Preparations are ongoing to get the 5th Heritage week on its feet. The organizing team lead by Ruba Naser has been working diligently to bring together a diverse number of activities that targets the entire family.
Ms. Naser explained that the Heritage week team is organized into committees each leading a number of activities that jointly aim to enrich visitors experience while they roam among the houses, attics and streets of the historic area of Birzeit. Ms. Naser pointed that the historic area of birzeit does not only provide the platform for the week's programs and activities but more importantly it provides the Heritage week with one of its major distinctions compared to other similar activities in Palestine. Ms. Naser added that the Heritage Week possesses a number of elements that makes it unique.
The International Courtyard is one of these elements. The Heritage week invited the representatives and communities of different foreign countries to exchange their heritage, culture and identity with the local community. This is a particularly special opportunity not only for the international exhibitors but also for the local rural community which is often marginalized and excluded from such an interaction.
The Heritage Week is not a cultural event that stands on its own or is organized for the sake of promoting culture. It attempts to explore ways to deal with the alienation that exists between the local community and culture and to a certain extent between the local community and experiential tourism. A win win formula is what is needed to create such bridges. The Heritage week is designed to generate the maximum benefits for local community participants in order to appreciate what happens on the artistic and cultural levels.
Ms. Naser insists that a visit to the Heritage Week is a must to discover the diverse activities that have been consolidated to provide you with a unique and worthwhile experience.