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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.wildlife-pal.org/ *Rowad Cultural Center and Theatre Training Center, http://alrowwad.virtualactivism.net/index.html * Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem

*Arab Educational Institute, Bethlehem www.aeicenter.org: *Siraj Center http://www.sirajcenter.org_ Bethlehem * Peace Center http://www.peacenter.org/

*Judhour.

However, the lack of sufficient funding led to a curtailment of many planned activities, and hindered pre-festival publicity. Nevertheless, the festival was well attended, thanks to cooperation by other institutions and individuals. The flyers and advertisements of the Center of Jerusalem Studies, who organized a trip to the Festival for the second year in a row, played a big part in helping to spread the word. The festival included Folklore and Drama performences, a Farmer’s market, home-made food items, embroidery and craft sales, hikes, children’s activities and more. The festival was covered in a variety of articles, TV programs and blogs.

The 13 following entries on Photography>Local>Weddings and Celebrations are just a few photos of this year’s festival. Be sure to have a look at the photos of 2007 and 2006 as well as the videos of last year’s festival taken by Steve Leicester. Thank You Steve!

Dabke Artas Lettuce Festival 2007 Part 1 http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5513512632165981926&q=Artas+%22Lettuce+Festival%

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Dabke Artas Lettuce Festival 2007 Part 2

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2258487252963521916&q=Artas+%22Lettuce+Festival%22+&ei=71YOSLuwJ4z42gKo1JGtBA&hl=en

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