Celebrating its third-year running at Fustat Wadi El Gemal National Park, the Characters of Egypt Festival is taking place this weekend! If you happen to have the weekend free and would like to spend it in Marsa Alem; it’s sure to be an exciting experience.
Characters of Egypt was launched to bring together tribes from all corners of Egypt to meet together for a few days, experience cultural exchange and connect over their common bonds. Egypt has a rich history of tribal heritage and this weekend gives us a chance to see it for ourselves.
In recent years, the festival has seen great success not only with these specific groups but with all of the volunteers that have facilitated the event and participants that travelled to Marsa Alem to enjoy the festivities. However, this year will be the first time that the festival will be completely headed by one Cairo-based non-governmental organisation, CISV (originally an acronym for Children’s International Summer Villages).
CISV has not only coordinated all of the volunteers; but it has also worked for months to make this weekend an unforgettable experience. For CISV, it’s a great opportunity to help lead a huge cultural event that simultaneously supports diversity and sustainable development. Because part of CISV’s vision is to educate and inspire its members to contribute to the surrounding community through local projects; this is a perfect opportunity for both the organisation and our Egyptian community as a whole.
In a creative environment that supports discovery, the weekend will be filled to the brim with things to do. The festival will showcase traditional arts, and host friendly competitions between tribes that include ancient games and sportive challenges. Music, poetry, dancing and storytelling are on the agenda in addition to desert adventures. Activities for children include exciting learning opportunities from desert trips to explore the fauna and flora, and to learn about tribal costumes, jewels and the sampling of traditional foods.
Also included will be a bazaar of handcraft goods and crafts on sale, as well as a photography exhibition and a coordinated competition. With Marsa Alem’s beautiful scenery, there couldn’t be a better place to practice your photography skills!
To help support eco-tourism, guests will have the opportunity to stay in the beautiful eco-lodge of Wadi El Gamal; but you must book your place as soon as possible. For detailed information regarding accommodation and transportation options, check out the Facebook page here or head over to their homepage for more details.
Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the tribal heritage of this amazing country and have fun while you’re at it.