Belonging to The Land: Chai For All in Palestine

by David Mowat in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 24th April 2018 we successfully raised £2,458 with 54 supporters in 56 days

To co-create tour & record a new show about Human-Land relationship via a band study tour of Occupied Palestine, working with Palestinians.

by David Mowat in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

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Dear supporters

Thank you so much for your support so far. Now could you share this appeal with a couple of your friends?

Here's an update: We've booked tickets, planned rehearsals and have organised an  itinerary with our fantastic host Kristel Elayyan from Beit Sahur.  There'll be gigs at the famous club Kabareet in Haifa Israel, frequented  mainly by Palestinians with Israeli ID, in the renowned Edward Said  Conservatoire in Bethlehem at Nablus International Festival and informally at the Jisser Cafe in Beit Sahur.

There'll be a lovely valley walk (but for the separation barrier and illegal Israeli hilltop settlements) from the UNESCO world heritage village of Battir to Beit Jala as the olive leaves begin to appear and almond blossom is out, acrtoss limestone terraces; we're here to walk and understand the local's realtionship to the land.

Also,  Simon Leach Chai's darbukka player will lead a workshop on music  therapy for teachers of children with autism, Michael Loader will  explore childrens' views of the land through a story telling workshop at  a local school, Marianna Moralis will run a session on drama and Knud  and I will run a jazz improvisation workshop. Katie Stevens will share clarinet techniques with local players.

We'll be self-catering in a small apartment and meeting up for regular jam sessions too. 

We're  short of funds for food, for internal travel, for composition and  coordination time, and to subsidise the gigs booked after we and our  fellow Palestinian musicians have created a new show.  We also have to  feed and accommodate Zaid Hilal whilst in the UK These gigs will be 

June 8th Saint Stephen's Church Bristol

June 9th Taunton CICCIC

June 15th Carlton Hill Quaker Meeting in Leeds

June 16th Friar Gate Quaker Meeting in York

June 17th Rising Sun Arts Centre in Reading.

Lastly here is music of the wonderful singer we'll be working with on tour in UK, Zaid Hilal.

I very appreciate all the help you've given .

David Mowat

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