Bethlehem Unwrapped brings together a rich and eclectic programme of culture. Tickets for all events are available HERE.
ART – December 23rd 6pm: ‘Unwrapped’ – Opening ceremony featuring unveiling of major art installation in St James’s Courtyard, broadcast message from Holy Land Trust director Sami Awad in Bethlehem, and opening of children’s art exhibition from Bethlehem, ‘All They Paint is the Wall’. Un-ticketed, free event
POETRY – December 29th 7.30pm: ‘Slammed Up’ – an evening of slam poetry in the key of freedom, with 2012 World Slam champion Harry Baker, Rafeef Ziadah, Zia Ahmed, Bridget Minamore & Dizraeli. More info here and to buy tickets click here.
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COMEDY – December 30th 7.30pm: ‘Stand Up Against the Wall’ – comedy with BBC comedy star & Independent columnist Mark Steel, the renowned Jeremy Hardy, Hampstead Comedy Club host Ivor Dembina (****The Guardian), Andy Zaltzman (“Breathtakingly good” Time Out) & Dave Cohen (“Smart & very funny” Huffington Post UK)
FILM – Jan 2nd 7.30pm: ‘Jeremy Hardy vs the Israeli Army’ – comedy doc following News Quiz veteran Jeremy Hardy on a hair-raising path through the Second Intifada. Palestinian film-maker and Bethlehem resident Leila Sansour will participate in a Q&A after the screening. (“Outstanding … riveting” **** Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)
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CUISINE – Jan 3rd 7.30pm: Bethlehem Feast – Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi present a Bethlehem Christmas dinner, raising funds for Holy Land Trust’s ‘Future Peacemakers’ appeal. A unique opportunity for a truly seasonal feast in the presence of the masters of Middle Eastern cuisine. Come prepared for after-dinner dancing, led by Palestinian dance troupe Al-Zaytouna! Presented by Zaytoun CIC and Rocket Food.
PANEL – Jan 4th 8pm: ‘Both sides of the Barrier – Separation or Security?’ – speakers include Jeff Halper, founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), John Lyndon, director of One Voice Europe, Leila Sansour, Bethlehem resident, film-maker and founder of Open Bethlehem and Alan Johnson, Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre. Chaired by David Loyn, BBC foreign correspondent.