Egypt holds festivals at ancient sites to boost cultural tourism – Xinhua


People perform to celebrate the Festival of the Sun at the Great Temple of Abu Simbel in Aswan, Egypt, Feb. 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Sui Xiankai)

Cultural and artistic activities have been presented at archaeological sites as a way “to encourage Egyptians and foreigners to see the great ancient Egyptian civilization”, said Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.

QENA, Egypt, March 17 (Xinhua) — Egypt is holding more cultural festivals and artistic activities in its various archaeological sites, aiming to promote ancient heritage and attract tourists, according to Egyptian officials.

In February and March, at least five cultural and artistic activities took place in the provinces of Upper Egypt which house the majority of the country’s antiquities and temples.

People attend the 6th Aswan International Women’s Film Festival in Aswan, Egypt, Feb. 23, 2022. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

The latest event concluded on Saturday at the Abydos temple in Sohag province.

Also in March, a music and song festival was launched at Dendera Temple in Qena, and the city of Luxor hosted the African Film Festival with the participation of 35 countries.

Activities also included the Aswan International Culture and Arts Festival, which held a captivating ceremony at the Abu Simbel Temple, and the Aswan International Women’s Film Festival. Both took place in February.

Egyptian filmmaker Sandra Nashaat receives an honorary award during the fifth edition of the Aswan International Women’s Film Festival (AIWFF) in Aswan, Egypt, June 24, 2021. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

“Celebrating cultural events is part of a promising plan by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities for 2022 to organize a variety of events across Egypt to promote cultural tourism,” Mostafa Waziri, secretary general, told Xinhua. of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Cultural and artistic activities were presented at archaeological sites as a way “to encourage Egyptians and foreigners to see the great ancient Egyptian civilization”, Waziri said.

During the Dendera Temple Music Festival, several basements and side halls were opened to visitors for the first time, he noted.

A pyramid is illuminated in red in Giza, Egypt, Jan. 23, 2020. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

Dendera Temple was built for Hathor, the ancient Egyptian goddess of love, beauty, music, dance, fertility and pleasure, and is now one of the best ancient temples preserved from the North African country.

The Egyptian Opera also played an active role in organizing some festivals.

“The Opera House and the Ministry of Culture are excited to transfer the various art forms presented in Cairo to audiences in southern Upper Egypt,” said Cairo Opera President Magdy Saber.

Nearly 15,000 people attended the chanting concerts at Dendera and Abydos temples, according to Saber.

“The unprecedented number of spectators means that people in Upper Egypt are hungry for carnivals,” Saber noted.

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