History & Culture

CULTURAL INFORMATION

Art Galleries in Jordan
Jordan has a rapidly developing fine arts scene, including an increasing number of female artists. Today, artists from various Arab countries find freedom and inspiration in Jordan. The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts (Tel: 4630128, Fax: 4651119), for example, boasts a fine collection of paintings, sculptures and ceramics by contemporary Jordanian and Arab artists. The Jordan Association of Artists can help in organizing studio and gallery tours of Amman.

Cultural Centres

Jordan hosts a number of centres devoted to local arts and culture, such as the Royal Cultural Centre - a modern complex housing theatres, cinemas, and conference / exhibition halls. A monthly programme is available upon request and local English-language newspapers carry details of upcoming events.

Museums

Few cities in the world have been a part of human culture as long as Amman. The richness of modern Jordanian culture is in part due to the additions stirred in by the Assyrians, Nabataeans, Romans and Ottomans who lived here, and this legacy is captured in its museums.

Theatres & Cinemas  

Foreign language films are shown with the original soundtrack and Arabic subtitles. Times are listed daily in The Jordan Times, the daily newspaper.

Handicrafts

A visit to Jordan is certainly incomplete without an introduction to its rich legacy of ancient handicrafts. Traditional handicrafts in Jordan have been passed down over many generations, from a time when all Jordanians met their domestic needs by weaving their own rugs and making their own earthenware vessels and utensils. An impressive cultural mélange of Arab and Islamic imagery is reflected in Jordanian crafts, which include beautiful handmade glass, handy earthenware vessels, skillful basket and carpet weaving, and exquisite embroidery. Crafts produced on a smaller scale include artistically decorated sand bottles, finely chiseled sculptures, and uniquely crafted silver jewellery. During the past century or so, Jordanian crafts have benefited from the skills and influences of other diverse cultural traditions.
 


Right across the corner from Mukawir, be sure to visit the Bani Hamida women’s weaving project and learn first-hand how traditional rugs are woven. Be it under an historic olive tree or in their homes, do not miss the opportunity to visit the women behind the products and experience Jordanian hospitality in its truest form. This project has helped revive Jordan’s traditional weaving techniques whilst creating hundreds of employment opportunities for underprivileged women in fourteen villages.
 

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