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!!
Since our very first #GivingTuesday participation, which was a great success, we have come a whopping $615, 00 closer to our December goal of $3,000, even better, a new monthly donor has joined our ranks and our hearts are bursting with gratitude! Thank YOU for being the greatest supporters anyone can hope for!
All children and youth should be a part of society. Not apart from society. Everyone deserves a chance to pursue their dream, and that’s why we have created a space where they can realize their full potential – and then some.
As the cultural (resistance) hub of northern Occupied Palestine, we do no less but produce some of the world’s finest future actors, writers, photographers and film makers. Nowhere else is art this close to the pulse of history and its making.
Armed with words and creativity, we combat oppression and occupation by means of resistance at its best – transformed into culture by means of theatre and film making.
Every contribution matters, be an ambassador and tell people around you about us and our mission and of course, keep supporting us with donations that help us enable those beautiful young minds to create wonderful and world changing art – every little helps and goes a long way – with tangible goals and clear results we make a great investment into the future.
Join us and vicariously (culturally) resist oppression and injustice through us by donating one-off or monthly. Every recurring donation will be rewarded with an original Freedom Theatre t-shirt that will make any Christmas Jumper fade with envy!
THANK YOU for being a much valued member of The Freedom Theatre and Freedom Bus family!
The Freedom Theatre team
P.S. In this festive season of lights, now is the perfect time to make a gift in honor of the people who are the lights in your life.
What do Linkin Park, Oxfam and Penelope Cruz in common?
They all support #GivingTuesday! Now it’s your turn go join The Freedom Theatre in being part of the conversation!
With about 2,500 participating charities, foundations, corporations as well as countless individual volunteers, #GivingTuesday is already the day that marks a big global movement in solidarity of those in need. People will volunteer whilst charities will offer special events and incentives in order to raise money for their causes.
We at The Freedom Theatre are celebrating our very own #GivingTuesday premier and you are invited to be a part of it. We truly value your support.
It is our goal to reach a minimum of 3,000 USD worth of donations to support The Freedom Theatre’s initiative the Freedom Bus, the troupe that will guided by Ben Rivers continue their fantastic work with marginalized Palestinian communities. The Freedom Bus team will continue to use playback theatre and other forms of cultural resistance from which all participants, Palestinian and international, have benefitted so greatly. Read more about playback theatre here.
We are also looking for a very special kind of contribution – pictures! This is your chance to put a face to a name to a donation! Surprise us with an “UNselfie” – the ultimate unselfish selfie!
Take a picture of yourself (or get someone to do it for you) with you holding a sign that carries a message and post it either on your own or on our facebook page [insert link], tag The Freedom Theatre along with #GivingTuesday and #UNselfie. We want you to show your face and give us a piece of your mind!
#GivingTuesday will be a great day and it will be even greater with you taking part – so what will you give?
Have the holidays completely taken you by surprise just like every year? Trying to figure out unique gifts that will make an impact? Presence instead of presents is the new black - for gifts that are unique, and look, feel as well as sound great you are in the right place!
Let us help you out and give you this remarkable opportunity to impress your colleagues, friends and loved ones with a truly special gift. A gift that keeps giving.
Actors, activists, bloggers, musicians, scholars, writers, photographers, community members – volunteers from all over the world have come onboard the famous Freedom Bus to support communities at risk.
Last year, the project organized two Freedom Rides through Occupied Palestine that included improvised theatre performances, drama workshops, live music events, Hakawati (traditional storytelling), protective presence activity and building work. Side by side, armed with mud-bricks and solidarity, houses and people were built up again, stories were shared and lasting alliances were built that know no human-made border.
Next year, we want to get on the road again. The 2014 March Freedom Ride will join residents of the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills who are at risk of forced expulsion from their ancestral homelands. The March Freedom Ride will include building and reconstruction work, guided walks, interactive workshops, political actions and cultural events. Through Playback Theatre, residents of the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills will also share personal accounts about the realities of life and struggle under Israeli occupation and oppression.
By supporting this one-of-a-kind project of The Freedom Theatre, you are not wrapping presents this year – but indeed presence. And how often don’t we wish for a chance to do so? Make your mark in this world and donate, confident in the knowledge that you have truly made a difference to somebody's life.
Your contribution will help secure that the work of the Freedom Bus will continue and reach thousands of children, youth and adults - fostering community health through sharing of stories and building solidarity worldwide. Through this project and its various activities YOU will directly contribute to the promotion of human rights and fight against discrimination and oppression. Regular updates, pictures and stories will ensure you know exactly just how far your contribution is going.
Giving looks good on you!
The Freedom Bus team
November is the time of the year we count our blessings and reflect on all the things we are grateful for.
We at The Freedom Theatre and the Freedom Bus team feel grateful for... well - YOU!
We would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for your generous donations and ceaseless efforts during this past year. Your contribution matters and has made a lasting difference!
Features like volunteer work, solidarity stays in communities at risk and cultural events with live music, hakawati (traditional storytelling) and Playback Theatre, where a troupe of actors and musicians invite stories from community members and transform each account into a piece of improvised theatre, have made the Freedom Bus movement that has engaged thousands in occupied Palestine so successful and well known throughout the world.
Links of solidarity and friendship have been created that transcend any human-made border. This project is one of a kind and thanks to your support, it has grown beyond what we have every dared to hope for!
To witness more of the small and the bigger miracles that are achieved through your efforts and donations, to keep up-to-date with the latest and, most importantly, to ensure you are onboard for the journey ahead - sign up for our regular newsletter (www.thefreedomtheatre.org), visit us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thefreedombus) and follow the Freedom Bus on Twitter (#FreedomBusPal)!
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