NOMAD presents two documentary
works by SABREEN, located
in East Jerusalem. These are the documentaries of two workshops realized in 2004.
The video installation in the Apartment project is on “Arwashat: Percussion Summer
Camp” which was realized in Bethlehem, will be opening on 26th of November 2004
at 20:00. The video installation will be on till 4th of December 2004, every night
from 19:00 to 21:00 hours. The screening of “Child Testimony” will be at 17:00
then the rerun will be at 18:00 in NOMAD Station.2 on 27th of November 2004.
In the course of Bidayat programme, Sabreen realized “Percussion
Summer Camp: Arwashat” in Bethlehem between 28.06-06.07.2004. During the camp,
70 children learned how to play percussive instruments along with singing and
dancing. These children were selected from various community centers and trained
for 3 months (March-May 2004). Some of these children had previously attended
the Instrument Making Workshop by Palestinian and Norwegian musicians. “Arwashat:
Percussion Summer Camp” concluded with a large-scale music festival on 6th of
Arwashat is a part of the educative and social programme,
designed and applied by Sabreen. This programme covers public performances in
the cities and towns of Palestine.
This project aims at displaying the dimensions of the experienced
violence and reality through the visual perception of the children. Utilizing
keywords and concepts, a group of children were asked to reflect on their reality
and daily life experiences by drawing and painting. As an ongoing process, artists
and cultural organizations are processing these drawings.
Sabreen, founded by Said Murad, is a non-profit organization
for developing art in general; nevertheless, the main focus of this association
is the field of music. For the last 16th years, Sabreen Association for Artistic
Development has been providing venues, professional opportunities, and educative
forums for Palestinian artists through exhibits, festivals, workshops, and other
Sabreen operates both as an institution and a music group that has performed worldwide.
Sabreen also makes productions for artists and organizations such as CDs or film
sound tracks in its studios together with sound-engineering training courses.
Besides, Sabreen’s first group; Bidayat, established in 1984, gives professional
education for schools and organizations.
Sabreen has a distinctive vision and philosophy, which is based on the Palestinian
cultural heritage by focusing on the regeneration of Palestinian folklore and
identity. By revisiting the roots of Arabic music, Sabreen aims to lead its audience
to transcend their daily life reality, which is blurred with conflict, to a realm
of tranquillity and patience.