Wednesday night saw a fusion of world music fill the Khan Al Wakala following a rousing speech, noting the triumph of culture in Nablus despite the daily oppression Palestinians face.

Music Harvest’s band was the first to perform. This group is made up of three Danes and two Brits who were thrown together a week ago and in that short time have collaborated to produce a really enjoyable set. The music was diverse, with its origins in the UK, Denmark and Bulgaria and they also joined with four Palestinian musicians for one piece. Their obvious technical ability combined with great harmonies created a brilliantly rich sound.

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The Nablus Girls’ Choir’s recital was next. This group was founded by the Edward Said Conservatory of Music (ESNCM) in 2013, but is today a part of The Palestinian Girl’s Choir, which was also founded by the ESNCM. It was clear that the girls had been through extensive rehearsals, and their singing was both impressive and emotive.

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From this evening’s leaflet:

“In 1990, a small group of Palestinian musicians came together to look at the situation of music and music education in Palestine. There were many pockets of talent and activity in several genres, including folklore music, Arabic art music and Western classical music, but there was no central body channelling musical talent and strategizing for the future. Recognising this, they decided to establish a music school. Over the next three years, the ground was prepared, and in 1993, the National Conservatory of Music was launched…. Gradually new branches were established: Jerusalem in 1996, Bethlehem in 1997, Nablus in 2010, and in 2012 the Gaza Music School was incorporated, becoming the fifth branch of the Conservatory. Today more than a thousand students are enrolled within the different branches and another three hundred are in children’s choirs.”

This progress mirrors that of the Nablus festival itself and is indicative of the way music can effect change in spite of difficulties. This evening saw musicians from around the world coming together to perform a hugely diverse range of music – this is the very essence of the Nablus Festival.

Organized By
Project Hope Nablus Municipality

Main Sponsors

Ministry of Culture A M Qattan Foundation Al-kamandjati Bank of Palestine
Kia  Trust International Insurance United Motor Trade Palestinian Performing Arts Network
PCP Music Harvest    
An-Najah National University  Nablus Foreningen Stavanger Kommune French Palestine Solidarity Association Amitie Lille-Naplouse
Nedco Ethno Palestine Médecins Sans Frontières Nablus-Initiative Nuremberg Lucky Babe
Dar Al Funoon Al-Yasmeen Hotel MCRC   Abna'a Um Saa'd Forum Nablus Governorate
Boulder Nablus Le Philistin Social Development Center Palestine Festival Of Literature The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music
The Danish House In Palestine Danish Film Institute Filmlab Palatine Representative Office of Denmark Bait Al Sham restaurant and hotel
Najah Broadcasting Channel Nablus Cultural Center Palestinian Cultural Enlightenment Forum Yafa Cultural Center Tariq Al-Mahabe Radio
Zatoun Firefly International Diwan Voyage Karakeeb media production Qusra Municipality
Child Cultural Center Mariam Hashim Center For Culinary Arts Visit Palestine Al Sha'abeya Library Al-Ayyam Press
Dooz Kulturrådet Music Norway PalEvent Hebron Municipality
Saleem Afandi  Aez Hawwa' Nablus Circus School Najah News
Najah Voice Maan News Palestine TV