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Partnership Kiel – Palestine


Music, theatre and art by and with schoolchildren and young people from Kiel and their guests from East Jerusalem, Jenin and Ramallah

Together with Palestinian and German partners, the Heinrich-Boell Foundation Schleswig-Holstein and the regional capital Kiel have developed three projects for intercultural encounter aimed at paving the way for long-term personal partnerships and creating opportunities for the study of the different cultural backgrounds.

Through cooperation and issue-related exchange, the partners hope to foster a more differentiated image of Palestine in the minds of young people and influential multipliers, as well as in the general public as a whole. Music, theatre and art lay the foundations for an open and balanced debate beyond the distorted depictions of the media.

Kiel's Lord Mayor Torsten Albig is patron of this project.


"Fragments of Palestine" - Acting school of the Freedom Theatre (Jenin/West Bank)

Sunday, 11 October 2009, 6.30 p.m., Theater im KulturForum, Andreas-Gayk-Straße 31

Fragments of Palestine is a journey through the complex tangle of daily life in Palestine: a wedding that turns into a tragic exodus of expropriation, occupation and repression; the burial of a martyr who refuses to be buried; a reinforced concrete wall and electric fences that suffocate the hills; love during the curfew and dreams of the sea at deepest night – the normality of an absurd life inside the refugee camp. The Freedom Theatre was founded in 1988 by the Jewish activist Arna Mer Khamis. Following its later destruction, it was rebuilt by her son Juliano Mer Khamis, who has been running it since 2006.

The foremost aim of the educational theatre work with children and adolescents from the Jenin refugee camp is to convey non-violent forms of expression, to build self-confidence and promote creativity. The affiliated acting school was founded in 2008. After its performance in Kiel the ensemble will participate in a workshop lasting several days, together with the group Kiel CREARtiv e. V., which will be run by Kati Luzie Stüdemann.
Admission: 8 € / Concessions: 5 € / Advance booking: 5.50 €


"Maqam & Melodie" - Arab-German encounter concert given by the youth choirs of the Kiel Opera and the Music Centre of the Barenboim-Said Foundation, Ramallah

Friday, 23 October 2009, 7.30 p.m., Arab-German Youth Choir Concert, Open Church St. Nikolai zu Kiel, Alter Markt

The two choirs will jointly present German and Arab compositions. The programme will include passages from the children’s opera "The Sultana of Cadiz", recently premiered in Ramallah, as well as traditional Palestinian songs and German choral pieces. The choirs will be accompanied by oud, kanoun and tabla and by three instrumentalists from the Kiel Philharmonic Orchestra.

The concert marks the end of the first musical youth encounter between Kiel and Ramallah, following a week in which members of both choirs will have participated in joint rehearsals, undertaken excursions and lived in their respective host families.

Founded by Daniel Barenboim in 2004, the Music Centre of the Barenboim-Said Foundation provides children and adolescents with instrumental training and singing lessons in facilities in Ramallah as well as in various Palestinian villages, refugee camps and schools. The Centre’s choir has existed since 2006 and was directed until this summer by the German music educationalist Marion Haak. The youth choir of the Kiel Opera was launched in 2006 by the musical director Georg Fritzsch, since when it has been run by Michael Nündel.
Free admission (donations welcome)


"Heimat/Home – Belonging" - Workshops and an exhibition of works by children and adolescents from Shufat (East Jerusalem) and Kiel

27 November 2009 – 24 January 2010, Exhibition in the Galerie Kieler Schulen, Rathaus Kiel (Town Hall)

What do children from a Palestinian refugee camp associate with the terms "Heimat/Home – Belonging"? And what is the role played in this by Jerusalem, given that the city directly borders on the refugee camp and for many represents the home they long for, while at the same time being cut off by walls and other barriers, making it, for most of them, unattainable? This summer, under the direction of the artist Jawad Al Malhi, schoolchildren from Shufat refugee camp used artistic means of expression to explore issues related to identity, the city as a lived environment and deracination. These themes were also explored in pictures and objects by pupils from the Toni-Jensen-Gesamtschule (comprehensive school) in Neumühlen-Dietrichsdorf and a group from the KJHV (Kiel-based children and youth support association) with young people from Gaarden. The works produced in East Jerusalem and Kiel will be assembled and discussed in a concluding workshop with Jawad Al Malhi.
The joint exhibition will be opened on Friday, 27 November at 3 p.m. in the Galerie Kieler Schulen in Kiel Town Hall.
The welcome address will be spoken by Torsten Albig, Lord Mayor of Kiel.



Music Centre of the Barenboim-Said Foundation, Ramallah
The Freedom Theatre, Jenin (West Bank)
Open Studio / Jawad Al Malhi, Shufat Camp / East Jerusalem
Städtischer Chor Kiel e. V. (Youth choir of the Kiel Opera)
Kiel CREARtiv e. V.
KinderKulturKarawane, Hamburg
Flüchtlingsrat Schleswig-Holstein
Toni-Jensen Gesamtschule
Kinder- und Jugendhilfeverband Kiel (KJHV) – Projekt 8+3
vhs-Kunstschule Kiel


Organization and contact

Projektbüro | Project Office »radius of art«

Amt für Kultur und Weiterbildung der Landeshauptstadt Kiel | Department of culture and further education of the city of Kiel
and the Heinrich-Boell Foundation Schleswig-Holstein

Andreas-Gayk-Strasse 31 | 24103 Kiel

Phone (+49) 431/901-233 85/-33 86 | |