Characters of Egypt: Festival of Tribes

Okay, I don’t actually have any photos to post – yet – but I am sure I will have a whole alphabet of new photos and topics when I return from the Characters of Egypt Festival at the end of this month! Hosted for the third time at Fustat Wadi el Gemal National Park, the festival is taking place on October 29, 30, and 31st.

The goal of the festival is to provide a meeting opportunity for representatives of the various tribes that have inhabited different corners of our deserts for thousands of years without previously encountering one another.

There will be music, dancing, storytelling, poetry, camel races, games, food, sports, and more!

In celebrating the diversity which weaves Egypt’s unique fabric, Characters of Egypt creates an opportunity for all attendees (tribesmen, Cairenes and foreigners) to engage with one another, as all connect through an energizing spirit that revives, replenishes and reveals the splendour of mankind.

Last year 21 tribes were represented by tribesmen from Matrouh, Siwa, Farafra, Aswan, Marsa Alam, the Eastern Desert, North Sinai, and South Sinai.

All these tribes have certain elements in common, but are richly diverse in their languages, customs and ways of life, reflecting the wide variety of environments in which they live across the land and the spectrum of cultures to which they relate.

There is not yet confirmation of who will be attending this year or what the specific schedule is for daily events, but either way it is sure to be an unforgettable experience. So if you’re free the last weekend of October, consider attending this special event!