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Hope and Optimism
for Palestinians in
the Next Generation

Pegasus Theatre
Oxford
In Summer 2011, the Pegasus Theatre organised the MESH Oxford International Youth Arts Festival to connect young people across cultures through the arts.

The 10-day festival brought together 200 young people from six different countries, including Gaza in occupied Palestine. As well as showing their work to each other, the young people led post show discussions, participated in creative workshops culminating in a final performance in the Oxford Town Hall, and took part in a main debate on the issues of human rights and young people.

Hoping provided a grant to help bring the ten young Palestinians from Gaza to participate in the festival. They performed a series of monologues that they had written, in conjunction with Ashtar Theatre in Palestine, about their fears, hopes and dreams following the occupation of the Gaza strip.

In 2010- the UN International Year of Youth- Ashtar Theatre had arranged for 50 theatres across the world to recite, act or dance the monologues written by the young people at 7pm local time. Pegasus Theatre took part in the event, and two of its young actors then went to New York to perform their monologues alongside young representatives from the other theatres at the UN Assembly on the Middle East in November 2010.