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“The Palestine International Festival for Music and Dance which was held last week tried to show the world a different Palestine, that is artistic and optimistic. Luo Bin has more.
In Palestinian cities and villages across the West Bank, the enthusiasm of people has been ignited by the 16th Palestine International Festival. It is the largest annual arts and culture event in Palestine, and the first with an international edge.
Iman Hammouri is the director of the festival.
“In 1993 we started the festival to break the isolation imposed on our Palestinian people by the Israeli occupation, because we believe that the Israeli occupation is not only imposing a political siege, but as well a cultural siege, and wants really to create a stereotype by others about Palestinians and by Palestinians about others, so we wanted to break this isolation and to build bridges with other cultures.”
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