The participants in the 36th International Arab Youth Congress declared to stop the cliché of “you are too young!” to involve them in decision-making and peace building processes
The IAYC is a thematic event that utilizes creative activities to tackle global issues impacting the lives of youth. This year’s theme, “21st Century of a Culture for Peace and Prosperity” was selected after deep consideration of the role that the artistic disciplines play and should continue to play in unifying the ever-globalizing lives of young people. As values are evolving over time and geography, the ability to seek and comprehend diverse worldviews, to analyze complex issues and ultimately evaluate and modify attitudes and philosophies are some of the most critical skills needed to succeed in today’s modern global economy. Our aim through the activities of the Congress is to create an environment where youth aged (13 – 17) are given the opportunity to develop, share and celebrate these skills.
110 participants from 14 Arab and Foreign countries shared their impressions, expectations and recommendations about the theme of the congress through the panel sessions and the artistic performances during the closing ceremony which was held on the 11th of July at the Palace of Culture under the Patronage and Presence of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein and with the participation of guest of honor, the world champion Ahmed Abu Ghosh as an example to be followed in perseverance and success.
The congress was organized by the National Centre for Culture and Arts of King Hussein Foundation in partnership with UNICEF, the Ministry of Education and USAID Civic Initiatives Support Program from 5 – 11 July 2017 with the participation of delegations from UAE, Pakistan, USA, Syria, Iraq, Kosovo, Oman, Palestine, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Holland and Jordan.
The guest of honor Mr. Hussein Al Salman sang a song on this occasion with an interaction from a large audience. And the participants presented the outcome of the creative workshops in drama, music, song and dance, and it also featured a brief video of the activities of the congress.
Lina Attel, Director General of the National Centre for Culture and Arts and Congress Director said, “As we hold this congress every year, we strive to strengthen solidarity and promote cultural exchange between countries; shedding light on the issues like safety, prosperity, peace, creating an example that other countries can follow.” She added, “Our aim is to foster the participants’ cultural, artistic and scientific talents through creative workshops to promote cooperation and respect of cultural diversity.
“Working together with today’s young generation, we can lay the foundation for peaceful, tolerant and equitable societies, in which each successive generation of children can survive and thrive to their full potential.” Said UNICEF Representative, Robert Jenkins.
He added, “UNICEF is grateful to Her Majesty Queen Noor AL Hussein for her patronage and support to the Arab International Youth Congress. We would also like to acknowledge the strong partnership with NCCA and the support from USAID that has resulted in this great youth engagement forum.”
The recommendations and outcomes of the conference will be sent to the Arab League States, the United Nations, UNICEF, and UNFPA.
1. Involve youth in decision-making and peace building processes, voice out their needs and issues and empower them to become agents of change in their countries. Please stop the cliché of “you are too young!”
2. Facilitate and fund international youth exchange programs to achieve better cross-cultural understanding and respect of diversity.
3. Increase youth access to meaningful civic engagement, community service, extracurricular activities, volunteering platforms and employment opportunities to achieve social cohesion, promote sense of belonging and engage creatively and positively with society.
4. Introduce media literacy and comprehensive performing arts programs within school systems as tools to empower young people with creative expression and problem solving skills, self-confidence and understanding of human behavior.
5. Facilitate equal access to quality education, multi-language learning and artistic development for all students including females, males and people with disabilities with special emphasis on analytical thinking.
6. Promote gender equality and empower the role of women to resist harmful practices and unjust social norms.
7. Create meaningful multimedia programs (films, plays, songs) through Community Based organizations, media institutions, TV programs, NGO’s, etc. to spread awareness on the drastic negative impact of war and the value of peace on human life and dignity.
8. Promote intergenerational communication by engaging young people with parents, community members and senior citizens in supporting peace building and in addressing contemporary issues that have an impact on future generations such as family planning and reproductive health.
9. Promote alternative energy sources (e.g. solar energy) to achieve sustainable economic independence which leads to prosperity and hence peace.
10. Promote collaboration between countries to protect refugees and homeless and support them with dignified life and ensure justice, respect of cultural diversity and tolerance.
11. Provide psychosocial counselling in elementary and high schools for students to mitigate negative coping mechanisms.
Her Majesty Queen Noor Al-Hussein honors adolescent and youth students excelling in community service project
AMMAN, Jordan,Her Royal Highness Princess Iman Bint Al Hussein deputizing for Her Majesty Queen Noor Al-Hussein honoured Jordanian schools and out of school adolescents from 12 governorates with the best community service projects at an event celebrating the 3rd International Arab Youth Congress National Initiative “One Step at a Time,” at the Palace of Culture in Amman Yesterday.
The event featured a documentary of 52 community service projects implemented by 208 students from 52 schools and out of school adolescents from 12 governorates; The Guest of honor Hussein Al Salman presented a song in this occasion followed by a comedy sketch by the NCCA National Interactive Theatre Troupe, and Jordanian Folk Dance by MISK Company of NCCA in addition to the video clip of the “One Step at a Time” song.
“We are proud of the outstanding achievements of students who have excelled in the implementation of diverse projects, including education and technology, environmental health, cultural, art and sport, which will achieve sustainable benefits in the community,” said the Director General of the National Center for Culture and Arts, Lina Attel.
“We are grateful to UNICEF and USAID for their invaluable support in realizing this project and bringing joy to Jordanian Students. We also commend the efforts of the Ministry of Education, school teachers and Princess Basma Youth Resource Center/JOHUD for facilitating the participation of students,” she added.
“One Step at a Time” is a national community service initiative emanating from the International Arab Youth Congress organized by the National Centre for Culture and Arts (NCCA) of King Hussein Foundation in cooperation and partnership with the Ministry of Education, UNICEF - supported by the Government of Germany (through German and Canadian Government) and The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through a grant from the USAID Civic Initiatives Support Program implemented by FHI 350.
The project aims at encouraging and empowering Jordanian youth aged 13 to 17 to actively participate in community service projects that are creative and sustainable, and which benefit their society and also develops their own knowledge and skills.
“I would like to congratulate all girls and boys who participated in this great initiative to help their communities,” said the UNICEF Jordan Representative, Robert Jenkins. “UNICEF’s partnership with NCCA and the King Hussein Foundation, Ministry of Education, and CSO partners, and the support from USAID and Germany, is helping us strive towards providing more engagement opportunities for young people, and contributing towards Jordan achieving its national HRD strategy and the global Sustainable Development Goals,” he added.
“USAID is happy to support initiatives that impact youth and their development. We see it as an investment towards the further development of the organization and the development of Jordan” said Kathy Tin, USAID Office of Democracy and Governance.
The initiative was introduced in all schools in the 12 governorates through the respective Directorates of Education. This is the first initiative of its kind to be held for this age group, giving students full freedom to choose their initiatives and projects.
Following the selection of 52 winning projects from 12 governorates from the Ministry of Education’s schools and Princess Basma fund for Youth of the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Development, the selected school students participated in comprehensive training sessions on organizing and managing their projects, in addition to communication skills, held by specialists from NCCA and NHF –Community Development Program. The students were provided with the necessary materials to implement their projects within a period of three months.
The students from the 52 best projects will be part of the Jordanian delegation at the 36th International Arab Youth Congress which will be held Under https://www.viagrapascherfr.com/viagra-feminin-forum-uso/ the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein from 5-11 July 2017 under the theme “21st Century Skills for a culture of peace and prosperity."
Thursday, 15 December 2016, Amman: Master trainers from NCCA’s National Interactive Theatre Troupe conducted a workshop in November for creative writing and interactive theatre techniques. The workshop included 20 emerging Jordanian and Syrian artists, between the ages of 18 – 30.
This training is part of the active citizens "Artivism" project. The project, which was established in partnership with the British Council, is implemented by the National Center for Culture and Arts of the King Hussein Foundation.
Artivisim aims to raise awareness around the importance of social cohesion and co-existence. This is portrayed through respect and acceptance of others and promoting active citizenship, through the use of different performing arts.
The project began in October 2016 and end in March 2017.
The workshop consisted of a 40 hour training in Active Citizenship, creative writing skills and interactive theater techniques including; improvisation, role-playing, in addition to voice and speech. Workshops enabled the participants to write 20 monologues to be included in a booklet and distributed among cultural centers and stakeholders.
The second workshop conducted on the 14th and 15th of December to select the monologues and present them artistically in a stage reading session to the public.
Three performances presented in three locations throughout the kingdom, on the 19th of December at 12:00PM at the National Centre for Culture and Arts, on the 20th of December in Irbid at Princess Basma Center for Human Development at 11:00am and at the British Council on the 10th of January 2017 at 1:00PM.
The British Council is the UK’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We work in over 100 countries worldwide to build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people. We work in the arts, education, English, science and sport and last year we engaged face to face with 18.4 million people and reached 652 million. We are a non-political organization which operates at arm’s length from government.
For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org/Jordan
The IAYC Community Service Initiative “One step at a time” is well underway! After the success of implementing the first phase in 12 schools and community centres across the kingdom; the National Centre for Culture and Arts (NCCA) supported by UNICEF and USAID as part of the USAID Civic Initiatives Support Program and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education is implementing the initiative for a second consecutive year; ensuring a wide access to schools and community centres.
Emanating from the International Arab Youth Congress under the directives of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein. “One Step at a Time” encourages and empowers Jordanian youth aged 13 to 17 to actively participate as a generation of responsible citizens in community service projects that are creative and sustainable.
After disseminating the initiative’s criteria for participation amongst schools and community centres in all governorates and receiving the submitted applications, an evaluation committee comprising of experts in the field of education, civic engagement and arts selected 36 project ideas that best comply with the initiative’s objectives.
The 36 winning teams received trainings by NCCA theatre experts and NHF –Community Development Program; assisting them to plan phases of project implementation, develop their communication and presentation skills utilizing Theatre-based techniques and promote their confidence and self-esteem to become active agents for change. All projects have been filmed and documented in a creative manner.
In celebration and recognition of youth making a difference in their local communities, a national artistic event will be conducted on May 2, 2016 at the Palace of Culture in Amman.
During the event, participants from 12 governorates will have the opportunity to publicly present their community service projects to an audience of 2000 members accompanied by a documentary and artistic performances from local artists.
Students will also be invited to join delegations from different countries and present their projects in the 35th International Arab Youth Congress (IAYC), which will be held under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein in August 2016 thus driving social change and inspiring others to follow suit.
- 02 May 2016 - 02 May 2016
The National Center for Culture & Arts (NCCA) of King Hussein Foundation is proud to host the 8th edition of the Amman Contemporary Dance Festival (ACDF) which falls in line with its mission to promote cultural exchange and enhance the theater and dance movements in Jordan.
In this year’s festival, held from 14-22 April at the Royal Cultural Centre, we have chosen to include renowned contemporary dance companies from Switzerland, USA, Spain, Tunisia, and Jordan in a variety of performances. It is our hope that at each festival, our audiences get the chance to view leading dance companies utilizing unique techniques and to further their appreciation of the aesthetics of contemporary dance.
ACDF2016 Promotion Video
14 April, 8:00 pm | 91 Degrees / A Night in the Desert | Jordan
17 April, 8:00 pm | Less is More | USA
19 April, 8:00 pm | Time Takes the Time Time Takes | Spain
20 April, 8:00 pm | Recapitulatio / Koffirto / 1000 Skins | Tunisia
22 April, 8:00 pm | Sideways Rain | Switzerland
Location: The Royal Cultural Centre
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Ticket Price: 7 JD [5 JD for students]
[Free Admission for USA - ILL Abilities performance, please contact us to receive your invitation ]
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- 14 April 2016 - 22 April 2016
- The Royal Cultural Center
This year, we commemorate the opening of #ACDF2016 with a premiere by emerging Jordanian dancers:
91 Degrees, choreographed by Tamara Haddad and performed by Misk Dance Company of NCCA.
هذا العام, نفتتح المهرجان بعرض من راقصين اردنيين
تصميم تمارا حداد و عرض فرقة مسك
14 April, 2016 - 8:00 pm
Would you like to enjoy a night in the desert at the Royal Cultural Centre?
Then join GoJo team on April 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm.
Event Link: http://bit.ly/1RwI1yF
- 14 April 2016 - 22 April 2016
- The Royal Cultural Center
بالشراكة مع السفارة الأمريكية في الأردن, نقدم فريق الرقص الأمريكي الدوليILL-Abilities
والذي سوف يؤدي عرضه في المهرجان يوم الأحد 17 أبريل القادم ويشارك الجمهور الأردني رسالته حول الحياة بإمكانيات غير محدودة بالتواصل الإيجابي مع المجتمعات حول العالم.
In partnership with the U.S. Embassy Amman Jordan, we are presenting ILL-Abilities
Performing on Sunday, April 17. They’ll share their message of living life with limitless possibilities!
- 17 April 2016 - 18 April 2016
- The Royal Cultural Center
Do not get lost in time and mark your calendar on the 19th of April for "Time Takes the Time Time Takes" performance by Spain!
At the Royal Cultural Centre
- 19 April 2016 - 19 April 2016
- The Royal Cultural Center
Don't miss the Swiss company Alias in a spectacular performance on the 22nd of April at the Royal Cultural Centre.
Tickets will be available next week!
- 22 April 2016 - 22 April 2016
- The Royal Cultural Center
The press conference for the launching of the 34thInternational Arab Youth Congress (IAYC) took place yesterday. The congress isorganized by the National Center for Culture and Arts (NCCA) of the KingHussein Foundation (KHF), in partnership with the United Nations Children’sFund (UNICEF) with the support of Germany KFW, and Japan. It will convene on the 3rdAugust 2015 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor AlHussein Founder of the Congress. The theme for this year is "Investing in YoungPeople as Agents of Positive Change for Human Development’’. The congress willaddress quality education, Skills Building and entrepreneurship, early marriageand reproductive health for adolescents, youth engagement and civicparticipation.
Thepress conference was conducted yesterday by NCCA Director, Ms. Lina Attel, andattended by Mr. Michele Servadei, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Jordan; Ms. Nina Lauter, Development Counselor at the German Embassy in Jordan; as well asUNFPA representative in Jordan Ms. Layali Abu Sir and members of the IAYCpreparatory and media committee.
Atthe beginning of the press conference, Ms. Attel thanked UNICEF, the IAYCstrategic partner and main sponsor, as well as UNFPA, which in 2014 appointedNCCA as Y-PEER International Centre for Youth Development. She also thanked allthe sponsors for their "exceptional efforts”, which will have a great impact onthe success of IACY activities.
Mr. Servadei said during the press conference: "With such a large youth populationin Jordan and the region, it’s critical that we provide the right environmentin which young people can realise their full potential. The 34th InternationalArab Youth Congress is an important forum for youth voices to be heard. Itprovides a platform from which young people can share and promote innovativecommunity level initiatives in which they play an active and positive role insociety. Scaling up and replicating such work is vital for young people toprogress and thrive in life.”
Ms. Nina Lutter, Development Counselor at the German Embassy said: "Investing inyouth is ultimately an investment in the future. Young people are a fundamentalresource for social change, economic development and technological innovation. The International Arab Youth Congress provides an opportunity for youth todevelop their own creative ways to address and overcome challenges that affectthem in areas such as education, reproductive health, civic participation andsecurity. The Government of Germany is committed to reach and support, inpartnership with UNICEF, vulnerable adolescents and youth living acrossJordan.”
Ms. Attel elaborated that the congress’s slogan for this year "Investing in YoungPeople as Agents of Positive Change for Human Development’’, was adoptedagainst the backdrop of the challenges currently facing children and youth interms of education, reproductive health, civic participation and security. Participants between the ages of 13 and 17 years, will have the opportunity toexpress their thoughts and ambitions regarding these issues through technicalworkshops and sessions in drama, singing, music, dance, and visual arts ascreative approaches to addressing the afore-mentioned issues. They will thencome out with the congress’s recommendations. The technical workshops will befacilitated by specialists in these fields, including Ms. Samia Zaro, Mr. Sa’adAbbas, Ms. Rania Kamhawi and the National Music Conservatory. The outcomes ofthese workshops will be showcased at the IAYC closing ceremony, to be heldunder the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor at the Palace of Culture atAl-Hussein Sports City at 8 p.m. on Sunday, 9 August 2015. The participantswill submit their recommendations to Her Majesty, as well as UNICEF and UNFPAand other concerned parties in the presence and participation of the IAYCguests of honor: His Excellency Dr. Marwan Muasher, the keynote speaker, aswell as Y-PEER International Ambassadors Ms. Ola Al-Faris and Ostaz Sam.
Theconference’s main activities at the opening session, which will be held at theRoyal Culture Center on Monday, 3 August 2015, include an opening speech by Mr. Servadei, as well as a interactive session about the theme of the congress, presented by keynote speaker Dr. Marwan Muasher.
Sessions on quality education willbe facilitated by Ms. Susan Ayari, Cheif of UNICEF’s Education programme, whileMs. Besan AbdelQader will facilitate the skills building session. The entrepreneurship session will befacilitated by Mr. Nidal Qanadilo, main coach at Oasis 500, UNFPA’s Ms. YasmeenAl-Tabba will facilitate the early marriage and reproductive health for adolescents’ workshop. And a briefabout Shiekha Fatima Bint Mubarak International Awards for Arab Youth by Ms. Aysha Al Ka’abi
Participantsfrom Jordan and other countries will present their voluntary work in the areaof community service, which will serve as models for the participating studentsover the upcoming years.
Ms. Attel said the IAYC main accomplishments include the launching of the 2014 National Initiative "One Step at a Time,” designed under Queen Noor’s directives to encourage Jordanian youth aged 13–17years to engage in their communities. ‘‘One Step at a Time” involves voluntary, innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives that offers sustainable benefits tothe society. This initiative will be one of the main components of IAYC. Otherachievements include convening the 31stIAYC in 2012 under thepatronage of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, which was hosted by theFamily Development Foundation led by Ms. Mariam Al-Rumeithi, as well aslaunching the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak International Award.
Itis worth mentioning that a lesson on IAYC was included in the 5thGrade Arabic Language curriculum in Oman. which was published by the OmaniMinistry of Education in 2011 and is seen as Arab recognition of theconference’s importance to Arab youth.
Onthis occasion, the public is invited to the International Artistic Performances, which will be held at 7 p.m., Friday 7 August 2015 at NCCA’s Amphitheater, during which the participants will present sketches presenting their countries’ heritage. The closing ceremony will be held at 8 p.m., Sunday, 9 August 2015 atthe Palace of Culture in Al-Hussein Youth city. These events are open to thepublic and the entrance tickets are available at NCCA.
TheNCCA program includes various visits to tourist and cultural sites in Jordan, including Jordan Museum, Public Security stables, Petra, UNICEF’s Makani, centeraffiliated with the Jordan Hashemite Fund for Human Development, as well asother youth interactive activities.
Theparticipants will create a mural at Gallery Centre – Ras Al Ain – Down TownAmman, led by visual artist Ms. Samia Al Zaru.
Pakistan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Holland, Serbia, Iraq, Kuwait, United ArabEmirate, Libya and Jordan
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Main Sponser, United NationsChildren’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); Zain; GreaterAmman Municipality; Tourism Board; Royal Jordanian; Royal Cultural Center; Jordan Radio and Television Corporation; Ro’ya TV; Al-Safir Printing Press; Zalloum & Laswi Law Firm; Royal Aero-Sports Club of Jordan; Kempinski Hotel; Dead Sea Products; NationalPaints; Sport Snack Restaurant.
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Under the patronage of HRH Princess Sana Asem the opening of the 6th Amman Contemporary Dance Festival organized by the National Center for Culture and Arts of King Hussein Foundation will be held on Sunday 13 April 2014, at 8:00 pm at the Royal Cultural Center- Main Theater with a performance for RussellMaliphant Company from United Kingdom.
This year’s festival includes renowned contemporary dance companies from United Kingdom, Norway, Australia, Sweden and Switzerland in a variety of performances for both children and adults.
The opening performance "Still Current” for Russell Maliphant Company which is supported by the British Council is dedicated to the age group over the 14 years, it’s an evening of duets and trios that incorporate qualities and vocabulary of contemporary dance, ballet and martial arts created by Russell Maliphant and The lighting designs are by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Michael Hulls with costumes by Stevie Stewart and animation by Jan Urbanowski. Musically, the evening includes an eclectic mix of sound with new compositions by long time collaborators Andy Cowton and Mukul, and a work by Armand Amar.
The ACDF falls within the Masahat Dance Network, a regional network comprising of Maqamat Dance Theatre in Lebanon and Sareyyet Ramallah - First Ramallah Group in Palestine; Tanween Dance Theatre in Syria and the National Center for Culture and Arts in Jordan which aims at introducing the techniques of contemporary dance and to promote cultural , artistic and social collaboration with the countries of the world and its symbols of art , especially that all the participating companies present their performances on the most prestigious global theaters and won prestigious awards as quoted by " Rania Kamhawi "- Director of Amman Contemporary Dance Festival
The festival continues on Thursday, April 17 with a performance from Norway entitled "On the Desperate Edge of Now ‘by Kari Hoaas company dedicated for the age group above 16 years, followed on Saturday April 19, with a performance from Australia entitled "Happy as Larry” by Shaun Parker company dedicated to the age group of seven years and above , followed by the evening of Monday April 21 a performance from Sweden entitled "Bartolomeo” by Carrasco Dance Company dedicated for age above 10 years. On Tuesday, April 22 a performance entitled "A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football” by Jo Stromgren from Norway dedicated for the age group of above 10 years. The festival will conclude on Friday, April 25 with a performance from Switzerland entitled "Transfigured Night” by Philippe Saire dedicated for the age group above 18.
This year’s festival is supported by The British Council, Norwegian Embassy, Sweden Embassy, Pro Helvetia, Greater Amman Municipality, The Royal Cultural Center, Roya TV, Mlabbas, CUPS & KILOS, Beat FM, Al Safir and Zalatimo Sweets
Kamhawi expressed her hope to move forward in holding such events in Jordan, especially in the middle of what the world is witnessing nowadays from changes and challenges, "it became necessary to intensify our efforts to promote the importance of using different creative art form that allows the opportunity to express their ideas and aspirations, challenges and impacts on the community”.
It’s worth mentioning that the National Center for Culture and the Arts has consistently held Amman Contemporary Dance Festival every year since 2009, with participation of International and Arab companies to promote cultural communication and global art.
For more information, please contact the following numbers: 5690292/3
The National Interactive Theatre Troupe performed the multimedia play "Valley of the Moon" during the 10th Children's Theatre Festival, which organized by the Ministry of Culture under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Lana Mamkegh, on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Royal Cultural Center.
If you are up to an outstanding ballet performance then make sure not to miss Scheherazade during Jerash Festival at the North Theater on Thursday 27 June 2013 at 8:30 PM.You can get your tickets from The National Center for Culture and Arts and Jo Bedu Abdoun and Al-Lweibdeh branches for JD 7
The National Centre for Culture and Arts of King Hussein Foundation will be holding the 33rdInternational Arab Youth Congress (IAYC) under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein from the 1st – 7thof July, 2013 .The theme of this year’s congress is "The Future We Want" whereby the congress delegates will tackle the following sub-themes:
Youth participation and leadership -
People in Movement (Emigration)-
Peace and conflict resolution-
The IAYC is a thematic event that utilizes creative activities to tackle global issues impacting the lives of youth. Therefore this year’s theme, "The Future We Want,” was selected in light of the prevailing transformations and challenges the world is facing politically, economically and socially and their impact on the human life.
In this regard we are proud to partner with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in holding the congress for this year which is in line with UNFPA’s consultations process for the global development agenda beyond 2015 and the review of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) beyond 20.
The recommendations and outcomes of the conference will be integrated within the Arab Regional ICPD beyond 20 report and will also be sent to the League of Arab States and the United Nations and UNICEF at the end of the congress.
We are proud to announce that this year, The National Center for Culture and Arts has been appointed by UNFPA as the Y- PEER Regional Center for Theater Based Peer Education.
We seek through our activities and programs at NCCA to empower children and youth by providing them with the necessary skills and opportunities to play a leading role in the development and wellbeing of their communities and in the advancement of a democratic civil society that provides real hope and real solutions, thus reflecting the vision of His Majesty King Abdullah II for youth as future effective leaders.
The guests of honors to the 33rd International Arab Youth Congress
The National Center for Culture (NCCA) of Arts of King Hussein Foundation is representing Jordan at the 3rdArt Forum which is hosted by The EUROMEDINCULTURE(s) network in Toulon, France from 21-23 March 2013, under the theme “What New Business Models For Arts and Culture?» with the participation of France, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Bulgaria, Germany and Slovenia.
EUROMEDINCULTURE(s) (Euro-Mediterranean Information Culture(s)) is a network of public authorities, universities, research centers and NGOs working in the field of culture, located in Europe and the Mediterranean region. The network was established in 2004 by the ADCEI (Association for European and International Cultural Development) with the support of the European Union.
EUROMEDINCULTURE(s) is a promoter of projects and cross-partnerships in the areas of the performing arts, literature, dance, television/radio, and heritage; acting as a discussion forum between member states of the network to promote culture within the Euro-Mediterranean area.
The 3rd Art Forum includes plenary sessions, workshops, a cultural market and live performances. The National Interactive Theater Troupe of the NCCA will perform the play "Rising to the Pits" at the opening ceremony on March 21, at The Freedom Theatre.
HE Mr. Mohammad Abu Summagah, General Manager of The Royal Cultural Center and Director of Jerash Festival will be speaking in the plenary session "Have Existing Models Been a Success or Failure?”.
Ms. Lina Attel, Director General of the NCCA, will be leading a workshop on “The Challenges Facing Emerging Difference in the Performing Arts”. Ms. Rania Salfiti, Corporate & Marketing Manager at Umniah will be participating in a plenary session “The Role of the Private Sector in the Artistic and Cultural Movement”.
Moreover, there will be videos of various artistic and cultural productions representing Jordan at the cultural market.
In November, 2012 and under the patronage of HE Minister of States for Media Affairs, Minister of Culture, Mr. Samih Maaytah, the 2nd EUROMEDINCULTURE(s) ARTS FORUM was hosted by The National Centre for Culture and Arts in Jordan under the theme “Arts for Social Change and Development (Participation and Creativity)”.
ASSITEJ World Day of Theater for Children and Young People
20 March 2013 – Michael Morpurgo
'Shakespeare once wrote 'The play's the thing.....' And he was right, but not entirely right, actually! The story's the thing, and the play is simply the most powerful way of telling it.
I discovered why only the other day. I went to meet the new cast of the play of 'War Horse' (a story that has been both a book and a film of course). Around me as I told stories of Devon and farming and the First World War, were 40 or so actors coming together for the first time to make a play. So not one person telling a tale (which is what I usually do) but a huge company bringing heart and soul and all their considerable emotional energy, their intellect and acting talents to make a show that will entrance and horrify, rock audiences to laughter, move them to tears. Every show (and they will play to tens of thousands of children and young people), they will endeavor to make unforgettable.
The power of theatre, whether for young or old, lies in the collaboration of stories and ideas, the actors (and everyone back stage too of course) and most importantly the audience - we all make the play together, live it together, suspending disbelief together, bound in the same imaginative endeavor. For young people, coming to the theatre for the first time, the effect is electrifying, utterly compelling. It is live in front of their eyes, the story, the spectacle, the music, the lighting, the movement, the sound, and the actors. Such an experience can change young lives. It informs and enriches us all.'
Under the patronage of Minister of the State for Media Affairs and Communication, Minister of Culture
H.E Sameeh Al Maayteh
The National Center for Culture and Arts of King Hussein Foundation
EUROMEDINCULTURE network in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture
The Art Forum
ARTS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT: “SHARING and Creating”
AMMAN, NOVEMBER 4 – 6, 2012
The EUROMEDINCULTURE(s) is a network of public authorities, universities, research centres and NGOs working in the field of culture, all of whom are located in Europe and the Mediterranean region. The EUROMEDINCULTURE(s) network was initiated in 2004 by the ADCEI (Association pour le Développement Culturel Européen et International – Association for European and International Cultural Development) with the support of the European Union. The network includes partners from Jordan, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Germany, Lebanon, Palestine, Slovenia and Tunisia.
EUROMEDINCULTURE(s) is a promoter of projects and cross-partnerships in the areas of the performing arts (theatre, dance, music, and film), literature, television/radio, and heritage; and a promoter of a common discussion forum between member states of the network to promote culture within the Euro-Mediterranean area.
The forum features a variety of activities including 4 main panel sessions, presented by experts in various art disciplines including performing arts, visual arts, business and creative industries from the participating countries in addition to 8 workshops, cultural market, videos of various art works and 5 international performances.
|Sunday, 4th of November|
|10: 00 – 10:30||
Welcoming speeches by H.E Minister of Culture
A speech by the representative of the EU Delegationin Jordan (T.B.C)
A speech by Mr. Besnik Mustafaj;Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania, President of the EUROMEDINCULTURE(s) Network.
A speech by Ms.Lina Attel; Director General of the National Center for Culture & Arts- Jordan.
A speech by Mr.Frederic Jambu,Director of the Association for the European and International Cultural Development, General Delegate of the EUROMEDINCULTURE(s) Network.
Videoshowabout the members of the network.
Royal Cultural Centre
|10:30 – 12:00||
1st Panel session : Creative industries and development
Moderator:Ms. Lina Attel- Director General of The National Center for Culture and Arts -Jordan
Speakers:Ms.Hana Gammoh- Cultural events specialist – Jordan.
Mr. Jean Hurstel- President of the European cultural network Banlieues d'Europe- France.
Dr. Lina Khamis- Cultural Policy Specialist, Professor at Bethlehem University- Palestine.
Ms. Tania Saleh- Musician, Singer and Creative Director at Leo Burnett Advertising Agency – Lebanon.
Ms. Rania Salfiti- Communications Manager at Umniah – Jordan
Ms. Victoria Vincent- Visual Artist and Trainer in New Media International Munich Art Lab- Germany.
Royal Cultural Centre
|12:00- 12:30||Coffee break||
Royal Cultural Centre
|12:30 – 13:30||
2nd Panel session: Cooperation and Co-production in the Euro-Mediterranean area
Moderator:Marina Barham - Director General of Al Harah Theatre, Palestine.
Speakers: Mr. Karim Dakroub - President, Project Manager of KHAYAL – Lebanon.
Ms. Jessika Devlieghere- Co-founder and Executive Director of Palestinian Circus School- Palestine.
Mr. Thomas Holzer- Sculptor, Trainer and Clown- International Munich Art Lab – Germany.
Mr. Frederic Jambu- Director General of ADCEI/Réseau EUROMEDINCULTURE(s) - France.
Ms. Rania Kamhawi- Deputy Director and Director of the Dance Department The National Centre for Culture and Arts – Jordan.
Mr. Robert Križanič- Director of Povod Institution for International Development and Global Education- Slovenia.
Ms. Elena Pap– Director of FIRE Theatre-Art-Culture Foundation- Bulgaria.
|13:30 – 15:00||Lunch Break||National Centre for Culture and Arts|
|15:00 – 17:00||Cultural Market:Exhibition of projects and ongoing activities by the participating countries for networking and cooperation.|
|17:00 – 18:00||Presentationof videos of various art works.|
|20:00 - 21:00||Dance Performanceentitled « TIGER TIGER BURNING BRIGHT »- France||Main theatre - Royal Cultural Centre|
|Monday, 5th of November|
|10:00 – 11:00||
3rd Panel session : Creative skills, social inclusion, youth & education
Moderator:Mr. Uli Glaess, Director of the International Munich Art Lab, Founder and President of the NGO “Kontrapunkt – Youth Arts Culture“- Germany.
Speakers:Ms. Maya Alkhatib - Artistic Director of The Arab Cultural Festival SHAMS- Slovenia.
Mr. Habib Dechraoui- founder of le Festival Arabesque de Montpellier- France.
Mr. Dancho Koleff– Actor and Drama expert- Bulgaria.
Mr. Muhanad Nawafleh-Director of Theatre Department and Cultural Programs at The National Centre for Culture and Arts- Jordan.
Mr. Khaled Qatamesh- General Manager of El-Funoun Dance Troupe in Palestine.
The Royal Cultural Centre
|11:00 – 11:30||Coffee break|
|11:30 – 12:30||
4th Panel session : Arts, public spaces, audience
Moderator:Mr. Plamen Georgiev –Theatre Director, Co-founder and Co-Leader of Fire Theatre – Bulgaria.
Speakers:Mr. Rochdi Belgasmi - Choreographer –Tunisia.
Mr.Franck Micheletti - Choreographer- France.
Mr. Ahmad Rashid- Director of the Directorate of Cultural Projects Ministry of Culture –Jordan.
Mr. Christian Schnurer- Founder and Director of “Halle 6”- Germany.
Mr. Moustapha Yamout- Founder of Zico House - Cultural Space and Organizer of Beirut Street Art Festival- Lebanon.
Mr. Nicola Zereineh- Actor in Al Harah Theatre –Palestine.
|12:30 – 14:00||Lunch Break||The National Centre for Culture and Arts|
|14:00 – 18:00||
Simultaneous Workshops: participants will work in groups to come up with various cultural & artistic projects, and coproduction related to the theme of the forum
Cultural Market:Exhibition of projects and ongoing activities by the participating countries for networking and cooperation.
Presentationof videos of various art works.
|18:30 – 19:30||Solo Dance Performance entitled “TRANCE’’ by Rochdi Belgasmi- Tunis||
The Royal Cultural Centre
|20:00 – 21:00||Play Performanceentitled “MAHMOUD” by Slovenia Ptuj City Theatre- Slovenia||
The Royal Cultural Centre
|Tuesday, 6th of November|
|10:00 – 12:00||Simultaneous Workshops, Cultural Market, and Presentationof videos of various art works.||The National Centre for Culture and Arts|
|12:00 – 12:30||Coffee break|
|12:30 – 14:00||Closure of the forum: activities report of Amman workshops, recommendations, and selection of the 3 projects resulting from the workshops.|
|14.00 – 18.30||Free time to visit AMMAN|
|18:30 – 19:15||Play Performanceentitled “Balance” by the Interactive Theatre Troupe of The National Center for Culture and Arts – Jordan||
The Royal Cultural Centre
|19:15- 19:30||A Tradional Jordanian Dance and Indian Kathak Dancepresented by MISK Dance Troupe from the National Centre for Culture and Arts- Jordan|
|20:00 -21:00||Play Performance entitled “Do You Still Love Me” by Al Harrah Theatre - Palestine||
The Royal Cultural Centre
“New Media and Development"
The National Center for Culture and Arts of King Hussein Foundation will be holding the 32nd International Arab Youth Congress under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein from the 12th – 18th of July, 2012 .The theme of this year’s congress is “New Media and Development" whereby the congress delegates will tackle the following sub-themes:
- Social media and global cultural interaction
- Electronic media and freedom of speech
- The role of social media networks in economic development
- Ethics in social media
This year the congress will be held as part of the celebration of the Silver Jubilee of the National Center for Culture and Arts and as part of the Kingdom’s celebrations of the 200 anniversary of the rediscovery of Petra by the Swiss explorer Mr. Burckhardt, therefore the opening ceremony of the congress will be held in Petra on Friday 13 July , 2012 in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority.
In 2012 and due to the fact that the ages of the participants of the congress range from 14 -16 ; Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein decided to change the name of the congress into the International Arab Youth Congress.
In 2011, the congress was held for the first time outside the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the United Arab Emirates under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Moubarak; Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation & Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU) and the presidency of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein, thus achieving one of the most important goals of the congress in strengthening Arab solidarity and developing exchange of experiences. During the congress two initiates were launched; Shiekha Fatima Bint Mubarak International Award for Arab Youth and the International Arab Youth Network. The winners of the Award will be announced during this year’s congress at the opening ceremony.
The congress incorporates a variety of activities including the Opening Ceremony attended by Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein , UN Goodwill Ambassadors as guests of honor and various dignitaries featuring a spectacular musical performance by professional dancers and actors from the National Center for Culture and Arts, presentation of the delegations accompanied by traditional music for each participating country played by the Orchestra of the Jordanian Armed Forces; the International Artistic Performances event during which each delegation presents a folklore performance representing its national heritage and culture in addition to short drama scenes and poems related to the theme of the congress; the Closing Ceremony in which the outcome of the workshops in; drama, music and song, dance, visual arts and handicrafts culminate in a performance presented before the public. At the closing, the congress delegations present their recommendations to be sent to the Arab League, the United Nations and UNICEF.
In addition to the above, the congress holds seminars and group discussion with key speakers and guests of honor on the theme of the congress. The participants are also scheduled to visit various important archaeological sites and cultural centers in Jordan.
The National Center for Culture & Arts (NCCA) of King Hussein Foundation is proud to host the 7th Annual Amman Contemporary Dance Festival (ACDF) which falls in line with its mission to promote cultural exchange and enhance the theater and dance movements in Jordan.
The ACDF falls within the Masahat Dance Network, a regional network comprising of Maqamat Dance Theatre in Lebanon and Sareyyet Ramallah - First Ramallah Group in Palestine; Tanween Dance Theatre in Syria and the National Center for Culture and Arts in Jordan. The importance of MASAHAT Dance Network is in providing a unique opportunity for companies to tour to all festivals in the partner countries allowing for leading choreographers to exchange experiences with local artists and reinforcing the importance of dialogue and cultural diversity.
This year’s festival, which is held from 14-25 April, 2015, we have chosen to include renowned contemporary dance companies from Switzerland, USA, UK, Spain and Norway in a variety of performances .It is our hope that at each festival, our audiences get the chance to view leading dance companies utilizing unique techniques and to further their appreciation of the aesthetics of contemporary dance.