LINKS – music, architecture, art, handcrafts, food and more

Here you will find some of our favourite websites that introduce you to the culture of the places we can take you. Whether you are interested in handcrafts, art, music, architecture or calligraphy,  check this page for regular new additions.

EGYPTIAN HANDCRAFTS

the beauty of adorned Bedouin veils in Egypt http://handeyemagazine.com/content/face-jewels-egypt

traditional veils worn by Bedouin in the Egyptian desert, and more http://www.wearableheritage.com/

the last Fez making factory in Cairo http://handeyemagazine.com/content/last-fez-cairo

EXPLORING EGYPT

Anita Baajens journeys in the deserts of Egypt and Sudan with a camel caravan, and on horseback in Siberia. She previously worked as an environmentalist and is an explorer, author, photographer and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. http://www.aritabaaijens.nl/index_en.php  

LIVE PERFORMANCES

Tanoura – Tanoura is an Egyptian folk dance usually performed in Egyptian Sufi festivals by men who spin round and round (as with the Dervish dancers in the Levant and Turkey) This is .a free performance you must not miss when in Cairo, three nights a week  at Wekalet el-Ghouri.  Check the schedules for performances at http://www.cairo360.com

Zar – Mazaher, a female-led Zar ensemble which includes some of the last remaining performers of Zar, performs regularly at MakAn in Cairo. Mazaher ‘is inspired by the three different styles of Zar music practiced in Egypt – the Egyptian or Upper Egyptian Zar, Abu Gheit Zar and the Sudanese, or African Zar.  http://www.egyptmusic.org/  MakAn has a great vision for preserving Egyptian music traditions and offers many other music experiences which you will also find at this website.

EGYPTIAN MUSIC from rap to classic

Umm Kulthum – The Lady’s Cairo http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/201201/um.kulthum.the.lady.s.cairo.htm

‘Songs for Tahrir’: Music for and from liberation http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/621151

FOOD

Karkady – the red tea of Egypt http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/200105/the.red.tea.of.egypt.htm

ARCHITECTURE

‘The Sultan’s Fountain’ and the restoration of a sabil-kuttab – a gem in the heart of Cairo http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/625606

FILM

review of the classics, includes great Egyptian films such as Cairo Station http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/201003/focus.on.film.the.classics.htm

CULTURAL HOMES – places that share many aspects of Egyptian culture

El Sawy Culturewheel, Cairo – day and night offers exhibitions, music, seminars, even their own online radio station  http://www.culturewheel.com/eng/About-Us

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