The festival will showcase six events on the stage of the Suez National Museum.
The concerts will feature known Egyptian musicians such as singer Hany Shaker — who will be accompanied by an orchestra under the helm of Mostafa Helmy — marimba player Nesma Abdel Aziz and her ensemble, and singer Ahmed Gamal and his ensemble.
The evenings will also present singers affiliated with the Cairo Opera House that will be performing an Arabic repertoire such as Rehab Mutawa, Reham Abdel-Hakim, Hasna, and Ashraf Waleed. These singers will be accompanied by an orchestra conducted by Ahmed Amer.
The Suez Festival for Music and Singing is a new initiative organised by the culture ministry in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and will be held under the patronage of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.
The festival aims to infuse numerous Egyptian governorates with cultural activities, spreading music and other performances to locations that over the past decades saw a significant deficit of such events.
While these cultural activities and festivities aim to decentralise culture, they also promote tourism and raise awareness of Egypt’s rich history and archaeological sites.
The Suez National Museum that will host the festival was inaugurated opened in 2012. Covering an area of almost 6,000 square metres, the museum is dedicated to the history of the city of Suez and includes numerous ancient artefacts linked to Pharaonic as well as Islamic history.
The city of Suez was once the most important stop for pilgrims to the Holy Land, and it was also used as a midway point to transport the iconic black cover of the Kaaba from Cairo — where it was made — to Mecca once a year. The museum houses three pieces of said covers, including the curtain of the Door of Forgiveness.
The museum’s mining display shows all of Egypt’s industrial achievements that relied on mining since the pre-Dynastic to the Islamic periods. These include the mining of gold, silver, copper, lead, iron, and precious stones such as turquoise, emeralds and garnets.
Most recently, the ministry also launched another music festival in the Nile Delta city of Zagazig, where between 22 and 24 May, the Tel Basta Music and Singing Festival showcased six music events to the audiences of Sharqiya.