The Witness Palestine 2023 Festival Postponed  

(Rochester, NY) October 16, 2023 — The 2023 Witness Palestine Festival, hosted at the Little Theatre, has been postponed. After serious discussion, this decision was made by the Little Theatre, in consultation with festival organizers. 

The Little has hosted this festival for 12 years, but due to safety concerns for festival organizers, Little patrons and staff, the decision has been made to postpone. The Little prides itself on providing an open forum for thought, through art and film, but that cannot supersede the safety of our staff and attendees.

The Little supports the Jewish and Palestinian communities, both in Rochester and worldwide. We unequivocally condemn violence against any and all civilians.  

Witness Palestine is an event programmed and organized by a third-party. According to festival organizers, The Witness Palestine Film Festival is a project of Rochester Witness for Palestine, which seeks peace for the people of Palestine wherever they may be. The Witness Palestine Festival Committee includes community members involved in interfaith and Palestinian solidarity work. 

Witness Palestine was scheduled to take place Oct. 21-22, and 28-29.