Egypt/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.1 Overview of main structures and trends

The geographic location of Egypt has always helped a state of cultural interaction with other nations, especially those of the Mediterranean. Before 1952 Revolution, Egypt hosted a number of foreign communities, many of which merged into and interacted with the Egyptian society. At the regional level, Egypt is very rich in terms of artistic diversity. The south (Nubia and Aswan) is different from the north (Delta); the east (Canal cities) has its own identity while the west has also specific characteristics (Awlad Ali Tribes). Such diversity has been interpreted into various handcrafts, music, dancing, popular songs in addition to literature.

In spite of the fact that Egypt is part of Africa, there has been no cultural interaction with African nations. Until the late 1960s, there had been only political coordination except with Arab states and some African Islamic countries (Nigeria and Mauritania) where cultural relations were limited to translation and education areas.

Chapter published: 01-04-2016