Photos: Oriental Folklore As Challenge to the Egyptian Government
The celebration was held under the auspices of a number of institutions, businesses and persons from the local Egyptian community and Austrian government, in particular the “Association of Information and Egyptian Culture”, the cultural department of the City of Vienna “Wien Kultur”, the “Museum für Völkerkunde”, “Express Travel International Österreich Gmbh”, “Bladi-Bladi magazine”, and many others.
What called the attention was that the Egyptian Embassy was completely absent from this event, as sponsors, organizers. While the Egyptian Embassy has a very capable cultural department, this time Ambassador Khaled Shamaa and his staff in Vienna shined because of their absence from this great cultural event. The attendants were representatives of the Egyptian community in Vienna, both Copts and Muslims, in many cases owners of businesses and their families, respected representatives of Austrian society as well as some other Arab and non-Arab minorities in Vienna, among them Palestinians, Turks, Iranian and others. I hope that the Ambassador and his esteemed staff are in good health.
When the dancer raised the Egyptian flag at the final show of dance, the audience was seen standing and clapping from their hearts and their feeling of respect to the flag of their origin country, Egypt. Some photos of the event follow below.