FTE values intentional participation in our local community, and it is our pleasure to highlight one of our vendors, Hakawati Books and Art (Mecca Street) for their role in supporting local authors and artisans.
In times past, the peoples of the Levant would gather to listen to masterfully told tales by a “Hakawati”, or storyteller. Founder and owner May Ghassan's vision grew from this heritage and expanded to create a family business where local children could grow up being nurtured into the world of story, reading, and the arts. Hakawati features a carefully chosen selection of English, French, and Arabic books for children and parents, and often hosts book-readings by talented local authors to help fuel appreciation for Arab literature in today's generation. A globally inspired range of programs serve to gather families together from around Amman. Examples are their “mommy and me” mornings, puppet shows, Chinese for kids, and enticing art classes that range from drawing to mosaics.
Treat your family to a creative morning in the warm and inviting atmosphere of Hakawati. Parents can enjoy a coffee in the cafe while their children take advantage of the free story readings on Saturday mornings at 11:30, or choose a ceramic piece to decorate in the Atelier Art Center. While you browse the amazing selection of books and products, don't forget to choose a locally handcrafted greeting card from FTE for your next special occasion.