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...
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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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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