Jordan FESTIVAL MUST-SEE: JERASH FESTIVAL OF CULTURE AND ARTS itinerary tip EXPERIENCE J ER A SH F E S T I VAL O F CULTURE AND ARTS
Nearby Lebanon also plays host to a variety of arts and culture festivals, such as the Byblos Festival, the Baalbeck International Festival, the Zouk Mikael International Festival, the Tyre and South Festival and the Beiteddine Arts Festival – all of whic
Aimed at enriching Jordan’s arts and culture sector, this vibrant festival was founded in 1981 by Queen Nour. The festival plays host to Jordanian and foreign artists, featuring a wide variety of performances, including plays, poetry readings, opera and musical concerts. It’s set in Jerash, an ancient Roman city located in the foothills of the mountain of Gilead; it is one of the largest and most well-preserved Roman ruin sites outside of Italy. Even if you’re not an arts and culture buff, the sheer grandeur of the ruin is enough reason to make a stop here: The ancient columns, colonnaded street and oval plaza are remarkably well preserved.
The festival itself is a three-weeklong programme scheduled in the summer, and there’s a good chance you could spot members of the glamorous Jordanian royal family, who attend every year. There are also performances of the Roman Army and Chariot Experience (RACE), which run daily at the hippodrome in Jerash all year round. This involves a re-enactment of Roman times with gladiators and chariot racing – in a genuine Roman setting. Forty-five legionaries in full armour conduct drills and battle tactics, and Roman chariots compete in a seven-lap race around the ancient hippodrome.
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