Bethlehem Unwrapped at Christmas

St James’s Church, Piccadilly in association with Amos Trust, Holy Land Trust, Interpal, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) UK, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, P21 Gallery, Tipping Point North South, War on Want & Zaytoun CIC presents:

BETHLEHEM UNWRAPPED – A festival of Bethlehem at Christmas.

St James’s Piccadilly December 23rd 2013 – January 5th 2014

All net proceeds of the Bethlehem Unwrapped festival will be donated to Future Peacemakers Appeal, Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem


St James’s Church in Piccadilly will be hosting the Bethlehem Unwrapped festival with a packed programme of events.

The festival welcomes Nigel Kennedy,  singers Reem Kelani and the Tallis Scholars; chefs Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi; comedians Mark Steel, Jeremy Hardy, Dave Cohen; Also, spoken word artist Rafeef Ziadah and UK slam poetry champion Harry Baker; actor Adjoa Andoh, film-maker Leila Sansour and video artists Larissa Sansour; speakers include ICAHD founder Jeff Halper. The full line-up is available on the Bethlehem Unwrapped website where tickets can be booked.

A major installation will be unveiled on the opening evening, Monday 23rd December

December 23rd 6pm
ART – ‘Unwrapped’ – festival opening ceremony with broadcast message from Holy Land Trust director Sami Awad in Bethlehem, unveiling of major installation in St James’s Courtyard and children’s art exhibition from Bethlehem, ‘All They Paint is the Wall’

December 29th 7.30pm
POETRY – ‘Slammed Up’ – an evening of slam poetry in the key of freedom, with 2012 World Slam champion Harry BakerZia AhmedBridget Minamore &Dizraeli


December 30th 7.30pm
COMEDY – ‘Stand Up Against the Wall’ – comedy night, with BBC comedy star & Independent columnist Mark Steel, News quiz veteran, comedian and author Jeremy HardyAndy Zaltzman (“Breathtakingly good” Time Out) & Dave Cohen (“Smart & very funny” Huffington Post UK)


Jan 2nd 7.30pm
FILM – ‘Jeremy Hardy vs the Israeli Army’ – comedy doc following News Quiz veteran Jeremy Hardy on a hair-raising path through the Second Intifada. Palestinian film-maker and Bethlehem resident Leila Sansour joins us for a Q&A after the film (“Outstanding … riveting” **** Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)

Jan 3rd 7.30pm
CUISINE – ‘Bethlehem Feast’ – Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi present a Bethlehem Christmas dinner, raising funds for Holy Land Trust’s ‘Future Peacemakers’ appeal. An incredible opportunity for a truly seasonal feast in the presence of the masters of Middle Eastern cuisine. Come prepared for after-dinner dancing, led by Palestinian dabke troupe Al-Zaytouna! NB Numbers strictly limited – book early to avoid disappointment! Presented by Zaytoun CIC and Rocket Food


Jan 4th 8pm
DEBATE – : ‘Both sides of the Barrier – Separation or Security?’ – speakers include Jeff Halper, founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)


Jan 5th 7.30pm
MUSIC – : ‘The Bridge’ – concert with legendary violinist Nigel Kennedy and friends, performing his own composition The Bridge, with singers from the Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, world-renowned Palestinian singer Reem Kelani and guest speaker Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Click here to book tickets through our official ticket supplier Eventbrite