Abdel Dayem told local media that she hopes the six-day festival, which runs until February 22, will boost tourism in the southern city of Aswan and re-establish Egypt as a top cultural destination. in Africa.

“We have around 23 groups from participating states and they all feel completely safe here in Aswan,” she said. “It is a very important message of peace to the whole world that Egypt is fighting the strange ideology of extremism.”

Speaking to Xinhua News Agency, Aswan Governor Ahmed Ibrahim said, “Everyone in Aswan is happy with this wonderful event which attracts a lot of visitors and tourists which is very good for Aswan and its inhabitants”.

The event will feature performances by 26 folk troupes from Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritius, Ghana, Togo, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan and DRC, among others. Egyptian groups announced so far include folk troupes El Houraya, Al-Tannoura, Ismailia, Toushka, Luxor, About Folk and Aswan.

China is this year’s guest of honor and presented a kung fu performance by 20 Shaolin monks at the opening ceremony of the festival.

Other highlights of the festival include the opening of a new cultural palace, a book fair at the Fawzi Fawzi Theater and a special lecture for women. Last year, the festival welcomed 250 guests from Thailand, Kenya, India, Egypt and Ethiopia.

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Below is a performance by the Luxor Folk Dance Troupe in 2016: