About

Bara’m, means “buds” in Arabic, hence indicating the young generation to carry on the tradition.  The group was established by El-Funoun in 1986 to promote Palestinian-Arab cultural identity and to counter the marginalization and alienation of Palestinian children and youth through music and dance expression.

Community Work

El-Funoun’s vision and mission are closely linked to community development whereby El-Funoun has been playing a pivotal role in shaping an effective cultural movement in Palestine seeking to strengthen the Palestinians political, national and cultural identity.

Organizational Structure

General Assembly
Mr. Jamal Haddad
Mr. Michael Quffeh
Mrs. Huda Odeh
Mrs. Suha Barghouthi
Ms. Ekram Qura’an
Ms. Iman Hamouri
Mr. Waseem Kurdi
Mrs. Serene Huleileh
Mr. Mohammad Yaacoub
Mr. Najeh Masalmeh
Mr. Khaled El-Ghoul
Mr. Mazen Bazbas
Mrs. Reem Abu-Kishek
Ms. Reham Abdellatif
Mr. Khaled Qatamesh
Mr. Hussein Aamar
Ms. Ruba Zaghmouri
Mrs. Lana Abu Hujleh

Awards

El-Funoun has won several commendation certificates and awards, prominent among which were:

Appreciation Certificate
El-Funoun received special recognition from the Ministry of Culture on the National Culture Day for its efforts and pioneer role in Palestinian national culture in 2015.

International Tours

One of El-Funoun’s aims is to spread an important aspect of Palestinian cultural identity through its performances worldwide. El-Funoun receives annually invitations through cultural organizations, or by Palestinian delegations in Diaspora for participating in festivals, artistic events and marking important ceremonies.  Since its establishment, El-Funoun rejects any involvement to any type of event or activity that advocates or engages in “normalization” with Israel.

Our Vision

Developing and promoting contemporary Palestinian dance through reviving Palestinian folklore, and building on it by adding El-Funoun’s unique dance style. This style is a product of El-Funoun’s own social and artistic perception influenced by Arab and international dance experiences. 

The Beginnings

El-Funoun was founded in 1979 by a small number of enthusiastic, talented and committed men and women, who collectively strove to present a special flavor of authentic Palestinian music and dance and safeguard this heritage from expropriation and loss. Since the beginning, they have realized the importance of enhancing the connectedness of Palestinians wherever they are with their roots, culture and history.

Who we are

El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe is an independent, non-profit artistic organization that is virtually entirely volunteer-based. El-Funoun was established in 1979 by a small number of enthusiastic, talented and committed artists. Since then, El-Funoun has been crowned as the lead Palestinian dance company in Palestine, as well as among Palestinians in exile. It holds an impressive track record of over one thousand performances locally and internationally. It also produced 15 productions and over ten dance scenes.

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