Deadline Extended - Bethlehem International Performing Arts Festival

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Fellow Artists,

We’ve been overwhelmed by the number, and quality, of applications we have received over the past Three months. And a first glance shows us that we’re going to have some critical, inspiring and creative work to pick from for the first Bethlehem International Performing Arts Festival.

We have decided to extend the application deadline until Sunday 31st of December 2017.  Hopefully this will provide time for the call out for our wonderful festival to spread a little further and for anyone rushing to get their application in a little more breathing space.

Meanwhile, the artistic committee will still meet on January 15th 2018 to select the finalists who will then be invited to participate in the festival. If you’ve any questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Rami Khader at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


October 5th to October 12th 2018, Bethlehem | Palestine

Dear Dance and Theatre Companies, Groups, Independent Theatres, Dance Makers and Artists!

It is our distinct pleasure to invite you to consider participating at the 2018 BIPAF.  We at Diyar Theatre / Diyar Academy for Children and Youth have held the festival twice on a national and regional level at the International Center of Bethlehem, Palestine.  The festival has been well-received, and we are now eager to expand participation to international dance, theatre, puppetry, dance theatre, circus, music theatre and storytelling groups.  To that end, we are opening the global application process for dance and theater companies, groups, independent theaters, dance makers and artists.

The festival will take place from October 5th to October 12th 2018.  We invite performing artists, groups and companies from all over the world to apply to participate at BIPAF.  All artists who want to donate their time to perform individually or/and provide workshops for children and adults are also welcome. All performers must be above 16 years old.

The application phase starts immediately and will be open until November 30, 2017. On the 15th of January 2018 our artistic committee will select the finalists to whom we will extend the invitation to participate in the festival.

Applicants are required to complete and return the application form below.  They must also provide a video example of their production via Youtube, Vimeo, e-mail or by sending a DVD with the application, as well as attach a technical rider and stage plan.



  • People from Palestine and across the world will come together to celebrate Art, expression and friendship.
  • No registration fees or charges.
  • Participants will be provided the following:  Three free meals each day, including soft drinks, accommodations with host families or at local guest houses for up to 20 performers and staff (additional guests will be required to pay for accommodation), and transportation within Palestine. For groups arriving/departing through Israel, transportation from and to the airport will be provided. For groups arriving from Jordan, transportation will be provided from Jericho.
  • Participants will share in training sessions and workshops during the daytime of the festival to strengthen the cultural exchange and encourage friendships between performers.
  • The productions should last between 40 – 60 minutes. The productions will be performed at different venues within the Bethlehem Governorate. The productions should be easy to understand for an international crowd and therefore not solely depend on the use of language.


Come join us!!  Celebrate performing arts, creativity, expression and cultural exchange in 2018 at BIPAF. We look forward for your applications!



Invitation letter and application form

Invitation flyer