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Ramallah, September 2015
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A VOICE ACROSS - NEWSLETTER FROM THE DANISH HOUSE

FIVE YEARS STATEMENT - IN PALESTINE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SEPERATE CULTURE AND POLITICAL CONTEXT
When you are living and working in Palestine it is simply impossible to separate culture and political context. A series of concerts were recently cancelled because the musicians were denied entry. Street art and graffiti is driven by ideology and more often than not painted directly on the so-called ‘separation wall’ – the word Palestine is in itself a political statement, even in the area of culture,” says Director for the Danish House in Palestine Lone Bildsøe Lassen in a press release on September 17. The press release went out in Danish only but see: SHORT UPDATE FROM THE DANISH REPRESENTATION
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DHIP EVENT august 9th  

The classical violinist Peter Sulski gave a concert at The Danish House in Palestine. Peter has been the head of strings of the national Palestinian Conservatory and a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for many years. 


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DHIP 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

More than 100 people showed up to celebrate the 5th anniversary of The Danish House in Palestine. Speeches were held by Director Lone Bildsøe Lassen, Palestinian ambassador in Denmark Mufeed Shami, and Danish Representative Anders Tang Friborg, and music was provided by musician Mahmoud Awad.

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LIVING HISTORY

During the first week of September the living history theater play ’Living Stones’ was performed in old houses in four Palestinian villages. Palestinian actresses Faten Khoury and Shaden Salem, Danish actress Emilie Juul Simonsen, and Palestinian musician Mahmoud Awad was the cast behind the performances.

“The idea behind Living History is to recreate history and tell the stories of old Palestinian houses and families. So when people watch the performances they will feel the history of Palestinians and they will be aware of the Palestinians’ right to their own country”, says Sahar Soufan, Project Coordinator on Living History.

“A woman from the old city in Birzeit told me that when she saw the performance she felt at home, because the performance reflected the life of the old generation. When she watched the performance tears ran from her eyes as she was reminded of her life back then, before the war of 1967 and before the intifadas. She remembered how it used to be a normal place inhabited by a regular people living a regular everyday life,” says Sahar.

“So, I think living history is an important project. When you see these reactions you know that you made your point and you have reached your audience.”


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DHIP EVENT september 27th

Screening of the anti-occupation film “LIFE IS WAITING: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara” followed by a Skype discussion with the film co-producer Salah Abdelahe.

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IN THE WORDS OF A PALESTINIAN

Palestinian reality is debated across the globe. However, often by international academics, journalists and politicians. The Danish House in Palestine has invited a number of Palestinians representing different outlooks and areas of expertise to share their perspectives.


“In order to discuss the Palestinian economy it is important to understand the context it exists in. Our economy has been forced into a structural dependency on the larger Israeli economy since the beginning of the occupation in 1967. 

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