New programme in Old Cairo showcases traditions of Ramadan past

Nevine El-Aref , Saturday 28 Jun 2014

The Ministry of Antiquities and Heritage is putting on a cultural programme that showcases traditional Ramadan celebrations

Al-Muizz street at night

Starting Sunday, visitors to Al-Muizz Street in Old Cairo will enjoy a different taste of Ramadan's spirit.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Antiquities and Heritage is to organise its first ever cultural programme in an attempt to promote tourism to Egypt and to show the public how Ramadan has been celebrated in Egypt throughout history.

Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, director of the Historic Cairo Rehabilitation Project, told Ahram Online that the programme 'Ramadan in Retrospective' aims at reviving Ramadan's rituals and memories from times past.

At night during this Ramadan – which starts on Sunday -- Al-Muizz Street will be buzzing with cultural activities that display the different facets of Egypt's folkloric heritage.

The cultural programme, Abdel-Aziz said, includes of performances of tanoura dancing, folk dance performances; poem recitals, and oriental music.

Exhibitions of folk handicrafts, music instruments, folk costumes and art are to be held as well as folk puppet shows and copper handicrafts workshops.

All sites in the historic street will be open to visitors at night.




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