The Ealing Palestine Festival 2015 Marking the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

by Hanwell Friends of Sabastiya - HAFSA

About the project


Tipping Point £1,250
Final Goal £2,500
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In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project



Listen to her performance of Mawtini in July 2014 here

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Somaye will be performing for us at our grand opening event: click on the youtube link to hear her.
or go to her website :
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Don't miss our opening film - 
Friday 20th November Paradise Now - 2005, 90 minutes

Directed by Hany Abu-Assad

Starring Kais Nashif, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Hiam Abbass

Two Palestinian men cross into Israel on an attack mission, but the conflict becomes uncertain for the lifelong friends as they consider their conscience and the consequences.

Winner of several Best Foreign Film accolades from critics associations and awards organisations, and several honours from film festivals, including the Amnesty International Film Prize at Berlin.

Showing in advance of the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on the 29th November.

Here's a comment from the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival where it won 3 awards:

Paradise Now is a small story about a major conflict - moral but not moralizing; moving without being sentimental. A film, that forces one to think, without trying to teach a lesson. A story that shows that every individual can make a difference.

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Richard Gray was the photographer for the recent bike ride in Palestine for MAP - Medical Aid for Palestinians.

Come and hear him give an illustrated talk about his experiences on Sunday afternoon 29 November at Ealing Quaker Meeting. See full programme for details. 

rugfoot photography

@rugfoot - for more pictures go to 

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?

Many people are, sadly, very unaware of Palestine at all. And when they are, it is only through its problems, challenges and hardships.

Our festival will redress the balance by showcasing and celebrating a range of Palestine’s rich and vibrant cultural present-day activities, as well as its heritage and history.

What is your solution?

By offering a 3 day festival in various venues across  the centre of Ealing - a multi-ethnic borough in West London - we will bring the rich cultural life of Palestine  past and present for people in London to enjoy. 



Pictures from the olive harvest in Sabastiya: this is the friendship link for us in Hanwell: one of our latest projects was to send money to buy ladders and groundsheets for communal use in the village for the olive harvest.
These pictures really give a flavour of what harvest time is like in Palestine.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Put the date in your own diary: 27,28,29 November 2015. Have a look at the Hanwell Friends of Sabastiya (hafsa) website:
  • 5 minutes
    Forward to friends with personalised, enthusiastic recommendation! Have another look at the hafsa website:
  • 15 minutes
    More of above! Or even phone a friend. Or several friends…..
  • 30 minutes
    Even more of above!
  • A few hours
    Make sure it is in your diary - consider cancelling or rearranging all other obligations over our festival days!
  • Regular time commitment
    Think about joining and working with Hanwell Friends of Sabastiya - hafsa (see

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Jean Fitzpatrick 16 October 2015 - 18:03

Marj, thanks for your comments. We have tried to celebrate the life and culture of Palestine as you know. We know all the events will be very uplifting and inspiring.

Marj 16 October 2015 - 16:50

This looks like a fantastic program. I am very pleased it is not focusing solely on the problems the Palestinian people live with.

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About the organisation

Geographical coverage

Within local community (including local council)

Our track record

This initiative is led by Hanwell Friends of Sabastiya, a friendship group linking this area of West London with the Palestinian village of Sabastiya situated not far from Nablus in the West Bank. Formed five years ago, we aim to support our friends over in Palestine by paying regular visits and fundraising for village projects both cultural and educational. We publicise and promote what we do through attending or arranging a variety of local events throughout the year. Visit us at We are also delighted to be supported and sustained in this exciting venture by Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Areas (FONSA): whose projects include funding the training of nurses and midwives - able students whose families would struggle to find the necessary university fees. and The Britain Palestine Friendship and Twinning Network (BPFTN) : which has 40 member groups up and down the UK