Arts & Culture

Egypt Registers Traditional Puppet Show With UNESCO

Egypt Registers Traditional Puppet Show With UNESCO

Source: egyptiangeographic.com

One of Egypt’s oldest and most beloved theatrical forms of art, ‘Arragoz’ puppet shows, will be registered with UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The decision, which was originally proposed by Egypt and endorsed by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at UNESCO, was taken during the committee’s 13th session at the end of November.

After stick dancing (2016) and the epic of El Sirah El Hilaliyyah (2008), puppet shows would constitute the third item officially registered under Egypt’s components of intangible heritage.

The move, secured under the supervision of Egyptian ambassador to France and permanent representative to UNESCO Ehab Badawy, was also a collaborative effort between Egypt’s Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The art form, which requires that puppeteers hide behind a small stage and hold up puppets to interact with one another as well as the audience, is particularly popular among Egyptian children.

It is often used as a method of transmitting stories with moral lessons and as entertainment in street festivals and birthday celebrations. It is also commonly found in circus shows.

What Are the US Midterm Elections' Impact on the Middle East?
Italian Chamber of Deputies to Sever Ties with Egyptian Parliament over Regeni Investigation Failure

Subscribe to our newsletter


Arts & Culture

More in Arts & Culture

Gabr Fellowship: Fully Funded Leadership Program Promotes Cross-Cultural Understanding

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 20, 2019

MET to Repatriate Stolen Coffin to Egypt

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 17, 2019

‘Film My Design’ Festival Screens Unique Design Film Documentaries at First Edition

Mirna El SaiedFebruary 14, 2019

All You Need to Know About Aswan’s International Women Film Festival

Mirna AbdulaalFebruary 10, 2019

Azza Fahmy Opens First US Store, Continues Preservation of Egyptian Heritage

Richel HodderFebruary 6, 2019

First Discovery of 2019: 50 Mummies Found in Minya Tombs

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 3, 2019

Exclusive Collection of Art, Egyptology, and Film Books at Cairo Book Fair

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 2, 2019

Iconic King Tutankhamun Tomb Unveiled to Public After Restoration

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 1, 2019
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.