Institutions, organizations, contacts

National institutions

Permanent Delegation of the Arab Republic of Egypt to UNESCO
Maison de l’UNESCO
Bureau M5.16
1, rue Miollis
75732 PARIS Cedex 15

Egyptian National Commission for UNESCO
7, Shareh Ibrahim Abou-Al Naja
Block 1, Hayy Al-Sifarat
Emtedad Abbas El-Aqqad,
Madinet Nasr-Al-Qahera
The Arab Republic of Egypt ; zm

Designated authority for the use of the emblem:

National commission (see contacts above)

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UNESCO’s contacts

UNESCO Office in Cairo
8 Abdel-Rahman Fahmay Street, Garden City
Cairo 11541

UNESCO headquarters (ICH Section)
Regional officer:
Munier, Caroline (

Accredited NGOs located in this country

Name, address and sourceActivities related to ICH
Egyptian Society for Folk Traditions
الجمعية المصرية للمأثورات الشعبية [ar]
Al-Gameyyah Al-Misriyyah Lilma'thurat Al-Shabiyyah
47 Soliman Gohar St.
Dokki, Giza
Tel.: (+202) 376264009

Accreditation request No. 90182: English
Decision-making meeting: 4.GA - 2012

Year of creation: 2003

- oral traditions and expressions
- performing arts
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
- traditional craftsmanship

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization

Main countries where active:


The Objectives of Egyptian Society for Folk Traditions include cultural and scientific services. It provides technical and intellectual assistance to Folklore students and the traditional bearers of the intangible cultural heritage in the form of training and safeguarding. The Society, also provides different organizations and governmental agencies with informations related to intangible cultural heritage whenever necessary.
The Egyptian Society for Folk Traditions aims at raising the awareness of the importance of the intangible cultural heritage in strengthing the Egyptian identity and need for safeguarding our heritage. The Egyptian Society for F'olk Traditions collaborates with Archives of ICH for preparing a database for the compilations of the lCH of Egypt with a special attention to the traditional elements that are in danger and need to be
The Egyptian Society for Folk Traditions is engaged in the following activities.
a. Lectures and presentations.
Weekly meeting for members to attend IBctures related to the field of intangible heritage
b. Traditional festivals and celebration.
Participating in national and local Egyptian Festivals and documenting them.
c. Research Activities
1.Collecting, documenting, protecting and safeguarding the Oral Epic Al·sirah Al-Hilallyyah for hundred and fifty recording were collected accompanied by photo and videos from fifty poets. This project recieved
UNESCO award of Sheikh Zayed Ibn Nahian as a Master Piece of the oral and intangible cultural heritage of humanity In the year 2003.
2. Collaborating with the National Council for Women In documenting the Art of Tally in upper Egypt. In addition to participating in training 360 girls on Art of Tally. The Egyptian Society published a book entitled
The Mahing of a Traditional Artist as an outcome of this research.
3. Collecting and safeguarding tradltlonal festivals witlh collaborations with Culture Unit of the UNESCO in Cairo within the framework of the Netvvork of Traditional Festivals of the Mediterrean.
4. The Egyptian Society for Folk Traditions provided the Modernization Centre of Ministry of industry with a survey of all the traditional crafts in all of Egypt. We supplied the center with information on 365 traditional craft.
5. The Egyptian Society for Folk Traditions compiled a photographic portpholio on the cultural diversity of The Egyptian tangible and intangible heritage.
6. The personal and members of the Egyptian Society for Folk Traditions are professors, students, experts in Folk Traditions from the fields, anthropology, sociology, applied arts and social and cultural research.
(the society included 180 members) the society include also folk poets, singers. story tellers, craftsmen end traditional artists.
In our process of collecting and documenting the ICH we respect and safeguard the practionors identity and their ownership of the material coflected according to the norms of the intellectual property right
(IPR). We also support and invite traditional practitioners to participate in exhibitIons in Egypt and abroad to exhibit their products.
We facilitated means for traditional artists to join and participate in exhibitions in Egypt and abroad (France and Italy). Traditional singers and dancers join celebrations of the Society and Archives.