Bring Palestinian dancers to Berlin

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Raised by 104 people in 3 months
It was back in April 2018 when international swing dancers traveled to Bethlehem, Palestine for the first ever Palestinian swing dance exchange. For many of them it was their first visit to Palestine and they didn’t know what to expect. The first thing you are confronted with when you enter the West Bank is the huge wall. The second thing is the unbelievable hospitality of the people. In only four days full of dancing, sightseeing and dinners, swing dancers from many different countries became one big group of friends who will forever share this wonderful memory.

Now the time has come to repay the Palestinians for their hospitality, and invite them to Berlin for the second round of the swing exchange in the last weekend of September.  Our Palestinian guests will have the chance to get to know international swing dancers and the local Berlin swing scene. For three days in a row we will swing dance, get to know each other and have a good time. 

However, as easy as it is for Europeans to travel to Palestine, as difficult it is for Palestinians to travel almost anywhere. They have to apply for a visa to Germany, which costs around 100 Euros. Since the access to Israel is restricted, they have to travel to Jordan and from there take the plane to Berlin. The total travel costs therefore will be around 700 Euros per person. Most Palestinians who would like to sign up for the swing exchange cannot afford this cost. But the exchange is also a once-in-a-lifetime experience that they shouldn’t have to miss.

With this campaign we would like to cover a part of the travel costs of 10 Palestinian swing dancers, so that they can join the Berlin Palestine Swing Exchange in September 2018. Most of the Palestinian dancers will be attending an international swing dance festival for the first time. For some it will be the first time to travel abroad! With your donation, you contribute to the understanding among peoples from many different countries and backgrounds, allowing them to dance and laugh together. You will also enable a handful of Palestinians to leave their borders for once and to experience Berlin. To show our gratitude for donations over €50, we will send you a small souvenir!

Do you want to participate in this unique swing exchange as well? We still have some party passes left! To sign up for the festival or for any further questions don’t hesitate to write us an email: berlinpalestineswingexchange@gmail.com.
All updates about the exchange will be posted on our Facebook page.

The Palestinian swing dance group exists since 2012 in Bethlehem and since 2017 also in Ramallah. You can follow the group on Facebook.

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Dear all,

Ever since we started the campaign we still can’t believe how kind and generous all of you have been. With your help we are almost at the original goal of 4,900€. It is unbelievable how fast we’ve gotten there, all thanks to your amazing spirit and donations.

This week we opened the registrations for the exchange and an exciting number of 15 Palestinian dancers signed up! We originally wanted to sponsor the travel costs of 7 dancers, but we have now raised the campaign to 6,000€ to sponsor all 15 dancers partially. Please keep on sharing the campaign. Together we can make this happen!

We will be posting some stories of the Palestinian dancers on our Facebook page to help you get to know these amazing people better. In their stories they explain how much of an important role swing dancing has played in their lives and how much it would mean to them to share the dance with other international dancers in the scene. The first story is from Hussam:
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Dear friends,

We are overwhelmed by your outpour of support. When we started this campaign we didn't think it would be this big, but thanks to your support, we have already reached a 3rd of our target! Our plans of inviting our Palestinian friends over are becoming a solid reality. A thousand thank you!

Thanks to your donations so far we have managed to raise enough money for 2 Palestinian dancers. We would still like to reach our goal of bringing 7 dancers to Berlin. More urgently now, since the Palestinians are already applying for their visas and would like to book their flights as well. We are very grateful for every small donation and for your shares with friends! You are enabling great things to happen!
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