Cases of performing arts cooperation in the Palestinian territories.

Hanasaari – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre, Espoo Wednesday 16 of May 2012 at 11-13 

Can art have an impact on a conflict situation that seems insoluble? Is it possible to foster peace through performing arts? The violent conflict in the Palestinian territories has become a part of everyday newsfeed. At the same time a wide range of international collaborations and art projects are supporting a vital cultural scene as part of what has been described as cultural intifada, an uprising where art and culture are an alternative for frustration and violence. 

As a part of The Freedom Theatres guest performance at the Finnish National Theatre in Helsinki, Hanasaari – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Center invites you to take part in a seminar to discuss the possibilities and challenges of peace work through cultural initiatives. The seminar will focus on best-practice experiences of professionals in the field of performing arts from Finland and Sweden together with representatives of The Freedom Theatre. The seminar will be held in English. 


  • Welcome
    Gunvor Kronman, CEO, Hanasaari – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre 
  • The Freedom Theatre – Performing arts in Palestine today
    Rawand Arqawi, coordinator, Batoul Taleb, actress, Mariam Abu Khaled, actress 
  • Vertical Gardening – developing artistic platforms in refugee camps through the collective use of public spacesSara Gebran, choreographer, performer, teacher, urban planer
  • Tamasi – performing arts network in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region
    Boel Höjeberg, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • Nonfiction – A piece of art or something more valuable?
    Milla Koistinen, choreographer, dancer
  • Panel discussion
    moderated by Patsy Nakell, Journalist

Participation is open for everyone and free of admission but we kindly ask you to confirm your participation at the latest on Monday 14 of May by filling in the online registration form.

Additional information: Project assistant Jonas Welander, tel. 0943502417.

The seminar is arranged by Hanasaari – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre within the network Rajaton näyttämö in cooperation with Finnish National Theatre.

16.5.2012 | 11.00

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