Haifa Al-Najjar, Minister of Culture, said that the Jerash Festival of Culture and the Arts has been a landmark and Arab station for more than three decades, and it is a message to the world that highlights the importance of Jordan’s role, indicate safety and stability.
Al-Najjar announced during the conference to announce the activities of the Jerash Festival of Culture and the Arts in his (36th) session, in which the Executive Director, Mazen Kawar, and the Artists Syndicate, Muhammad Youssef Al-Abadi, spoke in the presence of the Minister of Tourism, Nayef Al-Fayez and members of the Supreme Committee, that this session comes after the Corona pandemic to represent the return of the festival. Returning to normal life, the Jerash Festival becomes a lively scene for Jordan’s cultural and artistic recovery and an example of institutional and participatory work with civil and local society.
Al-Najjar emphasized at the conference that the Jerash Festival is not profitable, but rather a civilized and national project, and that its success is a success for our country, and we are all invited to participate in the activities. communicates and all means for the success of its activities, emphasizes the important and national role of the media in the success of this demonstration, expresses its gratitude to the media The local and Arabic audiovisual, which has always been an active partner, and ‘ a major lever for cultural action through its role in promoting events and the Jordanian artist.
Al-Najjar said at the conference, which was attended by major local and Arab media, that the Jerash Festival is an opportunity for the Jordanian artist and the Jordanian creator to present himself through the festival, which is a leverage for a number of Arabs. artists and poets whose star shone from the festival tribunes. Point out the role of the Jordanian artist, writer and creator in the formation of conscience and the promotion of national values among generations.
Al-Najjar emphasized that we are based on the festival’s international status and importance in the promotion of tourism and cultural tourism and the introduction of culture and arts. In the cultural scene, including: the Association of Jordanian Writers, the Association of Jordanian Plastic Artists, the Union of Jordanian Writers and Writers in various creative and critical fields related to poetry, short stories, seminars, conferences, exhibitions, film and theater performances, and craft and folk markets.
Al-Najjar indicated that the festival in this session paid attention to national creative symbols, by awarding an award to one of the creators, and the award for best diwan, by awarding programs that deal with the talents of young men and women, and to strengthen partnerships. with the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Youth. Network and benefit from the international cooperation program.
Al-Najjar indicated that the festival is distinguished in its current session by its interest in social responsibility by arranging a number of programs for people with special needs by offering them special segments, or by joining the festival’s programs in to close.
Al-Najjar emphasized that the festival will develop an interest in cultural industries, heritage and folk products, which is reflected in the economic, development and tourism sectors, and will provide opportunities for young people to express their creativity and artistic product in the festival as a laboratory. offer. who take their hands on the path of professionalism.
Al-Najjar emphasized that we are looking at the festival with the symbolism of place and history in preserving and supporting the Arab identity in historic Palestine, and we are looking at the festival as an important episode of comprehensive development in building human awareness and the increase of his cultural, aesthetic and cognitive taste that enables him to open up to the language of the century and its technical and intellectual transformations.
Al-Najjar also stressed that the Jerash Festival is a Jordanian national address, and a civilized space in which world cultures and arts mingle. Alignment with human values and creativity.
Al-Najjar pointed out that the numbers indicate the diversity and breadth of participation, and the depth of planning and the accuracy of preparations indicate opportunities for success that reflect the image of our country while celebrating the bicentennial with trust and hope crossed, based on a legacy established by parents and grandparents with the visions of the Hashemite leadership, and that culture has been a fundamental pillar in the building of the state.Since its establishment, which refers to the Short Story Forum, as well a number of critical seminars and scientific conferences dealing with the issue of technology, poetry, technology, plastic arts, narrative arts and their aesthetics, these creators from about 15 countries come together over ten days to celebrate Jerash evenings with their creativity, art , melodies, letters and colors to illuminate In the season of joy.
Al-Najjar also indicated that the participation is enhanced by the presence added by the participation of Irbid, the Arab capital of culture, and Madaba, the capital of tourism, as two main partners, a participation that will surely enrich the festival with its heritage and the creativity of its artists, writers and intellectuals.
Al-Najjar concluded by expressing her gratitude to the successful partners, the people of Jerash, for their good reception of visitors, guests, artists and intellectuals, and they reflect the authentic Jordanian values and hospitality. She also expressed her gratitude to the security services, the Jerash governor and his municipality, the decentralization committees, and the festival’s supporters and sponsors.
Kawar, in turn, emphasized the value of the festival and its international prestige, reinforced by the generous protection enjoyed by the festival of His Majesty King Abdullah II.
Kawar singled out the media with praise and said: “He is our historical partner in promoting the festival and its events, with its credibility, objectivity and professionalism through its national message, and points out that the festival in its current session is the slogan” Norte Layalina dra “”.
Kawar pointed out that this course focuses on partnerships with Jordanian cultural and artistic bodies that have contributed to the building of conscience and characteristics of national identity.
And he indicated that the festival will officially start on 27/7 with a music concert at the northern amphitheater of the Rum / Tariq Al-Nasser Orchestra, with the participation of a number of Jordanian artists, while mass activities on the southern and northern amphitheater, Artemis, the square, Column Street and other pavilions, poetry evenings and theater performances on 28/7, where an entire evening of the opening was devoted to the privacy of the show.
He also indicated that the presence of the Jordanian artist and creator makes up about 70 percent of the participants in the total paragraphs of the festival, and the local participation and the Jordanian artist enjoyed preference on the various plots and spaces. fine art that represents the diversity of Arab and international culture.
Kawar stated that the main square includes a large artistic program designed in collaboration with the Jordanian Artists Syndicate, with the participation of more than 500 Jordanian artists, intellectuals and craftsmen, in addition to the participation of about 80 local, Arab and foreign artistic and folk artists . groups.
He also mentioned some of the names of the participants and groups on the northern stage: including: the artist Faya Younan / Syria, a Jordanian evening organized by the Jordanian Artists Syndicate, the play Gharba Love / Palestine, the Tikat Troupe / Syria, the Saudi National Troop.
He referred to the names of the participating artists on the southern runway: Assi El-Hillani / Lebanon, Thamer Hosni / Egypt, Rabeh Saqr / Saudi Arabia, Marwan Khoury / Lebanon, Mahmoud Al-Turki / Iraq, Majed Al-Raslani / Saudi Arabia, Jordanian Night / Artist Syndicate, Al-Jeel Club Band / Jordan, Ziad Burji / Lebanon.
Kawar stopped at the cultural program, which is under the supervision of the Culture Committee under the leadership of the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Culture, author Hazza Al-Barari, which includes about 15 Arab poets and poets, and more than 40 Jordanian poets , participate. And more than 15 judges, as well as the union program in which about 70 members of the union participate. In addition to more than 40 plastic artists from the Jordanian Plastic Artists Association. Point out the importance of deep-rooted partnerships with qualitative cultural bodies, including: the Jordanian Writers’ Association, the Union of Jordanian Writers and Writers, the Association of Plastic Artists and the local community.
Announcement of the awarding of the annual festival prize to the poet Ziad Al-Anani, the name of the storyteller Fakhri Kawar at the Story Forum to be held at the headquarters of the Jordan Writers’ Association, and the awarding of a special prize for the best collection of poems .
Within the framework of the social responsibility to which the festival administration pays attention, the festival will arrange a special concert for the “Fawzi Muzi” orchestra at the King Hussein Cancer Center for children and their families, and allocate a tent to the products of the reform and rehabilitation centers in Al-Amoud Street, and the inserts of the plastic forum program entitled “The Fragrant of Color.” which deals with blind children.
Kawar said: The festival brought back the “Bashayer Jerash” project, which is concerned with young creators, focusing on cultural industries, providing the conditions for its marketing, and developing the skills of the local community, to generally contribute to the development, co-operation and participation with Jerash Municipality, its bodies and organizing committees to achieve this goal, and points out that The importance of folk art groups and their role in making joy.
Kawar outlined some administrative and logistical arrangements related to tickets, event attendance, transportation and news broadcasting, and thanked the local community, security services, Jerash Governor, the municipality, and all contributing partners and sponsors. to the success of the festival.
In turn, Al-Abadi praised the excellent partnership with the festival, pointing out that the syndicate oversees the program related to Jordanian artists, and 1,000 Jordanian artists are involved.
And he indicated that the participation does not stop at musical and lyrical events, but extends to theater and film participations and the theater for children and youth.