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Seventeenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival April 14-15 2011

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Seventeenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival April 14-15. 2011

submitted by Artas Folklore Center 09.04.2011

Seventeenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival April 14-15 2011 Program and Directions to Artas Included Below

Seventeenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival

‏2011‏‏

Under the Sponsorship of the Prime Minister, Doctor Salam Fayad

Program of Performances, Spring Hike and Directions to Artas Follow

Thursday April 14 and Friday April 15, 2011

TWO DAYS OF FOLKLORE, FOOD AND FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Debkeh Performances and Competitions, Palestinian Fashion Show, Palestinian Wedding, Music and Song, Drama and Humor, Crafts, Food,

Visits to the Folklore Museum and Convent of the Hortus Conclusus, Spring Hike in the Artas Valley and Lots of Lettuce

Opening Ceremony: Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 10:30 in the Artas Valley

Your Presence Provides Moral and Material Support to the Palestinian Farmer!

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SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL ARTAS LETTUCE FESTIVAL

2011

PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES

FIRST DAY

MORNING

OFFICIAL OPENING

APRIL 14, 2011

Time Piece Participants

10:30 Assembly at Festival Site

11:00 Festival Opening

11:05 Palestinian National Anthem

11:07 Moment of Silence for the Fallen

11:09 Traditional Artas Greeting

Artas Villagers

11: 16 A Word from the Village Council

11:22 Debkeh Ahya Al Turath Troupe

11:30 A Word from the Governor

11:36 Poetry Aman Allah Ayesh

11:46

A Word from the Ministry of Agriculture

11:52 Group Singing Arab Educational Institute

12:05 A Word from the Ministry of Culture

12:11 Debkeh Beit Ummar Troupe

12:19 A Word from Artas Folklore Center

12:25 Folksongs Abd Abu Rayan

12:35 Debkeh Hussan Troupe

12:44 Palestinian Fashion Show Al Awdeh Girls High School

12:54 Distribution of Lettuce

1:00 Opening of Exhibits and Farmer’s Markets

SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL ARTAS LETTUCE FESTIVAL

2011

PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES

FIRST DAY

THURSDAY APRIL 14, 2011

AFTERNOON

Time Piece Participants

04:00 Evening Performances Begin

04:00 Debkeh Kazar Troupe

04:20 Play Al Awdeh Girls High School

04:40 Debkeh Surif Troupe

05:00 Folksongs Abd Abu Rayan

05:20 Debkeh Artas Troupe

05:30 Play Al Ain Theater

05:40 Debkeh Khader Troupe

06:00 Open Stage

06:30 End of the First Day’s Activities Distribution of Certificates of Appreciation

For more information and photos about Artas and previous festivals see www.wordpress-230236-736489.cloudwaysapps.com-Our Partners-Artas Folklore Center

Or call Leyla at 0522292782 or 6734307



SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL ARTAS LETTUCE FESTIVAL*

PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES

SECOND DAY

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011

Activity

Site Time Type of Activity

Solomon’s Pools, Artas 8:00 Assembly at Solomon’s Pools for Spring Hike

8:30 First Part of Tourist Trail “

Artas Springا 9:30 Opening of Exhibits and Farmer’s Market

10:00 Recreational Activities for Children

Artas

11:00 Rest Stop, Lunch for Participants on Hike

Artas Valley 12:00 Continuation of Spring Hike to Herodiom for those who wish.

1:00 Palestinian Wedding

1:30 Folk Singing

2:00 Debkeh Competition

Artas Stage 3:00 Performance

e 3:30 Comedic Sketch

3:30 Approximately Bus or Taxi to return Hikers to Bethlehem or Artas

4:00 Drama*

4:30 Poetry

4:45 Continuation of Debkeh Competition

6:00 End of the Activities of the Second Day

Hiker’s Schedule in Italics

SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL ARTAS LETTUCE FESTIVAL

2011

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011

SPRING HIKE

ARTAS TO HERODIUM

8-3:30

Experience Artas’s unique ecosystem and traces of its past from prehistory to the present, see its hidden links to Jerusalem and Herodium, enjoy its living folklore , meet its friendly people and learn about famous foreign visitors and residents, enjoy the breathtaking view of the convent across the valley, and eat its famous lettuce. Learn why Artas is the most documented village in Palestine!

Meeting Point: Solomon’s Pools 8:00

We set out at 8:30 for Artas passing en route the

Murad Fortress, Solomon’s Pools, Saleh Spring, Pine Forests, Prehistoric Cave, Attan Spring, Um Ayub, Etam, Khirbet Aytam, Deir el Banat, the “Wall”, Wadi Abu Umeira. In Artas we seen the Hortus Conclusus Convent, the Artas Spring, the “Sitt” Louisa Baldensperger House and more. There will be an opportunity to visit Craft Stalls,Farmer’s Markets and the Artas Folklore Museum before we continue our hike through Wadi Khreitoun, the Ta’amreh Arabs and Herodium. The entrance fee to Herodium is not included in the price. Buses or taxis will take hikers back to Bethlehem or Artas. Sites and Schedule are subject to modification..

Spring Hike: Regular Price 50 NIS

Students: 30 NIS

Discount for Groups

Optional Palestinian Meal (Musakken): 50 NIS must be ordered in advance. Call Leyla for more information and to order your meal by Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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

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