London, UK – May 7, 2018
“Palestine On The Thames: Nakba In My Present”, an event set to mark the 70th anniversary of Nakba, will take place over the weekend of 12/13 May 2018 between 10:00 and 20:00 in Hammersmith, London. This two-day free and family-friendly event has been organised by Ashaam platform and will be hosted by charity Uthink Creative at Riverside Building, Winslow Rd, Hammersmith, London W6 9WA, UK.
This commemorative event will explore the meaning of the 1948 Palestinian experience of dispossession and loss of a homeland in today’s life through talks by Hebatalla Taha, Giedre Steikunaite, Huda Ammori, Yousef Qandeel, Professor Manuel Hassassian, Dr Swee Ang, Leanne Mohamad, Dr Khalid El-Awaisi, Ahmed Masoud, Tom Suárez, Jenan Younis, Ron Coello and Ahmad Almostafa. They will deliver presentations on themes ranging from the ethnic cleansing of villages and the ongoing occupation of Palestine, via a view from Lithuania, a small European country that has endured half a century of Soviet occupation, to the effect of Nakba on intellectual and creative life of Palestinians and their present.
The aim of the “Palestine On The Thames” event is also to celebrate Palestinian culture. It will include an exhibition of works by one of the most prominent Palestinian fine artists Nabil Anani “Palestine, Land and People”, held in collaboration with Ramallah’s Zawyeh Gallery. The programme will also feature Dabke workshops, led by the Hawiyya dance company, and introductory embroidery classes with Auntie Suzy, as well as stalls and pop up shops offering Palestinian crafts and food. The London-based Palestinian-Iraqi comedian Jenan Younis will perform stand-up comedy.
The founder of Ashaam Salaheddin AbuEin said: “This is the first major event organised by Ashaam, set up in London in 2016 to promote Palestinian culture, arts and products in the UK. We are proud and honoured to be bringing people together to remember the 1948 catastrophe, which, unfortunately, has been ongoing for 70 years and is not over, and share their experiences of it, either directly or indirectly. At the same time, we want to celebrate Palestinian culture which forms such a strong part of our identity and is a means of defiance in the face of the ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people.”
15 May 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or “day of catastrophe” when Israel officially declared its state following the forced removal of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and the destruction of over 500 Palestinian villages and towns.
For more information, please contact:
Salaheddin AbuEin, Founder & Exhibitor
+44 (0) 79 3012 0661