Camp Negum is a unique belly dance Festival in Egypt. Our event gives dancers direct contact with the music and cultural behind Raqs Sharki. Our festival is small and personal so dancers can get to know one another, the teachers and the musicians. Our teachers are some of the biggest stars to have performed or are currently performing in Egypt. Safaa Farid’s Orchesta Negum is the worlds most recognized and respected orchestra for dancers. The members of Orchestra Negum have collectively played for most of the famous dancers in Egypt over the last 25 years.
Camp Negum privides a one-of-a-kind dance experience in that many of the classes and all of the performances are to live music!
Camp Negum is a noncompetitive event and an all-inclusive price makes it affordable to dancers. As well as master instruction and performances, CampNegum offers the opportunity to experience the culture of Egypt with performances by authentic, local folk groups and excursions to cultural sites.
Camp Negum festival also gives dancers the chance to relax. Our Dahab Camp on theRed Seaoffers world-class diving and snorkeling, dessert excursions to Bedouin campsites and pristine beaches. Our Luxor/Aswan Cruise offers the most amazing ancient wonders of Pharonic Egypt while cruising down the Nile. There is something for the whole family.
Leila Farid (one of the most popular and respected performers in Egypt today) created Camp Negum to foster respect for the music, musicians and traditions of Egyptian dance while allowing performers to gain a deeper understanding of Raqs Sharki and in the process to find their own voiceand style.
Belly dance, perform, study, relax and site see, all with Live Egyptian Music and Master Egyptian Teachers….The Camp Negum experience.
Check out our YouTube Channel for Camp Negum to find footage of all our past events. Click on “Watch on YouTube” then “Camp Negum“ under this video to get to our channel.
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To Register for Camp Negum please send an email to Leila at email@example.com
Leila Farid at firstname.lastname@example.org Event Organizer
Tatiana Eshta at email@example.com Russian Language Coordinator
Hamada Araby at Hamada_Araby@hotmail.com Touristic Event Organizer
Biographies of the Camp Negum staff:
Leila Farid is one of the top performers in Egypt today. She can be seen nightly in some of the best nightclubs and Nile cruises in Cairo. Leila dances for the top Arabic weddings and parties in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, Turkey and Europe. Leila’s performances, both dancing and acting, on television and in the cinema have made her a recognizable personality throughout the Middle East. She has produced some of the best loved albums of Egyptian dance music on the market as well as performance and teaching DVDs. Leila has taught dance workshops around the world and is the creator of Camp Negum.
Safaa Farid has been singing for and managing belly dancers in Egypt for over 25 years. Over the course of his career he has performed with many different dancers in thousands of venues from the Cabarets of Harem to the best five star Hotels in Cairo. As an orchestra leader he has directed orchestras in nightclubs in Germany and Vienna, in theater engagements in Australia and England and in festivals in Finland, Japan, Russia, Ukraine and in Egypt (both the Ahlan w Sahlan and Nilegroup festivals). He has recorded numerous songs for CD’s of bellydance music and acted as art director and producer of CD’s for many international and Egyptian dance artists. He has also appeared in three films singing with dancers. He is one of the founders of Camp Negum.
Hamada Araby has been involved in tourism in Egypt for over 25 years. Hamada received his degree in Hotel Management and Tourism in Egypt and then studied Management and Events Organization in Belgium. Hamada began his career in the prestigious Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan in guest relations. After moving into the tourism field, he began to develop some of the most popular adventure tours in Egypt. He has arranged adventure and boutique tours from camping with Bedouins in the White Desert to luxury cruises from Luxor to Aswan, from diving in the Red Sea to tours of Cairo for dancers and artists. He brings his years of experience to Camp Negum to provide us with expert event planning and unique excursions. Plus, he is a very nice guy. It is difficult to walk down the street with Hamada in touristic places because so many locals want to greet him and say “Salam Aleykum.”
Tatiana Eshta is a master oriental dancer, teacher and choreographer from the Ukraine. Her time living in Egypt and knowledge of the Arabic language has given her the “Egyptian feeling” which can be seen in her dance and choreographies. Tatiana is founder and art director of “Eshta Bellydance Studio” as well as organizer of the yearly dance festivals Orient Express, Assan Ness, and The Rhythms of the Gulf. She is also the Russian language coordinator and featured teacher of Camp Negum in Egypt.