Alardah is a traditional cultural expression combining dance, drumming and poetry chanting that is considered fundamental to practising communities. It involves a poet chanting verses, which are then sung by other performers carrying swords and moving in time to beating drums. Featured at family, local and national events, it is performed by males while women design the costumes. Neither age nor class acts as a barrier to participation, assisting social cohesion. Practice transmitters are individuals, schools, troupes, neighbourhoods and provinces.
Series: 2015 inscriptions on the Representative List
Credits: Ahmed Alsheme Abdullatif, director. Mishael Bin Alameer, participant. Riyadh School, producer.
Rights/Droits: Riyadh School, Saudi Arabia
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