Workshop, Falastin Film Festival, Family-friendly, Storytelling

Children & Family Day

Part of the Falastin Film Festival

(Sun 26 May: 11am-4pm)

This space will be open for families and children to come spend some time and engage in activities around Palestine. Join in with craft activities, colouring books, storytelling, henna, reading materials for all ages, and children's books in Arabic!

Drop-in any time from 11am to 4pm. If you wish to attend any of scheduled activities below, arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time to sign up. Spots are limited due to space constraints.

Scheduled Activities

11:30am-12pm: Rajiv's Starry Feelings with Niall Moorjani
Join Niall for a reading of their new book. Aimed at ages 2-6 years.

12pm-12:30pm: Storytelling for 6+ with Niall Moorjani
Niall will tell adventurous stories about standing tall in the face of adversity. Aimed at ages 6-9 years.

Niall Moorjani is a writer and storyteller who has performed all over the world. Their work is inspired by history, identity, myth and folklore.

1pm-2:30pm: Arts & Crafts Workshop: What Does Palestine Mean to Me?
This collage and colouring workshop for children and parents alike will be led by Mourad Diouri. Mourad is the founder of the Edinburgh Arab Festival and teaching fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Mourad is also the founder of Mosaic Tree Press, a publishing company whose books will feature at the festival and guide this workshop.

3pm-4pm: Introduction to Tatreez
Join Riwaa Joma to learn the basics of Palestinian embroidery, tatreez. Tatreez is a form of Palestinian embroidery typically sewn on garments which employs a range of symbols including birds, trees and flowers. Historically, tatreez was practised in the rural areas and each village or region had their unique patterns. Tatreez is an artful practice of resistance whose power has resisted war, destruction, and expulsion. Today, the art is common practice across the diaspora, recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage. The workshop aims to introduce you to the basics of tatreez, all materials will be provided.


Falastin Film Festival (FFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective of Palestinians and allies dedicated to bringing Palestinian art to Edinburgh and Highland audiences. Palestinians are often summed up as an ‘occupied people,’ and spoken for, though they have their own stories to tell. Using cinema as a tool of resistance the festival strives to decolonize the narrative and equip audiences with historical context. There is a desire to build community while celebrating Palestinian art and culture through cinema, music, cuisine, and other storytelling mediums. Scotland’s exposure to Palestinian society, art, culture, and humanity altogether remains rather limited. FFF hopes to fill this gap, using both classical and contemporary cinema primarily but not exclusively. They strive to highlight Palestinian steadfast resistance, cultural preservation, stories of love, and in the words of poet Rafeef Ziadah, teachings of life. In so doing, they offer a refreshing portrayal that encompasses the geographic, linguistic, and experiential diversity of the Palestinian people globally.

Visit their website or follow them on social media @falastinfilmfest.

Booking Information

This event is free and non-ticketed. If you wish to attend scheduled activity please sign up on arrival.

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    • 26 May 2024
    • 300 minutes
    • 11:00
    • Scottish Storytelling Centre
    • subvenue Storytelling Court
    • All Ages
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