“Gaza inédite” takes off in Paris

 PARIS, March 17 (KUNA) — A major cultural event on Gaza took off in Paris on Thursday with the chief aim of altering the stereotype image about the Palestinian Strip.

   Running from March 17 through 21 in Paris and Marseille, “Gaza inédite” (Gaza as you’ve never seen it before) presents a series of cultural events exploring history, contemporary challenges, film, music and visual arts, the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

   Organized by French Institute in Jerusalem, French Institute for the Near East, French Cultural Institute, “Gaza inédite” invites the public to join scholars, journalists, diplomats, artists, humanitarian workers, political leaders, and Palestinian, French and international citizens at round-table discussions, screenings and performances in order to reflect on the challenges currently facing Arab societies, and particularly Gaza, the ministry added.

   The series looks at Gaza’s cultural, artistic and scientific vitality, and the role France plays there through its cultural network.

   Despite eight years of the Israeli siege of the Strip, Gaza still survives, innovates and contrives, and is an integral part of the future of Palestine. It is a central factor to understand several problematic issues at the Arab and Muslim communities, it said.

   Events will be held at the library of the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations and at the Institute of Islamic Culture in Paris until March 19, and then at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations on March 21. (end)