The Jerash Festival usually takes place during the end of July and beginning of August. It showcases a wide array of singers, musical and folklore troupes, poetry readings, symphony orchestras, ballet, Shakespearean theater, handicrafts, and art shows. The colonnaded streets, plazas, and theaters of Jerash all provide unique venues for these acts, under the balmy summer skies of central Jordan. While performances take place in the different arenas, thousands of visitors also enjoy strolling through the ancient streets and monuments of the city, shopping for handicrafts, taking in art and book exhibitions, enjoying a casual meal, or simply absorbing the powerful drama of East and West meeting in a great cultural jamboree. Skilled craftsmen and women display Bedouin rugs, jewelry, embroidery, glass, wood, metal, and ceramic objects, and also demonstrate on the spot how they create their wares.
Inaugurated in 1981 by Queen Noor Al Hussein and now part of the Noor Al Hussein Foundation cultural programs, the festival has become the premier showcase for Jordanian performing artists, and an exciting meeting place for artists and the public at large from the four corners of the world. The setting of the ancient Graeco-Roman City provides an unforgettable backdrop to this cultural celebration, with brilliant floodlights dramatically highlighting the colonnaded streets, public plazas, temple precincts, Byzantine churches, theaters, and other ancient monuments.
The Jerash Festival takes place during a traditionally quiet season for tourism in Jordan, making it easy to book hotel rooms and air travel at attractive prices. You can easily spend a week taking in the many offerings at the festival, which all take place in the evening from 1700-2300, while enjoying Jordan's many other attractions during the daytime hours. For further information, contact the Jerash Festival office in Amman at tel. 962-6-5669083/ 962-6-5627840.