South of Egypt celebrates 10th Aswan International Festival of Art and Culture

Ahram Online , Friday 17 Feb 2023

The 10th Aswan International Festival of Art and Culture launched on 16 February and continues until 22 February across Aswan and Abu Simbel.



The festival brings several troupes to Egypt's south, focusing on folkloric art alongside other musicians.

It is being organised by local authorities such as the Aswan governor's office, in cooperation with the General Authority of Cultural Palaces, Ministry of Culture, Egyptian Tourism Authority, Central Administration for Artistic Affairs.

This year, the festival is featuring 21 folklore troupes; 11 Egyptian and 10 from around the world.

In this plethora of events, more than 400 artists are taking to the stages, showcasing dances from different parts of Egypt – including Marsa Matrouh, Port Said and Aswan – alongside shows by their counterparts from Sri Lanka, South Korea, Slovakia, Poland, Indonesia, Greece, Sudan and Mexico, among others. 

The activities of the ongoing festival are taking place across 14 locations in Aswan governorate, the cultural palaces scattered across the governorate as well as other stages. The events are taking place mostly in the evenings at sites close to the archeological gems of Aswan, Kom Ombo, Kalabsha, Edfu, Redisiya and Dehmit, among others.

The festival will conclude with the festivities linked to the special astronomical event, when the sun aligns with the King Ramses II temple in Abu Simbel and the sun rays enter the temple’s sanctum to light three of four statues. The phenomenon occurs twice a year, on 22 February and 22 October.

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