Ahmed Najar

Ahmed Najar is a Palestinian director, playwright and dabke expert from Gaza. He has written and directed several productions. In 2020, he wrote the forthcoming play, Defiance, in collaboration with Canadian-American writer, Laura Hope-Gill. In 2019 The Cockpit Theatre and RichMix theatres in London presented his play, I Have Two Names, which questions the nature of solidarity movements and explores the complex experience of exile, identity and homesickness. Najar was one of the curators of a weeklong festival in 2018 at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art-Rada theatre and one of the curators of a weeklong multi-arts festival at RADA Theatre celebrating Palestinian culture and history. He wrote and directed Water and Salt – Slovenia (2015) and Project 51 (London 2016 & 2018). Ahmed is a co-founder and artistic director of Al-Zaytouna (founded in 2005) where he danced in most of the productions, with subsequent European tours. He wrote Between the Fleeting Words London (2010) followed by a tour through the UK and Europe in 2011. Najar took dabke teaching abroad and established it in the Hava dance group in Slovenia (2014). He lives in London where he engages in advocacy and education regarding Palestinian Human Rights and Palestinian Culture.

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