El-Warsha performs at closing ceremony of Sard camp for female writers

Amira Noshokaty , Friday 23 Sep 2022

El-Warsha performed at the closing ceremony on 15 September of the Sard Creative Camp, a joint project between Netflix 'Because She Created' programme and Sard screenwriter’s hub to train women in creative writing and develop their storytelling.

Photo by amira noshokaty
Photo by amira noshokaty


The camp provided 20 non-Cairene women writers with the tools and insights needed to advance their creative and professional development.

The Because She Created programme aims to celebrate the creativity of the Arab world’s greatest female storytellers.

"Everybody has a story, but who can see in reality a story that is beyond one’s imagination? Only a real artist will be able to make out of the ordinary something extra ordinary," said Hassan El-Geretly, the founder of El-Warsha, at the closing ceremony.

The event was co-hosted by Sard and screenwriter Mariam Naoem at the premises of El-Warsha theatre troupe.

During the event, El-Warsha told several stories and moderated a discussion on storytelling. The troupe also performed a selection of Egyptian songs from the 1920s and segments from the Sirah of Beni Helal, the legendary oral rhymed saga that recounts the migration of Beni Helal Bedouin tribe from the Arabian Peninsula to North Africa in the 10th century.

"Tell the story and live":  El-Warsha

The company has also sought to preserve and revive the country’s oral history through countless performances since it was established in 1988.

For example, in 2007, in partnership with the Goethe Institute and the French Cultural Centre in Alexandria, El-Warsha documented 13 stories from the oral history of the Siwa Oasis in a publication called “Desert Stories".

Members of the company have also participated in Hekaya, a project that aims at preserving traditional story-telling techniques in the Arab world.

The company has also trained many young people across the country in storytelling through various projects such as the Hakayethonna project, which is an initiative spearheaded by the Gouthe Institute to create a women storytelling troupe drawn from various governorates.

Last week, El-Warsha performed at the award ceremony of the Culture Heritage Leader in United Arab Emirates.

As one of the main elements of intangible heritage, according to UNESCO, storytelling remains one of the simplest and yet most profound form of art ever.

The profession of a storyteller was popular in Egypt and the Arab World before the invention of radio and television and the advent of the internet in recent years.

Despite the dominance of modern forms of communication, storytelling has started to find its way back as popular form of communication as more people attempt to reclaim their right to imagination.

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