Culture – Daily News Egypt Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Wed, 14 Nov 2018 12:07:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Google celebrated Hend Rostom’s 87’s birthday Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:35:08 +0000 Throughout her journey, Rostom took part in 80 films, where she was known to be a beauty icon, with enchanting looks

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Google Egypt celebrated on Monday the 87th birthday of the Marilyn Monroe of the Orient, Hind Rostom, in a doodle which portrayed the Egyptian diva in three of her most famous looks in golden era films.

The doodle featured Rostom with her most famous hair style, and commonly worn-style dress, while in the background, a drawing with her most famous roles. One of them, “Narges” the cold drinks vendor in Youssef Chahine’s drama “Bab El-Hadid” (The Iron Gate), co-starring Farid Shawqi and Youccef Chahine. 

The beautiful seductive icon was born in Alexandria under the name of Nariman Murad. Her first appearance on the silver screen was at the age of 16, in the film Azhaar wa Ashwak (Flowers and Thorns). However, she started gaining wide fame due to her a role in “Banat el Lail” (Women of the Night).

Throughout her journey, Rostom took part in 80 films, where she was known to be a beauty icon, with enchanting looks.

She decided to step down from the limelight and retire in 1979, as she wanted her audience to keep remembering her as the shining, seductive superstar. Ever since, she turned down every invitation for a media appearance or an honorary ceremony.

The beauty icon died in 2011 following a heart attack.

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Symphony of Colour, Compassion: Wissam Fahmy’s latest art scene enriched portraits Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:35:05 +0000 One of most influential female contemporary artists in Egypt in 20th century who carved their names in history of Egyptian art

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For five decades, veteran Egyptian artist Wissam Fahmy has been an ongoing source of enrichment to the artistic scene in Egypt with heart-touching gems that documented her journey in crossing the world since the 1960s. At the age of 79, the active artist still brings a new perspective of beauty to light through the paintings of her latest exhibitions, “Symphony of Colour & Compassion”.

With the attendance of Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, Hala Al-Saeed, the exhibition opened its doors to the public at the Salah Taher Ballroom in the Cairo Opera House.

Following the same path of Fahmy’s previous exhibitions, the profit of sold portraits are to be donated to Magdy Yaqoub’s Foundation, Aswan Heart’s Centre and Dr. Mohamed Ghoneim’s Urology, Nephrology International Mansoura Centre International Centre for Kidney Diseases and Research in Mansoura.

At the opening ceremony, Fahmy’s daughter, Rand Fouad, who is also an artist, asserted that the exhibition is a chronicle to the veteran artist’s long history.

“This is a tribute exhibition to a brilliant artist, yet it is also an event that paves the way to achieving sustainable development in Egypt,” she said, explaining, “the demonstration of this exhibition is the largest combined effort of private and public institutions as well as charitable organisations, in the arts.”

For a week, the exhibition will bring the world new abstract art portraits, with bright contrasting colours, spreading the vibes of warmth, sheer, and positivity.


Fahmy is a pioneer of modern Egyptian art, with paintings that explore various styles inspired by her travels across Egypt and around the world, from the 1960’s to date. The opening of the exhibition witnessed Fahmy’s signing of her book in which she documents her artistic journey, where she documented what she has seen in the world for decades.

She is considered one of the most influential female contemporary artists in Egypt in the 20th century who carved their names in the history of Egyptian art.

At the age of 17, Fahmy dropped out of high school to marry her sweet heart, life-time partner, architect Ezz Eldin Fouad. However, five years later, after giving birth to her second baby, she decided to peruse her passion and study arts at the Leonardo da Vinci Art Institute in Cairo, which later became the Faculty of Fine Arts.

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How German women obtained the right to vote 100 years ago Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:24:00 +0000 The post How German women obtained the right to vote 100 years ago appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Women won the right to vote in Germany on November 12, 1918. A look back at the activists who contributed to this achievement and why there’s still much to be done in the country to really claim equal rights.Men are too emotional to vote, feminist US author Alice Duer Miller wrote back in 1915.

"Their conduct at baseball games and political conventions shows this, while their innate tendency to appeal to force renders them particularly unfit for the task of government," the US activist argued in her book Are Women People?

She listed four more arguments why men should be barred from voting, in an ironic response to arguments just as absurd that were used to forbid women from voting at the time. Her essay was part of a increasingly louder movement protesting discrimination against women.

Long battle for equality

In 1791, French playwright and women's rights activist Olympe de Gouges wrote the "Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen" — and her demands and ideas led to her arrest and beheading at the guillotine two years later.

Some visionaries demanded equality for women very early on, and Olympe de Gouges was one of them, says legal historian Anna Katharina Mangold, adding however that the women's movement only developed as a political movement in the mid-19th century.

It wasn't even about the vote at the beginning, Mangold says, but about basic legal rights. "Women were not persons on a legal level, they were not regarded as legally competent to sign contracts; they had to be represented by a man, be it father, husband or a close male relative."

Women in Germany were fed up with that situation. Before World War I, the mood in the women's movement was optimistic, thanks to early achievements.

The movement was more or less on hold during the war, only to become stronger than ever by the end of the conflict.

Women stood side by side with men in many wartime situations. They also took on men's jobs in factories, "so it had become much more difficult to explain why they still couldn't vote," the historian says. Just before the war ended, women's suffrage supporters thought they had finally reached their goal.

Suffrage in Germany

In his 1917 Easter speech, German Emperor Wilhelm II announced plans for democratic reforms, including the vote. But he didn't mention women's suffrage at all, which angered the activists.

The women movement's different wings — including bourgeois middle-class and leftist activists — joined forces and moved into the spotlight with petitions, assemblies and other joint actions.

By November 12, 1918, the legal basis for women's right to vote was in place. The Council of People's Deputies — the government at the time — announced that all elections for public office would be conducted according to the same secret, direct and general right to vote for men and women at least 20 years of age. Women were therefore allowed to participate in the first elections of the Weimar Republic in January 1919.

The Germans weren't trailblazers, however, as the right to vote for women had been introduced in several Scandinavian countries a few years earlier. Other countries introduced women's suffrage much later.

"Switzerland, a deeply democratic country that is always called a model of direct democracy in Europe, only introduced women's right to vote on a federal level in 1971, and one Swiss canton, Appenzell Innerrhoden, only established female suffrage in 1991," Anna Katharina Mangold points out.

A work in progress

While Germany's law of 1918 was a milestone in the struggle of women for equality, the wording of Article 109, paragraph 2 of the Weimar Constitution still left room for interpretation. Since it stated that men and women basically have the same civic rights and duties, "on a legal level, you can always argue that 'basically' refers to potential exceptions, and many exceptions would be applied," says the historian. Female suffrage was for instance restricted under the Nazis.

It was only in 1949 that the law was changed through the new German constitution, known as the Basic Law, with Article 3 stating that men and women have equal rights.

In the early 1990s, a second sentence was added to that article, declaring, "The state shall promote the actual implementation of equal rights for women and men and take steps to eliminate disadvantages that now exist."

"This second sentence clearly shows that it is not enough to grant formally equal rights; they actually have to be implemented, as the Basic Law states. That is the phase in which we currently are," says Mangold.

As demonstrated by victims of sexual harassment speaking out through the #MeToo movement, or through Germany's current law banning abortion "advertising," it is clear that women still do not have the same status as men.

"You only need to take a look at how rape trials are conducted," says Mangold. "Law is a conservative science that is still predominantly occupied and practiced by men who fear losing something. That's why absolutely basic rights that are to be protected by the state, such as physical integrity, are being called into question."

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Michael Jackson’s black jacket sold for $298,000 Sun, 11 Nov 2018 18:32:55 +0000 Jacket was sold around three times more its asked price

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Legendary megastar Michael Jackson’s black jacket, which he wore in his first solo tour in late 80’s, was sold for $298,000 at an auction in New York, according to Reuters.

The jacket was sold around three times more its asked price, which was expected to be $100,000. The black jacket was the one Jackson constantly wore at his international tour which was 1987-1989. The jacket was sold in a two-day auction held by the owner Milton Verret, and American businessperson and philanthropist who owns the jacket as a part of almost a hundred-piece collection of rock music.

The auction also sold belongings of other megastars like Madonna, and guitars played by iconic stars like Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and U2 band members The Edge and Bono.

Jackson lost his life in 2009 at the age of 50 due to an overdose of an anaesthetic he was using as a sleep aid.

The jacket is one of the Jackson’s most famous Jacksons, with the black and red leather jacket which was previously sold for $1.8 million at an auction in 2011.

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Seven tombs unearthed in Saqqara, bringing world’s first mummified scarabs to light Sat, 10 Nov 2018 21:28:07 +0000 Discovery was sponsored by Orascom Investment, were thousands of relics belonging to animals and Egyptian gods were found

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The Ministry of Antiquities announced on Saturday the discovery of eight 8 tombs, four of which belong to the Old Kingdom, while the three were reused in the New Kingdom, and the remaining one is still sealed without knowing the exact era it belongs to. The tombs were discovered by Egyptian archaeological mission, on the western side of Giza’s Saqqara necropolis.

The discovery was announced at the Saqaara necropolis near the seven tombs, with the attendance of 30 foreign ambassadors and cultural attaches of many embassies, and is also sponsored by Orascom Investment. Thousands of relics belonging to animals and Egyptian gods were also found inside the tombs.

Some of the tombs were used to bury the mummified cats, while one of them had the name of khufu-Imhat among its carved words at the beginning of it. The tomb belonged to a high servant of the Royal family of the late Fifth Dynasty and the beginning of Sixth Dynasty.  Khufu-Imhat was the General Supervisor of the Royal buildings at that era.

The Minister of Antiquities, khaled Anany, said in a press conference that the tombs were full of mummified animals. Two hundred mummified cats were unearthed out of the seven tombs. Anany added that area is full of surprises and a lot discoveries that are yet to see the light.

“The discoveries of this area are far from over, and I believe Saqqara is going to surprise us with more for centuries if not decades,” he added.

The discoveries were found near the cliff of an area called the Bastet, Anany declared. 

For his side, Moustafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Higher Supreme Council of Antiquities said that the importance of this discovery lies in the scarab mummies found inside the tombs.

“We found two large boxes in one of the burials, one has three layers, with total of around 200 mummified scarabs, which is the first to be found in the whole world, while the other has mummified large male and female scarabs” he said.

He added that once they found the scarabs, they contacted several museums from all over the world which all assured that them that no mummified scarabs were ever discovered, “they all agreed that they had found empty mummification boxes, yet with no body inside,” he explained.

For entomologists, this is a treasure that would attract scientists from all over the world, he added.

Waziri stressed that this is the biggest find in the area so far. He also expressed his pride of finding this discovery by Egyptian hands. “We have over 250 foreign archaeological missions in Egypt, yet for such a discovery to see the light by the hand of one of the 25 Egyptian archaeological missions, that is something that calls for pride,” he asserted.

In the tombs of the ‘holy animals’ land, as Waziri describes it, the mission discovered hundreds of  animal sarcophagus for cobras, cats, and crocodiles. The mission also found funerary equipment buried inside the tombs.

“Some of the found relics are statues for animals while others are mummies wrapped in their linen fabric,” Waziri explained. 

Two days before announcing the discovery, while workers were preparing for the press conference, the mission came across another sealed cemetery whose era is yet unidentified.  Waziri further stated that two huge discoveries were found in Upper Egypt, yet they are being prepared to be announced to the world soon.

The artefacts will be displayed at Imhotep Museum of Saqqara starting from 15 November for a month for free, before they are distributed across the museums depending on the need of each, with putting in plan the museums of Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada.

All photos taken by Asmaa Gamal

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Scientists reveal Hatshepsut died of cancer at 50 Tue, 06 Nov 2018 19:29:21 +0000 Hatshepsut buried at Valley of Kings in Luxor, interred in KV20 tomb along with her father, believed to be valley’s first tomb

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Thousands of years after her death, scientists revealed that ancient Egyptian female pharaoh Hatshepsut died of cancer at the age of 50, according to Hussein Abdel Basser, director of Antiquities Museum of Bibliotheca Alexandria.

The statement came during a lecture held on Monday at the Bibliotheca, entitled ‘Pharaohs’ Queens: The Drama of Love and Power.’

Abdel Baser said in the lecture that the second female pharaoh also suffered from diabetes.

The female queen was the fifth pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty, and the second female ruler in the history.

She was described as “the first great woman in history of whom we are informed,” according to Egyptologist James Breasted.

Scientists also discovered that Hatshepsut had bone cancer, which has spread throughout her body shortly before her death.

She was the wife of Thutmose II, and the mother of the following ruler Thutmose III, whom she ruled alongside, as he was only 2-years-old when his father died.

Hatshepsut was buried at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, interred in the KV20 tomb along with her father, which is believed to be the first tomb in the valley.


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Deutsche Grammophon: 120 years old but not treading softly Tue, 06 Nov 2018 14:13:00 +0000 The post Deutsche Grammophon: 120 years old but not treading softly appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

The world’s oldest recording label is celebrating its 120th anniversary on November 6 with a concert in the Berlin Philharmonie. A glance back at how the “yellow label” wrote music history.Founded in December 1898 in Hanover, the recording company known worldwide by its German name, Deutsche Grammophon (DG), is as old as the recording industry itself. The founders were the American Emil Berliner — born in Hanover and the inventor of the shellac disk and the gramophone — and his brother Josef. Berliner's disk was a further development of the cylinder that had been patented by Thomas Edison.

The music world was quick to pick up on the new technology: As early as 1902, the great Italian tenor Enrico Caruso was singing into a horn to have his voice captured for posterity. Many more followed. By 1907, the record factory in Hanover had 200 record pressing machines.

Many names, one tradition

In the decades to follow, many names were associated with Deutsche Grammophon: the Gramophone Company, Polydor, Siemens & Halske, Telefunken, Archiv Produktionen, Polygram. The company was affiliated with some, founded others and was taken over by yet others. Today Deutsche Grammophon belongs to the Universal Music Group, but the label's original name remains, as does its sometimes decades-long relationships with artists.

In 1913 came the first complete recording of an orchestral work: Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony was released on four disks, both sides recorded, with Arthur Nikisch conducting the Berlin Philharmonic.

Two world wars led to bitter setbacks in the company's history. During World War I, DG was separated from its affiliate, the Gramophone Company in England, and the allies banned its recordings from export.

Before World War II, Nazi policies resulted not only in the banning of Jewish artists but also the destruction of countless of their recordings: an irretrievable loss for music history.

Read more: A 20th century giant: 100 years of Leonard Bernstein

Times change, people adapt

The iconic yellow label came only in the postwar era. DG had to reinvent itself, and it did, by gathering some of the greatest names in the business, such as the conductors Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm and Wilhelm Furtwängler and the singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, to name but a few. The returns from the big names enabled the company to pursue other activities, such as on the sub-label "Archiv Produktion," whose recordings of baroque music were appreciated worldwide.

The development of the Compact Disc in the early 1980s led to an upswing in the recording industry's fortunes. After having reached saturation, the market was eager for the new technology, and many older releases were digitally remastered.

The company has responded to wide-reaching transformation in the digital age, placing its recordings on streaming services including Apple Music and Amazon.

Yet in Germany, DG still releases 80 percent of its classical music output on recording media such as the CD and repopularized vinyl. Only 20 percent is distributed by purely digital means. Consumer preferences in the US are different, with 55 percent of classical music releases now distributed on digital platforms.

Enduring values still in trend

Deutsche Grammophon's president Clemens Trautmann sees "in the confusing variety of available music experiences in the digital age, a need for enduring values and orientation, which is leading to a renaissance of classical music."

That does not exclude new genres or performance venues, such as neo-classical music or the "classical lounge," where serious artists perform in relaxed club settings, their performances streamed live.

In general, says Trautmann, the trend today is towards individualistic and unique musical renditions — and the boundaries between the media are becoming fluid. Musicians now disseminate their artistry via multiple media channels, including the social media. Thus there's a good chance that the "yellow label" will be around for some time to come.

The 120th anniversary of Deutsche Grammophon will be celebrated at the Berlin Philharmonie on November 6 with a special concert. The performance conducted by Manfred Honeck and featuring pianist Lang Lang and violinist Concert: 120 Years of Deutsche Grammophon will be streamed live online.

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Montpellier: Culture by the Coast Tue, 06 Nov 2018 08:23:00 +0000 The post Montpellier: Culture by the Coast appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

History, art and fine dining by the sea – no wonder visitors fall in love with Montpellier. The city in southern France is popular with its resident student population, and visitors from across the globe alike.

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Grand Egyptian Museum receives another collection of Tutankhamen’s belongings Mon, 05 Nov 2018 19:29:16 +0000 Antiquities belong to several ancient Egyptian eras varying from Egypt’s Old Kingdom until Late period

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The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) received on Monday a new shipment of 614 relics including King Tutankhamen’s belongings from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, the Ministry of Antiquities announced in a press release.

The shipment held 11 relics of the young king’s personal possessions, to become part of the museum’s displays, which are planning to showcase Tutankhamen’s complete collection.

The museum’s soft opening is planned to take place early 2020.

The antiquities belong to several ancient Egyptian eras varying from Egypt’s Old Kingdom until the Late period.

Osama Abou El-Khier, the executive manager of the GEM Restoration Department said in a press release that the rare Tutankhamen’s garlands were transferred to be displayed in the museum.

He added that that all of the relics are to undergo restoration, each depending on its state.

Among the transferred relics are a statue of one of the Fifth Dynasty royal palace’s important men, and a portrait belonging to the 26th Dynasty which features the sphinx.

Throughout the past two years, almost most of Tutankhamen’s relics were transferred to the GEM, and the remains are planned to be transferred by the end of this year.

Earlier in May, the Ministry of Antiquities, with the help of armed forces, transferred the sixth and last of Tutankhamen’s chariots from the Military Museum at the Citadel to its final display location at the GEM.

The ministry announced then that it successfully transferred 4,800 relics from all over Egypt, preparing to showcase them all together at the GEM.

The young pharaoh started his reign at the age of nine and died 10 years later at the age of 19.

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Australia relaxes working holiday visa restrictions Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:12:00 +0000 The post Australia relaxes working holiday visa restrictions appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Australia’s government plans to relax restrictions for backpackers and other visitors on working holidays visas, which will allow them to stay a year longer and also work in more regions around the country. The plan is aimed at largely helping the rural Aussie farmers who are struggling to fill critical job shortages. It will also boost local economies, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday. "Backpackers can come and have a great time, but every dollar they earn helps those regions," Morrison told reporters at a strawberry farm in south-east Queensland. "All the money goes back into regional towns creating more and more jobs… I want to see more than a billion dollars being spent by backpackers in regional areas."

According to government figures, some 419,000 backpackers visited Australia last year and spent 1.4 million nights in regional areas where they spent 920 million dollars (661 million US dollars). In Australia, the government gives working holiday visas (also called 417 or 462 visas), to people of specific age and from specific countries to stay, travel and work in Australia for a specific time. According to the Home Affairs Department, Australia granted 210,456 such working holiday visas in 2017-18 (ending in June 30 this year). Germany was among the top two recipient countries, with some 23,867 receiving the visa. The previous year, 25,704 received the visa.

According to the new plan backpackers will no longer have to leave jobs every six months and will be able to triple the length of their stay if they do extra agricultural work. The age limit for working holiday visas for some countries has also been lifted from 30 to 35.Last week a survey published by the University of New South Wales found that most international students and backpackers working in Australia earned only a fraction of the minimum wage. "Our study confirms that Australia has a large, silent underclass of underpaid migrant workers," said UNSW lecturer Bassina Farbenblum. "The scale of unclaimed wages is likely well over a billion dollars."

is/ks (dpa, afp)

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New Cairo’s Platinum Club hosts IFCC for equestrians to boost cultural integration Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:00:33 +0000 Event’s concept is friendly show jumping tour, includes 1.30 Class competitions with $5,000 prize money, held in participating countries’ clubs

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Under slogan “Equestrian Competition for Cultural Integration,” New Cairo’s Platinum Club hosted the International Friendly Club Competition (IFCC) for equestrians from 1 to 3 November for the first time in Egypt.

The event’s concept is a friendly show jumping tour which includes 1.30 Class competitions with $5,000 prize money which are held in the participating countries’ clubs. Last June the competition was in the Derby Club, Saint Petersburg.

The IFCC participant countries are Russia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Jordan, India and Egypt. The schedule included riding, sightseeing, entertainment, and other activities.

Show jumping is an equestrian sport which involves navigating a course of jumps set up inside a ring, a stadium designed for equestrian events. In a show jumping event, the stamina, speed, and flexibility of the horse are tested, along with the relationship that the horse has with its rider. Competition rankings are determined by the number of faults accumulated, and the overall speed with which the course is completed.

Depending on the style of show jumping, the course may be made simple or complex. The highest level of show jumping, called Grand Prix, features complex and intimidating obstacles which include a wide spread, meaning that the horse has to jump high and long, and obstacles like hedges and ditches. It was the first time for Egypt to host 1.30 Class Competitions.

Chairperson of the Egyptian Equestrian Federation, Hesham Hatab, Saudi businessperson, Khaled Bin Laden, and chairperson of Al Ahly for Real Estate Development, Hussein Sabbour. attended the event and received honorary awards.

Daily News Egypt had the chance to interview several figures attending the event, the transcript for which is below lightly edited for clarity:

General manager of Platinum Club 

Hassan Souka, general manager of Platinum Club, said that the club, built on 28 feddan, has about 12 activities, including equestrian, swimming, squash and others. The club has about 200 equestrians from different ages. Souka explained that the Platinum Club’s Equicare Riding Centre, headed by Khaled Assem, agreed with a number of clubs from five countries to launch the IFCC over several rounds. Each country will host a round of the competition annually. The first round was held in Jordan, the second in Russia, and the third in Egypt, while the coming round will be in India. It was the first time for Egypt to host the competition and Platinum was the first Egyptian club to participate in an international club championship for equestrian, Souka added.

Moreover, Souka said that Platinum hosted the 2017 World Modern Pentathlon Championships which included about 350 players. The club will also host the first stage of 2019 Modern Pentathlon World Cup which will include about 450-550 players.

He said that the club won 38 medals in the Cairo and Giza national competitions for Judo. Also, three of the club female Judo players were nominated to join Egypt national under-16 team, including Laila Hesham, Laila Gharabawy, and Sohila Hassan.

Head of Equicare Riding Centre

Khaled Assem is a former equestrian and has a company specialised in supplying equestrian products and planning international competitions. Assem believes that equestrian became an industry, not just sport, as it requires funding and involves other activities.

He said that Egyptian equestrian is of a big developments and started to attract more attention.

However, “it needs certain types of people who are patient and can deal with animals. It is an expensive sport, but it builds a very special generation of players,” Assem said.

He stressed that development of the equestrian industry needs continuity, funding, and developing good ideas. He pointed out that the Egyptian Equestrian Federation (EEF) “does its best” to support Egyptian riders and clubs, but after all it is a governmental institution which governs the sport. “Only the private sector can really push forward equestrian in Egypt through offering funds and sponsoring competitions.

South African team

Southern Riding Club represented South Africa in the IFCC. Southern, founded in 1993, is owned and run by Eric Bianchi. He is the chairperson of the South African Equestrian Association (SAEA), an International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) coach, and an International course designer.

Bianchi praised the well-organised competition, saying that it was an outstanding event and that the horses given to their riders were of good quality. It was the second time for Bianchi to visit Egypt as he visited Sharm el-Sheikh several years ago. He pointed out that equestrian is still developing in Egypt. He believes that Egypt has high standard equestrians and the Egyptian riders who participated in the IFCC were talented and can compete internationally.

In South Africa, equestrian competitions focus fundamentally on entry levels, including 1 metre and 1.10 metres classes. The IFCC is more about the unification of youth around the world, and giving them an opportunity to practice sports.

He said that the IFCC was launched in 2014 in South African, and toured the participating countries reaching Egypt, and it will go to India next.

Former Egyptian equestrian

Aya Amr, an Egyptian former equestrian in E class, attended the IFCC tour’s leg in Cairo. Supported by her mother, Amr, 24, inherited her passion for horses further and joined the Equestrian Club of Gezira (ECG) where she became a professional rider.

Amr’s equestrian journey lasted for 10 years before she retired last year. She competed in several national championships and ranked third in season 2015/16.

Amr believes that Platinum Club’s hosting of the IFCC reflects a great progress of the game in Egypt which can contribute to improving Egyptian equestrians on an international scale.

Miss Egypt Heba Hesham

Miss Egypt Heba Hesham attended the IFCC to present the trophies to the winners. Hesham—who now works as a fashion designer—said that she always liked the concept of being a knight, noting that it is about manners, courage and proper representation, which is the same point of beauty queens. “It is not only about the outer beauty but also the inner beauty.”

Hesham asserted that she was honoured to come and watch this type of elegant sport. She believes that equestrian needs more attention, especially that Egypt and Arab countries are known for Arabian horses which are among the best horse breeds in the world.

She pointed out that public figures and celebrities’ presence in such sports events is very important as they add some value to the competition, and attract the public’s interest, especially in Egypt, to follow it.

Hesham participated in a previous UN-related campaign to raise awareness about the problems facing animals worldwide. She called for more help from the government to educate people about the accurate ways to treat animals. She noted that almost all campaigns and efforts created to protect animals are charitable and on an individual basis, so they are limited and require governmental intervention.

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Vandalism and neglect haunt Libya's UNESCO World Heritage sites Mon, 05 Nov 2018 10:41:00 +0000 The post Vandalism and neglect haunt Libya's UNESCO World Heritage sites appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Graffiti covers the ruins of Cyrene in eastern Libya, a city founded by Greeks more than 2,600 years ago that once attracted tourists but is now neglected and the target of vandals.Insecurity and looting has hit Libya's archaeological sites in the chaos and fighting that has followed the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, as rival groups struggle to consolidate control of the country.

Libya is home to five of UNESCO's World Heritage sites, listed for their outstanding universal value. The sites include the ruins of the Roman city of Leptis Magna and Sabratha, which is famous for its amphitheatre. There are also prehistoric rock carvings in the Akakous mountains deep in the southern Sahara desert near the border with Algeria.

In the east, tourists once trekked to Cyrene, a site founded by Greeks and later expanded by Romans, nestled in the mountains some 200 km (124 miles) east of Benghazi. But with foreign tourists gone and the sites visited only by Libyan families on weekend trips, locals have seized land at the sites and vandals have even smeared graffiti on columns and walls.

That presents a challenge to local authorities trying to protect the ruins located in the small community of Shahat. "In Cyrene, instead of speaking to one owner, now we speak to 50 with different backgrounds," said Ahmad Hussein, the head of the antiquities department of a parallel administration in charge of eastern Libya. "Some of the owners have built houses on these sites," he said.

The challenge is worsened by a law in 2013 that allowed people to reclaim land confiscated under Gaddafi. Some people took that literally and annexed what they felt they deserved. Hussein wants to hold those who seized land accountable. The effort to preserve ruins is further hampered by the fact that Libya has two governments. One administration backed by the United Nations sits in Tripoli, while the east has a parallel government. In a rare positive sign, Hussein said that about 1,700 artifacts had been returned since 2011 after they were looted inside the country. Many other items are smuggled abroad though.

Leptis Magna in northwestern Libya has been able to escape vandalism thanks to local history fans and relative security at its location near the city of Misrata. Sabratha has been repeatedly hit by fighting between rival factions and UNESCO last year issued an appeal to protect the site. The site received no help.

In the capital Tripoli, a lone director is trying to preserve some 18 Roman graves, dating back some 1,700 years which were found in 1958 in the western suburb of Janzour. "There is no support for this site," said al-Amari Ramadan Mabrouk, director of the Janzour antiquities office. Libyan families come occasionally but otherwise spiders and dust cover the graves. "I cannot give a number for tourists who visit Libya … but I can say that, before 2011, tourism was popular in Libya," he said.

Ayman al-Warfalli (rtr)

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Celebrating his 107 birthday: Naguib Mahfouz’s new stories see light Sun, 04 Nov 2018 12:00:25 +0000 Short stories will be published in book under title of ‘Hams El-Nogoom’

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Eighteen short stories of late Nobel Prize winner novelist Naguib Mahfouz are to be published on his birthday on 11 December. Mahfouz’s daughter, Um Kolthoum, announced that the stories are to be published by the Lebanese publishing house Dar Al-Saqi.

The stories were originally discovered by culture journalist Mohamed Shoair, while he was searching through Mahfouz’s writings, and articles in which Shoair chronicles Mahfouz’s most controversial novels “Awlad Haretna” (Children of Gebelawi).

The short stories will be published in a book under the title of “Hams El-Nogoom” (Whispering of the Stars).

Shoair found the stories written by Mahfouz’s hand, titled with “for publishing in 1994”. Some of them were published by state-owned magazine, Nisfeldunia, whilst others never saw the light before. None of the stories were ever published in any book.

The publishing house announced that the stories’ copy rights are all to be dedicated to Mahfouz through his daughter’s approval.

As for Um Kilthoum, she told state owned media outlet AL-Ahram, that the offer received by the Lebansese publishing house is considered “the best and the most appropriate” from all of what she had received.

Rania El-Mo’alem, manager of Dar Al-Saqi told media outlets that Um-Kolthoum was the one who decided the name of the published book, which is originally a name of one of the written stories named by Naguib Mahfouz.

The Children of Gebelawi was published in 1959. The novel portrays the patriarch Gebelawi who retreats to a mansion he has built in an oasis in the middle of a barren desert, banishing his children. The book is an allegory for the series of prophets that Islam believes includes Jesus and Moses, and culminates in the Prophet Mohammed.

First serialised in Egyptian newspapers in 1959, it was banned in Egypt. In 1994, an attacker inspired by a militant clerics ruling that the novel was blasphemous, stabbed Mahfouz.

Throughout his 70-year career, Mahfouz  published over 150 short stories, 34 novel.

Born on December 11, 1911 in Cairo, the son of a merchant, Mahfouz was the youngest son in a family of four sisters and two brothers. He obtained his philosophy degree from Cairo University at the age of 23, at a time when many Egyptians had only a primary education. He worked in the government at a cultural section until his retirement in 1971.


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“In”significance: art exhibition detects life of tossed objects Sat, 03 Nov 2018 20:08:12 +0000 When I walk down the streets and come across remains piled up on the sidewalk, I cant help but think of the stories behind those scraps: says artist

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Throughout her life, a simple walk down the street is considered a mind-blogging journey in the life of young artist Eman Hussein. Noticing the substances thrown on the street the sidewalks, has always been the one thing she could not take her mind off. Thinking of their life journey, people who once owned them and their future, were her mixed thoughts which overtook her mind, leading her to express these thoughts in the paintings of her first solo exhibition, “In”significance.

“In”significance is an abstract art exhibition, taking place at Zamalek’s Ubuntu Art Gallery. For two weeks, Hussein showcased portraits which allowed visitors to deeply roam the journey of the left-behind street objects, which she calls treasures, away from the state of time and dimension. 

In Hussein’s eyes, the waste materials are actually ‘fractured treasures,’ which are left behind broken, bent, or different from their original shape and purpose.

“Used objects move me. I find so much unseen value in them, they have our finger prints and traces, and they keep changing through time in different forms and shapes. This is what interests me the most,” Hussein told Daily News Egypt.

“When I walk down the street to find an old shoe, a piece of wood, a timeworn, falling apart closet, I could not help but thinking of the tales these fragments have had, and the human stories they witnessed,” she added.

“Insignificant as they may seem, but in their transient state, those scraps hold glimpses that belonged to the lives of those who tossed them behind,” as Hussein describes the objects which inspired her during the opening of the exhibition.

In her exhibition, Hussein focused on objects in their transition forms, tracing the changing states after humans are done using them.

“When we throw a certain substance away, our connections ends with it. However, its life circle doesn’t. In my drawings, I aim to present their transition forms until they totally vanish into nothing, just like human beings,” she explained.    

From her point of view, these thrown away objects are what represent the true meaning of human beings, change statuses, and eventually life. 

In her paintings, Hussein features the timeworn objects mostly in geometric shapes. As an architect, her drawings have the unique element of layering colours, shapes and structures one over another.    

“Subjects which are in transit position, usually lose their identity. I believe that geometric shapes are what present that the most,” she explained.

When it comes to shades, vibrant colours dominate the portraits. Layered on top of loose calm backgrounds, Hussein believes that applying such a contrast, presents all what humans are about, which also reaches their objects.

For almost a year, the young artist has been working on the 27 showcase portraits.  “In”significance  runs until 14 November.

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Wilderness: Exhibit explores artists' longing for a lost paradise Fri, 02 Nov 2018 15:55:00 +0000 The post Wilderness: Exhibit explores artists' longing for a lost paradise appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

More than half of the animal kingdom has been wiped out since 1970, according to the WWF. A timely exhibition in Frankfurt — “Wilderness” — features art works that celebrates the wild, untamed and unculivated.In the 21st century, wilderness is more mythical than real, with very few blank spots left on world maps that have not been disturbed by human civilization.

In response, Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt has dedicated an entire exhibition to the increasingly obsolete notion of "Wilderness," with a display of works spanning more than a century that include paintings, photography and computer simulations.

Read more: 2018 wildlife photography winners highlight nature's beauty

Seemingly natural

Much of the artwork on show originates at the peak of industrialization when there was an increased longing for untouched wilderness. According to Schirn Kunsthalle director Philipp Demandt, pristine nature has long been held up in contrast to humankind's "overly controlled" world.

Yet the term wilderness has also long had held negative connotations. According the Demandt, it has long been associated with "darkness and danger," for example, with artists often portraying towering mountains, precipitous rock formations, dark forests and waterfalls, even into the Romance period in the late 19th century when the beauty of and mankind's longing for nature had become the focus.

The museum's curator Esther Schlicht travelled to the US, Africa and across Europe to find the 34 works of widely varying artists now presented at Schirn Kunsthalle. The works span a period of more than 100 years.

Read more: King of the Animals: the Willhem Kuhnert retrospective

International perspectives

Contemporary artists often take a different point of view to impressionistic landscape painters of the past, for instance, with an approach much more critical of civilization, sometimes taking a clear political stand.

Many artists deliberately left their studios to paint in the wild, others were inspired during their travels by nature left untouched.

The unique thematic exhi­bi­tion presents works of art from 1900 to the present, with the 30 artists on show inlcuding Tacita Dean, Mark Dion, Jean Dubuf­fet, Max Ernst, Asger Jorn, Geor­gia O’Keeffe, Gerhard Richter, Frank Stella, Thomas Struth, Henri Rous­seau und Carle­ton E. Watkins.

Click on the picture gallery for a selection of works by some of these revered international artists.

"Wilderness" runs November 2 through February 3, 2019.

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2018 International Highrise Award goes to Mexico's Torre Reforma Thu, 01 Nov 2018 12:09:00 +0000 The post 2018 International Highrise Award goes to Mexico's Torre Reforma appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

The Frankfurt-based tip-top architecture prize described the winning skyscraper in Mexico City as “the world’s most innovative highrise.” Architect L. Benjamin Romano designed the building with earthquakes in mind.The Frankfurt-based international architecture prize recognizing excellence in skyscraper design was unanimously awarded to the office building Torre Reforma in Mexico City, the jury announced on Thursday.

The jury of the International Highrise Award (Internationaler Hochhaus Preis; IHP) praised L. Benjamin Romano's 246-meter (807-foot) tall building for its "intelligent support structure" against the city's frequent earthquakes, which also lends the office building its "striking appearance."

"Benjamin Romano takes the Aztec building traditions up and interprets them in a modern way," the jury added in its award decision.

The group of architecture experts also highlighted the exemplary financing behind Torre Reforma: "The group of investors in Torre Reforma … considers their projects as long-term investments and therefore places emphasis on careful planning, high-quality materials and perfect detailing. This forward-looking economic approach also affects the architectural design positively and could thereby also serve as a blueprint for successful projects beyond Mexico’s borders."

Romano described the IHP prize as "especially valuable because it comes from my peers … who can appreciate not only a building on itself but the inherent financial, structural, environmental and normative challenges. I believe that the best architecture is the one that finds the answer to these challenges."

A high honor in architecture

The IHP goes to building "that combines exemplary sustainability, external shape and internal spatial quality, not to mention social aspects, to create a model design."

Eligible skyscrapers must be at least 100 meters (328 feet) tall and must have been built within the past two years.

The award has been bestowed every two years since 2004 by the City of Frankfurt, the German Architecture Museum and DekaBank. The winning design team of planners and developers receives a €50,000 ($56,900) prize and a statuette made by German artist Thomas Demand.

In 2016, Danish architect Bjarke Ingel's pyramid-like building in Manhattan took home the prize.

Romano's 2018 winning design was one of five finalists, with the others located in Bangkok, Beirut, Beijing and Singapore. They had been selected out of 36 nominations from 15 countries.

All the nominated projects will be exhibited from November 3 through March 3, 2019, at the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt as part of the exhibition, "Best Highrises 2018/19 – International Highrise Award 2018."

Take a look at the 2018 prize finalists in our picture gallery at the top of the page.

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Palau plans sunscreen ban to save coral Thu, 01 Nov 2018 11:02:00 +0000 The post Palau plans sunscreen ban to save coral appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau will ban “reef-toxic” sunscreens from 2020 in what it claims is a world-first initiative to stop chemical pollution killing its famed corals.Palau, which lies in the western Pacific about halfway between Australia and Japan, is regarded as one of the world's best diving destinations, but the government is concerned its popularity is coming at a cost. A spokesman for President Tommy Remengesau said there was scientific evidence that the chemicals found in most sunscreens are toxic to corals, even in minute doses.

He said Palau's dive sites typically hosted about four boats an hour packed with tourists, leading to concerns a build-up of chemicals could see the reefs reach tipping point. "On any given day that equates to gallons of sunscreen going into the ocean in Palau's famous dive spots and snorkelling places," he said. "We're just looking at what we can do to prevent pollution getting into the environment."

The government has passed a law banning "reef-toxic" sunscreen from January 1, 2020. Anyone importing or selling banned sunscreen from that date faces a fine of 1,000 US Dollar, while tourists who bring it into the country will have it confiscated.

The US state of Hawaii announced a ban on reef toxic sunscreens in May this year, but it does not come into force until 2021, a year after Palau's.

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Darb 1718’s ‘Something Else-Off Biennale’ exhibition Thu, 01 Nov 2018 09:00:43 +0000 Expo will run for 45 days, connecting Egyptian artists with international scene

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Darb 1718 is pleased to announce the opening of its second edition of the ‘Something Else’, an Off-Biennale group show, starting from 1 November and running for 45 days.

The show is curated by Simon Nijami, with artistic direction from Egyptian visual artist and cultural activist Moataz Nasreldin, and will include over 90 artists from Egypt and around the world.

Over 100 local and international artists will present works at the ‘Something Else-Off Biennale’ art festival, taking place at Darb 1718, and other venues across Cairo.

Glenda León

This year’s theme in entitled, “What if it did not happen?” will include works that imagine a different world, if history took another path.

The list of international artists includes seven curators who worked with a selection of international artists, including Egyptian artist Yara Mekawei. Among the invited artists are 23 from Egypt. The artworks will be at Darb 1718, and other venues in downtown Cairo.

Three different openings will take place three days in a row at the festival’s various venues. on 1 November the opening will take place at Darb 1718, followed by an opening night at 6 Nabarawy street, and 29 Hoda Shaarawy street on November 2. The final opening will be on 3 November at 42 Abdel Khalek Tharwat.

Alongside the visual art exhibition, this year’s programme will present over 10 international and Egyptian performances, including two from Egypt, Aysha by Dalia Kholeif, who premiered at D-CAF earlier this year, and a playback theatre performance by the Dawar Troupe.

Film lovers can expect motion picture screenings from different corners of the world, which will be displayed at Darb 1718, as well as several partner culture institutions such as the Balassi Institute, and the Goethe Institute.

Similar to the previous edition of ‘Something Else’, a series of talks by lecturers, art experts, as well as artists will create a conducive environment for discussions and critical thinking. Attendees can also join one of the festival’s workshops, ranging from art discourses, practices, and more.

Hamdi Attia

According Rehab Ragaee, general manager (GM) of Darb 1718, in an interview with state owned media outlet, Al-Ahram Online on Thursday 25 October, regarding the context and significance of this year’s Off-Biennale event, and how it compares to last years’, she said, “this time we got a lot more organised,” adding, “one of the biggest changes is that last time the events were focused in the first week of the Biennale, with no activity throughout the rest of the month when the exhibition was still running. Now we will have more events distributed across the whole 45-day period,”

Furthermore, Darb 1718 GM’s elaborated, “artists in both segments were recommended, not chosen from an open call, as this is not a normal exhibition but a Biennale. There are seven curators, each with their own list of artists that they recommended, and worked with to respond to the theme. They were chosen by the chief curator, Simon Nijami, who is one of the top curators in the world, and internationally recognised. He was approached by Moataz Nasreldin, who wanted someone experienced. As curator, Nijami is the one who selected this year’s theme: “What if it did not happen?” Meanwhile, the independent artists were chosen by Moataz Nasreldin, but have also created works responding to the theme, so they’re all connected in that way.”

Darb 1718 is an alive and modern contemporary art space complete with two contemporary art galleries, two live performance stages, a large outdoor cinema, workshop areas, a roof lounge, and artist-in-residence studio and living space. By forming strong ties with local craftsmen; young Egyptian artists, intellectuals, and activists; and the rest of the world, Darb 1718 is maintaining a space founded on an otherwise unheard of artistic heritage, yet in stride with rapidly changing technologies and media—firmly building a network along the currents of change sweeping the world, and putting young Egyptian artists at the forefront, according to Darb 1718’s website.


All events within Cairo’s Something Else – Off Biennale

Tuesday October 30

Performance: Aysha – Dalia Kholeif (Egypt)
At Jesuit Nahda Center

Thursday 1 November

Performance: Weight Duvet , Alva Willemark (Sweden)
At Darb1718

Performance: [U = U] or [undetectable = untransmittable], Vinicius Couto (Brazil)
At Darb1718

Performance: Coton Tige – Anna Mapoubi (France)
At Darb1718

Performance: Balance & Race – Manohar Chiluveru (India)
At Darb 1718

Friday 2 November

Talk: Panel discussion with Simon Njami, Hazem El Mestekawy, Yasser Mongy and Haytham Nawar
At Darb 1718

Performance: “What is thing called an archive, really?” – Hanna Wildow (Sweden)
At Hoda Shaarawy

Collective Painting – Manohar Chiluveru (India)
At Hoda Sharaawy

Performance: BA BA IAGA – Bodies in motion- Katharina Loekenhoff and Sophia Loekenhoff (Germany)
At Hoda Shaarawy

Saturday 3 November

Performance: CRETA & Malazy – My Peaceful Space – Maristella Martella (Italy)
At Darb 1718

Talk: Art Talk with Adel Abidin (Iraq)
At Goethe Institute Dokki

Performance: Breach – Céline Burnand, Aly Khamees, Kanny Abdallah, Mohand Qader and Mohamed Bonga (Switzerland / Egypt)
At Goethe Institute (Dokki)

Sunday 4 November

12pm – 3pm
Workshop: “While waiting for something to change (we) are having fun”
workshop + installation with Lisa Batacchi (US/Italy)
4,5,6 November at Darb 1718

Talk: How Islamic Art can be used as dialogue in Contemporary Art – Adriana Czernin (Austria)
At Darb 1718

Talk: Art Talk with Curator Valentina Levy (Italy)
At Darb 1718

Talk: Improvisation” in artistic practices: is there such a thing? – Faisal Samra (Saudi Arabia)
At Darb 1718

Monday 5 November

12pm – 3pm
Workshop: “While waiting for something to change (we) are having fun”
workshop + installation with Lisa Batacchi (US/Italy)
4,5,6 November at Darb 1718

Talk: Dinosaurs, the very, very big lie – Artist talk by Karem Ibrahim
At Darb 1718

Tuesday 6 November

12pm – 3pm
Workshop: “While waiting for something to change (we) are having fun”
workshop + installation with Lisa Batacchi (US/Italy)
4,5,6 November at Darb 1718

Talk: The moment of the great shift – Art talk with Shady El-Noshakaty
At ArtTalks

Wednesday 7 November

Performance: Rapai Geleng dance – Indonesian performance (Indonesia)
At Darb 1718

Film: “Aisyah, Let Us Become Family”, 2016 – Herwin Novianto (Indonesia)
At Darb 1718

Saturday 8 November

2pm – 5pm
Workshop: Sheila Zago (Brazil)
At Darb 1718

Saturday 10 November

11am to 5pm
Workshop: Lambe-Lambe: the Brazilian paste art by Alberto Pereira
At Ezbet Khairallah

Sunday 11 and Monday 12 November

3pm to 6pm
Workshop: Wall Painting by Amaro Abreu (Brazil)
At Ezbet Khairallah

Wednesday 14 November

6pm – 7.30pm
Workshop: Conceptual Art Practices, by Rodeina Fouad (Egypt)
14 and 17 November at Darb 1718

7pm to 9pm
Workshop: Grant-writing for Artists Ati Metwaly (Egypt)
At Darb 1718

Saturday 17 November

6pm – 7.30pm
Workshop: Conceptual Art Practices, by Rodeina Fouad (Egypt)
14 and 17 November at Darb 1718

Monday 19 November

Film: “Laurence Anyways”, 2013 – Xavier Dolan (Canada)
At French Institute (Mounira)

Tuesday 20 November

Film: Frozen May, directed by Péter Lichter
At Balassi Institute

Wednesday 21 November

Talk: Private Museums in Egypt – Great Potential, Even Greater Challenges – Yasmine El Dorghamy (RAWI), Fatenn Mostafa Kanafani (ArtTalks), Nadim Elias (Sahara Printing Co.), Basel Dalloul (Noor Group)
At ArtTalks (Zamalek)

Thursday 22 November

Performance: Breach – Céline Burnand, Aly Khamees, Kanny Abdallah, Mohand Qader and Mohamed Bonga (Switzerland / Egypt)
At Darb1718

Sunday 25 November

Film: Crossworld, directed by Nur Wahid (Lebanon, 2016)
At Darb 1718

Film: Kinders, directed by Arash & Arman T. Riahi (Austria, 2016)
At Darb 1718

Friday 2 December

Performance: Playback Theather Performance – Dawar troupe
At Darb 1718

Monday 3 December

Film: Coconut Hero, directed by Florian Cossen (Germany/ Canada, 2014)
At Goethe Institute Dokki

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27th Arabic Music Festival kicks off bearing Shadia’s name Wed, 31 Oct 2018 17:49:12 +0000 74 artists from eight countries are to take part in the concerts. Tunisia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Jordan are among the participating countries in the festival

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Egypt’s Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayen, inaugurates today the 27th Arabic Music Festival in the Cairo Opera House. This year’s round honours the names of late artists Shadia, Michelle El-Masry, and violinist Saad Hassan.

For almost two weeks, 43 musical concerts are to take place on seven theatres across four governorates: Cairo, Alexandria, Damnhour and for the first time, Tanta.

74 artists from eight countries are to take part in the concerts. Tunisia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Jordan are among the participating countries in the festival.

The festival also hosts a singing competition for children and youth, that will last for three days throughout the 13-day event.

The opening event witnessed the screening of a documentary featuring the life of Egypt’s sweat heart Shadia, who died last November.

The festival is also to honour 18 Arab figures who enriched the cultural scene in the Middle East, including Tunisian singer Latifa, and Saudi Arabian artist Abdel Rab Edris. 

An exhibition titled ‘The Art of Arabic Calligraphy’ will take place during the festival including a set of abstract art portraits about Arabic music for the artist Mohammed El-Boghdady.

Hani Shaker is among the artists performing at the opening concert of the festival in Alexandria.


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Nazi slavery recalled at UNESCO-listed Völklinger Ironworks Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:49:00 +0000 The post Nazi slavery recalled at UNESCO-listed Völklinger Ironworks appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Grenades, aircraft parts and military equipment created in one of Nazi Germany’s largest steel and ironworks were the product of forced laborers. An installation by French artist Christian Boltanski remembers them.Voices whisper their names from all corners of the vast former iron foundry: women, men and children from 20 countries who were transported from across Nazi-occupied Europe and forced to work under inhumane conditions — and ultimately die — at the Völklinger Ironworks.

The French artist Christian Boltanski, in his installations "Forced Laborers" and "Memories," which are on display from November 1 at the site, reminds us of the 12,396 people taken from countries from Albania to Belgium, Bulgaria to France, from Denmark, Serbia, the Ukraine and nearly everywhere in between, to work as slaves as part of the Nazi arms build-up.

Read more: Modern slavery in Germany: Preying on the vulnerable

The installation employs the actual spoken recollections of former ironworkers, which are emitted from the numbered lockers that form the focal point for the work. Here long-suppressed memories come to life.

Worked to death

Set in the 19th century German industrial landmark, the installation also features a pile of anonymous black trousers and jackets on the floor surrounded by stacked archive boxes. The light is sparse. Here the visitor understands why, during World War II, forced laborers who were transported to Völklingen near the French border were deprived of their ID cards and made to wear a special badge. A circular forbid staff in the plant from being friendly with the prisoners: "The enemy remains the enemy," it read.

Hermann Röchling was then the head of the iron foundry and a fervent admirer of Adolf Hitler. He was a member of the senior staff of the Nazi department for the "war economy," and thus responsible for the entire armaments industry and the widespread use of imported slave labor. The deaths of 261 forced laborers, including 60 children and infants, occurred under his watch. Some of them did not see their first birthday.

Read more: South Korea court orders Japan's Nippon Steel to compensate forced laborers

Boltanski, a conceptual artist, painter, sculptor and filmmaker who is a regular at the Documenta art exhibition in Kassel and in 2011 designed the French pavilion of the 54th Biennale in Venice, creates an emotive outlet to understand this dark chapter in the history of the steel plant.

A history of slavery

The Völklinger Ironworks was once the largest manufacturer of iron girders in Germany following its foundation in 1873. It was already producing war equipment during World War I, including 90 percent of the crude steel used to build German army helmets. Forced laborers from Belgium and Italy — in addition to prisoners-of-war from France and Russia — were also employed in the steel factory at the time. Around 10 percent of these slave workers died on site; these victims are also remembered in Boltanski's installation.

"Industrial culture in all European countries was no innocent culture," said general manager and managing director of the Völklinger Hütte, Meinrad Maria Grewenig, at the opening of the installation.

Read more: Berlin's early Nazi concentration camp revisited by archaeologists

The postwar period was less controversial, with the ironworks booming in the 1960s and employing some 17,000 people before a worldwide steel crisis hit the in the mid-1970s. By 1986, the chimneys in Völklingen had stopped smoking.

In 1994, UNESCO declared the Völklinger Ironworks a World Heritage Site, the first industrial monument to be placed on the prestigious list. But while the site is the only surviving factory from the heyday of iron and steel production in 19th century Germany, the Völklinger Ironworks has a more sinister heritage upon which Christian Boltanski is again shining light.

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The Christian Boltanski installation will be on display at the Völklinger Ironworks from November 1 through August 31, 2019.

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Halloween fright films and 'tiny' terror tales Wed, 31 Oct 2018 08:49:00 +0000 The post Halloween fright films and 'tiny' terror tales appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Every year at Halloween, young people all over the world get together to celebrate — and watch horror movies! We gathered 10 of our favorite horror classics — and learn about a few other “tiny horrors.”Peter Vogl is not interested in the classics of the horror genre. There are no entries for Psycho and Halloween in Das große Buch des kleinen Horrors (The Big Book of Little Horrors).

His book, which hits stores on Halloween (October 31), instead looks at movies like Attack of the Killer Donuts, Demonic Toys or the Puppet Master film franchise.

Each are part of a genre of "tiny horror" films that have included early schlock works by celebrated directors like James Cameron (Piranha 2: The Spawning), or more renowned horror classics that feature maniacal small children, killer toys and evil diminutive beasties such as Pet Sematary, based on the Stephen King thriller, Gremlins and Child's Play.

Read more: Halloween quiz

Evil comes in all sizes

This particular horror film bible explores the hordes of celluloid ghoulies, gnomes, critters, babies, elves, gingerbread men, and all sorts of indefinable little monsters that threaten our lives, but at the same time invites audiences to laugh and gasp at the shocking ridiculousness of it all.

But while the direct-to-video horror comedy Demonic Toys is ultimately innocent schlock fun; the evil little fairies in Guillermo del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark are genuinely scary. A combination of the two should be included in any Halloween horror film night.

Reviving a lost genre

If you aren't familiar with "tiny terror" films, then you probably aren't a member of the select crowd who are obsessed with this fringe horror genre.

Most of the low budget films were made at the peak of the video rental store in the 1980s and 90s, and were released straight to video. Vogl wades into the deepest depths of trash, C film and bad amateur productions while also looking at cult exemplars of the tiny horror genre such as Puppet Master, which has had 10 remakes since debuting in 1989, including the 2018 reboot, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich.

"The films are quite often funny, too often boring, always peculiar and sometimes a bit abnormal, perverse, banal, inspiring," Vogl writes in the book. "Nearly no one – even fans of genre films – would watch such horrors voluntarily and regularly."

This Halloween might be the perfect chance to revisit some of these literal film horrors.

Peter Vogl's "Das große Buch des kleinen Horrors: Eine Film-Enzyklopädie" is available from Mühlbeyer Filmbuchverlag from October 31,2018.

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Sunken Cities: Egypt’s charming world, second exhibition in US Tue, 30 Oct 2018 16:56:45 +0000 Expo will run until April 2019 in four different states

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Egypt opened its latest overseas exhibition, ‘The Sunken Cities: Egypt’s charming world’, in the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) in the US. Moustafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), inaugurated the exhibition, which runs for the second time in the US, after it lasted for six months in Saint Louis city. The exhibition will run until April 2019.

Waziri said in his opening speech that the exhibition attracted 113,000 visitors in its first city, which is considered a “huge success”, adding that it is expected for this exhibition to attract the same number of visitors.

The exhibition displays 293 antiquities that were discovered submerged in the Mediterranean Sea, due to a severe earth quake that hit Egypt at the time. The relics belong to two main cities, located near Alexandria, that were once prominent trade centres in Egypt.

“These finds have deep scholarly significance, giving us a greater understanding of the intermingling of Egyptian and Greek politics, religion, and aesthetics, as well as ground-breaking insights on ancient secret rituals. Discovered and removed from the depths of the Mediterranean Sea, these objects transport the viewer to another time and place, with their grandeur, scale, sheer beauty, and the rich history they represent,” said Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, curator of African art and head of Mia’s Department of Arts of Africa and the Americas, in a press release.

The exhibition includes giant statues of the goddess Isis and the sphinx, as well as relics of ancient Egyptian accessories and cooking pots.

The exhibition has been touring Europe for almost four years now. It started in France in 2015, before going on to the UK, then reaching the US, where it is planned to take place in four different states.

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Saleh Reda’s ‘Retrospective’ Exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery Tue, 30 Oct 2018 12:00:49 +0000 You can take man out of Egypt, but you can never take Egypt out of man

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Born in Cairo in 1932, sculptor Saleh Reda witnessed multitudinous important national events, and cultural movements in Egypt’s modern history. He passed away earlier this year, and Egypt truly lost one of its most important artists. Reda’s two daughters along with Zamalek Art Gallery decided to commemorate his contribution to the nation’s social and cultural landscape, by curating a retrospective exhibition from the family’s art collection. The exhibition took place last month, which was met with enthusiastic success by visitors.

In the 1960s, Reda was getting bored with the repetitive Arabic folk-centric motifs, with which he had been associated and grown so popular to. Echoing contemporary artists of his time, not unlike his peers in London and New York, he started experimenting with conceptualism, minimalism, abstract expressionism, emotional colours, and mixed mediums. He pioneered a bold, avant-garde means of directly applying pigments onto his stone and wooden sculptures. 

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Reda is one of the founders of the contemporary art movement in Egypt. Decades of chiselling practice perfected his carving techniques. As skilful as he was at mastering foreign concepts, there are still fundamental Egyptian elements in his work, whether it be the colours, the subject matter, or the materials he used. You can take the man out of Egypt, but you can never take Egypt out of the man!

It is a rare combination: this openness to new concepts, courage to experiment, and advanced artistic skills that take years to acquire. He was very confident in infusing (then) fresh concepts, such as minimalism and abstract subject matter, into more ‘traditional’ Egyptian sculptural techniques and aesthetics. This blend of masterful craftsmanship deeply rooted in Egyptian homeland, and new world concepts gave birth to the practice and popularisation of what is currently considered contemporary sculpture in Egypt, disengaging from both modern, and traditional styles of previous years. 

The artist once said, “painting and sculpture differ only in their linguistic approach—meanings are constant, and only the form is altered. I decided to merge the two forms of painting and sculpture in order to come up with a new approach to expression.” Reda must have been a linguistic genius, as he seemed to be able to really grasp new materials, new concepts (e.g. minimalism), and new artistic skills, while seamlessly incorporating them into his own personal creations. By painting directly onto his sculptures, he also turned sculptures into canvases.

As people ventured deeper into the gallery, they were greeted by ceramic figures which are often seen in museum Egyptology exhibits. Depending on their position, the way they sit or stand, and subtle mason’s codes, ancient sculptures related visitors a great deal about their identities. Reda was well aware of these encryptions. He painted a female figurine in a white dress, with an eye inside a heart on her chest. Was that the Eye of Horus?—which is an ancient symbol of royal power, protection, and good health? Was that the all-seeing eye, divine providence watching over humanity? Or is Reda trying to reveal to people to perceive not just with our sight, but also with our hearts?

The exhibition’s centrepiece was an oversized—literally larger than life—stoneware version of a woman, with beautiful black hair, an elongated yet elegant neck, emerald skin, and a royal blue blouse. She is depicted gazing at the audience without excitement nor judgment. She adopts half a smile, and her hands are clasped, in a relaxed manner.

In the gallery’s left-side, visitors could behold magnificent phallic wooden poles adorned in elegant gold paint. Do they shine? Are they for pharaonic rituals? Are they oversized chess pieces? One could not guess their purpose, yet still was unable to stop admiring at them. They were mesmerising.

In the bay gallery, there was a set of five earthenware collections. His terra cotta collection at first glance was clearly sculptural in form, in their original chocolate and onyx colours. These sculptures are extremely au courant, yet classic at the same time. An army of gingerbread men, adorable talking pineapple heads, endearing organic-looking creatures bouncing and waving at people, welcomed exhibition guests. It brings a smile to one’s face, as it was obvious then and there that Reda never abandoned his innocence—his inner child was always with him. 

Saleh Reda was a pioneer and very active from the very beginning of his generation, and his work remains relevant. He never dismissed a cultural trend or innovative concepts. There are so many excellent, museum-quality pieces in the Retrospective exhibition. I encourage you to peruse it.

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Eighth annual Tunis Pottery, Handicrafts Festival to kick off with hundreds of exhibitors Tue, 30 Oct 2018 11:00:07 +0000 Currently, festival has become national day, helped in rebirth of Tunis village

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Within a few months following the 25 January revolution, artisans of Tunis village in Fayoum were—along with many other dependants in the tourism sector—in desperate need of reviving the tourism field. Merely relying on selling pottery and handmade products as an income source, caused them to struggle to fulfil their daily needs, which led the artisans towards thinking of developing a handicrafts festival, to encourage people to visiting the village without foreknowledge knowing that seven years later, it will be one of the most awaited annual festivals.

The Eighth annual Tunis Pottery and Handicrafts Festival will kick off 1 November, bringing together dozens of Fayoum artisans in one place to showcase their handicrafts and products.

The three-day event will showcase thousands of handmade products which people have been working on for the entire year.

Funded by AlexBank, this year’s edition will also expand to become a centre piece not just for Tunisian village potters, but for of all of Fayoum’s talented artists.

“Currently, the festival It is more than just an annual event which takes place in the city. It has become to a greater degree a national day which has helped as a form of spiritual rebirth for the Tunis village as well as nearby areas,” Mahmoud Sherif, the festival’s general coordinator, told Daily News Egypt.

The Tunis village is known as the focal point of Egypt’s most talented potters. Their handmade products are considered some of the finest pottery wares internally. Pottery workshops have been taking place in the village for the past few years, allowing young devotees to learn the details and steps in creating different-sized and shaped products.

“However, pottery artefacts are not the only showcased products at the festival, in every village street, several handicraft types are exhibited for visitors to purchase including carpets, accessories, and home decoration items,” Sherif elaborated.

This year, Sherif, with the help of organisers, managed to turn the village into a big showroom, where every street displays products for sale, and every alley is decorated with the same designs which handmade products are moulded with.

“People are used to have a specific exhibition hall to display products. However, in the Tunis Pottery and Handicrafts Festival, the entire village will become the display platform,” Sherif indicated, adding, “We asked for the largest part of AlexBank’s fund to be dedicated to renovating the practically collapsing buildings and the abandoned places, which will be used as showcasing booths.”

He also remarked that the renovation process included designing the buildings with the same motifs and colours the handicrafts are designed with, “in order for the entire city to become a unique vast creation.”

This year’s edition will also present the construction of plastic-bottle house, in order to raise people’s awareness concerning the harm plastic remains cause towards the environment.

“With the public’s help, we will build a small house with plastic bottles which are filled with sand, aiming to inform the world of how seriously they are affecting the environment, by drinking water and fizzy drinks in these rotten plastic bottles,” stressed Sherif.

The festival will also have a street theatre where films and songs were shot in Fayoum will be screened for the public, along other films which will feature desert life. 

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The digitized future: How libraries are pioneering a cultural transformation Mon, 29 Oct 2018 13:41:00 +0000 The post The digitized future: How libraries are pioneering a cultural transformation appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

Germany is lagging behind the fast-paced digitization happening in places like the Baltic states, with libraries in Latvia and Lithuania playing a leading role in the digital preservation of cultural heritage.Some 120 million visitors take advantage of the educational and cultural offerings of German libraries each year. That's one reason why, in September, the German Council for Cultural Education published a study on the digitization of library services. One of the results: Digitization has a very positive effect on both the image, and range of services, of libraries.

The national library body has therefore set it sights on a region that is using digitization to revolutionize how libraries of the future can be designed: the Baltic states of Latvia and Lithuania.

Making knowledge available to the public

Have libraries lost their monopoly on information? Can't everything worth knowing be found on the Internet? The Baltic states well demonstrate how libraries and the Internet can form a highly fruitful symbiosis, and how the knowledge that is traditionally gathered in libraries, along with the historical data and memory preserved in archives, can be made better accessible to the public.

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Sometimes being small has its advantages. Latvia, for example, with just under two million inhabitants, offers perfect conditions in which to easily set up and manage digital infrastructure. So much so that the country is attracting more and more startups due to its advanced digitalization — including Latvia's exemplary digital preservation of its cultural heritage.

Libraries open up a huge network

The National Library of Latvia in Riga, for instance, has been a beacon of modernity from its founding (see image at top). The Gunnar Birkerts-designed structure is considered one of the greatest new library buildings in the world. In planning since 1992 but was not completed until 2014, the majestic building created by the Latvian-American architect provides space for manuscripts, books, newspapers and magazines — a total of four million objects.

But even more important than this hard copy archive is the library's expansive digital resources. While a national libraries index gives access to 40 library databases, all 801 Latvian public libraries are connected in a huge intranet network. For many people, this infrastructure has become an indispensable part of their everyday lives. And they can use it throughout the country with a single library card!

From the library to the museum

Via the 7,150 public terminals in the libraries, searches can be started in the various indexes and databases. For instance, people from remote small towns can ascertain whether it's worth going to a particular museum as nearly 20 percent of the some 6 million objects in Latvia's national museum are listed in the catalogue. Furthermore, users can log on to the library system from their home computers to access copyrighted materials.

The spearhead of Latvia's digital innovation is the Culture Information Systems Center. As part of the Ministry of Culture, it aims to open up the nation's diverse cultural heritage gems to the public. Libraries and archives are thereby merged into a state-run digital archive and information system.

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Innovative systems for archives, musems and libraries

If someone wants to find out where their grandfather was born, for example, they no longer have to blow the dust off ancient books. Instead, they can peer into old church books at home on their computers, digitally consult maps, or view training documents and other materials.

"We want to unify everything," said project manager Janis Ziedins. "We help as much as we can. We give infrastructure to libraries and museums, archives and administration." Much of the necessary funding comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Latvia has one of the fastest internet networks in the world, making it possible for digital film and photographic archive material, or a national archive for personal documents, to be utilized by everyday users. The digitized video and audio archive (DIVA) allows people to watch Latvian movies from their couches via digital library access, or download e-books for a limited time onto their tablets — or even borrow the tablets themselves from the library.

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Libraries with a social mission

Lithuania's National Library in Vilnius, which was founded in 1919, has also long been devoted to digitizing its archives. When the classical building was reopened to the public in September 2016 following reconstruction, director Renaldas Gudauskas accelerated its digital transformation.

As part of the virtual European library entitled "Europeana," the national library has made Lithuania's scientific and cultural heritage available to the public.

In contrast to Germany, libraries have a major social mission to educate the public. The Vilnius public library has developed a program that tries to strengthen children from socially disadvantaged families. More than simply offering up books or comics, Lithuanian software developers have also designed games that function as communication platforms for children.

Within the platform, a maximum of six children can meet digitally and talk about their problems using an Atavar designed by the children themselves. A trained psychologist accompanies them — virtually, and in real life in the adjoining room of the library. The program has been internationally recognized and copied.

Read more: Bayreuth digitizes Richard Wagner Archive

Programs for young people

Even remote regions in the small country are linked in a digital library network. Plunge, a city of some 20,000 residents, garnered an award in 2016 for its library's "successful tourist project," which includes holograms that people can view from home.

Located in a small "palazzo vecchio" in a beautiful park, the library has marked many of the unusual stones, trees and other plants in the area with QR codes that allow passersby to call up additional information. The target group is clear: young people.

With a view to young people in Germany, the German Cultural Council has recommended advancing collaborative projects between libraries and pre-schools and normal schools. According to statistics from 2015, only one in nine schools in Germany worked in tandem with a library.

If the Baltics are any guide, digitization could significantly help to advance that collaboration.

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Harvesting dates springs in Upper Egypt Mon, 29 Oct 2018 13:00:12 +0000 Children aged 10 take part in harvesting

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As winter dawns, October marks the start of the dates harvesting season, which represents more than just the favourite fruit for owners of date palm trees.

At one of the furthest cities from Cairo, citizens of Manfalut in Assiut governorate rely on dates for a living. Planting and harvesting dates are the population’s main income source in the rural area. From an early age, boys learn to climb palm trees and collect dates which will soon fill the Egyptian market.

Upper Egypt’s dates are known to be one of the highest quality, and tasteful fruits in the world.

The planting season starts in February and March. For almost six months, palm trees are well maintained, using natural fertilisers.

Throughout the six-month growing process, dates turn from the colour white to green, before they end up yellow when it becomes time to harvest them.

The Tale’ Al-Nakhil (palm climber) is the person’s nickname- in charge of climbing the palm trees to collect dates and cut palm leaves.

In Assuit, date collectors need to climb palm trees a maximum of five times, and the sixth time is to cut the leaves.

The date colours vary from yellow to brown, depending on how ripe they are, and they change to dark brown following the drying process.

Children aged 10 take part in harvesting, and pack the dates into boxes for sale. 

All photos taken by Doaa Nasr


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3rd Afro-Chinese folkloric festival kicks off Sun, 28 Oct 2018 16:03:55 +0000 This year’s edition bears Nelson Mandela’s name

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Egypt’s Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem inaugurated the 3rd folkloric Afro-Chinese festival at Manasterly Palace in Manial. The festival’s opening witnessed the attendance of several Egyptian artists and public figures.

Organized by the ministries of culture, tourism, and youth and sports, the third edition runs until 3 November, under the name of Nelson Mandela to honour the memory of the late fighter, and celebrates his 100th anniversary.

Abdel Dayem said in her opening speech, that this festival is considered the soft power which strengthens relations between Africa and Asia, asserting that it is a window for Egyptians to explore various kinds of cultures. She added that arts and culture are the main communication tools between nations.

Soheir Abdel Kader, festival founder, said that art is the way to nations’ freedom from the time and place limits.

“All of these artists come from their hometowns bringing their creativity and innovations in the fields of cinema, music, singing and sculptures,” Abdel Kader said.

The festival honoured Mandela, and the award was received by Mona Omar, Egypt’s former ambassador in South Africa.

Zahi Hawas, former antiquities minister was also honoured for his participation in promoting tourism in Egypt.

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1st Manial Palace Music Festival: classical music to revive heritage Sun, 28 Oct 2018 11:00:51 +0000 Opening marks 149th anniversary of Cairo Opera House opening; closing celebrates 143rd birth anniversary of Prince Mohamed Ali

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Stepping inside Manial Palace feels like stepping back in time, where one is taken back to one of Egypt’s fanciest, luxurious and wealthiest eras. The hand-paint murals, the giant glittery chandeliers, and the gold coated poles, are some of the spacious palace’s striking designs.

Aiming to complete the charm of the 19th century palace, the first Manial Palace Music Festival is set to take place on 1 November.

The festival aims to highlight the charm of the mixed European and Islamic designs of the royal house, built by Prince Mohammed Ali Tawfik. Through several classical music concerts, the world’s best musicians will get the chance to play inside the halls of the custom mansion.

Under the theme of “Reviving Heritage Through Music,” the festival is to take place between the 1st and the 9th of November. The week-long festival is also the first of its kind to be launched by the Friends of the Manial Palace Museum (FMPM) and is organized by Orient Productions.

FMPM was registered in 2005 as a non-profit NGO, and is headed by Prince Abbas Hilmi, grandson of Khedive Abbas Hilmi, and grand-nephew of founder of the Manial Palace Museum, Prince Mohamed Ali Tewfik.

The festival is funded by the EU and spearheaded by renowned opera singer and television actor Hassan Kamy and the Chairman of the board Prince Abbas Hilmi. It has developed from individual concerts and events previously held by FMPM, and is concurrently a fundraiser event for the preservation of the palace. It takes place under the auspices of Ministries of Antiques and Culture.

For five nights, eight classical music concerts will be performed by several international musicians. Egypt takes part at the festival, through the participation of the Mezzo-Soprano Gala El-Hadidi, Pianist Ramzi Yassa, Soprano Fatma Said, Egyptian-Austrian Violinist Nadine Weber, and Egyptian Chamber Orchestra with Maestro Ahmed El-Saidi.

As for the visiting European performances, the festival features Armenian-French Maestro and Pianist Vahan Mardirossian, Italian Soloist and Conductor Luca Marziali, Czechoslovak Chamber Duo Pavel Burdych and Zuzana Beresova, Czech Pianist Jaromir Klepac, in addition to Spanish Baritone Borja Quiza, Spanish Maestro and Pianist Fernando Briones, British Pianist David Helsz, and German Pianist and Conductor Marcus Merkel.

The palace was built between 1899 and 1929 and was handed over to the ministry of antiquities in 1955. It still showcases the personal belongings of Mohammed Ali.

The first Manial Palace Music Festival will also witness the re-opening of the private collection of Prince Mohamed Ali to the public, according to the press release. The collection will be showcased along the other belongings regularly displayed at the mansion for the public.

The festival is planned to be the first step of the fundraising series of events to “to upgrade the displays at the Private Collection Museum”, according to the press release.

It also adds that the proceeds of the concerts will contribute to preserving the unique ancient carpet collection, installing suitable lighting, in addition to funding a curatorial study programme for the Museum’s employees, and sponsor visits by school children from underprivileged areas. These restoration efforts are in cooperation with the management of the museum, under the auspices of the Ministry of Antiquities.

The opening also marks the 149th anniversary of the opening of the Cairo Opera House, which will be celebrated via the opening concert. Meanwhile, the closing also celebrates the 143rd anniversary of the birth of Prince Mohamed Ali.

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Environment Minister participates in bicycle tour to tackle climate change Sat, 27 Oct 2018 17:54:04 +0000 Event starting point, preparation for 14th Biodiversity Conference, held 13-29 November in Sharm El-Sheikh

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With the participation of hundreds of young cycling enthusiasts, the Swedish Institute in Alexandria organised the largest cycling event for the fifth year in a row, in cooperation with the EU and the Ministry of Environment.

The tour, which was attended by the Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad, Head of Cooperation at EU Delegation to Egypt Ibrahim Laafia, and some European Consuls in Alexandria, aimed to highlight the importance of combating climate change and global warming, by using bicycles as a means of transport, curb reliance on fuel in mobility, especially at distances of less than 10 km.

The event aimed to contribute to spreading the culture of using bicycles in daily commutes and to target young people.

Fouad said that the event is a starting point and a preparation for the 14th Biodiversity Conference, which will be held between 13-29 November in Sharm El-Sheikh, especially given that Alexandria has a unique biodiversity. 

The minister of environment pointed to the importance of cycling as a sport, as well as being environment-friendly, since it does not cause pollution and contributes to the reduction of global warming.

Ibrahim Laafia said that the EU is working on a number of programmes to protect the environment in Egypt in general, and Alexandria in particular, the last of which was cleaning the Saraya beach from plastic waste last month.

He noted that Alexandria is vulnerable to climate change through several factors such as the rise of sea levels, which necessitates immediate attention to face these changes, as earlier treatment will far exceed changing our consumption and habits in our daily lives.

He stressed the need to reduce the use of plastic, substituting it with recyclable bags, and following procedures which promote green transition.

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Noise pollution or art? Court grants musician right to practice Fri, 26 Oct 2018 14:31:00 +0000 The post Noise pollution or art? Court grants musician right to practice appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

A German musician has won the right to blow his own trumpet: Siegfried Ratz’ neighbors had sued him for excessive noise pollution. But the professional trumpeter prevailed in Germany’s top court.According to the Rheinische Post daily newspaper, there were more than 12,000 legal disputes between neighbors in 2015 alone. People have even suffered injuries and been killed because of such rows, which even Germans consider to be as quintessentially German as beer, sausage and lederhosen.

A new ruling from the Federal Supreme Court (BGH) on a case involving a musician has now rekindled the public debate on good neighborliness in Germany. The neighbors of a professional trumpet player had taken the musician to court, complaining about the noise pollution caused by his practicing.

Germany's highest court ruled in favor of Siegfried Ratz – within reason. The decision from the BGH in Karlsruhe reads that the interests of the accused were not in direct conflict with those of the plaintiffs and that a balance between the two parties could only be found by "limiting the amount of time spent making music."

The right to personal development

The trumpet player will now have to curb the amount of time he invests into practicing. The BGH said that individual agreements between the various parties involved would need to be made, specifying that two to three hour-sessions on business days and one to two hour-sessions on Sundays and public holidays were generally considered fair reference points, as is common practice in apartment blocks and among homeowner associations throughout Germany.

The BGH highlighted, however, that the trumpet player's neighbors also had a right to peace and quiet.

The court added that professional musicians like Ratz were sufficiently covered by the same laws as amateurs, as making music is legally considered to be a "socially acceptable and conventional leisure time activity." The BGH also stressed that making "music can be of considerable importance for maximizing one's lust for life and enhancing one's emotional life" and that music was an important factor in personal development as well.

What's all the noise about?

Litigation over trumpet playing may sound absurd; however, Germans are used to having their fair share of run-ins with their neighbors for seemingly trivial reasons. According to a survey by the Forsa Institute, 74 percent legal quarrels among neighbors had to do with noise. 53 percent were about vehicle-related issues (such as parking a car in the wrong spot or causing too much noise while keeping the engine running). Another 52 percent were purportedly negligent in carring out duties such as cleaning the staircase or shovelling snow, and with 48 percent, the fur flied over pet-related quarrels (ranging from noise issues to hygiene matters).

It would appear that if you can't get along with your neighbor in Germany, you can always sue them. But be careful: you'll have to pay the court fees if you lose.

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