Last Update 20:49
Friday, 22 March 2019

Good morning, Sinai: Arish Folk Troupe

While fundamentalists have attacked other institutions in the Sinai Peninsula, they have not interfered in their work of Arish Folk Troupe to preserve local traditions

El-Sayed Hussien , Wednesday 1 May 2013
Arish Folk Troupe
Views: 17369
Views: 17369

Despite the rise of fundamentalists, attacks and violence in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Arish Troupe for folk arts and efforts to preserve Sinia’s folk heritage remains unaffected.

The revolution, on the other hand, according to folk musician, Abdel Maqsoud Ramadan, has affected the troupe, as it did much as the rest of the country. "However things started to calm down again since the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) left power.

"Our performance season begins with Sinai’s Liberation Day," he added, emphasising the centricity of Sinai folklore in their purpose - and not politics. Ramadan notes that the troupe was never harassed by any violent or fundamentalist group.

"We present Sinai’s folk art; something that does not negate the traditions of society and we perform in and out of Sinai," concluded Ramadan, who plays the traditional wind instrument, magrouna.

Arish Troupe for folk arts and preservation of Sinai folk heritage was established in 1979 with an aim to preserve and revive the indigenous and folk heritage of the Land of Turquoise, as Camelia Adam, the troupe’s manager puts it. The troupe was initiated by a handful Sinai-native directors and choreographers.

"What makes this troupe unique is its constant dwells in folk motifs of the Sinai heritage," explained Atef Abdel Hamid, director and one of the troupe's founders, adding that the troupe showcases the diversity of Sinai’s heritage in a visual form.

The troupe is formed out of some 55 male and female performers, ranging from 15 - 25 years old. Performances range between folk dances, as well as 22 musical sketches that highlight the colourful Sinai heritage in a nutshell, from everything on how they make their coffee to their marriage rituals.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.