Twice a month MishwArt organizes a cultural Art Walk in the old city of Beit Sahour, departing from Singer Cafe.
Mishwar is the Arabic word for walk or tour. The aim of the walk is to discover the studios and showrooms of local Palestinian artists in Beit Sahour and enjoy the atmosphere in the old part of the town.
Upcoming Art Walks:
Saturday 18th November
A special combination of the Art Walk in Beit Sahour, followed by a lunch break in Singer Cafe and then a visit to Bab id Deir Art Gallery in Bethlehem with a special private presentation by artist Ayed Arafah about the exhibition of his work ‘Makanak Sir’
The tour fee is 25 shekel pp. We will ask everybody to chip in for car or bus rental to go up to Bethlehem.
We meet at 10.30 for coffee and introduction in Singer Cafe and we leave at 11 AM sharp
Lunch break from 13.00 – 14.00
Visit to Bab id Deir Art Gallery from 14.30 – 15.30
(For questions please e-mail us at: email@example.com)
For the most up to date information we refer you to the facebook page: www.facebook.com/MishwArt
You can also book a tailor-made program for a group (friends, family, colleagues, birthday party) The artists offer a wide range of workshops to choose from. It varies from participating in music workshops, arts and crafts, recycling, theater, painting or a music or theater performance. Depending on your time and budget we can create a program including Art Walk, breakfast / lunch, workshop, visit to the local beer brewery, diner.
For tailor made programs please contact Kristel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aref Sayed, a Palestinian music instrument maker from Jerusalem with a workshop in Beit Sahour. He studied in Italy and Germany and he specialized in arab oriental instruments and bow instruments. In his workshop you will find him working on multiple instruments such as the ud, qanun, bouzouki, violin, cello and viola. Aref is always looking to improve the instruments and give them a personal touch.
Ala Hilu and his Resign Studio where it is all about recycling and upcycling waste, turning it into artistic and useful products. Resign has a training room, working space and a show room. You can see Ala at work, sign up for a workshop in the training room or buy some of his upcycled products in the small shop.
Vivien and Ayed run ‘El Beir, Arts and Seeds’, a showroom for varied works of art, handcrafts, and specialty food and seed items. It is home of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library. El Beir is Arabic for ‘the well’ as it is situated on top of Mary’s Well – also known as the healing place. The showroom/gallery is a hub for artists’ products from all over Palestine – from oil paintings to handmade furniture, and jewelry. The space combines the art of culture and nature, which is why they offer a limited collection of food and agricultural items. In their Arti-Cultural center they offer events, workshops, film screenings and other activities to keep your imagination, and your heart ignited.
Art Salon is an independent art space ran by the female artist Riham Isaac. She has an MA degree in ‘Performance Making’ from Goldsmiths – University of London and has been working as a performer in Palestinian and international theater productions. She is now engaged in many different art forms and has recently opened Art Salon. Its main purpose is to create an open platform where artists can meet, work and where art can be promoted to the local community. Art Salon offers space for artistic workshops, drawing sessions, music jamming, improvisations, film screenings and lectures. It can also be booked as a venue for events, workshops or as an art residency.
Beit el Musika, the music house, an initiative by local musicians who wanted to create a space where they can practice, jam, teach and enjoy music
Singer Cafe is run by Palestinian-Dutch couple Tariq and Kristel. They collected a good number of old Singer sewing machines and furnished the Cafe with those and other second hand and recycled items. The Singer Cafe offers the best coffee in town, a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options and it has a non smoking area with a library, kid’s toys and a roof terrace with a view over Beit Sahour. It organizes political tours in Bethlehem with ‘To be There’ and hosts cultural events and community diners.
Wise Men’s Choice beer brewery is on the other end of Beit Sahour, so you will get in a taxi to reach Rafat Houary the beer brewery who will give you a tour of his brewery and explain you all about the different kinds of beer he brews. Of course you will have a chance to taste the beer and enjoy the view from the terrace in front of his home.
Please contact Ala for information, booking and prices:Phone: 0599 125 281E-mail: email@example.comFacebook: @Resign.pal
1. Free improvisation session: This workshop invites you to freely improvise and make art by being totally yourself. During the session Riham uses different art mediums and tools such as drawing, body movement, free improvisations, music, installation and creative writings. You will enter a journey that will hopefully awaken your creativity. 1-2 hours or a full day session of 5 hours upon request.2. Guest artist workshops: Each month Art Salon will host a workshop by a guest artist such as a painter, a dancer, a director, a filmmaker or a photographer. We invite all artists who would like to give a workshop at Art Salon to contact us.
3. Stage presence workshop: eye contact, body language, voice, breathing and being grounded are highly effective techniques to improve confidence on stage and in public speaking. This workshop is suitable for musicians, actors, dancers or even lecturers and tour guides.
4. Art for kids: every Thursday afternoon children can develop their artistic talents with the help of specialized teachers in drama, painting, crafts and dance. Riham also offer activities for children’s birthday parties.
5. Live performance: with the use of visuals, sounds, poems and movement Riham will invite you to an intimate performance in her Art Salon (max 10 people)
To book any of these workshops or to create your own custom made workshop contact us:E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: El Beir Arts and Seeds
Phone: 05 2 5154562E-mail: email@example.com