Monday, 26 July 2010

Concert to showcase Kingdom’s cultural diversity

By Hana Namrouqa - The Jordan Times

July 26, AMMAN -- Folkloric dances, music and poetry of different nations will be featured at the Roman Theatre downtown Amman on Friday night, in a concert showcasing the Kingdom’s cultural diversity.

Organised by UNESCO Amman and the Jordanian Caucasian Cultural Society, the event includes Jordanian folkloric dances, Circassian dances and music, Bukhari poetry from Uzbekistan, Kazakh music, Turkish music and dances, Chechen music, Armenian folkloric dances and music, and poetry recital from Daghestan.

"Jordan’s multicultural society will celebrate years of amiable coexistence among its diverse groups who have lived in Jordan for decades becoming part of the community yet still retaining important elements of their heritage," the UNESCO Amman office said in a statement on its website.

Jordanian Caucasian Cultural Society President Fakhruddin Daghestani said the night of cultural diversity, which starts at 7:00pm and ends at 9:00pm, marks the UN’s International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures.

"The event seeks to highlight the different cultures in Jordan and preserve minorities' cultures," he told The Jordan Times yesterday, noting that it is open to the public.

"The event will be held at the Roman Theatre because it has a capacity of around 3,000 spectators, and we are expecting a huge turnout," Daghestani noted.

He underscored the Kingdom's cultural diversity, noting that 11 groups live in harmony in Jordan: Bedouins, Circassians, Chechens, Armenians, Bukharans, Kazakhs, Turks, Dagestanis, Druze, Bosnians and Assyrians.

Established last year, the Jordanian Caucasian Cultural Society seeks to preserve Jordanian and Caucasian culture and folklore by holding festivals and lectures, among other activities.

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