Disco stars Boney M.
Disco stars Boney M. Photo by Maria Laura Antonelli / Rex Features
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The disco group Boney M. will appear in Ramallah next week, headlining a festival of several international and Palestinian artists and bands. The Palestine International Festival will kick off with British-Palestinian singer Shadia Mansour in Bethlehem on Monday.

Performers will include Algerian singer Cheb Faudel, Tareq al Nasser and the Rum Group.

Boney M., known for "Rasputin," "By the Rivers of Babylon," "Ma Baker" and "Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday" gained worldwide fame for its music in the late '70s disco era. It will give an outdoor concert in Ramallah.

The festival is organized by the Popular Art Center, directed by Iman Hamouri.

"The festival will take place under the slogan of the Palestinians' right to get water in light of the suffering that we face because of lack of water resources controlled by Israel," Hamouri said.

A festival marking Ramallah's 100th anniversary, consisting of art exhibitions, poetry, dancing and other performances, is closing today.

Later this month a music festival will be held in East Jerusalem, with a different local or international artist - mainly from Europe - performing each night.

A film festival sponsored by the Ramallah French-German Cultural Center is being held in the city.

At the beginning of next month Palestinian artists will take part in a three-day art and music festival in the West Bank village of Sebastia.