Events in Amman, Jan 30 – Feb 3


This week’s arts and culture highlight is a Turkish film week hosted by the Royal Film Commission, screening award-winning and internationally acclaimed films starting today until Thursday.

Another highlight is Oud East of the River, a concert by Abdul Wahab Kayali and a group of leading Jordanian musicians, performing classical Arabic instrumental pieces and improvisations. The program will feature pieces by Al-Sharif Muhyiddin Haydar, Jamil Bashir, Munir Bashir, Ghanem Haddad, George Michael, Mohammad Abdul-Wahab and others.

This month’s edition of Amman Tech Tuesdays is on Digital Arts, featuring artists like Emad Hajjaj, Bashar Alaeddin, and others. You also have three interesting exhibitions: “defying gravity,” video installations opening at Makan today, “Urban Exchange” at Jacaranda on Tuesday, and Contemporary Legends, at Foresight gallery on Tuesday as well.

Read on for details on these and other events taking place in Amman this week.

Sunday January 30, 2011

Defying Gravity and Melting Point: Exhibition of video installations by Rowan Al Faqih, at Makan Art Space, 6:00 pm.

Turkish film: “Honey”, Semih Kaplanoglu, 103 minutes, fiction, in Turkish with English subtitles, Turkey, 2010. 7:00 pm at the Royal Film Commission

Oldies Night, with Katya and the Amman Jazz Band, at Canvas/Jabal Luweibdeh, 9:00 pm. For reservations call 06 4632211

Monday January 31, 2011

Turkish film: “Love in Another Language” , Ilksen Basarir, 98 minutes, fiction, in Turkish with English subtitles, Turkey, 2009. 7:00 pm at the Royal Film Commission.

Tuesday February 1, 2011

Turkish film: “Bliss”, Abdullah Oguz, 105 minutes, fiction, in Turkish with English subtitles, Turkey, 2007. 7:00 pm at the Royal Film Commission.

Amman Tech Tuesdays: Digital Arts Edition, at Princess Sumaya University for Technology – Friendship Auditorium. 7:00 pm

Exhibition Opening
Urban Exchange, Karin Mayer and Ahmed Al Khalidi, as part of Festival of Alternative Arts, Jacaranda Image, 6:00pm. Until 28th February.

Exhibition Opening: Contemporary Legends by Khaled AL-Hamzeh Art Exhibition, Foresight  Gallery, 6:00pm. Until 20th February.

Lecture: There is a light that never goes out, by South African artist James Webb, Darat Al Funun, 6:00pm.

Live Music: Yacoub Abu Ghosh and the Stage Heroes/Post Modern Funk Fusion, at Canvas/Jabal Luweibdeh, 9:30 pm. Cover charge 2 JDs
Wednesday February 2, 2011

Turkish film: “Three Monkeys”, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 109 minutes, fiction, in Turkish with English subtitles, Turkey, 2008.
7:00 pm at the Royal Film Commission, #5 Omar Ben Al-Khattab Street

Music: Bayt al-Ruwwad group led by Sakher Hattar, classical Arabic music. Al Hussein Cultural Centre-Ras Al Ein, 7:30 pm. Free entry.

Bayt al-Ruwwad

Thursday February 3, 2011

Music: Oud East of the River, Abdul-Wahab Kayyali and Friends, Al Hussein Cultural Centre-Ras Al Ein, 7:30 pm. Free entry.

Turkish film: “The Boogeyman”, Atalay Tasdiken, 94 minutes, fiction, in Turkish with English subtitles, Turkey, 2009
7:00 pm at the Royal Film Commission, #5 Omar Ben Al-Khattab Street

Karaoke Night
, Cafe Paris, Jabal al Waibdeh-Paris Circle, 8:00pm. For more information: 0779279095.