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.
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 us Palestinians, artistic expression is an integrated part of our struggle for justice, equality and freedom.
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 numerous 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.