A number of writers organized an exhibition entitled "Writers of Gaza" in conjunction with the celebration of ‘International Press Freedom Day’ with participation of 50 writers and poets.
"This exhibition, which was held at the Press House foundation, comes up as a part of the consolidation and promotion for the Palestinian cultural status” a Palestinian writer Mahmoud Juda said.
He also added that “this exhibition is a live initiative of a group of writers and intellectuals in Gaza Strip”.
Moreover, Juda clarifies the idea of creating a book exhibition where it comes in response to the Israeli authorities' ban on Gaza writers to participate in the Palestine International Book exhibition, which is organized in the West Bank and that exhibition is a cultural movement supportive of the Palestinian situation in general.
He explained that this exhibition is organized by individual efforts and sponsored by the press house which is one of the most important press and cultural centers in Palestine. The exhibition also comes to support the efforts of the Ministry of Culture to confront the occupation, which wants to obliterate the Palestinian cultural identity
The exhibition, which lasted three consecutive days, covered many cultural and artistic works. The first day included music and a symposium about the problems of the Arab prose poem with the poet ‘Othman Hussein’ as well as the signing of the book "messages to Baghdad" by the writer Mahmoud Juda
The second day included a meeting about writing the ‘self-experience in story and the novel’ with the writer Naim Khatib and Dr. Abdul Rahman al-Habil, in addition to a poetry evening for many poets.
At the end of the exhibition, the poet Anis Ghanimah, was honored award who was the winner of the first Qattan Prize for 2017, and the poet Mohammed Al Zaqzouq, the winner of the prize for Al Khalili Poetry in 2017 was honored award as well.