Building bridges: children’s designs turned into urban art in Jordan

July 20, 2017
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Over 200 young Jordanians in Irbid and Sahab, aged 12 to 16, have taken part in design workshops aiming to illustrate the historical, artistic and cultural bridges between Jordan and Europe, as part of a broader programme of cultural events and activities in Jordan funded by the European Union and implemented by the EU National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in Jordan.

A jury of representatives from the EU, EUNIC, the Municipalities of Irbid & Sahab, as well as graffiti artist Wessam Shadeed, selected three winning designs from each city. Elements of these artworks were incorporated into large-scale public murals created by Wessam in each city. The winning students assisted Wessam in painting the murals.

The project, named ‘bridges’, intends not only to encourage creative expression but also to channel that creativity to the benefit of the cities involved and to foster better knowledge of Europe.

The urban artworks are now exposed in Irbid Sports City and Sahab Municipality building.


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Press release

EU Delegation to Jordan



Countries covered:

  • Jordan