Blues For Palestine 

Fri 8th July, 9pm

Coughlans (Douglas St.)

Free – Donations Welcome

Blues For Palestine is an event to increase awareness of the plight of the people trying to exist there. It is small part of a national week long event, Palfest Ireland. Through many artistic events we express Solidarity and we commemorate the onslaught on Gaza this time two years ago. Amongst the atrocities were 556 dead children.


9:00 PM Doors Open. Free admission but donations welcome.

9:15 PM Screening of ‘Small hands in handcuffs’. This is a documentary film made by a then 16 year old Anraí Carroll. He travelled to The West Bank and secretly interviewed children who were imprisoned and brutalised by the Israeli Army. https://vimeo.com/98181753

10:00 PM Karan Casey, a well known and loved figure in the Trad/Folk/Protest scene internationally, takes the opportunity to explore her great love of the songs of Nina Simone. She will be accompanied by our very special guest, Pat Crowley on piano. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FTDE8e5bP0

11:30 PM or so, The Dizzy Blues Band, will take the night home.

B4P Contacts:




Opening of the Palestine Information Centre

18 Cove Street, Cork City

Saturday 9th July, from 2pm

A resource for all who wish to be informed about Israel and Palestine. Staffed by volunteers and entirely funded by contributions, in the centre visitors can find:

  • Reference Library
  • Book lending
  • The story of Palestine
  • Palestinian film programme
  • Live News-Feed from the area
  • Maps
  • Items for sale: Crafts, kffeyihs, Palestinian football shirts
  • A warm welcome and hot mint tea!

Programme of events:

2pm – Welcome and refreshment

2:30pm – Official opening of the centre by Fatin Al-Tamimi, Chair of the IPSC

2:40pm – In conversation with special guest Dervla Murphy and Jim Bowen

3:30pm – Q and A and discussion

5pm – Close of event


Saturday 16th July

Discussion about future solutions


The centre will be open every Saturday from 2pm-5pm, all are welcome!



KINVARA, Co. GALWAYFidaa 2 chair

Wednesday 13th July, 7pm

Kinvara Courthouse (KAVA space)

Tickets are €5 for adults / €3 for children and teenagers and will be available at the door.

From Ramallah to Kinvara: Storytelling event with Fidaa Ataya and Little John Nee.

Prepare to be enchanted at this family-friendly evening of storytelling and music with Palestinian storyteller Fidaa Ataya and Little John Nee at Kinvara Courthouse (KAVA space) on Wednesday 13th July at 7pm.

FIDAA ATAYA, from the village of Kafr Nima near Ramallah, will perform her fantastically compelling version of the traditional story, The Doma Tree. Last year she wowed audiences in the Edinburgh Fringe, winning standing ovations.

“Fidaa Ataya is a compelling traditional storyteller who works in English and Arabic. She is absolutely the best class of storytelling performer and her work deserves a wide, international audience. ”
– Award-winning British playwright David Greig:-

quay-st.LITTLE JOHN NEE combines lyrical comic storytelling with original music and songs played on a variety of intriguing instruments, creating magical soundscapes:

“There are parts of Ireland that are less explored than the moon that’s where I go to get my songs”

Little John is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s leading solo theatre performers, and his theatre shows have received critical acclaim, both in Ireland and internationally.

“A force of nature that lifts the heart like a tornado!”

For more information, please contact Vicky Donnelly at 0872645344


Waterford will be staging events at The Rogue Gallery, Michael St., New St Gardens and Downes’s Bar as part of PalFest Ireland.

Waterford is well represented with a very exciting music, film, spoken word and visual arts events taking place over the week long festivities. The festival kicks at 7pm the Rogue Gallery, Michael Street on Friday 8th July, where Waterford is privileged to host an exhibition of the unique graphic design work of Mohammad Hassona. Waterford Council of Trade Unions are proud to sponsor this exceptional art exhibition and the launch will feature Palestinian Music and food, just to get everyone totally in the mood.

Families will enjoy the free open air music event in New Street Gardens on Saturday 9th July, from 2pm -6pm where local bands will be rocking out and giving it lots of welly in support of Palestine. Dancing and bopping is guaranteed.

Other events include the Irish premiere of Mohammed AbedAllah’s film Salem Wasn’t Salem (CLUB) at Garter Lane Theatre on Monday the 11th July.

This film has only been shown twice to private audiences and is not officially released as yet. Waterford PalFest have been offered the rare opportunity to host the Irish Premiere of the film. Telling the story of a young Gazan man, Salem Kaheel Shamaly, who died by sniper fire while searching for his family in the rubble of Gaza during the last war. Salem means ‘safe’ in Arabic and the film explores the lack of a safe place in Gaza. Poignant, disturbing, graphic and hardhitting, Mohammed AbedAllah’s film details the last moments of Salem’s life, and is all the more moving when you realize that Mohamed witnessed the killing and had spent time with the young man just before the sniper bullet hit.

This event will also feature a screening of Small Hands in Handcuffs (CLUB) by Waterford young film maker Anrai Carroll and post-screening discussion chaired by Eileen Carr, humanitarian aid worker. The evening includes traditional Palestinian refreshments. The Quay. Early Bird Tickets €7.50/6 concs or €9 on the door.

On Weds 13th July The Rogue Gallery hosts, Paragraphs of Peace, an evening of Spoken Word with local actors, poets and performers presenting new and pre-loved work, in a welcoming and uplifting evening of shared creativity.

The festival closes with a Dj night in Downes as some of Waterford’s finest Djs spin the tunes into the early hours.

For information on tickets sponsorship and events, check out the facebook page