Continuing Our Bridge to the World
Project Hope runs an exciting program of exhibitions, cultural events and internship opportunities around the world. Our arts events outside of the West Bank aim to raise awareness of Project Hope and Palestine, as well as give our advanced students a platform to showcase their work. Project Hope internships offer the youth of the West Bank life-changing opportunities to experience the rest of the world and build their CV.
Our work abroad aims to continue and strengthen an important cultural exchange that we start on the ground in Palestine. Below are just a few examples of our recent projects.
Following the success of the Graphic Novel course, Project Hope showcased students’ pieces and the accompanying published collection (click to read) in week-long touring exhibitions in Canada, the Netherlands, America and the UK.
Alongside the novels we also featured artwork from our advanced photography classes and from several of our own international volunteers. The exhibition and book received such a positive reception internationally that Project Hope is now running a three-year Graphic Novel program, providing arts and graphic training for fourteen young aspiring artists.
In 2010 Project Hope teamed up with the Palestinian literary festival Pal Fest to create a yearly London-based literary internship, Bookbound. Each year we interview Palestinian students from universities in the West Bank. The chosen candidate has a unique opportunity to intern at some of the UK’s top literary institutions, such as the Southbank Centre and Bloomsbury Publishing group, in departments specific to the Middle East. Our internships are a great way for Palestinian students to develop their skills, work in a top international arts organisation, and build their CV.
Palestinian Cultural Festival, Edinburgh
In 2009 Project Hope launched this three-day festival in Edinburgh to introduce contemporary Palestinian culture to the Scottish capital. Planned and managed by two Palestinian Project Hope interns, the festival featured Palestinian art master classes, a circus workshop, and an introduction to Palestinian food, music and film.
Following and building on the success of the festival, Project Hope is now a registered Scottish charity, and we continue to strengthen the cultural ties between Edinburgh, other Scottish cities and Palestine.