Safeguarding Palestinian Hikaye

  • Project budget:
    • US$ 10,000
  • Source:
    • UNESCO - Regular budget
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/11/2006 - 01/09/2008

Benefitting country(ies): Palestine


The Hikaye narrative presents fictitious and contemporary issues of Palestine society from the perspective of women storytellers. Narrated in colloquial Arabic, its expressive power lies in the use of language, speech rhythms and vocal inflections.

A global action plan was elaborated to ensure the safeguarding of the Palestinian Hikaye as a form of oral expression through training, scientific research and archiving as well as support to the ongoing practice of the narratives. The aim is to bring together the largest possible number of community members and institutions involved at different levels in the study and practice of the Palestinian Hikaye, and coordinate their efforts within a national endeavour to identify and revitalize it. Various funding sources have been identified to finance the implementation of the action plan. The current project focuses mainly on research and archiving. It will ensure the proper documentation of the Hikaye through audio and visual recordings of tale telling in different geographical areas, including refugee camps. It also includes the creation of a national archive as well as awareness raising activities.

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