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October 18 2021 5:52 PM ˚

Jerash festival kicks off on the 22nd under strict health protocols

Jerash Festival
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AMMAN— The 35th Jerash Festival kicks off on September 22 and runs till October 2, under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah. Local and Arab artists will participate in the festival and various activities are planned under specific and strict health protocols.اضافة اعلان

The festival's executive director, Ayman Samawi, speaking at a press conference Sunday attended by Jordan News, announced that the festival’s slogan this year will be “Jerash decorated with happiness”. He voiced hope that Jerash and Jordan will always be full of joy, happiness and love despite all the tough circumstances the country has passed through recently.

In attendance at the press event was the minister of culture and chairman of the Higher Committee of the Festival, Ali Al-Ayed.

"Hundreds of local and Arab poets, storytellers and writer will join the festival's cultural activities this year," Samawi said, adding that as well as local and Arab artists international bands will also take part.

"We are pleased to have this year with us Majida Al Roumi, George Wassouf, Najwa Karam, Hussien Al Deek and Saif Nabil, as well as 70 Jordanian artist including Omar Al Abdallat, Diana Karazoon, Nidaa Sharara, and Zain Awad," Samawi said.

Regarding the health protocols followed at the festival this year, Samawi said they will be following a very strict health protocol to ensure everyone’s safety. “Visitors need to install the Sanad application on their phones, and we will be providing hand sanitizers all over the festival and will have new modern toilets,” he said.

This year visitor numbers to the festival shall be limited and only 2,500 people will be allowed in to the southern theatre at any one time, while just 1,500 will be permitted in the northern theatre, Samawi added. Only 350 visitors will be admitted to the Royal Cultural Center at any one time.

“We highly appreciate and value the patronage of his majesty especially that this is a festival that we are proud of having,” Ayed said. “This year we celebrate the centennial of the foundation of our country which is a very important occasion that is very dear to our hearts."

"Attendees must reserve their tickets over the Sajilini website, and there will be coordination with the crisis department," the minister said. “Preserving human health is our top priority".

In remarks to Jordan News, Ayed said: "To make it easier for everyone to attend the festival, people can submit a negative PCR test to enter the festival. The Sanad application will allow us to know who is infected and who is not."

"However, it is preferable that everyone take the vaccine, there is still enough time to take it. I encourage everyone to take this vaccine, whether for this occasion or otherwise," the minister added.

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