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.

Edge of Play Talk

Reem Charif and Joumana Al Jabri 

June 12, 2010 6pm at A.M. Qattan Foundation 

Febrik members Joumana al Jabri and Reem Charif spoke at the A.M. Qattan Foundation regarding their initiative with UNRWA - Edge of Play. Edge of Play is a research and community engagement project that is part of UNRWA's camp improvement project in Talbiyeh Camp, a Palestinian refugee camp near Amman, Jordan, in which Febrik worked with a group of children and their response to the absence of play spaces in the camp. The discussion was part of the implementation workshops aimed to generate a sense of collective ownership of public structures and space, as well as to strengthen the social play space as a space for democracy and community integration.

Reem and Joumana co-founded Febrik, a non-profit platform in Lebanon for art and design research focused on practices in public spaces related to social change in the Middle East and the UK primarily in Palestinian refugee camps. More information on Febrik can be found here.

Reem Charif obtained a degree in Architecture from the Architectural Association, School of Architecture, after which she completed an Msc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental African Studied (SOAS). She has worked for international organizations such as UNICEF, ESCWA, UNRWA, and NGOs such as AL JANA and IPPF and taught at the Architectural Association and London Metropolitan University. Joumana al-Jabri received a degree in Architecture and one in Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as an MBA from the EuroMBA program. Her work focuses on using the creative process to address social issues. She was the co-curator of TEDxRamallah in 2011, a Synergos 2013-2014 Arab World Social Innovator Fellow, and co-founder of Visualizing Palestine.