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|Milad Fatouleh: Palestinian Child Wins Prestigious Prize in Italy
This Week In Palestine
Milad Fatouleh, a 10-year-old boy from Beit Jala, went to Italy last November to represent Palestine at the Zecchino d’Oro children’s song festival. He won the first prize for his song Una Stella a Betlemme (A Star in Bethlehem), written and composed by Tony Jiacaman, the director of the Higher Institute of Music in Bethlehem, where Fatouleh does voice training and studies the lute.
The Zecchino d’Oro (Golden Sequin) is an international children’s song festival that aims to stimulate the production, and to promote the diffusion, of artistically-valid, modern children’s songs that aspire to teach social, civil and ethical ideals. The festival was first staged in Milan in 1959. In 1961 it moved to the Antoniano di Bologna where it immediately became not only the most popular children’s and family television event of the year but also a real and proper social phenomenon. In each edition of the festival seven Italian songs from abroad, all sung by children 3-10 years old, compete. In 1976 the festival took on an international perspective and welcomed into its repertoire an extraordinary world of music that over the years has seen more than 70 countries from all over the world represented on the Antoniano’s stage.
Besides the message of goodwill and brotherly love that is present in all the Zecchino d’Oro songs, each year the festival also launches a concrete act of solidarity: a fund to help children in one of the needy areas of the globe.
Fatouleh’s song speaks of the hope for peace and tranquillity in Bethlehem. Fatouleh, who studies at the Terra Santa School in Bethlehem, longs to live in peace and freedom, just like other children around the world, and hates the occupation that is stifling everyone’s life in Palestine.
One star above my town
Its light shines the sky
Peace to my lovely town
Peace to Palestine
Peace, and I will love you forever
Peace, I will return to you soon
With peace, play and singing I will return to my home
I see it from far, but I will return
The spring will come back, the butterflies
The roses, the birds and people will come back
Land will come back, freedom will return and
A great love will grow between us.
The roses will be happy, the land will sing
And the sun will shine
I say hello to you, my lovely town
I kiss you, with my hand extended to you, peace be upon you…
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