Raqs Sharqi London was created as an opportunity to unite dancers from around the world who all share a passion for one thing – raqs sharqi (oriental dancing) or as it is known in the West, belly dance!

Fri 19 Jul – Opening Gala:

The festival opening gala show will feature an evening of local and international guest dancers, as well as the UK’s biggest belly dance competition.

Sat 20 Jul – Raqs Sharqi London Showcase:

Two of the world’s most famous Egyptian dancers, Khaled Mahmoud and Mohamed Shahin will be performing live. They have toured and taught around the world for decades and are ambassadors for Egyptian Oriental dance and Folklore. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience Middle Eastern dance in its true form.

Please note – due to unforeseen circumstances, Randa Kamel will not be appearing at Raqs Sharqi London: International Middle Eastern Dance Festival. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Sun 21 Jul – Closing Gala:

Experience an unmissable evening full of live Arabic music played by authentic musicians and singers. A variety of talented guest dancers will each perform to Classical Arabic music as well as the competition finalists. The queen of Iraqi dance, Assala Ibrahim will also take to the stage to dance for one night only here in London.