What Is It?

Gaza 51 is a festival which will showcase artwork, film screenings, poetry, workshops and more by young Palestinians from the Gaza strip post the 2014 Israeli invasion.

This project will be showcased at the Cuckoo Club on October 20 and October 22 and at the School Of Environment and Architecture {SEA}, Borivali West from October 24 to October 27. This interesting project has been organised by Gaza 51, Junta and Kitchmandi – to bring the agony and suffering of the Palestinians in their own home country out in the public.

Who Is It For?

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This is for anyone who takes interest in international politics and would like to know more through the medium of art – by interacting and engaging with the artwork.

Israel-Palestine has since been a long standing conflict which has marred the lives of thousands. Life post the 2014 invasion of the Gaza strip – which lasted for 51 days – is the inspiration of this project. It is to educate more and more people what happens to a country living under constant siege.

Why Should I Go?

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To support the young artists who are making a political stand and expressing themselves through the beautiful work of art. The project is providing a platform to young artists from Gaza to showcase the struggles and humanitarian crisis they face every single day in their homeland.

There’ll be an art exhibition – featuring Mumbai artist, Deepak Ramola – who crowd-sourced illustrations for the series #UnderTheHijab – tackling the stereotypes hijab-wearing women face. Selected prints from the series will be available at the exhibition. A play written by Hassan Abdulrazzak {of the Baghdad Wedding fame} will be showcased, called Love, Bombs And Apples – a tale of three men, from different parts of world but tied by the common thread of internal conflict.

Anything Else?

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Short films will be screened on both the venues, including short films directed by filmmakers from Gaza. Expect Arna’s Children, Soup Over Bethlehem, Ave Maria and more. Spoken From Gaza {spoken word poetry}, art workshops {Space and Conflict} and panel discussions and a guided walk by curator Mahnoor Khan.

Price: Free Entry

Timings: Oct 20th {10am to 8.30pm}, October 22nd {10am to 9pm}, October 24 and October 27 {10am to 8pm}

Find the event on Facebook here.

Photo source: Gaza 51