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THE 
REVOLUTION'S

PROMISE
THE 
REVOLUTION'S

PROMISE

'Art penetrates borders, physical and intellectual barriers,

opens doors to find solutions, 

and create human connection' 

DAREEN TATOUR

POET, WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHER

PREVIOUSLY IMPRISONED

Images by Flyers For Falastin & Falesteen Favorites
GET INVOLVED

The Revolution's Promise is a collection of testimonies from artists across Palestine. They celebrate cultural resistance whilst highlighting censorship and attacks on artists.

We are inviting friends, activists, and artists worldwide to join this collaboration by telling these stories in the stage and in the community you live, work or organise in.

There are many ways to get involved, a few include: 

- organise a public reading of the full script

- read a testimony at your university, union, community group, or cultural venue

- organise a reading group and create participatory discussion, 

Get involved and participate in a creative mass-mobilisation project that aims to build a global conversation about censorship of Palestinian culture and the role arts play in fighting for justice, equality and self-determination.

CURRENT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR,

THE FREEDOM THEATRE

'The Revolution's Promise makes sure our voice is still heard internationally, whilst putting pressure on Israel to stop the attacks on artists'

AHMED TOBASI

READINGS & PERFORMANCES

Testimonies from The Revolution's Promise have been read and performed on the stages, the streets, at unions and educational spaces around the world.

CREATED BY

The Revolution's Promise is a mass-mobilisation project with people around the world contributing to make it happen.

It was initiated as a collaboration by The Freedom Theatre and Artists On The Frontline.

THE FREEDOM THEATRE

The Freedom Theatre is one of the worlds most exciting political theatres. Based in Jenin Refugee camp in Palestine it was co-founded by Zakaria Zubeidi leader of Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and actor and director Juliano Mer Khamis. The theatre was established at the end of the second intifada and is famous for its use of cultural resistance and using arts to fight for justice and a free Palestine.​

The artistic and practical challenges have been immense, the building has been attacked by the Israeli Army, death threats have been sent and members of the theatre have been arrested, interrogated, imprisoned and psychologically tortured. On April 4th 2011 Juliano was murdered on the doorstep of the theatre.

www.thefreedomtheatre.org

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ARTISTS ON
THE FRONTLINE

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Artists On The Frontline is a creative space and platform for radical artists working on the frontline of social and political change.

Whether through the latest digital technology, street performance, or by inventing new prototypes, our work creatively responds to the multiple crises the world is facing. 

Projects bring together agents of change who are challenging and rethinking the injustice systems we live in, finding ways to disrupt the status quo and contribute to large-scale systematic transformation.

www.artistsonthefrontline.com

CREATIVE TEAM

Ahmed Tobasi, Mustafa Sheta, Zoe Lafferty, 

ASSOCIATE ARTIST 

Alia Alrosan

SCRIPT BY

Zoe Lafferty

FROM THE WORDS OF ARTISTS

Ahmed Tobasi, Ali Abu Yaseen, Arna Mer Khamis, Dareen Tatour, Juliano Mer Khamis, Loai Tafesh, Mariam Abukhaled, Mohammad Al Azza, Mohammed Bakri, Mohammed Saba’aneh, Omar Barghouti, Rania Elias, Suhail Khoury, Yousef Swaitat, Zakaria Zubeidi, Ranin Odeh, Hala Sheta, Mohammad Abu Sakha

Find out more on featured artists >>

DRAMATURGY

Micaela Miranda

TRANSLATION & TRANSCRIPTION

Alia Alrosan & Rachel Vogler

 

ADDITIONAL ARTISTS MENTIONED

Nuh Ibraham, Kamal Nasser, Ghassan Kanafani, Naji Al Ali

 

ADDITIONAL INTERVIEWS

 Iman Aoun (Director Ashtar Theatre),  Ramzi Abu Radwan (Founder Al Kamandjati) Amer Shomali (The Wanted 18)

 

WOLRDWIDE COLLABORATORS

To find out more about the companies and individuals worldwide who have collaborated on The Revolution’s Promise click on the map above

DISCUSSION & READING GROUP FORMAT

Sonali Bhattacharyya & Zoe Lafferty

VALUES & PRINCIPLES

Values and principles to guide you when organising your reading. FOR OUR 14 DEMANDS >>

BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, SANCTIONS

& THE CULTURAL BOYCOTT (BDS)

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 & FAQs >>

ETHICAL FUNDING

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 do not take funding from the Israeli government, embassies, or lobby groups in line with the cultural boycott.

 

NORMALISATION

In the Palestinian context, normalisation refers to Israeli and Palestinian collaborations that create the impression that both are equal in their power, rights and role in ‘the conflict’.  It hides Israel's ongoing crimes, oppression and occupation of Palestinians and ignores the three basic rights of Palestinians three basic rights; ending the occupation, ending the Apartheid, and the right of return for refugees.

FOR FURTHER READING >>

 

ANTI-RACISM & ANTI-DISCRIMINATION

Our work and this project are embedded in the fight against anti-racism and for equality and justice. We ask that all collaborators take this mission seriously, by not only standing in solidarity with Palestinians but by making sure that everything possible is done to stand up to racism and discrimination in your working dynamics. Including but not limited to islamophobia, antisemitism, homophobia, sexism and white supremacy.

 

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 a brilliant resource

FOR FURTHER READING >>

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