Thursday May 17

Spice and Craft Market open 11:00am – 7:00pm

Festival Kick-Off at Noon!

Westminster Town Hall Forum
Palestinian Soccer Star Honey Thaljieh

  • 11:30am Pre-Forum Concert with Georges Lammam Ensemble
  • Noon Westminster Town Hall Forum
  • 1:00 Public Reception featuring refreshments provided by Mediterranean Cruise



6:00pm The Wanted 18           View the Trailer!

  • Animated documentary about the efforts of Palestinians in Beit Sahour to start a small local dairy industry during the First Intifada, hiding a herd of 18 dairy cows from Israeli security forces when the dairy collective was deemed a threat to Israel's national security. Arabic with English subtitles. Munir Nassar, who is the son of one of the film's main characters, will introduce the film and lead a discussion.



3:00 – 4:00pm Open Choral Clinic

  • Featuring Micah Hendler, Director of the Jerusalem YMCA Youth Chorus. Join us as Micah works with several local high school choirs in this open rehearsal format.

    Watch as Jerusalem YMCA Youth Chorus Founder/Director Micah Hendler leads an interactive clinic on Palestinian choral music. Micah’s chorus unites Palestinian, Jewish Israeli, and Arab Israeli youth in both music and intentional dialogue. The clinic will give all participants a chance to hear and learn authentic contemporary Palestinian music, supported by members of the Georges Lammam Ensemble.

6:30 – 7:45pm Georges Lammam Ensemble in Concert

  • The Georges Lammam Ensemble will be the extraordinary soundtrack for Windows into Palestine. This internationally acclaimed group of musicians will offer traditional Arabic music, from classical to contemporary popular songs throughout the festival.

Visual Art

5:00 – 6:30pm "Windows of Hope" Exhibition Opening Reception

  • Enjoy music, refreshments, and a tour of this illuminating exhibit of paintings and photography, all from Palestine. From a people living under oppression in a holy, war-torn land, comes art that speaks of hope. The exhibition Windows of Hope presents the reality of life on the ground for artists who paint and make photographs and tells the poignant story of their life in Palestine. This exhibition runs May 17 – June 24.


Iftar Dinner

Taking Heart – Break the Ramadan Fast

  • 8:00 – Presentation on Ramadan and the Iftar
  • Sunset – Dinner, prepared by Mediterranean Cruise Restaurant
  • Part of the Taking Heart Initiative of the Minnesota Council of Churches and the Muslim American Society of Minnesota. Admission is free, but you must register to attend the Iftar. NOTE: REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. A FEW WALK-UP TICKETS REMAIN; PLEASE ASK AT THE IFTAR CHECK-IN TABLE STARTING 6:00PM ON 5/17.

Friday, May 18

Spice and Craft Market  |  11:00am – 7:00pm

Visual Art  | "Windows of Hope" exhibition 9:00am - 7:00pm


11:00am – 1:00pm Concert al fresco on Nicollet Plaza

  • Georges Lammam and the Georges Lammam ensemble



1:00 – 3:30pm Short Film Collection

  • The Living of the Pigeons
  • Ave Maria  Watch trailer
  • Visitation
  • Day 79
  • The Knife
  • The Cage
  • Congratulations on the New Wall Paint
  • Pen from Mejjdo

7:00pm Amreeka          View the trailer!

  • An entertaining and often humorous recounting of the story of a Palestinian mother and teenage son who’ve immigrated to rural Illinois and their experiences with American life, customs, and prejudices. Arabic and English with subtitles



3:30 – 5:30pm Chef Showcase!

  • Demonstrations were never so delicious! Two acclaimed chefs will talk about, prepare and offer samples of delicious dishes. Learn about the NEW Palestinian Cuisine from Chef Sameh Wadi of World Street Kitchen and Saffron, and with Chef Bassem Hazboun of Bethlehem.

Saturday, May 19

Spice and Craft Market open 11:00am – 7:00pM

Visual Art  | "Windows of Hope" exhibition 9:00am - 7:00pm


10:00-11:45am: Speed Sisters         Watch the trailer!

  • The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, the film is a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought they could. Michelle Baroody from the University of Minnesota will present the film and lead discussion. Arabic and English with subtitles

12:00-1:45pm: I Love Bethlehem

  • WORLD PREMIERE! Five short documentary films created by filmmaking students at Dar Al Kalima University, Bethlehem. Each student director explores his or her relationship to Bethlehem in a 10-15 minute film; Arabic with subtitles

2:00-3:45pm: The Time that Remains      Watch the trailer!

  • Semi-autobiographical film about director Elia Suleiman’s own family in Nazareth that begins before the formation of Israel and moves forward for several decades; Arabic with subtitles

4:00pm: The Idol       Watch the trailer!

  • Film inspired by the true story of a young Palestinian man with a beautiful voice who grew up in Gaza and, despite many barriers, made his way to Cairo to the semifinals of Arab Idol. Aaron Humble, past member of Twin Cities men’s choral group Cantus and judge for a similar talent contest, Palestinian Idol, leads post-film discussion; Arabic with subtitles


1:00 – 2:00pm: Musical Petting Zoo

  • Performance, workshop and instrument demonstrations with Georges Lammam and the Georges Lammam ensemble

CELEBRATION DINNER FOR BRIGHT STARS OF BETHLEHEM!            6:15 - 10:00pm        ****SOLD OUT!****

Reception with cash bar, followed by four-course dinner by renowned chefs, Sameh Wadi of Minneapolis’ Saffron and Bassem Hazboun from Bethlehem, Palestine. Presentation by Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, President of Dar Al Kalima University in Bethlehem, Palestine. Musical performances by Georges Lammam Ensemble, live auction, and more! More information and register here.

Dinner Ticket Prices: $140 individual, $125 individual before May 1, $1,000 for a Table of 8

$75 of each ticket purchased is tax deductible and directly funds scholarships at Dar al-Kalima University.