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Arab Music Festival to Feature 100 Artists Throughout November

From November 1st to November 15th, 100 artists from 10 Arab countries will perform at the Cairo Opera House, the Damanhour Opera House, and - for the first time - the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

The 30th edition of the Arab Music Festival and Conference is set to take place at six theatres across Cairo, Alexandria and Beheira from November 1st to November 15th. This series of musical concerts and talks will be hosted in the El-Gomhoreya Theatre, the Arab Music Theatre, the Cairo Opera House's Fountain Theatre, the Damanhour Opera House in Beheira, and - for the first time - the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

The event is dedicated to late musicians Abdo Dagher and Gamal Salama, and will bring on acclaimed Egyptian composer Rageh Daoud as the guest of honour. It will feature 33 concerts with performances from more than 100 artists hailing from Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Tunisia, Palestine, Jordan and Oman.

The star-studded line-up will includes Afaf Radi, Hany Shaker and Medhat Saleh from Egypt, Moroccan Samira Saed, Saudi Abadi Al-Johar, Marwan Khoury and Wael Jassar from Lebanon, Syria's Assala Nasri, and Tunisian Saber Rebai.

More than 50 researchers from 14 Arab countries will host conferences that discuss comparisons between musical compositions, the role of folkloric instruments, the impact of western influences on Arab music and the future of music education. The festival will include a range of workshops and competitions in singing, instrumental performance and songwriters with special categories for children and special needs talents.