Jerash gets artsy for the 28th time, all set for the festival

Published June 17th, 2013 - 10:00 GMT
Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts is coming for the 28th time
Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts is coming for the 28th time

All is set for this year's Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts, which is expected to attract a large audience from the Gulf states and other Arab countries, the festival’s executive director, Mohammad Abu Summaqa, said Saturday.

The festival, in its 28th edition, will feature more than 100 activities that are open to the public at no charge, Abu Summaqa told The Jordan Times.

The cultural event is also scheduled to feature a wide array of performances and concerts by prominent Arab singers, such as Iraqi artist Kadim Al Saher and Lebanese artists Nancy Ajram, Karol Smaha, Ayman Zbib, Najwa Karam and Assi El Helani.

"This year's event is one of the largest in the history of the Jerash festival, with more than 2,000 artists from several Arab and non-Arab states taking part," he added.

"We expect a huge turnout since the festival coincides with holidays in several Arab states," Abu Summaqa said, noting that despite the political instability in the region, the organisers remain optimistic.

"This region has always witnessed political turmoil, but that has never affected the festival," Abu Summaqa stressed.

Tickets for the festival's activities range between JD2 and JD20 for concerts such as those by Saher and Helani, he said, adding that the prices for this year's festival are low compared to previous years, which was likely to encourage more visitors.

Ticket sales for many of the concerts are already "good" and are expected to rise when the festival starts on June 26, Abu Summaqa noted.

This year’s festival, which runs through July 7, includes a diverse lineup of local singers, including Diana Karazon and Yousef Arafat, according to the director.

The festival will include a handicraft market where more than 140 craftspeople will display their products, he said, noting that some of the festival's activities — such as folk troupe performances — will be held during the holy month of Ramadan at the Royal Cultural Centre in Amman.

by Mohammad Ghazal

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