AMMAN, CENTRE OF ARAB CONTEMPORARY ARTS

While Jordan is better known by tourists for the exquisite elegance of the Petra archaeological site, Amman is increasingly attracting art lovers thanks to its lively art scene.
Amman has seen its art scene come of age in recent years with multiplying art galleries and art cafes. The relocation of many Iraqi and Palestinian artists to Jordan in recent years has turned Amman into the new capital of arts for the Middle East, especially when coupled with existing institutions such as the National Gallery, or Dar-Al-Anda Art Gallery with its unique collection of modern Arabic art.
An important event is the yearly Baladak Street Art Graffiti festival organised by Al Balad Theatre, which in 2018 partners with the European Union National Institutes for Culture. The festival will be held May 5-10 and will see Amman walls transformed into colourful sites by graffiti artists and painters who have come from across the Middle East and Europe.