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2007 Artas Lettuce Festival: Folklore Troupes

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 08.06.2007:

From the Thirteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival Guide

(Note: These were the troupes scheduled to appear at press time. We regret not being able to accomodate last minute changes to the program here.)

Debka is the best-known form of Palestinian Folklore. Each troupe has its own history and signature style. Here are some of the troupes participating in this year’s festival. We regret not being able to accommodate last minute additions.

Amjad Folklore Troupe, Khaimeh Center, Dehaisheh Thursday, April 12, 2007 14:20

Believing in the importance of preserving Palestinian identity, and preventing its appropriation by others, Dehaisheh’s Khaimeh Center has established three folklore troupe:Amjad el Khaimeh, Ahlam el Khaimeh and Yasmeen al Khaimeh. The current troupe is considered an extension of the first generation established by the Center in 1996. The troupe has participated in many celebrations in all parts of the country. The name, “Khaimeh” or “tent” is a recalls the days before the cinderblock homes, when the camp’s residents lived in tents.

Hussan Folklore Troupe Thursday, April 12, 2007 14:40

Established in 1995, the Hussan Folklore Troupe has performed widely at the national level including the first and second Kan’an Festivals, the Grape Festival, the Artas Lettuce Festival, and the Artas International Festival

Jafra Folklore Troupe, Artas Folklore Center. Thursday, April 12, 2007 14:00 Friday, April 13, 2007 15:00

Since its establishment in 1993, one of the most important goals of the Artas Folklore Center was to establish a troupe for authentic Palestinian debka and folk songs, stressing Palestinian identity. Wearing the dress of their forefathers, the troupe, which excels at performing the Palestinian Debka, song and Zajjel, has participated in many festivals within the country and abroad. The most important of these are the Qalansua Festival, the International Artas Festival, the Can’aan Competition, the Dalaouna Festival, The Olive Festival, The Cucumber Festival and others. In 2005 they participated in the Mediterranean Festival in Crete and will be the subject in a forthcoming bookof a chapter by an ethnomusicologist.

Kazar Folklore Troupe, Beit Sahour Saturday, April 14, 2007 15:15

Established in 2003, the Kazar Folklore Troupe is comprised of youth between the ages of 12 and 17. It has participated in many local festivals and activities including the Cucumber Festival in Beit Sahour and the International Day against Drugs at the Bethlehem Peace Center.

Shaher Taqtaq Folklore Troupe, Beit Fajjar, Friday, April 13, 2007 4:45

Established in 1993 with the goal of preserving the art of the Debka, the Shaher Taqtaq Folklore Troupe has participated in many festivals and competitions at the country level, the most important of which include the Artas International Festival, Kan’aan Competition and many others.


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