Name: Beijing Zhengyuan Dazhaimen Arts Group from China
Country: China
About: The group originally named Heyuyingyang arts group was founded in 1994. It changed its name to Beijing Zhengyuan Dazhaimen Arts Group in 2008 to reflect its attempt to preserve cultural performances originating from Beijing in a revolutionary style. The artistic troupe presents a wide range of shows, including the Beijing opera, acrobatics, Beijing drum songs, traditional music shows and martial dancing. It obtained several gold, silver and bronze medals and represented the Republic of China at various international events abroad, including in Japan, Singapore, Angola, Canada and several European states, besides performing in a large number of TV shows.

Name: Guruve Marimba Arts Ensemble
Country: zimbabwe
About: The band presents folk as well as contemporary dances. It was established in 2006 with education and entertainment objectives, as well as to preserve marimba art through cultural exchange programs. It consists of 31 members with different artistic skills. Part of its shows depends on the use of drums and the marimba instrument. As of 2009, the band received several prizes, such as Young Africa’s second prize in 2010 and the first award at the national folk dance competition in 2010 and 2013.

Name: Shabat Al-Salt band from Jordan
Country: Jordan
About: The band was founded in 1994 to comprise of women only, including a coral, a soloist, dancers and musicians. It aims to preserve Jordanian heritage and folklore and promote Jordanian art in general and its traditional arts in Al-Salt zone in particular at Arab and international events, which is reflected by the band’s distinctive costumes. Some of its most popular shows are the Jordanian wedding and the harvesting show. The band represented Jordan in several international festivals, notably in Germany, the USA, Spain, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, besides taking part in most festivals held in Jordan.

Name: Nashamy Horan Band from Jordan
Country: Jordan
About: The band was established in 1999 in Irbid located in the northern part of Jordon by a group of youth to preserve the country’s heritage and present it abroad. In 2003, the band was deemed a cultural authority that preserved and developed Irbid’s culture and heritage, whereby it became affiliated to the Ministry of Culture. The band comprises several groups including one for children, one for youth and a musical group containing some of the best singers in Jordan. The band is also known as the green band for its presentation of a large number of classical tableaus such as harvesting, Jordanian wedding, al-dabka al-shagrawia and al-dabka al-tayara.

Name: Ecothar Mascula from Algeria
Country: Algeria
About: The group was established in 2002 in Khanshela state north east Alegria, particularly the Owras zone. The group is called Amazighy which means the eagles of Khanshela, which reflects its objective to preserve the Lamadi cultural heritage of Owras zone (al-shawaya). The group presents all types of shawi arts, the most popular being al-rehaba musical art popular in Owras, which is also widespread in North Africa. The shows include singing and performing a dance that resembles the Lebanese dabka using an instrument called al-band. Songs mainly include words that are revolutionary, country loving, social and religious.

Name: The National Troupe of Nigeria
Country: Nigeria
About: It is an official troupe affiliated to the Federal Government of Nigeria. It was established in 1970 by Chris Olude to be the first folk arts group in Nigeria. In 1988, when the country started to adopt policies aiming at realizing cultural development, special emphasis was given to the troupe. In 1991, the troupe became an independent entity that strives to preserve and promote Nigerian heritage. The troupe also contains subgroups interested in theatrical, child and gifted performances. It performs dances from different parts of Nigeria. The Nigerian government supports the troupe in attempt to form a high level artistic product that can be marketed abroad.

Name: Rajasthan Josh Band from India
Country: India
About: Rajasthan Josh is one of the most popular Indian groups performing traditional songs and music, whose members have inherited this art from their fathers and grandfathers. The group presents different musical moulds, the most popular of which is al-kawalli type of art, which is derived from rural and desert heritage. It also presents traditional dances and fashion shows. The group represented India at several cultural events abroad and is directly sponsored by the Indian Center for International Affairs since it is concerned with preserving India’s great cultural heritage.

Name: Ekkatan Drum Dance Troupe
Country: Thailand
About: Ekkatan Drum Dance Troube is grouped together in 1977,most of the members educated from Dramatic College. Headed by mr. kasem , the troupe got many rewards from the Drums competition in 1993,2006,2009,2011,2012and lastly in 2014. Their performance with long drums were the one who initially set up the modern style of "theut theung dancing"

Name: Orupaap Traditional Group
Country: Southern Sudan
About: Orupaap was established in Sudan in 1987 by Stephen Ochalla, the founder of Orupop Institution for Artistic Shows. The group started out with 30 drummers attempting to present a new style of drum music and create a cultural dialogue among drummers in South Sudan. Indeed, the group succeeded in presenting a unique type of music, representing a blend between the traditional drum beats of three major states in South Sudan. The group is also popular for the dance shows that reflect the customs and rituals of South Sudan tribes, presented in an innovative

Name: Dana Saudi Band
Country: Saudi Arabia
About: The Band’s name is derived from the ‘dana’ rhythm, which is most popular in Al-Hejaz. The songs based on the dana rhythm are usually performed in Arabic fosha, which renders it even more beautiful. Owing to this unique type of music played by the band, it participated in several festivals and cultural and artistic events held inside Saudi Arabia and abroad. It comprises 40 dancers whose shows reflect the Saudi heritage, including the Saudi arda, which is performed on official holidays, al-samiri alardi which is popular in the central region, al-khibiti, mizmar and simsimia, popular in the western part of Saudi Arabia, the azawi step and sword dance popular in the South, the lewa and farisa dance popular in the East, and aldiha and samiri representing the northern part of the state.

Name: Nadiri Band from Uganda
Country: uganda
About: The band is affiliated to the Ugandan Theatre Development Institution. It was established in 1986 by Rwangyezi Stephen and includes 60 members. The word ‘Nadiri’ means the Oriental flute or ‘nay’ and was chosen as a name for the band since it stands for beauty and universal unity. The band is considered an encyclopedia of African dances as it performs over 40 classical Ugandan dances and songs to different classical music instruments. The performances reflect the customs and traditions of Uganda. The band is involved in several cultural projects to document and promote Ugandan heritage and to use its art in campaigns against AIDS and other campaigns addressing other problems.

Name: the National Cultural Troupe of Liberia National Cultural Troupe of Liberia
Country: liberia
About: The National Cultural Troupe of Liberia was organized/establishment in 1964 and it is composed of performing artists from the fifteen (15) political sub-divisions of the Country. The National Culture Troupe of Liberia has participated in International Cultural Festival/Events all around the world.

Name: Fasnachtsgesellschaft Olympia
Country: Switzerland
About: It was on the Monday, 9th of March 1908, after Morgestraich, when some gentlemen met in the Restaurant Birseckerhof for breakfast. They had left (or been excluded) from another group after some “disagreements” and decided to start a new (better) one. Because some of those gentlemen were members of a sports club they chose the name Fasnachtsgesellschaft Olympia (carnival society Olympia). At the Fasnacht of 1909 Olympia marched for the first time. Since then Olympia has grown to a large and proud Clique of around 100 active members in the formation Stamm (main body. Olympia is a traditional Männerclique, i.e. it’s for gentlemen only, and it heavily emphasizes drumming, with one of the best drum formations in Basel. It marches in the classical formation with the Vortrab (vanguard) in front, the Laterne (lantern) in the middle, followed by the Pfyffer (pipers) and Tamboure (drummers), and finally a Kytschli (horse carriage) in the back. After only 106 years Olympia is now stronger than ever, and we are delighted to have the honor of serving as special ambassador and presenting traditional marches of the Basler Fasnacht to you.

Name: Les Percussions de Guinée
Country: Guinea
About: Les Percussions de Guinée was founded in 1987 by the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism of the Republic of Guinea with the meeting between seven nationals drummers and the French artist François Kokelaere They present a performance inspired by traditional music set in a modern scenic presentation. The group is naturally oriented toward the music of the Guinean highland and the coastal region known for the djembe drum, but their influences are also drawn from the Guinea midland and the forest regions as well. In the tradition of the griots, the history of many of the ethnic groups is told through the medium of drum and dance performance. The fifteen-member ensemble includes seven master drummers, chosen among the best soloists of Guinea's national companies, as well as members playing flute, balafon, kora, and traditional dancers

Name: Donkola Cultures and Heritage Group
Country: Sudan
About: The group was established in 2005 in affiliation to Donkola Cultures and Heritage Association, which is an NGO registered as a cultural association of the Ministry of Culture of Sudan. Its true value lies in the fact that it contains members from most villages in Northern Sudan, besides other states (from zones such as the Red Sea, River Nile and Sanar). The group aims to preserve cultural heritage including artistic, religious and other forms of culture of Northern Sudan. It represented Sudan in major cultural events both locally and abroad. It won several rewards such as the first prize from the First Marketing and Tourism Exhibition in Sudan, the first prize from the National Council in Ireland and the UK, a golden medal from Tunisia and the WIPO golden medal from WIPO in Geneva.

Name: Ekaat Group
Country: Tunisia
About: One of the group that sponsored and supported by the Ministry of Culture-Tunisian order to preserve the heritage Altoncey headed by artist and creator Kamal Djerbi, featuring the band providing music "provider" People, a type of music characterized by Tunisia, which is often used in folklore and weddings and holidays, also offers band folk music Private-Tunisian various areas, and most of what distinguishes rhythms and shrines, visit the group Egypt for the first time.

Name: Ihsan Musical Band from Azerbaijan
Country: Azerbaijan
About: The band was established in 2009 and is known for using Azerbaijani classical instruments, namely tar, rababa, qanun, balayan, taghara and other types of beat instruments. The band was named after the famous player of the tar instrument, the late Ihsan Dadashouf. The band consists of 12 musicians and the leader Ilshan Taherof who plays the tar instrument. He studied at the Azerbaijani Music Academy and the International Azerbaijani Conservatoire and taught the tar instrument for seven years. The band is famous for almakam art which is more flexible than makam arts of Central Asia. It is usually said that it resembles spontaneous jazz. On November 7th, 2003, the UNESCO announced Azerbaijani makamat as one of the most significant oral non-material heritages among mankind.

Name: The kalmn women cultural troupe
Country: Tanzania
About: The kalmn women cultural troupe it consists of professional and non professional women performing modern and traditional theatre. it originated in 2010 with 5,now consists of 30, performing activities(handcraft,performing arts(traditional dances and music,instruments,orchestra,modern taarab,dance drama choreography,acrobatics),conducting researches,and instructing it promotes national culture nationally and internationally through this festival the group hopes to gain more exposure on ethics through culture, and to learn through actual contact of the famous ancient egyptian culture!

Name: Daey El-Nada Group from Indonesia
About: The band was established in the Indonesian capital Jakarta in 2003 by Nur Akhiari to comprise a large number of students interested in traditional arts and music. At the beginning, the band only performed religious songs. Owing to its great success after moving to Cairo and joining the groups performing at Kubbet Al-Ghouri under the management of Entissar Abdel-Fattah, the group started to present all types of Indonesian heritage. The band’s uniqueness lies in its performance of music using human vocals instead of instruments and for singing in Arabic and English as well through Acapella type of music. The group participated in a wide range of cultural events worldwide, including China, Germany, France and the United Arab Emirates.

Name: Yemeni band for folk arts and heritage
Country: Yemen
About: It was established in 1990 upon the union of Yemen and is affiliated to the Ministry of Culture. It comprises musicians and dancers from different Yemeni governorates and presents all types of Yemeni heritage. It is popular for al-barea dance which is well known in Sana’a, Aden, Lahg, Abein and other governorates. The band is also popular for its graceful dancers presenting traditional performances as well as their songs reflecting life at sea, describing the beauty of the sea, mountains and seagulls. The band participated in several Arab, regional and international festivals, including the Musical Festival held in Frankfurt in 2012.

Name: Pancha Thurya Nada from Seri Lanka
Country: Sri Lanka
About: In its shows, the band mainly depends on classical drums and wind instruments. The members of the band have been chosen from different parts of Uganda, such that the band and all members would have participated in cultural activities on the national level that are organized by the Ministry of Culture and Arts during the past five years [Unclear meaning in Arabic]. The shows are mainly composed of folk music associated with fast and free dances.

Name: Nubian Drums and Folk Instruments
Country: Egypt
About: The group was established in 1990 by Entisar Abdelfattah after a long tour all over Egypt’s different governorates in attempt to uncover the secret behind the uniqueness of the Egyptian character. The journey ended with the formation of a folkloric orchestra to include a selection of the most important traditional musical instruments such as the mizmar (oriental flute) from Sharqiya governorate, the salamia from Minufia governorate, the rababa (Arabian fiddle) from Upper Egypt to present a panorama expressing the Egyptian cultural heritage along with the Nubian defuf (drums). Owing to the group’s great success, several Egyptian ministries nominated it to present artistic shows on the margin of events held abroad.

Name: Toshka Group for National Folk Arts
Country: Egypt
About: The group was established in 1997 on the occasion of the inauguration of the Nubian Museum in Aswan for presenting shows that reflect Nubian arts and heritage with a view to preserving such heritage. The group comprises members from different Nubian villages including Al-Fadki and Al-Kenzi. The group is affiliated to the Public Authority of Cultural Palaces. Although the group’s shows present spontaneous arts, nonetheless, they embody all features of life in Nubia. Since its formation, the group has participated in all national events held in Aswan and several cultural and international events held in Egypt’s different governorates. The group has represented Egypt in a large number of international events abroad as well, such as Burgas International Festival in Bulgaria, Mauritius’ celebration of its 40th anniversary, Words Marathon Festival held in Toulouse France, besides other events in Eritrea, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Austria and Check Republic.

Name: Alarish Group for Folk Arts
Country: Egypt
About: The group was established in 1979 by the Public Authority of Cultural Palaces upon the Liberation of Sinai to express the traditions of 12 main tribes from which diverge around 72 sub-tribes living in Sinai Peninsula. The group presents a large number of artistic shows expressing Sinai cultural heritage, including Sinai weddings, ‘mahabish’ dance, which portrays Sinai cafes and coffee preparation, ‘daheya’ dance, ‘marwasy’ show, which is a popular musical instrument among Bedouins since time immemorial, ‘fishermen’ show, ‘Arichi wedding’, Bedouin wedding, celebrating birth, Sinawi dabka, the quail show, tackling quail hunting and ‘the harvest’ show. The group became a ‘national group’ and took part in several festivals in Egypt and abroad, such as Ismailia Festival in 1983, Italy in 1991, Rome in 1993 and Turkey in 1994. It earned first position in Qatar Festival and took part in festivals in Bulgaria in 1997, Aqaba in Jordon in 1997, Bursa in Turkey in 1997. It gained second position in Sarajevo in Bosnia in 1999, in Linkata in Greece in 2000, Spain in 2000, Tozeur in Tunisia in 2002, Italy in 2003, Timgad in Algeria in 2003, Bella Russia in 2005, Algeria in 2006, Cyprus in 2007, Turkey and Slovenia in 2008, South Korea in 2010, Ecuador in 2013.

Name: Mallawi Group for Folk Arts
Country: Egypt
About: This group is affiliated to the Public Authority of Cultural Palaces as well. It represents the Suez Canal zone in its shows. The group was established in 1964 to include 56 main members divided into 24 members forming the folk instruments subgroup and 32 forming the folk arts subgroup. The group’s unique shows emerge from life at sea and fishermen’s lives in general and largely depend on the simsimia instrument (a pentatonic scale instrument resembling the oriental guitar of pharonic origin, which back then resembled the harp). The group takes part in most local cultural events and has represented Egypt in several international festivals, including in Greece, Armenia, Malta, Russia, Croatia, Cyrus, Begium, France, Jordon and Turkey.

Name: Al-Sharqiya Band for Folk Arts
Country: Egypt
About: It is one of the most important folkloric groups in Egypt. It was established in 1968 and is affiliated to the Public Authority of Cultural Palaces. Its shows reflect Egyptian cultural heritage in general and that of Sharqiya governorate in particular through magnificent dances and performances. The group represented Egypt in several international festivals and won several rewards. Of its most important dancing shows are those of Sharqiya wedding, gypsies, chandeliers, celebrating birth and horse shows. Sharqiya governorate is popular for its Arabian horses and is considered one of the chief markets for raising and selling horses.

Name: Alwaha Albahria(Oasis)Spontaneous Group
Country: Egypt
About: This group is affiliated to the Public Authority of Cultural Palaces and represents the Bawiti culture. It started performing in 2001 and is the only group that reflects the oasis heritage and culture. It comprises twenty members including soloists, chorus and musicians. The shows presented by the group combine between the oasis distinctive traditional culture and a innovative means of presenting this culture. The main themes of its shows are the Oasis wedding, harvesting dates season and pilgrimage. The group’s audience includes a wide range of visitors to Oasis from all over Egypt, including Egyptians and foreigners, university students and youth center members. Most of the group’s performances take place in summer according to a program organized by all the youth centers of Oases and the Oasis Mines Club in an attempt to display and preserve the Oasis culture.

Name: Al-Anfoushy Group for Folk Arts
Country: Egypt
About: It is affiliated to the Public Authority of Cultural Palaces. It was established in 1985 in Alexandria governorate at Anfoushy Cultural Palace to preserve Egypt’s cultural heritage in general, and that of Alexandria governorate in particular. It became a national group that represented Egypt in several competitions worldwide. It began as a group of amateur dancers, musicians and coral. Today, it performs over 30 folkloric dances reflecting the features of Alexandria and Egypt as a whole. It comprises 38 dancers and 28 musicians. It participated in several local celebrations and Alexandria’s national holiday, as well as national and international festivals.

Name: Beni Suef for Folk Arts
Country: Egypt
About: This group is affiliated to the Public Authority of Cultural Palaces and has emerged from Greater Cairo and North of Upper Egypt. It was established in 1995 and comprises 40 members of dancers and musicians. The group represented Egypt in several local and international festivals (or local festivals held worldwide), in Farna, Bluvedev, Shefshetove in Bulgaria, Spain,Greece,Austria, Bulgaria, the Cultural Week in Madrid, the Youth World Cup in Italy, the Egyptian Cultural Week on the occasion of the passage of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Egypt and Seri Lanka, the Egyptian Cultural Week in Morocco and Spain. The Group presents a variety of dances including pharonic, traditional instrument performances, northern farmer dances and Upper Egypt dances, gypsy dances, sahga , craftsmen dances, chandeliers dances, as well as wedding, mulid (a traditional dance celebrating the birth of prophets and messengers) and horse dances, in addition to a show presenting the full Egyptian dancing spectrum.

Name: Hassaballah Band Cairo in One Thousand Years
Country: Egypt
About: The band was established in 1860 by Sergeant Hassaballah. It is one of the very few folkloric groups originating from Cairo and one of the landmarks among Mohamed Ali artists. It performs celebrative music close to military style and it became associated with Egyptian traditional celebrations. Recently Entissar Abdelfattah had them join Hewar Foundation within the framework of his project to maintain ancient Cairo’s historical arts (Cairo in 1000 Years) and revive the band’s arts.

Name: Mallawi Group for Folk Arts
Country: Egypt
About: This group is affiliated to the Public Authority of Cultural Palaces as well. It represents the Suez Canal zone in its shows. The group was established in 1964 to include 56 main members divided into 24 members forming the folk instruments subgroup and 32 forming the folk arts subgroup. The group’s unique shows emerge from life at sea and fishermen’s lives in general and largely depend on the simsimia instrument (a pentatonic scale instrument resembling the oriental guitar of pharonic origin, which back then resembled the harp). The group takes part in most local cultural events and has represented Egypt in several international festivals, including in Greece, Armenia, Malta, Russia, Croatia, Cyrus, Begium, France, Jordon and Turkey.