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.