Friday 05 April, 2019
Egypt sparkles with its culture and soft power among 12 countries.
An international tableau painted with the Egyptian folklore at the opening of the 7th International Damanhour Festival of Folklore.
Abdel Dayem: Damanhour International Folklore Festival is a dream turned into reality , achieving success with the support of the people of Al- Beheira
The Coptic songs are mixed with religious recitals and the immortal river is mixed with Chinese traditional instruments in the seventh Edition of Damanhur Folklore Festival .
Dr. Enas Abdel-Dayem-Minister of Culture, Major General Hisham Amna- Governor of Al- Beheira and Dr. Magdy Saber- Head of The Egyptian Opera House, inaugurated the seventh Edition of Damanhour International Festival for Folklore on Opera Damanhour Theater , which will be expanded, for the first time , to Cairo and Alexandria Governorates.The ceremonies were attended by Dr. Baghdadi , Head of the Artistic House in The Opera and a number of popular and executive leaders of the province and members of the People Assembly .
The celebration began in the external arena of Damanhour Opera , where the audience saw some of the most famous Egyptian folklore personalities of the guests in their traditional and distinctive styles. Then the audience moved into the theater to start the opening ceremony where Abdel Dayem gave a speech in which she recalled the dream of establishing the festival and turning it into reality over the past 6 years as a result of huge public turnout and the desire of many countries to participate in the events, stressing that the province of Al- Beheira is witnessing in the coming period the accession of a number of cultural edifices to the cultural service system.
Then , She mentioned details about Opera Theater in Damanhour, which celebrates next month its 10 anniversary after its development and rehabilitation, adding that it provided many cultural and artistic services to Delta audience. She explained that the festival will host 25 artistic Troupes from 12 Arab and foreign countries, representing the three continents of the world, assuring the importance and prestige of Egypt in the heart of the world thanks to the developments and reforms and stability that Egypt enjoys now, to prepare a generation capable of building the future of the homeland to combat ignorance and extremism as culture and arts are the most important elements to achieve the objectives of the Sustainable development.
The governor of Al- Beheira said that the International Folklore festival of Damanhour is an annual tradition and it is an opportunity to see the artistic heritage of various countries of the world and it is as a channel to communicate with friendly countries and it opens the doors for dialogue with the countries of the world, stressing that development and creating awareness are one of the most important national projects of soft power which has the strongest influence in Countering radical thought, praising the development and positive intellectual and artistic movement that has been achieved in the Egyptian society.
The head of the opera said that folklore, with its richness and variety, is one of the most important forms of artistic creativity in human civilization. It reflects the cultures of the nations and the style of live of people and their artistic history. Therefore, the world was interested in documenting folklore worldwide in the 19th and 20th centuries, in order to preserve the artistic heritage and national identity of the people. The International Folklore Festival of Damanhour includes more than 15 Egyptian troupes and 12 international troupes from Sudan, China, Greece, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Sri Lanka, India, Lebanon, Algeria and Palestine. He expressed his pride of honoring 7 of the symbols that contributed in enriching folk folklore who stated the value of generosity and loyalty.
The Minister of Culture honored seven figures who contributed to the preservation of the people's heritage by handing over certificates of appreciation and honorary shields. They were the names of :- the deceased Sayyid Makkawi - delivered to his daughter Ambassador Enas Makkawi, Mohammed Abdulmutallab, Shukuku - delivered to his son Sultan Shukuku, , Dr. Alia Shukri, Professor of Popular Literature, the singer Laila Oushba and The Sudanese Asia Midani. Morover, Ambassador Enas Makkawi said that Egypt had regained its power of culture and soft power .
Furthermore, Damanhour Cultural Foundation also honored the Minister of Culture, Governor of Al- Beheira, Head of the Opera House and the Head of the Artistic House of The Opera for their efforts in spreading the valuable arts and culture.
The opening ceremony included screening a documentary film entitled "The Festival Steps ", which reviewed the history of the festival and the most important troupes that participated in the activities of its successive editions , followed by the presenting the famous puppet show" The Big Night " also Coral Archi Angelus Of Angel Michael Church in Damanhour presented a mixture of Coptic and Islamic heritage , stating the Egyptians unity , in addition to presenting a number of the most famous national works.
It is worthy of note that The Chinese orchestra attracted the audience with its various local works , played on traditional instruments , also the audience admired the immortal melody of Mohammed Abdul Wahab " The Immoral River" , giving it a grand applause, in addition to presenting scenes of the artistic heritage of some of the participating countries :- Turkmenistan, Georgia, Greece, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Lebanon. The most spectacular and influential scene was when the troupes of the participating countries painted an artistic tableau on the melodies of the Egyptian folk song " Etfarag Al- Al Halawa" to assure that music is a language that can unit the people and it is also a way of communication between people.