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Ramallah, March 2017
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A VOICE ACROSS – NEWSLETTER FROM THE DANISH HOUSE

KNOW YOUR HISTORY
The value of knowing your own history is indisputable.

It is therefore encouraging to see a recent string of initiatives aimed at better preserving and documenting Palestine history.

One example is a new online teaching resource on the Palestinian national liberation movement in the 1950s to 1970s, made in collaboration between the University of Oxford, scholars from Palestinian universities, and others.

The Danish House is pushing the same agenda.

This spring, in cooperation with Palestinian research institution Al-Rowat, we have a book coming out with testimonies from five Palestinians who lived through the 1948 displacement, edited by acclaimed Palestinian writer Dr. Faiha Abdulhadi.

Dr. Abdulhadi will also join us here at the Danish House on the 22nd of March for a Couch Talk on Palestinian Oral History. We hope to see everyone interested in this important topic.

Our Oral History project is one of many Danish House activities covered in this newsletter, which is our first of 2017.

Enjoy the read.

Lone Bildsøe Lassen, director, the Danish House in Palestine
 
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PALESTINIAN TEXTILE DESIGN ON DISPLAY IN COPENHAGEN

On March 18 and 19, the Danish House will host an exhibition of Palestinian textile design at the VESS gallery in Copenhagen.

The exhibition will show work of eight female Palestinian textile designers who are part of the long-term Danish House project, "Design in Context".

The project aims to empower Palestinian designers and craftswomen creatively and economically. 

At the exhibition, you can get an insight into the women's design process throughout the project. You can also see their latest collection and buy or order products.

READ MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
COUCH TALK ON ORAL HISTORY 

On March 22, at 6pm, the Danish House will host a couch talk about Palestinian Oral History. 

Oral history is a way of bringing history to life. Stories are gathered through research and then mediated through books, theatre etc. The aim is to preserve and document history and cultural heritage. 

The couch talk panel will include writer Dr. Faiha Abdulhadi (photo), film researcher Asma Kilani and narrator Fatmeh Karajeh.

The couch talk is part of our Oral History Project. Later this year, as part of the same project, we have a book coming out with testimonies from five Palestinians who lived through the 1948 displacement. The book is edited by Dr. Faiha Abdulhadi.

The Oral History project is a collaboration between Al-Rowat for Studies and Research, Dr. Faiha Abdulhadi and the Danish House.

READ MORE ABOUT THE COUCH TALK HERE
DANISH CHILDREN'S BOOK HIT SHELVES IN PALESTINE

These weeks, Danish children's book Dumme Lili [Silly Lili] is reaching new readers among Palestinian children. The book, written by Mette Vedsø and Stine Illum, is being distributed to libraries across Palestine in an Arabic translation.

On March 20, at 4pm, the publication will be officially launched at an event at the Tamer Institute in Ramallah. Follow us on Facebook for details.

The publication is part of our Children's Literature project, a collaboration between the Tamer Institute, Danish publisher Jensen & Dalgaard and the Danish House. The project also includes a Danish translation of an Arabic children's book, scheduled for publication later this year.
VOLUNTEERS WENT HIKING
 
In February, the Danish House invited Danish volunteers in Palestine for a hiking trip in the beautiful Al-Makhrour valley.

The hike included a visit to the old village of Battir and a traditional Palestinian lunch at the Hosh Al-Yasmine organic farm.

The volunteers are working at human rights organisations, refugee camps and media organisations in the West Bank. 
 
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"WE SUPPORT THE CHILDREN IN EVERYTHING THEY DO"

Earlier this year, Dalia Noah (right) and Asma Rahimi volunteered at the Jasmine Charitable Society, a care and rehabilitation centre for children with special needs, located in the West Bank city of Al-Bireh.

At the centre, they assisted children with everyday activities like gymnastics and drawing.

”We support the children in everything they do, because there’s a lot of things they can’t do on their own. For example we have a girl with an autism disorder. She can’t focus on drawing, so we guide her a little by holding her hand and showing her how to draw, and then she will begin on her own,” Dalia said during their stay.

Dalia and Asma’s stay in Palestine was facilitated by MS ActionAid Denmark, the Danish House and the Jasmine Charitable Society.

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DANISH HOUSE GENERAL MEETING ON MARCH 18TH

It's time for the annual general meeting for the association behind the Danish House in Palestine.

The general meeting will include presentations by Danish House board member Sam Bahour and Danish House director Lone Bildsøe Lassen. Election of new board members is also on the agenda.

The event will take place at Fælledvej 12 in Copenhagen's Nørrebro district, on March 18 at 11am. All members of the Danish House, who have paid 2017 membership fee, have access.

If you would like to become a member of the Danish House, please fill out this form.
IN THE WORDS OF A PALESTINIAN – INTERVIEW WITH MARINA BARHAM

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.


Marina Barham, born 1963, is co-founder and general director of Al-Harah Theater, a non-profit organisation based in the town of Beit Jala near Bethlehem on the West Bank. She holds an MA in Teaching English as a second and foreign language from the Warwick University in the United Kingdom.

"[Theatre] creates a space where people feel safe enough to speak about difficult issues. This empowers them, gives them more confidence and opens up their minds, their dreams and their views of life. It makes them relate to other people more and gives them tools to become active members of the community. When your character becomes stronger, then you have more confidence to stand up for what you believe in. Then you start changing not only yourself, but also people around you, and the impact continues."

READ FULL INTERVIEW
 
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