Valantina & Theatre..

 (Child Artist) Project






I’ve been deeply touched when I sensed the need of our children to a place that patrons their talents and respects their minds, and I’ve been thinking for more than a year that I should step up, until I came up with (Child Artist).

Child Artist is a leading significant project that brings together culture, Drama and child world of which Palestinian children have no idea in the 1948 area.


The project takes a peak from the world of arts on child world within the 1948 areas to answer the concerning questions of children through experiences of generations of age between 6 to 13 who lack a true basis, in order to refine their artistic talents in development of the creativity and pride of their inherent belonging to our language, inheritance, culture and cause so that they can enrich their skills and imagination to express their minds in the finest methods of creation.


Project Objectives:


·        Raise the artistic and intellectual awareness of children and the youth.

·        Embrace the young talents and deliver artistic works that matches and expresses the Palestinian children of 1948.

·        Make children communicate the world of adults and people in general.

·        Make children communicate with other children in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, the Arab World and other children of the world to break the ice of isolation imposed onto them.


Overall Vision:


“Child Artist” is a long-term regional project arising from a strategic vision to activate work in different areas where the project; which is based on sharing, exchanging and opportunity giving, constantly and innovatively keeps renovating.


Parents are an essential part in all work phases, since by sharing the process of creativity with their children they solidify the ties between themselves and their children and underscore the need for arts in people’s lives.

The contribution of experienced and talented artists who have aspirations enriches the project and widens the horizons and views of it.


Valantina Abu Oqsa

Spring 2001



Accomplishments of the Project:

  1. The establishment of the project is alone an accomplishment, for it is one of a kind in the Arab community within the Green line, add to that its remarkable success and continuity.

  2. This project is the first of its kind that gives the opportunity to embrace children talents and addresses their concerns on a refined level, and it scored a wide-scale regional popularity. Each time the project stepped up since its launch in 2001, it granted such a success as the progress of this project is accumulation-based.

  3. It is also extraordinary that the accomplishments of this project were achieved with no allocated material support, which constitutes new standards for overachievement and success.

  4. The project contributed in restoring and spreading cooperation and volunteering values between members of society and artists through participation in the work.

  5. Encouraging support of art and culture-oriented donation and seeking to familiarize this principle absent from our community.

  6. The contribution of the wealthy and capital owners of Arabs (though it is a modest project) in the creativity process and in supporting culture formed a serious turn and a strong basis in creating a status of stability and an alternative for the sources of state.

  7. Unemployed potentials in places as neglected areas due to difficult conditions were invested in the processes of creation and creativity.

  8. The project assisted in the achievement of communication and solidarity, as well as in the expanding of horizons through making relations and carrying out proceedings, starting from Palestine and heading to Italy and Spain.

  9. N.B.: Artist Valantina Aby Oqsa has volunteered to the project all through its duration were she carried out all administrative works from her house on her expense.

Achievements of 2001:

  1. The most significant achievement was the establishment of the project in March 2001 in Haifa.

  2. Holding theater workshops under the project, in which 23 children participated until June.

  3.  The participation of 9 children each month during July in the (Dream) experience (a drama show).

  4. 3 shows were done in Haifa where 300 attendants came to watch as audience.

  5.  The project captured a huge popular and media attention on a regional level.


  1.  Jobeineh theater, with its humble capacities, adopted the play in Haifa in March 2002 and was offered a plan to be carried out in four locations of which concerned parties approved.

  2. The plan could not be carried out after Abu Oqsa was injured in April and spent most of year 2002 at hospital and home.

  3. Valantina insisted on the continuation of the project and refused to completely stop it.

  4. The project was carried out in Tamra city in the spring and summer of year 2002 and was personally supervised by Valantina Abu Oqsa where she was assigned a workshop guide.

  5. Actress Rnin Bshasrat, a graduate of theater department – University of Haifa.

  6. Theater workshops in Tamra were opened after the House of Friendship Association embraced the project in May. 35 children participated in the workshops and 9 children from Tamra presented the experience of the Dream in three shows, 400 attendants.


  1. Admission of children of Haifa started in April 2003.

  2. 13 children were admitted and participated in the workshops of the theater – workshops in all fields.

  3.  The project produced the (Dream) play – an integrated drama work for the first time.

  4. 9 children from Haifa presented the (Dream) show after one month and a half of intensive reviewing in July and August.

  5.  They presented three opening shows in Haifa, 150 attendants.

  6.  They also presented an additional show in September, 150 attendants.

  7.  The project won a wide public turnout from all areas, and it captured the attention of media and press on a large regional level.

  8. The show was hosted in the three most popular and significant theaters of the country: Alsana Theater/Nazareth, the Center Theater/Akka, the Palestinian National Theater/Jerusalem, about 450 attendants.

  9. Some of the most important businessmen funded the shows – mentioned in the brochure.

  10. Several parties participated and artists volunteered to the shows – mentioned in the brochure.

  11. Bagolies Italian band hosted the project in Nazareth in October 2002, and the (Dream) show was presented to the Bagolies in Haifa.

  12.  Italian actor Bruno Leoni hosted the project in a puppet show for more than 300 children in Haifa – November.

  13. The workshops of the theater were opened in preparation for season 2004 in October 2003.

  14. New five children in addition to 8 from the first group joined the project.


  1. The number of the participants in the project grew up when many professionals volunteered in making workshops for children on motions, makeup and acting.

  2. The project granted two scholarships in February 2004 in Napoli from the Gwartly Institute and the municipality of Napoli in support of the project to present puppet shows in the 1948 area. – The scholarships cover education, traveling, residence and personal allowance for a three-week course in April 2004.

  3. The project was adopted by the Arab Youth Association –Baladna– in early March 2004.

  4. The project hosted children from the Julan Heights to whom the (Dream) show was presented on 3 December.

  5. The show was videotaped by Palestine Space Channel on 3 December and was run on a special show about the (Dream) play and project on the occasion of the Universal Children’s Day in (Raise Your Voice Show)-PYALARA on 4-4-2004.

  6. The Dream show was presented under the auspices of Baladna on 13-3 as the 2003 season finale.

  7.  The show was attended by tens of those interested and dramatistsfrom Haifa, Nazareth and Shafaamer.

  8. The project was hosted at 4-6 puppet shows from Italy in cooperation with the Italian Cultural Center-Haifa.

  9. Theater workshops were carried out since the beginning of the year along with workshops in Arabic language.

  10. Intensive review of work in the last week in Ard Alghazalah – Maalaya village to the north of Palestine.

  11. A unique experience, as all the crews along with children actors are in the hometown of the writer which is also the hometown of the director, the same place where the events of the work were written.

  12. The production of “Shababeek Alghazala” which was prepared and directed by Valantina Abu Oqsa is taken from “Shababeek Alghazala” stories for Dr. Suhair Abu Oqsa Dwoud and was opened in Maalaya village.

  13. The show was presented twice in Haifa, attendants amounting to 650.

  14. The Dream play participated in an international theater festival in Sardinia in Italy.

  15. Admission in Haifa started for season 2005.


  1. Training a new staff on “Shababeek Alghazala”.

  2. Presenting “Shababeek Alghazala” in Jerusalem.

  3. Translating “Shababeek Alghazala” into English and Italian.

  4. Projects still open: (a work with Bruno Leoni - Italy) (a work with a group from Toronto).

  5. Hosting a band from Spain to present plays for children).


List of donors during the entire period of production:

  • Trust International Company for Insurance / Ramallah

  • Al-Nakhla Al-Hamraa Coffee / Shva Umro

  • Al-Safeer for A dvertising / Haifa

  • CTC for tourism and traveling / Haifa

  • Nizareen Tours / Nazareth


  • Jerusalem Hotel / Jerusalem


In addition to the donations of the parents of the participating children, the volunteering of some artists and the donation of Al-Nema House (Haifa) all through the five years of workshops and reviews.