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.

Introducing the Other

Sliman Mansour

"Many communities from different backgrounds and cultures live inside the old city of Jerusalem. They came during different times and for different reasons -- some many centuries ago and others more recently, some to defend Holy places, running away from persecution, or for convenience and working opportunities. All of them love this city and consider it their own. Some of these communities are more open than others, but there remains a lack of personal understanding between them. My work aims to introduce them to each other through portraits of individuals of various genders and ages. By showing the portraits from one community to the other, I hope to make a small personal bridge that might bring neighbors closer to each other. Last year I featured people from the Armenian and the African communities. This year I focus on the Syrian and the Gypsy communities. In the coming years, I hope to show portraits of all communities living in this unique city." 

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Sliman Mansour was born in Birzeit, Palestine in 1947 and studied Fine Art at Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem.

Solo exhibitions include: Cairo Biennale, Cairo; City Hall Stavanger, NorwayGallery ’79, Ramallah, Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah, UAE. Group exhibitions include the Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, South Korea; Al Wasiti Centre, Jerusalem; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Ministry of Culture, Luxembourg, Belgium.