Festival of Palestinian Art & Culture
Comes to Minneapolis May 17–19

 Windows into Palestine kicks off with Palestinian soccer star Honey Thaljieh as the featured speaker at the Westminster Town Hall Forum

Visit windowsintopalestine.org for the full schedule of events

A three-day Windows into Palestine festival will celebrate the art and culture of Palestine May 17–19. All events are free and open to the public and take place in the recently renovated Westminster Presbyterian Church. Free, on-site parking is available throughout the festival.

Windows into Palestine kicks off with Palestinian soccer star Honey Thaljieh as the keynote speaker at the Westminster Town Hall Forum May 17. The festival continues with an exhibition of visual art by Palestinian artists; musical performances and workshops; films and discussions with filmmakers; Palestinian chef showcase, cuisine and cooking classes; a spice market; and an Iftar dinner.

“The festival provides a rare opportunity to learn more about the culture of a society that is often misrepresented in today’s world,” said Beth Nelson Chase, executive director of Bright Stars of Bethlehem. “Through exploration of the art, culture, and food of Palestine, we learn the hopeful story of people who have lived for more than 2,000 years in the Holy Land and who continue to thrive in the midst of occupation and political and religious challenge.”

Featured artists in the festival include the internationally acclaimed Georges Lammam Ensemble, filmmakers Baha’ Abu Shannab and Raghab Mukarker (whose I Love Bethlehem will have its U.S. premiere at the festival), and actor Munir Nassar. Chefs Sameh Wadi (World Street Kitchen) and Bassem Hazboun (Bethlehem) will headline a chef showcase.

The festival is presented by Bethlehem Lutheran Church Foundation, Bright Stars of Bethlehem, Christmas Lutheran Church of Bethlehem, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.