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The Schedule of the Fourteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival April 10-13

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 07.04.2008:

Fourteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival Thursday, April 10-Sunday, April 13, 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, SirajProgramFirst Day, Thursday, April 10, 200814:00 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 DaySecond Day, Friday April 11, 20089:00 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 DayThird Day, Saturday April 12, 20089:00 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 hikeFourth Day, Sunday, April 13, 200800 Gathering at the Solomon’s Pools across from the Fort for the Hike to Herodium :9 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 ArtasEnd of Program of Fourteenth Annual Artas Lettuce FestivalNote: 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 0053

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