Back in December, our own Justin Butcher – actor, writer and choirmaster at St Luke’s – launched a major art protest project down the road at St James, Piccadilly.
On 23 December, an 8 metre high Wall installation was built across the courtyard of the historic Christopher Wren church, blocking it from view and ‘unwrapping’ the reality of Bethlehem at Christmas – a city and a people imprisoned by the Separation Wall. Around 30,000 visitors from all over the world added their own graffiti drawings and messages. The Wall became a major collective work of protest art, and drew global media attention.
At the closing ceremony on 5 January, the Wall was transformed into a bridge, a symbol of hope and connection. On 6 January, the Feast of the Epiphany, the Wall was dismantled.
Meanwhile, the festival itself was a major cultural event, including contributions from musicians (Nigel Kennedy), chefs (Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi), comedians (Mark Steel, Jeremy Hardy), speakers (Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Jeff Halper), and many more. You can learn more about what happened here: http://bethlehem-unwrapped.org/
This week, on Wednesday 4 June at 7.30pm, you have a chance to see the premiere of a documentary about the Bethlehem Unwrapped project, right here at St Luke’s. There’ll also be an auction of the graffitied Wall panels – a historic snapshot of when the Wall came to London. Light refreshments will be provided by Zaytoun CIC (artisan Palestinian produce).
All proceeds from the event will go to the Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem.