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.


Deneth Wedaarachchige

March 15, 2016 6:30pm 

Healing, a performance by Sri Lankan artist Deneth Wedaarachchige, took place during Deneth's residency at Al Ma'mal. The performance involved the delicate embroidery of a human heart onto skin, which resembles heart surgery for the artist. The creation process is a ritual of healing. As human beings we have to be extremely careful not to damage or harm others. This works is the story of every man, woman, and child who has become a victim of conflict, war and violence in the 21st century. 

Many thanks to Bashar Ghoseh for participating in the performance and providing his hand. He guarantees that it was a pain-free process, simply tickles at the touch of the needle.


Deneth Wedaarachchige is a visual artist from Sri Lanka temporarily living in France. Deneth experienced the Sri Lankan civil war (1983-2009) as a child, and found that art can have a powerful impact and allow for people to share across cultures. As a visual artist, Deneth uses art to bring about small changes in people's lives by bringing them to express themselves and tell their stories through art, which in turn allows them to share their experiences with the rest of the world.