Category Archives: Past events

Palestinian cultural events during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Exhibition about Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour, Tuesday, 16th August, 2-4pm, outside Usher Hall, Lothian Road
Drop-in exhibition about Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour, who was imprisoned by the Israeli military for posting poetry on Facebook with the word ‘resistance’.
Alrowwad: Beautiful Resistance
Tuesday, 16th August, 6-7 pm, St John’s Church
Edinburgh EH2 4BJ

The Beautiful Resistance promotes human rights through creative and non-violent responses to the armed occupation of Palestine. Meet Dr Abdelfattah Abusrour, founder of the Beautiful Resistance and architect of Alrowwad Cultural Association in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem.

Using art, dance, music and film to break the cycle of violence and oppression experienced by young people daily, programmes promote recovery from trauma, build resilience and hope and preserve the dignity of those living with the harsh realities of life under armed occupation. Hear Dr Abusrour’s story and savour traditional Dabka dance and song performed by Alrowwad’s young artists.

The first event is an exhibition Tuesday 16th August, from 2 – 4pm about the Palestinian poet, Dareen Tatour, who was imprisoned by the Israeli military for posting poetry on Facebook using the word ‘resistance’.   The drop-in exhibition on Dareen’s work and experience of cultural resistance will be found in a white gazebo on Lothian Rd in the area in front of the Usher Hall.
Cafe Palestine at the Fringe
Monday 22nd August to Friday, 26th August.
60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ

Young Palestinian performers from Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem, will come together with Fringe favourites and surprise guests for this unique review show. Featuring the Alrowwad Youth Theatre’s take on traditional Palestinian dabka dance and a changing roster of well-known comedians and musicians from the Artists for Palestine UK network. It will also include interviews on life in the refugee camp and Alrowwad’s response to it – beautiful resistance, film footage and a call to action. Produced by Justin Butcher and Amos Trust.

See for details of venues, times and ticket purchases

Gaza – Photography in Dark Times | Network of Photographers for Palestine – Exhibition, 5th to 28th August, St Jon’s Church Edinburgh EH2 4BJ

What does it do to the creative spirit to live under a blockade? For nine years now Gaza has had to endure the most severe deprivations – of food, medical supplies, electricity, and clean water. It has also been ravaged by three attacks from Israel costing thousands of lives. As a result, a whole generation of young Gazan artists have grown up under conditions unknown in other parts of the world. The five young photographers featured in this exhibition reveal how the blockade impacts on the style and content of the photographer’s art. A range of themes emerge. Darkness is never far away, and yet the humour and resilience of the human spirit shines through clearly.  See


Protest against Israeli PR event at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Please join us from 6pm on Wednesday, 17th August, outside the Central Hall, Lothian Road.

Edinburgh Action for Palestine will be joining with other Palestine solidarity campaigners to protest against the “International Shalom Festival Gala Concert” at the Fringe Festival. The Shalom Festival event is organised by the Confederation of Friends of Israel Scotland, who describe themselves as ” seeing to stand by the nation of Israel in the midst of pressures, boycotts and undeserved criticism” – in other words to undermine solidarity with Palestine through Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. The co-organisers of the Shalom Festival, StandWithUs have a similar agenda and, in the US, even run a campaign called ‘Buy Israeli Goods’. Clearly, the aim of the event is to whitewash the Israeli government, regardless of its persistent violations of Palestinian human rights and of international law.

We believe that the Fringe Festival should support the Palestinian civil society call for a cultural boycott of Israel and give no space to such a propaganda event.

See here for an Open Letter to the Fringe Festival organisers by Artists for Palestine UK:

See for Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s protest announcement regarding the same event.

Café Palestine: Medicine in Gaza

As usual, our end-of the-month Café Palestine will be at 4pm on Sunday 31 July at the Peace & Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh, EH1 2JN. DR MAJDY ASSOUR from the Gaza Strip will make a presentation on the interaction between political history and health services in the Gaza Strip – just 2 days before he returns there for field work.

As usual there will be refreshments and an interesting and lively discussion.

You’ll be very welcome.
Café Palestine

Edinburgh welcomes Palestine Youth Orchestra

Elsewhere on this website (link) there’s information about concerts by the Palestine Youth Orchestra in Perth and Glasgow. Yesterday they made a visit to Edinburgh first for a wonderful meal provided by volunteers (including EA4P members) in Stockbridge and then a photo-call at the Scottish Parliament.  They were met by Andy Wightman MSP, a piper, and the Protest in Harmony ban of singers who all did their stuff magnificently.  The Palestinian musicians responded with applause, cheers and smiles, and wanted the words of the ‘Boycott’ song sung by Protest in Harmony.  There was much taking of photographs.  Then they went up the Royal Mile with piper and Palestine flags to Johnstone Terrace to get on their bus back to Glasgow.  IMG_1832



Palestine Youth Orchestra: Concerts in Perth and Glasgow during July

During July 2016, the Palestine Youth Orchestra will be touring the UK.  They will be performing at the Perth Concert Hall on Monday, 25th July and in the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on Tuesday, 26th July.

Please email us at if you are interested in going and please help spread the word about these concerts.

See here for more details.