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

PALESTINE -  BEYOND CONFLICT AND CLICHÈS
The Danish House in Palestine is facilitating cooperation, dialogue and contacts across Denmark and Palestine. This challenge can only be undertaken from a platform of acknowledging the Palestinian reality - a reality that is inextricably linked to the conflict that has defined the region for more than 60 years. However, fundamentally we do not wish to contribute to a narrative that reduces Palestinians to passive victims.

As staff and organization we exist in a Palestine characterized by creativity, originality and commitment despite difficult and unfair living conditions - not least in the cultural field. This is the starting point for our cross-cultural work. It is clear to us that this focus has resonance among Palestinians who do not recognize themselves in the picture often painted by European politicians and correspondents.

We see injustice but also defiance. We see sacrifices but also hope. We see problems but also potential!

Lone Bildsøe Lassen, Director of the Danish House in Palestine.

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Couch Talk

Walid Nasser from Ayjal Radio and Maysoun Odeh Gangat from Nisaa FM discussed the potential and central challenges for Palestinian media during the Couch Talk THE EAR OF PALESTINE, organised by the Danish House in Palestine.

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Olive Harvest 2015

Do you want to participate in the harvest of Palestinian olives? Would you like to experience Palestinian culture up-close?
 
The Danish House in Palestine would like to invite you to the Olive Harvest 2015 from October 30 to November 7 for Danes of all ages. A unique cultural experience.

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Palestine in the zoom lens

"I believe that great photos grow out of the heart not the head!”
                                                            Samer Hamed, winner of the 24 hours Photo-marathon.

Violent clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli military at settlements and checkpoints, war and internal conflict in Gaza ... International photographers provide daily images from Palestine, and the focus is often violence and conflict. But what themes are in focus when Palestinians themselves are behind the camera?

In an attempt to challenge stereotypes and show a more complex image of Palestinian identity, culture and everyday life the Danish House in Palestine has organized the Palestine Photo-marathon for the fourth year in a row.

Saturday, 2 May 2015 - 101 photo enthusiasts hit the streets of Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Gaza City as participants in the photo competition. For 1, 6, 12 or 24 hours they provided personal and original interpretations of a number of predetermined themes such as Smile you are in Palestine, Frame it and Upside Down.

The many hundreds of photos were assessed by a jury of photographers from Denmark and Palestine, and the winners were announced at a ceremony in the Danish House in Palestine in Ramallah.
The winner of this year's 24-hours Photo-marathon, Samer Hamed from Ramallah, won a trip to Denmark, where he opened the first exhibition of this year's winning pictures in the Danish NGO ActionAid's café, Mellemrummet, in Copenhagen.

The exhibition will be shown across Palestine in the coming months.

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Anne Sofie Bukkehave is 28 years old and has a bachelor's degree in French Studies. Anne Sofie is living in East Jerusalem and has been volunteering through the Danish House in Palestine for six months in the rehabilitation centre "Treatment And Rehabilitation Centre for Victims of Torture" in Ramallah. Here, Anne Sofie has been a working in the organisation’s programme development and fundraising department.
 
READ MORE about Anne Sofie and her experience with volunteering in Palestine on our website

 
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