Talk about positive energy. Last Friday (May 15), El Korba, one of the oldest Cairene districts, celebrated its fifth peace festival. Many Heliopolis and Cairo residents from different districts await this annual event, where they can enjoy themselves and indulge in the beauty of the all time over crowded Heliopolitan district – which is closed to traffic on the day.
Entertainment and cultural activities are the order of the day, when peace and diversity meet in one place.
In her blog post on the festival, Fattractive says:
Korba is one of the oldest districts in Heliopolis. All these gorgeous old buildings. Sadly, it’s become extremely crowded and annoying, but on one day every year, it becomes a pedestrian street, and it’s true beauty shines through
She then continues:
All the cafes set their tables outside, bands entertain us up on a stage, kids draw on the street with chalks, and companies fall all over themselves to market their products in the most innovative ways. Entertainment is varied: the traditional tanoura/ oriental dances, and then guitar/ jazz bands. It got way crowded at night, but still very fun
After the event people came back with lovely picture perfect moments and shared them on the event’s Facebook Group.
The group describes the day as:
For Heliopolis residents and admirers and guests from across Cairo, this is the day we celebrate peace in Cairo’s oldest and vintage quarter “korba Heliopolis”.
And here are some more pictures from the festival:
This article was originally published on globalvoicesonline.org