The Public Outreach Program aims to promote Palestinian contemporary culture and life through creative encounters that target primarily the younger generation of artists and performers. It is a platform to showcase young talent in music, art, literature and cinema, as well as presenting a rich program of talks and performances about the city and its history, interpolated by an assortment of culinary activities involving local chefs and non-professional members of the community. Artists, writers, historians, musicians and performers are invited to give public performances including talks, discussions, readings, shows and film screenings with the aim to bring together community members and creative individuals in a shared space for experimentation, entertainment and free expression.

Masaas

Adania Shibli

April 29, 2004

Shibli presented her highly acclaimed book, Masaas (Touch), as part of a book reading. The book focuses on the youngest of 9 girls in a Palestinian family and her everyday experiences. The book has been translated into English as Touch

“I started writing ever since junior high school when there were many in my class I did not like so I wrote about them and about what it was that I didn’t like about them!”

“As a child, I wanted desperately to wear reading glasses, although there was nothing wrong with my eye sight, and when I finally acquired a pair, I remember that the first time I put them on and went outside, all I noticed saw were other people in the streets that were wearing glasses!” “The thing that is remarkable is how we only notice those things that are relevant to our own nature- the girl in the book Massas sights a particular colour and the colour suddenly takes on her entire vision so that she notices it as though it were the only colour there is to be seen.”

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Adania Shibli is a Palestinian author born in 1974.