Egypt has seen many changes and a constant restless process of reformation. As the Sinai was an Israeli tourist destination until some years ago, there has been psychedelic trance and art projects already present, but then got forgotten and haven’t been around for quite some time…
In 2011 the first activities were noted again, when the German Psytrance crew “Freunde Der Sonne” with their organiser & DJ Jannik Beathead came to Dahab, the little Hippie paradise on the south coast of Sinai! In 2012 the first Psytrance festival was held in the beautiful desert around Dahab. The birth of Desert Dance Festival! With the help of locals, Bedouins and European artists the festival developed quickly and now is getting ready for its 4th edition in April 2.-5. 2015! During the last 3 years there has been aside from Desert Dance a nonstop psytrance evolution, all based in Dahab. The building of a community is in progress since there are many offers now. Indoor Parties, Clubs, Private venues, beach raves, festivals in the desert… The scene is based here!
The interest by many middle Eastern and European performers and travellers is making Desert Dance to the international psychedelic gathering that can call itself to be the first one ever held in the mystic and ancient country that gives us so much inspiration and wisdom about our species and our culture…
The crew behind all activities is called “Sun Network” and according to them they are expanding to start events in Cairo and other cities to spread the vibe and spirit that gets a unique taste in this area where not long ago the strive to revolt and change took over everyone and every media in the world.
- Reel Brazza
- Uncle Sam
The most important Psytrance related label:
Sun Department Rec.
PARTY AND FESTIVALS:
The most important Party/Festival:
Desert Dance on facebook
- Earthdance Festival
- Sun Spirit
Name the most creative deco artist:
Fluoronauten on facebook
More deco artists:
The preferred music style in your country:
Psy Prog, Fullon
Club, inner town parties go to max. 3 am
The festivals and some private raves last for several days or until the morning!
Big events are normally between 150-300 LE (15-30 EUR) including festivals.
Small events in Dahab are mostly free entrance!
No drug screening for driving normally!
Very low and easy drug enforcement!
BUT: If caught, there can be serious trials and strict penalties waiting!
Points of interest:
- Dahab – Old Hippie town, now also a tourist destination! Known for Watersports, Yoga, meditation, relaxation, chilled vibes and Hippie clothes! Also the main place in Egypt for Psytrance and psy culture!
- Ras Shetan – Between Dahab and Taba (close to the border of Israel)! Beautiful bungalows directly at the sea, cheap conditions (backpackers) and the most chilled vibe shared by many different people representing various countries and cultures!
Best places to eat:
- Local food places are cheap, normally come with a variety of plates in every meal (e.g. chicken with salad, tahina, bread, rice, vegetables and soup) and include some offers for vegetarians.
- Generally Egyptian like meat and many kinds of fried foods, but there is some local specialities that should be tried at least once!
Find out more by asking the locals!
Sun Network on facebook
About the Author:
Moved to Dahab 3 years ago with the aim to start psytrance events and bring the culture to Egypt! Before organised many events in Hamburg (my origin) and lived the passion for our scene through decoration,
playing music and doing many other things that contribute to our development and our lifestyle
Your favorite Psytrance music ?
Organiser & Head of Sun Network Crew (Organising Desert Dance Festival & more)
DJ @ Sun Department Rec.
Decoration artist “Fluoronauten”