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WAR DIVIDES, MUSIC CONNECTS
Using music to bridge divides, connect communities,
and heal the wounds of war and conflict.
June 23, 2012 •• Palestine Community Music
“Today is one of the best days in my life”

“I’ve never felt this way before . Today is one of the best days in my life because its nice to achieve one of my dreams” It’s the first time for the rappers from Palestine Street to perform with a professional live band. But no one would have guessed this! They perform together as if they do this every day. The visit of the famous Netherlands Wind Ensemble was very short, but in two days they have done more than imagined: one show in Aida refugee camp in the al-Awdah open air theater next to the wall; one show in Manger Square in front of the Nativity Church in Bethlehem and music workshops for 50 children in Ghirass Cultural Center. All of this could only happen because of the wonderful teamwork of NBE, HLT, and MwB and the great cooperation with many youth from Aida, al-Azzeh and Dheisheh camp, the Ghirass Cultural Center, Madaa Creative Center Silwan, Valentine Music Store and the Youth Center in Aida camp. And lets not forget the young Palestinian musicians: Mahmud, Baha’ and Abdullah from Silwan playing the tablah; Hidaya and Rowan from Silwan playing the cello; Taima from Silwan playing the electrical guitar; the Hakaya Band from Bethlehem, Haytham from Azariyeh, Khaldoun from al-Azzeh camp and last but definitely not least Palestine Street from Dheisheh camp. The two days were inspiring for all of us, exchanging musical ideas, playing together and motivating each other to continue the work.Thank you for the beautiful pictures Lilian and Ahmad! This project could not have taken place without the generous support of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development.