Diana meets with Shyrine Ziadeh - Founder of Ramallah Ballet Center, the first ballet center in Palestine. She is also Co-Founder of Wasla Dance Platform. They discuss ballet in Palestinian culture and the shift from classic to contemporary dance, as well as dance as...
Even 70 years later, May 15th, 1948 denotes stark differences amongst communities. For Palestinians, it is known as the ‘Al-Nakba’ or the catastrophe. As consciousness dawns, the majority of the global community appreciates that healing this scourge is the only route to harmony and civil society. Palestinians in the diaspora talk to MyOliveRoots about what the ‘Nakba’ means to them.
Waël Kabbani passionately tells his stories through music, film and animation; often combining all three creative mediums in one project and has scored accolades by co-producing award winning and critically acclaimed films globally.
Katie Miranda is a multifaceted artist/activist living in Portland, Oregon where she has a jewelry and apparel business and does cartoons for Mondoweiss and the Middle East Eye. For an American of Jewish and Christian descent, Katie is more Palestinian than many I’ve met. She speaks passionately about Palestine and the Palestinian people; her art portrays that passion.
Samira Taweel was born in Haifa in 1942. Raised in a family of seven children, she grew up with very over protective siblings. Now a grandmother, she has been living in Australia since 1958 and reminiscences about her bittersweet past filled with memories of her beloved homeland, Palestine.
Jamil Adas (JA) is a Palestinian Canadian who founded The Poetryhood Movement, a platform created for the expression and empowerment of grassroots poetry and visual art. With the movement gaining traction with events held across Dubai inviting poets to strut their poetry on stage, it is now becoming the city’s cherished hub for poetry sharing and art collaboration.
My Olive Roots enjoyed a delicious vegan breakfast with Plant-Based Nutrition Consultant and owner of Wholly Mama Lifestyle Consultancy Company, Amanda Mattar, on “why vegan is in vogue”.
Do you ever experience moments that are as surprising as they are? I was recently transported to this ineffable state of being whilst sitting under the stars with two spoken word poets, Farah Chamma and Dana Dajani. We shared five hours together exploring personal journeys, stories, song and poetry. An evening I will never forget.