The Ministry of Culture is to organise a set of cultural events to commemorate the 100th birthday of late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, who was born on 15 January 1918.
Starting from 15 January and lasting for a week, a series of cultural events will be organised to revive the memory of Abdel Nasser, who still has a wide base of popularity among Egyptians.
Gamal Abdel Nasser Museum will open its doors free of charge for visitors to get a chance to see all the president’s personal belongings, medals, and his handwritten letters to world leaders of that time. The museum, located in Heliopolis, is originally the presidential palace where Abdel Nasser spent most of his presidency living.
The Egyptian National Library and Archives will also organise a seminar entitled “Gamal Abdel Nasser’s 100th Anniversary”, of which several recent history professors and specialists will talk of his critical presidency and the decisions he had taken through it, revealing the hidden details behind them.
The National Library will also launch an exhibition showcasing presidential documents that Abdel Nasser wrote himself, as well as the local and regional print media, which were published during the nation’s most critical events. The documents will be also collected in a book that will be distributed in Abdel Nasser’s commemoration events.
Cairo Opera House will host a large musical concert for several young talents, presenting the most famous national songs that were produced during Abdel Nasser’s era.
Under direct calls from Minister of Culture Helmy Namnam, the National Institution for Cultural Palaces will organise several documentaries to be screened in most the governorates.
As the second president following the 1952 revolution, Abdel Nasser’s presidential era witnessed a lot of political dilemmas, including the 1976 war, building the high dam, and nationalising the Suez Canal.