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...
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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Dec 21, 2013

There is still some time left to spice up those holiday gifts and make eyes sparkle near and far!!

The Freedom Bus Team working their magic!
The Freedom Bus Team working their magic!

First things first - a huge THANK YOU and many, many big virtual hugs to all of you from The Freedom Theatre and Freedom Bus team!! So far we have raised $930 USD in December, bringing us closer to our goal of $3,000 needed to ensure that 2014 will see even greater Cultural Resistance brought to communities throughout the Occupied Territories of Palestine!

As Shakespeare aptly put it - "All the world's a stage", and we are so very lucky to count the greatest cast amongst our supporters - you. Thank you for playing a leading role on our stage by supporting us so generously!

There is still some time left to spice up those holiday gifts with the gift of giving!

And even better – you can make your contribution count that extra bit more, since all monthly recurring donations signed up new during the time in between the 20th of December all the way up until the 31st of December will be matched by Global Giving!!

There are so many ways of making an impact, touching someone's life and being an assertive member of our global community, to name only a few:

  • Donate in memory of someone special!
  • Make a contribution to honor your personal human rights hero!
  • Surprise a friend or loved one with the ultimate gift of giving - make a tribute donation in their name!
  • Or simply take the opportunity to give back in this time of giving - why not pamper yourself by making a donation just for yourself!

Donating isn't just about giving money, but giving a voice to those who need to be heard, as well as ears and eyes to a world that needs to see; it means enabling change; it's writing history.

With your help during this past year, The Freedom Bus was able to reach many communities at risk; and from volunteers rolling up their sleeves and re-building huts, over storytelling sessions with children, on to making people feel that they are heard and their stories matter through playback theatre events - Cultural Resistance has never been a greater success!

Your efforts and donations create something unique and truly special, be it in your own name or that of someone you hold dear.

                        "Nothing is as sublime and powerful

                                  than an idea whose time has come."

                                                    ~ Victor Hugo

Find further below the full report on all Freedom Theatre projects and see for yourself all the wonderful progress that you have made possible, as well as some sneak peeks into our vision for the New Year and the road ahead! So much to look forward to and we are excited to have you onboard!

This is the perfect time to reflect on the previous year, count your blessings and bruises, cherish the important people in your life and remember those less fortunate.

Much love and the Happiest of Holidays wherever you are! Thanks for taking action!

Yours truly,

The Freedom Theatre Team

With love and gratitude!
With love and gratitude!
The Freedom Bus - Enabling Cultural Resistance
The Freedom Bus - Enabling Cultural Resistance
Together we can achieve anything.
Together we can achieve anything.

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Dec 16, 2013

The Freedom Theatre's magic (un)wrapped - The power of YOU!

Storytelling at its best.
Storytelling at its best.

How often do we ask ourselves just how much difference we can really make? Here is to the power of YOU, and the world of a difference you make.

Whilst you are familiar with most of the inspiring and sublime work The Freedom Theatre is doing, and whilst some of you might even have visited us in beautiful Jenin -  how much do you know about who is behind all those magnificent and life-changing projects? Who is pulling the strings to make the magic happen? About time you found out and so we figured, it's time for a little "behind the scenes" update! And even if you don't have a chance to come to Jenin - this is The Freedom Theatre coming to you!

   “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.”

                  ~ Alphonse Karr 

Today I proudly present a very special rose - Fidaa Ataya, our very talented, outstanding Storyteller and Drama Pedagogue at The Freedom Theatre.

Fidaa is a one in a million talent, she mesmerizes not only children but even any grown-up around! She captivates her young audience like no other and for the duration of her performances everybody finds themselves whisked away into a magical world of wondrous and engaging stories...

Anyone who is lucky enought to see Fidaa in action will find themselves not too surprised after all, that a wonderful place such as Palestine, filled with so many deserving children  should have their very own Mary Poppins!

Through art and through story, children can see, that aside from the way of power, there are other ways to see the world. Those who oppress us and make us feel fear, feel fear themselves. It's an image of wholeness through which we begin to be free. And for about one hour children are exactly just that - children.

By supporting The Freedom Theatre, you are enabling people like Fidaa to not only live out her passion and pursue her dream, but work her magic from which so many children benefit. And given that you are a highly esteemed supporter, you should be VERY proud and give yourself a big round of applause!!

Fidaa is one of the many shining stars and wonders that The Freedom Theatre harbours, for more pictures of her work and the stories of our other projects, connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to be sure you won't miss the latest updates!
 
Donate today, be part of and contribute to happy endings and new chapters!
 
Much love as always,
The Freedom Theatre Team
The audience is loving every minute of it!
The audience is loving every minute of it!
We will never forget.
We will never forget.
Hakawati is very popular, a true crowd magnet!
Hakawati is very popular, a true crowd magnet!

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