Warning: You are entering angry rant zone. Foul language is probably used. (2 Shits, 2 Fucks (abbreviated) and 1 poo-poo-head)
This is not a regular what’s up Amman, this is a special rant about Amman, a WTF Amman you might say, if the name wasn’t already taken. Heard of it or not, the Toten Hosen (the Dead Pants) are coming to Amman. These are one of the bands you either love, or never heard of, like most foreign bands that seldom sing in English. But German or not, they are certainly one of the biggest punk bands in the world, and they will be playing in King Hussien park this second of October, as part of the German Embassy’s celebrations of their reunification day. Opening for them will be the brilliant Muraba3, from here, Amman, Jordan. Keep in mind, the ticket is for 3 JDs.
Another European offering this month is the European Film festival. Featuring an entire week of European films, a street performance by a famous French group, and a film competition for local artists, the EU Film Festival promises lots of fun for many Jordanians. Admission is free, of course.
ON THE OTHER HAND, there’s the Amman “Street” Art festival. I’m too angry to use sarcasm properly, so I’ll just say what’s on my mind. It’s a bunch of stupid paintings on a stupid wall, and they’re charging 4 JDs for it. FOUR. I ask of you all, couldn’t we as Jordanians afford to hang a couple of paintings on a wall for people to see for free, or did we accidentally spend all our money on importing mayonnaise or something?!
To be fair, there probably are some good artists in there, for all I know. I hate this cheated feeling I get whenever I see that any ‘locally’ organised cultural event has to cost so much when I get a shit-load of culture from somewhere else for equal to or less. Let’s face it, for the price of the “Street” art fair, I can attend more than 10 films, a dance performance, and a world class band, and still spare a JD to buy a mayonnaise sandwich from whatever local shawerma/shit-on-a-grill store that’s next to me. I’m boycotting this, I’m not going to aid in the monetization of local culture.