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Arts carnival to be held in Zamalek for the second year

After the outstanding success of its first round, faculties of fine arts, art education, and music education in Zamalek organise their second annual arts carnival that hosts hundreds of students, art fans, and public audience. The carnival will be held on 24 February and will showcase various kinds of arts for the interested attendees. “This …

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“I Ikadolly” celebrates Valentine’s Day in the Nubian way

Although Nubia has always been an important part of Egypt, a lot of people do not have enough information about its history, roots, and traditions. Aiming to bridge the gap between Cairo and Nubia and spread Nubia’s distinctive culture and the origins of its language, a group of young Nubian men and women held the …

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I Want a Divorce tackles women’s struggles in Egyptian society

Over the past few years, we have licensed to some terrifying statistics about the rapidly increasing numbers of divorce cases. The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) recently estimated one divorce is filed every four minutes. Although divorce is considered a mutual responsibility between husband and wife in many countries, women are still …

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Cinedelta: a step towards reviving the documentary film industry in Egypt

Aiming to provide professional training to amateurs from around the Delta region about the latest editing and storytelling techniques in the documentary film industry, Cinedelta project was launched in 2016 through the fruitful cooperation between the Italian non-governmental organisation Ricerca e Cooperazione and Fig Leaf Studios. The programme provided 20 Egyptian students with a series …

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Egypt to host first online puppet festival in March

Aiming to revive the various puppet theatre arts in Egypt, Kayan marionette puppet theatre will host the first round of the international online festival for puppet shows on 1-30 March. The festival will launch a new platform for connecting thousands of puppeteers from around the globe while also providing the public with an innovative way …

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Frustration and disappointment: Egyptian independent theatrical troupes fight for their art to see the light 

In a country where theatre has always been one of the most important types of art that helped express the struggles and dreams of people’s everyday lives, independent theatrical troupes are chocking. With the limited available resources and the absence of governmental support, the number of theatrical artists is rapidly decreasing, shedding light on a …

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Dai Gallery hosts Waleed Ebeid’s latest exhibition

With the aim of reviving the art scene in Egypt and bridging a gap between contemporary artists and ordinary citizens, Dai Gallery in Mohandessin organised an exhibition for the artistic works of leading artist Waleed Ebeid between 7-21 January. In another hall, the art space hosted another exhibition for the outstanding works of prominent late …

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Mahinaz Soliman: an artist who blends reality with surrealism

With a blurred vision in her mind and a palette of watercolours between her fingers, Mahinaz Soliman uses art as a method for reflecting her own interpretations about the world around her. In her paintings, she presents reality under a surreal cover that gives the people, places, landscapes, nature, and even animals she portrays a …

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Frida Kahlo’s spirit revived in new feminist photography project

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality. I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.” With these words, Frida Kahlo, the well-known Mexican painter known for her outstanding self-portraits, summarised her own art philosophy that enabled her to gain great popularity worldwide during the 1940s. With her distinctive …

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The Egypt edition: ‘Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is…’

Millions of people around the globe celebrate Christmas on 25 December. They decorate Christmas trees, exchange gifts with family members and friends, and decorate their houses with red and green. Although not shy of the Christmas spirit, Egypt celebrates this time of the year a little differently. But 2016, with its economic woes and heavy …

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Hemaya: campaign raises children’s awareness about sexual harassment 

Over the past years, dozens of campaigns were launched for fighting sexual harassment and raising women’s awareness of how to protect themselves and preserve their rights against the harassers. Although child sexual harassment has always been a similar controversial issue, hundreds of parents preferred to remain silent about it, considering it a shame or a …

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Faculty of fine arts hosts exhibition to promote Arabic language

With the aim of celebrating the international day of the Arabic language and raising awareness about its outstanding beauty and value, the faculty of fine arts in Zamalek hosted its second yearly exhibition titled “Painting the Arabic”. The exhibition is part of an agreement between the faculty of fine arts and the institut Français d’Égypte, …

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Weghet Mazar: tackling the daily challenges of motherhood

Over the past few years, posting home videos and online reality shows on social media became a part of the daily lives of hundreds of young Egyptian people who thought that this would be a good way to express their opinions freely and attract a number of followers and fans. Posting videos about travelling, cooking, …

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Al-Mawlid Al-Nabawi: a traditional celebration about to die?

Over the centuries, Egyptians have preserved a number of outstanding customs and traditions in celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad every year. Before Al-Mawlid, Egyptian parents accompany their children to nearby sweet shops and bakeries to buy Arouset Al-Mawlid, colourful sugar-syrup dolls [brides] for girls; and for the boys the traditional Housan Al-Mawlid, horses made …

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Bibliotheca Alexandrina hosts Youth Science Film Festival for 2nd year

For the second time, the Goethe-Institute in Alexandria in partnership with the Planetarium Science Center of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Academy for Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) is hosting a new edition of the Science Film Festival between 29 November and 19 December. This year, the theme of “Material Science” was selected to create …

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Alexandria hosts first Documentary Film Festival

Aiming to raise awareness about the importance of documentaries in Alexandria and to encourage young filmmakers to produce more effective documentaries, the Mahmoud Saed museum is hosting the first round of the Alexandria Documentary Film Festival from 19 to 24 November. The festival programme includes screenings of documentaries made by Dr Medhat Mekkawy, a leading …

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Media forum aims to make the world a ‘greener’ place

Aiming to highlight the importance of the role media plays in raising awareness about environmental challenges around the globe, Greenaccord held its 13th International Forum on the Protection of Nature in Frosinone. This move shows that they were able to overcome the impact of the destructive earthquakes that rocked central Italy over the past weeks. …

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Egypt through the eyes of Alyssa Ramos

“I traveled to Egypt, and yes, it was safe”—this is how American blogger Alyssa Ramos started her article, published in Huffington Post on 28 October, aiming to encourage foreigners to visit Egypt in neglect of all the warnings they may hear in international media outlets about Egypt’s instability. Ramos is known for being an independent …

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At the 38th edition of Cairo International Film Festival: 2 Egyptian films take on international race among 16 others

A few days before the opening ceremony of the 38th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Magda Wassef, the president of the festival, with representatives of the Parallel Programs running alongside the international competition in CIFF and the 4th Cairo Film Conncetion unveiled some secrets about one of Egypt’s most reputable artistic and cultural …

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