Wanas: Cairo’s first international folk festival

Ahram Online, Tuesday 16 Sep 2014

First-ever folk festival comes to El-Sawy Culture Wheel in Zamalek from 18-20 Sep and features nine bands - six from Egypt and three international


This Thursday marks the opening of Wanas Festival, Egypt's first-ever folk festival, which runs from 18-20 September.

In addition to a lineup of local and international bands, the festival will also feature interactive workshops in which audience members can learn to play folk instruments and dance.

All shows will be held at El-Sawy Culture Wheel in Zamalek.

The festival is the brain child of Zakaria Ibrahim, founder of El-Mastaba Centre for Folk Music, which was created in 2000 with an aim to revive and re-integrate authentic folk music into the current cultural scene.

Ibrahim is also the founder of El-Tanboura troupe, which features folk and resistance songs from Port Said, Suez and Ismailia during the 1967 and 1973 wars.

Wanas Festival schedule:

18 September
7pm, festival opening
7:15pm to 8pm, Bedouin Jerry-Can (Egypt)
8:15pm to 9pm, Mazameer El-Nile (Egypt)
9:15pm to 10:15pm, Lo Core De La Plana (France)

19 September
7pm to 7:45 pm, NubaNour (Egypt)
8pm to 8:45 pm, Abul Ghiet Dervishes (Egypt)
9pm to 10pm, Ross & Jarlath (Scotland)

20 September
7pm to 7:45 pm, El Rango (Egypt)
8pm to 9pm, Trof (Netherlands)
9:15pm to 10:15pm, El Tanboura (Egypt)

Tickets are LE30

El-Sawy Culture Wheel
End of 26 July Street, Zamalek,
tel: 02-2736-8881

For more info, visit El-Mastaba

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