Culture

The Agricultural Heritage of Artas

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 10.04.2012:

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When it comes to agriculture, the people of Artas have been specially blessed. The lush and fertile Artas Valley, fed by many springs and the Solomon’s pools, stands out in sharp contrast to the desert which begins almost immediately beyond it. In addition, over the centuries they have enjoyed special advantages over other villages. During the Ottoman period, for(...)

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Medi-Terra: Music across Lands – 2005 – Artas Folklore Troupe

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 10.04.2012:

Medi-Terra: Music across Lands

Artas Folklore Center Group

The concerts take place within the frame of the programme

‘Mediterranean Voices: Oral History and Cultural Practice in Mediterranean Cities’

part-funded by the European Commission (European Heritage II)

coordinated by London Metropolitan University

and implemented for Greece by the University (...)

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DRAMATIC SKETCHES OF HERITAGE IN ARTAS

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 09.04.2012:

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The Artas Folklore Center has its own drama troupe, named after the Artas Spring in the heart of the village, and under director Mohammed Abdel Kareem, (right in photo above) which provides another outlet for youthful talent. The problems of Artas farmers are often reenacted on the stage of the Artas Lettuce Festival. The title of the play, "Khas Ya Baladi," pre(...)

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The General Goals of the Artas Lettuce Festival

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 09.04.2012:

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Among the traditional goals of the Artas Lettuce festival (including the hike) are:

 Increasing awareness of Palestinians and foreign guests about the rich cultural and natural heritage of Palestine, and the importance of its documentation and preservation, especially in light of the many threats facing it.

 Providing a venue for performances and(...)

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Artas Folklore Troupe

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 08.04.2012:

Note: Abu Lutfi, head of the Artas Folklore Troupe, passed away November 18, 2014. With his passing, much has been lost. However, the youth continue to train and perform.

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The Artas Folklore Center has its own prize-winning Folklore Troupe,"Ihya al Turath" presided over by Abu Lutfi, an Artas Farmer, who trains village youth and other de(...)

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Questionnaire for the Artas Folklore Center by Eleni Kallimopoulou for the Medi Terra Project

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 08.04.2012:

1. Give a description of the music you play, including also the following information: Is the repertoire instrumental and/or vocal?

Which is the theme of the lyrics and in which language(s) are they sung?

Is the repertoire part of a specific tradition? (define geographically/ ethnically/ socially)

In which cultural context is it usually performed?

Is it religious/ (...)

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The Fourteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival (2008)

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 07.04.2012:

The Fourteeth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival took place in Artas from April 10-13, 2008 and was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture. Given the great popularity and success of last year's festival, an ambitious program had been planned with the help of the festival partners, among whom the festival tasks were divided. The Festival parters were

*The Palestine Wildlife Society: www.wildli(...)

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Twelfth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival Draws Crowds of Palestinians and Foreigners

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 03.04.2012:

It is unseasonably cool, and if the skies are not clear, the forecast rain has not materialized. At 2:00 on April 6, the garden of the Convent of the Enclosed Garden in Artas is packed with spectators. They have seen the posters, received invitations, read the ads in the newspapers or heard about it from their friends and neighbors. They have come from neighboring towns, villages and refugee (...)

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Lettuce! Why Lettuce?

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 30.03.2012:

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Lettuce? Why Lettuce?" is a question often asked when mention is made of the Artas Lettuce Festival. Established in 1994 to honor the Palestinian farmer by the late Musa Sanad, founder of the Artas Folklore Center, the Artas Lettuce Festival was the first agrarian festival in modern Palestine. Musa sought, if only for a few days a year, to bring back the happy d(...)

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