Windows into Palestine is a 3-day festival in Minneapolis, celebrating the art, culture, and people of Palestine.

This collaboration between Bright Stars of Bethlehem, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church Foundation, and Lord of Life Lutheran Church  includes art exhibits, musical performances, film screenings, cooking demonstrations and more! Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb will be presenting at several of the events.

On Wednesday, May 16, at 6pm Lord of Life Lutheran Church  is hosting a free speaking event with Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb. Learn More   Note: this event is not officially part of the Windows into Palestine Festival.


See Windows into Palestine website for Full Program Schedule

Thursday, May 17

11:30-1pm Festival Kick-off! 

Featuring Palestinian Soccer Star Honey Thaljieh, George Lamman ensemble, Mediterranean reception

5-6:30pm “Windows of Hope” Art Exhibition Opening Reception 

Featuring Palestinian art, live music, and refreshments

6pm Film Screening of The Wanted 18

A comical stop-motion animation that tells the story, of a small Palestinian town that started a local dairy industry during the First Intifada. Presented by Munir Nassar, who is the son of one of the film’s main characters. Discussion following screening.

6:30-8pm Musical Performances by Georges Lammam Ensemble

8pm Iftar Dinner

Part of the Taking Heart Initiative of the Minnesota Council of Churches and the Muslim American Society of Minnesota. Learn more and Register Here

Friday, May 18

11am-1pm al Fresco concert with Georges Lammam Ensemble on Nicollet Plaza

1-3pm Film Screenings

3:30-5:30 Chef Showcase

Renowned chefs, including Chef Sameh Wadi of World Street Kitchen and Saffron and Chef Bassem Hazboun of Bethlehem will offer live cooking demonstrations and samples of Palestinian cuisine.

Saturday, May 19 

12pm-6pm Movie Marathon

6:15pm Celebration Dinner for Bright Stars

The weekend’s festivities culminate in a celebratory evening featuring four-course dinner, live auction and presentation by Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb. Tickets purchased raise funds for scholarship in Palestine. Learn more and register here.