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We condemn the destruction of Gaza cultural centre in Israeli airstrike

We condemn the destruction of Gaza cultural centre in Israeli airstrike

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In a letter to the Guardian, 14 figures from UK theatre, including the director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris, and dramatist Caryl Churchill, condemned the “total destruction” of the Said al-Mishal Culture Centre.

“We support our dear friends and colleagues who describe ‘their great rage and deep pain’ at the obliteration of this symbol of Palestinian culture and identity as they mourn the destruction of one of the few large venues for theatre and music performances in besieged Gaza.”

Theatre for Everybody in their adaptation of Tolstoy's War & Peace on the stage of the Al Mishal Cultural Centre, Gaza, Palestine  Winter 2017-2018:

Theatre for Everybody with whom Az Theatre has a ten-year partnership is just one of the many groups who showed their work at the Al Mishal.  

Now all the costumes, sets and stage properties of their production of War & Peace which thrilled and inspired hundreds of people in Gaza are buried under the rubble.

Our ambition:

  • is to replace/rebuild theatre space/cultural centre for Gaza through an international broad -based campaign rooted in Gaza that brings together artists and well-wishers world wide.
  • is that every single person who contributes, no matter how much,will have their name in the new rebuilt space.
  • So far 44 people have contributed £3850. These are the pioneers! We are making efforts to broaden the campaign and relaunch the fund and make it international.  We are calling artists and well-wishers all over the world to help!
  • This money is ring-fenced for the purposes of creating a space for theatre in Gaza.  All contributors will be informed before any of this money is spent and for what purpose.
  • We are consulting architects Yara Sharif and Nasser Golzari to create an open participatory process for building a theatre space in Gaza. FIND OUT ABOUT THEIR PARTICIPATORY PROJECT IN GAZA
  • Az Theatre is a UK registered charity (1112922). We have a ten-year partnership project with Theatre for Everybody in Gaza called Gaza Drama Long Term

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  • Please send this message on to anyone you think might be interested. Please send email addresses of anyone who wants regular updates. CONTACT Az

  • Az Theatre needs help with this campaign.  CONTACT Az

IHRA statement: Retreating now will only make things worse

IHRA statement: Retreating now will only make things worse

A world of pain, suffering and dispossession - Remembering Sri Lankan Tamil ethnic cleansing and genocide

A world of pain, suffering and dispossession - Remembering Sri Lankan Tamil ethnic cleansing and genocide