12 Palestinian artists to come to Edinburgh Fringe Festival

David Greig

David Greig

Scotland has flexed it’s muscled here big time, through London stopping this through Israeli means, before a newer devolved Scotland now has the power to allow Palestine act’s into our amazing Fringe Festival <Click) The power the 80% of Countries who want to recognise Palestine now is huge, Palestine is bring stopped from being recognised in order for her to be her own Country by Israel, USA and England in the main. I won’t bore you with Country breakdown’s but here is who supports Palestine in our World <Click) Shame on you Countries on that list who abstained or said NO! How dare you! Well I am just happy to live in a Country that can now stand in solidarity with the stood upon! Why, because right now, as I type, London is TRYING to oppress Scotland. They will fail and by 2020 Scotland WILL 100% be a free Country, BUT! Palestine will be free 1st, now who on Earth wants to stop this progress? Well these ones! How dare you! 80% of Humanity just want to recognise Palestine! 1 Book stops them. How dare you!

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It was one of the biggest controversies of last year’s Fringe festival. When it emerged an Israeli theatre company had received funding from its government to stage its show in Scotland there was outcry from those opposed to the country’s policies in the Middle-East.

Now a fund-raising campaign founded by the playwright David Greig that arose out of the storm of protest has unveiled a line up of Palestinian artists paid for by £10,000 in public donations.

Greig set up the crowd funding campaign to provide financial aid for shows and artists, notably from Palestine, who otherwise find it hard to come to the Edinburgh festivals. The initiative, called Welcome to the Fringe, has now unveiled a list of 12 artists supported by the campaign and events at two venues during this year’s festival.

Greig was instrumental in setting up the initiative following the controversy that in 2014 engulfed a show called The City by Incubator Theatre. The company was partially funded by Israel’s Ministry of Culture and a series of cultural figures signed a letter urging the Underbelly venue to reconsider staging the show.

Following a furore and an inability to find a new venue, eventually the show was cancelled.

In the aftermath Greig established the funding initiative “to do something positive” and to aid Palestinian – and other – artists.

The project has been developed through a collaboration between Forest Fringe, London’s Gate Theatre and the Greig, with support from the AM Qattan Foundation and the British Council.

The show resulting from this campaign is Welcome To The Fringe: Palestine, an all-day program of performance at the Forest Fringe on August 23. The playwright said he and the venues involved would now like to make the Welcome to the Fringe Fund a permanent fixture for the festival.

Greig said: “Forest Fringe, Northern Stage, The Gate and I all feel that the Welcome to the Fringe model could work for artists from other countries and groups who can’t share so easily in the Fringe’s open access – Syria? Uganda? Ukraine? “And so we would like to build on the funding success last year by developing a permanent Welcome To The Fringe Fund.”

The artists coming to the Fringe include storyteller, Fidaa Ataa; poet Alice Youssef; stand up comedian Ayman Nahas, two performance artists Farah Saleh and Yazan Eweidat, The Al Shaghaf music group and The Al Harah Theatre company. The centrepiece of the days events will be a performance of a newly devised play called Shakespeare’s Sisters by Al Harah. The performers will be in Edinburgh for a week and will be “buddied” with local fringe performers and on Sunday 23rd they will all perform at Forest Fringe.

Welcome to the Fringe will also show short films, an exhibition of photography from Palestine, and panel discussions. Some of the artists will perform at Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival in Doune. The other event is an evening cabaret show: Here Is The New From Over There by Northern Stage at Summerhall.

In this show Lorne Campbell and Northern Stage will be working with a mixed company of Arab and UK musician actors to make a show based on 25 specially commissioned Twitter feeds from 25 writers from Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Israel. These twitter scripts will be merged with music, video and Traditional Arab storytelling techniques and Facebook feeds from the region to make an “alternative news tapestry, a nightly news show with a difference.”

Last year Greig explained some of his thinking behind the funding campaign.

He said: “It dispirits me knowing that my Palestinian theatre making friends are unable to come here and, it dispirits me to think that Israeli theatre makers who are brave enough to reject their government’s sponsorship, might be unable to come here as well. “In the light of all this, I felt the need to do something positive.”

Greig added: “Palestinian voices must be heard on their own terms. Palestinian theatre makers are massively disadvantaged. “It’s important that, in establishing this fund, we are careful to make sure its disbursement recognises this.”

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We walk, we talk, we be, we do. But are we going anywhere, saying anything?

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I tell news, my news and World news. Today like many I am going through ‘Moments’ the same moments as you the reader and others. Be you family, friends, strangers reading this, I often look at people, our species, Countries, a People, 1 person, group of people, a belief, a myth, a legend in name, the woman next door to the poor kid in Syria being killed to that homeless guy I seen and all in-between, today. We all talk, I talk! I talk here, I give my opinions all over ShaunyNews platforms and for my Editor Ian here and on @ AceNewsSercies because, well that is the question right? because why? Why, why do we look, talk, question, forgive, forget, listen, pretend, lie, do, don’t do. Why can some be open like I am her and some not, LISTEN! No disrespect, I am living, I evolve so I ask questions, I can’t sit still, lol. I must improve, learn, understand, become, dream and learn to act on these emotions and wants. Often I can come across as hate or anger, this is never true, I am telling a news story or sharing or trying to understand life or a moment in my and others lives, no more, no less, but I am small, like the lyrics in the song below, you will see ❤ I am Shauny only, I am nothing, we are all equal, we are above nobody nor below anyone, well, this is how I believe it should be, how you see it is your call and I do respect that, do you respect others? Example only here, like me? I want some to care, others I don’t care but never hate. I reach out to people, some reach back and understand but some can’t reach back and don’t understand, frustrating? Of course, but I can only speak to that or any person and ask “Who is different” you or I then say “But really? Does it matter?” The answer of course is no, we co-exist on the same level but we are too apart often, but some are lucky to have love right here, some don’t. Some are love, some fake love, some can’t love due to pain from now or a past that trapped them, I only hope and pray you find what you need because all I do is look for me and ask your help, simple right? Life is easy, sadly we ALL can make it hard, this can change, the World is imperfect but we can be individually better. I generalize only for myself, I question my World, the World only because this is my path. What is wrong with that? Most days and, WHO CARES I have a baseline reader of 2,000 people, sometimes 50,000 and all in-between. I thank you for reading, replying, know I see you I hear you and I love you. Men will sit and mock me for these words, but why? I don’t mock back, if a man can’t be a man then he must understand why he needs the persona of tough guy. I AM a tough guy, I ‘COULD’ kill in the right circumstances but so could any man, BUT! Can we turn the coin around and not do that? Can we be calm when hate and intolerance are in our way? I can only speak as a man, the man I AM, but I do understand my Partner and some girls, of course I do, so do you but we can’t understand every person. So we try, but we must try to do it with love and care and slowly, if we get it. Top right you will see 1.2 MILLION people have read or visited me, that staggers and scared me a little because I never asked for this to happen, I just wrote one day and here I am. Look at it like life, we open a door our lives change, we turn left we love, we turn right we hate, we turn around and find love we move another way and find hate. Whatever you do, you choose, what direction you go, understand people ARE THERE to help you, why do I know this? Well I am very fortunate to have a woman beside me who hugs me and tells me “It’s ok” Its just “OK” …Are you ok? I pray so… x

In life I see people walk, but walking nowhere. 

In life I see people educate themselves but not apply it in life 

I see in life people becoming then stop, they become and don’t become anything more, they just become

People can be cruel, but I ignore, you should too. Whoever I speak too here

In life I see people talk, but not speaking any truths or real values, just empty words for the sake of a noise

In life, my life here in Scotland I see individual acts of love and kindness. 

We make dreams but don’t live them, we see a dream, feel a dream but don’t act the dream nor try, why all this? I ask to learn yes…

In life, all over the World I speak to Hundreds of people in audio, type, email, blog, twitter, I ‘FEEL’ individual acts of kindness, don’t we all? Or have you forgot there is a whole World out there we are attached to no matter if we know it or like it, facts are we are all connected. As a species we can be cruel, hate, racist, religiously hateful, not all! but too many of us are. I see kindness, love, help, support and more. But often the bad outnumbers the good in our World. We are a species of talkers, some clever, some stupid, many like me trying to find our own way our own path in life, our journey. I can’t say I am clever or stupid because this will be what others will decide, be I like it or not, but in truth I don’t care what people think of me. I don’t throw hate, I don’t catch hate. I understand anger often, I understand happy always. We are all going somewhere and must respect each other’s path or journey. We can also help them on that journey but sadly some want to send people the wrong way or grab them the wrong way and force them up their own paths, this is wrong, I have seen and lived it. That is why I know now it’s wrong. We grow, we learn and every day I DEMAND I stand up and learn, help, feel, gather morality, learn NOT TO JUDGE! Yeah I am ‘Irony’ just the same as you. These are my opinions only, challenge me, challenge YOU. Live, smile, love, laugh, get drunk, make love, help peace happen or hate and be unhappy, your choice because I have choice the same as you. I was told “No I don’t understand you” recently by a person I love so much I cry, I cry in hope we can connect, if you read this what stops you? I ask with an open heart and mind. Challenge me, challenge you, challenge life. Choose life, choose what YOU want because I will, again without hate, just emotions that range from love, respect, tolerance, confusion also, I try not to challenge people but it’s hard so I question me 1st to understand another or life or the World. Wake up, or go to sleep. I have decided. I am VERY LUCKY to have an audience I can open up too, I respect and thank you ALL for the pleasure to do so, please know that. I write for peace and love, try it, even just in your mind. ❤

More love, less hate x 

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I will still beat a man. But I care also. We can be both, but NEVER hate.
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