The International Festival for Drums and Traditional Arts kicked off on Thursday night at the renowned Citadel of Salah Eldin in Cairo.

In its fifth edition, the festival hosts shows, bands and groups from around 23 countries including China, Greece, Switzerland and Tunisia.

The festival which will continue till April 26, raised slogan "Drums Dialogue for Peace", which aimed at spreading tolerance and cultural awareness.

The event would be hosted on eight different cultural and historical hubs in the capital: Citadel of Salah Eldin, El Moez Street, Quba El Ghoury, Talaat Harb Cultural Center, Child Center for Civilization and Creativity, and other hubs in the southern city of Luxor and Beheria in the north.

The 4th edition of the event was part of the 2016 China-Egypt Culture year jointly launched by the two countries to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.

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