Mission Statement of Artas Folklore Center

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 19.04.2012:

One of the first cultural centers to be licensed by the Palestinian Authority, the Artas Folklore Center, established in 1993, is at the forefront of innovative projects to preserve the living legacy of one of the oldest, most beautiful and most documented villages in Palestine, located at a crossroads of civilizations and ecosystems. Through its research center, tourism, recreation and commu(...)

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The Vision of the Artas Folklore Center

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 14.04.2012:

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A living museum, a model village, an inspiration to other rural heritage centers with limited means in Palestine and beyond-that is the vision of the the Artas Folklore Center.

The Artas Folklore Center seeks to incorporate the astonishingly rich and varied documentation about all aspects of the(...)

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Partial List of Individuals aided by the Artas Folklore Center’s Research and Documentation Division

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 10.04.2012:

The village of Artas has provided assistance to scholars and seekers of all descriptions since the 1840's. During the time of Musa Sanad, who began the work of the Artas Folklore Center two decades before he had an actual center, many people received his assistance and made a name for themselves, not in small part, on the basis of the work they did in Artas with his assistance. Since Musa's d(...)

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The Artas Folklore Center – Research And Documentation

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 10.04.2012:

An important part of the Artas Folklore Center is Research and Documentation. The Artas Folklore Center seeks to collect the huge body of work about its field which covers all aspects, and to build on earlier information, such as the collection of the genealogies and oral/family histories of its inhabitants.It regularly provides assistance to researchers, students, photographers, artists, fil(...)

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Resounding Success of The Thirteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival, April 12-15, 2007

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 06.04.2012:

By Leyla Zuaiter

An estimated 5000 Palestinians and foreign visitors converged on the village of Artas just south of Bethlehem for the Thirteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival. Milling around the village for hours before the official opening, the throngs made their way past the newly acquired goat-haired tent, where some of them would later sit and listen to the rababa, then down a nar(...)

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Selected Achievements, Events and Activities of the Artas Folklore Center since 2005

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 03.04.2012:


Artas Folklore Center founder and director Musa Sanad passes away in January, increasing the difficulties of the center.

Artas Folklore Center elects Fadi Sanad, Musa’s son, the most knowledgeable person in the village of the previous work of the Center, as Chairman of the Board.

Leyla Zuaiter begins serving as an informal advisor to the Artas Folklore Center.

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Projects of the Artas Folklore Center in Search of Partners

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 01.04.2012:

Artas has much to offer its partners - a beautiful location minutes from Bethlehem, a fascinating and heritage which at once represents Palestine while remaining unique, a prize-winning folklore troupe, a huge body of works to serve as raw material, a village house/museum, decades of experience, dedicated and hard-working individuals determined to preserve and promote its heritage, and a lo(...)

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