Meet the ventriloquist of the West Bank
Abed Alsalam Abdo and his life-sized puppet
are one of the acts in a cultural street festival
aimed at preserving Palestinian heritage
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DIRECTOR OF SHOW, EZZ ALJABARI, SAYING:
"We noticed that the image and demography of the Old City have gradually changed. We are trying to tell people what used to happen in these locations and what the situation was like here when we had a voice and freedom of movement."
Some of the events were canceled due to lockdown
But organizers decided to continue with the festival
with extra social distancing measures in place
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EVENT ORGANIZER, HEKMAT AL-QAWASMEH, SAYING:
"The project is held in the Old City and is aimed at reviving the Old City through culture and arts. We tried to organize events in line with health measures.We also hold the activities outdoors with limited number of attendees and to take advantage of the summertime."