This year witnesses the participation of 15 different troupes from 14 African, Asian, and Latin American countries, each presenting its folkloric dances and songs
Egypt’s folklore is full of thrilling, soul-amusing songs, dances, and poetry that never fade or lose their glorious shine. Yet, this inherited type of art seeks to be brought at the surface of the cultural scene every now and then—something Ismailia’s International Folklore Festival aims to achieve.
The annual festival opened its gates to welcome the masses in its 18th round on Monday, with the attendance of Ministry of Culture Helmy El-Namnam and several public figures.
Hundreds of Ismailia and near by residents gathered to witness the performance presented by 23 troupes, which presented dances from more than 23 communities, each accompanied with the most popular songs of that community while wearing its traditional customs.
Running until 25 August, the festival goals to revive the Egyptian cultural dances and music. In 7 theatres in Ismailia governorate, seven troupes will bring the traditions of their origins in one place.
Despite being located in one country, the festive traditions of each governorate differ from one place to another. That’s why the troupes present the nation’s different dancing heritage from Alexandria to Sinai, going through Upper Egypt and Delta regions.
Ismailia, known as the City of Beauty and Enchantment, has been organising the festival for 18 consecutive years. Each year, troupes from different countries participate in the festival.
This year’s round witnesses the participation of 15 different troupes from 4 African, Asian, and Latin American countries, each presenting its folkloric dances and songs.
Participating countries include Maldives, India, Sir Lanka, Iraq, Tunisia, and Sudan.