Culture – Daily News Egypt https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Sat, 19 Oct 2019 07:30:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Fabrica theatre band wins best music award for Queen’s reduplicated music medley  https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/18/fabrica-theatre-band-wins-best-music-award-for-queens-reduplicated-music-medley/ Fri, 18 Oct 2019 06:00:07 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=711275 When I first saw that it lasts for seven minutes, I didn’t think I can last until the end; but it captures you at every minute; says MoziMotion film festival founder 

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 The legacy of Queen’s everlasting songs still sheds its light on younger performers whom, decades after the original releases, still get inspired by the heart-touching rhythms and the moving lyrics. The Egyptian performing musical theatre company, Fabrica, won the Best Music Video Award at the 9th annual MoziMotion-iPhone Film Festival in the Netherlands, for their performance of Mercury Rising: A Queen Tribute, a reduplicated medley of the band’s most famous songs. 

In a video, the troupe captured its spectacular performance of the prominent band’s most famous songs. As the camera follows members of Fabrica backstage, each comes out singing parts of Queen’s songs, each adding a new vocal layer.

The video saw the light last January, a few months after the release of the award-winning Bohemian Rhapsody hit theatres causing a buzz from the performance of Egyptian actor Ramy Malek as Freddie Mercury. This starring role got him the Academy Award for best acting. 

The seven-minute, one-shot video is directed by Mohamed Koushi, with art direction and choreography by Omar Warda. 

“What captured everybody’s attention was – and it shows that they’re theatre actors – the first, I would say, 90% of the first, is a continuous camera roll, it’s all one take. You go all the way to the end and if you mess up, you’ve got to start all over again,” said MoziMotion co-founder, Ruben Kazantsev.

The fact that Fabrica members are also theatre actors helped raise the ranks of the video. According to the jury, the single-shot showcased them actually acting, not just performing the songs emotionally. 

“The acting is brilliant. Wardrobe change is brilliant,” Kazantsev added. “It’s a no-brainer that this takes the first place.”

“When I first saw that it lasts for seven minutes, I didn’t think I could last until the end; but it captures you at every minute,” Kazantsev pointed out.

The medley’s arrangement was made by Mohab Kaddah, with music production, recording and piano by Mina Samy, and mixing and mastering by Ali Farouk at Blue Mango Studios. Co-Founder and CEO of Fabrica Neveen Allouba produced the video and was responsible for the musical supervision.  

The 30 members of the troupe took part in the video performing almost all the hit songs of the band. 

The video captured the hearts of the jury, due to the number of songs they managed to perform in a single shot. 

“In true Queen fashion, they made it last seven minutes,” Mobile Movie Days anchor Cesar Majorana said.

The team was showered with praise, also for the fact that they come from Egypt, to be the first reviving Queen’s music videos, just like the band was the first to shoot a music video. 

“I love those guys and girls from Egypt. Brilliant work,” said Mobile Movie Days founder Ruud van Gessel.

The medley was shot at Al-Falaki Theatre in downtown Cairo, at the stage of the American University in Cairo’s old campus. 

Fabrica entered the scene in 2013, under the support and supervision of Soprano singer, Neveen Allouba. The band is known to localise international shows, including the Egyptian translation of the Musical “Les Misérables,” Brecht’s “Threepenny Opera,” as well as adapting local shows such as El-Leila El-Kebira (The Big Night) by Salah Jahin and Sayed Mekawy to the stage.

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The transfer of Tutankhamun’s mummy to GEM on hold until Egyptologists approval https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/16/the-transfer-of-tutankhamuns-mummy-to-gem-on-hold-until-egyptologists-approval/ Wed, 16 Oct 2019 17:38:12 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=711152 Waziri said that the final decision is to be taken in a conference next month, attended by 600 Egyptologists from all over the world, to discuss the danger of moving the mummy from Luxor, and the process of restoring it to join the complete collection of the young pharaoh that will be on display at the GEM.

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Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told international press that the decision to transfer the mummy of Tutankhamun from its burial chamber in Luxor to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) is not confirmed yet and is awaiting the approval of hundreds of Egyptologists, according to state media outlet, Al-Ahram.

Waziri said that the final decision is to be taken in a conference next month, attended by 600 Egyptologists from all over the world, to discuss the danger of moving the mummy from Luxor, and the process of restoring it to join the complete collection of the young pharaoh that will be on display at the GEM.

The statement came after Waziri’s visit last week to the young king’s burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings, to follow up, along with the Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany, with details of placing the lid of Tutankhamun’s tomb after its restoration.

In his statements, Waziri asserted that the risk of transferring the mummy lies within the fact that it is made of organic elements, which requires special treatment. “In case of transferring it, the mummy will be on display at a certain room for organic relics, including his chariots, and his golden throne,” he explained.

The conference’s decision will be submitted to a committee of the Supreme Council of Antiquities to make the final decision.

The decision of moving the young king’s mummy is faced by a wave of criticism by a number of Egyptologists, and tourism decision makers.

The GEM is planned to showcase the complete collection of Tutankhamun, which for some means evacuating Luxor of its most attractive tourist attraction, and emptying the city of all its treasures.

The members of the Travel Agent Association Luxor announced their refusal to transfer the mummy along with all of its other belongings to the GEM, explaining that it would leave the city without any major tourist attraction, since all of Tutankhamun’s other belongings were already transferred to the museum, which is planned to be open in 2020.

Nonetheless, Waziri explained that the tomb of Tutankhamun cannot absorb the large amount of people contentiously visiting it, as the surrounding atmosphere inside of the tomb – humidity and ventilation- is deteriorating, which also hardens the process of restoring the mummy inside of it.

  

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AUC mechanical engineering students win global competition for creating a robot to assist people with special needs https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/15/auc-mechanical-engineering-students-win-global-competition-for-creating-a-robot-to-assist-people-with-special-needs/ Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:43:27 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=711071 After flying with their ready to go robot to the States, the team was shocked that all the robot’s part were fried from the airport scanners.

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A robot that supports people with special needs and facilitates their locomotion won five American University in Cairo (AUC) students the first place prize at the Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition in the United States, making them the only Egyptian team nominated for the competition in 10 years.

The competition, held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), is considered one of the biggest scientific competitions for undergrad projects in innovation and societal enhancement.

The five students Mostafa Sedky, Fares Fawzi, Sarah Elfeqy, Mohamed Samy, and Mariam Hegazy are all mechanical engineering seniors at the School of Sciences and Engineering at the AUC. Two out of the final teams competing for first place were from the AUC.

The initial idea behind the robot was to provide assistance to people with physical needs whilst ascending the stairs. However, after being nominated as finalists for the awards, the team modified the prototype in order to walk, and undergo a number of tasks that facilitate moving for the handicapped.

“The technology of the robot provides the base for extending its function to surgical robotic arms or using it as a search and rescue machine. The team focused on stability and efficiency to stand out among the other competitors,” the AUC mentioned in a press release.

Sedky, one of the team members, explained that after setting the basic idea, a flow of possible functions and services the robot can provide to the ones in need took over the five talents’ minds.

“We shifted the whole idea from just being able to climb stairs to something we can continue to innovate,” Sedky said.

The mechanical engineers spent two months to design, create the parts of the robot, and finalise the prototype, then worked one month on building before the final prototype was ready.

Throughout the intensive months of work, the five members spent their days at the AUC’s mechanical engineering workshop, which according to Sedky “had everything.” For the nights, they spent the extra working hours at the Robotics Club where they “had everything they needed on campus.”

After flying with their ready to go robot to the States, the team was shocked that all the robot’s part were fried from the airport scanners. Yet, this did not stop them from pursuing their dream, leaving them scrambling and looking for the needed parts in the US, and to rebuild the entire robot within a day.

The AUC announced the award, two days after it was ranked as one of the top 200 worldwide universities in the annual QS Graduate Employability Rankings, with a graduate employment rate of 86% within one year after graduation. The ranking places the AUC above all Egyptian universities. 

Within this context, the Executive Director of AUC’s Career Center, Maha Guindi explained that such a rank comes as the “AUC partners with employers on several fronts. Apart from on-campus recruitment, the Career Center engages employers in the career education of AUC students.”

“Employers participate in AUC’s job shadowing programme; professionals from various industries are invited to represent career fields at career exploration events; and organisations offer internship opportunities year-round to help create career awareness among students and enhance their experiential learning process,” she added.

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Ancient industrial area, 30 funerary workshops discovered in Luxor amid excavation for Nefertiti’s tomb https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/13/ancient-industrial-area-30-funerary-workshops-discovered-in-luxor-amid-excavation-for-nefertitis-tomb/ Sun, 13 Oct 2019 21:13:59 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710825 Zahi Hawass revealed the unearths stating that the excavation mission is the biggest of its kind since Haward’s mission that discovered Tutankhamun’s burial chamber

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The buried treasures of Luxor’s valleys have been lying for years waiting to be unearthed to fascinate the world with their captivating details and stunning beauty. Veteran Egyptologist Zahi Hawas revealed two of Luxor’s biggest discoveries last Thursday, an industrial area where the golden decorations of the kings’ tombs were created on the West Valley, and 30 workshops to store, and clean funerary coffins on the east side of the Valley.

The announcement came in a press conference that was attended by the Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El-Anany, and the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Moustafa Waziri. The conference is part of the team’s visit to Luxor to discuss the ways of returning the lid of Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus inside the burial chamber of the young Pharaoh’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings, and following up the tomb’s restoration.

Located at the Valley of the Monkeys in Luxor, the industrial area is the first of its kind, according to Hawas’s speech. Several relics were found inside the area, including clay tanks and water storage from which workers used to drink water while working.

The relics found inside the area indicated that it was used for making the golden decorations used in royal coffins. The decoration beads were unearthed, as well as shapes of the wings of Horus symbols with which most of the coffins were decorated.

The second discovery took place at the East Valley. The workshops were detected to store and clean the furniture placed in the tombs, and a number of the 18th dynasty relics were detected inside of them. Among the discoveries was also a cemetery titled K65, where a number of tools used to build burial chambers were found. The cemetery is similar to the one found next to the burial chamber of Tutankhamun in the area of where the tools workers used to build the cemetery were discovered.

The Egyptian mission is currently looking for the tomb of Nefertiti and her daughter. Hawas said in the press conference that he believes the queen’s tomb is located somewhere in the valley, as he believes “that the wide valley between the tomb of Amenhotep III and Ay could be the area that contains the tombs of the Amarna family,” according to state-run media outlet, Al-Ahram Online.

The excavation is currently taking place in the area near the tombs of Ramses VII, Hatshepsut, and the tomb of Ramses III, and behind the tomb of Merenptah, the son of Ramses II.

Hawass explained that this excavation mission is the biggest that took place since the one that Edward Hawart did in 1921, when he discovered the Tutankhamun’s tomb. He added that the mission has been working in the site since December 2017.

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Tekeya: the food charity distribution app combating hunger in Egypt https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/11/tekeya-the-food-charity-distribution-app-combating-hunger-in-egypt/ Fri, 11 Oct 2019 20:35:01 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710645 We need to stop wasting food, while other might die out of not having it: Founder says

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Growing up in a community where impoverishment is constantly hiking, young pharmacist Menna Shahin found herself driven by the urge of digging deep to what is beyond temporary assistance to the less-privileged in Egypt.

According to the report The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), 821 million people suffer from hunger.

Spending her life with Rotary international organization for humanitarian services, Shahin discovered people’s severe need of well-balanced meals. In an attempt to solve the issue, starting from Egypt, she established “Tekeya”.

Tekeya is a mobile application that connects hotels, restaurants, and food suppliers with non-governmental and charity organisations that are responsible for distributing food to families in underprivileged areas.

In the Egyptian culture, Tekeya is a building that is a part of the complexes known to be introduced at the Ottoman Empire era.  It is a place full of long tables covered in various sorts of food and drink for students, foreigners, and people that have nowhere to eat or sleep.

It was usually an inseparable part of structures that contained schools and mosques in order to provide a complete chain of a well-living .

Astonished by the amount of food wasted by hotels, restaurants, and pastry shops, Shahin aims to reduce the quantity of wasted edible food that ends up in trash by actually providing it to those who need it. 

“I believe this is an idea that pops up in anyone’s mind. Seeing numerous amounts of good quality, tasty food ending up in trash, knowing that there are people who are in serious need of it may lead one to find a way to deliver this food to them,” Shahin told Daily News Egypt.

According to the FAO, about one third of global food production, which is around 30 to 40%, is lost or wasted annually.

From her point of view, food charity campaigns do not provide those people with a permanent life-changing solution.

“We need to stop wasting food, while other might die out of not having it,” she firmly pointed out.

Shahin believes that thorough the application, she does not only solve one of the country’s most critical struggles, but also changes people’s mindsets.

“One of the main struggles that face us at Tekaya is to change the beliefs that many Egyptians have regarding food recycling. At the beginning, many restaurants that we reached out to refused to cooperate, fearing that they would build a reputation of having extra food due to their lack of customers,” Shahin explained.

Other than connecting food suppliers to charity organisations across the country, the application offers restaurants the option to offer the remains of their fresh cooked food every night. The hope is that these meals, which are just as good in quality and in portions as the served meals, are sold at a lower price in order to increase their accessibility to low income people. Yet, Shahin stated that many restaurants refuse this initiative as well.

“Many of the pastry shops end up every day with dozens of untouched cakes. There are many bakeries that can participate through the application to either offer discounted or free goods to the underprivileged,” Menna explained. 

Within six months of the application’s launch, Menna successfully managed to have fixed deals with NGOs, orphanages, and charity organisations that distributed the food of eight hotels in Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Aswan, and Sharqiya governorates.

  

“When I launched the application by the end of March, the plan was more of having a prototype to test the market. Yet, the huge success it received within just a few months, and the support it got was never expected to be this large, forcing me to update the application almost every two weeks,” she asserted.

Menna is currently working on expanding the application to cover all governorates, as a step towards regional expansion. 

    

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Egypt’s last puppeteer dies at the age of 80  https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/11/egypts-last-puppeteer-dies-at-the-age-of-80/ Fri, 11 Oct 2019 19:55:13 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710640 I witnessed wars and struggles during the stages of my life, all of which has faded and passed away, only man has survived; Saber said in his last message to the world

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Egypt bid farewell on Monday to Saber El-Masry the latest Aragouz player (puppeteer) at the age of 80. The senior puppeteer spent his life chronicling the art of puppet shows in Egypt, until its official admittance to the  The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List in November 2018.

Known as Am Saber (Uncle Saber) by younger generations, he used to perform puppet shows on the street believing that all children deserve to enjoy it.

Al-Aragouz is a wooden marionette puppet that is about to be revived in city life. It was first presented to Egypt during the Fatimid era. The historical books could not detect the origin of the puppet, but it was stated that it was not originally created in Egypt.

When it first came to Egypt, that type of art was only exclusive to the sultans and the elites. The art gained wide popularity in Egyptian society as it reflected the political, cultural, and economic situation of the people through puppets which had different shapes and roles.

Throughout the years, Al-Aragouz widely spread among all social classes and became an inseparable part of Al-Moulids (Prophet’s birthday celebrations). It started fading away with the appearance of animated shows on TV.

Al-Aragouz plays convey concepts that can be understood by both adults and children, each on a different level. Moreover, the core of these plays is always to transmit values and ethics.

In his later years, Saber used to perform his shows with Wamda troupe, the one remaining puppet show band reviving the art through weekly performances at Beit El-Suhaymi.

Wamda mourned the loss of Saber, stating that he is the person who taught the members “the creation of hope”.

“I have spent my life carrying my puppets in the streets to draw smiles and happiness over people’s faces. Today, after reaching 80 and losing my eyesight, I’m still determined to spread happiness and laughter,” El-Masry said in a message to the world at the last World Puppetry Day on 21 March.

“I witnessed wars and struggles during stages of my life, all of which have faded and passed away, only man has survived,” he added.

Saber lived his life calling on the motto to protect the children and end the struggle. For over 50 years, he dedicated his life to the art of puppetry to prevent it from extinction.

The late puppeteer roamed the world telling the stories of Egyptian heritage, and inherited tales of Abu Zeid El-Helaly, the Arab hero and leader.

   

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2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to development of lithium-ion batteries https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/10/2019-nobel-prize-in-chemistry-goes-to-development-of-lithium-ion-batteries/ Thu, 10 Oct 2019 06:20:31 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710485 Lithium-ion batteries are used globally to power portable electronics revolutionising our lives 

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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA) has awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries.

By winning this year’s prize, Goodenough broke the record for the oldest Nobel Laureate, setting the record at 97 years old. The record was last broken back in 2018, when American scientist Arthur Ashkin won half of the prize in 2018 at the age of 96 years old.

Lithium-ion batteries are used globally to power portable electronics that we use in our daily life for work, study, and entertainment. Lithium-ion batteries have also enabled the development of long-range electric cars and the storage of energy from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power.

Scientists argue that lithium-ion batteries deserve to win the prize as it is one of the most important discoveries that have greatly impacted human civilization over the past two decades. 

Foundation of the lithium-ion battery was laid during the oil crisis in the 1970s. Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionised our lives since they first entered the market in 1991. 

According to the academy’s press release, Stanley Whittingham has been developing methods that could lead to fossil fuel-free energy technologies. He started to research superconductors and discovered an extremely energy-rich material, which he used to create an innovative cathode in a lithium battery. This was made from titanium disulphide which, at a molecular level, contains spaces that can house – intercalate – lithium ions.

The battery’s anode was partially made from metallic lithium, which has a strong drive to release electrons. This resulted in a battery that literally had great potential, just over two volts. However, metallic lithium is reactive, and the battery was too explosive to be viable.

John Goodenough predicted that the cathode would have even greater potential if it was made using a metal oxide instead of a metal sulphide. In 1980 he demonstrated that cobalt oxide with intercalated lithium ions can produce as much as four volts. This was an important breakthrough and would lead to much more powerful batteries.

With Goodenough’s cathode as a basis, Akira Yoshino created the first commercially viable lithium-ion battery in 1985. Rather than using reactive lithium in the anode, he used petroleum coke, a carbon material that, like the cathode’s cobalt oxide, can intercalate lithium ions.

Their work resulted in producing a lightweight, hardwearing battery that could be charged hundreds of times before its performance deteriorated. The major breakthrough behind this kind of battery is that its no longer based on chemical reactions that break down the electrodes, but upon lithium ions flowing back and forth between the anode and cathode.

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Cairo Opera House celebrates 31st anniversary  https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/10/cairo-opera-house-celebrates-31st-anniversary/ Wed, 09 Oct 2019 22:50:14 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710482 Egypt’s Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem will honour 12 figures whose works have enriched the theatre art scene in Egypt and around the world. 

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The Cairo Opera House will host a two-day celebration, on Thursday, celebrating 31 years of art shows, performances, and cultural exchange. The celebrations include art shows and performances in the main hall in Zamalek. 

Egypt’s Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem will honour 12 figures whose works have enriched the theatre art scene in Egypt and around the world. 

The head of the Cairo Opera House, Magdy Saber, stated that Abdel Dayem is to honour maestro Selim Sahab, the Egyptian conductor and contemporary composer, for his finding of the National Arabic Music Troupe, as well as veteran tenor Sobhy Bedier, and ballerina Lamia Zayed.

Abdel Dayem is to also honour Omar Farahat, the maestro of Egypt’s spiritual enchantments troupe, and Nevine Allouba, a leading soprano in the Cairo Opera House Company, who, for over 20 years has been entertaining audiences during these festive occasions.

The festival includes several art shows that the Opera is known for hosting every month, including ballet, plays, soprano concerts as well as a number of showcased documentaries revealing the history of the Cairo Opera House.

Egypt’s biggest cultural hub opened its doors to the public on 10 October 1988. With seven large theatres, it has been a palace for the country’s most prestigious art shows. The Opera also has two other locations in Alexandria and Damnhour

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Aswan one of the best learning cities worldwide, receiving UNESCO Learning City Award https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/09/aswan-one-of-the-best-learning-cities-worldwide-receiving-unesco-learning-city-award/ Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:02:50 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710415 Aswan is now one of the top 10 cities in the world for enhanced learning experiences.

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Aswan has received the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Learning City Award, for its commitment to promoting education and lifelong learning for the local population, said the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Aswan is now one of the top 10 cities in the world for enhanced learning experiences.

Aswan Governor Major General Ahmed Ibrahim, received the award during the annual conference of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) held between 30 September and 4 October, in Colombia.

Meanwhile, Mervat Al-Samman, a coordinator for Aswan in the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), said Aswan has managed to win this award due to the strategies put forth by the city to establish cooperation between its people and its diverse projects. The projects, which included gardening and water conservation projects in schools, now have diverse training opportunities for Aswan’s residents, the Egyptian local media reported.

During the conference, Ibrahim delivered a speech expressing his gratitude and appreciation towards the UIL for choosing Aswan as a Learning City, and the UN’s appreciation for the efforts made by the city to raise the level of education after joining the UNESCO network of learning cities.

The UNESCO Learning City Award is a biennial celebration, which is neither a designation nor a prize, granting recognition to the best ten cities worldwide, which had significantly enhanced its learning experience guided by the GNLC.

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Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 goes to contributions to our understanding of universe’s evolution https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/09/nobel-prize-in-physics-2019-goes-to-contributions-to-our-understanding-of-universes-evolution/ Wed, 09 Oct 2019 11:39:08 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710397 James Peebles won half of the prize, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz jointly won other half 

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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided on Tuesday to award half of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 to the Canadian physicist James Peebles for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology.

The other half of the prize went equally to two Swiss physicists Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for their role in the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star outside our solar system.

Works of the three physicists have contributed to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos. 

The theoretical framework developed by James Peebles over the past two decades is the foundation of our modern understanding of the universe’s history, from the Big Bang to  present day. 

“Peebles’s discoveries have led to insights about our cosmic surroundings, in which known matter comprises just 5% of all the matter and energy contained in the universe. The remaining 95% is hidden from us. This is a mystery and a challenge to modern physics,” according to the academy’s statement.

After decades of exploring the Milky Way galaxy, our home, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz made the first discovery of a planet outside our solar system, an exoplanet, orbiting a solar-type star, leading to a revolution in astronomy. 

Depending on their discoveries, researchers were able to develop new theories about the physical processes responsible for the birth of planets.

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Indian Embassy in Egypt caps Gandhi’s 150th birthday celebrations at the Arab League https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/07/indian-embassy-in-egypt-caps-gandhis-150th-birthday-celebrations-at-the-arab-league/ Mon, 07 Oct 2019 14:31:54 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710204 This great man believed in the power of non-violence which overcame the strongest empire the world recognised at the time, says Aboul Ghiet

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While the world submerges into the floods of violence, holding on to the memory of those who took peace, a life aspect, people can remind themselves and the world that there is always another way to show resilience and to fight injustice. Indian philosopher and spiritual mentor Gandhi was one of the pillars of peace which allowed for his name to stay alive decades after death.

Celebrating his 150th birthday, which also marks the world’s International Day of Non-Violence, the Indian Embassy in Egypt held an exhibition at the halls of the League of Arab States which highlighted the life of Gandhi.

The event, which was held on Wednesday, was attended by Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the Secretary-General of League of Arab States, Mohammed Salmawy, the former President of the Writers Union, and Ambassador Khaled Al-Habbas, the Assistant Secretary-General for International Political Affairs for the League of Arab States, as well as ambassadors of countries.

In a round table, the veteran politicians spoke of Gandhi’s life perspective and the importance of placing them against the compiled armed conflicts currently taking place in several countries around the world.

The event is the last of a-year-long series of cultural events that took place around the world to celebrate Gandhi’s 150th anniversary.

“The event itself is important. But also holding in at the headquarters of the League of Arab States is also reflective of a storing relationship with the League and the Arab world,” Indian ambassador to Egypt, Rahul Kulshreshth, told Daily News Egypt.

“A year ago, we launched celebrations in Egypt for Mahatma’s 150th birth anniversary. It is fitting that we cap these celebrations with this event at the League of Arab States,” he added.

He further highlighted the extraordinary relationship Gandhi had with Egyptians, “especially after he passed by Egypt on his way to the UK, and was greeted by Egyptians in Port Said, as well as the relationship he had with Egyptian politician Saad Zaghloul.”

In his speech, Kulshreshth said that “a towering personality of modern times, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, venerably called Mahatma, or great soul, changed the tide of events and left an indelible imprint on history. He achieved freedom for India from the clutches of colonialism, armed with nothing but nonviolence.”

He added that Mahatma Gandhi’s place in history is marked not only as of the man who led India’s freedom struggle, he was also an equally proud and passionate internationalist.

Aboul Gheit concluded the event with his speech, in which he stated that Gandhi was an icon for “peaceful resilience, and became a mentor for the whole world to learn from.”

“this great man believed in the huge power of non-violence, and taught the whole world that negative resilience does not mean surrendering to reality but means refusing the occupation, yet with the refusal of the bloodletting, which was proven to be a successful philosophy that overcame the strongest empire the world recognised at the time,” Aboul Gheit added.

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Meet the first female Egyptian Goodwill Ambassador of Ugandan tourism in Egypt  https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/07/meet-the-first-female-egyptian-goodwill-ambassador-of-ugandan-tourism-in-egypt/ Mon, 07 Oct 2019 14:27:23 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710198 For the two countries in which the blue river begins and ends, a special bond should be formed, says Nancy Hadi 

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With the goal of making use of any opportunity that would allow her to serve and benefit her country as well as the continent of Africa, the Egyptian female entrepreneur Nancy Hadi was recently appointed by Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism to serve as the first ever Egyptian Goodwill Ambassador for Uganda’s Tourism in Egypt.

The appointment, which took place on September 18, 2019, came as a result of her wonderful efforts to promote Ugandan tourism and culture in Egypt during the African Cup of Nations which Egypt hosted in Egypt this year.

The Ugandan Minister of State for Tourism, Honorable Godfrey Kiwanda appointed Hadi as a Goodwill Tourism Ambassador during the Ugandan Ministry of Tourism’s 10th Annual Tourism Sector Review Conference, which took place at the Hotel African in Kampala. This important event was attended by many high-level government officials including Uganda’s Prime Minister Honorable Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda’s Minister of Tourism, Honorable Ephraim Kamuntu, Uganda Tourism Authority (UTB) CEO, Ms. Lilly Ajarova as well as the head of most of Uganda’s tourism agencies.

Hadi’s efforts to promote Ugandan tourism in Egypt during the African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2019) included her organizing an evening celebration on the majestic Nile River in Cairo. The prestigious and first of its kind event titled, ‘Ugandan Night on the Nile’, showcased Uganda culture through Uganda food, coffee, music, videos, paintings by Egyptian artists from Aswan, posters and pictures of Uganda’s mesmerizing sceneries of what Hadi believes is “an unmatched beauty.” “I always believed that Egypt shares a special bond with Uganda. Other than the fact that it is an African country, it is the country where the Nile sees the light, and Egypt is the place where it ends. So, for the two countries in which the blue river begins and ends, a special bond should be formed,” Hadi told Daily News Egypt. Through her company, International Business and Investment Services (IBIS), and under the slogan of Uganda Tourism Board (UTB)’s campaign #VisitUganda, Hadi organized the event where attendees participated in Uganda-related activities. The entrepreneur was born and raised in the United States to Egyptian parents. Hadi earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a master’s degree in diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall University.

“Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism viewed the AFCON 2019 as an important international sports event and decided to use this opportunity to introduce and to promote Ugandan tourism in Egypt while also celebrating their national football team, the Ugandan Crane’s journey to AFCON 2019 as well as the team’s wonderful performance. Those efforts also resulted in a wonderful celebration on the same magical river that connects both our nations.” During the delegation’s official trip to Egypt, Hadi also helped organize a number of important meetings for the high level Ugandan delegation led by Hon Kiwanda, and included members of Parliament and members from UTB with the Chamber of Egyptian Tourism companies both in Cairo and Alexandria as well as a prominent pharmaceutical company to promote medical tourism between both countries. Hadi believes that promoting tourism does not happen only through governmental efforts, but it also requires the support of the private sector. Both Egypt and Uganda can mutually benefit from cooperating in promoting both destinations.

“For tourists visiting Uganda from the United States, Europe and most other destinations, they have to fly over Egypt, so it would be wonderful if our two nations could collaborate on developing joint tourism programs that would promote both destinations Egypt and Uganda and would give tourists the opportunity to visit both amazing destinations and this way they would have a richer Africa Experience since both tourism profiles complement each other. In other words, Egypt offers an experience unlike Uganda including the Pyramids, Red Sea and many other highlights and Uganda offers unique landmarks like the source of the Nile and experiences like Gorilla Tracking.”

Hadi was impressed by the kindness and generosity of her hosts in Uganda and was very appreciative of the Senior Member of Parliament’s invitation to visit Uganda, which was clear testimony of Ugandan’s love for their country and dedication to show its beauty and magic to the whole world. This trip was unlike any trip Hadi had previously made, “When someone says it is like stepping into heaven, you might think that they are exaggerating. But the truth is, Uganda is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty; from the surrounding greenery to the mouthwatering fruits, and the incredible wildlife, Uganda has it all.” In addition to the incredible landmarks like the equator and the Source of the Nile, what really won Hadi’s heart was the Ugandan people themselves. They made her feel at home. “They are very generous, kind, sweet, and loving. I did not feel away from home for a second,” she added.

During her visit, Hadi attended a concert that was also attended by President Yoweri Museveni and many high-level government officials. She visited the Parliament, and even attended a session of the tourism committee, She also met with several high level government officials including the Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs, Honorable Florence Kiyingi and introduced the international child abuse prevention program ‘My Body is My Body’ of which Hadi is the Director of Africa and the Middle East. This program teaches young children body safety, and provides them with the tools to detect danger, as well as instructions on who to inform in the case of abuse. Hadi is currently helping Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism with various tourism campaigns to promote Uganda, The Pearl of Africa, in Egypt by showcasing the beauty of the country to Egyptians and encourage them to visit the Source of the Nile and see for themselves.

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51st Cairo International Book Fair kicks off 22 January https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/01/51st-cairo-international-book-fair-kicks-off-22-january/ Tue, 01 Oct 2019 19:44:15 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709784 The book fair is to take place for the second year in a row at Egypt International Exhibition Centre, located at Al-Mosher Tantawy axis in Fifth Settlement.

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Egypt’s Minister of Culture announced on Tuesday the inauguration of the 51st Cairo International Book Fair on January 22, running until 4 February, according to state-run media outlet, Al-Ahram.

The book fair is to take place for the second year in a row at Egypt International Exhibition Centre, located at Al-Mosher Tantawy axis in Fifth Settlement.

Senegal will be this year’s guest of honour. With posters and banners of his name, the 51st edition is dedicated to commemorating the late veteran geographer Gamal Hamdan who comes to be this year’s Egyptian figure.

Despite the heated wave of criticism and pressure the golden jubilee of Cairo International Book Fair witnessed before its start, it quickly flourished within the first few days of the exhibition owing to the organisation, spacious space, and services the new place offers to visitors.

The Ministry of Culture stated that by the end of last year’s edition the 50th Cairo International Book Fair witnessed over 2.5m visitors.

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Third phase of ending violence against children kicks off, focusing on teenagers https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/01/third-phase-of-ending-violence-against-children-kicks-off-focusing-on-teenagers/ Tue, 01 Oct 2019 13:00:34 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709702 Campaign to find an end to the culturally acceptable behaviour of mistreating children, and using various kinds of violence against adolescences

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“My mom used to continuously look at me and ask me, ‘why aren’t you as tall and big as your peers?!’ Although we all knew my height was out of my hands, it hurt my feelings until this day. With the help of this campaign, I managed to tell her that such words hurt me. and that’s how she finally stopped,” said eight-year-old David at the launch of the third phase of Awladna campaign.

Awladna (Our Kids) is a campaign launched three years ago by the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), in cooperation with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the European Union (EU), and the Ministry of Education and Technical Education. The campaign aims to end violence against children, and verbal abuse at both homes and schools.

The NCCM, UNICEF, and EU celebrated with the Ministry of Education and Technical Education on Sunday the third launching phase of the campaign, specifically targeting parents of adolescences, pushing them to build connections with their children, and listen to them.

With the slogan of #CalmNotHarm, the campaign kicked off its last six-week phase during which multimedia advertisements (ads), online campaigns, and child support hotline target caregivers to promote awareness on positive parenting, specifically for teenagers, which most studies categorize as the most critical years of a person’s life.

In his speech, UNICEF Representative in Egypt Bruno Maes, said the UNICEF aims to end the culturally acceptable behavior of mistreating children, and using various kinds of violence against them. “Today, we send a clear message to all adults when they interact with children, violence doesn’t make children stronger. Discussion, communication, and patience will benefit children development way more. In one sentence, it is better to Calm, Not Harm,” he adds.

He stressed that many sorts of violent actions, whether at home or at school go “unnoticed, but affect generations of children.”

According to the 2014 Egypt Demographic and Health Survey, 93% of children from age one to14 are exposed to different types of abuse under the name of discipline, while 78% of these children, aged 14 and under, are victims of physical violence. Those children suffer from getting hit by hands, sticks, or belts.

Another study, conducted by the NCCM in cooperation of UNICEF, revealed that parents were the main authors of violence, followed by peers, and then teachers. The 2015 study also revealed that half the children surveyed at the ages 13-17 had been beaten in the year preceding the research, while around 70% had suffered some form of emotional abuse. 

“With adolescence being often perceived negatively, disciplinary violence is usually making things worse, missing the chance to make this critical phase an opportunity to improve life for the adolescent,” Maes assured.

The conference comes one week after Egyptians’ hearts were broken over the death of a four-year-old child, Jannah, out of the torture she received from her grandmother that included burning her genitalia.

The campaign also provides help and guidance to parents through the NCCM’s support team national childcare hotline 16000.

Through three different ads which feature some of the most common arguments between parents and their teenage children, the campaign aims to highlight the appropriate way of supporting adolescences and communicating with them.

According to a press release by the UNICEF, messages will be disseminated through digital platforms via a social media campaign, as well as publications shared in on-ground activations including youth centers, megastore Carrefour branches, and Al Ahly Club, among other private sector partners who support the cause of the campaign. 

For her side, Secretary General of NCCM Azza El-Ashmawy, stated in her speech that the third phase of the campaign works within the previous two parts, adding that it showcases a critical phase which was never focused on previously.

“The role of parents and caregivers in providing protection, safety, and encouragement to our daughters and sons is crucial in childhood and adolescence. During the past three years, Awladna campaign dealt with domestic violence against children in its first year 2017. In 2018, it addressed peer to peer violence, bullying among children both inside and outside school, and its harmful effects. The national campaign succeeded in delivering its messages about positive parenting, non-acceptance of violence, and bullying, to millions of followers through various media outlets, the Internet, as well as in schools, and many public events,” she explained.

El-Ashmawy added that at a critical phase like adolescence, “positive social relationships and environments help foster feelings of integration and belonging and lead to positive results. On the other hand, negative experiences increase their fears, self-doubt, or social isolation, and lead to a series of negative consequences, which may cause illness. In some cases, adolescents may struggle to balance impulsiveness with thoughtful decision-making which may lead to engaging in practices that are harmful to their health.”

The third phase of the campaign, also comes stressing the messages of the previous phases, especially the ones fighting against peer to peer bullying, which was met with unexpected success.

El-Ashmawy further elaborated that the child support hotline received from January 2018 to July 2019, 363,000 calls, of which 26,932 were cases of vulnerable children and survivors of violence, who were provided referral services to the competent authorities and received psychological support.

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Ptolemy IV Philopator’s temple unearthed in Sohag https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/30/ptolemy-iv-philopators-temple-unearthed-in-sohag/ Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:31:21 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709574 Moustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of Supreme Council of Antiquities, stated in a press release that some of the temple’s stones were discovered during the excavation for installing the sewage pumps.

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An Egyptian archeological mission accidentally stumbled upon remains of Ptolemy IV Philopator’s temple while digging for sewage infrastructure in Kom Ishqaw city, Sohag governorate. The city, previously known as Per-Wadjet, was a nome in Egypt under the rule of the Greek Empire.

Moustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of Supreme Council of Antiquities, stated in a press release that some of the temple’s stones were discovered during the excavation for installing the sewage pumps.

The mission discovered the southern west part of the temple first, and the excavations soon reached up till the northern corner of it. Inscriptions depicting Habi, the God of the Nile, presenting offerings of various animal and birds covered the walls of the temple with vivid words featuring the name of Ptolemy IV Philopator.

Remains of limestone walls were also unearthed from the temple as well as the ground floor which was also found made of lime. Kom Ishqaw is the 10th Upper Egyptian nome.

The town is famous for having the Papyri, which features the famous poet Dioscorus of Aphrodito who lived there in the 6th century.

The ministry announced stopping the sewage process in the town, until the complete excavation of the area.

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3rd El-Gouna Film Festival reveals its awards https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/29/3rd-el-gouna-film-festival-reveals-its-awards/ Sun, 29 Sep 2019 15:19:12 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709425 You Will Die at Twenty, Talking About Trees, Exam won the Golden Star award, while Les Misérables won the Cinema for Humanity Audience Award

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The glamorous days of El-Gouna Film Festival (GFF)’s third edition have come to an end on Friday. The festival that captured Egypt’s attention for the past ten days, with celebrity news, dresses, and general celebration of art, closed the curtains of its final night, announcing this year’s winners.

Narrative film competition

Twelve films competed at the Feature Narrative Competition where veteran director Marwan Hamed headed the jury. The award El-Gouna Golden Star went to the film Satmoto Fel Eshreen, (You Will Die at Twenty), winning $50,000. 

Directed by the Sudanese Amjad Abu Alala, the film takes place in one of Sudan’s villages. Abu Alala takes the audience through a journey of a loving mother who gives birth to a boy, Muzamel. The boy is cursed by a Dervish prophecy that will end his life at 20. Knowing that, his mother gets overprotective as she takes her child and runs away.

Polish director Jan Komasa’s film Corpus Christi earned the El-Gouna Silver Star for Narrative Film award.

Starring Bartosz Bielenia, the film tells the story of a young man, Daneil, who gets a spiritual awakening call while spending a sentence at the youth detention centre. After getting out of jail, the young man’s criminal history prevents him from becoming a priest. The movie was premiered at 2019 Venice Film Festival, as well as at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

Bielenia also won the El-Gouna Star for Best Actor for his role in the film, marking his first award for the role.

As for the El-Gouna Bronze Star for Narrative Film, it went to Morrocan film, Adam, directed by Maryam Touzani who also wrote it in participation with producer Nabil Ayouch. The film is based on a true story Touzani lived herself, about an unwed pregnant woman looking for a job. The female director lived the story when her family sheltered a woman suffering from similar circumstances, back when it was illegal in Morocco.

The Best Narrative Arabic Film award went to the Algerian film Papicha by female filmmaker Mounia Meddour, as her first long film experience. The film tells the story of a student, Nedjma, who dreams of becoming a fashion designer with her own fashion show in the 1990s, despite the complexities of her country’s civil war.

The film was screened at Cannes Festival’s Un Certain Regard, and competed for the Caméra d’Or. At the festival, Meddour said that through this film, she “wanted to tell the story of this young woman who, through her resistance, takes us on a long journey full of obstacles and at the same time, revealing to us a number of facets of the Algerian society.”

For her role at the Tunisian film Nora’s Dream, prominent Tunisian actress Hend Sabry, won the El-Gouna Star for the Best Actress.

Lastly, the Cinema for Humanity Audience Award went to the French film Les Misérables, directed and co-written by Ladj Ly. The film is taken from a short film by the director under the same name. Inspired by Paris’s 2005 riots, the film follows

three members of an anti-crime brigade discovering different tensions in their district.

The film won the Jury Prize at Cannes film festival as well. 

Feature Documentary Competition

The El-Gouna Golden Star for Documentary Film went to the Sudanese film Talking About Trees by director Suhaib Gasmelbari. The film tackles the revival of old Sudanese films in the country, through featuring four old filmmakers who battle to bring the cinema back to Sudan and establish a Sudanese film club.

Competing with eight films, the movie 143 Sahara Street won El-Gouna Silver Star for Documentary Film. Directed by the Algerian Hassen Ferhani, the film tells the story of Malika, a highway diner that offers coffee, tea, and omelets to the drivers who pass by in their road trips. Through the movie, the audience gets to explore the history of the area, including the storyteller herself.

El-Gouna Bronze Star for Documentary Film award went to the documentary Kabul, City in the Wind. Directed by Aboozar Amini, the film features the details of Kabul city, the capital of Afghanistan through the life of a bus driver and two kids who roam the city destroyed by political and religious powers.

As for the El-Gouna Star for Best Arab Documentary Film, it went to Ibrahim: A Fate to Define by the Palestinian director Lina Alabed, who also co-wrote it with actor and director Rami Nihawi.

The film tackles the story of Lina’s father, Ibrahim, who left the house one day and never returned. Looking for him, the family found out that he is a secret member of the Revolutionary Council, popularly known as the Abu Nidal Organisation. The group is a Palestinian militant faction that opposed the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s attempts to adopt more peaceful solutions to the conflict with Israel. In the film, Lina imagines the destiny of her father from the day he went missing by connecting locations, faces, and thoughts that shaped her father’s world.

Short Film Competition

The competition witnessed a heated participation of 22 short films. The El-Gouna Golden Star for Short Film award went to Exam, a short film for the director Sonia K. Hadad.

The film goes into the life of a young teenager who gets involved in the process of delivering a pack of cocaine to a certain client, and later gets stuck in a weird cycle of occurrences.

Runner-up Lebanese film Ome (My Mother), by director Wassim Geagea, won the El-Gouna Silver Star for Short Film. In a journey that is full of questions about fairness, the film follows the life of nine-year old- boy, Elias who loses his mother unexpectedly, and desperately aims to revive her from heaven.

The Brazilian-Spanish film Flesh by director Camila Kater won the El-Gouna Bronze Star for Short Film. The 12-minute-film tackles the changes women’s bodies go through in different ages, and their perspectives towards their own bodies. Featuring deep talks with five women from different ages, globally considered taboo topics are discussed.

Jordanian director Zain Duraie’s Give Up the Ghost, won the El-Gouna Star for Best Arab Short Film. The film tells the story of a Jordanian housewife, Salam who dreams of becoming a mother. She falls apart when she learns about her inability to have children with her husband. The film displays a lifetime of convictions and beliefs that are put to the test as Salam realizes she must make a choice.

  The comedian star Mohamed Henedy was honoured during the closing ceremony.

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Egypt participates in 22nd Nairobi International Book Fair for the first time https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/26/egypt-participates-in-22nd-nairobi-international-book-fair-for-the-first-time/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 19:15:55 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709222 General Egyptian Book Organization participated in the book fair with 220 publications

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In its continuous attempts to spread Egyptian culture across nations, Egypt’s Ministry of Culture announced its participation in the 22nd Nairobi International Book Fair in Kenya. 

Egypt’s participation marks its first at the book fair, that runs from Thursday until 29 September under the theme of “Reading, Application, and Freedom.” Egyptian Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem is this year’s guest of honour. 

 Egypt’s ambassador to Nairobi, Khaled Al-Abyad, attended the inauguration of the book fair. The General Egyptian Book Organisation participated in the book fair with 220 publications about various topics. 

Abdel Dayem stated in a press release that the spread of Egyptian culture to the Nile origin countries strengthens the ties between Egypt and Africa, and deepens both cultural and historical roots. 

 

“The invitation for Egypt to participate at the 22nd Nairobi International Book Fair reflects the position of Egypt among the African countries,” she asserted, adding “it further sheds light to the cultural movements taking place in the African communities, as soft powers are nations’ ways of communications.”

 

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KCC to kick off Korean culture day on 8 October in Alexandria  https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/26/kcc-to-kick-off-korean-culture-day-on-8-october-in-alexandria/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 17:33:26 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709209 Maritime forces' team will take part in the event, perform joint training with Egyptian counterpart, says director

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The Korean Culture Center (KCC) will kick off Korean cultural day in Alexandria on 8 October, where the centre will present the diversified aspects of the Korean culture including food, traditional clothes, and maritime activities, said director of the KCC, Yang Sang Keun.

Yang statements came during a press conference on Wednesday to announce the inauguration of “Exhibition of the 2019 K-pop world festival in Egypt”.

“October is a very busy month for us. In the first half of October we will organise several activities in both Cairo and Alexandria,” Yang mentioned, noting that a team from the Korean maritime forces will visit Egypt from 7 to 9 October where it will participate in the cultural day in Alexandria and perform a joint training with its Egyptian counterpart.

Yang also inaugurated the “Exhibition of the 2019 K-pop world festival in Egypt” on 25 September to shed light on the Egyptian participants in the festival. The two-month exhibition will end on 25 November.

KCC will host a young Korean band at the Opera House on 9 October, while the Korean national day celebration will be held on 10 October at the Korean ambassador’s residence, Yang noted.

“I’ve been in Egypt for one year and 6 months. I’ve received the passion of the Egyptians toward our activities well in all the governorates we visited. I admire Egypt’s folkloric events we attend here,” he added.

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New York returns looted priest’s golden coffin to Egypt https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/26/new-york-returns-looted-priests-golden-coffin-to-egypt/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 09:04:13 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709156 The Gold Coffin of Nedjemankh was stolen from the Minya region of Egypt in the aftermath of the Egyptian Revolution in October 2011.

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An ancient Egyptian artefact that had been stolen and sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for $4m, was given back to Egypt on Wednesday.

This sarcophagus is a huge artefact stolen from the country in 2011 and sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The Gold Coffin of Nedjemankh was stolen from the Minya region of Egypt in the aftermath of the Egyptian Revolution in October 2011.

It dates back to between 150 BC to 50 BC.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participated in the ceremony held at the US Attorney General’s Office in New York. The Nedjemankh golden coffin was handed over.

The coffin belongs to a prominent priest during the first century BC. The gold-covered coffin has attracted 448,000 visitors since its display in 2018 in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The coffin’s return is part of bilateral cooperation between the United States and Egypt, according to a memorandum of understanding signed in November 2016, which provides for the protection of Egyptian antiquities from smuggling, Egypt was able to recover the artefact.

The recovery was part of an ongoing joint investigation with law enforcement partners in Egypt, Germany, and France.

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Heikal Foundation celebrates 3rd annual award ceremony https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/25/heikal-foundation-celebrates-3rd-annual-award-ceremony/ Wed, 25 Sep 2019 16:37:43 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709095 Heikal’s literary work to be displayed in Bibliotheca Alexandrina

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Years after his death, the memory of veteran Journalist Mohammed Hassanein Heikal still lives on. The Heikal Foundation for Arab Journalism celebrated on Monday the winners of the annual award ceremony, and the complete transfer of Heikal’s literary work, articles and office to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina to be on display to the public.

The annual award is given to young remarkable journalists for their achievements in the world of journalism.

The theatre of the Cairo Opera House was filled with Heikal’s students who grew up following his school of thought, and gaining from his knowledge.

Commemorating his 96th birthday, Egyptian media figures, along with public decision makers who shared with Heikal his political path, attended the ceremony. 

Egyptian Journalists Rahma Diaa, and Ahmed El-Lithy were the two winners of this year’s awards for their enriching articles. Diaa is a freelance journalist, who published her work in a number of Arabic platforms, while El-Lithy is the head of the investigations section of the Egyptian popular news website, Masrawy.    

In her speech, Heikal’s wife, and the Chairman of the Board of the Heikal Foundation, Hedayat Heikal, stated that since the establishment of the foundation, the number of Egyptian journalists who applied for the award has doubled, and the number of the Arab journalists increased by four times.

“I could not be prouder of how far we’ve come in just three years since the inception of this award, which not only celebrates Mr. Heikal, but cements his legacy of looking to the future of the press today through the hearts and minds of these brilliant young journalists,” she stated.

The Mohamed Hassanein Heikal Foundation for Arab Journalism was established in 2007 with a mandate to help young Arab journalists gain exposure to the latest trends on the international media scene, and provide technical support and training for journalists by engaging in dialogue and the exchange of ideas between media professionals in the region and abroad.

The Foundation began accepting applications for the competition from 1 March 2019; criteria included being an Arab journalist under the age of 40 and working at an Arabic language news outlet. The two awards, granted to two different winners, are worth EGP 250,000 each. It aims to provide young Arab journalists with the means and drive to enhance their skills, continue to excel in their profession, and reignite a passion for the field. In addition to its annual awards, the foundation provides grants for aspiring journalists to attend training workshops at leading global newspapers.

Heikal’s wife previously stated that the foundation presents “Heikal’s true belief that we must look to the future without forgetting the important lessons of the past. It is up to these talented young journalists to understand the past and take us to a better future.”

Heikal is one of Egypt’s most famous journalists, he spent more than 15 years of his professional career as the editor-in-chief of Egypt’s largest state news outlet Al-Ahram. His work is considered by many as a valuable source of the history of the modern Middle East. Dubbed Al-Ostaz [the master], his written speeches to Egypt’s late presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser, and Anwar Al-Sadat marked the announcements of the country’s most precious historical periods, including Abdel Nasser’s famous speech of nationalizing the Suez Canal in 1956.

Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly, appeared on a pre-recorded video celebrating the winners of the award for their achievements stating that they, with the help of Heikal Foundation “support journalism, which is a key profession in furthering the fabric of Egyptian society and contributing to building up Egyptian culture and youth.”


Displaying Heikal’s legacy to the public

The ceremony also celebrated the transfer of Heikal’s complete collection of articles, books, documents, manuscripts, rare documents, belongings, library, and office to the Library of Alexandria to be put on display for the public. 

Director of the New Library of Alexandria Mostafa El-Feki, stated in his speech his thrill to the generosity of Heikal’s family, especially his wife, Hedayat, who “negotiated every single detail with the library to make sure that all of the late legend’s belongings are out for the maximum possible people to make use of them.”

“We are not only honored to be fulfilling the great writer’s wish, but to be giving the nation access to the legacy of Al-Ostaz, one of the most distinguished minds of our time,” El-Fikky said, adding, “these include close to 25,000 books, over 40,000 documents and manuscripts handwritten by Al-Ostaz himself, and rare maps and photographs that will be on display to the benefit of generations to come.”

The belongings are currently out at the library for the public to explore and study.

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Found In the Street Museum: chronicling wasted photographs of Egypt’s history  https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/24/found-in-the-street-museum-chronicling-wasted-photographs-of-egypts-history/ Tue, 24 Sep 2019 15:04:52 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708977 Our streets are full of treasures thrown away due to missing photography documentation tools, says founder

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In what seemed to be a very normal day in the life of multimedia journalist Ahmed Hamed, he stumbled upon a timeworn, almost fading negative. After finding this trash-turned-treasure, life wasn’t same. While anyone else would have neglected it and continued on their way, Hamed could not fight his detail-oriented nature, and the desire to take the photo and explore the memories it documents. After putting all of his efforts into photographic processing in order to restore old and deteriorated photos, the multimedia journalist found a spark that would lead him to inaugurate the Found In the Street Museum.

The negative belonged to a family on vacation, with several pictures of them at the beach, and others joyfully posing in front of El-Sayed El-Badawy Mosque in Tanta. After reconciling with the idea of people throwing away photos of their lives onto the street, with people stepping on them, without any real attention paid to them, Hamoud found himself dedicated to finding and collecting negatives, pictures, documents from the street. The collecting and restoring of tossed photos became much more than anyone could have ever believed.

Found In the Street Museum is a platform that documents the history of photography in Egypt through chronicling the photographs that are randomly found in public without recognising their owners.

For two years, Hamed managed to collect hundreds of pictures  from the street belonging to different historical eras. He soon decided to post them on social media for documentation.

“Our streets are full of treasures that are thrown away due to missing photography documentation tools,” Hamed told Daily News Egypt.

While many believe it is hard to find hundreds of pictures thrown on the street, Hamed assures that such treasures truly exist as a result to a lack of photography documentation entities.

“There isn’t a single organisation in Egypt that is responsible for stating the phases of photography in Egypt, and through this online museum I hope to launch the country’s first platform aiming to highlight the development of the camera captured through ages,” he explained.

All of the photographers in Egypt throughout the ages held the position of all the negatives of all the captured pictures.

“Some of them died, and others closed shoppe after the technological progression into digitalised content, and no one knows where these negatives ended up,” Hamed stated.

The passionate photographer in his early 30s spends his daily free time repairing the deeply damaged negatives he finds, with the aim of bringing the world a scene that deserves to be seen and not to be wasted in the trash, and forgotten from history.

He elaborated that Egypt is one of the most enriching places to document the history of photography, “as it is one of the very first countries’ photographers came to in order to capture the pyramids. So, in finding these pictures, it allows us to study the development of the industry.”

In his daily route from and to work between Downtown and Old Cairo, Hamed comes across dozens of documents that he filters before publishing.

From his point of view, pictures have to be felt, and sensed, in order to see the light.

“The beauty of a certain photograph lies in its unidentified dimensions; the warmth of the scenery, the authenticity of the story it tells, and the feeling it leaves you with,” he concluded, smiling.

   

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Efforts of bringing back Egyptian handicrafts to global market https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/23/efforts-of-bringing-back-egyptian-handicrafts-to-global-market/ Mon, 23 Sep 2019 13:55:14 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708817 Huge part of selling products is selling story of people who made it as person who made items is as important as product itself, say advisors

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“I come from an extremely deprived background. My father used to be over the moon only when having a few kilos of flour, not to mention the rest of the food. I grew up always wondering, how come those artisans who bring the world some of its finest, most mesmerising handicrafts live such a cruel life, without life’s basic needs?!”  Shayeb Botrous, head of carpentering workshops of Higaza village in Qena, said while speaking about the struggles facing craftworks in Egypt.

Botrous’s speech came as a part of the conference, ‘Handicrafts in Egypt: Are We on The Right Track?’, which was held last week. The conference, which is organised by the Egyptian Centre For Economic Studies  (ECES), tackled the world of handmade products from all its aspects, featuring the tools of improving the handicrafts scene in Egypt through discussing the main struggles of artisans, the lack of proper equipment, funds, as well as the serious need of meeting global standards in order to force the Egyptian product into the global market.

“We are here to discuss whether we are on the right track or not. Let me clearly say: as handmade artists we no longer see any path. Most of us got lost in the dilemma of establishing a decent life for our kids, better than the one we grew up living, even if it means for many of us to step aside from the crafts of our ancestors,” Botrous added.

Botrous, discussed along with a number of handicraft owners the problems they witness as artisans in producing handicrafts that are about to be extinguished. Textile, gold, pottery, glass, candles, metals, stones, jewellery, rugs, and klims are among the handicrafts that were discussed at the conference that ended with applying a strategy for the government in order to enhance the situation of handmade crafts in Egypt.

Members of the Egyptian Export Council for Handicrafts and the Chamber of Handicrafts represented the government’s side of adopting the crafts, portraying their efforts in overcoming the challenges and the struggles the industry severely suffers from.

The estimated domestic market for handicrafts in Egypt was about EGP 3.3bn in 2017, according to a study by the Chamber of Handicrafts in 2018.

Main mentioned struggles:

Throughout the discussion, Botrous expressed that as the owner of the biggest workshop producing wooden handicrafts in Higaza village, the lack of resources is the main challenge they face as craftsmen.

“We have no proper wood. We applied several times for the government to facilitate our wood import from South Africa, which is considered the best wood in the world, and it would not cost the government more than it does to import from regions like Asia and India. Still, we were met with no response–abandoned with  poor-quality wood that does not help us shape it properly,” he explained.

He further added that all the private support the village receives from entities is met with excessive orders of ownership. “For almost all of them, supporting us means requiring they own the designs, products, and exceeding our working hours to more than we can,” he added.

Explaining the reasons behind the massively reduced number of artisans in the wood handicraft sector, he highlighted that many of them became Tuktuk drivers as it guarantees them more money. 

In the field of jewellery, Azza Fahmy, a leading silver designer, mentioned another struggle she continuously faces which is the lack of the historical statements of the designs.

“We have no reference of jewellery designs in Egypt. The ancient ones are not chronicled, which does not document any designs related to any decades,” she said.

The legendary designer established her own training school to enrol young talents, in order to help them have the proper training of gold and silver techniques.

“We lack qualified training schools, that bring to the world designers capable of producing well-shaped handicrafts that can compete with the international market in the quality, and the safety criteria,” she pointed out.

Fahmy asserted that so far, Egyptian designs and productions do not compete in international markets, compared to Africa and Asia.

Marketing existing craftwork

All of the attending craftsmen agreed that the lack of proper marketing locally and regionally are key points behind the lack of increase of the numbers of sold handicrafts.

Almost all of the participating speakers asserted that they previously tried a number of times to have a showroom at the Cairo International airport but failed, as they found themselves “replaced with some less quality products exported from other countries that represent nothing of the Egyptian identity.”

Discussing the partnership between private institutions and government efforts, Mariam Nash’at, the presentative of Alex Bank, spoke about the four-year-old annual international Handicrafts Show, Ebdaa’ Men Masr.

Every year, the exhibition gathers thousands of artisans from all across Egypt in one place, allowing visitors to roam the governorates from north to south with the aim of promoting their work worldwide.

Creative Egypt is a permanent showroom for Egyptian handicrafts. Artisans of various productions have their creations on display in Cairo. It aims to provide craftsmen with sustainable development, and the opportunity to permanently showcase their products at the market which can afford to purchase them.

According to Creative Egypt’s spokesperson, Sahar El-Sokot, the store targets classes A and B who can afford the rather valuable products that are being sold for “reasonably pricey sums.”

Speaking of marketing Egyptian handicrafts regionally, Director of the Gerhart Centre (which focuses on philanthropy, civic engagement, and responsible business) at the American University in Cairo (AUC), Ali Awny, spoke about the main flaws facing the global promotion of Egyptian handmade crafts.

Awny explained that his work and research in the field revealed that the lack of marketing comes as people outside Egypt do not know about the story of the artisans who came up with the products.

“A huge part of selling these products, is selling the story of the people who made it. In handicrafts, the person who made the items is as important as the product itself. Their lives matter enough to be mentioned and written aside every item they manage to create,” Awny declared.

He highlights the importance of clearing the story behind the product whether from a heritage point of view or from the struggle and aspiration of the artisans behind it.

“When people know the details of the person who spent months of his life making the bedcover they are about to purchase, they appreciate it and would be willing to buy it no matter how expensive it is,” he asserted.

Throughout his speech, Awny explained that some of the known carpet makers in Iran spend all of their lives making between 15 to 20 carpets, “as every piece takes approximately five years, and some would reach up to 60!”. Yet, as expensive as they are, they all get sold right away as they their customers wait for them.

“We [Egyptians] fail to have our branding, which eases the marketing of the handicrafts,” he explained.

Government Proposals  

After hours of discussing the challenges of the crafts world in Egypt and methods to overcome them, the team of ECES came up with a number of proposals for the government to enhance the status quo.

Among the proposals was establishing an entity to legislate the laws to parliament, and monitor their application, and to manage the establishment of regular handicraft exhibits both inside and outside Egypt.

The proposals also included establishing an industrial neighbourhood equipped with all of the required equipment and needs for the craftsmen to produce their art work, as well as increasing the training programmes of the crafts and the craftsmen.

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Samaa’ International Festival sends a message for peace https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/23/samaa-international-festival-sends-a-message-for-peace/ Sun, 22 Sep 2019 22:50:02 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708748 For 12 years, it has been under the supervision of the ministries of culture, tourism, and foreign affairs, in cooperation with the cultural development fund.

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Under the slogan “Nation without Boarders”, Egypt’s Minister of Culture Inas Abdel-Dayem, inaugurated on Saturday the 21st Samaa’ International Festival for Spiritual Music and Chanting.

Directed by the veteran musician Intesar Abdel Fattah, the festival is one of the biggest Sufi musical events in the region combining both troupes and people from the Middle East, performing amid the walls of the historical captivating Cairo citadel.

For 12 years, it has been under the supervision of the ministries of culture, tourism, and foreign affairs, in cooperation with the cultural development fund.

In her statement, Abdel-Dayem asserted that this edition comes to complete the peace and affectionate march which Egypt has been leading for thousands of years, explaining that the festival stresses on cooperation and discussions among nations.

For his side, Abdel Fattah stated that the festival aims to introduce audience to the art of religious heritage music to create a wider world that accepts music of all backgrounds and origins.

Africa comes to be this year’s guest of honor, celebrating Egypt as the head of the African Union.

Running until 26 September, 20 countries are participating in this edition to perform a number of concerts performing solos and in duos.

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Four giant relics moved to GEM from Egyptian Museum https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/21/four-giant-relics-moved-to-gem-from-egyptian-museum/ Sat, 21 Sep 2019 19:04:07 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708638 The giant relics were displayed at the garden of the Egyptian Museum, and they were moved to be displayed at one of the GEM’s most capturing areas.

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Four giant relics were transferred on Friday to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) from Tahrir’s Egyptian Museum, in preparation for displaying them on the museum’s grand staircase when the museum opens next year.

The antiquities include two large statues featuring Senosert I, who was second the pharaoh of the 12th Dynasty in Egypt, and a 20-tonne, red granite statue featuring Ramses II standing between the gods of Ptah and Sekhmet, as well as the top of a Hatshepsut obelisk, which weighs 14 tonnes.

The giant relics were displayed at the garden of the Egyptian Museum, and they were moved to be displayed at one of the GEM’s most capturing areas.

The process took four hours from Cairo’s Downtown into Giza’s GEM overlooking the pyramids. The process is a part of the final preparations for the grand opening of the GEM, planned for 2020. The exact time of the opening of the museum has yet to be released.

The four antiquities will be part of the 100,000 artefacts the museum will put on display, including the whole collection of Tutankhamun’s belongings and the antiquities that were found in his burial chamber.

The GEM’s planned-to-be-showcased antiquities reflects Egypt’s various historical eras; from prehistory through to the Greek and Roman periods.

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Tutankhamun Opera finalised following Opera Aida play https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/18/tutankhamun-opera-finalised-following-opera-aida-play/ Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:55:52 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708344 The opera is to depict the life of Tutankhamun as the youngest pharaoh to rule Egypt, focusing on the dramatic events that changed his life from an early age until his death.

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Veteran archaeologist Zahi Hawas, announced the finalising of the script of the Tutankhamun Opera, planned to be the opening show of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in 2020.

The former minister of antiquities stated that the show is planned to be featured as the gala Opera Aida show, adding that it will also be performed on 22 November 2022 at Luxor’s Valley of the Kings, in celebration of the centennial discovery of the young king’s tomb.

The opera is to depict the life of Tutankhamun as the youngest pharaoh to rule Egypt, focusing on the dramatic events that changed his life from an early age until his death.

The GEM is expected to open by the end of 2020, according to state-media outlet, Al-Ahram Online. It is planned to have the whole collection of Tutankhamun’s monuments displayed, which were discovered in his burial chamber in 1912, and were never displayed before.

Hawas previously explained that the opera recites the historical timeline of the young pharaoh, since he was a little child who was born and raised by his step-mother, Nefertiti.

It tells the story of Nefertiti, the jealous step-mother who does not want Tutankhamun to rule after his father, to the extent of requesting one of Egypt’s enemies to kill Tutankhamun.

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NMEC displays 5,000 artefacts donated by AUC https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/17/nmec-displays-5000-artefacts-donated-by-auc/ Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:57:04 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708289 Antiquities legally processed by the university were unearthed in 1960s   

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The National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) received on Tuesday 5,000 artefacts that were given by the American University in Cairo (AUC) to the Egyptian government two years ago, according to state-owned Al-Ahram.

The Islamic, Coptic, Pharaonic, Greek, and Roman antiquities, were legally processed by the AUC since the 1960s, after they were unearthed by an Egyptian-American excavation mission. At the time, the law stipulated the approval of any foreign mission to keep half of their artefact findings.

The joint mission dedicated its findings to the AUC, as the head of the US mission was the late George Scanlon, professor emeritus in AUC’s Department of Arab and Islamic Civilisations.

The relics were unearthed in the Fustat area. The museum is currently putting some of the artefacts on display while restoring the ones in need.

The artefacts include pottery shards, pieces of fabric, glass fragments, beads, and some coins. As for the bulk of the materials, they consist of fragments of everyday pottery, such as bowls, ulnas, jars, and bits of luxurious lusterware vessels. Most of the materials could be dated back to the 10th and 11th centuries. Some of the objects in the collection had been legal gifts to the university.

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Remains of ancient temple unearthed in Sohag after illegal digging by locals https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/17/remains-of-ancient-temple-unearthed-in-sohag-after-illegal-digging-by-locals/ Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:12:09 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708271 It’s believed to belong to Roman Empire era, says Ashmawy

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The ministry of antiquities, on Sunday, announced the unearthing of parts of an ancient temple beneath a house in Sohag, whose owners have been illegally digging for antiquities.

The era to which the temple belongs to has yet to be determined.

However, Ayman Ashmawy, head of the Egyptian antiquities sector at the ministry, said that the temple likely belongs to the Roman Empire era, due to the design of the unearthed limestone aisles.

An archaeological mission is currently examining the temple to discover further details about it, Ashmawy told DMC channel. 

The story began when the police was informed that some people were digging at their house for days searching for antiquities in Sohag.

They dug a 9-metre hole beneath the house, leading them into two 0.60-metre alleys made of limestone. A room made of limestone was also found, whose walls were covered with inscriptions, writings, and decorations.

They also found relics indicating that the discovery is part of an ancient temple that may belong to the Roman Empire era which started its rule in Egypt 30 BC after the end of the Ptolemaic rule by the death of Cleopatra.

Ashmawy explained that the design of the unearthed room indicates that it was a bathroom or a service room of a huge building, and that the alleys are connecting paths inside the temple.

“This cannot be the main building of the temple, as the Roman Empire did not use limestone in building their temples,” he assured.

This is the second discovery of its kind in the same week, he added.

Another temple was discovered a few days ago in the village of Kom Ashqaw in Sohag, whilst a contracting company was digging to complete the sewage project in the village. An archaeological mission was formed to examine the temple and define its era.

Ashmawy said that digging in this area was illegal, referring to the fact that it falls under the Law No 117 for 1983 for protecting antiquities. It means that the area has many unearthed antiquities, and that individuals cannot search for them.

Coincidence led to the discovery of many antiquities recently in Egypt, partly because of people’s obsession with getting rich quickly, especially in the residential areas built over archaeological sites, Ashmawy added.

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EGP 16m Belgian grant, to complete the restoration of Baron Palace https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/15/egp-16m-belgian-grant-to-complete-the-restoration-of-baron-palace/ Sun, 15 Sep 2019 07:30:51 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708019 Fund is part of Egyptian-Belgian cooperation in heritage reservation, El-Anany states 85% of restoration completed with total of EGP 104m

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Almost two months ahead the grand opening of the iconic Baron Palace after decades of closed doors, Egypt signed a debt swap agreement with Belgium to fund the palace restoration with EGP 16m.

Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Sahar Nasr, singed the agreement on Thursday with the Belgian ambassador to Egypt Sibille de Cartier. In the palatial garden, Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El-Anany, attended the signing in celebration of restoring the palace which is in the final stages.

The agreement states investing the money into the restoration of the place in order to turn into a chronicling gate which announces the history of Heliopolis over the decades.

The EGP 16m fund is a part of the Egyptian-Belgian cooperation in the field of heritage reservation.

The minister of antiquities stated that 85% of the restoration is completed, with a total of EGP 104m, some of which is the Belgian grant.

The Belgian embassy in Egypt expressed its thrill in taking part in renovating the heritage palace that was  built by a Belgian millionaire and the founder of Heliopolis Edouard Louis Joseph, or Baron Empain, at the end of the 19th century.

“We are proud to contribute to the preservation of this important common heritage and hope it will lead to many more initiatives to protect and renovate the ‘city of the sun’!” the embassy tweeted.

De Cartier asserted that relations between both countries are strong and as deep as the Baron palace, as they started last century to establish them.

“Baron palace presents the Egyptian-Belgian historical cooperation, and the relation between both countries starts from the establishment of Heliopolis. This agreement takes part in opening the new museum which portrays the history of the ties between the two countries,” she said.

For her side, Nasr stated in a press release that the fund comes as a part of the ministry’s direction to establish a debt exchange programme in which Egypt settles its debts by using the finances in cultural development projects.

Nasr further added that the ministry targets applying the loan exchange programme with Italy, and Germany “as this allows for investing the loans in priority venture and development projects in Egypt.”

The museum is planned to be a documentation to the elite neighbourhood it was built in, Heliopolis. A museum is to be opened at the palace to document the pictures, documents, and archived blueprints of the palace since its establishment.

The restoration of the palace started in 2017. So far, the ministry successfully renovated the ceiling of the building, and its almost worn away front part.

The palace is considered one of the most famous and remarkable landmarks of Heliopolis, if not all of Egypt. It was designed by French architect Alexandre Marcel.

Baron Empain had a major role in designing the upper-class Heliopolis neighbourhood in Cairo, from the time he arrived in Egypt in 1904.

He established his own business, which was called Heliopolis Oasis Company, bought a large space of desert from the colonial forces, and turned it into what is currently known as Heliopolis.

He died in 1929, and was buried under the Basilica Church in Heliopolis, which was linked to the Baron palace by an underground tunnel.

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Egypt’s most listened to music on Spotify during summer https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/11/egypts-most-listened-to-music-on-spotify-during-summer/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 07:43:43 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707652 Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy, came in second place after Senorita in Egypt. The pop artist’s latest releases are also an international hit, with more than 500m views on YouTube.

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As summer is coming to an end in Egypt, ushering in the months of coldness, the music Egyptians were fond of during the hot season are far from fading. In its most recent releases, the international music platform, Spotify, revealed the songs Egyptians most listened to during the summer months.

Following the global hit, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s collaboration, Senorita topped the chart in Egypt, to become Spotify’s most-streamed global song of the summer for 2019. The song is the second collaboration between Mendes and Cabello, and obtained more than 565m streams since its June release, becoming a hit track which has simmered atop Spotify’s Global Top 50 chart for eight straight weeks.

Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy, came in second place after Senorita in Egypt. The pop artist’s latest releases are also an international hit, with more than 500m views on YouTube.

The third place was reserved for Egypt’s most famous underground band Cairooke, Kan La’ak Ma’aya (What You Had With Me) in their remake of the legendary Um Kolthoum song, holding the same title. The band’s number of listened-to songs witnessed increased popularity over the past decade on the platform, leading it to being the third most listened to song over the summer.

Imagine Dragons’s Believer was the fourth fan-favourite this summer in Egypt. The song “has been witnessing massive popularity since its release back in 2017 and made its way up to fifth place in Egypt’s most-streamed songs of summer,” according to Spotify’s press release.

Halsey’s “Without Me” came in sixth place as Egyptians most favourite song this summer, followed by Egypt’s pop star Mohammed Hamaky’s latest release Mel Bedaya (From the Start). The song is one of Hamaky’s most recent albums that saw the light earlier this year, causing a huge buzz in the Egyptian music scene.

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care” came in eighth place.

While Post Malone’s recently released singles have been witnessing massive acclaim since they hit the market this year, his 2018 hit “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage, secured its place at number nine in the top 10 most streamed songs on Spotify this summer in Egypt.

Billie Eilish also marked another position in the top 10 most listened-to music in Egypt, with her latest hit Lovely. 

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Amid international accreditation, Mama meets Egyptians in its local premiere https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/11/amid-international-accreditation-mama-meets-egyptians-in-its-local-premiere/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 07:42:21 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707639 The theatre play features mothers’ roles of encouraging women’s oppression in Arab society

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Ever since he stepped into the world of media production, writer and director Ahmed El Attar attached his name to revealing controversial content which depicts nothing but the truthful status quo of Egyptian society. Through a detailed, well-written script and one-of-a-kind talent that captivates one to the story effortlessly, El Attar engraves the –sometimes hurtful- truth on the walls of the beautifully portrayed art of his plays.

The artist is to have his latest considerable theatre hit, Mama, in its local premiere amid international praise. In his latest plays El Attar tackles the issue of women’s roles in implementing gender discrimination against females, and how they subconsciously encourage it against their own daughters.

Mama is a social theatre play that is written and directed by El Attar, which takes place inside the living room of a Cairo-based, upper middle-class family. The play takes the audience into a world that looks similar to the ones most of them live in, featuring the family bonds in Egypt, and their effect of making a difference.

In the living room, which protects family intimacy and welcomes visitors from outside, and where women dominate the scene. Mama exposes the complex layers of alternating relationships of power and morality which generate and motivate them, according to the press release of the play.

In 75 minutes, El Attar leads audiences behind the scenes of women’s oppression in Arab society. To what may look like men dominating women and controlling their lives, he sheds light on another perspective which is that women are the source of implementing these oppressive ideas in their children while growing up.

The play premiered at the Avignon international theatre festival–the largest theatre festival in the world– and was an international success throughout the past year when it toured over eight cities in Europe. It will open its doors to Egyptian audiences on eight evenings, between 12 and 15 September, and between 20 and 23 at Cairo’s Falaki theatre.

The play was coproduced by the Avignon festival, making it the first Egyptian play to ever be coproduced by the 72-year-old festival. Mama, which premiered at the Avignon festival in July 2018, has been touring some of the most prestigious festivals and theatres across France since then, according to the press release.

In its international premiere at the Avignon festival, El Attar stated that “Arab society is a purely masculine society. We must go beyond the obvious and search even more to be able to change. The mother is often the one who raises the children. She feeds them the same traditional concepts of the patriarchal society. She contributes to the transmission of masculine ideas. I try in ‘Mama’ to highlight the conflicts that occur between women in the same family for reasons of control and domination.”

Featuring 13 characters, the play reflects the image of society with all the characters that grow up, become shaped and forcefully ensconced into their predetermined roles.

Mama stars Abdelrahman Magdy; Dalia Ramzi; Hadeer Moustafa; Heba Rifaat; Menha El Batrawy; Menna El Touny; Mohamed Hatem; Mona Soliman; Nanda Mohammad; Noha El Kholy; Ramsi Lehner; Teymour El Atta;, Belal Ali, and Seif Mohamed.

The play is the third part of the family trilogy as the director created a series of the family structures, and the desired change for a difference in the Arab world.

Furthermore, El Attar follows the school of showcasing the daily dilemmas of Egyptian society onstage. Believing in of presenting another perspective of social issues, he tackles what most people see as closed taboo subjects. In his previous plays, “La vie est belle”, “Waiting for My Uncle from America”, and “The Last Supper”, El Attar also tackled social sides of regular Egyptian families from different perspectives.

El Attar received numerous local and international recognition. Most recently, he was named Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (2019), a prestigious award bestowed by the French Ministry of Culture which was offered to El Attar for his significant contribution to the field of theatre and for an important role he plays in creating bridges between the Egyptian/Arab and French art and theatre.

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