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Amwaj is an educational project as well as an artistic one.
It has grown since 2015 and aims to continue providing to all those involved – its students and their families, its pedagogues, its artistic and educational partners, and its audiences wherever they are – an enriching experience that combines the following ingredients:

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Amwaj at the Bethlehem Cultural Festival

The Bethlehem Cultural Festival : arts, music, culture, heritage in Palestine

The first edition of the Bethlehem Cultural Festival, entirely online this year, features Amwaj and the Choeur de Jeunes de l’Orchestre de Paris in a filmed version of their concert in honor of Mahmoud Darwish at the Philharmonie de Paris on 1 March 2020, but also an exclusive first recording of Dalia’s Song, with music by Roxanna Panufnik and words by Jessica Duchen, combined with the traditional Syrian song Hal Asmar Ellon.

Amwaj Opera commission: Amal – Over the Wall

For 2021, the most ambitious project of Amwaj is the world premiere of the opera Amal – Over the Wall, which the choir commissioned from composer Camille van Lunen and librettist Cornelia Köhler. The opera is based on Palestinian prisoner author Walid Daqqa’s award-winning tale The Oil’s Secret.

The production of the opera will involve the Amwaj choir and a children’s orchestra of the Bethlehem-based community project Sounds of Palestine, with cello soloist Fabienne van Eck. Performances are planned in Bethlehem, Ramallah and Nablus, under the musical direction of Mathilde Vittu

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AMWAJ NEEDS YOU!

Amwaj is both a choir school with two branches (in Hebron and Bethlehem) and a performing choir that focuses on national and international exchanges. It is also a social project, where the young singers attend all weekly classes and extra-curricular activities free of charge. With this triple identity, Amwaj has a wide range of needs – from pedagogical to logistical ones, from administrative to production ones, from artistic to recreational ones – which translate into an equally wide range of ways it can be supported. Since 2015, the weekly training of the children and youths attending Amwaj courses is possible thanks to the generous support of the Swiss foundation Les Instruments de la Paix – Genève.
Amwaj is both a choir school with two branches (in Hebron and Bethlehem) and a performing choir that focuses on national and international exchanges. It is also a social project, where the young singers attend all weekly classes and extra-curricular activities free of charge. With this triple identity, Amwaj has a wide range of needs – from