Bara’m, means “buds” in Arabic, hence indicating the young generation to carry on the tradition. The group was established by El-Funoun in 1986 to promote Palestinian-Arab cultural identity and to counter the marginalization and alienation of Palestinian children and youth through music and dance expression.
El-Funoun’s vision and mission are closely linked to community development whereby El-Funoun has been playing a pivotal role in shaping an effective cultural movement in Palestine seeking to strengthen the Palestinians political, national and cultural identity.
El-Funoun has won several commendation certificates and awards, prominent among which were:
El-Funoun received special recognition from the Ministry of Culture on the National Culture Day for its efforts and pioneer role in Palestinian national culture in 2015.
One of El-Funoun’s aims is to spread an important aspect of Palestinian cultural identity through its performances worldwide. El-Funoun receives annually invitations through cultural organizations, or by Palestinian delegations in Diaspora for participating in festivals, artistic events and marking important ceremonies. Since its establishment, El-Funoun rejects any involvement to any type of event or activity that advocates or engages in “normalization” with Israel.
Developing and promoting contemporary Palestinian dance through reviving Palestinian folklore, and building on it by adding El-Funoun’s unique dance style. This style is a product of El-Funoun’s own social and artistic perception influenced by Arab and international dance experiences.
El-Funoun was founded in 1979 by a small number of enthusiastic, talented and committed men and women, who collectively strove to present a special flavor of authentic Palestinian music and dance and safeguard this heritage from expropriation and loss. Since the beginning, they have realized the importance of enhancing the connectedness of Palestinians wherever they are with their roots, culture and history.
El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe is an independent, non-profit artistic organization that is virtually entirely volunteer-based. El-Funoun was established in 1979 by a small number of enthusiastic, talented and committed artists. Since then, El-Funoun has been crowned as the lead Palestinian dance company in Palestine, as well as among Palestinians in exile. It holds an impressive track record of over one thousand performances locally and internationally. It also produced 15 productions and over ten dance scenes.