Egypt’s Golden Voice competition is set to become a national cultural project to discover and refine promising talent from across the country, Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem announced on Monday. As part of the competition’s transformation in importance, the value of its prizes will also increase.
Through a cooperation protocol between the Cultural Development Fund, the Cairo Opera House and the General Authority for Cultural Palaces, the competition will turn into a national programme for talents.
Abdel Dayem said that the protocol is an embodiment of the ministry’s integration of its different sectors in a way that achieves the public good. The talent project is designed to highlight the strategy for achieving cultural justice and preserving Egypt’s identity, whilst pushing the country’s many creative talents to the fore.
The annual Golden Voice competition founded by renowned singer Mohsen Farouk, and which takes place under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, aims to discover and nurture Egypt’s singing talents.
Organised by the Cultural Development Fund, a body operating under the Ministry of Culture, the competition welcomes participants aged between 18 and 30. Last week, the ministry announced the winners of the competition’s fifth edition, distributing awards to the winners during an official ceremony.
The first 10 winners are offered a scholarship to study at the House of Arab Singing. In the 2020 competition, about 120 talents reached the finals, with the first round of the competition being held in February. Due to the circumstances caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the second round was held online.