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28th Citadel Music Festival for Music, Singing

Tuesday، 20 August 2019 - 03:28 PM

The 28th Citadel Festival for Music and Singing kicked off on August 18, 2019 in the heart of Cairo's glorious antique palace, Salah el-Din Citadel, welcoming attendees to indulge into an artistic voyage, with music from all genres, and origins.

The Festival inaugurated by Minister of Culture Enas Abdel Dayem and head of Opera House Magdi Saber. The festival, to wind up on September 1, is held in coordination with the Antiquities Ministry

The Festival brings musical troupes from all over the world, to perform at the Citadel's two stages. Over 15 days, the musical fiesta hosts 42 concerts for local and international troupes and individuals, some of them mark their first visit to Egypt.

The festival is one of the most significant and oldest events organised by the Cairo Opera House, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Antiquities. It is considered an important cultural event that offers a platform for a diverse group of local artists to showcase their talents.

Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem said the festival is among the ministry's summer activities that showcase a serious innovation attempts, in line with the country's sustainable development goals, aiming to enforce the community and raise people's cultural and artistic awareness.

The 28th edition of the festival comes also to celebrate Egypt's presidency to the African Union, with the performances of artists from Tunisia, Algeria, Namibia, and Guinea.

'The Citadel Festival for Music and Singing is one of the prominent, and most important art festivals organised by the ministry of culture, that managed to obtain huge publicity, due to its enriching music diversity,' Abdel Dayem said.

The official opening ceremony started with honoring 10 prominent artistic figures, including Egyptian singers Ali el Haggar, Mohamed el Helw, Nadia Moustafa, violin player Yasser el Sirafi, ballet dancer Sahar Helmi, Arab Music Festival manager Jihan Morsi, Artistic House manager Magdi Boghdady in addition to Mahmoud Afifi, a co-founder of the festival, and Abdel Hakim Taqey an executive manager of the Cairo Ballet group.

Three concerts will be hosted each night at Mahka Theatres of Salah Al-Din Citadel in Cairo.

This year's edition witnesses concerts for Egyptian singers Mohamed Mohsen, Ali El-Haggar, Medhat Saleh, Hany Shaker, Dina El-Wedidi and Amr Selim band.

From the Middle East, comes the prominent Tunisian singer, Ghalia Benali, and the Lebanese artist Tania Kassis.

Sufi music fans would also have an appointment with the genre's enchanter, Yassin El-Tohamy.

For the underground bands, Massar Egbari, and Cairo Band are to mark their performance at the festival, and musician Hisham Kharma is scheduled to mark his first participation in the festival.

For the first time in a popular festival, veteran musician Omar Khairat meets his fans at the closing ceremony of the festival, which takes place on September 1, 2019.

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