Arts Collaboratory

Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art

Posted on: Thursday 03 August 2017
The Summer Festival of Cultural Activities program was held between 3 - 9 July 2017, bringing together over 30 children from the old city, between ages 9-14, to engage with creative practices and activities at Al Ma'mal's premise in the Old City of Jerusalem. Children joined us from the Terra Santa School and African Community Society every day for 5 consecutive days, taking on visual art workshops with Shada Safadi, sculpting in clay, creating prints, and painting murals, as well as a dance and movement workshop with Bahaa Sous from Al-Harah Theater مسرح الحارة in collaboration with Italian dance company, Choronde Progetto Educativo. In celebration of the festival activities, we held an intimate ceremony for children and their families at the Hakawati National Theatre in Jerusalem on Saturday 8 July 2017, praising the participant's achievements and enjoying special performances featuring Italian guest artists Gek Tessaro and Associazione Sosta Palmizi. On Sunday 9 July we opened the performances to the public, and had a special guest appearance by the Palestinian star, Arab Idol winner Yacoub Shaheen. This project was generously supported by the Consulate General of Italy in Jerusalem.