Spend an evening at one of Cairo’s most popular shows and see the Al-Tannoura Egyptian Heritage Dance Troupe at the recently restored Wekalet El Ghoury. See traditional Sufi dances, listen to solo vocal performances, and admire the costumes and skill.
What to Expect
Wekalet El Ghoury is an architecturally stunning arts center in the El Azhar area of central Cairo. Restored in 2005, it has become a hot spot for cultural events. The most popular is the Al-Tannoura Egyptian Heritage Dance Troupe show, offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
You’ll be picked up at your Cairo hotel and travel in comfort to the venue for the performance. This version of the indigenous dance show incorporates vocal solos, instruments, and other elements including whirling dervishes.
The arts center is located in the middle of the bustling area around Khan El Khalili, filled with merchants selling copper and other handcrafted items. Wekalet El Ghoury is easily recognized by its stunning architecture, as well as the many people awaiting the start of the show.
As the show begins, performers appear with an array of instruments ranging from the daf, or tambourine, to the oud (a stringed instrument), and the ney, or flute. After solos by various singers, a vocalist, known as the muezzin, appears on a balcony, and sings of spirituality.
The second part of the performance is the Sufi tannoura dance, derived from the moves of whirling dervishes that are part of a Sufi ritual. The third part of the performance incorporates a more spectacular dance, based on the demonstration of skills and costume design.
- Pick-up and drop off at your Cairo hotel
- Entrance fees
- English-speaking escort