Egypt’s Ministries of Culture and Tourism and Antiquities will launch the second edition of the Dandara Festival for Music and Singing in Qena under the auspices of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on 3 March, with the festival scheduled to run till 5 March.
Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem said that the PM’s sponsorship of cultural and artistic events reflects the state’s interest and belief in the importance of the role of soft power in advancing society and reshaping its awareness.
She also stressed the need to invest in cultural and artistic events to promote Egyptian civilisation, adding that the festival will be held by the Egyptian Opera House.
For his part, Minister of Tourism Khaled El-Anany stressed that organising a number of cultural, artistic, and tourism activities in various archaeological sites, especially in Upper Egyptian governorates aims to highlight the civilisation of Egypt and its ancient heritage and attract citizens’ attention to art and creativity.
He added that the Dandara Festival aims to increase awareness and passion for fine art in Qena’s citizens in order to maximise the role of the Egyptian soft power in supporting and revitalising the tourism movement.
The festival will include three concerts and the opening ceremony will witness the participation of the Qena Band for Folk Arts.
During the festival, a book fair will also be launched at the Qena Girls Club.