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Bethlehem Link

Bethlehem Link is a cultural exchange program bringing together teenagers from Bethlehem and Britain, established twenty years ago. One of PCF’s founders, Rajab, was instrumental in the organisation of the project, working in partnership with Nina Bevan. Now, under the banner of PCF, Bethlehem Link is being revived for 2019.

A group of dancers known as Hakaya from the Ghirass Centre in Bethlehem will come to the UK and stay for a fortnight with host families. Along with exposure to life in Britain with excursions around the country, they will visit secondary schools to perform dance and carry out workshops. We will also hold a concert open to the British public.

Between 1998 and 2013, the various incarnations of Hakaya took the stage at the likes of London’s Westminster Abbey and Bloomsbury Theatre, Cardiff’s Millennium Dome and Leicester’s Curve Theatre, along with dozens of schools across the country. They performed a mix of traditional Palestinian Dabke and classical Arabic drumming, as well as solo performances.

Bethlehem Link is a non-political partnership. Its power lies in allowing young people to share their cultures, forge friendships and form their own opinions, based on their individual experiences. We are thrilled that some of our past students remain in contact as adults, some twenty years later!

It is an excellent opportunity to promote a positive image of Palestinians, undermining the all too often negative or clichéd ones portrayed in our media.

We are looking forward to welcoming the latest Hakaya group in July 2019. This time around, our teenagers will stay in host homes from the Palestinian diaspora, allowing the young people to share with one another their different experiences of being Palestinian, as well as ensuring the teenagers feel comfortable in a home away from home. With so many British Palestinians facing obstacles to visiting Palestine today, it is also an exciting opportunity to bring Palestine to them.

If you are a teacher who would like to host the children at your school, or a family who would like to host them in your home, please get in touch at