On Saturday, 22 February, the Palestinian Delegation, in co-operation with Palestine Fair Trade Australia, ran a stall at the annual National Multicultural Festival in Canberra’s city centre.
The Delegation’s staff, along with some generous Palestinian community members, ensured that the Palestine stall was attractive and engaging. Various ceramics, olive-wood handicrafts, glassware, soaps, olive oils, embroideries and textiles were on display and available for purchase. Visitors were also treated to some samples of traditional Palestinian food. The Delegation’s half of the stall featured a photo exhibition entitled ‘tragedy and resilience’, focusing on the plight of the Palestinian refugees. Of particular interest this year was the unique and awe-inspiring traditional bridal ‘Henna’ celebration, which was performed by a group of talented Palestinian community members and received a lot of attention from the public.
The participation once again of Palestine Fair Trade Australia was highly valued, allowing festival-goers to take a piece of Palestine home with them, and, at the same time, support Palestinian producers and artisans via the Fair Trade initiative.