A feast of arts and entertainment awaits at Jerash Festival

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AMMAN — The 37th edition of the Jerash Festival for Cultureand Arts was commenced in the Northern Theater stage in the ancient city of Jerash on Wednesday, held from July 26th to August 5th, under the slogan "The Joy Continues."اضافة اعلان

The audience gathered to the gentle tunes of the "Hang Drum," including excerpts from the songs of Umm Kulthum's "Anta Omri" and the traditional "Lama Bada Yatathanna.”

The president of the Artists' Association, Mohammad Al-Abadi, said that 1500 Jordanian artists from all professions covered by the Artists' Union Law are taking part in the festival, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

The opening was attended by Prime Minister Bishr Al-Khasawneh, representing His Majesty King Abdullah II.

Featured performances
The festival's events will be held at the Northern and Southern Theaters, the Columns Street, the Artemis Theater, the Sound and Light Theater, the Royal Cultural Center, the Odeon Theater, the Municipality Hall in Mafraq, and the Hussein Cultural Center in Ras Al-Ain, Amman, and the Boulevard Al-Abdali Theater.

The South Theater performances will begin on July 27. They will feature Omar Al-Abdallat, Najwa Karam, Ragheb Alama, Hussein Al-Salman, Hani Metwasi, Khaled Abdulrahman, Nada Sherif, George Wassouf, Saber Rebaï, Diana Karazon, and Wael Kfoury.

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On the Northern Theater stage, performances will be given by Abeer Ne'meh and Hani Shaker, along with the Arabic Music Ensemble of the Egyptian Opera House. The festival will also feature poetry evenings.

This year the festival will pay tribute to the centenary of the Al-Salt Secondary School through a variety of events including a seminar with Jordanian writers and figures, as well as Arab and local folklore shows.

History and futures
The festival first started in 1980, initiated by Yarmouk University. In 1981 it became an official public festival and has been held annually during the summer. The ancient city of Jerash is the main site for the festival's artistic and cultural activities, located about 48 km from Amman.

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The archaeological site includes several historical landmarks that are being adapted as venues for the festival, including the South Theater (built in the late first century AD), the North Theater, the Columns Street (the main street of the Roman city of Jerash, extending 800 meters and containing around a thousand columns), the Artemis Theater, and the Sound and Light Theater, as well as the main square.

Minister of Culture Haifa Najjar emphasized the recent addition of Egypt as an honorary guest for the festival.

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