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The International Centre of Bethlehem (ICB)

National Network: 
Palestine
Address: 
P.O.Box 162, Paul VI St. 109
Bethlehem
Telephone: 
2769077
Telephone (other): 
2769077
Fax: 
2769078
E-Mail (2): 
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
1995
General Information: 

Please find attached the organizational structure. There are 46 employees and volunteers at the ICB. The annual budget of the ICB is $1,000,000 (1 million USD). The income of the ICB comes mainly for 3 sources: 1. Local contributions made by members and friends of the ICB, as well as courses’ fees paid by participants. 2) ICB’s self-initiatives and income generating projects. 3) Grants from governmental development agencies, international foundations, and church-related organizations.
Concrete Projects such as: Addar Cultural and Conference Centre which was sponsored by the Foreign Ministry of Finland.
Main partner involved in the music program is the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music.

Mission and Objectives: 

The ICB is a Palestinian institution serving the whole Palestinian community. The ICB, since its establishment, has been actively promoting the building of a civil society in Palestine through training future leaders, developing human resources, leading awareness campaigns, conducting vocational training and education, and promoting intercultural encounters and dialogue. It strives to engage and empower the local community to assume a proactive role in shaping their future. Since it has opened, the ICB has provided services for more than 20,000 people annually, thus proving to be an address to the community, especially for women and youth.

Main Projects / Activities: 

The ICB’s main programs are:
al-Kahf Arts and Crafts Center: the activities involve vocational training in ceramic, stained glass, glass fusing, glass blowing, mosaic and jewelry; hosting national and international art exhibitions;promoting and marketing the work and production of the artists and artisans through al-Kahf Giftshop and online website: www.bethlehemchristmasmarket.org.
The Music program: in partnership with the National Music Conservatory, musical performances are hosted but also students learn to play instruments, both classical Arabic and western instruments, take solfege lessons, music interpretation and different choirs and bands are formed.
The Bright Stars program: it focuses on children and youth , where they gather in different art, music, sports, communication and environmental clubs according to their talents and gifts and are encouraged to develop those gifts.
The Ad-Dar Cultural and Conference Center: It is used for all types of performing arts, theate

Contact (1) Full Name: 
Dr. Mitri Raheb, General Director
Head of the organisation: 
Dr. Mitri Raheb
Contact (2) Full Name: 
Ms. Rana Khoury, Deputy General Director