The Palestinian Performing Arts Network Programme (PAN) was developed through a participatory process involving 12 programme partners: Al Kamandjâti Association, Al-Harah Theatre, Ashtar for theatre productions and training, El – Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe, The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (ESNCM), The Freedom Theatre, The Magnificat Institute, The Ministry of Education (MOE), The Palestinian Circus School, The Popular Art Centre (PAC), Theatre Day Productions (TDP), Yes Theatre.
The twelve partners have come together to develop a joint cultural programme to “contribute towards the development of a democratic and pluralistic society that respects human rights and enhances Palestinian national identity”.
The programme, which is managed by the A. M. Qattan Foundation, contributes to fostering the social dialogue dynamics necessary for establishing a democratic, open and pluralistic society. It also contributes to develop the foundations for “enhanced self-expression and strengthened cultural identity in the Palestinian society by a vibrant performing arts community. This will be achieved through a wide range of interrelated performing arts projects and activities that mainly target Palestinian children and youth (both female and male), as well as other stakeholders, notably in less privileged areas. Another key element of the programme is to ensure that the performing arts network partners are empowered and have advocated and promoted Palestinian culture locally, regionally, and internationally. In addition, it aims at establishing “a strong network of performing arts institutions which has a collective voice able to influence official plans and policies based on knowledge and research, and to attract more funding to support arts and culture”.
The programme will develop a fully-fledged and active performing arts network where efforts are consolidated to place arts and culture at the fore-front of national priorities through advocacy and lobbying with relevant ministries. The process of establishing the performing arts network, facilitated by the Programme Manager, will highly depend on the inputs and commitment of all the partners. The programme partners will form the core membership of the network which, upon registration, will be open to other organizations to join. The programme partners will use workshops and meetings to define the nature, vision, mission, and objectives of the network. Subsequent meetings will be used to review and approve the network’s bylaws, governance structure, membership criteria, management and financial policies and procedures, and to develop its future sustainability plan.
In summary, the current programme will have the following concrete outcomes or short-term effects:
- An active performing arts network is established
- Palestinian communities have access to performing arts productions & performances
- Children, youth (both males and females) are culturally and socially engaged through learning and participating in performing arts
- Enhanced capacity of performing arts institutions and professional artists