The Palestine Festival of Literature

The Palestine Festival of Literature

Charity information

The Palestine Festival of Literature

The Palestine Festival of Literature is an annual, free festival that takes place in cities across historic Palestine. 2019 will be the festival's 11th edition.

Founded 2008

  • Mission statement

    Every year the Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest) takes the form of a traveling festival, crossing the military checkpoints of the Israeli occupation that restrict Palestinian movement between cities. The festival includes free public events in the evenings and historical / political tours and meetings for the visiting authors during the day.

    Ahdaf Soueif is the Founding Chair. The festival's Founding Patrons were Chinua Achebe, John Berger, Mahmoud Darwish, Seamus Heaney and Harold Pinter. The festival's current Patrons are Philip Pullman and Emma Thompson.

    Prominent guests of the festival have included Michael Ondaatje, Taha Muhammed Ali, Alice Walker, JM Coetzee, Michael Palin, Raja Shehadeh, William Dalrymple, Suheir Hammad, Teju Cole, Esther Freud, Suad Amiry and Roddy Doyle.

  • Aims

    The Palestine Festival of Literature aims to:

    • To support cultural life in Palestine.
    • To foster cultural connections between Palestinian and international artists
    • To relay a fraction of the Palestinian experience to the outside world
  • Overview

    Established: May 2008

    Registered Charity Number: 1123273

    Board members: 5

    Part time staff: 2

    Volunteers: 5

    Phone number: +201005735711

    Address: 119 FLOOD STREET LONDON SW3 5TD

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