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The Fourteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival, April 10-13, 2008

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 24.04.2008:

The Fourteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival was well attended despite the many difficulties faced and minimal funding received.

Photo essay of 13 images with text in “Weddings and Celebrations” which begins at: http://www.wordpress-230236-736489.cloudwaysapps.com/index.php?nav=91-105&cid=146&did=4793&pageflip=1&hits=20&enlarge=1

Until we get videos of this year’s festival, you might enjoy these, from Steve Leicester of the UK.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

Program

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Read on for Activities,Schedule, Map, Directions and Links to Photos and Text of Previous Festivals.

The Artas Folklore Center

Under the Sponsorship of the Palestinian Ministry of Culture

In Partnership with the Arab Educational Institute-Open Window, Bethlehem Peace Center, Judhur, Palestine Wildlife Society, Rowad, Siraj

Exhibit and Stalls

Crafts: Embroidery, Wood Carving, Plaster, Ceramics, Replicas of Ancient Pottery, Glass, Mosaics

Farmer’s Market: Products of the Artas Valley; homemade goods: jam, pickles qubbeh, savory pastries, tabbouleh, and other typical Palestinian food);fresh Taboun and Ishraq Bread made on the site; nutrition projects

Paintings: Exhibit of Paintings from the 2007 Artas Lettuce Festival Paintbrush Competition, by Palestinian artists from various Palestinian towns, villages and camps.

Photographs: Artas Villagers, New and Old; Amulets from the Bethlehem; Flora and Fauna of Palestine

Tourism Publications

Artas Folklore Center’s Folklore Museum

With Participation by: Arab Educational Institute-Open Windows, Artas Folklore Center, Ibda, Judhur, Palestine Wildlife Society, Siraj, Women from various areas of the Bethlehem district, including the villages of Al Khader, Al Ebediyeh, Beit Fajar, Zaatara

Spring Hike:

There are two hikes, one from Solomon’s Pools to Artas Village, and the other from Solomon’s Pools to Herodium, with a stop in Artas. (Transportation back to Artas by bus.*)Participants will see historic and archeological sites from Ottoman, Mamluke, and Byzantine Periods, the ancient water system, the springs on the land of the village, ecological diversity, and wildlife. Among the sites along the route to Artas are:

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, the Hortus Conclusus Convent, the Artas Spring, the “Sitt” Louisa Baldensperger House, Craft Stalls and Farmer’s Markets, Artas Folklore Museum Wadi Khreitoun, Ta’amreh Arabs, Herodium

*Fee for bus according to number of participants.

Performances

Debka: Artas Folklore Center’s Ahya al Turath Folklore Troupe,

Al Rowad Center, Ibdaa Folklore Troupe, Kazar Folklore Troupe, Surif Folklore Troupe, Ferdous High School for Girls

Dramatic Sketch: St George and the Dragon, Arab Educational Institute, Open Windows

Children’s Entertainment: Rowad Center

Poetry: Artas Poet Amanallah Ayesh

Folksinging: Artas Folklore Center’s Ahya Al Turath Folklore Troupe

See Schedule of Activities for details

Note: Center for Jerusalem Studies will be taking guests to the festival on Friday, April 11. For more information and to reserve your place, contact: Center for Jerusalem Studies 02 628 7517;cjs@planet.edu

Program subject to change without notice. For photos of last year’s festival and latest information and map check www.artasfolklorecenter.net and www.palestine family.net

Contact: artasfc@yahoo.com or 02 276 0533

Program

First Day, Thursday, April 10, 2008

14:00 Gathering at the Festival Site, Artas

14:30 Opening of the Festival

14:35 Reading from the Quran

14:37 Palestinian National Anthem

14:38 Moment of Silence for Palestinian Dead

14:45 Traditional Artas Greeting by Artas Girls

14:50 Word from the Governor of Bethlehem

14:55 Word from the Ministry of Tourism

15:00 Word from the Artas Folklore Center

15:10 Debka by Ahya el Turath Troupe

15:25 Debka by Markaz Rowad lil Thaqafa wa Tadrib il Masrahi

15:40 Folksongs by Ahya el Turath Troupe

15:40 Dramatic Sketch, St. George and the Dragon by Arab Educational Institute- Open Windows

16:00 Debka by Ibda’

16:15 Break: Opening of Exhibits and Farmer’s Market

17:00 Debka by Kazar Troupe

17:30 Poetry by Artas Poet Amanallah Ayesh

17:45 Dramatic Sketch by Al Ain Theatre

18:15 Folksinging by Ahya el Turath Troupe

19:00 End of the Activities of the First Day

Second Day, Friday April 11, 2008

9:00 Gathering at the Solomon’s Pools across from the Fort for the Hike to Artas

9:30 Set off on Hike to Artas

9:30 Opening of Exhibits and Farmer’s Market

13:00 Rest in Village for those who participated in the hike

14:00 Programs for children, Markaz Rowad lil Thaqafa wa Tadrib il Masrahi

16:30 Debka by Surif Folklore Troupe

17:00 Debka by Girls from Ferdous High School, Artas

17:20 Debka by Beit Fajar Folklore Troupe

17:50 Debka by Ahya el Turath Folklore Troupe

18:30 Distribution of Certificates of Appreciation to Festival Participants

19:00 End of Activities of the Second Day

Third Day, Saturday April 12, 2008

9:00 Gathering at the Solomon’s Pools across from the Fort for the Hike to Artas

9:30 Set off on Hike to Artas

10:00 Opening of Exhibits and Farmer’s Market

14:00 Rest in Village for those who participated in the hike

Fourth Day, Sunday, April 13, 2008

9:00 Gathering at the Solomon’s Pools across from the Fort for the Hike to Herodium

9:30 Set off on Hike to Herodium

10:00 Opening of the Exhibits

11:00 Hikers arrive in Village for Break

11:30 Hikers continue to Herodium

16:00 Return to Artas

End of Program of Fourteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival

Note: Center for Jerusalem Studies will be taking guests to the festival on Friday, April 11. For more information and to reserve your place, contact: Center for Jerusalem Studies 02 628 7517;cjs@planet.edu

Program subject to change without notice. For photos of last year’s festival and latest information and map check www.artasfolklorecenter.net.

Contact: artasfc@yahoo.com or 02 276 0053

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