Events in Amman (and Jerash), July 17 – 23

الأحد 17 تموز 2011

The Jerash Festival kicks off this week after a three-year absence. Rum – Tareq Al-Nasser group are performing on the opening night on Wednesday, and this week’s schedule includes Arabic pop concerts by Milhem Barakat, Nabil Shu’ail, and George Wassouf, dance performances from China, Spain, and Turkey, as well as plays and poetry evenings. (For info on Jerash festival call 06 5607328)

Classical music fans are in for a treat; the Johann Strauss Orchestra performs at the Citadel tomorrow, the Amman Symphony Orchestra presents its final concert of the season this Wednesday, and the Union Bank auditorium hosts an evening of violin solos and duos tonight.

You also have Algerian Film Days at the Royal Film Commission’s beautiful open-air auditorium, a jazz night with Omar Faqir at Canvas, classical Arabic favorites by Bayt Al Ruwwad – this week outdoors at the Hussein Park, and more. So read on, and don’t forget to send us photos, videos and reviews of events you attend.

Sunday July 17, 2011

Fuhais Cultural Festival
“Political Reform” – a talk by MP Abla Abu Elbeh and Dr. Mohammad Hammouri, at the platform of the late Khaled Mnaizel/Fuhais, 7:00 pm.

Classical music concert, Solo and duo violin works by Ysaye, Sarasate, Martinon, and Bach, at the Union Bank Auditorium, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Free admission

Live Music: Fanfare; a colourful Amsterdam ‘street orchestra’, at Blue Fig/Abdoun, 8:00 pm.

Monday July 18, 2011

Johann Strauss Orchestra, at the Citadel, doors open at 8:00 pm. Tickets JD 30 available at Virgin Mega Store and online.

Algerian Film Days: “Outside the Law” by Rachid Bouchareb, 138 minutes, Drama, French and Arabic with English subtitles, 2010, at the Royal Film Commission, 8:00 pm

Jazz Night with Omar Al-Faqir and his band, Canvas/Jabal Luweibdeh, 8:00 pm. Tickets JD10 (includes two soft drinks). For more information please call: Hanan Khlaif – 0798869128

Talk: Arabs in the Face of Regional and International Blocs, by Dr. Anwar Al-Khuffash – economist and expert in strategic affairs, at the Shoman Foundation (between 1st and 2nd circles/Jabal Amman), 6:30 pm

Tuesday July 19, 2011

Algerian Film Days: “Mascarades” by Lyes Salem, 92 minutes, Romantic Comedy, in Arabic with English subtitles, 2008, at the Royal Film Commission, 8:00 pm

Russian Film Screening: The Lady with the Dog, at the Shoman Foundation, 7:00 pm

Wednesday July 20, 2011

Opening of Jerash Festival
Rum Group – Tareq Al-Nasser, at the Southern Amphitheater, 8:30 pm

Algerian Film Days: “Behind the Mirror” by Nadia Shrabi Lobaidy, 105 minutes, Drama, in Arabic with English subtitles, 2007, at the Royal Film Commission, 8:00 pm

Amman Symphony Orchestra: The Final Concert of 2010-2011 Season, featuring Richard Howarth (visiting conductor, UK) and Basel Theodory (Solo violin, Jordan), at the Hussein Cultural Center/Ras Al-Ain), 7:30 pm. Ticket prices: JD 20, JD 10

Amman Summer Festival
Concert by Bayt Al Ruwwad (Arabic music) at Al Hussein Park, 8:00pm. Free entrance

Literary Evening with Palestinian Poet Ma’en Samara, at Al-Balad Theater, 7:00 pm.

Thursday July 21, 2011

Jerash Festival: Concert by Milhem Barakat, Southern Amphitheater, 8:30 pm.
Jerash Festival: Shanghai University Dance Troupe, Northern Amphitheater, 8:30 pm
Jerash Festival: Poetry Recitals, Artemis Theater, 8:30 pm
Jerash Festival: Play: Stranger in the Village, Sound and Light theater, 8:00 pm

Friday July 22, 2011

Bring Change Charity Concert at Souk JARA, featuring a group of local artists, at Jara theater, 7:30 pm.

Jerash Festival: Concert by Nabil Shu’ail, Southern Amphitheater, 8:30 pm.
Jerash Festival: Spanish Ballet of Murican Carmen & Matilde Rubio, Northern Amphitheater, 8:30 pm
Jerash Festival: Play “fashet 3’ol” by Hussein Tbaishat, Artemis Theater, 8:30 pm
Jerash Festival: Play: Journey of Hope, Sound and Light theater, 8:00 pm

Saturday July 23, 2011

Jerash Festival: Concert by George Wassouf, Southern Amphitheater, 8:30 pm.
Jerash Festival: Galata Mevlevi Ensemble and Al Sheikh Nael Kesova – Sufi performance (Turkey), Northern Amphitheater, 8:30 pm
Jerash Festival: Poetry Recitals, Artemis Theater, 8:30 pm
Jerash Festival: Play: The Adventures of Zaghloul and Bahloul, Sound and Light theater, 8:00 pm