The 7arakat Conference Nov 2&3

Event Title: The 7arakat Conference: Theatre, Cultural Diversity and Inclusion 2012

Dates: Friday 2 and Saturday 3 of November 2012

Venue: La Trobe University City Campus, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne

Palestinian theatre is playing a central role as a resistant and non-violent practice in the Middle East, a Melbourne conference will be told in November.

DramaIn an Australian first, the 7arakat Conference has invited two Palestinian theatre-makers to talk about how participation in the performing arts is facilitating cultural citizenship and belonging in the region.

Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour, General Director of Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Society (ACTS), who will talk about how the theatre is using a mix of non-violence and creativity to resist the occupation, build human capacity and redress negative stereotypes of Palestinians. Alrowwad, was established in the Aida Refugee Camp in Palestine in 1998 and works with the camp’s children and women.

Iman Aoun, the Artistic Director of Ashtar Theatre, Palestine, a specialist in the theatre of the oppressed techniques, will reflect on the power of  the performing arts in bringing about social change. He developed The Gaza Mono-Logues, a documentary theatre performance based on the personal stories of a group of children from Gaza that was performed simultaneously on 17 October 2010 by over 1500 youth in more than 50 cities in 36 countries.

According to Dr. Rand T. Hazou, Conference Convenor, the conference is not only seeking to raise awareness and build research capacity surrounding Palestinian theatre but to also engage with the priority target groups of refugee, middle-eastern and Muslim communities here in Australia.

‘Given the popular support and concern expressed for the plight of Palestinians among Arab nations and peoples, the conference examines creative engagement with Palestine as a means of reaching out not only to Palestinians but also to wider Arab communities living in Australia and abroad,’ he says.

The conference is supported by Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), the Centre for Creative Arts at La Trobe University, the Diversity in Australian Theatre Alliance (DATA), Australians for Palestine (AFP), and the Australian Government through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR). It is also assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Public and media inquiries: Dr. Rand T. Hazou, Conference Convenor

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