ACTION for GAZA - TEARS from HEBRON

HOW TO ORDER AN OBJECT?

To order an object, there are three simple steps to follow.

1) Fill in the form you can find HERE.
2) Transfer the final amount (number of objects + any shipping costs) to BE52 7364 0254 4509.
3) We will contact you to confirm your order and make further arrangements.

A few years ago, I visited the West Bank; the situation in Hebron especially affected me deeply. Hebron was once world-famous for its glassblowing industry. I visited one of the last glassblowing studios there and saw an object that was strange to me. It looked like a somewhat useless vase, but I was told that for Muslims, it symbolises a tear that puts them in touch with Allah. For the Christian Hebrews, they are Christmas baubles that bring peace. To support these glassblowers, we had 800 of them made for the performance ‘All the good’. Each object contains the ‘breath’ from a useless work of art, blown by a Palestinian man, although we don’t know whether he is Jewish, Muslim, or Christian, atheist or deeply religious. A glassy, fragile setting as the symbol of a horrific situation. 

What is happening in Gaza affects us all deeply.  

As a small gesture, these objects are being offered in support of a project in northern Gaza, where the Theater Day Productions (TDP) / أيام المسرح (Ayyam Al-Masrah) artist collective was operating. TDP aims for drama, theatre, and creative activities to become a regular part of the lives of young people in Palestine so that they can find their individual voices, discover their self-esteem, and develop their creative lives. Their credo: one theatre day a year for everyone in Gaza. TDP seeks to achieve this by working with the formal education system and local organisations working with and for children and young people. Today, their operation is reduced to collecting resources and flour to bake bread after bakeries were targeted by the bombings. 

This action aims to raise funds to support this collective that is unfortunately now unreachable. We have no contact with them at this time. However, this should not stop us from offering aid. At the moment, we do not know if they are all alive and well, but we do know that their building in northern Gaza is still standing. We will tie up the money in an account under the authority of Needcompany’s Chairperson of the Board and Pieter D’Hooghe, Company Manager. We are in close contact with Jan Willems, co-founder of this collective, who is currently in eastern Jerusalem. As soon as a ceasefire is declared, we will transfer the money to Theatre Day Productions to support reconstruction. Should this be impossible, the money will be transferred to a UN-recognised organisation.

We have valued the objects at 50 euro but we would like to invite you to pay what you want / can.

The objects are available in three colours. Unfortunately, they are too heavy to hang in your Christmas tree.

Jan Lauwers

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HOW TO ORDER AN OBJECT?

To order an object, there are three simple steps to follow.

1) Fill in the form you can find HERE.
2) Transfer the final amount (number of objects + any shipping costs) to BE52 7364 0254 4509.
3) We will contact you to confirm your order and make further arrangements.

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