In Photos: Cairo Opera House closes Ramadan nights with Indonesian show

Ahram Online , Thursday 4 Apr 2024

The Cairo Opera House has closed the Arab and Islamic nights held during the holy month of Ramadan, in cooperation with various embassies and the foreign cultural relations sector at the Ministry of Culture, with an Indonesian show at the small theatre.

Cultural diversity of Indonesia reflected in the artistic performances presented at the Cairo Opera House


The Indonesian show “Indonesia: Heaven on Earth” reflected Indonesia's artistic and cultural diversity.

Fifty artists have presented the show for the Indonesian community in Egypt.

Attendants included Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt Lutfi Rauf, press and political attaché of the Indonesian embassy in Cairo Rahmat Aming, members of the diplomatic and consular corps of several countries, and members of the Indonesian community in Cairo.

The performance included the Rapai Geleng dance from Aceh, the Zapin dance from Malay, the Gajak Gijik dance from Betawi, the Rampak Bedug dance from Banten, and contemporary dance creations from the Funky Papua group.

It also included Indonesian traditional songs from different regions like Aceh, West Java, Malay, Papua, and East Nusa Tenggara, in addition to the rhythmic chanting of Indonesian religious prayers and chants.

"Such cultural exchange between Indonesia and Egypt will further strengthen our mutual understanding, friendship, and cooperation in many fields. In addition, these performances are very important to strengthen relations between the peoples of Egypt and Indonesia, especially through arts and culture, because through such a programme the people of the two countries can get to know each other,” Ambassador Rauf said.

“Indonesia also regularly participates in various cultural festival events in Egypt, such as the Ismailia International Folklore Festival, the International Drums Festival, the Samaa International Festival for Spiritual Music and Chanting, and many other festivals in Egypt,” he added.

Additionally, Indonesia has participated for the last few years in the Ramadan nights at the Cairo Opera House, presenting artistic shows by Indonesian students, studying at Al-Azhar University, the ambassador noted.

The Ramadan 2024 celebrations at the Opera are witnessing a group of diverse artistic evenings, including three international ones from Pakistan, Palestine, and Indonesia.


Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt Lutfi Raouf celebrates Ramadan at the Small Theatre

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