Music and the Community
It should be noted here that Banat Al-Quds also inaugurated the Wain A Ramallah (best translated with “Let’s Go to Ramallah,” this is the title of a famous popular song) festival, a street festival held by Ramallah Municipality. Its character reflects the lively cultural scene in Palestine in general and Ramallah in particular, featuring pioneering Palestinian musicians, it is worth mentioning here that the Conservatory participated in various musical events in Al-Harajah market, an event set up by Ramallah Municipality to introduce the public to Palestine’s cultural heritage and celebrate its esthetics and diversity
The Conservatory’s Nablus and Gaza branches participated in an online event commemorating the Nakba, hosted by Seeds for Development and Culture. Conservatory students from both the Nablus and Gaza branches participated by playing and singing patriotic songs to pay homage and express through music both the suffering and the steadfastness of the Palestinian people, among other important events that took place during the summer was the commemoration of the thirteenth anniversary of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish’s parting that was celebrated in the garden of the Mahmoud Darwish Museum. Led by Ziad Amr, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mahmoud Darwish Foundation, and Dr. Atef Abu Seif, the Palestinian Minister of Culture, the ceremony was attended by around 100 distinguished guests and numerous cultural and political figures. At this occasion, the American thinker Noam Chomsky donated to the Conservatory the value of the Mahmoud Darwish Prize for Creativity to recognize the importance of the Palestinian cultural scene and highlight the role music plays in consolidating Palestinian identity, appreciating the distinguished role the ESNCM has played during the past twenty-seven years. This donation furthermore serves to enhance the sustainability of the Conservatory and supports its work as a Palestinian cultural institution.