Events in Amman, August 1 – 7


While cultural events and concerts tend to slow down during Ramadan, they intensify in the two weeks preceding it.

This week features the Amman International Dance Festival, organized by Tempo Dance School, with diverse performances by world class dancers. There’s even more dance this week as Al-Hussein Cultural Center hosts a performance of Palestinian Folklore and another of Circassian dance, while the Jordan Festival features dance and acrobatics by the Shaoline Monks from China.

There are also numerous concerts this week that cater to very different tastes; from Ateek’s Sacred Music concert “Another Sky” at the Royal Cultural Center on Saturday, to Amer Al-Khuffash’s album launch concert at Virgin Mega Store on Wednesday, to Jazz by Omar Al-Faqeer at Jara Theater on Friday, and more.

Classical French Films, Indian Film, Amman Tech Tuesday’s Gaming Edition, bazaars, exhibitions, and the last weekend of Jara Market all await you this week. Remember also that many art galleries take their annual vacation during Ramadan, like Darat Al-Funun and Makan, so make sure you check out some of their interesting exhibitions before they close.
Enjoy!

Sunday August 1, 2010

Indian Film: Sholay, Directed by Ramesh Sippy (India), in cooperation with the Indian Embassy, Royal Cultural Center, 7:00 pm.

Dance: Al-Quds Group for Palestinian Folklore, Al-Hussein Cultural Center, 7:00pm. Ticket price: 7 JD. For more information: 06 5920393.

Book of the Week, presentation and discussion, Department of the National Library, 6:00 pm.

Theater: “I7na Meen?” (Who are we?), a collaborative project between youth of the community development committee in Zarqa and Contact Theater/Denmark, at Al-Balad Theater, 5:00 pm.

Monday August 2, 2010

Screening of French Classic film “Hiroshima my Love”, directed by Alain Resnais, in cooperation with the French Embassy, Royal Film Commission, 8:00 p.m.

Exhibition Opening: Collective featuring Samar Haddadin, Zara Gallery at Grand Hyatt Amman, 6:30 pm. Until 23th August.

Art Exhibition by Nouri Rawi “Journey of Eighty Years,” Orfali Gallery/Um Uthaina, 6:30 pm.

Tuesday August 3, 2010

Amman Tech Tuesdays: the Gaming Edition, at Princess Sumaya University/Friendship Hall, 7:00 pm.

Dance: Circassian Group, Al Hussein Cultural Center, 8:30 pm.


Theater and Acrobatics: Shaoline Monks: Wheel of Life (China),
Jabal Al Qal’a (Citadel), 8:30pm. For reservations: www.jordanfestival.com.


Screening of French Classic film, directed by Alain Resnais, in cooperation with the French Embassy,
Royal Film Commission, 8:00 pm.

Film Screening: La Febre (The Fever), directed by Alessandro D’Alatri (Italy), Al Hussein Cultural Center, 8:00pm.

Exhibition Opening: Memories of Love and War by Ghadeer Saeed, Jacaranda Images, 6:00 pm.

Wednesday August 4, 2010

Theater and Acrobatics: Shaoline Monks: Wheel of Life (China), Jabal Al Qal’a (Citadel), 8:30pm. For reservations: www.jordanfestival.com.


Launch of Amer Al-Khuffash’s new album “Duke of the Desert”, at Virgin Mega Store, 6:00 pm.

Music: Bayt al-Ruwwad group led by Sakher Hattar, Prince Hashem Park/al-Hashmi al-Shamali, 8:00 pm.

Bayt Al Ruwwad

Thursday August 5, 2010

Exhibition Opening of Amman Lab: Workshop 2010 – Comfort, organized by Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, at Nabad Gallery, 6:30 pm.

Concert by Local Band, Jamm/Jabal Amman, 9:00 pm. For more information: 0795877970.

Perfect and Insane Live in Folk Music Concert, Al-Balad Theater, 8:00 pm

Opening of National Handicrafts, Traditional Food and Heritage Week, Royal Cultural Center, 7:00 pm.

Jordan International Dance Festival 2010
Out of this World, Culture Palace- Al Hussain Sport City, 7:00pm. For more information : 06 5938939.

Theater and Acrobatics: Shaoline Monks: Wheel of Life (China), Jabal Al Qal’a (Citadel), 8:30pm. For reservations: www.jordanfestival.com.

Music:Yehia Swais (Jordan) and Yara (Lebanon) in concert, Al Hussain Sport City, 8:00 pm, for more information: 0795494542.

Lecture: New Moon and Crescent Observation, Lecturer Hani Dulai’ , JAS Cultural Forum at The Jordanian Writers Association/ Shmeisani, 6:30pm.

Friday August 6, 2010

Souq Jara, Spring and Summer Market, Jabal Amman – First Circle – JARA Street (Fawzy Malouf St.), 10:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Music: Omar Al Faqeer (Jazz),
Souq Jara Theater, 7:00 pm.

Jordan International Dance Festival 2010
Dance workshops (Salsa , Hip-hop, argentine tango, break-dance), The National Center for Culture and Arts, 10:00-4:00pm. For more information : 06 5938939.

Activity: Pirates of Amman- Treasure Hunt, Start up point at The Royal Automobile Musem, King Hussien Park,end up Point at Climbat Amman, 8:00 am. For more information: 0796000999.

National Handicrafts, Traditional Food and Heritage Week, Royal Cultural Center, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Saturday August 7, 2010

Zina Asfour - part of Ateek

Music: ”Another Sky,” classical Music Concert by Ateek, Royal Cultural Center, 8:00pm. Ticket price: 15 JD. For more information: 0795270025.

Antiques Market, 6 Ba’ounieh St./Jabal Luweibdeh, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm.

Jordan International Dance Festival 2010
Dance workshops (Salsa , Hip-hop, argentine tango, break-dance), the National Center for Culture and Arts, 10:00-4:00pm. For more information : 06 5938939.

National Handicrafts, Traditional Food and Heritage Week, Royal Cultural Center, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.