A Palestinian dabke group will compete in an international dance festival in Bulgaria in July, according to Ma’an news.“Fononyat” will showcase Palestinian culture dancing dabke at the festival which will include representatives from 45 other countries. According to the head of the group, Iyad Dahadha, participation in the festival is a way to protect Palestinian history and cultural heritage.

The group, which hails from Ramallah, was founded in 2002 by a group of dancers. The team tries to combine tradition and modernity through a combination of dances, but everything centers on the traditional Palestinian folkloric dance of dabke.

Having previously spent 6 months in Morocco, the team will spend 8 days in Bulgaria. The group thanked Bulgaria for the invitation and was also grateful for the efforts made by the Palestinian ambassador in Bulgaria, Ahmad al-Madbooh.