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Almezmar: drumming and dancing with sticks. ©UNESCO 2015
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Almezmar: drumming and dancing with sticks

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Almezmar is a traditional practice of the Hijazi community in Saudi Arabia performed for family celebrations or national events. Involving up to 100 male practitioners, two rows stand opposite each other clapping and chanting songs about gallantry or love. Drums beat in the background while pairs of performers twirl large sticks in the group's centre and others follow. Transmitted by performing arts troupes and heritage centres, the practice acts as an identity marker and part of the community's collective memory.


on this subject: Nomination File/Dossier de candidature

Place/Country: Saudi Arabia
Series: 2016 inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
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Credits: Ahmed Alsheme Abudllatif, director. Damna Al Zahrani, participant ; Nuray Omanr Bamanie, participant. Saudi Heritage Preservation Society, co-producer.
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