Farah El Bahr 2010
The latest edition of the ‘Farah El Bahr’ Cultural Festival took place between the 4th and 5th of November at the historic Qaitbey Citadel in Alexandria.
Building on the success of previous festivals, the 2010 event involved for the very first time performers travelling to Alexandria from European countries, including Spain, Germany and Belgium, as well as artists across Egypt, including Sinai, Siwa, Cairo, Port Said and Aswan.
The event is being organized by the Anna Lindh Foundation in partnership with its National Civil Society Network in Egypt and the Egyptian Tourist Authority, and involves a range of local and international partners and sponsors.
The Festival builds on previous cultural initiatives of the Anna Lindh Foundation, including the ‘Farah El Bahr’ at the inauguration in April 2005 and the Euro-Med Dialogue Night of 2008, Alexandria Summer Nights 2010, with this year seeing an expanded programme of handicrafts, art, theatre, dance, live music, as well as presentations on social initiatives carried out by the Anna Lindh network of civil society in Egypt.
Farah El Bahr 2009
Given the wide acclaim of the 2005 edition and an opportunity to demonstrate the Anna Lindh Foundation’s progress and role in the city and wider region, Farah El Bahr was again held at the Alexandria Citadel between the 16th and 17th October 2009.
Although a different concept and programme, the festival aimed at showcasing a diverse range of artists and projects from across Egypt and beyond. Over the two days an engaging musical programme was realised with contemporary Egyptian bands, traditional music including bands from Siwa and Port Said, Spanish guitar and performances from Greek and Palestinian communities. Local handicrafts and artisans showcased their work and members of the Anna Lindh National Egyptian Network highlighted their projects throughout Egypt in fields of activity such as the Environment, Inter religious dialogue and Children’s Literature.
The festival was attended by over 3,000 peoples and received much critical acclaim, confirming to both the foundation and the local authorities that such an event deserves to be held regularly with a larger and more ambitious programme each year.
Farah El Bahr 2005 – The Inauguration of the Anna Lindh Foundation
The roots of Farah El Bahr lie in the birth of the Anna Lindh Foundation. Held in April 2005 at the Citadel of Quait Bey in Alexendria, the first festival marked the opening of the Anna Lindh offices in the city and the beginning of their mandate in the Euro-Med region. Consisting of musical workshops, traditional dancing, cultural activities and street theatre the festival got the city’s attention and ensured the Foundation got off to a good start.