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How art is bringing Gaza, West Bank together

For the first time, the Palestine International Festival for Dance and Music was held in both Gaza and the West Bank.
Art students perform during the Palesitinian Dance and Song Festival against Discrimination late on August 4, 2015 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI        (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gazans are always open to opportunities that might bring them joy, including passionately welcoming the chance to participate in artistic events. The political situation has limited the arts, but that appears to be slowly changing, as evidenced by the recent Palestine International Festival for Dance and Music.

The festival opened in Gaza City on July 27, and in a first, did so in parallel with the festival opening in the West Bank, a landmark in sharing Palestinian art. This was the first year that Gazans took part in the festival and that Gaza hosted festivities, which was founded in 1993 by the Popular Art Centre.

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