1. The Reda Troupe Established in 1959 by artist Mahmoud Reda, the Reda Troupe specializes in folk music and dance. Along with principal dancers and Egyptian icons Ali Reda and Farida Fahmy, the group first performed onstage at Alazkabiya in 1959. Reda's signature choreography mixed elements of different folk dances from Egypt's diverse landscapes, and with the support of Dr. Hassan Fahmy and later, the Egyptian government, gained a strong national and international following. In 1962, the Reda Troupe joined forces with Ali Ismael, who developed an orchestra counterpart and provided the musical score for their productions together. The group would come to feature in Egyptian blockbuster films Ejazat Nusf Sana, Love in Karnak, and The Paper Thief, tour internationally in over 60 countries, collect multiple awards and perform on some of the world's most prestigious stages: Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Olympia, and the Stanislavsky theatre. Currently a collection of 24 dancers, 30 musicians and a 75 member chorus comprise the Reda Troupe, and under the direction of artist Ehab Hassan, continues to be Egypt's premier folk group and an authority on oriental dance.
2. Abdel Halim Nowera Ensemble for Arabic Music The Arabic Music Ensemble was established in 1967 by conductor Abdel Halim Nowera. With the goal of preserving and renewing Arabic music traditions, Nowera lead 50 talented singers and 40 musicians specializing in Mowashah, Taktoka, and theatrical music on international tours in Turkey, Iraq, Spain, Libya, GCC states and the USA. The group also performed in several music festivals in Carthage, Asilan, El Rabat and Paris. Their efforts allowed them to gain popularity with a diverse audience and perform regularly in Egypt's Dar Opera. Nowera continued to direct the group until his passing in 1985, whereupon the ensemble was renamed in honor of Abdel Halim Nowera and his devotion to Arab music and heritage. The Abdel Halim Nowera Ensemble for Arabic Music remains a strong force of culture and creativity under Maestro Salah Ghobashi, performing with the Arab world's most iconic singers in shows and festivals at Cairo's Dar Opera.