In 2016, The Freedom Theatre marks its 10-year anniversary.
Over the past decade we have devoted ourselves to what our co-founder, the late Juliano Mer Khamis, called the ‘Cultural Intifada’ – a movement that harnesses the force of creativity and artistic expression in the quest for freedom, justice and equality.
In celebration of our 10-year milestone, we call on friends and comrades from around the world to join us at The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp and in other key areas of oppression and resistance within occupied Palestine. Our time together will include workshops, performances, cultural activism, networking, discussions, film screenings, guided tours and much more.
The anniversary is divided into three parts: Freedom Ride, Theatre Festival and Workshops, and Cultural Resistance Forum. In addition there will be film screenings, photo and art exhibitions, music performances, guided tours, workshops in theatre and dance, and more.
FREEDOM RIDE, MARCH 21-APRIL 1
A ten-day ride starting in Jenin, continuing to the Jordan Valley, Bethlehem area and South Hebron Hills. Read more.
THEATRE FESTIVAL & CULTURAL RESISTANCE FORUM, APRIL 4-9
The theatre festival and forum will take place in Jenin Refugee Camp and aims to explore the role of cultural resistance within the larger Palestinian popular struggle movement. The forum will center around the concept of cultural resistance in a Palestinian context but taking inspiration from other movements around the world. The festival will present performances by Palestinian theatre companies, including The Siege by The Freedom Theatre, Searching for Handala by Yes Theatre, Confession by Quds Art, Taha by Amer Hlehel, 15 seconds in Gaza by Mo’min Switat and Mish Zabta by The Palestinian Circus School. There will also be a number of workshops given by Palestinian and international theatre specialists, along with photo and art exhibitions, film screenings and much more.
Language: Arabic with English translation.
Please note that all performances except 15 Seconds in Gaza will be in Arabic. Short summaries in English will be provided.
Age: 15 and above.
Read more about the Forum & Festival and find list of speakers and performances.
Program Forum and Festival
10-year anniversary registration form
To attend single days or book tickets for performances, email us. Note that it is necessary to pre-book tickets to all events and performances during the Anniversary. Tickets not collected 15 minutes before the performance starts will be released.
The participation fee is 550 USD for international participants, 550 NIS for local participants. This fee covers accommodation, transport and food during the 10-day ride. Read more here.
THEATRE FESTIVAL & CULTURAL RESISTANCE FORUM**
1) International Supporter Fee
200USD per day, 1000USD for entire 6 days, including accommodation***, food, conference, workshops, screenings and exhibitions. This fee also includes our 10th Anniversary Photography Book as a token of appreciation for your contribution.
2) International Discounted Fee
120USD per day, 650USD for entire 6 days, including accommodation***, food, conference, screenings, exhibitions and workshops.
3) Member of a Friends of The Freedom Theatre Association Fee
80USD per day, 400USD for entire 6 days including accommodation***, food, conference, screenings, exhibitions and workshops.
4) Day Pass Fee
50USD per day, 250USD for entire 6 days including conference, screenings, exhibitions, workshops, lunch and dinner. No accommodation provided.
5) Local Fee
50NIS per day, 250NIS for entire 6 days including food, conference, screenings, exhibitions and workshops. No accommodation provided.
The fee is paid through bank transfer or via PayPal. All details here: www.thefreedomtheatre.org/one-time-donation.
*An administrative non-refundable registration fee of 50USD will be charged in addition to the above. This fee is not applicable for local participants.
*The fees above are for payments carried out by bank transfer. We will charge an extra fee of 50NIS if payment is made in cash. This fee is not applicable for local participants.
**For Freedom Ride participants a 20% discount will be given on the Theatre Festival and Forum fee options above.
Standard accommodation is in shared dormitories with shared toilets and showers.
For 3-star hotel accommodation an extra fee of 25USD per night will be charged.
For 4-star hotel accommodation an extra fee of 50USD per night will be charged.
The theatre festival & cultural resistance forum will take place in Jenin and Jenin refugee camp, occupied Palestine. The Freedom Ride will start in Jenin and move between communities in the Jordan Valley, Bethlehem and South Hebron Hills.
TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM JENIN
Pick-up from Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, for up to four persons (each way): 150USD. For larger groups please contact us for special arrangements.
Note: For every hour of waiting at the airport the driver will charge an additional 15USD.
Pick-up from northern Jordanian border, for up to four persons (each way): 125USD. For larger groups please contact us for special arrangements.
Note: For every hour of waiting at the border the driver will charge an additional 15USD.
VOLUNTEER DURING THE ANNIVERSARY
We are looking for copywriters, social media specialists and translators during the Anniversary. We are also in need of people to help us with logistics, hosting and documentation during the Festival and Forum. If you have ideas of how you can contribute, please contact us!
CONTRIBUTE TO THE ANNIVERSARY
As a non-profit organisation, The Freedom Theatre depends on financial support from individuals and foundations around the world. That support is absolutely essential to our ability to make art where art is most needed. The Anniversary is no exception, and so we appreciate any contribution that you can make! Make a donation here.
10-year anniversary registration form.