CAIRO: The International Festival of Drums and Traditional Arts will kick off April 19-25 at Saladin Castle and other platforms in Cairo with participants from various countries.
The events of the festival will also be hosted at Qubbet al-Ghouri in the Azhar historical area in Islamic Cairo and the Hanager Arts Center at the Cairo Opera House.
The 2016 festival will witness “unprecedented turnout” from African countries, such as South Africa, Ghana, Guinea, Ethiopia, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Tanzania, Namibia, Sudan, Algeria and Tunisia, head of the foreign relations department at the Culture Ministry Kamilia Sobhi said in a Wednesday statement.
Asian states will also participate, including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Kazakhstan and India. European countries include Switzerland and Romania.
India will be the guest of honor for this year, Sobhi said.
Drums and traditional arts of all continents will call for peace on the land of Egypt as a “sponsor of cultural diversity,” Sobhi added.