The Revolution's Promise
The 4th April 2021, will be the 10th anniversary of the murder of Juliano Mer Khamis, Artistic Director and founder of The Freedom Theatre.
We are inviting friends, activists and artists around the world to join The Revolution's Promise, a global collaboration and campaign celebrating cultural resistance in Palestine and highlighting the continued attacks on artists in an attempt to silence a generation.
We are creating a script called The Revolution’s Promise, a collection of personal verbatim stories from Palestinian artists including filmmakers, poets, circus performers, cartoonists and actors who have worked on the frontline of cultural resistance and the consequences they have faced for their art.
The script will be available to anyone who wants to stage readings or performances and begin a conversation with their communities on
Palestinian arts and culture and the role this plays in the fight for justice, equality and self determination.
Highlight and create awareness of the obstacles and censorship Palestinian artists are facing.
Connect students, artists, activists, unions and anyone interested to Palestinian arts and culture.
Begin a conversation with your local community, theatre, or university on the role of culture in fighting for change in Palestine and beyond.
Celebrate one of the worlds most radical and exciting arts sectors and the people at the heart of it.
Platform multiple readings / performances world-wide and build a global solidarity network.
STOP THE ATTACKS
A generation of artists are at risk, we hope by creating global conversation and world-wide solidarity it will put pressure on Israel to stop the attacks.
JULIANO MER KHAMIS & CULTURAL RESISTANCE
Commemorate Juliano Mer Khamis and his legacy of using culture as a form of resistance and the role this plays in the fight for justice, equality and Palestinian self-determination.
BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS
& THE CULTURAL BOYCOTT
BDS is a vital non-violent grassroots Palestinian movement that plays an essential role in the Palestinian community. It is often misunderstood internationally and we ask that you take the time to read about the movement and familiarise yourself with its aims, principles and FAQs:
If you need to apply for funding to make your reading or performance happen we ask that you consider the ethics of where you apply and to do not take funding from Israeli organisations or government.
In the Palestinian context, normalization refers to any activity that creates the impression that Israel is a state like any other and that Palestinians, the oppressed, and Israel, the oppressor, are both equally responsible for “the conflict”. Far from challenging the unjust status quo, such projects contribute to its endurance, are intellectually dishonest and should be boycotted. For further reading: https://www.972mag.com/what-is-normalization/
ANTI-RASCIM AND INCLUISION
Our work and this project are embedded in the fight against anti-racism and for equlity and justice. We ask that all collaborators take this mission seriously by not only standing in solidarity with Palestinians but by making sure that they do everything possible to stand up to racism in their own communities and working dynamics including but not limited to islamophobia, anti-semitism, homophobia, sexism and white supremacy.
DEAF AND DISABLED INCLUSION
Access is a human right. We ask that you consider how your project can be assessable to deaf and disabled artists and audiences. Unlimited's Cards For Inclusion is brilliant: https://weareunlimited.org.uk/cards-for-inclusion/