رابطة توأمة نابلس دندي
Festival of Nablus 2020
Celebrating 40 years of twinning
between Dundee and Nablus
30th May - 12th June 2020
Cancelled - Coronavirus
The Covid-19 virus epidemic put the West Bank and Israel under severe restrictions making it impossible for our visiting delegation of Dabke Dancers from Nablus to travel.
The UK also saw a rapid rise in cases causing the cancellation of events. The uncertainty will last for an unknown time making it impossible to reschedule our events.
We were lucky that, although we had raised lots of money, we had spent almost none. Visas and tickets alone would cost over £6,000. None of this money was lost.
We are very disappointed and thank everyone who helped us with funding, support, advice and contributions.
Donors have been contacted and substantial donations have been returned. Some donors asked us to mark the celebrations by supporting projects in Nablus.
The draft programme includes:
|30th May-12th Jun||Exhibition in Central Library|
|Mon 1st Jun||Literary event – Book Club|
|Tue 2nd Jun||Poetry reading: Bill Herbert & Iyad Hayatleh|
|Wed 3rd Jun||DCA Film Wajib at 6pm (usual DCA prices)|
|Thu 4th Jun||Dabke group arrive|
|Fri 5th Jun||Civic Reception and welcome for Dabke group (invitation only)|
|Sat 6th Jun||City Square event|
|Sun 7th Jun||Westfest DNTA stall and Dabke performance|
|Mon 8th Jun|
|Tue 9th Jun||Scottish Parliament (invitation only)|
Except where shown, events are open to everyone and free.
30th May-12th June – Exhibition in Central Library
A spectacular display of images of Nablus and a history of the twinning.
Mon 1st June – Literary event – Book Club
This will be a discussion based on the book "Palestine +100. Palestinian authors (including one from Nablus) were commissioned to write their vision for 2048.
This date is 100 years after what Palestinians call the Nakba - the "catastrophe" which was the founding, in 1948, of the State of Israel in the lands of Palestine.
Tue 2nd June – Poetry reading: Bill Herbert & Iyad Hayatleh
Bill Herbert is a poet from Dundee and is the Dundee Makar. He has agreed to write a poem about the twinning between Dundee and Nablus; this will, of course, be in Dundonian
Bill will be the Dundee component of this poetry event with Iyad Hayatleh representing Nablus and Palestine
Wed 3rd June – DCA Film Wajib at 6pm
Usual DCA tickets and prices apply. We hope to have a discussion after the film within the DCA.
Thu 4th June – Dabke group arrive
These are young people who will demonstrate the traditional Palestinian dabke dancing.
Fri 5th June – Civic Reception and welcome for Dabke group
Sat 6th June – City Square event
This event will bring Palestinian Dabke dancing to the City Square where everyone can see it. There will be a local choir and several other contributers showing off Dundee culture to match the dabke dancing by our visitors from Nablus.
Sun 7th June – Westfest performance and stall
During Westfest, our visitors from Nablus will dance and meet people of Dundee.
Mon 8th June –
Tue 9th June – Scottish Parliament (invitation only)
Our visitors from Nablus will meet MSPs and the Palestinian Ambassador to the UK.
Fri 12th June – Dabke group departs
They will be going back to their homes in Nablus.
All welcome, free entry to most events; donations welcome. Donations will help to fund the programme and the high cost of bringing young Palestinians from Nablus to Dundee.
Building Friendship and Understanding
Organised by Dundee-Nablus Twinning Association
with grateful support from:
If you share our objectives we would love to have you as a member.
Friendship and Understanding
We promote friendship and understanding between the people of Nablus and the people of Dundee.
Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Areas
A Scottish charity which supports Palestinians in and around Nablus.FONSA
We provide speakers for local community groups. Several topics and formats available.