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Arab Voices: Stories of Palestine

Global Exchange

Arab Voices: Stories of Palestine, a festival that took place in March 2018, is part of an initiative meant to build bridges between artists and audiences in Arab countries and those in the worldwide Arab diaspora. 

The event, curated by Catherine Coray (Program Director of The Lark's Middle East/United States Playwright Exchange) and co-produced with Aliya Khalidi and Dima Matta at the Dar El Nimer center for Arab art and culture in Beirut, followed the 2016 festival, Arab Voices: here/there/then/now, and featured staged readings of plays by Mona Mansour, Ismail Khalidi, and Lameece Issaq.

The following video, created by Ali J. Dalloul, offers an insightful recap of the festival through the voices of the artists who participated. Click below to hear what they have to say about the experience!

This festival is important because it reconnects Arab American artists living abroad to their homeland."
— Marcel Bou Chacra

Want to learn more? Check out Catherine Coray's essay, "Telling Stories: An Arab/Arab American Theatre Collaboration" on! Together, the essay and the video tell the story of this unique collaboration, inspired by the first Arab Voices event curated by Catherine, and presented by Bill Bragin at the NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center in November, 2016.

And don't forget to RSVP to The Lark's Middle East/U.S. Playwright Exchange! Happening June 8-9, 2018, and featuring plays by Wael Qadour and Raeda Taha.