Sandbox Music Festival is 'nude and pornographic' and should be banned: Egyptian MP

Ahram Online , Monday 7 May 2018

Egyptian MP Farag Amer claimed that the festival is more dangerous than the online game Blue Whale, which encourages its young players to commit suicide

File Photo: Sandbox Festival in 2017 (Photo Courtesy of Sandbox Official Website)

High profile Egyptian MP Farag Amer said on Monday that the country's Sandbox Music Festival, which he described as "parties of nudity and pornography," should be banned.

Amer added that the festival is more dangerous than the suicidal internet game Blue Whale, whose promotion parliament is currently trying to designate as a cybercrime.

Amer is the head of parliament's youth and sports committee.

Sandbox is a yearly electronic music festival organised by the entertainment company Nacelle and has been held on various Egyptian beaches since 2013. 

On its sixth edition, which was held on 3-6 May in the Egyptian Red Sea resort El-Gouna, Sandbox provided accommodation packages to the resort town for both international and local party goers.

The festival was hosted by 70 local and international DJs.

The minimum age for entry to the festival is 21, with early bird tickets costing EGP 2,000 (approximately $113) and other tickets priced at EGP 3,000 ($169).

Amer claimed that people who attended the festival "used drugs in broad daylight" at one of the most important tourist destinations in Egypt, adding that not only do such parties not promote tourism, but they actually harm it.

The MP called on the government to ban such parties, which he claims result in crimes of indecency, drug use and prostitution.

Festival attendees often wear special attire for the event, including trendy beach wear, hair accessories and glittery makeup.

There have been no accusations levelled against Sandbox similar to Amer's in the past five editions of the festival.

Egypt has been working to promote El-Gouna – which is owned by business tycoon Naguib Sawiris – as an international tourist hub, often hosting cultural events in the resort town including the El-Gouna Film Festival.

The festival's organisers were not available for comment on Amer's claims.

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