MAMARRAT

Ramallah
Ramallah is currently one of the most affluent Palestinian cities with a vivid cultural scene linking it to the regional and international networks. It is considered the most liberal of all Palestinian cities, and home to a number of notorious Palestinian activists, poets, artists, and musicians.

Brief History
Situated 16 km away from Jerusalem, Ramallah’s history extends to the Hellenistic era. The modern Ramallah was established in the XVI century and has gone through dramatic and rapid changes. Ruled by the Ottoman Era until 1911, the British Colonial Mandate until 1948, it subsequently fell under Al Nakba of 1948, whereby thousands of Palestinian refugees were dispossessed and displaced from the Palestinian coastal cities to the region and other parts of the world. The Municipal archive shows significant documents that affirm the rise in the city's population following the displacement of Palestinians by the Zionist Israeli forces in 1948. The Jordanian rule over the city between 1948 and 1967 has left accounts of documents revealing the affluence of the cultural and art scene in the city and its significance as one of the popular summer resorts in the region until its occupation by the Israeli settler colonial regime in 1967. Ramallah played a major role in the establishment of the alleged Palestinian State with the advent of the Palestinian Authority after Oslo Interim Accords in 1993. Ramallah hosts the main Palestinian governmental and legislative bodies, and many foreign representative offices, international donor organizations, NGOs, civil society organizations, and cultural institutions. Diversity, plurality and openness to differences are the main values anchored in the life-style of the city.

Ramallah Municipality envisions culture as one of the core elements for developing the city, parallel to its social and economic programmes. The Municipality has been working on providing the city with the necessary cultural infrastructure to host local and international activities (such as the biennial of Qalandiya International) and contributes to the cultural development of its inhabitants. One of the cultural programmes offered by the Municipality of Ramallah is Mammarat, which aims at reactivating culture in the Old City of Ramallah around Housh Qandah - a historical building that has been purchased, renovated and rehabilitated by the city and which is located in the historic heart of the old city of Ramallah. The venue is designed to host a co-working space for 4 local independent visual artists, as well as a headquarter to the Future Heritage programme which offers creative workshops between artisans and designers, and finally a residency program that host artists from abroad.

The residency program aims at establishing a platform where artists, researchers and curators are able to reflect on the city’s future through a process that enables them to grasp the city’s past and present. The residency is structured on a research based methodology whereby the hosted artist is invited to probe the history and present of Ramallah and produce relevant cultural material that reflects and imagine the city’s future. The programme encourages the residents to meet key local actors and research public and private archives.

all projects

Project Atelier Observatoire
DE QUELQUES EVENEMENTS SANS SIGNIFICATIONS

Collective Cinema / Neglected Cinema

Project Cercca
Platform HARAKAT
Beyond Qafila Thania
Project Le18
QANAT
Project Jiser
RÉSIDENCES DE CRÉATION BCN>ALG>TNS 2017
Project Maison
Valise pédagogique / Mallette pédagogique
Project Rhizome
We dreamt of utopia and we woke up screaming. ‘On Air’
Project Ramallah
mammarat

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LE 18
ATELIER DE L’OBSERVATOIRE
MAISON DE L’IMAGE
CERCCA
JISER
RHIZOME
RAMALLAH MUNICIPALITY