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Al-Razfa: a traditional performing art in the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman


Language: عربى subtitles Eng

Al-Razfa is a traditional performing art of the United Arab Emirates and Sultanate of Oman that was initially used in victory celebrations. Now, it is a popular form of communal entertainment seen at festive events, involving groups of men holding wooden replica rifles chanting verses, often featuring traditional Nabati poetry, to music. Sometimes girls participate by swinging their hair to the music. To appeal to a younger audience, instruments and music have been adapted. Skills transmission is informal within families.


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Place/region: United Arab Emirates, Oman, Southwest Asia
Series: 2015 inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
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Director: Rajah Balakrishna
Participant: Barbara Hayward Published in:
Rights: Abou Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority; Oman. Ministry of Heritage and Culture
 

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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: HQFS-CLTICH-RL-2015-0107800019
Source ref.: DOC:0107800019; CAND:01078
Rights holder: UNESCO; Abou Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority; Oman. Ministry of Heritage and Culture