This month will feature the official launch of “Aat” – the network of women artists in Jordan. (In Arabic, Aat comes at the end of plural nouns and renders them feminine.) They’re organizing a number of exciting events to commemorate International Women’s Day. The first is an exhibition featuring the work of eight emerging women artists, at Nabad Gallery. The opening will feature a promenade live performances by Dima Bawab, Lana Naseer, Nadine Shahwan, and Irada Ibrahimov.
Another highlight this week is the Music Freedom Day at Al-Balad theater, which will include a number of interesting seminars by some of Jordan’s leading musicians and cultural activists on the alternative music scene in Jordan, music censorship, and current trends in “patriotic” songs. The event will conclude with a concert.
Then we have Counterparts – a joint exhibition by Ahmad Sabbagh, Typism (Blouzaat) and Dina Haddadin, organized by Interruptions. This exhibition strives to embody counterparts of the city: the collective, the sub and counter cultures presented through an artistic-occupation of demolished space through two distinctive narratives.
And don’t forget the great live music taking place all week – a special concert for Chopin’s 200 tonight, the music of Fairouz and Abdel Halim by the Amman Symphonietta tomorrow, Live Jazz by Chapter 11 on Tuesday and Friday, three different concerts on Wednesday, and two live shows on Saturday.
Here we go:
Sunday February 28, 2010
Book of the Week, presentation and discussion, at the Department of the National Library, 6:00 pm.
Amman en Classique, Tribute to Chopin concert. Royal Cultural Center. 8:00 pm.
Monday March 1, 2010
Opening of exhibition “Mirrors” by Barbu Bejan Exhibition, Zara Gallery, 6:30 pm.
Concert: The Two Legends “Fairouz and Abdul Halim Hafez” performed by Amman Symphonietta / Mohammed Sidiq, conductor, Al-Hussein Cultural Center – Ras Al-Ain, 7:30 pm.
Lecture: Arab Mass Media & ways of Reform
Shoman Culture Forum, Abdul Hamid Shoman Foundation, 6:00 pm.