Unlike Luxor, Aswan doesn’t have any moulids, and the main tourist event is an international Sculpture Symposium (mid-Jan to mid-March), when you can see sculptors at work on the terrace of the Basma Hotel before their creations are sent to the Sculpture Park. On Aswan Day (Jan 15), the Corniche has traditionally hosted a good-natured parade of civic and military hardware, with fire engines and ambulances following jeep-loads of frogmen and rubber-suited decontamination troops. Now falling only days before the emotive anniversary of the 2011 Revolution, the parade may be cancelled in the future, or at least no longer revolve around Police Headquarters on the Corniche as it formerly did.

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