Guide to the Thirteenth Annual Lettuce Festival (2007)
Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 10.04.2007:
[This is the text of the keepsake Festival Guide of the Thirteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival (2007)]
Welcome to the Thirteenth Annual Lettuce Festival
“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 days when people used to come from all over Palestine to buy Artas produce. Musa found in Artas’ famous Romaine lettuce, a fitting symbol, not only of the special fertility of the Artas Valley land but also the resilience of the Palestinian people as and the spirit of sumud or steadfastness in the face of adversity. For this plant has the power to survive the bitter cold and heavy rains of winter and to emerge fresh and green in the spring. In view of the dark times which have fallen on Palestine, the very fact of holding the Artas Lettuce Festival, begun in an era of hope, is a reflection of this same spirit. The Festival continues to develop and expand its objectives and offerings in light of the ever-changing situation. In addition to offering a moment of respite from the dreary situation, the festival allows Palestinians to reconnect with their land, heritage and each other, and to ponder the diverse manifestations of their shared identity, especially important in view of the increasing fragmentation, and lack of access to Jerusalem for many Palestinians. It provides the opportunity to showcase the work of other institutions, artists, craftsmen and performing artists from all over Palestine, which festival goers might not otherwise see. It also allows contact with Jerusalem through exhibits, artists and sponsors. Since for millennia Artas has been a meeting place of civilizations, we strive to highlight some of the different communities in Palestine. This year, we feature the 400 year Uzbek Community based in Jerusalem’s Old City. But we also go beyond to intellectual or other currents feeding into the larger heritage. This year we feature Mevlana Celalledin al Rumi, whose 800th birth anniversary UNESCO is celebrating r. Our hikes highlight the meeting place of the ecoystems as well as civilizations that meet in Artas, and our efforts to develop ecotourism with our partners. We also like to highlight individuals, who like our founder Musa Sanad, strived ceaselessly to study, document and preserve the Palestinian patrimony. This year we feature the late Hanna Abdullah Giacaman. Always looking for ways to overcome obstacles, the Artas Folklore Center has turned to Internet Technology. The result of our collaboration with Palestine-family.net last year can be seen on our website, www.artasfolklorecenter.net This year, the many ways to enjoy Artas will be among the offerings of a new website promoting “Destination Palestine”—www.visitpalestine.ps; your enjoyment and appreciation of the Debka and Folklore can be enhanced thanks to Bashar Barghouti’s Palestine Folklore Website http://www.barghouti.com/folklore. Now living in Texas, Bashar is an example of how we have been able to use IT to hook up with people overseas. As for the heritage of Artas itself, we have two new permanent exhibits featuring two of the many scholars who have made Artas the most documented village in Palestine. And if the goat-haired tent where you can hear the rababa as you drink coffee seems contrived, it won’t when you know that the tents of the Ta’amreh tribe, who intermarried with the villagers, used to often be seen in the Artas Valley. We like to call our valley, “the valley of encounters,” and indeed we feel that what we offer is the opportunity for encounters of all sorts, rather than consumerist-oriented tourism. That is why we have made special efforts to attract the foreign resident community– to give them an opportunity to leave Palestine, with a new-found appreciation for its rich and varied heritage, and Palestinian values so seldom seen in the headlines. As well as the material on folklore, we have prepared synopses of the dramatic performances to help them follow the action. We also hope to instill in the younger generation an appreciation of their own heritage in the face of the onslaught of forces arrayed against it, as well as ways of adapting “new” or western art forms to their own situation. The drama productions, for example, show the extent to which forms of art borrowed from other cultures can be adapted to reflect and enhance Palestinian society and culture. We have worked hard under adverse conditions to bring you this festival. We thank the Ministry of Culture, our donors, sponsors, friends and partners for believing in us and supporting us, and you, the festival attendees, for making the effort to overcome the many obstacles you faced to get here. Your attendance will help us in our work to preserve the Palestinian patrimony for new generations of Palestinian and foreign visitors. Like the lettuce in our fields, we hope to emerge green and fresh. Don’t wait until next year to visit us again though. We have many interesting activities year round!
Featuring the renowned Folklorist Abdel Aziz Aziz Abdul Hadbeh, and famous zajjalin, Muthana and Najib
Palestine Popular Songs, Courtesy of Bashar Barghouti
Owner and webmaster of the Palestinian Folklore website on the World Wide Web.
To enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of the folklore performances we sought to provide guidance in interpreting the acts. Bashar Barghouti not only generously offered to share material from his website on Palestinian Folklore, but he translated it for us as well! Bashar says this about himself:
“I was born in Kufr-Ein, a village in the Governorate of Ramallah. My wife and I currently live in the USA where I work as a chemical engineer. I built the folklore website to express my connection to our rich folklore and help create a place for the seekers of Palestinian Folklore to find and explore. My love for our folklore started when I was little. I loved attending weddings and listening to the singers (zajjaleen) such as the late Rajeh Salfeeti. I grew up around the late Dr. Abdellateef Barghouti who collected numerous songs and authored several books on the subject. I also admired singers like Mousa Hafiz and my friend Awni Barghouti whose songs I memorized.”
Thank you Bashar! Now if you could only conjure up a stack of Dr. Abdelateef Barghouti’s Folkltales from Artas. The following material was provided by Bashar Barghouti.
Palestinian popular songs deal with different subjects, such as patriotism, love, mourning, pride, etc. A professional singer (zajjal) usually improvises the songs during an event or prepares them ahead of the event. Most of the popular songs are composed of four verses of poetry. The first three verses rhyme, but the fourth differs depending on the type of song. Watch and listen carefully and see if you can identify any of the following types of song.
‘Ataba is the most popular song in Palestine. You can hear farmers, workers, and shepherds singing ‘ataba while they are doing their jobs. However, weddings are the main environment for the songs. Usually, the singer (zajjal) starts with the long sound of (Ooaaaff) then the verses of ‘ataba follow. Not only does ‘ataba require the first three verses to rhyme but also all three verses must end with homonyms. The fourth verse ends with a sound like (aab, awa…)‘Ataba is usually accompanied by a Meejana verse, which has a different rhythm and tune and ends with a sound like (na). A full Meejana composition has the same requirement as ‘Ataba.
Second to ‘ataba, dal’ona is the most popular song. It is easier to compose a dal’ona song than ‘ataba because it does not require using homonyms in the first three verses. The fourth verse of dal’ona usually ends with a sound like (oana).
Dal’ona is the song of the Palestinian popular dance, dabka, where the dancers sing it along with the sound of shubbabah) or yarghool (flute).
Zareef eT-Tool has a fair popularity and it is also used in dabka. Of course, the rhythm is different from dal’ona. The fourth verse of Zareef eT-Tool ends with a sound like (ana).
Jafra is also used in dabka, but the dance uses different steps to suit the tune. The fourth verse of Jafra ends with a sound like (eyya).
This is a popular song in weddings where people stand in two lines facing each other and sing. One line of people sings a verse and the other line repeats the same verse. Sometimes, the second line starts a new verse and changes the flow of the song.
Tal’ah (pl. Tal’aat) is composed of a refrain (chorus) and several stanzas. The zajjal starts with the refrain, which is then repeated by the audience as the chorus of the song.
Shurooqi and Mu’anna
Shurooqi is a poem of several verses which takes the same form of a classical Arabic poem. Mu’anna is similar to Shurooqi except it is a shorter poem. In both forms the zajjal inserts a bridge just before the last verse. The last verse is then repeated as the chorus of the song.
(Note: We regret not being able to accomodate last minute additions to this program)
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.
Brought to Palestine by foreign institutions in the mid-nineteenth century, drama has come into its own, with drama troupes found in many of its cities, villages and refugee camps. Ranging from drama based on traditional puppet theater to participatory theater, Palestinian drama deals with themes of relevance to Palestinian society and situation.
St. George and the Dragon, AEI-Open Windows Drama Troupe and Artas Folklore Center Thursday, April 12, 2007 3:05 Artas Valley. A group of peasants seeing a dragon (the Wall) seek the help of St. George (Al Khader). A group of peasants are plowing their land. Suddenly, a dragon (the wall) attacks them and starts demolishing their houses and expropriating their lands. The peasants feel lonely, powerless and hopeless so they pray to God to send his soldier St. George (Al Khader) to protect them. Al Khader appears on a donkey holding an olive branch. He fights the dragon and eventually is able to defeat it and brings back the joy to the peasants.
(See Flier for more information about the troupe and the play).
Ya Baladi, Artas Folklore Center, Al Ain Drama Troupe, Friday, April 13, 2007 4:30, Artas Valley Artas. A successful Artas Lettuce Farmer and his children are surprised to find a wall impeding their usual journey to sell lettuce in Jerusalem. The events occur in the 1960’s. Abu Mahmoud is a famous lettuce farmer, and like most other Artas farmers who plant this nutritious crop, it is the chief source of income for him and his family. He and his children wake up at the dawn prayers, go to pick lettuce from the valley, then head out to sell it at the Bethlehem Market and Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. But Abu Mahmoud is surprised to find a military checkpoint and a wall surrounding the city of Jerusalem preventing them from reaching Jerusalem, the starting point of the suffering of the villagers and the events of the play (See Flier for more information about the troupe and the play).
The Story of Muna, Ashtar Theater Saturday, April 14, 2007 3:30, Artas Valley.
The Story of Mona is a legislative play that is based on the interaction with the audience members. It tackles the issues of early marriages and honor killing laws and verdicts. Mona’s ambitions for education are thwarted by her family’s attempts to force her into early marriage. Mona rebels during the wedding ceremony and is killed for harming the family honor. (See Flier for more information about the troupe and the play).
Butto in Jerusalem, Tantoura Puppet Theater Friday, April 13, 10:00 the play displays the deep connection of the Palestinian people to the holy city of Jerusalem and the obstacles they face trying to reach it. Butto lives in a Palestinian village near the Holy City, along with grandfather and next-of-kin. He is hindered from living the Palestinian traditional way of life, which includes the necessity of going to Jerusalem, by the Israeli Army which does its utmost to prevent him and other Palestinians from reaching their beloved city,. (See Flier for more information about the troupe and the play).
Dreams of Halima, Tantoura Puppet Theater, Frid ay, April 13, 11:30
Intended for adolescents and their parents, this puppet show concerning Early Marriage was produced in association with a number of pro-women organizations, which requested a number of shows to be conducted in the Palestinian countryside. See Flier for more information about the troupe and the play).
In different nooks and crannies of the Artas Folklore Center complex and other Artas buildings and institutions, you will come across our broad range of exhibits.
A Journey through the Life and Work of Hanna Abdullah Giacaman, Hanna Giacaman Memorial Foundation
Missing from the festival this year in body, but not in spirit is the late Hanna Abdullah Giacaman, who passed away last fall. Abu Abdullah, as he was known, who hailed from near-by Bethlehem, did not skip the Convent of the Hortus Conclusus in Artas while gathering material for his multi-volume historical works. The Hanna Giacaman Memorial Foundation has been founded in honor of Hanna Giacaman, and the lifetime he spent documenting and preserving Palestinian history and heritage. Each year, one Bethlehem high school student will be awarded $500 for the best essay evaluating the significance of the history and heritage of the Holy Land to the younger generations. This exhibit was lovingly prepared by the children and grandchildren of the Hanna Giacaman, who corroborating from their various places of residence around the globe, have collected and displayed his life works and several photos of his life in this exhibit, trying to bring light to his remembered accomplishments.
Photos of Amulets from the Tawfiq Canaan Collection, Birzeit Ethnographic Museum
Established in 2005. the Birzeit Ethnographic and Art Museum boasts 400 square meters of museum space incorporating modern and professionally equipped facilities, including two galleries, a laboratory and storage space. Its collections include Palestinian costumes, traditional pottery and art, as well as the Amulet Collection of Tawfiq Canaan, renowned Palestinian physician and scholar who frequented Artas. Shown here are photographs of a few Amulets from Artas and Bethlehem from this rare collection of about 1400 of amulets, necklaces, beads, inscribed metal pendants, incantation bowls as well as paper talismans portraying evidence of folk custom pertaining to healing and superstitious beliefs. The collection was carefully gathered and documented between 1905 and 1964 by the late Dr. Tawfiq Canaan, and was donated to the University in 1996 by his daughters. Wherever you live it is well worth the trip to the BZU Ethnographic museum to see the items in actual size and texture. But if you can’t, you see the collection on the website.
The Rose Garden of Mevlana, Turkish Cultural Center, Jerusalem The Turkish Cultural Center, which enlivened last year’s festival with song and saz, once again provides us with something unique—an exhibit this time. Upon the joint proposal of Turkey with Afghanistan and Egypt, UNESCO declared 2007 the year of Mevlana in commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the birth of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Belhi-Rumi. (1207-1273). Poet, eminent philosopher and mystical poet of Islam, Rumi advocated tolerance, reason and access to knowledge through love. His mystical relationship to Islam produced masterpieces that have made a mark on Islamic culture and devotion, well beyond the borders of Turkey. His work and thought continue to have universal relevance today. Mevlana’s thought provoking quotations in the “The Rose Garden of Mevlana” have been compiled from his famous books named “Masnawe”, “Diwan-e Kabeer”, “Majales-e Seba”, “Feh Ma Feh” and “Maktoobat” and the pieces containing his quotas are accompanied by outstanding examples of Turkish miniature drawing art.
Textiles and Artifacts from Uzbeqistan, The Uzbeq Cultural Center, Jerusalem
This exhibit of textiles, objects and photos not only evokes the 400 year presence of the Uzbek community in Jerusalem, but takes us far beyond to the splendors of Uzbekistan and the Silk Road. Presiding over the exhibit and the Uzbek Community is the Sheikh Abdel Aziz al Bukhari, who inherited some of the tablecloths, pillowcases, robes, pottery, carved wood, and old handwritten books, and collected the rest from trips to Uzbekistan. Sheikh Abdel Aziz is also the spiritual leader of the Naqshabendi Sufi sect, centered in the mosque of the Uzbek complex, which comprises the Cultural Center, a cemetery and the Sheik’s Residence. Those who can get to Jerusalem should not miss the opportunity to visit this interesting corner of the Old City on the Via Dolorosa, particularly during Ramadan’s Sufi Night. Some information about Sheik Aziz and the Uzbek Community can be found on the website below.
The Photos of Hilma Granqvist, The Palestine Exploration Fund, London
Shown here are a few of the photos of Hilma Granqvist, a Finnish anthropologist of Swedish extraction, who originally came to Artas in 1925 with the intention of writing about the lives of women in Biblical Times, hoping to get clues from contemporary village women. Fortunately for us she soon changed direction and studied instead the customs and traditions of the village from cradle to grave which come down to us in five books. What is notable in her work is the degree to which she allowed the local inhabitants to speak to us directly from the page. One of the most significant of the long line of foreign women who resided or studied in the village from the 1850’s, she lived with Louisa Baldensperger, daughter of French missionaries, whose house, awaiting restoration, is still found. Hilma took hundreds of photos but died before she could carry out her intention of publishing a photo album. It was left to another woman, Karen Seger, to sort through Hilma’s written and visual oeuvre, summarizing and arranging the material in an easily grasped manner which resulted in her book Portrait of a Palestinian Village: the photographs of Hilma Granqvist( edited by Karen Seger, Third World Research Centre for Research and Publishing, Ltd. 1981) This small sample of photos, provided courtesy of the Palestine exploration fund, arrived too late to be exhibited in last year’s festival as planned.
Photographs of Artas from The Spirit of Sumud- pictures from the West Bank of occupied Palestine : Photographic Exhibition by James Prineas. Palestine-Family.net/Arab Educational Institute
Stunning views from the 2006 Artas Lettuce Festival by Australian born, and Berlin-based James Prineas, founder Palestine-family.net. These photos are taken from The Spirit of Sumud, which features pictures from Wadi Kelt, and The Wall, as well. The entire collection was first exhibited at the Bethlehem Peace Center last October at the local launch of Palestine-family.net, a ground-breaking website allowing Palestinians the world over to upload such items as family trees, photos, stories, documents, recipes and cures as well as articles. The exhibit is designed to assist those outside Palestine to grasp the true wonder of the local landscape and people, as well as the absurdity and oppression of the wall which surrounds much of occupied Palestine. It was created with the support of Palestine-family.net and partners, the AEI-Open Windows in Bethlehem and Artas Folklore Center. We will miss James this year, but his spirit is very much with us as he has generously allowed us to use his photographs in the design of our festival materials.
See www.sumud.net; www.wordpress-230236-736489.cloudwaysapps.com; artasfolklorecenter.net; www.aeicenter.org
Working Today for Conservation Tomorrow—Promoting Ecotourism in Artas, Palestine Wildlife Society, (PWLS) Beit Sahour/Jericho
Thanks to the meeting of several climatic zones, Palestine has been blessed with natural features not found anywhere else, making it a strategic location and historical cultural and natural hub. Charged with managing and promoting the nations national assets is the Palestine Wildlife Society, one of the most dynamic organizations in Palestine, known for its Wildlife Monitoring Station in Jericho, participation in festivals, and exciting educational programs. It just held a highly successful First International Bird Festival. Artas, where the meeting of ecosystems and civilizations is particularly pronounced, is a natural partner for their Eco-tourism Program, which aims at the development and implementation of Eco-Tourism as a profession, for income-generation, and the promotion of Palestine as a destination for eco-tourists. In this exhibit the PWLS highlights some of the Flora and Fauna as well as Natural and Cultural Sites in Artas, and some of its other pioneering work.
Replicas of Ancient Pottery, Palestinian, Palestine Agency for Food and Agriculture, (PAFA), Ramallah
These replicas of pottery from different periods in Palestine’s history from ancient times are made by ceramic artist Abdel Razzak Mohammed el Haj.
Publications on Palestinian Heritage, Inash el Usra Society-Center for Heritage
and Folklore Studies, El Bireh
With its transformation from an organization powered by the dedication of a few committed individuals to a thriving active multi-dimensional organization dedicated to preserving Palestinian heritage while meeting the social, economic and educational needs of the Palestinian population, Inash il Usra serves as a model of what the Artas Folklore Center aspires to be, which is reflected in the fact that on our founding board were several of its members. In view of the fact that the fields of Anthropology and related disciplines grew out of and have assumptions of a Western mind-set, Inash el Usra recently held a ground-breaking conference entitled, Toward an Arabic-Islamic Approach to the study of Man and Society. Some of the impressive array of publications of the organization, including its journal, Heritage and Society, will be exhibited and sold at the festival.
Too few Palestinians make it a point to get out and enjoy the splendors of the countryside. Artas Folklore Center was one of the first organizations to develop and offer hiking itineraries as part of its work. During the festival, two itineraries are offered, one from Solomon’s Pools to the village, with our partner the Palestine Wildlife Society, and another from Artas village to Herodium, with Shat-ha, a Ramallah-based group devoted to hiking. We are particularly happy to have the Sunrise Group from the Jerusalem Patients Friends Society, among our hikers. These women are Breast Cancer survivors who are trying to live normal lives while coping with their disease and breaking the silence that surrounds it. We thank the Center for Jerusalem Studies for providing transportation from Jerusalem and a full day at the festival. Does Artas seem rather far afield for a center concerned with Jerusalem? It won’t after you take the hike and learn that the now-drained Solomon’s Pools carried water to Jerusalem until recently. Cars parked at Solomon’s Poos will be guarded. (More information about the organizations and the hikes to be provided during the hikes)
Hike and Encounter in the Artas Valley with the Palestine Wildlife Society and Artas Folklore Center: Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 2007 from 9-2; optional lunch; (Reservations: 052 2 292 782)
Early-Bird Hike from Artas Valley to Herodium with Shat-ha Hiking Group from Ramallah; return to Artas for lunch and private folklore show Sunday, April 15, 8:30-4 (Reservations: 0599272768; 0599944837 )
There is nothing to get the juices flowing like a good old competition.
The Paintbrush Competition
In cooperation with Khaimeh Cultural Center, Dehaisheh, the Artas Folklore Center is holding its first Paintbrush Competition as one of the festival activities. Artists are invited to paint scenes during the Lettuce Festival, whether from nature, still lifes, portraits, or other. The competition is open to Palestinians, Arabs, or foreign friends of Palestine over 18. All color media permitted except ink and fluorescent colors. Minimum size of the work is 70×90. Participants are required to present one work to include in the Festival exhibits, and to make the other one during the festival competition itself. The jury is composed of qualified Art professionals. First Prize: $500, Second Prize $250, Third Prize $150. All participants receive a certificate of participation and are offered transportation, food and lodging.
By prior registration; Exhibit Artas Spring
Competition begins Friday, April 13, 2007 near the Artas Spring; Judging takes place Saturday Afternoon
ِAnnouncements of Future Competitions
Essay Competition, Hanna Giacaman Memorial Foundation
Bethlehem high school students are eligible to enter this competition for the best essay on the value of history.
Photography CompetitionِArtas Folklore Center
Photographers of all levels are invited to turn their lenses on the natural and cultural heritage of Artas in a photography competition leading up to next year’s Lettuce Festival; qualified partner institution/individual sought. Details to be posted soon on our website (www.artasfolklorecenter.net) inquiries:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Artas Folklore Center takes full advantage of Internet Technology to help overcome its limitations. Last year we featured the ground-breaking Palestine-family.net with whom we have partnered. This year we have two featured sites, one related to travel and the other to folklore.
a project of Alternate Business Solutions, a Ramallah based Marketing and Communications Company. The site is a comprehensive portal geared toward marketing and promoting destination Palestine locally and internationally. Filled with newly developed material, the site is rich in content, information and pictures to help you plan your trip or pilgrimage to Palestine. Visitpalestine.ps is working to promote the Artas Lettuce Festival.
:an interesting and informative website by Bashar Barghouti classifying types of Palestinian folklore, its forms and occasions, with audio clips sure to induce a new-found appreciation for the richness and variety of Palestinian folklore, culture and society. (see Palestine Popular Songs)
The Festival is made possible by the generous support of
The Ministry of Culture and
(in alphabetical order)
Studio Garo, Jerusalem
The Arab Hotel Association (AHA)
The Commercial Press
The French Consulate,
The Hanna Giacaman Memorial Foundation
The Jerusalem District Electricity
The Royal Danish Representative to the Palestinian Authority
The Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC)
World of Art Framers
“Your Travel Guide to Palestine” www.visitpalestine.ps
With Special Thanks To
Artas Village Council
Artas Women’s Group
Artas Rural Students Group
Artas Volunteer Cleaning Committee
Bethlehem District Police
Holy Land Trust
And all the many other people and institutions who have worked to ensure the success of the festival, whether in an institutional capacity or individual capacity.
About the Artas Folklore Center
One of the first cultural centers to be licensed by the Palestinian Authority, the Artas Folklore Center, famous for its Annual Lettuce Festival, 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 and recreation programs and community outreach programs, it strives to document, preserve and promote the rich natural and cultural heritage of the beautiful village of Artas and pass it on to new generations of local and foreign visitors.
Don’t wait until next year’s Lettuce Festival to visit Artas. There are plenty of fascinating ways to enjoy Artas in every season and many exciting volunteer and exchange opportunities for Palestinian and foreign residents of all ages.