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. 2016 will be the festival's 9th 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 and the festival patrons are John Berger, Philip Pullman, Emma Thompson and the late greats Chinua Achebe, Mahmoud Darwish, Seamus Heaney and Harold Pinter.

    Prominent guests of the festival have included Michael Ondaatje, Taha Muhammed Ali, Alice Walker, 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 profile new Palestinian talent
    • To host world-class literary events in Palestinian cities.
    • To relay a fraction of the Palestinian experience to the outside world
  • Overview

    Established: May 2008

    Registered Charity Number: 1123273

    Board members: 9

    Part time staff: 3

    Volunteers: 30

    Phone number: +201005735711

    Address: 119 FLOOD STREET LONDON SW3 5TD

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