Egyptian National Circus Band

Country: 
Egypt
General: 

In 1962, President Gamal Abdel Nasser brought in Russian experts to establish the first circus school. He then took advantage of these experts to establish a modern national circus. It opened in 1966 with the first circus show from Abdeen Palace, which is the current national circus in the Agouza region. Egypt was a pioneer among the Arab countries for years and they were eager for the circus’s tours. Before the revolution of July 23, 1952 there were two famous families in Egypt, two pioneers in this area, Al helou that belongs to the artist Mohamed Helou. The Al Helou Circus was founded in 1889 by Mohamed Ali El Helou, who tried to benefit from the foreign teams that were performing in the era of Khedive Ismail. The second family is the Akef family, which belonged to the artist Naima Akef, who used to walk the rope and play the acrobat before shifting to acting in the 1950s. Ismael Akef established Akef Circus in Tanta Governorate, where he worked as a gymnastics instructor at the police academy. Since the circus was established, he has been performing continuously due to the importance of his art.

Session: 
7th round of The International Festival For Drums Traditional Arts