By Maydaa Abo El-Nadar
CAIRO, Jan. 25 (SEE) – Cairo is named the 2019’s Arab Youth Capital. In this regard, the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs is organizing several events in cooperation with the Arab League. These events include the Folk and Traditional Arts’ Arab Youth Festival.
The festival was inaugurated on Wednesday by Sports and Youth Minister Ashraf Sobhy with the participation of ten countries: Comoros, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Algeria, Sudan, South Sudan, Palestine, and the host country Egypt.
In the opening ceremony, talented singers revived famous and old songs for beloved and remarkable Arab singers including Algerian Warda, Saudis Mohamed Abdo, and Talal Maddah, Egyptians Karem Mahmoud, Mohamed Fawzi, and Nagat Al-Saghira.
The ceremony took place at the Ministry’s headquarter in Cairo and lasted for almost two hours.
Soby expressed “We believe in the importance of the folklore and the art’s heritage that reflect our countries’ cultural and civilized image. This is why we are here today enjoying the Arab art and folklore.”
Director of Sports and Youth Department at the Arab League Abdel Moneem Al-Shaaery added: “The festival shows that our youth are capable of preserving their heritage and identity.”