Palestinian culture celebrated at first ever Palfest

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PEOPLE from across the UK gathered on Sunday for the first ever Palfest in Milton Keynes.

The event is a celebration of Palestinian culture hosted by the Milton Keynes branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Held in Stony Stratford it was extremely well attended by people travelling from London, Bedford, Northampton, Luton and across Milton Keynes. One person even heard about the event via Japan.

All were treated to music by the fantastic London-based band, Raast, who performed two sets of traditional and contemporary music in Arabic, English and French. The music was accompanied by some energetic traditional dancing from the audience, led by members of the PSC committee.

In addition to the entertainment on the stage, there was a poetry reading, an exhibition of photographs of Palestinian life taken by Marcus Armstrong – a regular visitor to and campaigner for Palestine, a display of kites made by children in the West Bank, Palestinian food and drink to sample and books and hand-crafted Palestinian goods to buy.

As well as being a fabulous afternoon of fun and entertainment, the event aimed to raise awareness of Palestine and to celebrate its rich culture.

One organiser said: “A wonderful time was had by both organisers and attendees and this will hopefully be the first of many future Palfests.”