Since the March Freedom Ride, the Freedom Bus troupe has been busy visiting communities in the West Bank and ’48 Palestine!
Families Interrupted, organized by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, opened at Al-Midan Theatre in Haifa. This event included a photographic exhibition, panel discussion, and performance by the Freedom Bus troupe. The event brought attention to the Israeli Citizenship Law – one of 50 apartheid laws that discriminate against Palestinians with Israeli citizenship. Approximately 200 people attended this event.
The Freedom Bus troupe also took part in M.A.N – Music & Nature. The aim of this festival was to strengthen cultural and artistic exchanges between Palestinians and Syrians in occupied Golan. The event included interactive workshops, theatre, and live music from Arabic bands and artists including Akhir Zafir (Amman), Toot Ard (Golan), Jowan Safadi and Fish Samak (Haifa) and the artists Ala Azzam and Ruba Shamshoum. The Freedom Bus troupe performed Our Sign is the Stone and also used Playback Theatre to enact stories shared by audience members.
Our Sign is the Stone is a production based on testimonies gathered from the village of Nabi Saleh. The play attests to the struggles, sacrifices and steadfastness of Palestinian communities engaged in civil resistance against Israeli practices of land confiscation and discrimination. In addition to its performance at this festival, Our Sign is the Stone was performed four other times reaching over 300 people.
We are so proud of the work the Freedom Bus trope has accomplished in a very short time. Thank you once again for your support! Your gift has meant so much to the growing, dynamic group of artists we work with!! Tomorrow (12 June 2013) is another Bonus Day on GlobalGiving!! All donations made to the Freedom Bus project will be matched at 40%! Don’t miss out! Plan your gift early – matching begins at 9am EDT and we know we can count on you!!