancient city to show what life is like for people in Bethlehem today. The festival celebrates the culture and stories of those living behind the wall and their work for peace. Hope, humour and humanity are reflected throughout the programme, which brings together renowned musician and composer Nigel Kennedy, chefs Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi, comedians Mark Steel and Jeremy Hardy, activist and speaker Jeff Halper, actor Adjoa Andoh, film-maker Leila Sansour, video artist Larissa Sansour, writer and speaker Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, slam poets Harry Baker and Rafeef Ziadah and more.
Thanks to all those who joined us for the launch at 6pm on December 23rd for the unveiling of the wall, our major interactive art installation. To find out about the rest of the exciting programme click here and watch the launch day video here.
If you can’t join us in person to add your message to the wall, join with us online on Twitter or Facebook, using the hashtag #AtTheWall to send your own messages of peace. We are excited to explore Bethlehem with you this Christmas.
All net proceeds of the Bethlehem Unwrapped festival will be donated to Amos Trust’s ‘Future Peacemakers’ Appeal, supporting the work of the Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem http://www.holylandtrust.org http://www.amostrust.org
“The most unhelpful thing you can do is be pro one side; it just adds to the conflict. We have to not only understand those people who are oppressing us, but try to walk in their shoes, and ultimately to really engage with what it means to love our enemies.”
- Sami Awad, Director, Holy Land Trust
Amos Trust, a human rights organisation (reg.charity 292592) based in London, is the UK partner of Holy Land Trust.