Events in Amman, January 9 – 15

This week’s highlight is the Festival of Alternative Arts, organized by the Swedish Embassy in close cooperation with Jordanian and International institutions and independent artists, to showcase and discuss graffiti and other urban alternative art expressions. It will continue through January and February. This week’s program includes a concert by El Morabba3, Hana Malhas, and Ahmad Farah, and an Urban Art Hunt by Hamzet Wasel.

Starting Sunday and for three days, Makan Art Space is hosting “Film and Foto”, a screening of films on, about, and around the still image, organized by artists Oraib Toukan. British Film “Route Irish”, which was partly filmed in Jordan, will be screened at the Hussein Cultural Center on Wednesday. You also a Tunisian film at the Shoman Foundation on Tuesday, and films by students of the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts at the Hussein Cultural Center on Saturday.

There’s also plenty of live music this week; Canvas hosts a concert of blues and oldies by the Amman Jazz Band Sunday night, and their weekly jazz/funk night by Yacoub Abu Ghosh and the Stage Heroes on Tuesday. The Amman Arab Music Ensemble pays a tribute to Farid Al-Atrash on Monday. Bayt al-Ruwwad perform their weekly concert of classical Arabic music on Wednesday, and the band and choir of the Jordan Music Academy present a concert of Arabic music on Thursday.

The calendar includes a number of exhibitions opening this week, and an intervention by artist Samah Hijjawi at the National Gallery of Fine Arts titled “This work does not mean anything to me”; Musings around art and art- discourse. There’s also an evening of poetry at the writers association, theater, more films, book events, and choir auditions. So read on, and have a great week.

Sunday January 9, 2011

Film and Photo (Nostalgia, Dog’s Dialogue, Bezhin Meadow), Makan-Art space, 6:00pm. For more information:

Blues and oldies Concert by Amman Jazz Band, at Canvas/Jabal Luweibdeh, 8:30 pm. For info and reservations call 06 4632211

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

Jo Pop Art Exhibition, at Cafe des Artistes/Rainbow street, 7:00 pm. Exhibition continues until February 19th.

Jordanian Stars Night at Bazzment, presenting; Tawfeq Al Dalu, Mahmoud Sultan, Ehab Murad, Ameera and The Legend. At Bazzment/Sweifieh, 9:00 pm

Monday January 10, 2011

French Film “La Mome”, at the French Cultural Center, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

Film and Photo (Images of the World and the Inscription of War, Videograms of a Revolution), Makan-Art space, 6:00pm. For more information:

The Best of Farid Al Atrash’s Songs, by the Amman Arab Music Ensemble, Sakher Hattar, conductor, Al Hussein Cultural Center-Ras Al-Ain, 7:30pm. Ticket prices (10/20 JD). For more information: 06 4746222.

Exhibition Opening – The Gardens of Eden III : Farouk Lambaz, Nabad Art Gallery, 6:00pm. Until 9th February.

Lecture: Shoman Cultural Forum, Abdel Hamid Shoman Foundation, 6:30 pm.

Odai Shawagfeh

Tuesday January 11, 2011

Theater show, Al Hussein Cultural Centre-Ras Al Ein, 6:00 pm.

Film: Late December (Tunisia), Director: Maez Kamon, Abdel Hamid Shoman Foundation, 7:00 pm.
Film and Photo (La jetée, Ulysse, Salut les cubains), Makan-Art space, 6:00pm. For more information:

Abdel Qader concert, Rahabani Spirit – Virtual Reality Music, at the Royal Cultural Center, 6:00 pm.

Jazz Night, Yacoub Abu Ghosh and the Stage Heroes, Canfas-Jabal Al Webdieh, 9:00pm. For more information: 06 4632211.

Wednesday January 12,2011

Oleanna – a play directed by Ban Majali, Royal Cultural Center, 7:00 pm.

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

An intervention by Jordanian artist Samah Hijawi: This work does not mean anything to me: Musings around art and art- discourse, The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, 6:30 pm.

Film: Route Irish, directed by Ken Loach, in the presence of the film’s director, script writer, and producer. Al Hussein Cultural Centre-Ras Al Ein, 7:00 pm.

Route Irish

Thursday January 13, 2011

Concert by the band and choir of the Jordan Music Academy, at the Hussein Cultural Center/Ras al-Ain, 7:00 pm.

Readings by Young Poets, at the Jordanian Writers Association/Shmeisani, 7:00 pm

Friday January 14, 2011

Karaoke Night, Cafe Paris, Jabal al Waibdeh-Paris Circle, 9:00pm. For more information: 0779279095.

Saturday January 15, 2011

Open Auditions to join Dozan wa Awtar Singers — Amman’s international choral group, at the Union Bank auditorium in Shmeisani, 6 to 9 pm.

Kiss My AFF! Amman Folk Fest ’11, with el-Morabba3, Hana Malhas, and Ahmad Farah (Perfect and Insane). Part of Alternative Arts Festival. At Books@ Cafe, 8:00 pm. Ticket price JD 6.

Urban Art Hunt, a part of Festival of Alternative Arts, Hamzet Wasel, in cooperation with Turath, Mango Street, Jabal Amman, from 10:00am until 6:00pm. For more information: 0799109045.

Evening of RSICA Films, at the Hussein Cultural Center/Ras al-Ain, 6:00 pm.

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