|Al Hannouneh society's fifth annual festival,|
which concludes on Thursday, featured song
and dance performances by Jordanian,
Palestinian and Egyptian troupes
(Photo by Dana Al Emam)
by Dana Al Emam Jordan Times Apr 24, 2013
AMMAN — In celebration of Palestinian and Jordanian heritage and folk songs, Al Hannouneh Society for Popular Culture held its fifth annual festival this week.
The festival is aimed at deepening Al Hannouneh's role in preserving the national heritage by bringing it to life for the younger generation, according to Nimat Saleh, the society's secretary.
The festival, which was supposed to mark Palestinian Land Day on March 30, was postponed due to a delay in Al Hanouneh Troupe's tour in the United States.
"On this day, we renew the need to hold on tightly to our land and heritage," Saleh said.
Land Day marks the anniversary of 1976 demonstration against the Israeli occupation in northern Palestine that ended in violence, resulting in the death of six Palestinian protesters at the hands of Israeli forces.
The festival, which opened earlier this week at the Royal Cultural Centre, featured song and dance performances by Jordanian, Palestinian and Egyptian troupes.
Participants included the Culture Ministry's troupe, the Palestinian band Wallaat, Al Mahabish, Al Aqaba Band and Al Hannouneh Troupe.
The festival also included an exhibition that showcased Palestinian culture such as paintings and traditional dresses.
Al Hannouneh Band concludes the festival on Thursday with a performance at the Palace of Culture at Al Hussein Youth City.
Al Hannouneh society organises a number of events and initiatives that aim at preserving Palestinian heritage and raising awareness on the history and geography of Palestine by broadcasting videos of live tours from the Palestinian territories.