First Farah El-Bahr Mediterranean Festival to take place in Alexandria


16 Oct 2009 – 17 Oct 2009

From 16 to 17 October 2009, the Anna Lindh Foundation invites residents of Egypt to participate to Farah El-Bahr, the first annual Mediterranean cultural festival taking place at Qaitbey Citadel in Alexandria.

The event, which is organised under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, the Supreme Council of Antiquities and in cooperation with the European Commission and Bibliotheca Alexandrina, is part of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s programme aiming at promoting, through arts, a better understanding of the culture of the other and facilitating mutual knowledge between different communities living within the Euro-Mediterranean region. Taking place in the framework of the Alex Fest, the Anna Lindh Mediterranean Festival will give the opportunity to the Egyptian society, and Alexandrian people specifically, to explore cultural diversity within Egypt as well as other Mediterranean countries.

Starting on 16 October 2009, the programme will constitute of a variety of cultural activities, including traditional dancing of Palestine and Greece, theatre performances, storytelling and handicrafts presented by artists from around Egypt including Cairo, Assiout, Siwa and Port Said.
Furthermore, gastronomy will also feature in the Festival and will be presented both through traditional Egyptian cuisine and demonstrated by members of foreign communities living in Egypt.

During the Anna Lindh Festival a number of special activities will be dedicated to children including puppet shows, henna tattoos, caricature artists, calligraphy, kite flying, a fire blower and a magician.
In the evenings renowned contemporary Egyptian bands including Massar Egbari, Sout fl Zahma, Nas Makan, Station Band and the Egyptian artist Ahmed El-Sawy will be performing within the Citadel. The festival will also include a joint performance between the Egyptian artist Mohamed Antar and the Spanish guitarist Fernando Perez who will be presenting a fusion between traditional Egyptian music and Euro-Mediterranean music.

From the other side, cultural organizations and institutions will benefit from a promotional space where they will have the opportunity to present their projects, exchange good practices and develop further cooperation in the field of culture. With the support of the head of the Anna Lindh Foundation Egyptian Network, civil society organisations of the network will be presenting their programmes and projects in Egypt in the fields of Children Literature, intercultural dialogue activities and climate change.


Farah El-Bahr: The Anna Lindh Annual Cultural Festival
From 16 to 17 October 2009
Starting at 13:30 till late

Qaitbey Citadel, Bahary, Alexandria
Entry: 2 Egyptian Pounds for Egyptians and Foreign Residents

For more information, please contact:
For press inquiries: Ingy Sedky –
For other inquiries: Edward Lewis –

This project is co-funded by the European Union