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The Program of the Fourteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival April 10-13, 2007

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 07.04.2008:

Fourteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival Thursday, April 10-Sunday, April 12, 2008 Artas VillageThe Artas Folklore CenterUnder the Sponsorship of the Palestinian Ministry of CultureIn Partnership with the Arab Educational Institute-Open Window, Bethlehem Peace Center, Judhur, Palestine Wildlife Society, Rowad, SirajExhibit and StallsCrafts: Embroidery, Wood Carving, Plaster, Ceramics, Replicas of Ancient Pottery, Glass, MosaicsFarmer’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 projectsPaintings: 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 PalestineTourism PublicationsArtas Folklore Center’s Folklore MuseumWith 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, ZaataraSpring 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.PerformancesDebka: 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 GirlsDramatic Sketch: St George and the Dragon, Arab Educational Institute, Open WindowsChildren’s Entertainment: Rowad CenterPoetry: Artas Poet Amanallah AyeshFolksinging: Artas Folklore Center’s Ahya Al Turath Folklore TroupeSee Schedule of Activities for detailsNote: 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.eduProgram 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 0533

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