Who We Are
The Freedom Theatre is a community-based theatre and cultural centre in Jenin Refugee Camp, occupied Palestine. Convinced that the arts have a crucial role to play in building a free and healthy society, The Freedom Theatre offers a unique programme of activities in performing arts and multimedia, including acting, psychodrama, playback theatre, filmmaking, photography and creative writing.
Culture as Resistance
Although The Freedom Theatre’s focus is on theatre and visual arts, we do not take a neutral position on the issue of Israeli apartheid, colonization, occupation and military rule. Nor do we turn a blind eye to the violation of human rights in general or the rights of women and children in particular.
For the oppressed, the arts have always been and will always be a powerful tool against the oppressors. For the Palestinian people, artistic expression is an integrated part of the struggle for justice, equality and freedom.
The Freedom Theatre is developing a vibrant and creative artistic community in the northern part of the West Bank. While emphasising professionalism and innovation, the aim of the theatre is also to empower youth and women in the community and to explore the potential of arts as an important catalyst for social change. Continue reading
The Freedom Theatre draws its inspiration from a unique project, Care and Learning, run by Arna Mer Khamis, which used theatre and art to address the chronic fear, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder experienced by children in Jenin Refugee Camp. The Freedom Theatre was established in 2006 by among others Arna’s son Juliano Mer Khamis. Continue reading
Jenin Refugee Camp
The Freedom Theatre operates in Jenin Refugee Camp, which is among the most severely affected areas by decades of Israeli occupation and internal conflicts. Jenin camp is largely isolated – culturally, economically and politically. This sense of isolation runs deep within the camp and particularly affects the young generation.
The Freedom Theatre plays an important role in strengthening resilience and contravening feelings of apathy and hopelessness by contributing to enriching cultural life in Jenin camp and its surroundings. Since The Freedom Theatre opened its doors in 2006, culture and the arts have been brought back to centre stage in the community. More than 100 000 aspiring artists, spectators, visitors and friends have come together in the theatre to engage, perform, create and excel. Making quality a primary aim, The Freedom Theatre has staged several professional theatre productions and published numerous books, photography exhibitions and short films. Through professional training within the fields of theatre and multimedia The Freedom Theatre has substantially increased local artistic capacity and developed an extensive network of partners and supporters in Occupied Palestine and throughout the world.