The Freedom Theatre

The Freedom Theatre is developing a vibrant and creative artistic community in the northern part of the West Bank. While emphasising professionalism and innovation, the aim of the theatre is also to empower youth and women in the community and to explore the potential of arts as an important catalyst for social change. Through its work, The Freedom Theatre aims to: - Raise the quality of performing arts and cinema in the area. - Offer a space in which children and youth can act, create and express themselves freely, imagining new realities and challenging existing social and cultural barriers. - Empower the young generation to use the arts to promote positive change in their community. - B...
Mar 6, 2014

10 Days counting down - The Freedom Ride 2014!!

The countdown is on - only 10 days left!
The countdown is on - only 10 days left!

In ten days from today we will be setting out on our March Freedom Ride 2014!! To join us from afar, connect with us on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thefreedombus) for daily updates on our progress and latest news!

To make sure that both volunteers and locals get the most out of this amazing endeavour, we have gone to visit some of the communities and created an itinerary for our two-week journey through occupied Palestine, which can be viewed on our website!

And having been lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the great things to come, I can assure you that if you are part of this year's group, you are in for a special treat. Different activities, walks through breathtaking landscapes, work with local communities and children, cultural events in the evenings that will make you want to never leave this country again…

It all adds up to a memorable and unique stay here in beautiful Palestine - and what better way to learn about the impacts of apartheid and occupation than to actively contribute to putting an end to them?

The souvenir you will take with you will be the smiles you are bound to put on children's faces, the unforgettable stories and fates shared during our playback theatre performances and the great new friends you will make for life.

Ready for it? We can't wait to welcome you here in the refugee camp of Jenin to prepare for what we already know will be an epic journey of discovery. Welcome onboard the Freedom Bus!

The Freedom Bus is still happy to welcome last-minute guests on board, and of course you can always be part through those vital donations which enable us to make a real difference to people's lives in the occupied territories of Palestine.

Ma’a salama from Jenin camp!

At-Tuwani, South Hebron Hills
At-Tuwani, South Hebron Hills
Dealing with the reality of occupation every day
Dealing with the reality of occupation every day
Feb 11, 2014

Welcome onboard The Freedom Bus 2014! Be our Valentine!

The Freedom Bus crew in action!
The Freedom Bus crew in action!

As-salam wa alaykum and hello from beautiful Jenin!

I hope this finds you well and the new year is still living up to all its promises!

It's an exciting time to be a supporter of the Freedom Bus: in little over one month, on the 17th of March, people from around the world and across occupied Palestine are setting out on what will be a historic Freedom Ride in the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills. The March Freedom Ride will include interactive cultural events, workshops and guided walks. In communities subjected to home demolitions and settler violence, we will also engage in reconstruction work and protective presence activity.

The central feature of the March Freedom Ride remains the use of Playback Theatre. A troupe of Palestinian actors and musicians will invite stories from the audience and transform each account into a piece of improvised theatre.  

 

See photos and read statements from previous FreedomRide participants here.

 

The Freedom Bus is still taking participants - if you are interested you can register here or alternatively contact our co-ordinator Mashhor Affaneh (mashhor@thefreedomtheatre.org) for further information. Trust us, you don't want to miss this ride!

If you are unable to attend in person but wish to boost your support for the Freedom Bus - just in time for Valentine's Day, on the 12th of February, GlobalGiving will double the love that is sent to us and match donations received on the date!

Valentine's Day would be even more filled with love by a donation in the name of that special someone, or why not your favorite human rights hero. Those Valentine's chocolates will taste even sweeter and those flowers smell even better when presented along with a GlobalGiving gift card for the Freedom Bus!

Spread the word - all love shared through a donation multiplies like light shining through facettes of a diamond - it will reach so many people in so many different ways!

For more details and updates throughout the upcoming Freedom Ride, check out The Freedom Bus Facebook profile or follow us on Twitter: #FreedomBusPal.

 

Thank you again for your support, it enables us to make a real difference. We hope to welcome you aboard the Freedom Bus this March!

 

Best wishes and a love-filled Valentine's Day to you!

 

The Freedom Theatre Team
Through the barricades... in Nablus
Through the barricades... in Nablus
"A deeply moving and eye-opening experience..."
"A deeply moving and eye-opening experience..."

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Dec 31, 2013

A Happy and Brave New Year! Read the story of your success and greater things to come!

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

The countdown is officially running – in only a few hours the world will slowly begin to spin its way into the New Year – time after time zone!

On behalf of The Freedom Theatre and Freedom Bus team I wish you all a Happy Brave New Year! With courage, strength, health and lots of happiness – may the very best of the past year be the worst of that to come!

During this past month we have received contributions of $1,260.00 – this includes gift cards and recurring donations – THANK YOU for supporting us so generously we are truly blessed with so many great supporters of Cultural Resistance!

Whilst 2013 has been an incredible year for The Freedom Bus, we intend to make 2014 even greater – your ongoing support will enable us to keep up the good work and do even better!

For a full reflection on the past year as well as some first sneak previews on things to come, visit our website where you can also sign up for our newsletter and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates and further details on all our projects. Also check out the video in this message that captures the 2013 Freedom Ride and see for yourself that every donation truly is a great investment.

"Others need to know the truth that unjust situations do not happen to nameless people. They happen to human beings with names and lives and emotions – people of flesh and blood… How do you end injustice if you don’t understand what injustice does? Or how can you end injustice if you don’t feel what injustice does?"

~ Sa’ed, Nablus

Your contribution will help The Freedom Theatre continue to reach thousands of children, youth and adults in Occupied Palestine and supporters/volunteers around the globe – creating cultural resistance and building solidarity worldwide. If you choose to become a monthly donor to The Freedom Theatre/Freedom Bus, you ensure that we can continue to foster the next generation of revolutionary artists in Palestine.

HAPPY NEW YEAR and thank you for your generosity! It means the world to us and all the women, men, girls and boys that are involved in The Freedom Theatre/Freedom Bus.

We are looking forward to celebrating new achievements with you in 2014!

Much love,

The Freedom Bus and Freedom Theatre Team

The Island - internationally acclaimed performance
The Island - internationally acclaimed performance
Clowns without borders on tour with us!
Clowns without borders on tour with us!
The source of inspriation!
The source of inspriation!

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