Dance parties return to Baghdad

Baghdad: Contrary to the usual images broadcast from the city of violence and mayhem, Baghdad recently witnessed scenes of break dance and revelries. Members of rival Iraqi biker gangs, clad in studded leather and black berets showed performance of break dance, with their tattoo-covered arms waving neon glow sticks. Apart from holding a car dhow and concert, the Mongols Motorcycle Club dance circle was also held at the Riot Gear Summer Rush event, at a sports stadium in the heart of Baghdad.

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The capital has been quietly remaking its image since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State.

Reuter quoted Arshad Haybat, a 30-year-old film director who founded the Riot Gear events company as saying: “We held this party so people can know that Iraq has this kind of culture, and has these kinds of people who love life and music.”

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