<![CDATA[rss-Arts & Culture]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Arts & Culture]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Looney Tunes Show first time in Egypt by Mall of Arabia ]]>
The Looney Tunes show saw a huge turnout of mall visitors and was attended by more than 6,000 spectators during the period of January 3rd to January 12th. The show is one of a series of unique and exclusive events held at The Expansion catering to the various needs of all members of the family.

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1/19/2019 6:14:44 PM
<![CDATA['Amin and Partners' theatrical project to start on Jan.31 ]]>
The live show will be staged twice a week, at MUST Opera House starting January 31, and will screen on DMC.

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Mohamed Amin - Press Photo

A workshop of writers spent about three months to create a sketch-based theater that brings back Amin’s satirical social observations to the screens, in a newly innovated form that fulfills his vision and passion for Egyptian theater.

The theatrical show will feature Amin along with newly introduced talents, as well as talents who were previously introduced in Amin's famous TV program 'Al Plateau'.

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Amin aims at creating a talent hub through this project, that gives the space to young writers and actors.

Produced by Mohamed Gebeily and directed by Alaa Ismail, the show will be brought by the same crew of Al Plateau.

Amin’s first gig was “30 sanya.” videos on YouTube The low-production content was relate-able to his loyal fan base, then Etisalat sponsored his following show “El Break”.

Amin’s first TV show “Al Plateau” became one of the most popular local comedy shows, with 131,330,187 views. In Ramadan 2017, Amin participated with the famed comedian Akram Hosny in the popular comic series “Al Wassiya” ( The Legacy) . The series achieved a huge success.
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1/19/2019 4:29:15 PM
<![CDATA[An hour with Shahad Al Rawi ]]>
CAIRO - 19 January 2019: Shahad Al Rawi a runner up in the Arab Booker award for her debut novel, The Baghdad Clock and winner of the First Book Award at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, is a young Iraqi author who has been the focus of the international press and Egypt Today caught up with her for an exclusive interview.

Q1: Much has been written about Shahd Al Rawi, how would you describe her?

I am not sure that much has been written about me, perhaps about my novel there has been many opinions and reviews. Shahd is a human being who found herself in this life, and strives to give this existence a meaning, at the age of thirty she discovered that the novel is the closest way to that sense. I do not wish to be anything more than to be myself and to express it in writing.

Q2: At what stage of your life did you think that you want to be a writer

From my first year of studies, I loved writing, and it took me countless attempts to search for the writer within me. I tried writing in many literary genres, and whenever I failed at each one, I kept looking for another genre, one that can give me the freedom to fit my expressive ability. I wrote in spoken and phonetic language and I have attempts in poetry but it is not worthy of publishing. I did not fear failure and I did not hesitate to try various form of literature.

Q3: When did you start jotting the first lines of The Baghdad Clock? Describe to us the journey of its completion and who/what inspired you to write it?

In the spring of 2015 I had finished reading a collection of novels written in English, most of them were by women from different countries and cultures. I was struck by their direct approach that is devoid of literary exaggerations. I told myself then, that I had an important story and I had to tell it, I sat down in front of the computer and discovered that the first sentence just did not want to come together. I left the table in an almost defeated state. I asked myself 'how would I write a novel and I do not even know how to begin? After several attempts, the opening sentence came as follows: ("Before she finished her story, I cut her off and got up from my seat, I went over to my mother and asked... ) After this sentence by a year and a half , the novel was completed and ready to be sent to the publisher. These were the best days of my life, the process of writing is a beautiful time, in fact it is extremely beautiful.. During this period there were short interruptions as I was travelling back and forth to see my parents in Iraq's Kurdistan but the book's events were living with me more than 24 hours a day.

Q4: How did you get nominated for the Edinburgh book award?

After the translation of the novel into English, it got published by the British publishing house 'One World' and I received an invitation to attend the Edinburgh International Book Festival but I did not know that my novel entered the first novel contest this year, I only found out through my presence at the exhibition. I then went on to the festival website and found that 'The Baghdad Clock' was competing with 49 English novels, some of which were nominated for the long list of the well-known Man Booker Awards. I did not expect to win yet at the same time I had a slight hope of doing so. When I received the letter from the festival' president I could not believe myself and kept reading it over and over again. It really was a phenomenal happiness.

Q5: The Baghdad Clock won The Edinburgh Book award but came as a runner up in the Arab booker prize, in your opinion what are the reasons and could western audience be more receptive to the novel?

This is my first novel and competed with 124 Arabic novels, and the novel has reached its eighth edition in Arabic as so many readers fell in love with it. The Westerners loved it equally, because it is a story written from the heart, 'a local' novel written with real human feelings. We love books from different cultures not because they tell real stories about their culture, but because they belong to our planet who share the same feelings with us; Sadness, joy, love..etc are things that belong to human beings wherever they are. This novel belongs to everyone living in our world,

Q6: What did the award mean to you or what did it represent? And what impact will it have on your future work and personal life?

It is a representation of success, and I do not think there is a single writer in the world who does not seek success. The Edinburgh Festival Award will remain an important milestone in my journey. I will now have an additional responsibility for my upcoming novel. I know that my freedom has become restricted to certain extent. There is more pressure on me as I am directly under the spotlight. I do not want to be known or restricted by my first novel. I will try to take a few steps at least. Talking about this is easy, but when you sit at a table to write things are different.

Q7: As an Iraqi author do you think that long years of wars have shaped the subject matter of Iraqi literature as it is an integral part of Iraq's reality, and has this limited the scope of Iraqi writers or opened new horizons for them?

Certainly, wars and sanctions that have spanned almost 40 years will not leave the Iraqi writers free to overcome these things. We have lived through different kinds of wars and our personalities were formed from within them. I have tried to escape from the language of war, I had only one sentence (the fall of Baghdad) but it is beyond me that the war goes in line with stories of love, songs and mass exodus. This is not something that belongs to the Iraqi writers alone. The literature of war is well known in the experiences of world literature.
The state of war is supposed to be an exception to a peaceful life, but in my country the opposite is true. Peace was achieved only in the form of a short stroll waiting for a new war. I do not think that the Iraqi novel or the Iraqi literature in general will get rid of the sound of explosions in the foreseeable future even if God bless us with the peace we wish. War has unfortunately become an 'obnoxious friend' that we have to live with.

Q8: what does Shahad like to do on a daily basis? Hobbies, interests, activities? Favourite Iraqi food, writer, type of music that you listen to etc

I live a normal life, read it a lot, go to the gym sporadically, I love the kitchen but I'm not a good cook, I listen to old Iraq songs; the ones that I loved in the nineties when I was a teenager, sometimes I hear some classical music and I like Wagner and Vivaldi. I have a very limited number of friends, rarely meet them. In the past two years I have been busy preparing my doctoral thesis. I am always searching for resources that help me in this field and I have difficulty in doing so. Apart from these things, I go to the cinema at irregular times.

Q9: Can you envisage The Baghdad Clock being made into a film or TV series and if so who would play the two friends?

I'm not so enthusiastic about it, and I have not been offered such a thing. Writing novels is the most important thing that drives my passion.

Q 10: Has The Baghdad Clock success affected your next book release.

I started months ago with my new novel, but The Arab Booker and participating in world festivals in Edinburgh, Berlin and soon in India kept me out of the fold. I really feel guilty about the characters because I left them hanging at the beginning of the events. As I said earlier, I want to return to my solitude with the laptop outside of the ''prison'' that "The Baghdad Clock" has entrapped me within, I need to be liberated as soon as possible so then I can build a real relationship with the new novel.
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1/19/2019 1:37:02 PM
<![CDATA[Badreya releases 'El Masry Haya' promo]]>CAIRO – 19 January 2019: Egyptian/American actor Sayed Badreya released the promo of his upcoming short movie ‘’El Masry Haya’’ ( The Egyptian..Life).

Miko Saeed who is an Egyptian filmmaker living in US will participate with Badreya in making this movie.




Badreya told Egypt Today that he will participate in a number of international festivals with ‘’El Masry Haya’’.

The short movie will tackle the experience of an Egyptian immigrant who travelled to the United States and managed to achieve success in Hollywood.

Badreya will take part in the American series “Outlier”, as he will perform the role of Dr. Scarab, a chemist who manages to save humanity from a fatal disease.


Badreya said that the new character he is playing holds numerous surprises for the audience. In the meantime, Badreya is filming the second part of the series “Apple and Onion” that boasts a high viewership in America.

Badreya is an Egyptian American actor. He was born in 1957 in Port Said, Egypt. Badreya participated in many roles in movies and series; he appeared in “American East”, “Iron Man”, “Cargo”, and “The Dictator”. Badreya also provided motion capture and voice work for Pirate Ramses in "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception".

He previously won the Best Actor award from the 13th edition of ‘Action on Film Festival’ in Las Vegas for his role in the American movie ‘Aileron.’

Badreya has had only one dream since he was young; to travel to Hollywood and work in the cinema there. He fulfilled his dream by performing roles in great Hollywood films like ‘The Insider,’ ‘Three Kings,’ and ‘Independence Day.’ Before heading to Hollywood, Badreya studied acting in New York University Film School.
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1/19/2019 1:28:20 PM
<![CDATA[Poet quits Swedish Academy after being found to leak Nobel winner names]]>
The poet Katarina Frostenson and her photographer husband Jean-Claude Arnault, who was jailed last year for rape, have been at the center of turmoil at the Swedish Academy, which led to it awarding no Nobel Prize in literature last year. Two prize winners will be picked this year.

The Academy said it would pay Frostenson, who denied breaching secrecy rules, a monthly pension worth around $1,400 and rent subsidies in a settlement.

“Katarina Frostenson now chooses to leave the Swedish Academy,” it said in a statement.

The Academy, founded in the 18th century to safeguard the Swedish language, picks the winner of the Nobel Prize only in the field of literature. Prizes in science, medicine and economics are awarded by other Swedish bodies and the peace prize winner is selected by a Norwegian committee.

Last year, Frostenson’s husband Arnault was convicted of two counts of rape and sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison.

Arnault, who ran a culture institute that had dealings with the Academy, was also accused of having leaked the names of the winners of the Nobel prize on several occasions after learning of them from his wife. He denied the accusation.

Several members of the Academy left in the wake of the scandal. The Academy has since appointed several new members and set up a new prize committee, aiming to restore public confidence and retain the right to pick the winners of the world’s most prestigious literary award.


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1/19/2019 1:12:33 PM
<![CDATA[Banksy 'snow' pollution mural sold for over $130,000]]>
From one side, the “Season’s Greetings” mural on a concrete block garage in Wales shows a small boy with his tongue out to catch snow that, when viewed from another side, turns out to be ash from an industrial bin.

“I bought it and it cost me a six-figure sum,” John Brandler of Brandler Galleries, told Reuters by telephone.

“I am lending it to Port Talbot for a minimum of two or three years. I want to use it as a center for an art hub that would bring in internationally famous artists to Port Talbot.”

The mural appeared last month in the town on the edge of Swansea Bay, home to one of the biggest steelworks in the world.

Brandler, 63, said the entire mural - on the corner of a garage - had to be moved in one piece. He declined to give a specific price for the piece.

When asked how he could afford such luxuries, he said: “I am an art dealer. I own several Banksies, I also own (John) Constable, (Thomas) Gainsborough, (Joseph Mallord William) Turner, I’ve got (urban artist) Pure Evil - I’ve got all sorts of art.”

“My hobby is my business. The last time I went to work was when I was 18,” Brandler said.

Banksy, who keeps his real name private, has become the most famous street artist in the world by poking fun at the excesses of modern capitalism and lampooning hollow icons, slogans and opinions.

Previous works include “Mobile Lovers” which shows an embrace between lovers who stare over each other’s shoulders at their mobile phones and an abrupt warning near Canary Wharf in London that reads “Sorry! The lifestyle you ordered is currently out of stock.”]]>
1/19/2019 1:10:22 PM
<![CDATA[Gladys Knight defends decision to sing U.S. anthem at Super Bowl]]>
Knight, a 74-year-old native of Atlanta, where the game will be played, agreed to sing “the Star Spangled Banner.” Her decision was blasted on social media by supporters of the “take a knee” stance championed by NFL players who kneel during the anthem to protest racial injustice. U.S. President Donald Trump and other conservatives have called the players unpatriotic.

Knight, known as “the empress of soul” for a career that stretches back five decades, said she wanted to “give the anthem back its voice” to include Americans struggling for racial justice. She said she did not need to prove her commitment to civil rights.

“I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good,” the “Midnight Train to Georgia” singer said in a statement.

“I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl,” Knight added.

Kaepernick started the “take a knee” movement in 2016 to protest police shootings of unarmed black men. His decision to kneel during the anthem sparked a heated national debate, and he has not found an NFL team to play for in recent years.

Many entertainers who back Kaepernick have been reluctant to perform at the Feb. 3 Super Bowl, the biggest sporting and television event in the United States.


Knight said it was “unfortunate that the national anthem had been dragged into this debate.”

Rihanna and Pink are among musicians who are reported to have declined to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in support of Kaepernick, who has sued the NFL, accusing owners of colluding to blackball him.

Pop band Maroon 5 and rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi were confirmed last week as the halftime entertainment at the Feb. 3 game.]]>
1/19/2019 1:06:59 PM
<![CDATA[Sony's RCA parts ways with R. Kelly after abuse uproar - media reports]]>
The reported split follows decades of allegations of sexual and physical abuse by the Grammy-winning singer, which were the subject of a new six-hour television documentary aired earlier this month. Kelly’s attorney has denied the allegations.

RCA and Kelly’s representatives did not return calls for comment on Friday.

Variety, quoting an unidentified source, said Sony Music had decided to “dissolve its working relationship” with Kelly, but that no external announcement would be made.

Billboard reported that the musician and the record company had agreed to part ways, citing unidentified sources. It said Kelly’s catalogue would remain with RCA. His music is still available on digital retailers and streaming services.

RCA came under renewed pressure this month to drop Kelly, best-known for the hit “I Believe I Can Fly,” in the wake of a Lifetime documentary in which multiple women, including his ex-wife, made on-camera allegations of emotional, sexual and physical abuse.

Campaigners from the #MuteRKelly pressure group delivered a petition signed by some 217,000 people to Sony headquarters in New York City earlier this week asking the record company to drop the musician.

Lady Gaga was among a number of artists who said they would no longer work with him and asked for previous collaborations to be removed from streaming services.

“Thank you @Sony and @RCARecords for your leadership in refusing to profit off the trauma of Black girls and women,” tweeted Times Up, a group campaigning against sexual harassment.

Kelly, 52, released his last album in 2016. He tweeted earlier this month that a new album was on the way.

The latest accusations in the Lifetime documentary are similar to ones made against the singer over the past 25 years. In 2008, the singer was tried and acquitted on child pornography charges in Chicago.

Separately on Friday, a former manager for the singer turned himself into authorities in Georgia, where he was wanted on a charge of making threats against one of the families that took part in the Lifetime documentary.

Henry Mason was released on bond after surrendering to an arrest warrant issued in July 2018, according to a Sheriff’s Department spokesman in Henry County, Georgia.

According to local news website the Henry Herald, Mason is accused of threatening to kill Timothy Savage, the father of one of the young women featured in the documentary.

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1/19/2019 1:03:54 PM
<![CDATA[Veteran actor Saeed Abel-Ghany passes away]]>
Abel-Ghany was born in 1938 in a village in Daqahlia. After graduating from Cairo University he debuted his journalistic career as a reporter in the crime section at Al-Ahram daily newspaper.

Later Abdel Ghany became a military correspondent in which he covered the six-day war in South Sinai in June 1967 where he witnessed the defeat of Egyptian forces and the occupation of Sinai.

This tough experience drove Abdel Ghany to be severely depressed and decided to change his career.

So he joined the newspaper Arts section and Al-Ahram newspaper acting troupe.
His first acting role in cinema was in ‘’The Bird’’ movie directed by Youssef Chahine in 1972.

Abdel Ghany cinematic repertoire contains more than 180 films and TV series.
In 1996, he received the Order of the Republic in the first degree for the arts.

Abdel-Ghany was married and had two sons and a daughter, one of them is the Egyptian actor Ahmed Saeed Abdel-Ghany. His sister Fadia Abdel-Ghany is a veteran actress too.
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1/18/2019 4:48:49 PM
<![CDATA[Helmy promotes Cairo International Book Fair]]>
‘’Cairo International Book Fair celebrates its 50th anniversary, which includes 50 years of culture, 50 years of books, seminars, activities for children, theatre, cinema and writers from all over the world’’ recounted Helmy in his video.



The 50th edition of Cairo International Book Fair will kick off on January 23.


The General Egyptian Book Organization announced that the Golden Jubilee of the fair will be held in the Fifth Settlement district instead of its usual place in Nasr City because of the week of service, lack of cleanliness and poor organization in the previous place.

Displayed books were often damaged by rain as a result of placing them in tents.

Finally, the previous location is not suitable for the standards of the first public book fair in the world.

On why the previous location in Nasr City is not renovated or rebuilt in order to keep up with the exhibitions’ standards, the General Egyptian Book Organization (GEBO) recounted that it does not build entities, in fact, it only rents buildings during the fair period.

The GEBO is only responsible for the decorations and accommodation process of the publishers. The GEBO also supervises the cultural program of the fair.

The new location is fully equipped according to the latest technology in the field of cultural industries and book marketing. Common problems faced by the publishers have been resolved.

In addition, big spaces are offered to accommodate International participation from a large number of countries around the world.

Also, the new location offers great discounts for Golden Jubilee celebrations. Huge car parking spaces are also present in the fair’s new location.

GEBO announced that 150 buses will be specialized to transport the fair’s visitors to its new place in the Fifth Settlement.

GEBO elaborated that it did not deliberately prevent the Azbakeya book sellers from participation, it had only implemented the decisions taken by the Arab Publisher’s Association in protecting copy rights and combat counterfeit books.

Two other alternatives have been provided instead, first a large suite for discounted books will be created, starting from 1 LE only and unprecedented discounts will be made by different publishing houses on original high demanded books.

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1/18/2019 3:46:43 PM
<![CDATA['Ana Mafia' song amasses 30 million views on YouTube]]>
“Ana Mafia”, has taken all social media platforms by storm, and was the “most searched” on Google, making it the trend of the first days of 2019.

The clip achieved millions of views a few hours after its launch on Ramadan’s official YouTube channel.

Ramadan previously celebrated as four of his songs were among the top Egyptian music videos for the year 2018 in terms of viewership on YouTube.

The Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera) previously announced that Ramadan according to their annual poll is the best actor in 2018.
He received the award of greatest talent nationwide three consecutive times. Ramadan started his career with small roles in TV series like “The Cindrella" until he had his big chance in Yousry Nasrallah's “Ehky Ya Sharazad” (Tell me, Shahrazad).

He then became the star of movies produced by famous Egyptian producer Ahmed el-Sobky, which made him one of the most famous actors in the Middle East.

Mohamed Ramadan is perhaps the only Egyptian actor to have been praised by the internationally acclaimed late actor Omar Sharif, who stated that he had chosen the young actor to perpetuate his acting career.

Director Ibrahim Fakhr will hold intensive working sessions with producer Tamer Morsi and scenarist Abdel Rahim Kamal to settle on the final details of Ramadan’s upcoming series "Zilzal" (Earthquake).



In "Zilzal", Ramadan is set to perform the role of both the father and son, an experience he previously succeeded in, in the series “Nesr el-Saed” (Eagle of Upper Egypt), which gained great success in Ramadan 2018.
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1/18/2019 2:23:31 PM
<![CDATA[Netflix movie 'Bird Box' draws 80 million viewers; no data for 'Roma']]>
“Bird Box,” starring Sandra Bullock and set in a post-apocalyptic society where survivors must wear blindfolds, was released on Netflix on Dec. 21 and triggered a viral sensation when fans posted their own blindfolded “Bird Box Challenges” on social media.

Netflix does not routinely release viewing data for its movies and television series as traditional networks and film studios do. But it gave some limited figures in its fourth-quarter earnings report on Thursday, in which it reported slightly lower-than-expected quarterly revenues.

Netflix said in a statement that with movies like “Roma,” from Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, “we are beginning to have our original movie offering mirror the success of our series.”

However, it gave no audience figures for “Roma,” which won two Golden Globes earlier in January and is expected to be Oscar-nominated next week.

Netflix said other recent audience favorites included romantic television thriller series “You” and British young adult comedy series “Sex Education,” both of which are expected to be watched by more than 40 million member households in their first four weeks.

No figures were released for other high-profile content, including the interactive movie “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” and the Jennifer Aniston comedy “Dumplin’.”

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1/18/2019 2:08:54 PM
<![CDATA[Supermodel Bundchen responds to Brazil's farm minister in Amazon spat]]>
The Brazilian model replied to criticism from Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias by arguing that despite the existence of preserved areas, deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is on the rise.

The letter, seen by Reuters on Thursday, challenged Dias to show progress toward sustainability, saying, “I will be very happy to announce positive actions that are taken in this direction.”

Dias had criticized Bundchen on a radio program on Monday for “saying bad things about Brazil without knowledge of the facts,” and calling the country a deforester. Dias said the model should instead be highlighting achievements in preservation.

Bundchen, who is married to American football star Tom Brady, responded on Twitter on Wednesday but did not name Dias or the Agriculture Ministry. She had been involved in environmental causes since 2006 and was always looking for more knowledge through “reading and contact with scientists, researchers, farmers, cooperative and environmental organizations,” she tweeted.

In her letter, Bundchen countered Dias’ argument that Brazil has preserved two-thirds of its native vegetation, citing government data showing Amazon deforestation is on the rise. Amazon deforestation shot up 13.7 percent in the 12 months through July 2018, to the highest point in a decade.

Dias had said people propagating a false image of Brazil abroad were “bad Brazilians,” but Bundchen said the illegal deforesters are the real bad Brazilians.

Activists are concerned that Bolsonaro, the country’s new right-wing president who took office this month, will favor business and farm interests over existing environmental protections.

Bolsonaro has suggested Brazil could exit the Paris Agreement on climate change and one of his first moves as president was to transfer powers from the Environment Ministry to the Agriculture Ministry and other agencies.

The Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, absorbs vast amounts of greenhouse gas and its preservation is seen as vital to the fight against climate change.

“I see the preservation of nature not only as a legal environmental duty, but also a way to ensure water, biodiversity and climate conditions essential for agricultural production,” Bundchen wrote.]]>
1/18/2019 2:03:53 PM
<![CDATA[6 facts you may not know about legendary Faten Hamama]]>
She starred in a number of films and TV shows which made her a celebrated pioneer in the Egyptian film industry, both as a woman and an indisputable talent who maintained her poise throughout her career.

Born in 1931 in the Egyptian delta city of Mansoura, she went on to star in nearly 100 films, and a number of popular TV shows. Due to her stardom, she was honored with the nickname "Lady of the Screen”.

"Hamama made a comeback during the 1990s with the TV show “Dameer Abla Hekmat” (The Conscience of Ms. Hekmat) and at the start of the millennium, when she starred in the television mini-series Wajh al-Qamar (Face of the Moon).

She was also well known for her marriage with another famous Egyptian movie star, the internationally renowned Omar Sharif. Sharif and Hamama married in 1955 and divorced in 1974. Sharif was her second marriage as she had wed Ezzeldine Zulficar in 1947 in a marriage that ended in 1954.

The cause of death has not yet been announced, but Hamama's son Tarek Sharif has confirmed that his mother had passed away as a result of health problems. Hamama is survived by her son Tarek Sharif, daughter Nadia Zulficar, and third husband Mohammad Abdel Wahab Mahmoud.

Egypt Today commemorates the year of Faten Hamama’s death by presenting six facts you may not know about the late great actress.


1- Hamama made her debut as an actress at the young age of seven, when she starred in “Youm Saeed” (Happy Day) alongside legendary singer Mohamed Abdel Wehab. She was named at that time “Egypt’s own Shirley Temple”.

2- The Top 100 Egyptian Films list compiled by the Supreme Council of Culture in Cairo’s cinema committee contains 8 movies of Hamama.

3- Faten Hamama’s artistic career reached its peak in the 1950s that is why she was chosen to participate in an American movie called “Cairo” in 1963.

4- The love story of Hamama and Sherif started when they worked together in Youssef Chahine’s movie “Sra’a fe El Wady” (Struggle in the Valley). He converted to Islam to marry her but they divorced 20 years later.

5- She was named “Star of the Century” by the Egyptian Writers and Critics organization at the Alexandria International Film Festival in 2001.

6- She strongly supported the 1952 Revolution. Between 1966 and 1971, Hamama lived outside of Egypt because she had refused to cooperate with the Egyptian Intelligence Agency. The agency was full of corruption at that time and its head Salah Nasr was forcing Egyptian actresses to cooperate with them. When she moved back, she often selected roles that delivered a pro-democracy message or criticized Egypt's laws.
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1/18/2019 2:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Luxury leader LVMH planning fashion brand with Rihanna: report]]>
Paris-based LVMH - also the owner of Christian Dior and Givenchy, among a host of other luxury brands also spanning champagne and cosmetics labels - declined to comment.

It already has a partnership with the "Umbrella" singer in make-up. Fenty Beauty, which was developed with Rihanna via LVMH's Kendo "brand incubator", which promotes new products and labels, has grown rapidly since launching in September 2017.

LVMH said last April it expected Fenty to reach $500 million in retail sales in 2018 - which includes the revenue reaped by third parties - though it has not given an update since.

The new Rihanna venture would include clothing, leather goods and accessories, WWD said, citing sources with knowledge of the launch. It said a collection could be released later this year, though the timing was uncertain.

Run by billionaire boss Bernard Arnault, LVMH has more often opted to grow through purchases, and it splashed out $3.2 billion at the end of last year to buy hotel owner Belmond in a bid to branch into upscale hospitality.

In recent months it has also invested heavily in developing its existing brands, however, including Celine, which has brought in a new designer and launched into menswear in a bid to grow revenues.

Luxury firms are facing headwinds including a potential slowdown in key market China, and are jostling to stand out from the crowd and attract younger shoppers by switching designers or working with celebrities and social media influencers as part of a marketing push. ]]>
1/18/2019 1:31:30 PM
<![CDATA[Explore mid-year season's films]]>
"122":

In a bloody night in a place where people are supposed to feel safe, a young man and his beloved are struggling to run away from hospital and survive the night.

The film is starring Tarek Lotfy, Ahmed Dawood, Amina Khalil, Ahmad el-Fishawy, Mahmoud Hijazi, and Jihane Khalil, among others.

The film is written by Salah el-Gehiny and directed by Yasir al-Yasiri.

"Sa’etReda": (An hour of content)

The film is a comedy story revolving around a man whofinds a magical cloth than can allow him to travel backwards in time.

The film is starring Ahmed Fathy, Dina Fouad, Hala Fakher, and Mohammed Tharwat, among others. It is written by Hisham Yehia and directed by Hany Hamdi.

"Omar Khristo":

The film revolves around a man that finds himself in trouble, when a terrorist organization demands that he joins their scheme to bomb gas pipes in Sinai.

The film is starring Ahmed el-Tohamy, Ahmed el-Salakawy, and Dominic Howrany, among others. It is written by Joseph Fawzy and directed by Seif Youssef.

"El-Deif":

“El Deif” (The guest) is a socio-political thriller starring Khaled el-Sawy, Sherine Reda, Ahmad Malek and Jamila Awad.
The film revolves around a man who faces a lot of backlash and is put in a very tough situation.

The film is the second screenplay written by veteran writer and thinker Ibrahim Issa, after his first movie “Mawlana” (The Sheikh).

The local cinemas are preparing to screen five new films during the second half of January:

"Karmat Beyetmarmat":
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This film stars Ahmed Adam and is directed by Lebanese director A’sd Fwladkar. The film is written by Ahmad abu Zeid, Mohamed Mehrez and Amin Gamal.

The cast also includes Bayoumi Fouad, Mohamed Tharwat and Mai Selim.

The film is a continuation of a character that Adam previously played in the films “Maalesh Ehna Benetbahdel” (Sorry, we are being demeaned) and “Karmouti fe Ard el-Nar” (Karmouti in the land of fire).

"Nadi el-Regal el-Seri" (Men’s secret club):
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This movie’s filming got postponed numerous times; however, it will be released in local cinemas on Jan. 23.

The film is starring Karim Abdel Aziz, Ghada Adel, and Maged el-Kedwany, among others. It is written by Ayman Wattar and directed by Khaled el-Halafawi.

"Immobile Building"

This film will also be released in cinemas on Jan. 23. It is starring Hany Adel, and Nahed al-Sebaie, among others. The film is directed by Khaled al-Hagar.

"Sab’e el-Boromba" (The tough guy):

This film will be released on Jan. 30. The film is starring Ramez Galal, Bayoumi Fouad, and Jamila Awad, among others. The film is written by Loay el-Sayed.

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This movie will also be released on Jan. 30. The film is starring Mohamed Ramadan, Hend Sabry, and Ruby, among others. The film is written by Abdel Rahim Kamal and directed by Sherif Arafa.

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1/17/2019 6:18:15 PM
<![CDATA[Dalida, A melody of profound chagrin]]>
Born in then-diverse Cairo, Egypt, on January 17, 1933, Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti enjoyed a quiet, middle class childhood in Shobra, one of Cairo's oldest and most inclusive neighborhoods. Her father, Pietro Gigliotti, was primo violino at the Cairo Opera House.

At 17, Yolanda won the Miss Ondine beauty pageant, which led her to become a model in Cairo and then win the Miss Egypt crown in 1954. On Christmas the same year, 21-year-old Yolanda moved to France to pursue an acting career and rechristened herself as Dalida.

However, Dalida achieved little success as an actress and so she went to sing in a cabaret on the Champs-Elysées and in a variety show at Bruno Coquatrix’s newly opened Olympia, where she met Lucien Morisse (her future husband) and Eddie Barclay, who launched her career.

In 1956, Dalida released her first of more than 70 gold disc records, "Bambino", which stayed in the Top 10 for 46 weeks and sold over 300,000 copies.


Dalida's fame grew exponentially through the 60s; she sold out shows at the Olympia, embarked on international tours and garnered numerous awards, including the Medal of the City of Paris, the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and the honorary title of Godmother of Montmartre’s Homeless Children.

In December 1968, Dalida received the Médaille de la Présidence de la République by General Charles de Gaulle and remains the only musician to have received it.

Despite being an icon for happiness and energetic performance and also being famous for her Disco hits like "Laissez Moi Danser", the word "chagrin" as pronounced in French always reminds me of Dalida; I can even hear her saying it.


Of all the songs I enjoy for Dalida, I enjoy the ones that reveal her personal vulnerability, and ours, and show her struggle with loss the most. In the early 70s, Dalida decided to share a piece of the most profound part of her soul and performed songs like "Je Suis Malade" and "Pour ne pas Vivre Seul". And while promoters were unsure of that step, she was.



That transitional period in Dalida's career gave us a glimpse of what it could have been like on the other side of her public achievements; beautiful Dalida had to put up with grave loss so many times in her private life.



Dalida first tasted the bitterness of loss in 1967, when her fiancé Italian singer Luigi Tenco shot himself in the head in their hotel room following their elimination from Sanremo Festival. One month later, Dalida attempted suicide for the first time with a drug overdose at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Paris. She spent five days in a coma and several months physically recovering.

The end of that year deepened Dalida's relation with loss after she terminated a pregnancy conceived with an 18-year-old student; the abortion left her infertile.

In September 1970, her ex-husband Lucien Morisse shot himself in the head. Five years later, her friend Mark Brant jumped off an apartment building in Paris and former boyfriend Richard Chanfray committed suicide. With too much sorrow to leave room for joy, Dalida unusually declined the Légion d’honneur the following year.

With a simple note that reads: "Life has become unbearable for me…Forgive me," Dalida ended her life on May 2, 1987, with an overdose of barbiturates. Her funeral was held at La Madeleine and she was buried at the Cimitière de Montmartre.



Following Dalida's death in 1987, she became just the third woman in France to have a statue erected in her honor, alongside Joan of Arc and Sarah Bernhardt. She also appeared on a limited edition stamp in 2001 and the 20th anniversary of her death was marked with an exhibition on her life at the town hall.

To this day, Dalida still holds a very special place in the hearts of her fans. Besides being an extraordinary performer, Dalida was a woman we can relate to in her strength and her weakness, most importantly a woman who wasn't scared of her strength or her weakness.
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1/17/2019 5:17:07 PM
<![CDATA[Pictures: Several discoveries found in Al-Amriyah]]>
Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, confirmed that this is a unique discovery, as the site is an industrial and commercial area.
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Waziri clarified that one of the most important elements of the archaeological findings is a set of interconnected walls with clear construction and designing methods.

Some walls were built with non symmetrical stones, while others were built with carefully cut stones.
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Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector Ayman Ashmawy stated that a large number of ovens were also discovered as separate units inside the walls, which have been rebuilt and renovated more than once.
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Most of these ovens were used to prepare food, as bird and fish bones were found inside.
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Ashmawi pointed out that the existence of such a large number of ovens indicates that this place was used as a service unit for militants or camps.
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In the same context, Head of the Central Department of the Effects of the Sea, Nadia Khedr, stated that cooking utensils of different sizes, as well as large quantities of pottery vessels were also uncovered.
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Director General of Alexandria Antiquities and Head of the mission, Khaled Abul Hamd, referred to the discovery of two corpses, one of which was for a middle-aged woman wearing a copper ring.
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The bodies were found next to a wall and close to a used oven. The place might have been used by the poor to bury their dead, after it had been abandoned.








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1/17/2019 4:42:43 PM
<![CDATA[The Ayoub Sisters to perform live on Jan. 26]]>
The sisters became known for performing musical blends using only two instruments; the violin and cello.

The two sisters were raised in Scotland and graduated from the Royal College of Music in London.

In addition, the sisters have also attended the last edition of the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh.

The sisters performing “Talat Daqat” (Three Heartbeats):

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The Ayoub Sisters perform a stripped back arrangement of 'Talat Daqat' by Abu in Egypt during their shoot for Vogue Arabia. Read the interview here: https://en.vogue.me/culture/lifestyle-and-travel/laura-sarah-ayoub-musicians-interview/ Video by Animal Wall Studio. Listen to the new album - Out Now: https://decca.lnk.to/UptownFunkID Follow The Ayoub Sisters!



Since making their Royal Albert Hall debut in 2016, Scottish–Egyptian sisters Sarah and Laura Ayoub have had a meteoric start to their career.

Discovered by Mark Ronson and now signed to Decca Records in partnership with Classic FM, the sisters recorded their debut album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios.

Their album debuted at No.1 in the Official Classical Artist Albums Chart.

The duo performed across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia with highlights including appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, London Palladium, The Embassy of Egypt, the Cairo Opera House, touring with choirmaster Gareth Malone and a record-breaking debut in China of 13 performances in four days.

The multi-award winning sisters made their live television debut, performing their own arrangement of George Michael's "Mother's Pride" at the BAFTAs.

That single, along with each single the sisters have ever released, reached the top of the iTunes chart within minutes.

Classic Brit and Global Award nominees, The Ayoub Sisters won the Infinitime Music and Young Scot awards.




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1/17/2019 4:06:05 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of culture reveals ministry’s plan for 2019]]>
The plan aims to emphasize the support of cultural and artistic ties between Egypt and Africa. It includes 110 events distributed over several festivals and events organized by the ministry's different sectors throughout the year.

In addition, the ministry decided to treat African visitors of art and national museums of the ministry as locals in terms of ticket prices.

Moreover, the ministry plans to issue10 translated works of the most prominent African writers and thinkers, in addition to an Encyclopedia of Africa's history, in line with a seminar for Nigerian writer Mohamed Mamdany. African communities in Egypt are invited to attend and participate in various performances staged on several national theaters.

Furthermore, the ministry will provide scholarships in the institutes of the Academy of Arts for African innovators, in addition to providing a one-year course to teach non-Arabic speakers the Arabic language.

Abdel Dayem pointed out that the celebrations also include the intensive participation of African countries in the golden jubilee of the Cairo International Book Exhibition and the declaration of Senegal as the guest of honor of the exhibition’s 51st edition in 2020.

The minister also referred to an intensive African participation in Aswan International Festival for Culture and Arts, Cairo International Animation Forum, African Music Festival at the Academy of Arts, and Luxor African Film Festival, among other events across the country.

A number of Egyptian cultural events will be held in Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana, Congo, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Lesotho and Southern Sudan. Additionally, Egypt will host a collection of fine art exhibitions by African artists.

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1/17/2019 11:45:44 AM
<![CDATA[Arabic Theater Festival to end Jan. 16 ]]>CAIRO – 16 January 2019: Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem will witness the closing ceremony of the 11th session of the Arab Theater Festival, set to be held on Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.


The Arab Theater Festival was organized by The Arab Theater Authority in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. The festival consisted of 27 Egyptian and Arab theatrical performances.


The closing ceremony is directed by Khaled Galal and will stage on the Grand Theater of the Cairo Opera House. The ceremony consists of a theatrical show, followed by a speech for Secretary General of the Arab Theater Authority, Ismail Abdullah.


After the speech, a short film summarizing the festivals 11th edition will screen, followed by announcing the awards for children and adults' playwrights.


In addition, Abdel Dayem and the secretary general of the Arab Theater Authority will grant the participating teams medals of honor.


At the end of the ceremony, the winner of Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasmi’s award for best Arabic show will be announced.


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1/17/2019 11:39:08 AM
<![CDATA[SAFF's new poster features late actress Soad Hosny]]>CAIRO – 17 January 2019: The new poster of Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival has been revealed. The festival is set to run from March 2-8 and is headed by director Magdy Ahmed Ali.


The poster is designed by fine artist Ahmed el-Labad, illustrating a rare portrait of the late renowned actress Soad Hosny. The poster portrays the Asian culture representing the nature of the festival.


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Director Magdy Ahmed Ali announced that the festival is dedicated to the late actress, reflecting the deep appreciation for Hosny’s enriching and everlasting cinematic contributions that greatly influenced the Egyptian Cinema.


He further stated that Hosni has never been properly honored in previous film festivals after her death, which caused a massive shock to the Egyptian cinema and community.


Hosny was an Egyptian actress born in Cairo. She was known as the "Cinderella of Egyptian Cinema" and is one of the most influential actresses in the Middle East and the Arab world.


She ascended to stardom at the end of the 1950’s, performing in more than 83 films between 1959 and 1991.


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The majority of her films were shot in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Her final screen appearance was in the 1991 film, “The Shepherd and the Women”, directed by her ex-husband, Ali Badrakhan.


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It is worth noting that Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival (SAFF) is a nonprofit cultural event organized by Noon Foundation for Culture and Arts, held in the charming city of Sharm El-Sheik, with the contribution of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture and South Sinai Governorate.


The festival is an annual competition for film makers and films and a pioneer in introducing Asian cinema to the Arab world.


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SAFF 2019 aims at introducing the best of the current independent films from Asian countries and providing an influential platform for Asian cinema in the region.


Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival will feature a number of interesting events, including gala events, open-air screenings, workshops, and seminars, all with celebrity attendees showcasing a truly unique mix of Arab and Asian cultures.




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1/17/2019 11:36:00 AM
<![CDATA[Netflix raises prices for U.S. subscribers]]>
Prices for its popular standard plan, which allows streaming on two devices at the same time, will rise to $12.99 per month from $10.99, the company said in a statement.

Netflix shares rose 6.5 percent to close at $354.64, adding to their 30 percent rise so far this year.

The company's top-tier plan, which allows streaming on four screens in high definition, will increase to $15.99 from $13.99 per month, while the fee for its basic plan will rise to $8.99 from $7.99.

In comparison, AT&T Inc's HBO Now streaming service charges $14.99 per month, while Hulu's no-advertisements plan is priced at $11.99 per month.

"It highlights that Netflix has pricing power and even after the increase it remains a very cheap entertainment alternative," Pivotal Research Group analyst Jeff Wlodarczak said.

Netflix has been spending billions to bolster its original content, which boasts award-winning shows such as "The Crown," "Black Mirror" and "Wild Wild Country" to fend off intensifying competition from players such as Amazon.com's Prime Video service and Hulu. The company reported it had 137 million customers at the end of September.

The price hikes are expected to fetch Netflix hundreds of millions of dollars, ahead of the launch of streaming services from AT&T and Walt Disney Co.

While aggressive spending - a planned $8 billion in 2018 - has led to a surge in subscriber growth, its debt doubled to $6.50 billion in 2017 from $3.36 billion in 2016.

The company is expected to have a debt level of $8.33 billion in 2018, according to Daniel Morgan, senior portfolio manager at Synovus Trust Co, which owns 15,019 shares of Netflix.

Netflix is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter results after market close on Thursday.

"With Netflix frequently tapping the debt markets on several recent occasions, the price hike could help ease concerns with a growing deficit on free cash flow to fund a likely continued escalation in Netflix's content spending, which likely topped $13 billion in 2018," CFRA analyst Tuna Amobi said.

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1/16/2019 1:40:33 PM
<![CDATA[ABC documentary on Theranos features ex-CEO deposition tapes]]>
ABC News said on Wednesday that "The Dropout" was the result of a three-year investigation of the self-made Silicon Valley entrepreneur and her company, which was worth as much as $9 billion before it became clear that many of its claims were bogus.

The documentary will be previewed on ABC's "Nightline" program on Jan. 23, with a six-part podcast launched the same day. An air date for the full documentary has yet to be announced.

Theranos founder Holmes, 34, and the now-defunct company's former president Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, were indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice in June 2018 on charges they engaged in schemes to defraud investors, doctors and patients. . Both have pleaded not guilty.

ABC said "The Dropout" will feature the first sit-down interview with Balwani's attorney, as well as never-before-aired deposition tapes of Balwani, Holmes, three former members of the Theranos board, and others.

Attorneys for Holmes did not return a request for comment on the ABC documentary.

Theranos grabbed headlines and funding 10 years ago by claiming it could perform a full range of clinical tests using tiny blood samples drawn from a finger stick. Prosecutors allege that Holmes and Balwani knew their device had accuracy and speed issues. Rebecca Jarvis, ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent, said she had been investigating Theranos for years. "There's a lot to digest and learn. I hope that viewers and listeners will become as engrossed with the details as we have," she said in a statement.

The Theranos story is also the subject of a feature film in development called "Bad Blood" that is expected to star Jennifer Lawrence. The movie is based on the May 2018 book of the same name by Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou, whose work first exposed Theranos.]]>
1/16/2019 1:36:07 PM
<![CDATA[Amal Maher’s 'Asl el-Ehsas' exceeds 18M views on YouTube]]> AMAL MAHER ASL el Ehsas YOUTUBE
Maher's new album
The new album consists of 16 songs. The star uploaded her album on her official YouTube account and it exceeded 18 million views on YouTube.

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Amal Maher - Ma Khalas (EXCLUSIVE) | 2019 | أمال ماهر - ما خلاص

‎اشترك في قناة آمال ماهر الرسمية http://bit.ly/2gw4Mq5 Amal Maher - Ma Khalas | آمال ماهر - ما خلاص From "Asl El Ehsas" Album | من ألبوم "أصل الإحساس" Lyrics : Khaled Tag ElDeen | كلمات : خالد تاج الدين Melody : Amr Mostafa | الحان : عمرو مصطفى Music Arrangement




Aysheen

Amal Maher - Aysheen (EXCLUSIVE) | 2019 | آمال ماهر - عايشين

‎اشترك في قناة آمال ماهر الرسمية http://bit.ly/2gw4Mq5 Amal Maher - Aysheen | آمال ماهر - عايشين From "Asl El Ehsas" Album | من ألبوم "أصل الإحساس" Lyrics : Nader Abdallah | كلمات : نادر عبد الله Melody : Tamer Ali | الحان : تامر علي Music Arrangement | توزيع موسيقي



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Amal Maher - We Fiha Eh (EXCLUSIVE) | 2019 | آمال ماهر - وفيها ايه

‎اشترك في قناة آمال ماهر الرسمية http://bit.ly/2gw4Mq5 Amal Maher - We Fiha Eh | آمال ماهر - وفيها ايه From "Asl El Ehsas" Album | من ألبوم "أصل الإحساس" Lyrics : Nader Abdallah | كلمات : نادر عبد الله Melody : Mohamed El Nadi | الحان : محمد النادي Music




Amal Maher is an Egyptian singer. Her powerful voice has captured the hearts of many listeners; she is heavily influenced by late legendary singer Umm Kulthum.

She has performed many concerts in Egypt and neighboring countries, and in her concerts she often pays tribute to Umm Kulthum. In 2009, she appeared in several festivals in the region.

Maher is considered one of the most talented artists of her generation; she began singing as a child and was discovered by the general public at the age of 15 by taking up the songs of Umm Kulthum.

Deciding to forgo traditional schooling, Maher enrolled at the Conservatory of Arabic music to start a singing career.
She soon met composer Mohamed Diaa, whom she eventually married. The couple has a son named Omar.

Diaa helped Amal Maher release a song and a video clip for “Ely Binak W Binah”. The song was popular on radio and television.
Maher recorded her first song in 2006 and received the support of late Ammar el-Sherei, considered by Maher to be a god father and a loyal supporter and mentor.

In 2004, she released her first album, “Isa 'Ini Ana” with many hits such as “Eini Aliki Ta Tiba”,” Makanak”, “Alo El Malayka”, “Ana El Basha Ghona”, “Ana Baadak” and “Ya Marsr”.

Maher recorded a second album which is still unreleased. Initially scheduled for 2010, the release date was postponed to the New Year, then to mid-January.

Maher said she remains confident about the future and her goal of becoming one of the most influential singers of her generation. She released an album called “Araf Mnein” in 2011, and it won the Best Female Album award.

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1/15/2019 6:24:26 PM
<![CDATA[Explore events of Egyptian-French cultural, artistic year 2019]]>
“Domoo’ Hadid” (Iron Tears)

A joint production between the Breglokage Ballet and the Cairo Opera House will be held in March, where famed architect Zaha Hadid will be honored. The show will be led by Walid Awni, a dance designer and founder of the Modern Egyptian Dance Ensemble.
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”Ahlam al-Qahira” (Cairo Dreams)

"Ahlam al-Qahira” will be performed as part of the events of D-CAF (Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival) on April 3 and 4.

”Casablanca Dance”

The hip hop dance, which is part of the identity of the city of Casablanca, will be presented by eight pioneering hip-hop dancers, who will highlight the culture of this vibrant Moroccan city through their creativity. The show will be held during the closure of D-CAF in Cairo on April 18 and in Alexandria in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina on April 20.
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In honor of late singing legend Umm Kulthum, veteran musician Bossouf and his band will perform some of the classics of the late singer on September 12, 2019.

Classical and Contemporary Dances

The activities of the joint Egyptian-French cultural year 2019 will come to an end in December, where the dancers of the Egyptian Opera and the dancers of the French Opera will perform dancing shows in Paris to music composed specifically for this distinctive occasion.

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1/15/2019 5:51:25 PM
<![CDATA[Samir Ghanem celebrates his 81st birthday on Jan. 15]]>
FILE- Veteran actor Samir Ghanem and Wife actress Dalal Abdel Aziz
The veteran actor with his wife actress Dalal Abdel Aziz

In celebration of his birthday, ET presents a rare video showing Ghanem performing a duo with late actor Farid Shawki at a concert in Jordan.

Ghanem took the microphone and told the audience that Farid Shawki had a melodious voice and called him a “baroque singer”.

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فنان فريد شوقي في الأردن مع سمير غانم لقاء نادر



Ghanem is an Egyptian comedian and entertainer. He was a member of the stand-up comedy trio Tholathy Adwa'a El-Masrah alongside George Sidhom and El-Deif Ahmed.

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Their debut was “Doctor Save Me”, a short performance that introduced them to the entertainment world. Their first ever TV show was “Ramadan Riddles”.

After El-Deif Ahmed's death in 1970, Ghanem and Sidhom continued under the same name “Tholathy Adwa'a El-Masrah” until the 1980s.

Samir Ghanem used to host a show on OTV called “An Hour With Samir Ghanem”.
He is the father of actresses Donia Samir Ghanem and Amal (Emy Samir Ghanem).

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1/15/2019 4:54:51 PM
<![CDATA[Naseer Shamma to perform on Luxembourg's Philharmonie Theater Jan. 17]]>
The Philharmonie Luxembourg, also called Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte Concert Hall, is a concert hall located on the Kirchberg plateau in the City of Luxembourg.

Opened in 2005, it now hosts up to 400 performances each year and is one of the main concert halls in Europe.

The concert of Naseer Shamma will be accompanied by three artists from Tunisia, Al-Assa’ad al-Athary, Munir Kubba and Lotfy Soura.

Iraqi maestro and Oud master, Shamma, has held three concerts in Saudi Arabia recently and dazzled the masses by the orchestra of the oriental oud, composed of 35 musicians.

The concert set to be held in the Philharmonie Theater in Luxemburg has been sold out within a few hours.
Naseer Shamma is an Iraqi artist and a distinguished oud player born in 1963 in Kut, Iraq.

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Graduating from the Institute of Music Studies in Baghdad in 1987 was the beginning of a long array of achievements in his musical career; he also obtained his PhD in Musical Philosophy.

Shamma was recognized with over 60 awards, starting in his graduation year with “Best Emotional Melody in Iraq” and working his way up to obtain the honors of the Iraqi Artist Syndicate for three consecutive years from 1988-1990, Best Artist in Iraq in 1994, 1998 Royal British Academy Award, the Rotterdam Arab festival Award and many more.

From mid to late 80’s, Shamma began exporting his musical culture to Europe with memorable performances such as that of the Armani Theatre of Paris, followed by amazing performances in Germany, Switzerland, London and others.

Releasing his first albums in Italy, UK, Egypt and Algeria, Shamma has presented over 60 compositions that translate his musical vision.

Advancing Music

During his stride, Shamma went on to launch The Arab Oud House with its first establishment in Cairo in 1999, where he would orchestrate and manage the advancement of Oud students to an expert level, sharing his techniques and additions to the instrument. The Arab Oud House includes other instruments such as the Saz, Nay, Qanun and oriental percussion.

The Arab Oud House has then been established in Abu Dhabi in 2008, Alexandria in 2011 and Baghdad in 2018 all continue to be monitored in terms of developments by Shamma himself. Graduates of the Arab Oud House gain the opportunity of performing with Shamma in concerts across the world as part of the Arab Oud House Orchestra which has not only set a new standard for the Arab Orchestra as a whole but has also managed to bridge to western audiences the Arab musical culture on an academic level.

Shamma has taken great interest in group and orchestral music, holding dozens of performances with prominent elements such as the Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal, leading Jazz artists such as Wynton Marsalis, and The Lebanese Oriental Orchestra. His own establishment of the Global Ensemble grouped leading artists from across the western world; the ensemble was led by Shamma and then raised the caliber with the establishment of the Eastern Orchestra which binds over 75 artists mainly from Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Europe.

Humanitarian

Throughout Shamma’s career, he has always prioritized his humanitarian contribution in promoting peace across the world. Projects such as T.A.Z.C which treats vulnerable children in India, the Ahluna Foundation which has supported over 3 million refugees since its establishment, and Alaq Baghdad that aims to rebuild 21 main squares in Baghdad have all witnessed generous contributions from Shamma.

Furthermore, Shamma used music to raise funds for a long list of vetted projects that serve his humanitarian vision. Shamma has been credited for his humanitarian work with awards such as the 2012 International Gusi Peace Prize; he was also assigned the Ambassador of the Iraqi Red Crescent and the Ambassador of the International non Violence Association.

Moreover, Shamma continues to serve as the UNESCO Artist for Peace.
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1/15/2019 4:02:40 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. actors accuse Oscar body of intimidation over awards presenters]]>
In an unprecedented statement, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) accused the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of “graceless pressure tactics.”

The 160,000-member union said it was responding to widespread reports in Hollywood that the Academy was pressuring actors not to appear or present at award ceremonies other than the Oscars, which take place on Feb. 24.

The SAG statement was issued as the Academy is still without a host for the Oscars just six weeks ahead of the ceremony and is looking for big name presenters to draw in viewers.

Organizers of the Oscars, the last in a long round of award shows and red carpets in January and February, are trying to revamp the show after ratings for the most prestigious honors in the movie business hit an all-time low in 2018.

The Academy on Monday did not respond to a request for comment on SAG’s statement, which was released two weeks before actors hold their own SAG awards show in Los Angeles on Jan. 26.

SAG said it had received “multiple reports” of pressure from the Academy, as well as experiencing first-hand what it called “attempts to control the awards show talent pipeline.”

“The apparent attempt by the Academy to keep our members from presenting on their own awards show is utterly outrageous and unacceptable,” SAG said in a statement.

“Actors should be free to accept any offer to participate in industry celebrations,” it added, describing the Academy’s tactics as “self-serving intimidation.”

The Oscars look set to go ahead without a host for only the second time in its 91-year history after comedian Kevin Hart dropped out last month two days after being announced when past anti-gay tweets surfaced. A brief attempt to bring him back, championed by comedian Ellen DeGeneres, failed earlier this month and no replacement has been announced.

The U.S. television audience for the 2018 Oscars hit an all-time low of 26.5 million viewers, prompting the Academy to pledge to shorten the show by about 30 minutes to three hours and to hand out some awards during commercial breaks.

Nominations for the 2019 Oscars will be announced on Jan 22]]>
1/15/2019 3:07:00 PM
<![CDATA['Maa Al Salama' exceeds 3 million views on YouTube]]>
The song is written by Mohammed al-Rifaei, composed by Walid Sa’ad and distributed by Ali Abaza.

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Fadel Chaker - Maa Al Salama | فضل شاكر - مع السلامة

لا تنسى الاشتراك بالقناة و تفعيل الجرس🔔: https://bit.ly/2AdyS9z Fadel Chaker - Maa Al Salama (Official Lyrics Video) Exclusive 2018 فضل شاكر - مع السلامة كلمات : محمد رفاعي ألحان : وليد سعد توزيع : علي اباظة وتريات : يحي الموجي مكس : ياسر أنور بهد نفسي و بابني فيك و



Fadel Abdul Rahman Shamandar, better known as Fadel Chaker, is a Lebanese singer. During his musical career he was signed to Al-Khouyoul Records and from 2003 onwards the star signed with Rotana Records.

In 2011, he declared his allegiance to Salafist sheikh Ahmed al-Assir, renouncing music on religious grounds and retiring from his career in music.

In 2018, Chaker came back from retirement and is currently producing music again.

Chaker released his first album “Wallah Zaman” in 1998, which had eight original songs, including "Meta Habeby Meta", and "Nazra Wah".

Some of these songs were composed and written by famed Arab stars like Salah el-Sharnoby and Ahmed Sheta.

The second album was “Baya'a El Qolob” released in 1999, and the title song hit # 1 on all charts in the first week of the album's release.

The song was also very popular on radio stations throughout the Middle East.

Due to the overwhelming success and huge sales of the album, Chaker decided to produce two music video clips, the first was for the song "Baya'a El Qolob" and the second was for "Eesheqtak".

As a result of his first album's astonishing success, Chaker was catapulted to become one of the top superstars in the Middle East.

2000–2002

His third album was “El-Hob El-Adem”, released in 2000. It included very famous songs like “Ash Men Shafak”. This album was also a huge success, just like his previous album.

It topped all charts as well.

His fourth album “Hobak Khayal” was released in 2001, and contained 10 songs, and was produced by Al-Khoyoul Company. It contained songs like “Hazzak Ya Qalby”, “Men Kotr Hoby Feek”, and “El-Maraya”.

In 2002, the Lebanese star recorded and released his first duo with renowned Arab singer, Nawal. This duo topped the charts for five months straight, and broke all sales records in the Arab world.

It was voted by music critics as the best duo in the history of music from Arab States of the Persian Gulf. Its success was also complemented by the release of a hot music video clip, directed by Ahmed el-Doghajy.

In the first album, Chaker composed three famous songs “Meta Habeby Meta”, “Maserak Habeby” and “Ya Tkon Habeby”, and one song in his second album “Malet Ana A'azar”.

He didn't compose any other songs in the albums that followed.

2003–2011

In 2003, Chaker released his new smash-hit ballad “Ya Ghayeb” to Arabic radio stations all over the Middle East. The song was voted the best song for 2003 by various radio stations.

As a result, it became a big hit before the album or any music videos were released.

The song reached No.1 on all Arabic stations in the Middle East. Chaker bought all rights of the tune for his song from Greek composer and singer, Sotis Volanis, and the lyrics were written by Prince Turky Bin Abdel Rahman El-Sudairy, who also wrote another song of Chaker’s coming album called “Dehkat El-Denia”.

The famed Lebanese singer was always concerned about singing maqamat, the hardest of Arabic melodies, and he always tried to preserve the true Arabic musical style in all of his songs.

His songs are known not to have any western melody influence. Chaker is known for his unique singing style, and as a result, he has built a huge fan base throughout the Middle East.

During his musical career, the famed singer has won many prestigious music awards in the Middle East, and in just four years (1998–2002) he became one of the Middle East's greatest music legends.

He was nicknamed by his fans as "Malek El-Romansia" or King of Romance.

Chaker also performed in major Arabic Festivals in many Arab countries like Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and other countries worldwide.

He also performed with numerous well known Arab singers in a big festival in honor of the Intifada.

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1/14/2019 5:10:04 PM
<![CDATA[Jon Snow - and death - take center stage in Game of Thrones trailer]]>
The 1 minute 28 second clip trails the fantasy epic’s eighth and last series, which hits screens on April 14.

The scene takes place in the crypts below Winterfell, where we hear the voices of the late Ned and Catelyn Stark speak of Jon as he passes their statues.

Jon is joined by Sansa and Arya Stark, and as three of the surviving children of the show’s central clan walk further through the family crypt they arrive at a set of three statues that show ... themselves.]]>
1/14/2019 4:36:31 PM
<![CDATA[Tunisian actress Dorra celebrates her 39th birthday on January 13]]> Hana Shiha Congratulate Dorra
Actress Hala Shiha shared a picture on her official Instagram account, in which she appeared with Dorra, wishing her all the best on her birthday.

In addition, Actor Ahmed el-Sa’adani uploaded a picture on his official Instagram account, uniting him with the Tunisian star, commenting “Happy birthday, Dudu!”
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May Nour el-Sherif also made sure to wish Dorrah a happy birthday, uploading a picture with Dorra on her Instagram account.

Dorra Zarrouk is a Tunisian actress currently residing in Egypt. She holds a master's degree in political science from the USG in Beirut. The actress contributed in many works in Tunisia and Egypt, including theater, cinema and television.
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1/14/2019 3:53:09 PM
<![CDATA[Numerous artistic, cultural events to be held on Jan. 14]]>
The Ministry of Antiquities celebrates the 13th archaeologists' anniversary, in the presence of Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani, and a number of other ministers, at 6 p.m. at the Grand Theater of the Egyptian Opera House.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Museum of Archaeology will organize a lecture entitled "The Art of Mosaics and Readings in the Ancient Life" at 1 p.m. at the Conference Center (C).

Furthermore, in celebration of Egypt's presidency of the African Union 2019, the Egyptian Public Library in Dokki will organize a seminar entitled "Egypt and the Battle of African Freedom" at 5 p.m. The seminar will be presented by President of the National Council for Human Rights Mohamed Fayek, in the presence of Head of the Egyptian Public Library, Ambassador Abdel Raouf el-Ridi.

The Egyptian Opera House, headed by Magdy Saber, in collaboration with the Cultural Development Fund headed by Fathi Abdel Wahab, and in light of its ongoing cultural and intellectual activities, will hold an evening in the praise of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and Jesus Christ.

In addition, L'atelier D'Alexandrie will host a series of cultural meetings under the title "Modern Narratives" at 6 p.m., with the participation of critic Ahmed Ibrahim and Nada Yousri.

A cultural and poetic evening will be held at the Freedom Center for Innovation in Alexandria at 7 p.m.

Last but not least, the General Authority for Culture Palaces organizes a medical convoy to raise awareness on breast cancer in the village of Nawaj, a village located in Gharbia Governorate, in cooperation with the Egyptian Foundation to combat breast cancer.




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1/14/2019 3:39:11 PM
<![CDATA[Dendera Temple to be converted into an open museum]]>
Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri stated that the first phase of the project, which includes the installation of nine stone terraces on the left side of the main entrance of the temple, was completed in cooperation with the French archaeological mission in Dendara.

Director General of the Dendera Temple Abdel Hakim al-Saghir clarified that the pieces that will be displayed on the terraces are located in the main area of the temple. Most of these pieces were uncovered during previous archaeological excavations in the area.

Some of the archaeological pieces were placed on the temple’s ground since their discovery, while others were found in the temple’s storage room.

Also, Saghir stressed that it is scheduled to complete the installation of the stone terraces and re-locate the rest of the archaeological elements found in the temple.

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1/14/2019 3:32:39 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt supports Saudi Arabia's historical Tantora festival]]>
Winter at Tantora festival which will run for seven weeks in the dazzling city of Al-Ula houses numerous programs and events.

A notable cast of Egyptian artists were keen to support this unique festival that is taking place now on Al-Ula city which is famous forits marvelousrock monuments.



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Egyptian prominent stars: Hussein Fahmy, Ahmed Bedeir, HalaSedky, Magda Zaki, AmrSaad, Ahmed Fahmy, Mohamed Sharnouby, Haitham Shaker, and MostafaKhater; in addition to Head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities MostafaWaziry, all attended the unforgettable concert performed by legendary Egyptian musician Omar Khairat on Friday, January 11.

Khairat performed a historical concert in which he dazzled all the attendees with his music.

The Egyptian artists were keen to visit all the touristic,artistic and archaeological places in thegreat ancient Saudi city. "Tantora Festival is by all means a sign of Saudi cultural renaissance," said veteran Egyptian actor Hussein Fahmy.

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Fahmy added in his interview with AmrAdeeb on MBC Masr channel that Saudi Arabia is currently preparing itself to be a new innovative touristic destination, pointing out that Khairat’s first concert in Saudi Arabia served as a true ambassador of the Egyptian soft powers.

Ahmed Bedeir, Magda Zaki and Halasedky said that the Egyptian artists' delegation came to support Saudi Arabia in this historical cultural and touristic step.

Prominent global artists are participating in the festival beside Khairat such as Mohamed Abdo, Majidael-Roumi, Renaud Capucon, Lang Lang, Andrea Bocelli and Yanni.
This is in addition to a concert that will play Um Kulthum’s songs via the hologram technology.



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"Tantora is a marker for the changing seasons. The Tantora, a triangular feature constructed at the upper part of a wall, is thus a sundial that has been used by the local population for hundreds of years as a marker for the start of the winter planting season," stated the festival's website.

The festival’s events will include light shows, a hot air balloon festival and the Fursan festival which will host the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' Endurance Cup on February 2.

The festival events will highlight Al-Ula’s history, ancient craftsand cuisine.
Saudi Arabia has made e-visas for all citizens of USA, Australia, Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

Egypt Supports Saudi Crown prince Mohammad bin Salman's cultural openness project

Renowned musicians and singers from the National Arab Music Ensemble (AME) of Cairo Opera House performed in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, in two concerts in April 2018.


The concerts were held at the King Fahd Culture Center under the supervision of Gihan Morsy, head of the Administration for Central Eastern Music.

AME singers performed original songs for famous Egyptian singers such as Abdul Wahab, Umm Kalthoum, Abdul Halim Hafiz, Najatal-Sagheera, Chadia, among others.
The concerts followed a series of performances in the Saudi Kingdom under the auspices of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to modernize Saudi Arabia.


The Crown Prince has been working vigorously to ensure that Saudi Arabia stays on course in its journey towards realizing Vision 2030, the Kingdom’s national strategy to diversify its oil-dependent economy.


In 2018, Saudi Arabia witnessed the establishment of its first opera house, the reopening of public cinemas, an increased support for contemporary arts and film across the Kingdom.

The ban on female motorists has also been removed, and concerts headlining regional and international icons were announced.

On April 5, 2018, Veteran Egyptian comedian and TV personality Ashraf Abdel Baki announced the launch of “Masrah al-Saudia” (Saudi Theatre) for the first time in two performances titled "Dunya al-Alaab" (A World of Toys) and "MamnuDokhool Al-Sittat" (Women are not allowed).

In January 2019,Baki expressed his extreme happiness with the theatrical experience he has recently gone through in Saudi Arabia, which follows the footsteps of his original experience in Egypt titled “MasrahMasr” (Egypt’s Theater).

Abdel Baky previously stated in a video he uploaded on his official Instagram account that he is currently enjoying himself in the Saudi Theater in Jeddah with a group of very talented young actors.

He encouraged fans to attend the play set to be staged on January 4-6, 2019 in Jeddah.
Furthermore, Egyptian mega star Tamer Hosny was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah city in Saudi Arabia, on March 30, 2018.

The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of which were women. Hosny performed on a massive stage, made especially where all audience seats were eitherred, white or black; the three colors of Egypt’s flag.

The concert was organized under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

Famed Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab performed a ladies-only concert for the first time in Saudi Arabia at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on Tuesday, June 19.


The Saudi Crown Prince previous liberal decisions

Bin Salman has made a plenty of steps to transfer the kingdom, which was famous for its ultra-conservative culture, to a new culturally and socially open country. He has already eased the rules pertaining to the separation of the sexes.

The Saudi Kingdom gave women the right to start their own businesses without the approval of a male relative. Rules have also been relaxed about women walking in public without a male guardian. At the beginning of February 2018, the Shura Council, the advisory body to the monarchy, demanded the country’s sports authority to establish a Saudi agency tailor made for women’s sports.

Saudi Minister for Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad previously announced that he expected the theaters to be opened in March. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia started the screening of international children movies on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in Jeddah.

In December 2018, the Saudi government started to issue licenses for the establishment of cinema halls for the first time in three decades, despite this, lifting the ban has been opposed by powerful religious officials, who say that films can be immoral or “open doors to evil” as per their description.

This decision strongly reflects Saudi Arabia’s desire to kick off its cinematic activities.

Saudi media previously announced that “The Emoji” and “Captain Underpants” are the first two movies selected for screening. Riyadh hosted the screening of three other movies which are “The Son of Bigfoot”, “Smurfs” and “Paddington 2”.

“The establishment of Saudi cinemas’ decision is the first step towards a strong Saudi cinema industry in the coming years,” renowned Saudi actor Mohamed Bakhsh previously said in an interview with Okaz newspaper.

Bakhsh stressed that Saudi film production needs a lot of funding and support to compete with the international cinema industry and to support emerging Saudi talents. Bakhsh linked the promotion of a real cinema industry with the establishment of a cinema base that exists in all the countries around the world.

“We must have a strong cinema base through the establishment of cinema institutes to enhance Saudi artists’ talents, especially since the decision of opening cinema halls needs cinema production, because most countries around the world consider cinema an independent and important industry.”

Bakhsh demanded the establishment of a Saudi media city as a base toa strong Saudi cinema industry. U.S. media paid great attention to the social and cultural change initiated by Saudi Arabia in recent months.

The Washington Post previously said that the kingdom's conservative government has become an art sponsor, funding concerts for western celebrities such as Yanni, and promoting comic festivals and book fairs.

Bin Salman’s previous decisions were mainly dedicated to ease restrictions on women. Of his most prominent reforms is the lifting of the driving ban on women. Uber in Saudi Arabia is now looking to recruit female drivers.

Bin Salman also gave Saudi women the permission to attend the country’s national day in September 2018 in Riyadh.Additionally, women in Saudi Arabia were allowed to attend a professional football match for the first time in the country’s history on Friday, January 1, 2018.
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1/14/2019 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Tomb of Antony and Cleopatra to be uncovered soon]]>
“I hope to find the tomb of Antony and Cleopatra soon. I do believe that they are buried in the same tomb,” Hawass stated. “We are so close to discover the accurate location of the tomb; we are on the right way. We know where exactly we have to dig,” Hawass stated to the Italian News Agency.

In a similar vein, an ancient royal celebration hall dating back to the era of Ramses II was previously discovered at Matareya district.

The Hall was unearthed below the soft-brick buildings and commercial residential areas that date back to the third transition period, particularly the 22nd and 23rd dynasties’ eras. The discovered hall has a rectangular floor of 2.9 m × 1.9 m, consisting of limestone tiles, rising 80 cm abovethe ground.

The discovered hall, which was used to hold royal celebrations such as the Jubilee feast, is considered the first of its kind in the New Kingdom era. This discovery revealed that such celebrations took place in the Re Temple at this specific area. The hall was discovered inside the palace used to host royal celebrations.

A group of brick walls of a multi-story building were also uncovered, showing the three phases of construction dating back to the era of King Ramses II.

A number of valuable artifacts were also uncovered such as five stone blocks from the reign of King Ramses II, a painting of the high priests of the Sun Prince Nept Ma Raa, in addition to some pottery figures dating back to the 27th Dynasty, one of which was a small dog-shaped statue.

A human amulet with a human head for a person named Thi from the Roman era is considered one of the most important pieces discovered.

The lower part of a statue for a priest from the Ramses era was also unearthed during the digging work.

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1/14/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Veteran writer Bahaa Taher turns 84 on January 13 ]]>
Taher was born in Giza Governorate, but he has roots that extend to Upper Egypt. He is a novelist, writer, translator and theatrical director.

The veteran writer received his bachelor’s degree in History in 1956 and a postgraduate diploma in media from Cairo University.

Taher was a translator at the State Information Service between 1956 and 1957, and worked as a drama director and a broadcaster until the year 1975.

The veteran writer, translator and director was known by Egyptians after his novel "Khalti Safeya Wal Deir” (Aunt Safeya and the Monastery) became a popular television series.

He is one of the first winners of the Booker Award for Arabic Fiction in 2008 for his novel “Wahat el-Ghoroub” (Sunset Oasis).

Taher published numerous novels and story collections, such as “Al-Hob fel Manfa” (Love in exile), “Noqtat el-Nor” (The point of light), and “Qalat Doha” (As Doha said), among others.

In his youth, he was involved in left wing causes,and was a supporter of Gamal Abdel Nasser’s development program for Egypt.

He feels that Anwar el-Sadat ending this policy has been a disaster for Egypt.

He claims himself as a pan-Arabist, but he says that he does not see much good in the Arab regimes of today.

Taher feels that Westerners want to see exoticism, gender discrimination, and problems between minorities in the works of Arab writers, and he refuses to comply with such stereotypes.

The writer’s novels were translated into numerous languages:

"Khalti Safeya Wal Deir” has been translated into ten languages, including the 1996 English translation by Barbara Romaine.

In Addition, "Love in Exile" was translated into English by Farouk Abdel Wahab, the pen name of Farouk Mustafa.

The translation was published by American University in Cairo Press in 2001 and later reissued by Arabia Books.

“Qalat Doha” (As Doha Said) was translated by Peter Daniel and published by the American University in Cairo Press in 2008.

“Sunset Oasis” was translated into English by Humphrey Davies and was published in the UK in 2009. "Sunset Oasis" was also translated into Norwegian.

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1/13/2019 5:24:36 PM
<![CDATA[Hieroglyphic inscriptions discovered in Saudi Arabia]]>
Al-Arabiya channel broadcasted the discovery of the inscriptions in Tayma in Northern Saudi Arabia,one of the largest archaeological sites in the kingdom and the Arabian Peninsula.

The Hieroglyphic inscription was found on a fixed rock, near the Tayma oasis. It bears a royal signature (a double cartouche) of King Ramses III.

Several additional Aramaic, Thamudic and Nabataea inscriptions, as well as ancient illustrations of cattle, ostriches and snakes were discovered.

King Ramses III is the most famous ruler of the 20th Dynasty known by the Greeks as Rampsinitus. He followed his father Ramses II's reign to embark on massive construction projects.

According to historians, it is customary that such inscriptions are engraved only in the presence of the Pharaoh himself, and this is an indication that Ramses III was present in this region.

The Saudi archaeologists conducted a field research in which they found a direct commercial route linking the Nile Valley with Tayma.

The route was used during the reign of Ramses III in the 12th century B.C., in which the Egyptian convoys traveled to purchase precious goods such as Copper, gold and silver.

The route passes from the Nile Valley into the port of Alqulzm, Suez, where a temple of King Ramses III is located.The route then continues near the port of Abu Zenaim on the Gulf of Suez, where inscriptions of King Ramses III were found.

The passage then crosses the Sinai Peninsula, passing by the Abu Ghda valley near the Nakhl Oasis, where a double cartouche named after King Ramses III was discovered.

It is noteworthy that a number of archaeological discoveries made in Egypt were previously discovered in a number of archaeological sites in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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1/13/2019 4:36:47 PM
<![CDATA[Several cultural, artistic events to take place on Jan.13]]>
The Arab Theater Festival, organized by the Arab Theater Authority in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, launched a series of events about Egyptian comedy and melodrama at 10 a.m.

The General Department of Historic Cairo, in cooperation with the Cairo Puppet Theater at the Ministry of Culture, will present a special puppeteers show at the Shaer Theater in El-Moez Street at 4 p.m.

Additionally, the Book Club of the Egyptian-Lebanese Library House will discuss the latest novel by Amr el-Adly, “Qabl al-Masa’a” (Before the Evening), at 7 p.m. at the Grand Cairo Library in Zamalek.

Shaker Abdel Hamid will discuss the novel with a number of writers and readers. The Salmina Cultural Salon in Nasr City will hold a cultural evening at 6 p.m.to discuss Adel Essmat's novel “Sawt al-Ghorab” (Voice of the Crow), published by the Khan Library.

Last but not least, the play “Emel Nafsak Mayet”(Act Dead),written by El-Sayed Fahim and directed by Ashraf Abdel Gawad, will be staged at 8 p.m. at the Giza Cultural Center.


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1/13/2019 4:33:56 PM
<![CDATA[Birmingham University honors DhaferL’Abdine]]>
"Thank you, Birmingham City University for honoring me with the Alumni of 2019 ‘Excellence in The Arts’. I am very proud and grateful,"L’Abdine stated on his official Instagram account.

L'Abidine was born in Tunis in 1972. He was a professional football player until the age of 23, but he picked a severe injury that prevented him from playing football for two years. Along those two years, he worked as a model.

After his recovery, L'Abidine was 25 years old and felt that he could no longer be a professional football player.

L'Abidine loved watching movies, art and acting, and decided to take acting classes. In 2000, he traveled to the United Kingdom and settled there. He joined the Birmingham School of Acting and graduated in 2002.

At that time, he was given the opportunity to participate in a British series called "Dream Team", where he played the role of a French football player over two seasons (2002-2004) and this series was his artistic kick off.

L'Abidine is fluent in Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Italian, which allowed him to work in a number of international series like "Wire in the Blood" in 2004, "The Bill" and "The Doctors" in 2005.

In 2006, he participated in three international movies: "A Different Dish", "Children of Men" and "Mercante di Pietre". L'Abidine also took part in two series: "Bombshell" and "The Spooks".

In 2008, he participated in the famous Tunisian series "Maktoob", where he played the role of Mohamed Ali and won widespread fame in Tunisia. In the same year, he hosted the Carthage International Film Festival.

In 2012, L'Abidine had his acting debut in Egypt in the Egyptian series "Vertigo" with Tunisian star HendSabry. Since his first foray into Egyptian drama, he has won the love of Egyptians.
L'Abidine was a jury member of the International Competition of the 40th edition of Cairo International Film Festival which took place from November 20-29.
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1/13/2019 2:49:42 PM
<![CDATA[1st African Cinema Club to be inaugurated in Luxor on Jan. 17]]>
Festival's president Sayed Fouad, the honorary president of the eighth edition of the Luxor African Film Festival Mahmoud Hemeida and President of the General Authority for Culture Palaces Ahmed Awad will be present during the inauguration.

Abdel Dayem stated that launching an African cinema club in the south of Egypt to achieve cultural justice in various parts of Egypt, and transform the Luxor African Film Festival into an international event running throughout the year.

The minister of culture further pointed out that a special program has been prepared for the peoples of the African continent.

The club is the first of its kind to be inaugurated in Southern Egypt after the establishment of the Cinema Club at the Hanager Cinema in Cairo and the Center for Freedom of Innovation in Alexandria.

The club will be held on the third Saturday of each month at the Luxor Culture Palace. It is noteworthy that the African Cinema Club is launched as one of the activities of the Luxor African Film Festival, under the label of "a festival throughout the year".

The festival will run from March 10 to 21 under the auspices of the ministries of culture and foreign affairs, in cooperation with the Governorate of Luxor,and with the support of the ministries of tourism, youth and sports and the Cinema Syndicate.

Tunisia will be the festival’s guest of honor.


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1/13/2019 2:47:07 PM
<![CDATA[Anne-Marie, Dua Lipa and George Ezra among BRIT Awards nominees]]>
Anne-Marie is in the running for four prizes - British Female Solo Artist, Mastercard British Album of the Year for “Speak Your Mind”, British Single and British Artist Video of the Year for “2002” at the British Record Industry Trust (BRIT) awards, to be held on Feb. 20 in London.

Lipa, who triumphed with two wins at last year’s event, is nominated in the British Single category for “IDGAF” as well as her “One Kiss” collaboration with DJ Calvin Harris. The two songs are also in the running for British Artist Video of the Year.

Glynne’s name also featured in four categories including British Female Solo Artist and British Single for “I’ll Be There”. Chart-topper “These Days” by Rudimental featuring Glynne, singer Dan Caplen and rapper Macklemore is also nominated for British Single and British Artist Video of the Year.


The other contenders for British Female Solo Artist include Florence + The Machine, Lily Allen and Jorja Smith, last year’s Critics’ Choice winner. Smith is also nominated for her album “Lost & Found”.

Summer hit “Shotgun” singer George Ezra got three nods: for British Male Solo Artist, for British Single and for his album “Staying at Tamara’s”. He will compete against Sam Smith, Craig David, Aphex Twin and Giggs for British Male Solo Artist.

The album category, the biggest prize on the night, also includes Florence + The Machine’s “High as Hope” and The 1975’s “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships”.

The latter are nominated for British Group alongside Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Little Mix and Years & Years.

“If you look at the list, it’s really fresh, really young, really diverse, really female,” Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BRIT Awards and the British Phonographic Industry, told Reuters.

“(It’s) a really great list that reflects the year of music and shows just how much fresh talent is coming through.”]]>
1/13/2019 12:56:45 PM
<![CDATA[Bulgaria's Plovdiv launches capital of culture festivities]]>
Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second city, whose origins date back to the 12th century BC, is known for its Thracian, Roman, Medieval, Ottoman and communist heritage.

In a nod to this latest period of history, an exhibition featuring fragments of the Berlin Wall painted by international artists opened on Saturday, kicking off a year of cultural events.

Thirty years after the fall of the wall "presenting this new collection in Plovdiv makes a lot of sense", in particular against the backdrop of fresh divisions in Europe, curator Sylvestre Verger said.

Hundreds of visitors were able to see around 30 fragments of the wall covered in "street art" or portraits of singers such as David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed

Others featured images of the Trabant car, considered a symbol of former East Germany, painted by artists Thierry Noir, Christophe-Emmanuel Bouchet and Kiddy Citny.

A city of 350,000, the southern Bulgarian city will host dozens of other exhibitions and shows during the year, including a concert in June in which local Roma artists will take part.

The city will also invite artists from other Balkan countries to showcase the cultures of southeastern Europe.

Plovdiv shares this year's title of European Capital of Culture with another ancient city in southern Italy, Matera, which is known for its cave dwellings.

While the Bulgarian Black Sea coast attracts most of the tourists to the country, Plovdiv hopes to double the number of visitors this year.

In the old town, renovated in recent years, visitors will find cobbled streets featuring many traditional 18th and 19th century houses, elaborately decorated by traders who prospered in the city.

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1/13/2019 11:58:00 AM
<![CDATA[BAFTA nominates Rami Malek for best actor award in 2019]]>
Malek is an Egyptian-American actor, who was born in Los Angeles in May 12, 1981, to Egyptian immigrant parents who are Saeed Malek and Nelly Abdel Malek.

His parents who are from Samalut city located at Minya governorate in Upper Egypt immigrated to US in the 1970s.

Malek received his first Golden Globe award for best actor for his portrayal of Queen band main vocalist the legendary Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody" movie on January 6.

The 37-year-old actor grabbed the award after tough competition with acclaimed stars who are Bradley Cooper for "A Star is Born," Willem Dafoe for "At Eternity's Gate", John David Washington for "BlacKkKlansman" and Lucas Hedges for "Boy Erased".

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ also winning Best Drama, stabilised more Malek's outstanding performance in the movie that succeeded both critically and commercially, yielding over $700 million, making it the highest grossing biopic of all-time.

Malek has been nominated before for a Golden Globe for best actor for his performance in the TV series "Mr. Robot."

He became the first non-white actor to take home the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series in over 18 years in 2016 for his role in ‘’ Mr Robot’’.

Malek has accounts on Twitter and Instagram, he doesn't post much and when he does, it's usually related to one of his films or political issues when it comes to Twitter.

There are just three photos on his Instagram account two with Stephen Colbert in 2016 and 2017, and the third with Ellen DeGeneres on November 2018. He has 1.7 million followers on his Instagram account, he's not following anyone.
Malek is now dating his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton, who plays Mary Austin, Mercury's first fiancée.

He and Bonyton, 24, had never talked about their relationship in public until recently, with Malek confirmed their relation at the Palm Springs International Film Festival when he accepted the Breakthrough Performance Award.
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1/12/2019 3:22:29 PM
<![CDATA[R. Kelly's attorney denies abuse allegations in documentary]]>
The six-hour documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which aired earlier this month on U.S. cable channel Lifetime, includes allegations from multiple women who accuse Kelly of sexual misconduct, sometimes with minors.

Kelly, 52, the Chicago singer and record producer best known for his hit song “I Believe I Can Fly,” has for years denied accusations of abuse, including those made in the new documentary.

Steve Greenberg, an attorney for Kelly, said in an interview on Friday that there was no evidence to support the accusations contained in the documentary, calling it a “for-profit hit piece full of falsities, full of mistakes.”

The Lifetime series featured interviews with several women making on-camera allegations of sexual, mental and physical abuse by Kelly, as well as interviews with some of his former managers and producers.

The latest accusations echo similar ones against the singer dating back 25 years. After the documentary aired, Chicago’s top prosecutor called on potential victims and witnesses to come forward.

“We cannot seek justice without you,” Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said this week at a news conference.

According to media reports, prosecutors in Georgia have contacted an attorney for an Atlanta-area couple who appeared in the documentary and accuse Kelly of brainwashing their daughter.

Reuters was unable independently to verify the accusations in the documentary and could not immediately reach prosecutors for comment. In 2008, the singer was tried and acquitted on child pornography charges in Chicago.

“There’s women saying things, which is of course their prerogative, but there is no evidence that any of it happened,” Greenberg said of the documentary.

Kannie Yu LaPack, a spokeswoman for Lifetime, said: “The women’s stories speak for themselves.”

Lifetime is part of A&E Networks, which is a joint venture between Hearst Communications and Walt Disney Co.

The series has been a hit for the network, which said the documentary’s Jan. 3 premiere attracted 1.9 million viewers and the network’s biggest audience in two years among adults 25 to 54 and other age groups.

After the documentary aired, singer Lady Gaga vowed to remove a duet she recorded with Kelly from streaming services and never collaborate with him again.]]>
1/12/2019 2:44:46 PM
<![CDATA[Anany: A presidential mandate to complete GEM by 2020]]>
Anany added in his speech on the sidelines of the tour of the parliament’s Culture, Media and Antiquities committee in the Grand Egyptian Museum that the Antiquities law recently approved by the Parliament includes the non-waive of any artifact.
Anany pointed out that the Grand Egyptian Museum is the largest cultural project in the world.

The Egyptian Minister of Antiquities added that there is a presidential mandate to inaugurate the Grand Egyptian Museum by 2020 and execute all its establishment procedures with high efficiency, pointing out that there are 8000 workers working on the implementation of the Grand Egyptian Museum 24 hours daily.

The vice Chairman of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority and supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum project Atef Moftah explained that the Grand Egyptian Museum will contain 6 exhibition halls, in addition to two children's showrooms and a theater that was designed in the form of ancient Roman theaters, with a total area of 500 meters.

Moftah stressed on the importance of making an integrated plan between the all the ministries to market this huge project.

The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) is one of the largest archaeological museums in the world. Thousands of artifacts will be displayed during and after its launching, which will attract many tourists from around the world.

The museum is built on a land area of 117 acres. The project’s foundation was laid in February 2002. Construction of the mega project began in May 2005. A total of 100,000 artifacts are being restored to be displayed in the GEM.Furthermore, the GEM consists of 19 restoration labs, making it the largest artifact restoration center in the world.

In addition, the GEM consist one of the biggest artifact documentation units for selected artifacts worldwide. Some of the artifacts planned to be displayed in the GEM date back to the pre-Pharaonic dynasties era (pre-family era).

King Ramses statue was placed in the GEM’s lobby entrance to welcome the visitors. It is worth mentioning that the façade of the museum is coated with alabaster stones. Also, the walls of the GEM overlooking the Pyramids will have a glass panoramic view.

GEM’s lobby will host the statue of King Rameses II and the column of his son King Merneptah; the grand staircase will include 87 royal statues and large architectural elements, including statues of kings Khafre, Menkaure, Senusret, Akhenaten and Amenhotep III.
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1/12/2019 1:47:36 PM
<![CDATA[€ 3 million to develop the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square]]>Anani added that the plan is implemented by the Ministry of Antiquities and an association of the directors of five European museums, including the Turin’s Egyptian Museum in Italy, London’s British Museum, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and the Egyptian Museum of Berlin.
Head of the Museums Department at the Ministry of Antiquities Ilham Saladin inaugurated a temporary exhibition entitled "Rediscovering the Dead" on Jan 10 at the Egyptian Museum.

The exhibition is scheduled to run until the end of January. According to Saladin, the exhibition is the first of its kind within the Egyptian Museum, where it will be the first time to display 15 different skulls of both genders and different age groups. The skulls are nearly 6,000 years old.

The exhibition also includes the 21,000 year-old skeleton found in Wadi Al-Kobaniyah in Aswan, which is the second oldest skeleton in the world.

In addition, a Roman era mummy of a child layered with gold that was discovered in Akhmim City in Upper Egypt will also be displayed during the exhibition.
Director of the museum Sabah Abdel Razek described the exhibition as educational as it sheds light on the importance of organic archaeology in ancient Egyptian history.

Important information could be obtained from human remains in various archaeological sites, according to Abdel Razek.

Abdel Razek pointed out that the exhibition deals with four different topics: age and sex assessments to clarify gender and age differences, in addition to how to obtain such information through skulls.

The second topic is focusing on different diseases and their effects on skulls.

The third and fourth topics, according to Abdel Razek, shed light on the process of embalming and gathering data on the location of the artifacts.

The exhibition includes a collection of embalmed human remains, highlighting some unique embalming techniques.
The Egyptian Museum is home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. It displays 120,000 artifacts. The museum was first build in 1835 near Al-Azbakeyah Garden and in 1855 it was moved to the Cairo Salaheddin Citadel.

In 1855, the Egyptian government gave Archduke Maximilian of Austria many of the artifacts that are now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

In 1858, following the establishment of Egypt’s Antiquities Service under the direction of French archaeologist August Mariette, a new museum was established at Boulaq's Nile bank.

But regretfully in 1878, the building suffered significant damage from the Nile River flooding. In 1892, the collections were moved to a former royal palace in Giza where they remained safe until 1902 when the museum in Tahrir Square was built.
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1/12/2019 1:11:34 PM
<![CDATA['122', 1st Egyptian movie to use 4DX technology premieres in Dubai]]>
The "122’’ which was released in Egyptian cinemas on January 3 is number one now on the Egyptian box office achieving about 9 million L.E.

The movie is directed by Iraqi director Yasser el-Yassery.and stars Amina Khalil, Tarek Lotfy, Ahmed el-Fishawy, Mamdooh Mohammed, Gihan Khalil, and Ahmed Dawood.

The movie revolves around a couple that faces a catastrophe inside what appears to be a hospital. They try to escape and run for their lives, but that won’t be easy as they face a lot of obstacles along the way.

The “122” is written by Salah el-Johainy. Johainy previously wrote “Al-Khaleya” (The Cell) and “Awlad Rezk” (Rezk’s Sons); both movies gained great success at the time of their release.

The movie “122” is the first Egyptian film to use the 4DX technology, which allows the observer to literally “live” the film while watching as it combines many sensory factors.
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1/12/2019 12:23:18 PM
<![CDATA[Jordanian, Japanese, Dutch runners garner 1st three ranks of Luxor marathon]]>
Jordanian Mohamed Fayez, Japanese Yamazaki, and Dutch Van Duren Gordon garnered the first three ranks.

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International Egyptian Marathon at Luxor city- Egypt Today/Ahmed Marie


The event, which is organized under the auspices and sponsorship of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Ministry of Tourism, is deemed one of the most renowned sports activities around the Middle East.

The International Egyptian Marathon is the only marathon in Egypt that is certified by the Association of international Marathons and Road Races (AIMS).

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26th International Egyptian Marathon kicks off with participation of 38 countries

CAIRO - 11 January 2019: The 26 th edition of the International Egyptian Marathon kicked off at Luxor city with the participation of over 200 runners from 38 countries on Friday. The event, which is organized under the auspices and sponsorship of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Ministry of Tourism, is deemed one of the most renowned sports activities around the Middle East.



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1/11/2019 6:12:14 PM
<![CDATA[Hamaki releases the first song from 'Kol Youm Men Da']]>
This album came after a 3-year hiatus since his last album ‘’Omro Ma Yegheeb’’.


Hamaki cooperated in this album with a notable cast of song writers ,composers and distrbuters such as Ayman Bahgat Kamar, Nader Abdallah, Tamer Hussein, Amir Teima, Khaled Tag, Sherif Tag, Amr Mostafa, Tamim, Mohamed Yehia among others.

Hamaki is an Egyptian singer born on November 4, 1975.

He won many awards such as Best Arabic Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards, Best Singer in 2016 at Murex D’Or, Best Middle Eastern Artist in 2016 at the BAMA "Big Apple Music Awards" Festival, Best Singer and Best Song for "Ma Balash" in 2015 at the MEMA (Middle East Music Awards) Festival, among others.

Hamaki is one of the jury members of "The Voice" program alongside Nawal al-Kuwaitia, Elissa, and Assi al-Hellani.

He is considered one of the most prominent pop singers in Egypt and the Arab world.

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1/11/2019 3:45:49 PM
<![CDATA[Angham, Abdel Wahab to represent Egypt in Hala February]]>
The acclaimed Arab singer Mohamed Abdou will perform at the opening ceremong of the festival on February 1.

The acclaimed Kuwaiti star Abdullah Al Ruwaished and the Egyptian star Sherine Abdel Wahab will perform on February 7, while the veterans Rabeh Saqr and Nabil Shoeil will perform on February 8.

On Thursday February 14 the Iraqi star Majid el Mohandes and Lebeanese star Najwa Karam will perform.

On Friday, February 15 the Syrian star Assala Nasri and the Kuwaiti singer Mutref el Mutref will perform in the festival’s fifth day.

The Emirati heartthrob Hussein el Jasmi and the Egyptian mega star Angham will perform on Thursday, February 21.

The veteran Saudi singer Abade Al Johar and the famed Kuwaiti singer Nawal will perform on the closing ceremony of the festival on February 22.

Abdel Wahab, 37, is a popular Egyptian singer who was born in 1980. She started her career in 2000. Two years later, the music producer Nassr Mahrous who strongly believed in Abdel Wahab paired her with Tamer Hosny on the same music album.

The album achieved booming success; Abdel Wahab and Hosny became mega stars.
Abdel Wahab released a lot of successful songs such as “Masha’aer’’ (Emotions), "Albi Leek" (My heart is for you), “Garh Tany” (Another wound), “Lazem Ayesh” (I have to survive), “Batmenak” (I am Reassuring you) among others.

She acted in one movie along with the Egyptian mega star Ahmed Helmy entitled “Mido Mashakel” (Mido always makes problems). Her soap opera “Tare’y” (My path), released in 2015, achieved great success.

Abdel Wahab is famous for her emotional, melodious voice that has a significant touch of intimacy. She is consistently hailed as one of the most talented and successful singers of her era, being dubbed as “The Queen of Emotions” for her popular romantic ballads.

Abdel Wahab released her latest album titled “Nasai” (Forgetful) on October 24, 2018.

Angham comes from an artistic family and was born in 1972. Her father is veteran musician and composer Mohamed Ali Soliman.

Angham is a popular Egyptian singer who started her artistic career in 1987. She presented a group of successful songs such as "Etegah Wahed" (One Direction), "Toul Ma Enta Be'eid" (As Long As You Are Far), "Akteblak Ta3ahod" (I Pledge to You), and "Mahzoma" (Defeated), among other popular songs.

Profits made by Angham's albums during the past two decades remain the highest among other Egyptian singers of her category. It is worth noting that the star’s fans and critics in the industry named her “Egypt’s No. 1”.

Angham was the best-selling female pop artist in 2003. She is famous for her wide vocal range and romantic style.

Angham’s last album “Rah Tethkerni” (You’ll Remember Me) gained great success at the time of its release. Angham cooperated with numerous Arab musicians and poets in the album such as Ahmad al-Sane’e, Khaled al-Awadhi, and Turki Al-Sheikh.

Angham performed for the first time in a massive concert in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, September 22 on the occasion of Saudi Arabian National Day.

Angham's latest song "Bakhaf Afrah" (I am Afraid of Being Happy) hits about 9 million views on YouTube after three weeks from its release. "Bakhaf Afrah" is written by Turki Al-Sheikh and composed by Khaled Ezz.
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1/11/2019 2:33:01 PM
<![CDATA[26th International Egyptian Marathon kicks off with participation of 38 countries]]>CAIRO – 11 January 2019: The 26th edition of the International Egyptian Marathon kicked off at Luxor city with the participation of over 200 runners from 38 countries on Friday.


The event, which is organized under the auspices and sponsorship of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Ministry of Tourism, is deemed one of the most renowned sports activities around the Middle East.


Governor of Luxor, Moustafa Alham, held a set of meetings with the race director, Gasser Riad, to follow up on the marathon’s route and preparations.


The meetings also discussed all the logistic and road coordination and preparations required for the success of the marathon in its 26th year.


“Around 200 Arab and foreign runners from five continents are taking part at the 26the edition of the marathon, we also dedicated an event for people with special needs, who were honored by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi recently,” Riad said, commending “the significant cooperation between government authorities that contributed to the success of the marathon.”


Riad considered the marathon as a message reflecting Egypt’s security and safety to the whole world.


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The 26 edition of the International Egyptian Marathon kicked off at Luxor city with the participation of over 200 runners from 38 countries on Friday- Egypt Today/Ahmed Marie

“Over more than a quarter century, the International Egyptian Marathon has placed its mark as one of the constant tourist events in the Egyptian calendar,” Riad added. “This year, the marathon continues serving as one of the most important sports events in the Middle East.”


The International Egyptian Marathon is the only marathon in Egypt that is certified by the Association of international Marathons and Road Races (AIMS).


Last year, the marathon received honorable sports figures including, French runner Alan Mimoum, winner of the 1956 Olympic Gold Medal; German runner Ceirpinski , winner of the 1976 1980 Olympic Gold Medal; German runner Roland Winkler, winner of the 1970 & 1972 championship; Italian runner Gelindo Bordin, winner of the Olympic Gold Medal; and Japanese renowned runner Nakayama.


The idea behind the 100 Km Pharaonic Race, one of the marathon’s activities, came from a 1977 discovery by Egyptian Egyptologist Ahmed Moussa who while digging discovered a piece of rock telling the story of Pharaohs soldiers running a race of 100 Kilometers.



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1/11/2019 2:02:48 PM
<![CDATA[Adel Imam's 'Valentino' will not screen in 2019 Drama marathon]]>CAIRO – 11 January 2019: Renowned actor Adel Imam will not enter next Ramadan’s seriesmarathon despite his signing of the series "Valentino" written by Ayman Bahgat Amar and directed by Rami Imam.

Despite preparations by the director during the last period, in addition to the nomination of a number of actors/actresses to participate in the series, such as veteran actress Dalal Abdel Aziz, the series abruptly got postponed till further notice.

The makers of the series faced numerous obstacles that hindered the filming process, and decorations were not prepared in time, therefore, the director decided to postpone the work and demolish the partially completed decorations in the Egyptian Media Production City, confirming that preparations for the series “Valentino” will be stopped.

Adel Imam will be absent for the first time on the Ramadan television drama after numerous contributions for the past 7 years.

The veteran actor starred in "NajiAtallah’s group" in 2012, continuing his annual presence in the Ramadan marathon in the 2013 series "The fortune teller", “Saheb el sa’ada) (His highness) in 2014, “AfaretAdli Alam”(AdliAlam’s Ghosts) in 2016, and "AwalemKhafeya” (Hidden Worlds) in 2018.

Emam won many awards from many film festivals such as the Best Actor Award in 1995 at Cairo International Film Festival for his film “The Terrorist”, Artistic Achievement Award in 2005 at Dubai International Film Festival, the Golden Star in 2014 at Marrakech International Film Festival and the Golden Tanit in 2016 at the Carthage Film Festival.
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1/11/2019 1:42:20 PM
<![CDATA[Important announcements for the Cairo International Book Exhibition 50th edition]]>
The exhibition will be held on a total area of 450 thousand square meters. 169 exhibitors representing 35 countries will be present. The total number of Egyptian publishers participating in the exhibition totals up to1273 publishers. On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee, The Arab League was chosen as the guest of honor of the exhibition in its 50th edition, with the personalities of the book exhibition being Dr. Suheir Al-Qalmawi and Dr. Tharwat Okasha.

The exhibition consists of 4 halls, each hall with an area of 10,000 meters. The first hall is dedicated to books of heritage, Al-Azhar and books from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.The second hall will be offering books of Arab publishers and Foreign books, whereas the third hall will be presenting books of Egyptian publishers.

In addition, the fourth hall is the main hall which presentsbooks for children.The main hall is where books will be present for purchasing by visitors and consist of all the necessary equipment regarding the book exhibition.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem commented that thecurrent year will hostseveral important events and shows, including the proclamation of the Egyptian-French year, the launching of the Arab Theater Festival and launching of the Cairo International Book Exhibition on Jan. 22; under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The minister’s comment came during the press conference for announcing the details of the golden jubilee of the Cairo International Book Exhibition in its 50th edition, held on Jan. 10, 2019.
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1/11/2019 1:37:07 PM
<![CDATA[Director M. Night Shyamalan merges past storylines in new movie 'Glass]]>
Starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy, “Glass” blends storylines from Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable”, which came out in 2000 and 2016’s “Split”.


“There’s a sense of reflecting a lot ... that these characters ... are in one movie,” Shyamalan, also known for “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs”, said at the film’s London premiere.

“It was almost like I didn’t want to make it for 15 years and then started to open my mind up to ‘hey, you know, let’s go back to those characters and finish telling those stories’.”

Willis and Jackson, who both starred in “Unbreakable” - about a train crash survivor who discovers he has a new superpower - were joined at the screening by McAvoy, who played Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with multiple identities, in “Split”.

In the new film, Willis reprises his role as security guard David Dunn as he chases one of Crumb’s frightful personalities. Jackson returns as the fragile Elijah Price, also known as Mr Glass.

“I always thought Elijah was unfinished business,” Jackson said. “Night promised that it was part of a trilogy ... so, this is closure.”

McAvoy revisits his role as well as his character’s multiple personalities. “I love acting so getting to do more of it is not a bad thing,” the Scottish actor said.

“Playing one character in a movie can be tricky. You’ve got to do a lot of preparation, doing that 20 times ... it was like cramming for an exam that you forgot was coming.”

“Glass” also stars Anya Taylor-Joy, whose character Casey was kidnapped along with two classmates by Crumb in “Split”, as well as “American Horror Story” actress Sarah Paulson, who plays a psychiatrist treating the three main characters.

“I didn’t read the script before I said ‘yes’ because I was so desperate to work with Night,” she said.]]>
1/11/2019 1:32:19 PM
<![CDATA[Tintin marks 90th birthday with colonial controversy]]>
The boy reporter’s adventure in the then Belgian colony was among the first Tintin stories to be serialized by the artist Herge, and his widow’s firm is launching a remastered digital version in color to celebrate 90 years since the strip cartoon character first appeared in a Brussels newspaper in 1929.

The publishers dismissed suggestions that the story, which features charicatural black Africans with fat, red lips and wearing loincloths, was problematic: “Dialogue is most important and the work of deconstruction, decolonization, is just as important,” Robert Vangeneberg told reporters on Thursday.

However, one Congolese, noted Brussels-based comic book artist Barly Baruti, told Reuters that he felt that bringing out a new edition of the work at a time when nationalist and racist groups appear to be on the rise in Europe was questionable: “We really ask ourselves if it is the right moment,” he said.

First issued as a complete album in book form in 1946, “Tintin in the Congo” features Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy grappling with diamond smugglers and big game hunters.

A Belgian court reject an attempt by Congolese campaigners a decade ago to have the book banned. The judges said it reflected the colonial attitudes of its time and there was no evidence that Herge — who died in 1983 aged 75 — had held racist views.]]>
1/11/2019 1:30:22 PM
<![CDATA[Lady Gaga says won't work again with singer R.Kelly]]>
Her comments, in a lengthy Instagram post late on Wednesday, followed a new television documentary in which multiple women accuse Kelly of sexual misconduct, sometimes with minors.

Kelly, 52, the Chicago singer and record producer best known for hit song “I Believe I Can Fly,” has repeatedly denied accusations in recent years of abuse, including those made in the new documentary.

The Grammy-winning singer was tried and acquitted on child pornography charges in Chicago in 2008.

His attorney has not responded to Reuters requests for comment about the six-hour documentary “Surviving R.Kelly,” broadcast last week on the Lifetime channel.

It features interviews with several women making on camera allegations of sexual, mental and physical abuse by Kelly, as well as interviews with some of his former managers and producers.

Reuters is unable to independently verify the accusations.

Gaga said she believed the women and found the documentary “absolutely horrifying.”

“I stand behind these women 1000 percent, believe them, and know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously,” she said in her Instagram posting.

Gaga in 2013 released a duet with Kelly called “Do What U Want (With My Body.)”

“I intend to remove the song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again,” she wrote on Wednesday. “I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner.”

A Chicago prosecutor on Tuesday urged anyone alleging abuse by Kelly to come forward so claims could be investigated.

“There is nothing that can be done to investigate these allegations without the cooperation of both victims and witnesses. We cannot seek justice without you,” Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told a news conference.

The U.S. entertainment industry has been roiled for more than a year by scores of allegations of sexual misconduct against producers, actors and directors, many of whom have lost their jobs or been forced to step down.]]>
1/11/2019 1:27:41 PM
<![CDATA[Jackson estate slams as 'pathetic' abuse claims in new documentary]]>
The documentary “Leaving Neverland” will be screened at the Sundance independent film festival later this month and will be shown on cable channel HBO and Britain’s Channel 4 television network this spring, festival organizers and HBO said.

It features interviews with two men, now in their 30s, who say they were befriended by the singer and sexually abused by him when they were young boys, according to the filmmakers.

The “Thriller” singer, who died in 2009, was acquitted at a 2005 criminal trial in California on charges of molesting a different, 13 year-old boy, at his Neverland ranch.

The documentary focuses on the experiences of Wade Robson and James Safechuck. Both men filed lawsuits against the Jackson estate alleging sexual misconduct after the singer’s death and both cases were dismissed. Robson had testified at Jackson’s 2005 trial in the singer’s defense.

“This so called ‘documentary’ is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations,” Jackson’s estate said in a statement. “This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson.”

Director Dan Reed said he had no question about the validity of the stories of the two men.

“If there’s anything we’ve learned during this time in our history, it’s that sexual abuse is complicated, and survivors’ voices need to be listened to,” he said in a statement.

Jackson’s sudden death at age 50 of an overdose of the anesthetic that he was using as a sleep aid triggered worldwide grief and a surge in record sales.

According to an annual Forbes survey, Jackson has been the top earning dead celebrity for the past six years. In 2018, Forbes estimated he earned $400 million, thanks to the sale of his stake in EMI Music Publishing and other ventures including a television special and the Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show “One.”]]>
1/11/2019 1:24:59 PM
<![CDATA[Four men go on trial for theft of giant gold coin from Berlin museum]]>
German authorities believe the 100 kg (220 pound) Canadian “Big Maple Leaf” - once recognized as the biggest gold coin in the world - has been melted down since its theft from Berlin’s Bode Museum in March 2017.

Prosecutors say three of the suspects broke into the museum through an upstairs window and used a ladder, wheelbarrow and rope to extract the coin from a bullet-proof glass. The fourth suspect was a museum guard accused of helping them.

The coin, more than half a meter (yard) in diameter, three cm (1.2 inches) thick and made from ultra-pure gold, is one of just six produced by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007 and was loaned to the museum by a private owner. It has a face value of $1 million but is thought to be worth four times as much.

It was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest gold coin in the world at the time it was made, although Australia has since minted one even bigger. Like other Canadian coins it bears the image of Canada’s head of state, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.

The suspects were not identified under German legal rules. Three of them are related and three were under the age of 21 at the time of the crime, which means the trial took place in a youth court.

The men hid their faces behind magazines as they entered the court and during the proceedings. All are charged with serious theft, said the court. German media say the men could face up to three years and 10 months jail.

The Bode Museum has one of the world’s largest coin collections with more than 540,000 items.]]>
1/11/2019 1:21:21 PM
<![CDATA[Yehia el-Fakharani nominated to land a role in 'Frozen']]>
The veteran actor surprised his fans at the beginning of 2019 with the return of his popular play “King lear”. Additionally, Fakharani is reading a scenario for a new children's play.
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Fakharani as King Lear

The new play is titled “Frozen” and is currently unclear if the veteran actor will postpone “King Lear” to perform the new play.

The new play, “Frozen”, consists of numerous shows on stage and is greatly anticipated by children.

Mohamed Yehia El-Fakharany is an Egyptian TV and movie actor. Fakharany earned a bachelor's degree in surgery from Ain Shams University.

He has appeared in over 50 TV shows, 39 movies and nine plays.
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His last series was named “Bel Hagm el Aeli” (Family size) in which he costarred with prominent actress Mervat Amin.
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1/10/2019 4:42:08 PM
<![CDATA[Donia Ghanem to co-star with Mohamed Salam in Ramadan series]]>
The series is directed by Khaled Halafawi.

According to Halafawi, Salam will participate in the first ten episodes; the director clarified that the series combines three tales and that the name of the series as well as the rest of the cast are yet to be decided.

Halafawi stated that he is currently observing the filming locations, and is holding work sessions with Ghanem, pointing out that the writer has completed the first few episodes of the much-anticipated series.

This is the fourth cooperation between Salam and Ghanem, as they previously cooperated in “Fel La La Land” (In La La Land) which achieved great success upon its release in Ramadan 2017.

It is worth mentioning that "Nelly and Sherihan" series was their second cooperation, and "Lahfa" was their third.


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Ghanem did not participate in any series during the previous Ramadan. Her last work was the series (In La La Land), costarring with Hana el-Zahed, Shimaa Seif, Ahmad al-Mirghani. The series was directed by Moataz el-Touni.

It is worth noting that Donia is the daughter of actor Samir Youssef Ghanem & actress Dalal Abdul aziz, and sister of the promising actress Amy (Amal).
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Donia graduated from Modern Sciences & Arts (MSA) University, Faculty of Mass Communication, majoring in broadcasting in 2008.

Donia began her artistic career in 2001 when she was 16. She had her first role in a TV show called “Lil Adala Wogouh Katheera” (Justice has many faces).

The famed actress participated in two TV shows when she was a child. She attracted attention while acting in an Egyptian series called "Justice has many faces." Her first appearance in a film was in 2005 with comedian Mohamed Henedi.

Ghanem’s talents appeared when she was a child, participating in school plays and shows. Her father cried when he first heard her sing for late veteran singer Fayrouz, and her mom encouraged her acting career from an early age.

Through appearances in various Egyptian talk shows, Ghanem stood out for her mimicry of other Arab singers. Her most famous imitation was of Ahlam's voice singing Miriam Fares's song.

Her first song was called "Far2 el Sen" (Big difference).

She was a judge on the fourth season (2015) of The X Factor Arabia, along with Elissa and Ragheb Alama.


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1/10/2019 4:10:27 PM
<![CDATA[Video: 'Badna Newalee El-Jaw' reaches 25M views on YouTube]]>
The clip reached over 25 million views on YouTube. That is no surprise as most of Ajram’s songs amass a high number of views on various social media platforms.

The song is directed by Samir Saryati, composed by Samir Nakhleh and written by Joseph Guha.

In the clip, famed Lebanese singer Ajram appeared energetic and happy, presenting a song that spreads positive energy.

Watch the clip below:

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Nancy Nabil Ajram is a Lebanese singer. Born and raised in Achrafieh, Lebanon, she began performing as a child and appeared on several television shows in her early years with the support of her father.

By the age of 15, Ajram signed a recording contract with EMI and released her debut studio album "Mihtagalak" (1998) (I need you).

In spite of being under the legal age, Ajram was exceptionally accepted to the Syndicate of Professional Artists in Lebanon.

The following year, she released her second album "Sheel Oyoonak Anni" (2001) (Take your eyes off me).
Having sold over 30 million records worldwide as of 2007, Ajram is one of the best-selling Middle Eastern music artists.

By 2010, she was announced the best-selling Middle Eastern female singer of the decade (2000–2009).

Throughout her career, Ajram has released 11 studio albums to date, including two dedicated for children, and numerous chart toppers such as the Lebanese hits of "Yay", "Ehsas Jdeed" (New feeling) and Egyptian hits of "Ya Tabtab", "Mo'egaba" (I'm in love), "Ibn El-Giran" (Neighbors' son), "Fi Hagat", "Ma Tegi Hena" (come here) and the Khaleeji hit of "Ya Kether".

Ajram is the first and only female spokesperson of Coca-Cola in the Arab world, releasing several promotional anthems that became instant smash-hits, such as "Oul Tani Keda" (Say it again), "El-Dounya Helwa" (The world is nice), "Noss El-Kawn" and "Shaggaa Bi Alamak".

Ajram has made the list of Most Powerful Arabs on Arabian Business several times, and was similarly listed by Newsweek as one of the most influential Arabs.

Since 2013, Ajram has served as a judge on MBC's talent show "Arab Idol". She also began serving as a coach on "The Voice Kids Arabia" in 2016.

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1/10/2019 3:30:05 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-French year 2019 reflects solid ties between the two nations]]>
The conference took place to celebrate the Egyptian-French year 2019, held under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, highlighting the various intellectual and technical exchange between both countries that will continue throughout 2019, which is deepening bilateral relations between Egypt and France.

At the beginning of the press conference, Minister of Culture Abdel Dayem thanked President Sisi for sponsoring cultural events, which reflects the state's belief in the importance of culture and creativity.

Abdel Dayem further pointed out that an enriching program has been developed to shed light on the aspects of intellectual civilization in both the Egyptian and French societies.

The program aims to uphold the values of freedom and to promote creativity in arts, respect for others and openness to their cultures through the participation of creators in various fields.

The French ambassador confirmed that 2019 is a special year in the history of relations between Egypt and France, coinciding with 150 years since the opening of the Suez Canal, which is one of the great achievements in the course of bilateral relations between Egypt and France.

Anany mentioned that the relations between the two countries are special and distinguished by the French presence on the land of Egypt, which hosts more than 40 archaeological missions, a permanent institute of archaeology in Cairo, a center for archaeological studies in Karnak, Luxor and an exhibition of the treasures of King Tutankhamen in Paris in March.

The press conference came to an end with the first soloist performance of the Paris Opera Ballet in Cairo Opera House.

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1/9/2019 7:03:59 PM
<![CDATA[Tania Kassis charms the audience while performing 'Ave Maria']]>
The performance came when President Sisi was inaugurating Al-Fattah Al-Alim Mosque and the largest cathedral in the Middle East and Africa, Church of Nativity, in conjunction with Christmas celebrations.

The soprano left a great impression on Egyptians. Kassis commented on her official Twitter and Instagram accounts, “I am very proud to perform before the president and all Egyptians. It is a great honor!”

It is worth noting that Egyptian singers Angham, Mohamed el-Sharnoubi, and Hisham Abbas, among others, also performed during the celebrations.

Watch performance below:

اليوم - أسامة الخولي و تانيا قسيس .. يبدعان خلال افتتاح مسجد الفتاح العليم وكاتدرائية ميلاد المسيح

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1/9/2019 6:57:50 PM
<![CDATA['Rediscovering the Dead' at Egyptian Museum on Jan. 10]]>
The exhibition is scheduled to run until the end of January.

According to Saladin, the exhibition is the first of its kind within the Egyptian Museum, where it will be the first time to display 15 different skulls of both genders and different age groups. The skulls are nearly 6,000 years old.

The exhibition also includes the 21,000 year-old skeleton found in Wadi Al-Kobaniyah in Aswan, which is the second oldest skeleton in the world.

In addition, a Roman era mummy of a child layered with gold that was discovered in Akhmim City in Upper Egypt will also be displayed during the exhibition.

Director of the museum Sabah Abdel Razek described the exhibition as educational as it sheds light on the importance of organic archaeology in ancient Egyptian history.

Important information could be obtained from human remains in various archaeological sites, according to Abdel Razek.

Abdel Razek pointed out that the exhibition deals with four different topics: age and sex assessments to clarify gender and age differences, in addition to how to obtain such information through skulls.

The second topic is focusing on different diseases and their effects on skulls.

The third and fourth topics, according to Abdel Razek, shed light on the process of embalming and gathering data on the location of the artifacts.

The exhibition includes a collection of embalmed human remains, highlighting some unique embalming techniques.


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1/9/2019 6:34:52 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Antiquities launched second phase of documenting inscriptions in Sinai]]>
Nadia Khedr, Head of the Central Department of the effects of the sea, explained that the second phase of the project aims to document the rock inscriptions scattered in the valleys of Sinai, which vary between hieroglyphics, Greek, Arabic among others.

Khedr further stated that the mission began its work documenting the inscriptions located in Wadi Omeira, which includes the names of the kings of the first family (dynasty).
FILE - Sinai
FILE - Sinai
Furthermore, Hisham Hussein, Director General of North Sinai and head of the mission, pointed out that the mission is working on the development of a database consisting of all rock inscriptions, which includes high quality images and coordinates for each inscription, in addition to the use of a number of modern techniques that contribute to retrieving what has disappeared from the ancient Inscriptions.

Hussein further stated that on the sidelines of this project, the Central Training Department of the South Sinai and Red Sea Training Center will organize a training course entitled "Documentation of Rock Inscriptions" to train archaeologists to document these historical inscriptions.

It is worth mentioning that the first phase of the project of documenting the rock inscriptions included the sites of Wadi al-Dom (Dom Marina) , Al-Silik, Al-Rasais and Al Ain Sokhna in the Suez Antiquities area.


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1/9/2019 3:15:44 PM
<![CDATA[Margot Robbie to play Barbie in doll's first live-action film]]>
Toymaker Mattel and movie studio Warner Bros on Tuesday announced they were partnering to make the film, which will star the Oscar-nominated actress. Robbie, 28, will also co-produce the film, the companies said in a statement

No plot, title or release date was announced for the film, which comes 60 years after the adult-figured Barbie fashion doll was launched in March 1959.

Robbie, who was Oscar-nominated for her starring role in the 2017 ice-skating movie “I, Tonya” and who appeared in the 2016 superhero movie “Suicide Squad,” said she hoped the film would “have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide.”

“Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president,” the actress said in a statement.

Barbie has adopted more than 200 careers in her lifetime, including robotics engineer, astronaut and teacher.

She is the best-known doll in the world and a cultural icon celebrated by the likes of Andy Warhol, the Paris Louvre museum, and the 1997 satirical song “Barbie Girl” by Scandinavian pop group Aqua.

But critics said her curvy body promoted an unrealistic image for young girls, and sales began dropping in 2014, leading California-based Mattel to add a wider variety of skin tones, body shapes, hijab-wearing dolls and science kits to make the products more educational.

The live-action Barbie film is the first venture from the recently established Mattel Films unit set up in September to develop the franchise of Barbie and other toys, such as Hot Wheels and American Girl.]]>
1/9/2019 2:31:47 PM
<![CDATA[Costume drama 'The Favourite' leads BAFTA awards nominations]]>
The comedy sees Colman play Britain’s 18th-century Queen Anne as a frail and insecure royal, easily influenced by her close friend Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, portrayed by Oscar winner Rachel Weisz.

When maid Abigail arrives, the relationship is tested as both women fight for the queen’s affection.

“The Favorite” will compete for Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay - and in the Director category for Yorgos Lanthimos - at the British film awards next month.

Colman, Weisz and Emma Stone, who plays Abigail, are all nominated and the film has also been recognized for Editing, Cinematography, Make Up & Hair, Production Design and Costume Design.

Queen movie “Bohemian Rhapsody”, space drama “First Man”, Netflix film “Roma” and musical remake “A Star Is Born” each received seven nominations. Political comedy “Vice” got six.

Joining “The Favourite” on the Best Film list are comedy-drama “Green Book”, set in the segregated U.S. deep South in the early 1960s, “A Star Is Born”, Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” and “Roma”.

That black and white Mexican movie, seen as a major Oscar contender, is also in the running for Film Not In The English Language and its director Alfonso Cuaron, who triumphed at the Golden Globes on Sunday, will compete against Greece’s Lanthimos in the Director category.

They are joined by directors Lee, Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born” and Pawel Pawlikowski for “Cold War”.

In the Leading Actress competition, Colman faces fellow Golden Globe winner Glenn Close for “The Wife”, pop star Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born”, Viola Davis for “Widows” and Melissa McCarthy for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”.

Christian Bale, who portrays former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in “Vice”, Rami Malek, who takes on the role of late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and “Green Book” actor Viggo Mortensen are nominated for Leading Actor.

Completing that list is Cooper for “A Star Is Born” and Steve Coogan for “Stan & Ollie”.

The contenders for the Supporting Actor prize are Mahershala Ali for “Green Book”, Richard E. Grant for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, Sam Rockwell for “Vice”, Timothee Chalamet in “Beautiful Boy” and Adam Driver in “BlacKkKlansman”.

Claire Foy, Amy Adams and Margot Robbie join Stone and Weisz in the Supporting Actress race, respectively for “First Man”, “Vice” and “Mary Queen of Scots”.

The winners will be announced on Feb. 10 in London.
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1/9/2019 2:27:55 PM
<![CDATA[Ministry of Antiquities managed to restore stolen artifact]]>
It was previously stolen and smuggled outside of Egypt illegally.

Shaaban Abdul Gawad the general supervisor of the retrieved Antiquities department explained that the Ministry of Antiquities succeeded in following up on the websites of the global auction halls and monitored the ancient piece, which was displayed at one of the auction halls in London.

The ministry immediately took all necessary procedures to retrieve the artifact and stop its sale.

Abdul Gawad pointed out to the effective cooperation between the Ministry of Antiquities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to restore the smuggled artifact, in addition to the cooperation between the British authorities and the Egyptian Embassy in London.

The restored artifact has been received by the Egyptian Embassy in London in September 2018.

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1/8/2019 4:52:22 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about the Cairo International Book Fair]]>
Displayed books were often damaged by rain as a result of placing them in tents.

Finally, the previous location is not suitable for the standards of the first public book fair in the world.

On why the previous location in Nasr City is not renovated or rebuilt in order to keep up with the exhibitions’ standards, the General Egyptian Book Organization (GEBO) recounted that it does not build entities, in fact, it only rents buildings during the fair period.

The GEBO is only responsible for the decorations and accommodation process of the publishers. The GEBO also supervises the cultural program of the fair.

The new location is fully equipped according to the latest technology in the field of cultural industries and book marketing. Common problems faced by the publishers have been resolved.

In addition, big spaces are offered to accommodate International participation from a large number of countries around the world.

Also, the new location offers great discounts for Golden Jubilee celebrations. Huge car parking spaces are also present in the fair’s new location.

GEBO announced that 150 buses will be specialized to transport the fair’s visitors to its new place in the Fifth Settlement.

GEBO elaborated that it did not deliberately prevent the Azbakeya book sellers from participation, it had only implemented the decisions taken by the Arab Publisher’s Association in protecting copy rights and combat counterfeit books.

Two other alternatives have been provided instead, first a large suite for discounted books will be created, starting from 1 LE only and unprecedented discounts will be made by different publishing houses on original high demanded books.

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1/8/2019 4:38:14 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. top court snubs actress de Havilland's suit against FX Networks]]>
The justices let stand a lower court ruling throwing out the lawsuit filed by de Havilland, a Hollywood star whose career began in the 1930s. She had claimed that “Feud: Bette and Joan,” a FX Networks miniseries about the long-running hostility between de Havilland’s fellow screen legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford damaged her reputation by portraying her as a gossip and hypocrite.

De Havilland’s lawyers said in a statement that she was “very disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court passed on this opportunity to confirm that the First Amendment does not protect the publication of intentional lies in any medium, including so-called docudramas.”

“Feud,” which aired in 2017, explored the bad blood between Crawford and Davis in the later years of their lives. The miniseries was created by producer Ryan Murphy, known for the series “American Horror Story” and “Glee.”

In February 2018, Murphy agreed to create exclusive series and films for Netflix Inc as part of a five-year deal expected to be worth up to $300 million.

De Havilland was portrayed by Catherine Zeta-Jones in “Feud,” which starred Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis. De Havilland objected to scenes in which she was portrayed as using a vulgar term to refer to her sister, actress Joan Fontaine, and joking about Frank Sinatra’s drinking.

A state appeals court in California threw out the case in March 2018, ruling that allowing the litigation to proceed would interfere with the rights of authors and filmmakers to make creative works that dramatize historical events.

The court found that the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of free speech protected the show’s creators from her claims that “Feud” portrayed her in a “false light” and used her likeness without her permission. The court also said the portrayal of de Havilland was overwhelmingly positive.

De Havilland, known for films including “Gone With the Wind” (1939) and “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938), won best actress Oscars for the 1949 film “The Heiress” and the 1946 film “To Each His Own” in a career spanning 50 movies. De Havilland moved to Paris in the 1950s and has made rare public appearances since retiring.]]>
1/8/2019 3:51:57 PM
<![CDATA[International Booker Award Nominees for Arab Fiction announced Jan.7 ]]>
Seven female writers made it to the nominated winning list of long novels; a record in the history of the award, as well as novels of nine male writers, aged between 43 and 79, from nine different nationalities.

The novels address issues affecting the Arab world today, and shed light on the history of the Arab region and its rich heritage. A number of stories on the list are narrated by women; including a novel focusing on the history of modern Iraq by a female journalist and other stories of women migrating to different countries after the Lebanese civil war broke out.

The long list was chosen by a panel of five members, headed by Moroccan professor and critic Sharafuddin Madolin.

Ten authors made it to the list of nominated long novels in the Booker Award’s 2019 edition, and they are: Mohamed Abi Samra, Eman Yahya, Jalal Bergas, Hajji Gaber, Mubarak Rabea, Kafa el-Zoabie, Habib el-Sayeh, Adel Esmat, Mohamed el-Mazouz and Maysaloun Hadi.

The 16 nominated winners of the Booker Award’s long novel category are: Lebanese author Mohamed Abi Samra for his novel “Nesa’a bela athar” (Ladies without a trace), Algerian author Wasini al-A’arag for the novel “Layaly Isis” (Isis Nights), Jordanian author Jalal Bergas for his novel “Sayedat el Hawas el khams” (The ladies with the 5 senses), Lebanese author Hoda Barakat for her novel “Barid el lail” (Night postal), Eritrean author Hajji Gaber for his novel “Raghwa Sawda’a” (Black foam), Saudi author Omaima al-Khamis for her novel “Masra el gharaniq fe modon el aqiq” (The river pathway in the cities of the agate), Moroccan author Mubarak Rabea for his novel “Gharb al motawaset” (West of the Mediterranean), Jordanian author Kafa el-Zoabie for the novel “Shams bayda’a bareda” (White cold sun), Algerian author Habib el-Sayeh for his novel “Ana wa hayben” (Me and Haybem), Syrian author Shahla al-Ogaili for her novel “Seif ma’a el adou” (Summer with the enemy), Egyptian author Adel Esmat for his novel “Al wosaya” (The commandments), Iraqi author Inaam for the novel “al nabetha”, Moroccan author Mohamed el-Mazouz for the novel “be’ay zamb rahalat”, Lebanese author May Mansi for the lovel “katalt omi le’ahya” (I killed my mother to survive), Iraqi author Maysaloun Hadi for the novel “Ekhwat Mohamed” (Mohamed siblings) and last but not least Eman Yahya from Egypt for the novel “El zawga el maksikiya” (Mexican wife).

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1/8/2019 3:14:54 PM
<![CDATA[Actor Kevin Spacey denies sexually assaulting teen on Nantucket]]>
Spacey did not speak during a brief hearing in Nantucket District Court to face one count of felony indecent assault and battery, though a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.

Defense lawyer Alan Jackson persuaded Judge Thomas Barrett to order Spacey’s alleged victim to preserve all data from his cell phone for six months following the July 7, 2016, incident. He said in court papers the charges were based on “patently false allegations.”

Jackson said police reports showed the 18-year-old busboy exchanged numerous text messages and Snapchat videos with his then-girlfriend about his interactions with Spacey at the Club Car bar on the beach resort island off the coast of Massachusetts but never mentioned the alleged assault.

Spacey could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

The 59-year-old actor is one of dozens of men in entertainment, business and politics who have been accused of sexual misconduct since accusations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein in 2017 sparked the #MeToo movement.

Monday’s hearing drew dozens of journalists from around the world at what is normally a quiet time of year on the island. Nantucket residents normally take pride in not making a fuss about rich and powerful vacationers, who have ranged from the NFL’s New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick to former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, according to local media.

Megan Keller, the manager of a coffee shop, called the prospects of a high-profile criminal trial “obnoxious.”

“That’s not a reason I’d like people to come, because someone committed a crime,” she said.

Spacey became embroiled in controversy in October 2017 when actor Anthony Rapp accused him of trying to seduce him in 1986 when Rapp was 14.

Spacey apologized for inappropriate conduct with Rapp. The controversy led to Spacey being dropped from the Netflix series “House of Cards” and erased from the film “All the Money in the World.”

The Nantucket allegations were first raised in 2017 by former Boston television journalist Heather Unruh, who told reporters Spacey groped her teenage son.

He told police Spacey had bought him several rounds of beer and whiskey and said, “Let’s get drunk,” according to charging documents. The busboy told investigators that Spacey groped him as they stood next to a piano.

Reuters is not identifying Unruh’s son because he is an alleged victim of sex assault.

“My client is a determined and encouraging voice for those victims not yet ready to report being sexually assaulted,” attorney Mitchell Garabedian said in an email.

Other locals said they hoped the case would not hurt the island’s reputation as a low-key getaway for the well-off.

“If you’re famous and you don’t want to be seen, Nantucket is the place for you,” said Greg Margolis, the owner of the Corner Table Cafe.]]>
1/8/2019 2:57:39 PM
<![CDATA[19th Century paintings of Egypt to be sold in Bonhams Auction House]]>
Russian artist Alexander Rostov’s painting will be for sale at a price between 700 to 900 .£ The painting displays the Nile in city of Luxor.


Another painting for sale is for Robert Charles which displays a restaurant in Cairo. The painting will be sold for a price between 600 to 800£.

A painting for British artist Albert Godwin portrays Muslim children learning in one of the mosques in Cairo, is expected to be sold in the auction for a price between 1000 to 1500£.


Another painting held in the auction for French artist Claude Charles portrays Isis Temple in Nubia Egypt, is expected to be sold for a price of 800 to GBE 1200 £.

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1/8/2019 2:10:37 PM
<![CDATA[Malek returns back the Golden Globe to Egypt after 53 years]]>
Despite that they are from different generations and didn’t meet each other they have lots in common, the Egyptian origins, the talent, determination, strong will and great ambitious to achieve their dreams whatever the obstacles are.

Rami Malik, is an Egyptian-American actor, who was born in Los Angeles in May 12, 1981, to Egyptian immigrant parents who are Saeed Malek and Nelly Abdel Malek.

His parents who are from Samalut city located at Minya governorate in Upper Egypt immigrated to US in the 1970s.

The journey of the Samalut origin guy from Upper Egypt to Golden Globe stage was both difficult and interesting.

The 37-year-old actor grabbed the award after tough competition with acclaimed stars who are Bradley Cooper for "A Star is Born," Willem Dafoe for "At Eternity's Gate", John David Washington for "BlacKkKlansman" and Lucas Hedges for "Boy Erased".

Malek has been nominated before for a Golden Globe for best actor for his performance in the TV series "Mr. Robot."

Malek's win, along with the film's win of Best Motion Picture Drama, were the most tweeted-about incidents at the Golden Globe.

“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime," Malek said at the Golden Globe stage. "I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.” He added dedicating his great win to the legendary singer.

Malek elaborated that he drew personal connections with Mercury after depicting him.
“I tried to find the humanity in him,” he said during a press room speech after the film's win.

“I related it to him being an immigrant struggling to discover his identity," he added. "I tried to take everything he was struggling with, his complication, his chaos, his turmoil and this beauty inside of him. He lifted me up to be everything I could be in this film.”
Two of the Queen's members who are lead guitarist Brian May and lead drummer Roger Taylor approved and praised Malek performing Mercury’s role.

May previously announced that they wouldn't have been on board with the movie if it didn’t house the suitable cast.

Malek now has just became Hollywood's breakout star, the same as Sharif was after ‘’Doctor Zhivago’’ as if history is once again repeating itself.

Bohemian Rhapsody was actually what the Egyptian-American actor needed to makethe shift from acclaimed actor to established movie star.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ also winning Best Drama, stabilised more Malek's outstanding performance in the movie that succeeded both critically and commercially, yielding over $700 million, making it the highest grossing biopic of all-time.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ movie makes an intense spotlight on Malek, who is as strongly private as Freddie Mercury.
In October, a fan got to see just how private Malek is when he approached him on the street, asking him to record a video for his friend.
This video went quickly viral, getting over 3 million views in less than one week.

"I am who I am and people can interpret that how they want, but I love the fans, I wouldn't be here without my fans and I try to take as much time as possible," he said to E news commenting on the video. "Sometimes, when you've been traveling around the earth a couple times, you try to just be protective of your time as a human being. And I'm finding it quite funny."

He talked about the video in Vanity Fair saying "I just want to be aware of what people are doing in the moment. When someone films you automatically, it's a bit intrusive."

Malek has accounts on Twitter and Instagram, he doesn't post much and when he does, it's usually related to one of his films or political issues when it comes to Twitter.

There are just three photos on his Instagram account two with Stephen Colbert in 2016 and 2017, and the third with Ellen DeGeneres on November 2018. He has 1.7 million followers on his Instagram account, he's not following anyone.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Malek said that he didn’t prefer to document his life on social media. "Something about it is not right and a bit unsettling" he stated describing his feeling towards social media.

Malek becoming the first non-white actor to take home the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series in over 18 years in 2016 for his role in ‘’ Mr Robot’’.

After receiving the Emmy he said"I play a young man who I think is, like so many of us, profoundly alienated and the unfortunate thing is I don't know how many of us would want to hang out with a guy like Elliot."
He then said, "There's a little bit of Elliot in all of us."

His work on the drama was so impressive that even Robert Downey Jr. was praised him.
"Everyone should be studying this guy," Robert Downey Jr. said about Malek to GQ.
Malek eyes, which have been described as menacing and captivating are now his main signature.

"I never think about it. I just try to experience things and when I get riled up I know that they can do some pretty involuntary things, or get very menacing at times," he told GQ of his eyes. "Even my mom comments on it quite a bit, You don't look like my son anymore.' I think it's like they say: the eyes are windows to the soul’’ Malek added.

Given Malek's the golden chance to perform the role of the iconic entertainer Mercury was a responsibility he took very seriously.

"I was very cognizant of the work it was going to take to get anywhere close to becoming Freddy Mercury. I flew myself to London and put myself up and just got hammering away," Malek explained to E News his preparations for the role.

"Piano lessons and worked with a movement coach and singing lessons—everything I could possibly do. And then I watched copious amounts of Freddie Mercury performances’’ he added.

Malek is now dating his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton, who plays Mary Austin, Mercury's first fiancée.

Malek and Bonyton, 24, had never talked about their relationship in public until recently, with Malek confirmed their relation at the Palm Springs International Film Festival when he accepted the Breakthrough Performance Award.

"Thank you, Lucy Boynton," Malek saidto Billboard. "You have been my ally, my confidant, my love. Thank you so much" he added.

The Samalut origin guy who used to sell falafel and deliver pizza to support himself financially at the beginning of his career is nowenjoying his newfound fame and saying goodbye forever to anonymity, giving a true example that it is never impossible.]]>
1/8/2019 2:01:31 PM
<![CDATA[Tarab Zaman band to perform on Jan. 10 ]]>
The evening’s musical program will consist of numerous heritage songs of late veteran singers Mohammed Fawzi, Abdul Halim Hafez, Umm Kulthum, Abdul Muttalib and Mohammed Abdul Wahab.

It is worth mentioning that Tarab Zaman band was established in 2015, under the supervision of Maha al-Arabi, with the aim of preserving the heritage of Arabic music and presenting it to the public, especially the younger generations.

The band includes the most prominent musicians from the professors of the Higher Institute of Arabic Music at the Academy of Arts. The band participated in many concerts, including the opening ceremony of the 23rd edition of The Qurain Festival in Kuwait in 2016, which is organized annually by the National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature in Kuwait.

The band had also participated in numerous musical events held in the Egyptian Opera House and other events organized by the Manasterly and Beshtak palaces.

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1/7/2019 4:47:39 PM
<![CDATA[TV's outgoing 'Americans,' newcomer 'Kominsky' take top Golden Globes]]>
FX, a unit of 21st Century Fox, also won best limited series for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” Netflix and FX ended the night with three television awards each.

Voters in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the Golden Globes, spread the rest of the TV honors among cable networks and streaming platforms as a golden age of television provided stiff competition. Nearly 500 scripted shows were released on U.S. TV in 2018, according to a December study from FX.

Michael Douglas, known for dramatic roles in movies such as “Wall Street,” won best actor in a TV comedy for his work as an aging acting coach on “The Kominsky Method,” his first role for a streaming outlet. The show was released on Netflix in November and also won the best TV comedy or musical award.

“I love the challenge at this point in my career,” Douglas told reporters backstage. “I think comedy is much more difficult than drama. This meant really a lot to me.”

Netflix also won two film awards for black-and-white, Spanish-language movie “Roma.” The streaming pioneer finished the night with five Globe trophies, more than any other single distributor.

“The Americans” producer Joe Weisberg thanked FX and Fox executives for supporting his show, a drama set in the 1980s that just aired its sixth and final season and took the gong for best TV drama series.

The series starred Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Soviet spies paired together by their bosses in an arranged marriage and sent to the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
“You nurtured and loved this show and we love you guys,” Weisberg said.

For returning shows, the awards provide distributors with bragging rights they can use in marketing to try to lure new viewers.

Amazon.com Inc scored two awards, including best TV actress in a comedy for Rachel Brosnahan in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” about a 1950s housewife who becomes a standup comic.

Globes co-host Sandra Oh took home the best dramatic actress honor for her role in murder mystery “Killing Eve,” the lone award for the BBC America cable network, a joint venture between Britain’s BBC Studios and AMC Networks Inc.

AT&T Inc’s HBO and CBS Corp’s Showtime also won one Golden Globe each.

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1/7/2019 1:30:51 PM
<![CDATA[Jeff 'The Dude' Bridges gets Golden Globe lifetime award]]>
Bridges, 69, got his start as a child star appearing alongside his parents Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, and his older brother Beau in the 1950s before carving his own path in mostly offbeat roles.

While accepting his award, Bridges thanked his siblings and parents, noting that he was wearing his late father’s cufflinks.

Never typecast, Bridges has played a bank robber, a struggling writer, a blank-faced alien, a U.S. president and a video game programmer in both independent and blockbuster movies.

But it is his 1988 role as a man mistaken for a millionaire in “The Big Lebowski” that has proved most memorable, earning Bridges the enduring nickname “The Dude” after his laid-back stoner character in the crime caper.

“If I’m lucky I’ll be associated with The Dude for the rest of my life,” Bridges said onstage. “I feel so honored to be a part of that film.”

Bridges is known for his naturalistic style and for often playing rambling and unpredictable characters.

After multiple nominations for movies including “The Last Picture Show,” “The Contender,” and “True Grit,” Bridges took home both a Golden Globe and an Oscar in 2010 for his performance as a drunken country singer who finds redemption in “Crazy Heart.”

In his acceptance speech, Bridges thanked a long list of people who he has worked with over six decades, including the man who has served as his stand-in for close to 70 films, Loyd Catlett.

“He’s the thread to the whole deal,” Bridges said.

Officially known as the Cecil B. DeMille award, the Golden Globe recognizes lifetime achievement in both showbusiness and humanitarian work.

In 1983, Bridges founded the End Hunger Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding children around the world. He is also a spokesman for the Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry campaign.

Previous Golden Globe lifetime achievement honorees have included Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Harrison Ford and Barbra Streisand.


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1/7/2019 1:28:01 PM
<![CDATA[Carol Burnett honored with eponymous Golden Globe award]]>
The Carol Burnett award, to be presented every year, was established this year to celebrate the new golden age of television marked by high profile shows attracting Oscar-winning actors and directors.

Burnett, 85, the Emmy-winning star of the 1960s and 1970s TV sketch series “The Carol Burnett Show,” is regarded as a pioneer for women in comedy and one of the most decorated women in television.

Her parody of Scarlett O’Hara, wearing the “curtain-rod” dress, is widely considered one of the most memorable moments in U.S. comic television history.

“Sometimes I catch myself daydreaming about being young again and doing it all over,” Burnett said while accepting her award. “And then I bring myself up short when I realize how incredibly fortunate I was to be there at the right time.”

Burnett dedicated her award “to all those who made my dreams come true and to all those out there who share the love I have for television.”

Famous for tugging her ear at the end of her performances, she is also known for her signature song, “I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together.”

“The Carol Burnett Show” won 23 Emmy Awards and Burnett went on to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and become a Kennedy Center honoree.

Burnett made her Broadway debut in “Once Upon a Mattress” in 1959 and has numerous film credits to her name, including the role of Miss Hannigan in the 1982 TV adaptation of musical “Annie.”

In recent years, she has made appearances on TV programs such as “Glee” and “Hot in Cleveland.”

Television has boomed in recent years, in part due to the arrival of experimental original content on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. According to a December study by the FX network, there were some 495 scripted shows on U.S. television in 2018 across cable, streaming and broadcast platforms.

Yet Burnett noted that a variety show like hers would never be produced today due to the high cost of a full orchestra, dozens of costume changes and weekly guest stars.
“Today’s audiences might never know what they are missing,” she said. “So here’s to reruns and YouTube.”



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1/7/2019 12:39:53 PM
<![CDATA[Lady Gaga goes old-school on color-filled Golden Globes red carpet]]>
Lady Gaga, the front-runner for a best drama actress award for “A Star Is Born,” graced the red carpet in a Valentino lavender gown with puffed sleeves and a long train, with her blue-dyed hair pulled into a tight bun, and wearing a stunning Tiffany’s diamond necklace.

“I discovered something working on this film, and it’s something called alchemy, that you are essentially creating a character but you are really becoming the character,” Gaga said about her first role as a lead movie actress.

Gaga’s dress drew a comparison with one worn by Judy Garland in the 1954 iteration of “A Star Is Born.”

Last year’s ceremony saw an all-black look on the red carpet as celebrities showed support for the #MeToo movement that roiled Hollywood.

This year saw blues, golds, reds and lots of metallic, but several stars wore bracelets and pins in support of the Time’s Up movement against sexual harassment and inequality in the workplace.

“Killing Eve” star and co-host of the ceremony Sandra Oh donned a long white gown, while People magazine’s “sexiest man alive” Idris Elba chose a dark green and black tuxedo.

Glenn Close, who is also vying for best drama actress for her role in “The Wife,” was among the few who opted for darker hues and wore a black gown adorned by a diamond ribbon at the neck line.

Veteran actress Julia Roberts, a frequent suit-wearer on the red carpet, chose black pants and a tan top for the awards, in which she scored her first nomination for a television role for “Homecoming.”

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” star Penelope Cruz chose dark colors, stunning in a black glittery dress by Ralph & Russo that featured a big bow on the back.

Nicole Kidman, who played a troubled detective in “Destroyer” that has earned her a nomination for best drama actress, appeared in a long burgundy sequin dress.

Both Amy Adams in a shoulder-revealing dark blue gown and Laura Dern in long-sleeved red gown chose vibrant colors for the ceremony, which officially kicks off Hollywood’s awards season.




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1/7/2019 12:26:54 PM
<![CDATA['Bohemian Rhapsody' takes upset win at Netflix-dominated Golden Globes]]>
Tears and astonishment marked the winners podium as Glenn Close for “The Wife” beat front-runner Lady Gaga as best drama actress, and “Green Book” triumphed over more high profile comedies “Vice” and “The Favourite.”

“Oh my God. I just don’t believe it,” a tearful Close said of her win, before issuing a rallying cry to women to seek fulfillment in their careers.

“We have to say, I can do that, and I should be allowed to do that,” the 71-year-old said, to huge applause from the gathering of A-list stars.

Streaming service Netflix, which has upended Hollywood by spending billions on original programming, won five Golden Globes across movies and television, including best foreign language film “Roma.” The Mexican movie, which also took the prize for best director, is seen as an Oscar frontrunner in February.

Rami Malek, who won best drama actor for his role as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in 20th Century Fox (FOXA.O) film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” dedicated his award to the British singer, who died of AIDS in 1991.

“I love you, you beautiful man. This is for you, and because of you, gorgeous,” Malek said.

“Vice,” a scathing political comedy about the rise to power of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, went into Sunday’s ceremony with a leading six nominations but emerged with just one win, for Christian Bale for his performance as Cheney.

Instead, small Focus Features CMSCA.O movie “Green Book” went home with the biggest haul - three - including best comedy, supporting actor (Mahershala Ali) and screenplay.

“This is beyond anything we ever imagined when we began shooting,” said director and writer Peter Farrelly. He said the story of the black pianist who strikes up a friendship with his Italian-American driver gave him hope.

“I wanted to share that hope with you because we are still living in divided times,” Farrelly said.

Co-host Sandra Oh, who was born in Canada of Asian descent, paid tribute to the slew of Golden Globe-nominated films and TV shows featuring black and Asian actors and directors, including “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Black Panther,” and “BlacKkKlansman.”

“I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change,” Oh said. “Right now this moment is real. Because I see you ... all these faces of change. And now so will everyone else.”

It was a good night for Oh, who as well as co-hosting her first Golden Globe ceremony was named best television drama actress for BBC America thriller “Killing Eve.”

In contrast to the political barbs, often directed at U.S. President Donald Trump, that have marked recent awards shows, Sunday’s Golden Globes had a more positive vibe.

Lady Gaga, whose role in Warner Bros (T.N) “A Star is Born” was her first lead part after a successful music career, won best original song for “Shallow.”

British actress Olivia Coleman was a winner for bawdy historical romp “The Favourite.”

In television, the big winners were Cold War spy thriller “The Americans,” limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” and new Netflix comedy “The Kominsky Method.”

Carol Burnett and Jeff Bridges were both awarded lifetime achievement Golden Globes.



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1/7/2019 12:11:21 PM
<![CDATA[Video: Nadia Lutfi celebrates her 82nd Birthday Jan. 5]]>
Veteran actor Samir Sabri sang “Sukkar helwa el-Donia” (Sweet as sugar) in celebration of lutfi’s birthday, whereas actress Dalal Abdel Aziz stated that lutfi’s celebration is a 3 in 1 celebration, as the actress’s biography book has been signed and honored by the minister of culture.

In addition, veteran actress Ragaa el-Gedawi commented “I wish her all the best, even though we don’t see her much. She is not only a veteran actress; she is also a sister and a friend.”

“My relationship with her started 40 years ago; we are close friends and are always together,” commented veteran actress Samiha Ayoub.

كل يوم - نجوم الفن يحتفلون بعيد الميلاد الـ 82 للفنانة القديرة نادية لطفي

كل يوم - نجوم الفن يحتفلون بعيد الميلاد الـ 82 للفنانة القديرة نادية لطفي جزء من حلقة اليوم 5 يناير 2019 من برنامج #كل_يوم للأعلامي #وائل_الإبراشي و#خلود_زهران وفيها لقاء مع د. شيرين فراج ود.




During the birthday celebration, the minister of culture granted the veteran actress the State Award for Arts, in the presence of numerous actors and actresses such as Ragaa el-Gedawi, Samiha Ayoub, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hend Sabry, Anoushka, Emy Samir Ghanem, Farouk Falawkas, Samir Sabri among others.

Paula Shafik, better known as Nadia Lutfi, is a retired Egyptian actress. She is daughter to an Egyptian accountant and a Polish mother. In her prime, she was one of the most popular actresses during the final phase of Egyptian cinema's "Golden Age".

Lutfi began acting as a hobby; when she was 10 years old she participated in a play at her school and did very well. When the 24-year-old was about to make her screen debut in 1958, Omar Sharif was the reigning king of Egyptian cinema, and his wife, Egyptian superstar Faten Hamama, its queen.

The star couple had just had a smash hit with the film "La Anam" (Insomnia) with Hamama playing a willful teen who destroys her father's marriage.

With her fresh new name, the young actress was spotted by director Ramsis Naguib and she took her first role in a modest, black & white drama, “Soultan” (Sultan) in 1958.

Her second picture was a smaller role in one of the film landmarks of its time, “Cairo Station”. In 1963, she played a Frankish woman warrior of the Crusade era, donning full armor to go into battle against her Christian-Arab lover, in “Naser Salah el Dine” (occasionally shown on US TV as Saladin and the Great Crusades).

In “Lil-Rigal Faqat” (Only for Men) (1964), Lutfi and co-star Su'ad Husni played women geologists who, denied employment, respond by disguising themselves as men and going to work, where they find they have to suppress their romantic natures to sustain the disguise.

In the mid-1960s, she starred in two films that were based on stories by Nobel-winning author Naguib Mahfouz, just a few years following the publication of his widely banned novel of Moses, Jesus and Mohammed, “Children of Gebelawi”.

Lutfi finished the decade starring in 1969's “Abi foq al-Shagara” (My dad above the tree), as a night club dancer who beds a much younger man, then discovers that she once knew his father equally well.

She starred in several films with Souad Hosni, like “Al-Saba' Banat” (The Seven Girls).
In the 1970s, her career wound down as Egypt's "Golden Age" for films came to a close. Having made close to 50 films in the first 11 years of her career, she only made three in the decade that followed, and has not worked in film since 1981.

In 2006, she returned to the spotlight when a video by young Lebanese singer Nourhanne recreated a musical scene from one of her first films, “Bain al Qasrayn”.

In 2014, the Cairo International Film Festival paid tribute to Nadia Lutfi by using her photo on the Festival's official poster.





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1/7/2019 11:41:04 AM
<![CDATA[Mahfouz's statue to be placed in New Administrative Capital]]>
The statue grabbed the attention of social media users because it is so vivid, as if the legendary writer came to life again. "It took me one month to make this statue," Abdel Fattah told Egypt Today.


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FILE - Naguib Mahfouz statue


Abdel Fattah said that he didn’t expect all these positive reactions to his statue, noting that this is due to the value of the great writer and his strong impact on the formation of the Egyptian character through his wonderful novels.

"There is no Egyptian, Arab or Arabic speaker who has not seen a movie or read a novel to Mahfouz," Abdel Fattah added.

A total of 50 newly discovered short stories written by the Egyptian Noble Laureate Mahfouz, were published on December 11, 2018.

The newly discovered short stories were found by the late writer's daughter, Um Kulthum Naguib Mahfouz, and culture journalist Mohamed Shoair.

The short stories collection were published by Lebanese publishing house Dar Al-Saqi under the title “Hams El-Nogoom” (Whispering of the Stars).

Dar Al-Saqi announced it acquired the rights to publish Mahfouz’s short stories from his daughter.

Author of 34 novels, over 350 short stories, five plays and dozens of movie scripts, Mahfouz was by all means the most disciplined writer ever.

He wrote for one hour daily throughout his 70-year career, smoked three cigarettes per day and walked by the Nile every morning.

He met weekly with the new generation of writers, artists, and readers through an informal seminar, which is a habit he developed in the 1950’s.

At the age of 82, Mahfouz was stabbed in the neck in 1994 by an Islamic extremist in an assassination attempt following a huge wave of hatred that followed the fatwah (Religious statement) issued by Ayat Allah Khomeini of Iran against Arab/English author Salman Rushdi over his famous book “Satanic Verses”.

Khomeini decreed that Salman Rushdi should be killed for writing that novel. Naguib Mahfouz, in spite of considering the novel disrespectful to Islam, took a position against inciting violence against Rushdi.

This incident, however, directed attention to Mahfouz’s controversial novel “Awlad Haretna” (The Chidren of Our Avenue), which was deemed as one of the most famous novels in the history of Arabic literature.

The novel spoke about God, the prophets and creatively explained the philosophy of religion.

The controversy came from his design of the character of Gebelawi, a wealthy landowner and a harsh father who is negligent to his descendants, leaving them in poverty and misery, and appointing the dark son Adham to run the business instead of Idris the eldest son.

The novel relays the story of Adam and Satan, then the quarrel between Satan and God, and later mentions the story of Kane and Abel where he kills his brother and the grandfather refuses to interfere.

The stories of the prophets of the main religions, Moses, Jesus and Mohamed, continue. He changes the names brilliantly with clear hints to which religious personality he is handling in each new chapter.

He avoids the miracles, and humanizes the struggles in efforts to make the story about fighting for the rights of the poor who are all sons of Gebelawi and have equal rights to wealth.

Mahfouz was blunt in expressing his ideas; he discussed politics, history and philosophy in his novels. He covered a lot of subjects such as socialism, homosexuality, and God. Mahfouz's novels were informative and showed the development of Egypt in the 20th century.

Mahfouz’s first novel was “Khufu’s Wisdom”. He wrote 35 novels afterwards and 15 collections of short stories alongside with “Echoes of an Autobiography” in 1994, according to an article by AUC Press.

The iconic literary author did not only abide by writing short stories and novels, but also took the initiative to work on 25 film screenplays that featured specific writing techniques such as flashbacks.

The Egyptian cinema has created over 30 Egyptian films that were based on Mahfouz’s novels and literary works.

He also wrote weekly columns in state-owned newspapers Al-Ahram and Al-Ahram Weekly in 1971, including “Naguib Mahfouz at Sidi Gaber: Reflections of a Nobel Laureate 1994- 2001”.

Mahfouz was honored by the government; he received the Egyptian State Prize twice for his writings.

Promoting great collections of Arabic narratives locally and internationally, Mahfouz received other countless awards including one from the American University in Cairo and an honorary doctorate in 1995.

He was chosen as an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Institute of Arts.

Following his death, Mahfouz’s works further resonated in the Egyptian literary scene. AUC Press became his main English language publisher and agent of all translation rights. The agreement was signed with Mahfouz prior to his death.



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FILE - Naguib Mahfouz statue
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1/7/2019 11:34:57 AM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Ramadan’s new series “Zilzal” to be filmed end of Jan.]]>
The trio is yet to contact some of the nominated actors, in preparation for launching the filming process end of January.

Fakhr is set to inspect the locations and decorations in the upcoming days to film the first scenes of the series scheduled for Ramadan 2019.

Recently, Kamal has completely finalized writing the scenario of the series, in which super star Mohamed Ramadan and Hala Shiha are starring. Shiha is returning back to the acting scene after a long hiatus of 12 years. Her last appearance was with star Amer Munib in 2006 in “Kamel el Awsaf” (The perfect one) film.

In "Zilzal", Ramadan is set to perform the role of both the father and son, an experience he previously succeeded in, in the series “Nesr el-Saed” (Eagle of Upper Egypt), which gained great success in Ramadan 2018.




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1/7/2019 11:30:39 AM
<![CDATA[Palestinian president grants Hamed the highest art accolade]]>
"It is a great honor to be honored by Palestine," said Hamed after receiving the accolade, expressing his sincere wishes to see all the Palestinian factions united. Hamed said that he discussed with Abbas Arab issues and his soap opera "Al-Gama’a" (The Brotherhood) during lunch.

This accolade is the highest honor the Palestinian president grants any artist.
Wahid Hamed is considered one of Egypt’s most renowned writers with a career that spans over four decades. He was born on July 1, 1944, in Sharqia governorate. Hamed received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in the late 1960s, before pursuing a career in screenwriting.

His first strong and successful work was "Ahlam al-Fata al-Taer" (Dreams of the Flying Boy) released in 1978. This famous television series was the start of his long-time cooperation with the legendary Egyptian actor Adel Emam. Since then, both Hamed and Emam began an artistic partnership that produced many iconic, unforgettable films.

Among their most famous movies together is "Al-Erhab wel Kabab" (Terrorism and Kebab) in 1992, which is a black comedy discussing government corruption and the sufferings of the middle class in Egypt.

The duo also worked together on, "Al-Ghoul" (The Ogre) in 1983, and “Toyour al-Zalam” (The Birds of Darkness) in 1995, which tackled political corruption in Egypt and the appearance of the Muslim Brotherhood at the time.

Their most known collaboration took place in the famous controversial movie "Omaret Yacoubian" (The Yacoubian Building) in 2006, which was the first long feature movie for Hamed's son, Marwan Hamed, as a director.

Hamed also wrote the controversial movie "Al-Baree’" (The Innocent) in 1997; a movie that conveyed a controversial political message which made Hamed face a long censorship battle. "Al-Baree’" was screened 19 years post its production and only after the ending was changed.

In 2002, Hamed wrote the political comedy movie "Ma’ali al-Wazeer" (The Minister) again tackling government corruption.

Hamed received numerous awards from many film festivals. He was awarded for his movies "Al-Le’eb Ma’al Kobar" (Playing with Big People) in 1991, "Ehky ya Scheherazade" (Tell the Story, Scheherazade) in 2009, and "Ot W Far" (Cat and Mouse) in 2015.

His last television series "Al-Gama’a" (The Brotherhood) in 2010, and "Return of Al-Gama’a" in 2017, tackled the history and impact of the Muslim Brotherhood, since its emergence, on Egypt.

Hamed also established a production company titled Wahid Hamed Film Productions to produce his and others’ works. He has worked alongside many veteran Egyptian directors in over 40 films and numerous TV series including Yousry Nasrallah, Atef al-Tayeb and Sherif Arafa, among others.

America Abroad Media (AAM) honoured Hamed at its sixth Annual Awards Dinner on Nov. 7 in Washington, D.C. This annual Media Award recognizes individuals whose work demonstrates a strong commitment to purpose driven content, and who appreciate the unique power of media as a catalyst in informing, inspiring and positively impacting society.
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1/6/2019 4:13:43 PM
<![CDATA[Numerous cultural, artistic events to be held Jan. 6]]>
Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem held a press conference for the 11th edition of The Arab Theater Festival from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Supreme Council of Culture at Cairo Opera House.

In addition, the minister of culture checked the latest developments in Bab al-Khalq Publishing House's building to announce the date of its official opening.

إيناس عبد الدايم: استضافة مصر لمهرجان المسرح العربى دليل أمنها واستقرارها - اليوم السابع

الأحد، 06 يناير 2019 01:15 م وزيرة الثقافة فى مؤتمر مهرجان المسرح العربى جمال عبد الناصر - تصوير السعودى محمود تحت رعاية الرئيس عبدالفتاح السيسى، أعلنت الدكتورة إيناس عبد الدايم، وزيرة الثقافة، تفاصيل الدورة الحادية عشرة من مهرجان المسرح العربى فى مؤتمر صحفى بالمجلس الأعلى للثقافة، مؤكدة أن استضافة مصر لهذا الحدث خير دليل على أمنها واستقرارها، وأن القاهرة خلال مدة انطلاق المهرجان ستكون "منورة" بالمسرحيين العرب.




Furthermore, The Egyptian Poetry Forum will discuss "No dignity for a rectangle" of Yemeni poet Hani el-Solawi at the headquarters of the National Progressive Unionist Party in downtown Cairo at 7 p.m.

The house of Arabic Poetry, a poetical evening focusing on poets of Suez Governorate and funded by the Cultural Development Fund Sector, will be held at 6 p.m. in El-Set Wasila House located behind Al-Azhar mosque. This initiative comes within the framework of the ministry's efforts to shed light on the creativity of poets in Egypt’s different provinces.

Last but not least, The Capital Art Gallery will launch Yascine Harraz’s art exhibition in Zamalek at 7 p.m. The art exhibition will run until Jan. 20, 2019.

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1/6/2019 4:03:59 PM
<![CDATA[Tutankhamun exhibition to be held in 10 European cities]]>
The Ministry of Antiquities announced that the revenues of the temporary exhibition “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” which was launched in California Science Center on March 24, 2018 amounted to $5 million. The exhibition was visited by about 700,000 visitors, and the ministry takes $4 for each ticket.

The temporary exhibition “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” will be transfered from the California Science Center to grand Lafayette Hall in Paris, France, from March 18, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2019.

This move aims to promote the cultural ties between Egypt and the world, while also boosting international tourism in Egypt.

Artifacts from King Tutankhamun’s tomb have been shown at an exhibit since March 24, 2018. The exhibit’s date has coincided with the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb.

The most famous ancient Egyptian king’s tomb was discovered in 1922; more than 3,000 years after his death.

The 150-artifact collection exhibited at the California Science Center is the biggest collection of artifacts from King Tutankhamun’s tomb to be shown outside of Egypt.

The artifacts were displayed for 10 months before being transferred to Europe to be shown there in January 2019.

The Golden King exhibition is scheduled to be held in France, Japan, US, Canada, Australia, and South Korea, where foreign exhibitions help increase the resources of the ministry in particular and the government in general.

Tutankhamun was born in the 18th Dynasty around 1341 B.C. and was the 12th pharaoh of that period. Tutankhamun did not accomplish much himself; he was placed on the throne when he was a child, and Egypt’s prosperous era was beginning to decline with the rise of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his new cult.

Sir Howard Carter, British archaeologist and Egyptologist, had made it his life’s quest to find the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

When Carter had begun to work in Egypt in 1891, most of the documented Pharaohs had their tombs discovered. One, however, proved to be elusive; King Tutankhamun, whose resting place had yet to be found and who Egyptologists knew very little about.

With the end of World War I, Carter made it his goal to be the first to uncover the tomb of Tutankhamun. Carter had worked in Egypt for 31 years since he was 17, using his skills as an artist to copy inscriptions from walls.

He would then become appointed inspector-general of monuments in Upper Egypt. In 1907, he started to work for George Herbert, the fifth earl of Carnarvon, who would aid him in his quest to uncover the lost tomb of Tutankhamun.

Carter was certainly dedicated, spending massive amounts of money and time in order to track down where the tomb might lie.

With Lord Carnarvon as his sponsor, they began working earnestly at excavating the Valley of Kings. Alas, even after five years of work, Carter wasn’t able to report back on anything substantial.

He refused to give up however, tirelessly working to fulfil his quest, and soon enough, Carter would be rewarded beyond his imagination.

The discovery of steps beneath the sand on November 1, 1922 was a breakthrough for Carter. At long last, his tireless search for Tutankhamun would finally bear fruit.

Carter announced the discovery on November 6, and it took three weeks until he could begin work on excavating into the tomb.

Workers exposed all of the steps and the sealed doorway into the tomb, which at one point had been broken in by tomb robbers but resealed again, leading to hope that the contents had not been plundered.

Carter finally entered on November 25, finding evidence of resealed holes but noting that it had likely been thousands of years since anyone had entered again.

When Carter made a hole inside the sealed door and peeked inside, he was left astounded. Gold flooded his senses, and animal statues, rich perfumes, piles of ebony, childhood toys and the Pharaoh himself adorned the room alongside countless other treasures.

It was a bounty of riches the likes of which had never been seen before; Carter couldn’t have anticipated this finding in his wildest dreams.

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1/6/2019 2:13:11 PM
<![CDATA[Again Abdel Wahab faces charges of insulting Egypt]]>
Abdel Wahab said “ Egypt doesn’t deserve me” which is considered inappropriate joke.
Abdel Wahab is not only famous for her melodious voice, she is famous as well for her controversial actions that put her in embarrassing situations in front of her fans.

Sherine’s dispute with Sherif Mounir

Abdel-Wahab was accused on Saturday, August 16, 2014, of damaging the apartment of her neighbour, actor Sherif Mounir.

Abdel-Wahab's air conditioner leaked water onto the balcony of Mounir, who lives in a lower apartment in the same building located in the Mokattam district. A block of marble fell from Abdel-Wahab's balcony and almost injured Mounir’s daughter.

Mounir spoke to Abdel-Wahab to complain about the incident and instead of calming him down she shouted at him. Mounir has charged Abdel-Wahab of defamation, claiming that she insulted him and tried to attack him. The matter that drove Mounir to file a case against Abdel-Wahab.

Abdel-Wahab was sentenced by a Cairo court to six months in jail and fined LE 500. Later she apologised to Mounir who withdrew the case.

dispute with Amr Diab

Abdel-Wahab was invited to Amr Youssef and Kinda Alloush’s wedding party where she got on stage and indirectly insulted Amr Diab’s old age. Sherine was filmed on the stage at the wedding without her knowledge while telling jokes about herself and the Syrian singer Assala.

After she started to talk about the Egyptian music industry saying: “We don’t have singers, except only those two (she pointed at Tamer Hosny and Mohamed Hamaki), and I want to say that, his time has passed.

The other one is now too old,” right before Youssef takes away the microphone to stop her from continuing. It was clear that she meant to talk about Diab.

Diab’s fans got offended by Abdel-Wahab’s comments and started a hashtag spreading that Sherine was drunk #شرين_سكرانه (#Sherine_is_drunk) along with the video and pictures of Amr Diab’s many music awards.

Sherine posted an official apology after the video went viral, to all those she has wronged at the wedding party saying that she was only joking and did not filter her “joking” appropriately as she was in a private event.

She announced through Amr Adeeb’s TV programme that she decided to donate to charity organisations to apologise for her inappropriate criticizing Diab.
Sherine insulting her home country.

Al-Mokattam’s Court of Appeals scheduled Abdel Wahab’s appeal session for April 10; in the case where she was charged with insulting Egypt for a “bad joke” she made during a concert in Lebanon.

The Egyptian Court had sentenced Abdel Wahab to six months’ imprisonment and a fine of LE 5,000 on Tuesday.

The singer made an ill-humored joke when one of the fans asked her to perform “Mashrebtesh Min Nilha” (Have You Drank from Egypt’s Nile?), to which Abdel Wahab replied that she would contract Schistosomiasis if she drank the water, a phrase seen as inappropriate by many social media users.

“We will continue drinking the Nile’s water and will stop listening to Sherine’s songs,” was the name of the hashtag that launched immediately in response to her joke. The Hashtag topped trends in Egypt for the few hours that followed Abdel Wahab’s declaration.

The Health Ministry previously released a statement that contended the singer’s allegations. The statement stated that Egypt has fought Schistosomiasis and reduced its prevalence to 0.2 percent.

The Egyptian Musicians Syndicate decided, after conducting the necessary investigations, on banning Abdel Wahab from singing in Egypt for two months. This period ended on January 14, 2018.

“There are some envious people who seek to harm Sherine and ruin the great accomplishments she achieved in the past few years. She will come to the syndicate to defend herself and clear her position,” Reda Ragab, the Deputy Head of the Musicians Syndicate recounted previously.

“We should turn this page and be all fully dedicated to support our country culturally and artistically at this current historic stage to achieve the aspirations of the great Egyptian people,” the renowned Egyptian singer and the syndicate Head Hani Shaker previously stated, commenting on the syndicate's decision to ban Abdel Wahab from singing.

Abdel Wahab, 37, is a popular Egyptian singer who was born in 1980. She started her career in 2000. Two years later, the music producer Nassr Mahrous who strongly believed in Abdel Wahab paired her with Tamer Hosny on the same music album.

The album achieved booming success; Abdel Wahab and Hosny became mega stars.
Abdel Wahab released a lot of successful songs such as “Masha’aer’’ (Emotions), "Albi Leek" (My heart is for you), “Garh Tany” (Another wound), “Lazem Ayesh” (I have to survive), “Batmenak” (I am Reassuring you) among others.

She acted in one movie along with the Egyptian mega star Ahmed Helmy entitled “Mido Mashakel” (Mido always makes problems). Her soap opera “Tare’y” (My path), released in 2015, achieved great success.

Abdel Wahab is famous for her emotional, melodious voice that has a significant touch of intimacy. She is consistently hailed as one of the most talented and successful singers of her era, being dubbed as “The Queen of Emotions” for her popular romantic ballads.
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1/5/2019 3:31:02 PM
<![CDATA[Prominent French soloists to perform at Cairo Opera House]]>
The French soloists will perform in these concerts with Cairo Opera Ballet Company under the supervision of its artistic director Erminia Kamel on January 8 and 11 on Cairo Opera House’s Main Hall and on January 9 and 10 on Alexandria Opera House.

The concerts will house worldwide acclaimed ballet shows such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Spartacus.

These ballet shows comes as part the Egyptian-French cultural year 2019 project that was launched by the Egyptian Minister of Culture Enas Abdel Dayem ,the French Minister of Culture and the French Ambassador in Egypt Stephane Romatet.

The Egyptian-French cultural year 2019 is going to hold a lot of surprises; a special cultural program will be set to reflect the scientific, historical, cultural and artistic cooperation between the two countries.

Egyptian Minister of Culture, Abdel Dayem, travelled to France on September 12, 2018, and attended the different shows performed by the Arabian Orchestra and other groups. The minister met with several French officials during her visit, including the mayor of Montpellier.

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1/5/2019 2:15:31 PM
<![CDATA[New Bibliotheca Alexandrina Book issued in line with World Braille Day]]>CAIRO – 5 January 2019: The Manuscript Center of the Cultural Communication Sector in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina issued the first edition of the book “Olom el Makhtot“(Manuscript Science), consisting of an advisory that includes a selection of professors of Arab manuscripts in the Arab world and Europe.

The book contains a collection of researches and studies on the Arab-Islamic manuscript heritage.

In its first issue, the book has shed light on several studies in the field of Codicology; the study of codices or manuscript books written on parchment (or paper) as physical objects.

The issue also includes several researches in the science of investigation and indexing.

The book also focuses on highlighting the efforts made by the ancient Arab scholars in serving the Arab heritage.

Finally, the journal allocates one of its sections to researches written in languages other than Arabic.

In the same context, the Taha Hussein Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina will organize an exhibition of Braille books, writing tools and printers for Braille, as part of the World Braille Day, January 4, 2019.

World Braille Day is annually celebrated on Jan. 4, the birthday of Braille inventor, Louis Braille.
The day recognizes the contributions of Louis Braille in helping blind and visually impaired people to read and write.

Braille is a code used by the visually impaired worldwide.

The day will include interactive activities and Braille competitions in the main library, which aim to shed light on the idea of reading and writing in using Braille codes.
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1/5/2019 1:12:05 PM
<![CDATA[25 Egyptian theatrical icons to be honored at ATF ]]>
The honorees are the veteran actor Yehia el Fakharany, the great actress dubbed the lady of the Arab Theater Samiha Ayoub, the veteran actor Mahmoud Yassin, the renowned theatrical directors Galal el Sharkawy and Fahmy el Kholy, the renowned theatrical critic Amal Bakir, the great comedian Samir Ghanem, the great theatrical writer Lenein el Ramly in addition to the veteran actors: Samira Abdel Aziz, Ezzat el Alaily, Rashwan Tawfeek, Sanna Shafea, Sohair el Morshedy, Mahmoud el Hedeny, Ashraf Abdel Ghaffour among others.

The Arab Authority for Theater is set to organize a press conference in the Supreme Council of Culture on January 6 to expose details about the 11th edition of the Arab Theater Festival.

The 11th edition of the Arab Theater Festival is set to be hosted in Cairo under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and will run from January 11-16, 2019.

Emirati playwright Ismail Abdallah, the secretary general for the Arab Authority for Theater; Head of the Higher Committee of the festival, director Khaled Galal; and director Ghanam Ghanam will attend the press conference.

The festival is hosted by a different Arab country each year, which gives each country the privilege of hosting such an important artistic event that unites all Arab nations, allowing artistic and social exchange between their cultures.

The festival's 11th edition comes in light of the theatrical development initiative launched by the Ministry of Culture and the Arab Theater Authority in 2015-2016 in Riyadh and Tunisia, aiming to enlighten and educate playwrights to develop the art of theater in Egypt.

The festival's 11th edition will focus on all theatrical artistic categories. A creativity conference will be held, among numerous other workshops, book discussions and photography exhibitions.
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1/5/2019 1:06:17 PM
<![CDATA[Hollywood ready to party in (possibly) Trump-free Golden Globes]]>
After a record $41.7 billion global movie box-office in 2018, crowd-pleasers like “A Star is Born,” “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Mary Poppins Returns” are competing for Golden Globe honors.

This year, the boozy, informal dinner in Beverly Hills, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is expected to leave politics behind.

Golden Globe hosts Andy Samberg and “Killing Eve” nominated actress Sandra Oh say they are aiming for a fun evening.

“Everyone is depressed and maybe that’s as good a reason as any that everyone could use a little time to laugh and celebrate,” Samberg told the Hollywood Reporter.

Oh said she is “not interested at all” in talking about U.S. President Donald Trump, who has been a focus of attacks at award shows since his 2016 election campaign.

Last year’s Golden Globes were marked by celebrities turning out en masse in black in solidarity with the #MeToo sexual harassment scandal that was roiling Hollywood.

“After Trump’s election and #MeToo, people felt like they had to speak up,” said Tim Gray, awards editor at Hollywood publication Variety.

“This year it’s, ‘let’s celebrate the work’. They are looking forward to the fun of the Globes,” Gray added.

Lady Gaga, Idris Elba, Bradley Cooper and veteran Dick Van Dyke will be among dozens of famous faces turning out on Sunday.


Scathing comedy “Vice,” about former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, has a leading six nominations, including for actors Christian Bale, Sam Rockwell and Amy Adams.

But competition is strong for the best comedy or musical statuette, with historical romp “The Favourite,” romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians,” 1960s road trip “Green Book” and “Mary Poppins Returns” all vying for honors.

“‘Vice’ director Adam McKay really takes chances with that movie. Sometimes he goes too far, and some people love it and some people are having a hard time with it,” said Gray.


Pop star Gaga and actor-director Cooper are seen taking home statuettes for “A Star is Born,” with Gaga’s version of “Shallow” widely viewed as a shoo-in for best original song.

Despite being musicals, both “A Star is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” starring Rami Malek as the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, will compete in the more prestigious best movie drama category. They will face off against three films focusing on racial issues - superhero movie “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron’s lovingly shot “Roma” is expected to win the Golden Globe for best foreign language film.

The Golden Globes ceremony will be televised live on NBC on Sunday, starting at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.]]>
1/5/2019 12:39:46 PM
<![CDATA[Britney Spears suspends shows after dad 'almost died']]>
Spears, 37, said in an Instagram posting that her father Jamie was hospitalized late last year and “almost died.”

“We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him. I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time,” the “Toxic” singer wrote.

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Spears was due to start a new series of concerts, called “Britney: Domination,” in Las Vegas on Feb. 13 and perform there until August 2019.

Her representatives said in a statement that Jamie Spears spent 28 days in a Las Vegas hospital after his colon ruptured two months ago. They said he was now recuperating at home and expected to make a full recovery.

They said Britney Spears would take an indefinite work hiatus, putting her “Britney: Domination” residency on hold until further notice.


Jamie Spears is credited with reviving the career of his teen sensation daughter after her life spiraled out of control in 2007-2008. He also became the court-approved conservator of her business affairs.

Spears became a pop phenomenon in 1999 with her debut single “...Baby One More Time” and subsequent hits like “Stronger” and “Oops!...I Did It Again.” She made a comeback in late 2008 with the album and world tour “Circus” and has performed in Las Vegas since 2014.]]>
1/5/2019 12:34:36 PM
<![CDATA[Kevin Hart re-considering Oscars hosting role after DeGeneres backing]]>
In an interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” released on Friday, DeGeneres said she recently called the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to advocate for Hart.

DeGeneres, who is openly gay and hosted the Oscars in 2007 and 2014, said the Academy, which organizes the ceremony, had responded that they would be “thrilled” to have him host the Feb. 24 awards.

“We want him to host, whatever we can do, we’d be thrilled,” she quoted Academy officials as telling her.

The Academy on Friday did not return a request for comment.

“When I leave here I promise you I’m evaluating this conversation,” Hart, known for “Ride Along” and other films, told DeGeneres in the interview, which was taped on Thursday.

Just hours earlier, Hart had told Hollywood trade publication Variety that he would not reconsider. “Would I ever do it? No, it’s done,” Hart said.

In December, Hart said he was stepping down from hosting the Oscars and wanted to “sincerely apologize to the LGBT community for my insensitive words from my past.”

With less than two months before the ceremony, the most prestigious awards in the movie business, the Academy has not announced a replacement.

In one of his previous tweets, Hart had described an actor’s picture as a “gay billboard for AIDS.” In another he said if his son were to play with a doll’s house, he would break it over his head and tell him to stop being gay.

Hart told DeGeneres on Friday “I know I don’t have a homophobic bone in my body.”

DeGeneres called Hart “one of the smartest people I know, one of the funniest people I know,” and told him to ignore the backlash from what she called “haters” who highlighted the decade-old tweets.

“That’s a small group of people being very, very loud,” she said. “We are a huge group of people who love you and want to see you host the Oscars.”



DeGeneres’ defense of Hart sparked a backlash from some Twitter users.

“It’s depressing that Ellen’s enthusiasm for Hart hosting the Oscars ... led her to contribute to a narrative that Hart is the victim of ‘haters’,” wrote Buzzfeed senior film reporter Adam B. Vary.

Hosting the Oscars is one of the most prestigious and difficult jobs in show business, navigating the expectations of the A-list audience in the theater and millions watching on television.

Hart, who is African-American, would have been one of just a handful of black Oscar hosts over the past 90 years.]]>
1/5/2019 12:32:54 PM
<![CDATA[Bassera: Ramadan, Hosny, El Shazly, Adeeb, Kalabesh are the best in 2018 ]]>CAIRO - 4 January 2019: The Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera) performed poll for best public figures in 2018.

The best actor according to Baseera’s poll was Mohamed Ramadan who garnered 14 percent of the votes, Ahmed Helmy claimed the second rank with 10 percent and Adel Emam claimed the third rank with 8 percent.



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mohamed ramadan - Egypt Today.

The best actress was paired between Rania Youssef and Abla Kamel each achieved 9 percent of the votes.

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Abla Kamel - Egypt Today


The best Egyptian series is Kalabesh Part 2 achieving 21percent of the votes while “ Kaaeno Embareh” ( As If It Was Yesterday) claimed the second rank with 9 percent of the votes.

The Best TV program is “ Sabaya’’ ( Girls) gathering 8 percent of the votes while both “ Sahibet el Saada” and “ El Abakera” ( The Geniuses) claimed the second rank with 7 percent of the votes to each.

The Egyptian TV Mona el Shazly was chosen the best female TV presenter with 22 percent, Radwa el Sherbiny claimed the second rank with 15 percent and Essad Younis came in the third rank ( 10 percent).



The best male TV presenter according to Baseera poll is Amr Adeeb (16 percent) then Wael el Ebrashy ( 8 percent).

The best singer in 2018 according to Baseera poll is Tamer Hosny ( 23 percent) then Mohamed Hamaki ( 14 percent).

The best football player is Mohamed Salah ( 84 percent).

The best minister is the Egyptian Minister of Education Tarek Shawky ( 9 percent) then both Minister of Health Hala Zayed and Minister of Supply Aly El Moslehy claimed the second rank with 4 percent each.

Ramadan received the award of greatest talent nationwide three consecutive times. He started his career with small roles in TV series like “The Cindrella" until he had his big chance in Yousry Nasrallah's “Ehky Ya Sharazad” (Tell me, Shahrazad).

He then became the star of movies produced by famous Egyptian producer Ahmed el-Sobky, which made him one of the most famous actors in the Middle East.

Mohamed Ramadan is perhaps the only Egyptian actor to have been praised by the internationally acclaimed late actor Omar Sharif, who stated that he had chosen the young actor to perpetuate his acting career.

Ramadan previously celebrated as four of his songs were among the top Egyptian music videos for the year 2018 in terms of viewership on YouTube.

“Ana Mafia” (I am Mafia), the latest song for Ramadan, has taken all social media platforms by storm, and was the “most searched” on Google, making it the trend of the first days of 2019.

The clip achieved millions of views a few hours after its launch on Ramadan’s official YouTube channel.

Ramadan received appraisal from his fans on the clip, which he presented in a distinctive way.

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002 when he released his first album. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

Hosny recently performed a series of concerts in the Middle East, including a concert in Jordan at Arena Theatre and another one in Abu Dhabi.

His latest movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Adha achieved high revenues that reached more than LE 50 million. He plays in the movie the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of Egyptian cinema.

Hosny was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah city in Saudi Arabia on March 30. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of whom were women.

Hosny performed on an especially made massive stage where all audience seats were red, white or black, the three colors of Egypt’s flag.

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his handprint and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre in August 2017.

Hosny’s latest song "Eish Beshoqak" amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube.

"Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Kalabesh Part 2 revolves around the brave police officer Selim El-Ansari, who is now promoted to the supervisor of Aqrab prison. His life turns upside down when his parents are killed and he is seriously wounded by the killer. Rogina and Hala Fakher co-star. The series is written by Baher Dewidar and directed by Peter Mimi. " Kalabesh" is produced by the famed Egyptian producer Tamer Morsi.

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1/4/2019 2:35:28 PM
<![CDATA[Opera AME singers perform in KSA for first time]]>CAIRO – 4 January 2019: Renowned musicians and singers from the National Arab Music Ensemble (AME) of Cairo Opera House performed in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, in two concerts last April.


The concerts were held at the King Fahd Culture Center under the supervision of Gihan Morsy, head of the Administration for Central Eastern Music.


AME - April 2018


AME singers performed original songs for famous Egyptian singers such as Abdul Wahab, Umm Kalthoum, Abdul Halim Hafiz, Najat Al-Sagheera, Chadia, among others.


Huge screens were installed to enhance the viewing experience for thousands of attendees who showed up.


The concerts follow a series of performances in the Saudi Kingdom under the auspices of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman to modernize Saudi Arabia.


The Crown Prince has been working vigorously to ensure that Saudi Arabia stays on course in its journey towards realizing Vision 2030, the Kingdom’s national strategy to diversify its oil-dependent economy.


In 2018, Saudi Arabia has witnessed the establishment of its first opera house, the reopening of public cinemas, an increased support for contemporary arts and film across the Kingdom.


The ban on female motorists has also been removed, and concerts headlining regional and international icons were announced. The shows were inspired by Egyptian top-rated show “Masrah Masr” (Egypt's Theatre) that achieved unprecedented success in Egypt and the Arab World.


In preparation for their much anticipated day, Egyptian actor and also “Masrah Masr” leading comedian Ashraf Abdel Baki gave “Masrah Al-Saudia” crew an extensive four-month training, in which 40 actors and actresses were selected for the performance according to their acting skills.


Ashraf Abdel Baki – Apr. 5 2018


On April 5 2018, Veteran Egyptian comedian and TV personality Ashraf Abdel Baki announced the launch of “Masrah al-Saudia” (Saudi Theatre) for the first time in two performances titled; "Dunya al-Alaab" (A World of Toys) and "Mamnu Dokhool Al-Sittat" (Women Not Allowed).


January 2019


Baki expressed his extreme happiness with the theatrical experience he has recently gone through in Saudi Arabia, which follows the footsteps of his original experience in Egypt titled “Masrah Masr” (Egypt’s Theater).


Abdel Baky stated in a video he uploaded on his official Instagram account that he is currently enjoying himself in the Saudi Theater in Jeddah with a group of very talented young actors.


He encouraged fans to attend the play set to be staged on January 4-6, 2019 in Jeddah.


مسرح السعودية من الاعمال اللي فخور بيها المسرحيتان ٧ و٨ نتمني تعجبكم @masra7alsaudia

63.7k Likes, 920 Comments - Ashraf Abdelbaky (@ashrafabdilbaky) on Instagram: "مسرح السعودية من الاعمال اللي فخور بيها المسرحيتان ٧ و٨ نتمني تعجبكم @masra7alsaudia"



Tamer Hosny – March 31


Egypt’s Superstar, Tamer Hosny, announced on his social media accounts that he will be performing in Saudi Arabia for the first time ever in the month of February 2018. The concert was scheduled to take place on March 31 in Jeddah.


The tickets were sold out within a few hours of the announcement, exposing the Saudi’s love for Hosny!


دخلة تامر حسني حفلة السعوديه ۲۰۱۸ وحضور جماهيري ضخم / 2018 Tamer Hosny - SAUDI Arabia Concert

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Sherine Abdel Wahab – June 2018


Moreover, on Jun. 19, 2018, Sherine Abdel Wahab performed in Jeddah for the first time in a “ladies’ only” concert in King Abdallah’s Economic City.


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1/4/2019 12:16:19 PM
<![CDATA[ 'Altook Wal Aswera' play to stage Balloon Theater Jan.4]]>
The play directed by the Egyptian theatrical director Nasser Abdel Moneim previously won the “Best Theatrical Directing” award in the first edition of Cairo International Festival of Contemporary and Experimental Theater in 1999. The show was the production of the Theatre Art House.

“Altook Wal Aswera” revolves around a poor family that resides in a village somewhere in Upper Egypt, that suffers from extreme poverty.

The family eventually turns to myths and magic to improve their living situation. This is a common thing in that part of the country and the reason is lack of education.

The show is written by Yehya Taher Abdullah, starring Fatma Mohamed, Mahmoud el-Zayat Martina Adel, Mohamed Hassib, Sara Adel, Eman Hussein among others.
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1/4/2019 11:51:27 AM
<![CDATA[U.S. judge orders Ed Sheeran to face Marvin Gaye plagiarism lawsuit]]>NEW YORK – 4 January 2019: A U.S. judge has rejected English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran’s request to dismiss a lawsuit accusing him of lifting from Marvin Gaye’s 1973 classic “Let’s Get It On” for his 2014 smash “Thinking Out Loud”.


In a decision made public on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton in Manhattan said a jury should decide whether Sheeran, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Atlantic Records should be liable to the estate and heirs of the late producer Ed Townsend, who co-wrote “Let’s Get It On” with Gaye.


Stanton found “substantial similarities between several of the two works’ musical elements,” including their bass lines and percussion, and said it was in dispute whether the harmonic rhythm of “Let’s Get It On” was too common to deserve copyright protection.


He also said ordinary listeners might view the songs’ “aesthetic appeal” as the same, despite defense arguments that “Thinking Out Loud” was characterized by “somber, melancholic tones, addressing long lasting romantic love” while “Let’s Get It On” was a “sexual anthem” radiating positive emotions.


Jurors “may be impressed by footage of a Sheeran performance which shows him seamlessly transitioning between [the songs],” Stanton wrote. His decision is dated Wednesday.


Sheeran has denied copying from Gaye.


Representatives for Sheeran and Atlantic did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Sony/ATV spokesman Paul Williams declined to comment.


Pat Frank, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said his clients were looking forward to their day in court “when this matter is tried.”


Gaye was fatally shot by his father in 1984 at age 44.


Stanton oversees two lawsuits accusing Sheeran of lifting from Gaye’s song.


In the other case, Structured Asset Sales LLC, which owns one-third of Townsend’s estate, sued last June for $100 million of damages.


Structured Asset Sales is owned by David Pullman, an investment banker who in 1997 oversaw a $55 million sale of “Bowie Bonds” that made David Bowie the first musician to sell bonds backed by royalties from his catalog.


“Thinking Out Loud” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 2015. “Let’s Get It On” hit No. 1 in September 1973.


Sheeran, 27, has also faced infringement claims over his songs “Photograph” and “Shape of You.”


Other recording artists accused in recent years of copyright infringement have included Miley Cyrus, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, and Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams.


The case is Griffin et al v Sheeran et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 17-05221.

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1/4/2019 11:40:23 AM
<![CDATA[Elissa to perform in Egypt on Jan.18]]>
“I am proud to be the ambassador of the national campaign to combat breast cancer," said the star during the campaign.

Elissa revealed having breast cancer in her latest clip "Ela Kol Ely Beyheboony" (To All Those Who Love Me), in which she shed light on her struggle with the disease and her recovery.

Elissa is one of Lebanon's most famous singers and one of the best known artists in the Arab world. She was the best-selling female Middle Eastern artist for 2005 and 2009.

In 2005, 2006 and 2010, she received the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist, and became the first Lebanese singer to receive the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist.

The Lebanese star has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Elissa is also one of the richest celebrities in Lebanon, with an estimated wealth of over $40 million. As of 2017, Elissa has had over 44 million followers on social media.


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1/4/2019 11:37:24 AM
<![CDATA[Hollywood's equality push fails to boost female film directors: study]]>LOS ANGELES – 4 January 2019: Only 8 percent of Hollywood’s top films in 2018 were directed by women, down from 11 percent the prior year, despite high-profile efforts to improve gender equality, a study released on Thursday showed.


The percentage is roughly unchanged from two decades ago, according to the annual study, which found a “radical underrepresentation” of women in the industry.


“The study provides no evidence that the mainstream film industry has experienced the profound positive shift predicted by so many industry observers over the last year,” study author Martha Lauzen, executive director of San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, said in a statement.


The center has been producing the “Celluloid Ceiling” report for 21 years.


Allegations of sexual harassment in Hollywood became public in late 2017, prompting calls for more women at all levels of the entertainment business.


Yet in 2018, women accounted for just 8 percent of directors of the 250 highest-grossing Hollywood films, less than the 9 percent in 1998.


The overall percentage of women in behind-the-scenes movie roles rose to 20 percent from 18 percent in 2017. Women were most represented as producers, making up 26 percent of the total. Just 4 percent of cinematographers were female.


“This radical underrepresentation is unlikely to be remedied by the voluntary efforts of a few individuals or a single studio,” Lauzen said. “Without a large-scale effort mounted by the major players – the studios, talent agencies, guilds, and associations – we are unlikely to see meaningful change.”


Movies directed by women in 2018 included Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” and Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”



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1/4/2019 11:36:52 AM
<![CDATA[Facts not fakes. Do not kill neighboring rights!]]>
For years the internet giants have picked up thousands of media stories every day without paying a penny to those who produce them.

This historic vote on " neighboring rights " was made possible thanks to an unprecedented mobilization of journalists and the courage of members of the parliament despite intense pressure from the Big tech firms.

The text now requires a consensus of the parliament, the Council of Ministers and the European Commission.

Today, with a new and widespread lobbying campaign, the internet giants are in the process of successfully emptying the text of substance: they are trying to exclude references to " short extracts ", " factuals " or " snippets " to exclude press agencies and specialist media, and to reduce the protection period for neighboring rights.



Facts: the essence of journalism

Facts are for all. Everyone can explain and analyse them. However, when a search engine or an aggregator picks up word for word the output from a newspaper or an agency, it is totally normal to pay a neighboring right even if it is only a short extract.

Can one envisage for even a second no payment for a factual story on Brexit or for a tragedy about refugees lost at sea off Greece on the pretext they are " short extracts " ?

Think of the investigative work that goes into publishing the headline " Suicide attack in Baghdad Shiite quarter : 32 dead, say police, hospitals ". To pen this simple line, the journalist has questioned the police to determine what kind of explosion took place, called the hospitals to establish a casualty toll, visited the scene of the blast for a description and to interview witnesses. Occasionally he may risk his life because it is not unusual for a secondary attack to happen at the same place as the first. This was the case in Kabul recently when nine journalists and photographers lost their lives, including AFP’s Shah Marai.

Establishing facts also requires the elimination of rumours which pollute all major news : a supposed hostage-taking during the 2016 Nice attack that left 86 people dead, a new so called atrocity at the Eiffel Tower on the night of the tragic November 13 events in Paris … Both fake news which pervaded social networks and disappeared only after meticulous checks by the media.

This is the daily work of all journalists, photographers, videographers and it’s been mine too for years in Baghdad, Tehran, Cairo, Damascus, Beirut. If the picking up of reports from publishers and agencies avoids neighboring rights because they are short extracts, the directive will be empty of substance. That will mean that the fundamental work of our trade, the research and writing of proven facts, has no value. And all the investments publishers and press agencies make to bring news to the public will be a complete waste. It will also mean that facts do not make history. In the end the field will be left to those who peddle fake news.

Excluding short extracts from neighboring rights will lead publishers and news agencies to employ fewer journalists, to shut their bureaus in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, North Korea… Then what will be the sources of information ? State media ? The disinformation campaigns run by authoritarian regimes ?

Let's not allow " bots ", or robots programmed to carry out influence campaigns, and " troll farms " to take over from reporters, or leave online fiction to replace verified fact

If short extracts are removed from neighboring rights, the plundering of content will go on. The reason is simple : what internet surfers read in huge quantities, what generates millions of online interactions and thus considerable revenue for the platforms, is precisely these short extracts.



News versus fake news

Another hobbyhorse for the internet giants is to eliminate press agencies from neighboring rights. And yet they are on the front line of news. Every day, every hour, every minute, they produce, stories, photos, videos through the dense networks they have built across the world. They remain an indispensable compass helping everyone, thanks to verified, pluralist and exhaustive information to know what is happening from Syria to Russia, from isolated provinces to capital cities.

Without agencies, newspapers, radio and television stations, the internet sites would lose a large part of their raw news input, Without agencies, images would become rarer. Agency content is plundered just the same as the work of publishers. It is indispensable for democracy that the agencies continue to exist and that requires them to be fully included within the directive just the same as the publishers.



The duration of rights

The duration of the protection provided by neighboring rights is also a key issue. Some want it reduced to one year. Would it not be absurd that the internet giants could use the tragic pictures of the 2015 Paris attacks for free because more than a year has passed? Common sense dictate a return to the initial duration period proposed of 20 years.

Can the European Union take the risk of emptying this neighboring right of its substance when we are witnessing increased danger across the world and the spread of "fake news " ?

We are told, and it is right that we should be, how important the European elections next May are for democracy. Then let’s not destroy a parliamentary text adopted on September 12 by 438 deputies, a very strong majority, after two years of work.

What is at stake in Brussels at this time is the future of the press and all creative arts in Europe. And there would be no negative impact on consumers who will continue to have free access.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Ministers, Members of Parliament, members of the Commission, journalists, publishers and news agencies are united in demanding fair reward for their work and for the investments made to keep the public informed. This is why the establishment of proper neighboring rights is critical for our democracy.

FILE -Sammy Ketz,Middle East Senior Reporter AFP
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1/3/2019 5:38:53 PM
<![CDATA[China lands probe on far side of moon in world first]]>
The Chang'e-4 probe touched down and sent a photo of the so-called "dark side" of the moon to the Queqiao satellite, which will relay communications to controllers on Earth, China's national space agency said on its website.

Beijing is pouring billions into its military-run space programme, with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022, and of eventually sending humans to the moon.

The Chang'e-4 lunar probe mission -- named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology -- launched in December from the southwestern Xichang launch centre.

It is the second Chinese probe to land on the moon, following the Yutu (Jade Rabbit) rover mission in 2013.

Unlike the near side of the moon that offers many flat areas to touch down on, the far side is mountainous and rugged.

The moon is "tidally locked" to Earth in its rotation so the same side is always facing Earth.

Chang'e-4 is carrying six experiments from China and four from abroad, including low-frequency radio astronomical studies -- aiming to take advantage of the lack of interference on the moons' far side.

The rover will also conduct mineral and radiation tests, the China National Space Administration has said.

"It's a very good start," said Wu Weiren, chief designer of China's lunar exploration program, in an interview with state broadcaster CCTV. "We are now building China into an aerospace power."

- Space dominance -

Beijing is planning to send another lunar lander, Chang'e-5, later this year to collect samples and bring them back to Earth.

It is among a slew of ambitious Chinese targets, which include a reusable launcher by 2021, a super-powerful rocket capable of delivering payloads heavier than those NASA and private rocket firm SpaceX can handle, a moon base, a permanently crewed space station, and a Mars rover.

The People's Liberation Army "looks at space as a new strategic high ground," said Michael Raska, who studies security and defence issues at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.

An increased presence in space will be vital for "anything for early warning, surveillance, reconnaissance, targeting... nearly every military mission out there is relying on some sort of space capability."

But China's aerospace industry still has a long way to go, especially compared to that of the US, said Shen Dingli, a Shanghai-based international studies scholar.

"Armstrong landed on the moon more than 50 years ago -- Chinese people still have not landed on the moon even today."

- Extreme challenges -

It was not until 1959 that the Soviet Union captured the first images of the moon's mysterious and heavily cratered "dark side".

No lander or rover has ever previously touched the surface there, and it is no easy technological feat -- China has been preparing for this moment for years.

A major challenge for the mission was communicating with the robotic lander as there is no direct "line of sight" for signals to the far side of the moon.

As a solution, China in May blasted the Queqiao (Magpie Bridge) satellite into the moon's orbit, positioning it so that it can relay data and commands between the lander and Earth.

In another extreme hurdle, during the lunar night -- which lasts 14 Earth days -- temperatures drop to as low as minus 173 degrees Celsius (minus 279 Fahrenheit).

During the lunar day, also lasting 14 Earth days, temperatures soar as high as 127 C (261 F).

Adding to the difficulties, Chang'e-4 was sent to the Aitken Basin in the lunar south pole region -- known for its craggy and complex terrain.

China's previous moon rover Yutu also conquered those challenges, and, after initial setbacks, ultimately surveyed the moon's surface for 31 months.

Its success provided a major boost to China's space programme.]]>
1/3/2019 5:03:22 PM
<![CDATA[Booker Award nominees to be exposed Jan. 7]]>
The Booker Award is considered one of the top notch literary awards in the Arab World. It grants the prize to the best novel chosen by the judging committee.

The Booker Prize for Arabic Fiction aims to reward excellence in the contemporary Arabic novel and raise the level of reading and translating Arabic novels to different languages.

The novels that made it to the Long Novel Category in 2019 and the members of the judging committee will soon be exposed.

The competing long novels will be shortlisted from a total of 134 writings completed during the period between July 2017 and June 2018.

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The Booker Prize for Arabic Fiction is sponsored by the London-based Man Booker Foundation, while the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates support the award monetarily.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Booker–McConnell Prize and commonly known simply as the Booker Prize) is a literary prize awarded each year for the best novel written in English and published in the UK.

The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured international success; therefore, the prize is of great significance for the book trade.

From its inception, only novels written by Commonwealth, Irish, and South African (and later Zimbabwean) citizens were eligible to receive the prize; in 2014, however, this eligibility was widened to any English-language novel—a change which proved controversial.

A high-profile literary award in British culture, the Booker Prize is greeted with great anticipation and fanfare.

It is also a mark of distinction for authors to be selected for inclusion in the shortlist or even to be nominated for the "longlist".


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1/3/2019 3:57:30 PM
<![CDATA[Veteran novelist Abdel Wahab al-Aswany passes away on Jan. 3]]>
The funeral will be held in Al-Doa Mosque near Heliopolis Hospital at 3 p.m. on Jan. 3.

It is worth noting that the General Authority for Cultural Palaces has recently released the writer’s latest novel “Hemdan’s Empire”.

Aswany was born in 1934, and was one of the most prominent writers during the 1960’s. His first novel was titled “Salma el-Aswaniya” (Salma from Aswan) written in the year 1970.

“Habit el-Asefa", “Al-Lesan al-Mor” (The bitter tongue), “Ibtesama Ghair Mafhoma” (A Misunderstood smile), “Al-Naml al-Abyad” (white ant) were his most popular writings.


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1/3/2019 3:09:55 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Sheba to release new song 'Rahn Eshartak' on Jan. 25]]>
“Rahn Eshartak” is written by Reda al-Masry and composed by Fares Fahmy. A video clip of the song will be released.

The song’s lyrics mainly revolve around the great efforts exerted by the Egyptian Police Forces and Army Forces to combat the evil forces of terrorism.

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Moreover, the famed singer is preparing a duo with Egyptian singer Ehab Tawfik titled “Ashamy fe Rabena” (I have faith in God). The song is also written by Reda al-masry, composed by Fares Fahmy and directed by Yasser Essam.

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“Ashamy fe rabena” will be released as a video clip by the end of the upcoming week.

Sheba has been in the singing industry for almost a decade, and has also worked in a car repair shop. The singer had no luck until he became famous after “Ah Law Le’ebt ya Zahr”. The singer then became the first choice in Egyptian weddings, making him one of the most listened to Sha’abi singers locally and in the region.

”Ah Law Le’ebt Ya Zahr”:

احمد شيبة - اه لو لعبت يا زهر - و الراقصة الا كوشنير من فيلم اوشن 14 (فيديو كليب)

احمد شيبة - اه لو لعبت يا زهر - و الراقصة الا كوشنير من فيلم اوشن 14 (فيديو كليب)




”Eddonia Mashya Bedahraha”:

الدنيا ماشية بضهرها

احمد شيبة 2014 جديد انا بتقطع من جوايا ونسيت طعم الفرح النيا ماشية بضهرها وحطط عليا احمد شيبة انا مش هافية عمر شيكو omar sheko




“Ya’alam Rabena” (God Knows)

Ahmed Sheba - Y3lam Rabna / احمد شيبه - يعلم ربنا

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1/2/2019 5:31:56 PM
<![CDATA[Video: Ashraf Abdel Baki pleased with Saudi Theater]]>
Abdel Baky stated in a video he uploaded on his official Instagram account that he is currently enjoying himself in the Saudi Theater in Jeddah with a group of very talented young actors.

Abdel Baki encouraged fans to attend the play set to be staged on January 4-6 in Jeddah.

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47.4k Likes, 702 Comments - Ashraf Abdelbaky (@ashrafabdilbaky) on Instagram: "مسرح السعودية من الاعمال اللي فخور بيها المسرحيتان ٧ و٨ نتمني تعجبكم"




Over the past months, Abdel Baki has selected a group of 40 young actors and actresses and trained them; he also put the final artistic touches on the new theater's performances.

Abdel Baki graduated from Ain Shams University's Faculty of Commerce, later deciding to pursue a drama career despite his parent's dislike for acting.

However, Abdel Baki's parents later changed their opinion after he received support from his older brother.

Abdel Baki acted in 54 films, 16 soap operas, and 14 plays, with the play “Khashab El-Ward” (Flower Wood) being his first role on stage.

He persuaded late veteran actor Fouad el-Mohandes, and his wife Shwikar to appear in the film “Estanglina”, starring Abdel Baki.

The veteran actor was honored at the Cairo International Film Festival for Children.

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1/2/2019 5:25:35 PM
<![CDATA[Arab Theater Festival's press conference to be held Jan. 6]]>
The 11th edition of the Arab Theater Festival is set to be hosted in Cairo under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and will run from January 11-16, 2019.

Emirati playwright Ismail Abdallah, the secretary general for the Arab Authority for Theater; Head of the Higher Committee of the festival, director Khaled Galal; and director Ghanam Ghanam will attend the press conference.

The festival is hosted by a different Arab country each year, which gives each country the privilege of hosting such an important artistic event that unites all Arab nations, allowing artistic and social exchange between their cultures.

The festival's 11th edition comes in light of the theatrical development initiative launched by the Ministry of Culture and the Arab Theater Authority in 2015-2016 in Riyadh and Tunisia, aiming to enlighten and educate playwrights to develop the art of theater in Egypt.

The festival's 11th edition is also expected to honor 15 local theatrical icons, and will focus on all theatrical artistic categories. A creativity conference will be held, among numerous other workshops, book discussions and photography exhibitions.

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1/2/2019 3:54:30 PM
<![CDATA[Italy's Uffizi demands return of Nazi-looted painting]]>
“Germany has a moral duty to return this painting to our museum,” said Uffizi chief Eike Schmidt, who is himself German. “This story is preventing the wounds inflicted by World War Two and the horrors of Nazism from healing.”

The “Vase of Flowers” painting, worth millions of dollars, was originally put on display in Florence in 1824 after it was bought by Grande Duke Leopoldo II for his art collection.

The oil canvas hung in the city’s Pitti Palace until 1940, when it was evacuated to a nearby village following the outbreak of World War Two. Three years later it was seized by German troops and eventually taken to Germany where it only resurfaced following German reunification in 1991 in the hands of a family.

Intermediaries have demanded payment for its return, which the Uffizi is refusing. All efforts to get it back via legal channels have failed, with Germany saying it cannot intervene because of a statute of limitations that prevents prosecution for alleged crimes committed more than 30 years ago.

“Germany should not apply the statute of limitations to works of art stolen during the war,” said Schmidt, who on Tuesday hung a black and white photograph of the missing canvas in the Pitti Palace museum.

The word “stolen” written in Italian, English and German is prominently printed on the photo and the picture was put on the Uffizi’s Twitter feed.]]>
1/2/2019 2:47:03 PM
<![CDATA['Comedians of the World' presents chance for stand-up comedians]]>
Numerous stars from the Arab World are set to perform in the program such as Rosin Halak from Jordan, Ibrahim Khairallah from Saudi Arabia and Oday Khalifa from Palestine.

The Jordanian stand-up comedian Halaksaid that the show she performs on stagereliesmainly on improvisation and that she is always keen to shed light on issues that interest women in a comic way.

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FILE - Rosin Halak

Halak also stated that the main obstacle she faces while performing is that some Arab audiences do not completely understand the Jordanian dialect and therefore she has to exert more effort in making her performance simple and clear.

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Meanwhile, Saudi comedian Khairallah does not rely on improvisation like his Jordanian counterpart; in fact, the comedian exposed that he uses a script which becomes refined numerous times before getting on stage, and that he needs a lot of training before performing.

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FILE - Oday Khalifa

Last but not least, Palestinian comedian Khalifa stated that stand-up comedy is the hardest of theatrical performances, as the comedian relies solely on the content and the microphone, without any additional assistance.

Khalifa further stated that the most veteran comedians would not necessarily be able to perform a stand-up comedy show, as it requires specific skills.
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1/2/2019 1:26:06 PM
<![CDATA[Five prominent actresses out of Ramadan 2019 marathon]]>
ET presents five of the biggest acting female names that will be eliminated in the upcoming Ramadan TV competition:

Famed actress Nelly Karim performed in the Ramadan Television marathon for five consecutive seasons. Her latest series was “Ikhtefa’a” (Disappearance) directed by Ahmed Medhat.

Veteran actress Yousra will also not performed in the upcoming Ramadan aftertaking part in the last three seasons. Her last series broadcasted in Ramadan was “Ladayna Aqwal Okhra” (We have another statement) directed by Mohamed Ali.

In addition, famed actress Ghada Abdel Razek will not participate in the upcoming Ramadan marathon after six consecutive seasons of successful series; her last series broadcasted in Ramadan was “Ded Maghol” (Against the unknown), directed by Tarek Refa’at and produced by Synergy.

Furthermore, Tunisian actress HendSabry was expected to appear in the series “Jamlia and the Son of the Sultan” for director Kamla Abu Zekra; however, they ran out of time and the whole project got cancelled.

Last but not least, veteran actress Laila Elwi will not participate in the upcoming Ramadan marathon for the second consecutive year. Her last appearance in Ramadan was through the series “Heya wa Davinci” (She and Davinci), starring with veteran actor Khaled el-Sawi.

Elwi was nominated to star in one of the dramatic works of 2019, however, she could not agree with the producer on her wage and therefore a different actress was selected to perform the role.
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1/2/2019 1:15:50 PM
<![CDATA[Remembering Ihsan Abdel Quddous on his Centennial birthday]]>
During his life, Abdel Quddousenriched the Egyptian literature and cinema with everlasting works.

At the museum's entrance on the right side, stands a statue that was dedicated to Abdel Quddous’ late father Mohamed Abdel Quddous by Lebanese artist George Abyad.

Directly above the statue,a group of magnificent paintings and portrays of Abdel Quddous are located. On the left side of the entrance,there is a living room with a beautiful red carpet hung on the wall.

In the salon, items dating back to 1919 are exhibited. Rare family portrays of Rose al-Youssef with her son, Abdel Quddous, in addition to numerous other family portrays of the late writer and his siblings.

On the far side of the entrance, lays a number of medals,appreciation certificates and awards granted to the veteran writer by former Egyptian presidents.

The family’s reading glasses and personal items are also show cased in a glass display.

Ihsan Abdel Quddous was an Egyptian writer, novelist, and journalist and editor in Egypt's Al-Akhbar (The news) and Al-Ahram newspapers. He is known to have written many novels that have been adapted in films.

Abdel Quddous was born in Cairo, Egypt, to an Egyptian father, Mohamed Abdel Quddous, and Egyptian-Turkish actress Rose al-Youssef. His favorite hobby as a child was reading. At the age of 11, he started writing short stories and classical poems.

His father, Mohamed Abdel Quddous, an Egyptian theatre and film actor, motivated him to pursue a career in law. Ihsan graduated from law school in 1942 and worked as a lawyer. He was, at the beginning of his career, a trainee for the law firm of Edward Qussairi, a famous Egyptian lawyer. He was also an editor in Rose al Youssef, a weekly magazine that his mother Fatima al Youssef (aka Rose al-Youssef) had founded.

In 1944, he started writing film scripts, short stories, and novels. He later left his law career to focus on his literary career. A few years later, he became a distinguished journalist in Al-Akhbar newspaper, where he worked for eight years. He then worked in Al-Ahram newspaper and became its editor-in-chief. He often criticized important personalities, which got him imprisoned three times throughout his journalism career.

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Abdel Quddous regarded women as symbols of sacrifice in the Egyptian society which was why women were the central theme of his literary works. His works influentially contributed to bring change in the conventional concepts in Egypt.

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On the contrary to his literary works, he was a very conservative person. He was known to have a resisting personality and had been a strict husband and father in his house. He wrote more than 60 novels and collections of short stories.

Of his novels, five were dramatized, nine were used as radio series scripts, ten had television miniseries adaptations, and 49 had film adaptations. His works have been translated to several foreign languages including English, French, German, Ukrainian, and Chinese.

Abdel Quddous also co-founded the Egyptian Story Club.

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1/2/2019 1:13:03 PM
<![CDATA[After long Hiatus, Abdou gets back to dancing]]>
Abdou’s first concert was on December 31 at Nile Ritz Carlton hotel.

Abdou, who was born on May 26, 1953, appeared for the first time in 1970. She is considered to be the most famous belly dancer in the past three decades.

As an actor she has participated in several movies and TV series such as "Assela", "El-Ha'eaa wel Sarab" (The Truth and Illusions), "Azhar", and "Ya Ana Ya Enty" (Either You or Me).

For many years, Abdou was regarded as Egypt’s first dancer, until she retired and started to concentrate solely on acting. Abdou is active on social media, especially Instagram, where she uploads dance videos from home.

Abdou held a press conference last December and announced that she will get back to dancing in public parties because she misses her audience and wants to directly interact with them.
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1/1/2019 6:17:01 PM
<![CDATA[Hosny’s ‘ Kol Sana w Enta Tayeb’ to be released during Eid el-Fitr]]>
The movie stars Zeina, Khaled el Sawy, Aicha Ben Ahmed, Ahmed Fathy, and Mohamed Sarwat. "Kol Sana W Enta Tayeb" is written by Mohamed Abdel Maty and directed by Said el-Marouk.

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002 when he released his first album. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

Hosny recently performed a series of concerts in the Middle East, including a concert in Jordan at Arena Theatre and another one in Abu Dhabi.

His latest movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Adha achieved high revenues that reached more than LE 50 million. He plays in the movie the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of Egyptian cinema.

Hosny was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah city in Saudi Arabia on March 30. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of whom were women.

Hosny performed on an especially made massive stage where all audience seats were red, white or black, the three colors of Egypt’s flag.

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his handprint and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre in August 2017.

Hosny’s latest song "Eish Beshoqak" amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube.

"Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

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1/1/2019 5:51:46 PM
<![CDATA[‘Abl Ma Tewaed’ Haggar gift to his fans in 2019]]>


The song is written by Michael Adel, composed by Shady Moanes and distributed by Rafik Adly.

Haggar graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1979 and was influenced by late Egyptian music legend Baligh Hamdy, who trained Haggar, Mohamed Mounir and Mohamed el-Helw in a band called el-Takht, which was formed in the Arabic Music Institution.

Inspired by poet, cartoonist, and painter Salah Jaheen, Haggar always wanted to sing Jahin's sonnets; he grew popular after singing them in the 1980s. Around the same time, he also began blending authentic Arabic music with modern technology and sound effects.

In addition to his prolific album releases, Haggar also performed in several theatrical plays, movies, and TV series.

Haggar concluded on Tuesday, November 13 the 27th edition of the Arab Music Festival at Alexandria Opera House.

Haggar released his recent album “Ma Takhdy Balek” (Please Take Care) in 2018. His musical repertoire includes popular hits such as “Hona al-Qahera” (Here is Cairo), “A’m Batata” (Uncle Batata), and “Dehket al-Masagen” (The Prisoners’ Laughter).

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1/1/2019 4:35:03 PM
<![CDATA[Ivory Coast painter gives new life to e-waste]]>
Back home, the 24-year-old Ivorian artist dismantles the phones with a hammer to pull out the screens and keyboards. He uses them for his paintings. One can take him up to three or five days of work.

Koffi grew up in Koumassi and says he was drawn to recycling and incorporating e-waste in his art, after seeing how it affected his environment.

“My number one goal is to try, in my own small way, to reduce electronic waste that is found in the streets and in the bins,” he said.

“Here, we are in one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods, where you usually find old phones which can no longer be repaired.”

With a population of about 5.5 million, Abidjan generates up to 1,500 tons of e-waste per year, according to the European Union-funded E-waste Implementation Toolkit. Koffi says a significant amount of this waste can be used to make money.

With several exhibitions abroad and at home under his belt, Koffi is quickly becoming one of Ivory Coast most important figures in contemporary art.

“I think his work is great. He has decided to go into recycling, and it really suits him because his work stands out from all others,” fellow Ivorian artist Ezechiel Guibe said.

“Despite incorporating recycling material into his work, he manages to capture all these forms, faces and emotions in his work, which really blew us away,” added art gallery director, Olivier Pepe.]]>
1/1/2019 4:28:55 PM
<![CDATA[Senegal opens new art museum honoring black civilization]]>
President Macky Sall opened the 148,000-square-foot Museum of Black Civilizations on Thursday in the capital Dakar. The four-storey structure combines the traditional form of a circular African village hut with a modern glass and wood facade that reflects back onto an outdoor plaza.

Inside, ancient skulls and intricately carved masks recall Africa’s status as the “cradle of humanity” while a series of stylized black-and-white paintings by Haitian artist Philippe Dodard recount slaves’ passage to the Americas centuries ago.

“Keeping our cultures is what has saved African people from attempts made at making of them soulless people without a history,” Sall said in a speech. “And if culture does link people together, it also stimulates progress.”

Although Senegal’s first post-independence president, Leopold Sedar Senghor, first conceived of a museum honoring black civilization almost half a century ago, its long-delayed completion thanks to Chinese financing comes at a critical moment for African art.

African governments are stepping up pressure on Western museums to return stolen artifacts following a French government report that urged mass restitutions of objects in France’s national museums that were seized during the colonial era.

Hundreds of thousands of artifacts - believed to represent some 90 percent of Africa’s cultural heritage - now populate exhibitions in European museums and private collections.

The Museum of Black Civilizations has room for about 18,000 works of art, although many of the galleries remain unfilled.

Besides Senegal, Nigeria and Benin are also opening new museums meant to serve in part as rejoinders to arguments by European museum directors that Africa lacks the facilities to care for the works.

“The Museum of Black Civilizations is part of a generation of museums that Africa is in the process of building, so that the continent and its diaspora, don’t cease defining their history,” said Ernesto Ramirez, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture, at the ceremony in Dakar.

Macron announced after receiving the report by a Senegalese economist and French art historian that France would immediately return 26 artifacts requested by Benin in 2016.

Additional countries, including Senegal and Ivory Coast, have since requested either permanent or temporary restitution.]]>
1/1/2019 2:42:52 PM
<![CDATA[China struggles to shed reputation as global capital of art copies]]>
But the 32-year old Chinese artist is actually handling a 1,000 yuan ($145) reproduction she made in one day from an image on her cell phone, not Van Gogh’s masterpiece that is estimated to be worth over $100 million.

Ma is one of 8,000 painters creating copies of Western art in Dafen, a tiny but densely populated district in the southern Chinese boomtown of Shenzhen, next to Hong Kong.

Once an obscure village of 300 rice growers, Dafen became an international hub of painting reproductions in a few short years after former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping opened up China’s economy in 1978. The town once accounted for 75 percent of the world’s oil painting reproductions.

Dafen has 1,200 galleries and art businesses, employing 20,000 people. Its output reached 4.15 billion yuan ($601 million) in 2017.

But, as China celebrates the 40th anniversary of opening up on Tuesday, Dafen ponders its fortunes, which have waned since the global financial crisis in 2008 when foreign demand for art reproductions fell and never returned.

The declining overseas orders have spurred the local government to embark on a plan to transform Dafen into a producer of original works instead.

Success remains elusive, however, with demand for Dafen’s original art tepid and artists who are interested in creating original works few and far between.

To attract artists, Dafen has invested 100 million yuan in an art museum and built 268 apartments to accommodate the painters who live there. The town now has 300 artists focusing on original works.

However, Chen Jingyang, an original artist who has been in Dafen for 12 years, is not very optimistic about the future.

“The big buyers know that the market here used to be famous for copies, and it was a low-end market, so not many are coming for the original paintings,” Chen said.]]>
1/1/2019 2:35:16 PM
<![CDATA[New Year's TV map]]>
On TEN TV, Amr Abdel Hamid will host star of Egyptian folklore Ahmed Shiba in his program "Ra'ye Aam" (Public opinion). The star will talk about his singing career and his personal relation with acting star Mohamed Ramadan.

Shiba will reveal secrets about songs in the TV series "Nesr al-Saed" (Eagle of Upper Egypt) and expose why he agreed to participate in the duo "100 Wesh" (100 faces) with Tamer Hosny.

Shiba is also set to perform a number of his most popular songs, and will sing other songs for Amro Diab and George Wassouf.

The National Media Authority prepared a diverse program to celebrate the New Year. Egypt's channel 1 is celebrating through a series of programs, including "Good Morning Egypt" from 7a.m. to 10a.m., followed by "MasrAl-Mahrousa" (Egypt, the protected), which presents a special episode about the Copts, their traditions in Christmas and New Year's Eve, and the trip of the Holy Family through Egypt.

Meanwhile, Egypt's channel 2 prepared special episodes of all its programs, such as "Bensabah aleik" (Good morning to you), "Masr Gamila" (Egypt is beautiful), "Zeina" and "Min Maspero" (From Maspero).

At 8 p.m., channel 2,in cooperation with the Egyptian Satellite Channel,will broadcast a special celebration from Cairo Opera House.

The channel will cover the occasion through its programs "Mobasher men Masr" (Live from Egypt), "Nogoomal-Reyada" (Sports stars) and "Sahret Rasel-Sana" (New Year's celebration).

Nile TV Channel celebrates the New Year's Eve by honoring the stars of Nile Drama at 12 a.m. The ceremony witnesses the presence of a large number of stars, including Noor, Elham Shahin, Safia el-Emari, Hisham Selim, Amr Abdel Gelil, Mohamed Ramadan, Khaled Selim, Hani Ramzy, Hani Salama,and Dina Fouad.

"Lost World" movie will be broadcasted on Nile live channel at 2 a.m.

In addition, Nile Live Comedy channel broadcasts "A star for Christmas" at 4 p.m. "Banat el-Am" (Cousins) starring Ahmad Fahmy, Shiko, and HishamMagdyis set to be broadcasted at 7 p.m.

The same channel broadcasts the comicplay "Raya WaSakina" (Raya and Sakina) starring Shadia, Soheir el-Bably, Abdel MoniemMadbouly and Ahmed Bedeir at 10 p.m.

For his part, Amral-Leithi, chairman of Al-Nahar TV network, prepared a huge celebration on New Year's Eve with the participation of 20 of the top stars of Egypt and the Arab world in the realms of arts, drama, sports and social affairs.

Veteran singer Hany Shaker is among the invited stars and is set to also celebrate his birthday on air.

MBC Masr (MBC Egypt) will host a celebration in which veteran folkloric singer Ahmad Adawiya will perform a selection of his popular songs on "Hadith al-Masa'a"program (Evening talk) at 5 p.m. with TV host Yasmine Ezz.

Furthermore, Amro Adeeb will host a number of popular stars in his program aired on the same channel"Al Hekaya" (The story) at 10 p.m. Among the stars are Diab and Mostafa Haggag,

MBC Masr 2 (MBC Egypt 2) will broadcast the Indian Movie "New Happy Year" at 6 p.m. The movie is starring Sharokhan and Deepika Padukone. The channel will broadcast numerous TV series throughout the day.

Last but not least, veteran actress Esaad Younis will host a number of veteran Egyptian stars in her TV program "Sahebat al-Sa'ada" at 11 p.m. Among the stars are veteran actor Mahmoud el-Gendy and Hady al-Gayar.




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12/31/2018 5:40:17 PM
<![CDATA[What stars posted on social media on New Year's Eve]]>
"God protect our loved ones, and grant us happiness in the New Year that willchange our lives to the better," commented Mohamed Ramadan on Twitter.

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Ramadan's Tweet

Comedian Mohamed Henedy uploaded a video on his official Twitter account that consisted of a scene from his movie "Ga'ana el-Bayan el-Taly" (We received a statement), in which he appeared with actress Hanan Turk as TV hosts, asking people about their wishes for the new year.

Emirati singer Ahlam tweeted, "Please God grant me happiness and blessings that I do not expect, grant me wishes that I thought were impossible; bless my heart and soul and protect my family and loved ones."

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Ahlam's post on Twitter

Also, star Mayssa Maghrebi tweeted "Thanks to all those who loved me and stood beside me in hardships, and thank you to all those who hurt us and made us strongerthrough putting us in hardships."

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Mayssa Maghrebi's Tweet
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12/31/2018 4:39:17 PM
<![CDATA[ Roman era statue confiscated in port of Salloum]]>CAIRO - 31 December 2018:The archaeological unit of the port of Salloum, in cooperation with the port's police department, succeeded to confiscate a statue made of alabaster dating back to the Roman era with one of the passengers.

Head of the Central Administration of Ports and Archaeological Units Hamdi Hammam stated that the port authorities found the statue with one of the passengers; they suspected that the statue is an ancient archaeological piece.

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The authorities then presented it to the archaeological unit at the port and later confiscated it in favor of the Ministry of Antiquities, in accordance with the Antiquities Protection Act No. 117 of 1983 and its amendments.

Supervisor of the archaeological ports of Matrouh and Salloum, Khalil Ramadan, stated that the statue is a half-sized alabaster statue of a woman in the fourth decade, with a height of 27 centimeters.

The statue contained fragmented parts, in addition to what appeared as a Roman hairstyle and the remains of a head cover.

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12/31/2018 4:27:37 PM
<![CDATA[UK honors cave rescue divers, Twiggy, Monty Python's Palin]]>
Twiggy, a model who shot to stardom during the Beatles era, will become a Dame — the female equivalent of a knight — while Python, whose second career has seen him become an acclaimed travel documentary maker, receives a knighthood.

Jim Carter, who played the acerbic Mr. Carson in "Downton Abbey," was also recognized, as was filmmaker Christopher Nolan, director of "Inception" and "Dunkirk," and best-selling author Philip Pullman, creator of the Dark Materials trilogy.

The list released Friday also named 43 people who responded quickly to the extremist attacks in Manchester and London in 2017.

The honours process starts with nominations from the public, which are winnowed down by committees and sent to the prime minister before the various honours are bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II or senior royals next year.

The 92-year-old monarch has increasingly called on her children and grandchildren to hand out the coveted awards.

Britain has also recognised its sporting stars in the Queen's New Year's honours list with a knighthood for cricketer Alastair Cook. (July 13, 2014) (Reuters Archive)
British divers who helped save a youth football team trapped inside a flooded cave in Thailand have been decorated alongside stars of entertainment, sport and the arts in the 2019 New Year Honours list. (Jun

Britain will grant a knighthood for cricketer Alastair Cook, and awards for Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, England soccer boss Gareth Southgate and his captain Harry Kane.

Divers Joshua Bratchley, Lance Corporal Connor Roe and Vernon Unsworth will be made Members of the Order of the British Empire for their roles in the risky Thai cave rescue last summer.

Four other British cave divers will receive civilian gallantry awards for their roles in the thrilling rescue of 12 boys and their coach, who were trapped in the cave for more than two weeks.

Richard Stanton and John Volanthen, the first to reach the stranded children and their coach, have been awarded the George Medal, while Christopher Jewell and Jason Mallinson received the Queen's Gallantry Medal.

The awards also include a damehood for model Lesley Lawson, better known as Twiggy, one of the defining faces of the swinging 1960s. (September 11, 2018) (Reuters)

Twiggy, whose modelling career lasted for decades, burst on the London Mod scene as one of the original "It" girls. She earned worldwide fame by 17 and went on to a career in theatre and films.

"It's wonderful, but it makes me giggle," said Twiggy, 69, whose real name is Lesley Lawson. "The hardest thing has been keeping it a secret."

Palin's knighthood recognises his contribution to travel, culture and geography. He said the news had not sunk in yet but noted "I have been a knight before, in Python films. I have been several knights, including Sir Galahad."

"I don't think it will (sink in) until I see the envelopes addressing me as Sir Michael Palin," said the 75-year-old.

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12/31/2018 4:20:05 PM
<![CDATA['Aquaman' makes a big splash to top N American box office]]>
That put it well ahead of two other new holiday-timed releases, as Disney's 'Mary Poppins Returns' took in $23.5 million for the three-day weekend, flying slightly higher than Paramount's 'Bumblebee' at $21.7 million.

'Aquaman' stars Jason Momoa in a title role infused with new swagger by director James Wan, with Variety calling Momoa's Aquaman "a bare-chested Hawaiian super-stud with long, shaggy surfer hair and all-over tribal tattoos."

Cast member Jason momoa in a performance of Hakka at the premier for Aquaman in LA, Vaslifornia, US on Dec. 12, 2018
Cast member Jason Momoa in a performance of Hakka at the premier for 'Aquaman' in LA, California, US on Dec. 12, 2018

'Mary Poppins,' while lacking truly boffo opening numbers, is expected to follow past musicals in enjoying a long box-office run.

The sequel to the 1964 movie stars Emily Blunt as the stern but kind-hearted nanny (Julie Andrews in the original), backed by Lin-Manuel Miranda of 'Hamilton' fame. Dick Van Dyke, Mary Poppins' Cockney-accented friend in the original film, makes a cameo.

'Bumblebee,' a prequel to the 'Transformers' movies, stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena. It drew a lofty 94 percent rating from Rotten Tomatoes while all three of the top grossing new movies earned strong A- ratings from CinemaScores.

In fourth was Sony's 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,' taking in $16.6 million. It has Peter Parker making way for Miles Morales as a black, Latino Spider-Man.

And fifth spot went to 'The Mule' from Warner Bros., at $9.5 million. Clint Eastwood, who at 88 says this will be his last acting part, directs and takes the lead role as a destitute 90-year-old who turns to transporting cocaine for a Mexican drug cartel.

Rounding out the weekend's top 10 were:

'Dr. Seuss's The Grinch' ($8.5 million)

'Second Act' ($6.5 million)

'Ralph Breaks the Internet' ($4.7 million)

'Welcome to Marwen' ($2.4 million)

'Mary Queen of Scots' ($2.3 million)
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12/31/2018 3:58:22 PM
<![CDATA[Part two...the most prominent artistic moments in 2018]]>
1- Egyptian musician Michael el Masry passed away at the age of 85.

2- The historical Italian city of Viterbo witnessed the opening of Pharaonic transcripts exhibition in the headquarters of the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo.

3- Bibliotheca Alexandria’s International Summer Festival kicked off on July 16.

4- The 9th edition of Beirut International Awards Festival ( BIAF) honoured the Egyptian stars Hakim and Angham on June 29.

5- Cairo Opera Ballet Company and Reda Dance Troupe participated at the 13th edition of Caffeina Festival 2018 in Viterbo, Italy.

6- Egyptian National Theatre Festival honoured writer Mahmoud Diab in its 11th round

7- The Serbian National Museum, the largest and oldest in the Balkans, convened a roundtable titled "Ancient Egypt in Serbian Society" on July 12.

8- English singer and songwriter Paul McCartney announced released his latest album titled “Egypt Station”.

7- The first session of the Arab-Chinese literature forum kicked off on June 21 in Cairo.

8- The Egyptian virtuoso musician Omar Khairat performed a dazzling concert at the Mariinsky Theatre in the cultural city of Saint Petersburg on Monday, June 18.

9- Scott Adkins (Boyka) partcipated for the first time in Egyptian cinema in “HarbKarmouz” staring the Egyptian star Amir Karara and directed by Peter Mimi.

10- Sydney, Australia, will host in 2021 the largest exhibition of King Tutankhamun, entitled "King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh".

11- The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) launched its Big Read program for the 10th consecutive year.

12- The Arab Arts Focus (AAF) event participated in the Avignon Le OFF art festival, which was held from July 8 - 24.

13- Egypt was the first Arab country selected as the head of UNESCO’s subcommittee for the 1970 treaty on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit.

14- The famed Syrian singer AssalaNasri performed a ladies- only concert for the first time in Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on Wednesday, June 20.

15- The Egyptian exhibition, under the theme “Robabecciah: The informal city”, ran from May 26 to November 25 at the 16th edition of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

16- The legendary Fairouz has released a new song about Gaza, entitled “Until When, God?”

17- Arab Digital Expression Foundation (ADEF) held on June 23 the Moqattam Arts and Technology Festival.

18- The famed Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab performed a ladies- only concert for the first time in Saudi Arabia at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah.

19- The last military wheel of King Tutankhamun was transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Giza

20- Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani inaugurated on Saturday, May 5, the fourth International Tutankhamun Conference.

21- To celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30, the Jazz Society of Egypt hosted a great big Jam Session at the Grand Nile Tower.

22- Minister of Culture Inas Abdel-Dayem honoured veteran actor Ezzat El-Alaily during a ceremony held by the National Center for Theater.

23- Palestinian-Jordanian writer Ibrahim Nasrallah won the 11th International Prize for Arabic Fiction on Tuesday for his novel “The Second War of the Dog”.

24- Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem received on April 19 the German Jazz Music Award that went to Egyptian-German ensemble Cairo Steps.

25- The Arts-Mart Gallery held the fourth edition of ‘Artists of Tomorrow’ exhibition from Friday, April 27, to Tuesday, May 15.

26- Cairo’s Citadel hosted the third day of the International Festival for Drums and Traditional Arts.

27- The Egyptian series "Grand Hotel" has just become the first Arabic series to ever be featured on Netflix.

28- The National Arab Music Ensemble of Cairo Opera House performed for the first time two concerts in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 25 and 26.

29- The second edition of Cairo Cinema Days Festival kicked off Monday, April 23.

30- Arab League Secretary General Ahmed AbulGheit inaugurated a book fair at the library of the pan-Arab organization.

31- Goethe Film Week in Egypt kicked off on April 12-19.

32- Egyptian author Ahmad al Qarmalawi was one of the winners of the 2017-2018 Zayed Book Award.

33- The 14th edition of the Alexandria International Book Fair ran from March 31 until April 9, 2018

34- 6th Cairo Contemporary Music Days ran from Apr. 14 to Apr 29 focusing on German contribution to contemporary music.


35- The second Jazz Tales Music Festival ran from Apr. 10 to Apr. 14.

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12/31/2018 2:04:39 PM
<![CDATA[Lenin el-Ramly to be honored in the Arab Theater Festival]]>
A total of 25 theatrical artists, including actors, directors and playwrights, who enriched the artistic and theatrical life in Egypt with everlasting works, will be honored in the festival's 11th edition.

The Arab Theater Festival is organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, under the supervision of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem. The festival will be launched on Jan. 10 and will run until Jan. 16, 2019.

Numerous theaters around Egypt will host the festival, such as The National Theater, Balloon Theater, Al-Salam Theater and Gomhoreya Theater. In addition, there will be performances held at the Hanager Theater and Hanager Theater Square in Cairo Opera House.

The opening and closing ceremonies of the 11th edition will be held at the Grand Theater in Cairo Opera House.

A conference titled “Criticism of the Experiment” will be held over the course of six days, evaluating the Egyptian theater from 1905 to 1950. The conference will be attended by numerous veteran writers and researchers to provide a critical view of the Egyptian theatrical experiences during the mentioned period.

This conference is one of the most important events held during the festival's 11th edition.

Born on Aug. 18, 1945, in Cairo, Lenin el-Ramly is an independent Egyptian writer and director. His work is in the field of satire, farce, parody and the Theatre of the Absurd.

Ramly is recognized in Egypt and abroad for his daring to put question marks on hypocrite and intolerant manners in parts of the Egyptian society and other countries in the Arab world. His contributions are described as existentialist and sociopolitical within popular funny settings.

The veteran writer and director was born in a politically engaged family. He published his first short story in 1956 in the magazine Sabah el-Kheir (Good morning). During his study in 1967, he started writing social comedies and series for television.

In 1970, Ramly obtained his bachelor's degree in Theater Critics and Theater Literature at the High Institute for Theater Art.













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12/31/2018 12:48:11 PM
<![CDATA[Part three ... 2018: The year of archaeological discoveries]]>
Egypt Today provides readers with a timeline of 2018's archaeological discoveries.

September

On September 2, one of the oldest villages ever located in the Nile Delta was uncovered. Discoveries from the Neolithic period are substantially anonymous in this area, so this discovery is of great importance.

The importance of this discovery is based on the fact that these buildings, which date back to the Neolithic period, are not known in this region, and were only discovered by the Egyptian Exploration Society in one location, namely Sais in Gharbia Governorate. A dozen silos containing a huge quantity of animal bones and botanical remains was also discovered.

On September 5, a rocky cemetery, located at the north east of Senusret I pyramid was uncovered.


On September 16, a sphinx statue made of sandstone was discovered in Temple of KomOmbo in Aswan.

The discovered sphinx most probably dates back to the Ptolemaic era and it was found in the south-eastern side of KomOmbo Temple in the area between the outer wall of the temple and the archaeological hill.

On September 18, a tomb dating back to the late period of ancient Egypt was uncovered. The tomb contained a sculpted sandstone sarcophagus with a well-preserved mummy wrapped in linen among other things.

On September 20, 20 tombs from the Graco-Roman period dating back to late ancient Egypt and early Christianity were uncovered.

The three other tombs were found in the area where remains of clay sarcophagi were unearthed, some of which have paintings while others are inscribed with hieroglyphic texts.

During the archaeological cleaning of the tomb the mission found a collection of mummies haphazardly buried, suggesting that the tomb was used as a communal burial.

Also the head of an unidentified sandstone statue was also uncovered along with a collection of amulets made of faience.

On September 25, The Egyptian archaeological mission in Mit Rahina discovered a huge archaeological building in Demerdash basin area located 400 km north of Mit Rahina Museum.

The discovered building was built of brick blocks supported by huge blocks of limestone, whose foundations, external walls and inner staircase were built with red brick molds.

Another building affiliated to the huge building was uncovered. The second building contains a large Romanian bathroom and a room that might have been used for performing religious rites, which refers to the possibility of the existence of domiciles.

Inside this room the mission discovered offerings pots holder made of limestone decorated on one side with the head of the God, Bes. The room also contains basins for disinfection and small columns of limestone.

To the north of the building and inside the eastern wall, a limestone entrance with a width of 112 cm, and a height of 106 cm was discovered. Another entrance, leading to a staircase built on two axes from the west to the east and from the south to the north, was uncovered to the right side of the former entrance.

Furthermore, a room attached to the outer wall of the building used for servants was discovered in the northeastern corner of the building; the room contains a baking oven tile similar to that used in modern Egyptian villages.

On September 27, two ancient tombs containing two mummified corpses were uncovered.


October

On October 1, two ancient paintings made of sandstone were uncovered, one of which belongs to the second king of the 19th dynasty King Seti I while the other belongs to King Ptolemy IV.

The first painting is 2.30 m in height and 1 m wide, with a thickness of 30 cm. It was found broken, divided into two parts but its inscriptions and writings were in good condition.

The second painting was found broken into several parts, with a height of 3.25 m, width of 1.15 m and 30 cm in thickness.

The first painting depicts King Seti I standing in front of the great god Horus and the goddess Sobek; this scene is topped with a winged sun as a symbol of protection.

Below this scene is a text that consists of 26 lines written with a hieroglyphic language, in which the name of King Horemheb is mentioned several times.

Regarding the painting of King Ptolemy IV it showed the king standing, holding a stick’s end is in the form of Horus while behind him stands his wife Arsinoe III, in front him the triad of the temple, and above them the winged sun, and below a text written with hieroglyphic that consists of 28 lines.

On October 17, The unique 3,000-year-old tattooed mummy, uncovered in Deir El-Madina in Luxor’s west bank in 2014, belongs to an elite woman who may have lived in a period between 1,300 B.C. and 1,070 B.C. and died at the age range of 25 - 34. 30 tattoos of different figures such as a wild bull, a sheep, a lotus flower, a baboon and the Eye of Horus were depicted all over the mummy’s body.

It is believed that the woman had drawn many tattoos on her body to show the significant religious role she may have played during her lifetime.



On October 25, The archaeological mission working at an archaeological site in El-Matareya found a full ancient royal celebration hall dating back to the era of Ramses II.


November

On November 6, a number of inscription fragments and fragments of smaller statuary were uncovered at the Temple of the Sun in Matariya.

The discovered fragments date back to the 12th and 20th dynasties as well as the Third Intermediate Period. The discovered inscriptions refer to the creator God Atum as being responsible for the flood of the Nile.

On November 10,three tombs dating back to the Pharaonic modern-state era of Egypt and four other ancient ones containing a group of artifacts including mummified cats "Bastet", were unearthed at Giza's Saqqara necropolis. Bastet was a goddess of the ancient Egyptian religion.
On November 14, a grave of a woman and her fetus dating back 3,700 years was uncovered at Kom Ombo, Aswan.

December

On December 7 The archaeological mission working in the archaeological site of al-Khalwa area, Fayoum, has uncovered a burial well, located to the east of the Prince Waji’s.

On December 13 A new cemetery dating back to the 18th Dynasty was unearthed by the Swedish archaeological mission at Gebel el-Silsilain KomOmbo.

On December 15 An “exceptionally well-preserved” tomb belonging to a Fifth Dynasty royal priest was discovered at Saqqara by an Egyptian archaeological mission.

On December 30, The archeological mission affiliated to the Ministry of Antiquities working in Tel el-Deir in Damietta unearthed a collection of red and cylindrical clay coffins.
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12/31/2018 11:41:59 AM
<![CDATA[Mohamad Mohie to release new album in April 2019]]>
The new album is expected to be released in April 2019.

Among the poets Mohie collaborated with are Amir Teima, Antar Hilal, Reza Amin, Ahmed Marzouq, Noureddine Hamdi, Noureddine Moustafa, Mohamed Watani, Sultan Salah, Ashraf Amin, Osama Mehrez and Hani Ragab. The new album's composers include Mohamed Rahim, Ihab Abdel Wahid, Mohamed al-Nadi, Mustafa Awad, Madih, Madyen, Mahmoud Sherif and Noureddine Mohamed.

The latest album performed by Mohie was titled “Mazloum”. The star also performed a duo with the Egyptian band Black Theama, which was founded in 2002. The song Mohie performed with the Egyptian band was named “Al-Rawy”. “Al-Rawy” is written by Mizo Zahir and composed by Amir Salah.

Mohamad Mohie was born is Shobra in 1970. His first album was released in 1991; after that he released a lot of successful albums.

Listen to Mohie’s top hits below:

“Mazloum” (Not guilty):

Mohamed Mohy - Mazloum / محمد محي - مظلوم

Uploaded by HighQuality on 2013-08-16.




“Kader we Te’amelha” (I know you can do it):

Mohamed Mohie - Qader We Ta3mlha | محمد محى - قادر وتعملها

محمد محى - قادر وتعملها 2003 من ألبوم "قادر وتعملها" Mohamed Mohi - Qader We Ta3mlha 2003 إشترك في قناة Free Music لمشاهدة أحدث الأغاني حصرياً https://goo.gl/k2DJW7 كلمات الأغنية: قادر وتعملها وتنسى هواك الغدر من طبعك عايش جواك قادر وتعملها وتنسى هوالك الغدر من طبعك عايش جواك قادر وتعملها وتروح




“Mafeesh Haga” (There is nothing):

Mohamed Mohy - Mafeesh Haga / محمد محي - مافيش حاجة

Uploaded by HighQuality on 2013-08-16.




“Roh Alby” (My sweetheart):

محمد محي البوم روح قلبى - روح قلبي - Mohamed Mohy- Roh Alpy - Roh Alpy

محمد محي البوم روح قلبى - روح قلبي - Mohamed Mohy- Roh Alpy - Roh Alpy





“A’atbak” (I blame you):

Mohamed Mohy - A'atbak / محمد محي - أعاتبك

Uploaded by HighQuality on 2013-07-21.



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12/30/2018 5:30:09 PM
<![CDATA[Facts you may not know about the Grand Egyptian Museum]]>
The museum is built on a land area of 117 acres. The project’s foundation was laid in February 2002. Construction of the mega project began in May 2005. A total of 100,000 artifacts are being restored to be displayed in the GEM.Furthermore, the GEM consists of 19 restoration labs, making it the largest artifact restoration center in the world.

In addition, the GEM consist one of the biggest artifact documentation units for selected artifacts worldwide. Some of the artifacts planned to be displayed in the GEM date back to the pre-Pharaonic dynasties era (pre-family era).

King Ramses statue was placed in the GEM’s lobby entrance to welcome the visitors. It is worth mentioning that the façade of the museum is coated with alabaster stones. Also, the walls of the GEM overlooking the Pyramids will have a glass panoramic view.

The GEM is set to be launched in 2020.

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12/30/2018 5:26:40 PM
<![CDATA[Part one...the most prominent artistic moments in 2018 ]]>
1- Egypt is hosting for the third year the Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) from 28 November to 18 December 2018 to feature films and documentaries around the world that captures the promises and challenges of migration.

2- Cairo International Film Festival was held on November 20-29.

3- The National Cinema Festival's closing ceremony took place on Sunday, Nov. 18.
Famed Egyptian actor Amr Saad won the Best Actor award from the National Cinema Festival for his role in "Mawlana" (The Preacher). Moreover, Egyptian actress Heba Ali won the Best Actress award for her role in “Akhdar Yabes” (Withered Green) movie. Meanwhile, the Best Director award went to acclaimed Egyptian director Marwan Hamed for his film "Al -Aslyeen" (The Originals).

4- The Egyptian horror movie “122” cast almost finished shooting it. “122” is the first Egyptian film to use the 4DX technology, which allows the observer to literally “live” the film while watching as it combines many sensory factors. The movie is directed by Iraqi director Yasser el-Yassery.and stars Amina Khalil, Tarek Lotfy, Ahmed el-Fishawy, Mamdooh Mohammed, Gihan Khalil, and Mohammed Dawood.


5- Dina el-Wedidi, Youssra el-Hawary and Karkade were nominated and selected for the fourth edition of the cultural exchange program Center Stage, which gives participants the opportunity for a month-long individual tour across the US that kicked off early September and runs through October.

6- Egyptian film Yomeddine won the Silver Tanit Award for Best Feature Film at the Carthage International Film Festival. Yomeddine received as well the Gouna Star for Best Arab Feature and the Cinema For Humanity Audience Award at El Gouna Film Festival. The Cinematic Professions Syndicate chose “Yomeddine” to represent Egypt in the 2019 Oscars list for Best Foreign Language Film. The Oscars will not be the first recognition “Yomeddine” gets, as it was awarded the Francois Chalais Prize at the Cannes International Film festival. The 71st Cannes Film Festival held a press conference with the Egyptian filmmakers of “Yomeddine” after its screening at the festival on May 9. “Yomeddine” directed by Egyptian director Abu Bakr Shawky is the first time for a debut movie for an Egyptian director to participate in Cannes Film Festival's main competition.

7- Black and White Music festival kicked off on Friday, November 16 in Family Park at Al Rehab city. The opening ceremony of the festival witnessed for the first time the participation of the most popular Egyptian bands such as Masar Egbari, Black Theama, Sharmoofers, Wust El Balad, Karakeeb, Disco Misr. Black and White Music festival is considered the first musical carnival of its kind in Egypt, the most famous 6 Egyptian bands performed on one stage in the longest continuous musical day that lasted for 12 hours under the media auspices of Youm 7.

8- The 27th Arab Music Festival which was named after Egyptian singing and acting icon, Shadia, ran between November 1 and November 13. The festival which was organised by Cairo Opera House hosted 43 concerts in seven different halls in Cairo, Alexandria, Damanhur and Tanta, where 72 musicians from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain and Jordan participated in this year's edition.

Among the participants were Hani Shaker, Medhat Saleh, Iman el-Bahr Darwish, Ali el Haggar and Mohamed Tharwat from Egypt, Assi el-Helani, Wael Jassar Ramy Ayach, Majda el Roumi from Lebanon, in addition to Tunisian singers Saber Rebaï and Latifa and Kuwaiti singer Nawal.

9- A session titled,”The role of art and cinema in shaping societies” took place on the third day of the second edition of the World Youth Forum. The session tackled the challenges that face the cinema industry. The session was attended Minister of Culture Ines Abdel Dayem and Cairo International Film Festival head Mohamed Hefzy.

10- Zawya Art House Cinema organised the 11th session of the Panorama European Film, which ran from Nov.7 - Nov.17, 2018.

11- The newly discovered short stories written by the Egyptian Noble Laureate, Naguib Mahfouz, will be published on his birthday, December 11, 2018. The newly discovered short stories were found by the late writer's daughter, Um Kulthum Naguib Mahfouz, and culture journalist Mohamed Shoair. The short stories collection will be published by Lebanese publishing house Dar Al-Saqi under the title “Hams El-Nogoom” (Whispering of the Stars).

12- President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated World Youth Forum’s theater on Friday, November 2, to serve as an art forum for youth around the world.

The WYF’s theater was tailor made to be an innovative arena where young people show their talents, thoughts and cultures through this unique experience that was presented for the first time at the World Youth Forum 2018. The theater's performances extended over three days, reflecting a message of understanding and peace among the forum’s participants, emphasizing the integration of civilizations through singing, music and acting. El Za’aer” (The Visitor) play was shown on the World Youth Forum’s theater. The play which is directed by the veteran Egyptian director Khaled Galal sheds light on some important issues for youth around the world. “El Za’aer” is an international play that carries a message of peace, understanding and integration among all nations. About 16 actors from different nationalities participated in the play.

13- Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Mostafa Waziri, launched on October 29 the submerged exhibit at Minneapolis City in the USA, entitled “Drowned Cities: The Magical World of Egypt”, which will resume through to April 2019.
14- Minister of Culture Ines Abdel Dayem inaugurated on October 27 the African Arts and Folklore Festival.

15- Some theater and art critics in Egypt decided to teach the play “Happened in the Land of Happiness” for director Mazen el-Gharabawy and writer Walid Youssef and instructed their students to watch it in preparation for their exam. Several local universities in different provinces across the country decided to take this initiative. Dr. Aida Allam decided to teach the play to her students in the Faculty of Theater Sciences at Helwan University; also, Dr. Sayed Ali decided to teach the play in the Faculty of Mass Communication at Helwan University.

16- The National Cinema Center headed by Khaled Abdel Jalil in collaboration with the Cultural Development Fund headed by Fathy Abdel Wahab inaugurated on Saturday, October 27 the first cinema club tailor made for the disabled and those who need special care.


17- Dina Mandour, head of the awards granting section in the General Egyptian Book Organization, revealed that French magazine, Livres De France, wrote about her within the magazine’s celebration of the overseas literature translation. The French magazine's article tackled Mandour's literature expertise, translations and writings, especially after she completed numerous translations from Arabic to French and vice versa.

18- The Bibliotheca Alexandrina will issue its first Italian publication in 2019, and the first knowledge embassy of the bibliotheca will be inaugurated in Europe in cooperation with the Catholic University in Milan, Italy.


19- Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem, decided to revive the Cairo International Fine Art Biennale after a 10-year hiatus, and its new edition “Toward the East” will be launched in April 2019.

19-Famed Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny announced that he almost recovered from the vocal cords inflammation that he recently suffered from. Egyptian star felt sick during shooting ‘’ Sahibat el Saada’’ program and was transferred to a hospital.

20- The UN organised a ceremony at the Cairo Opera House on Wednesday, On October 24 to mark UN Day.
21- Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem, inaugurated on Tuesday, Oct. 23the fourth edition of the Arabic Calligraphy Arts Forum, organized by the Cultural Development Fund sector at the Opera House’s Palace of Arts.

22- Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anany along with more than 2000 tourists visited Monday, October 22 Abu Simbel Temple in Aswan to witness the marvellous phenomenon of the solar illumination of King Ramses II.


23- The 34th edition of Alexandria International Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries (AIFF) awarded veteran actress Nadia Lotfy the Bride of the Mediterranean Shield for playing a great role in enriching the Arab Cinema.

24- Egyptian actress Donia Samir Ghanem participated in the initiative of Dubai Governor, Mohamed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, to launch a school serving all students across the MENA region.


25- The first edition of Arab Lit granted the Best Short Story Award to Egyptian writer Muhammad Abdel Nabi for his short story “Kesetena” (Our Story). “Kesetna” was translated into English by Robin Moger. The award which amounts to $250,000 was divided between Abdel Nabi and Moger.

26- Lebanese singer Elissa expressed her happiness for being chosen to be the ambassador of the breast cancer awareness campaign. Elissa revealed having breast cancer in her latest clip "Ela Kol Ely Beyheboony" (To All Those Who Love Me), in which she shed light on her struggle with the disease and her recovery.


27- Wrestling star and Hollywood actor John Cena will participate in an Egyptian film named “El Tagroba el Mexicia” (The Mexican Experience). “ El Tagroba el Mexicia” is produced by Hussain Al Qolla and written by Mahmoud Hemdan and Mohamed Mehrez. John Cena will appear in the movie with his real identity as a wrestler.

28- The famed Egyptian star Ahmed Ezz received the best actor award while the star Sherine Reda received the best actress award from Arabian Cinema Awards on October 12.


29- Veteran actor Farouk al-Fishawy and Egyptian star Elham Shaheen was honoured in the Khartoum Arab Film Festival's fourth which ran from Oct. 20-25 in Sudan. The Sudanese festival decided to honor the Egyptian stars and grant them the Creative Shield Award for their enriching film career that spanned over decades. Fishawy revealed during the opening of the Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival’s 34th edition that he has cancer, asking his fans to support him and promised that he will defeat it.

30- The 10th edition of Cairo Jazz Festival took place on October 11. Among the international stars who participated in the festival are Syrian Lynn Adib, Portuguese Rita Maria, Austrian David Halbuck, Czech Dan Barta, Hungarian Esther Fakzi and Jerome Klein band from Luxembourg, Egyptian-German band Cairo Steps, Egyptian Singer Nouran Abu Taleb, as well as the Egyptian bands Hawidro and Baghdadi.


31- Egypt participated in the 2018 Frankfurt International Book Fair, which was held from October 11 to 14. Egyptian pavilion at the fair promoted for the Golden Jubilee of the Cairo International Book Fair which will take place at 2019.

32- Egypt hosted the 21st edition of the Arab Culture Ministries Conference on October 14 and 15.


33- Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem and Minister of Communication and Information Technology Amr Talaat discussed new methods to create a digital cultural platform. The two ministers aim to cooperate in order to document all the Ministry of Culture's activities through audios, visuals, prints, documents and blogs.

34- Cairo Opera House celebrated its 30th anniversary in a huge gala labeled “30 Years of Art and Creativity”, dedicated to late maestro Manyato, who is considered the godfather of Opera in Egypt. The celebrations took place on Oct. 10, 11.


35- The eighth edition of the Malmo Arab Film Festival took place on October 5.

36- Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem agreed on Egypt’s participation in the 30th edition of Girona Film Festival (GIFF) in Spain. Abdel Dayem referred that this participation confirms Egypt’s leading position among other civilizations and different cultures.


37- The 34th edition of the Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries (AIFF) was held on Wednesday, October 3, at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

38- The 22nd edition of the National Film Festival (NFF) which was titled “Eternal Moments” took place on October 22.


39- Several Egyptian novels as well as religious and political studies at the Egyptian pavilion of the Amman International Book Fair topped the best-selling books of the fair. The best-selling Egyptian books at the Amman International Book Fair include "Barqash Talks: A Structure without Borders" by writer Abdullah al-Sanawi, “Granada Trilogy” by the late novelist Radwa Ashour, “Madaq Alley” and “The Harafish” by Naguib Mahfouz, Youssef Ziedan’s novel “Ghorbat Arab”, and Sahar el-Mougy’s “Misk El-Tal (The Hill’s Musk).

40- Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anany inaugurated on September 8 Miho cemetery, which is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Saqqara, allowing people to visit it for the first time since its discovery in 1940.


41- On September 2 ,Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem officially appointed Dr. Ashraf Zaki as the new president of the Academy of Arts.

42- Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre kicked off on September 6 in the Higher Council for Culture.


43- Famed Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny hits the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel.

44- Zawya Cinema screened 20 newly restored films by late iconic Egyptian director Youssef Chahine when it reopened its new venue on September 12 to September 22.


45- In honor of her rich artistic history, one of El Gouna city streets was named after the Egyptian superstar Yousra, on September 1.

46- Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem launched the Salah el-Din International Citadel Festival for Music and Singing in its 27th round on Thursday, August 2 at the Mahka Theatre at the citadel. She honoured the artistic figures who greatly impacted the festival’s success: veteran singers Hany Shaker and Medhat Saleh, as well as violin player Alaa Khalil, director Sayed Amin Abou Elhoda, critic Kariman Herk, Mohamed Hamdy and piano maintenance expert Hatem Mansour.

47- Egyptian comic actor Mohmed Sharaf passed away on Friday, July 28 at the age of 55 after a long struggle with heart disease.


48- The famed Egyptian producer ,screenwriter and head of Cairo International Film Festival, Mohamed Hefzy, has been selected as a jury member of the international competition, Orizzonti, at the Venice Film Festival.

49- The 11th edition of Oran International Arabic Film Festival honored the Egyptian director Khaled Youssef, veteran comedian Mohamed Henedy and the name of the late veteran Egyptian actress and singer Shadia.


50- Samira Said released her latest album ‘’ Superman’’

51- Turab el Mass was released in the Egyptian cinemas on October 10.


52- Amr Diab releases his latest album ‘’Kol Hayati’’ ( All My Life)

53- Sherine Abdel Wahab released her latest album Nasai ( Forgetful)


54- Egypt participated in the 12th edition of the international Children of Peace Festival, which was held in Morocco from July 23 to August 3.

55- Forbes’ "Arab Stars on the Global Stage" list included this year five Egyptians in different fields.The Egyptian celebrities in Forbes list are the famed football player Mohamed Salah, the iconic singer Amr Diab, the popular singer Tamer Hosny, the director Abu Bakr Shawky and the famed actor Amr Waked. In the singers’ category, Hosny claimed the second rank after French Montana while Diab claimed the ninth rank. Shawky grabbed the third rank in the directors category after Nadine Labaki and Zaid Doueiri, while Waked was ranked the second after the Algerian actress Sofia Boutella in the actors section. Mohamed Salah was the only sportsman in the list.


56- Egyptian superstars Ahmed El- Sakka and Mostafa Shaaban will reunite again after 16 years in the action movie “Taraneem Iblis” (Satan’s Hymns).

57- Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem launched the 11th round of the National Theatre Festival on July 19 in the Cairo Opera House's Main Hall.


58- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) cooperated with Bibliotheca Alexandrina to launch the “Music for Development” project during the 16th International Summer Festival, hosted by the Bibliotheca.

59- Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el Tayyeb was introduced to the most ancient manuscript for the Holy Qur’an at his residence in Lambeth Palace, London.


60- The Egyptian play "Mama" participated in the most prominent theatrical festival in the world, Festival d'Avignon in France. "Mama" is directed and written by distinguished Egyptian theatrical director and founder of the Temple Independent Theatre Company, Ahmed el-Attar.

61- Taba Heights Summer Nights Festival kicked off from July 20 to July 27. Faris Karam, Ramy Sabry, Bosy and Ahmed Sheeba were among the most significant singers participating in the second edition of Taba Heights Summer Nights Festival.


62- Elissa released her latest album "Ela Kol Eli Beyheboni" (To All Those Who Love Me).

63- The Egyptian Film Week held in Belgrade achieved a booming success, and witnessed the attendance of a large number of people. The film week was organised by the Egyptian Embassy in Belgrade, in cooperation with the Yugoslav Film Museum (Kinoteka) and the Arab Cultural Centre in Serbia.


64- Baalbeck International Festival, the oldest and most prominent cultural festival in the Middle East which ran from July 20 to August 18 honoured legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum in its opening ceremony.

65- Minister of Culture Inas Abdeldayem announced that the Egyptian Ministry of culture decided to create the first documented archive of the Egyptian cinema and its heritage since 1896 and name it "Egyptian Cinematic".


66- Graffiti artists draw famous icons of Egypt such as, Mohamed Salah, Umm Kulthum, Naguib Mahfouz and many others on Down Town walls. One of the Graffiti artists named Ahmed Fathy, also known as El Na2ash explained that they chose to fight radicalism and the status quo through art.

67- Elham Shahin was appointed honorary president of CAM Festival in Tunisia. CAM Festival focuses on short films, documentaries and stories.


68- “The Gold of the Pharaohs exhibition” kicked off in Monaco, showcasing 149 ancient masterpieces from the Egyptian Museum. The huge, unique event was hosted by The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, between July 7 and September 9, under the auspices of Prince Albert II and the Egyptian government.

69- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences responsible for awarding the Oscar prizes announced that 12 Arab filmmakers are now members of the academy in the categories of writing, directing, acting, documentary, animation and production.The new Arab members who joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are:

Writing and directing: Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri
Writing: Lebanese screenwriter Joelle Touma
Directing: Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir, Lebanese director Nadine Labaki
Acting: Algerian actress Sofia Boutella, Palestinian actress Hiam Abbas.
Documentary: Tunisian producer Dora Bouchoucha, Syrian director Feras Fayyad, Egyptian director Mohamed Siam.
Production: Lebanese producer Antoun Sehnaoui, Tunisian producer Saïd Ben Saïd.
Animation: Egyptian Disney animator Yasser Hamed.
70-The Bonhams International Auction House in London sold Thursday ancient Egyptian artifacts in an auction titled “Antiques”.

70- Cairo Opera House opened its Summer Festival events, which takes place in Cairo, Alexandria and Damanhur, with a concert for Al Nour Wal Amal Orchestra (Light and Hope) on Wednesday July 4, 2018, at the Open Theatre.

71- Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani inaugurated “Egyptian Treasures” exhibition, held in Monaco, France, as part of the ministry’s plan to promote Egypt’s image abroad.

72- Arab Arts Focus (AAF) event crosses borders for the second time to participate in the Avignon Le OFF arts festival in France, which was held on July 6-24. The AAF program at the festival included five performances from four Arab countries, including Egypt, Palestine, Morocco, and Lebanon.
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12/30/2018 4:47:24 PM
<![CDATA[Clay coffins dating back to Roman era uncovered in Damietta]]>

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Head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziry announced that some of the discovered coffins depicted clear features of the face like noses and mouths, and other coffins had lines and some geometric shapes engraved on them.

Waziry added that some of the uncovered coffins also contained the remains of some burials that were characterized by the presence of carton, the layer of white plaster that was placed on some parts of the body of the deceased after covering him with flax.

The mission also found the remains of more than 700 pottery vessels and amulets of different shapes and ores, in addition to the amulet of the heart, a group of scarabs of different sizes and many different golden chips.

The mission also uncovered five golden rings, three of which are small in size and topped by a cluster of grapes which is the symbol of god Dionysus in Greece and the Roman god of the afterlife, theatre and wine Bacchus. Additionally, a dolphin shaped ring linked to the god of the sea Poseidon was discovered.


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12/30/2018 4:32:36 PM
<![CDATA[Notable deaths in 2018]]>
- January -

- 15: Dolores O'Riordan, singer-songwriter of Irish band The Cranberries, drowned accidentally in a hotel bath aged 46.

- 27: Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish founder of affordable flat-pack furnishing empire IKEA, passed away at home aged 91.

- February -

- 21: US preacher Billy Graham, spearhead of a worldwide evangelical Christian movement and spiritual counsel to several US presidents, passed away aged 99.

- 24: Bollywood megastar Sridevi Kapoor drowned in a hotel bathtub at the age of 54. She had appeared in around 300 films, including blockbusters such as "Mawali" ("Scoundrel").

- March -


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10: French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, famous for the "little black dress", died in his sleep aged 91.

- 14: Physicist Stephen Hawking, Britain's most famous modern-day scientist and known for popularising the secrets of the universe, died at home aged 76. Suffering from a form of motor-neurone disease, he spent most of his life in a wheelchair and communicated via a computer speech synthesiser.

- April -

- 2: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela and an anti-apartheid icon in her own right, died in hospital aged 81 and after a long illness.

- 13: Oscar-winning Czech-born film director Milos Forman, behind "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus", died aged 86 after a short illness.

- 17: Barbara Bush, the wife of US president George H.W. Bush (in office between 1989 and 1993) and mother of president George W. Bush (2001-2009), passed away aged 92.

- 20: Swedish superstar DJ Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat aged 28.

- May -

- 14: Author Tom Wolfe, acerbic chronicler of American society known for novels such as "The Bonfire of the Vanities", died aged 88 in hospital where he was being treated for an infection.

- 22: US literary giant Philip Roth, a towering figure among 20th-century novelists and 1998 Pulitzer Prize winner, died of heart failure aged 85.

- June -

- 5: American handbag designer Kate Spade committed suicide at the age of 55.

- 8: US chef and television food show host Anthony Bourdain, 61, committed suicide in Alsace, eastern France, where he was filming for his Emmy-winning CNN food and travel programme "Parts Unknown".

- 18: XXXTentacion, a 20-year-old rapper whose grim rhymes propelled him to the top of the US chart, was shot in Florida.

- July -

- 5: French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, director of the landmark nine-and-a-half hour Holocaust documentary "Shoah", died aged 92.

- August -

- 6: French "chef of the century" Joel Robuchon, who at one point held a record 32 Michelin stars at the same time, died aged 73 from pancreatic cancer.

- 11: British writer V.S. Naipaul, a famously outspoken 2001 Nobel laureate who wrote on the traumas of post-colonial change, passed away aged 85.

- 16: Aretha Franklin, American "Queen of Soul" behind hits such as "Respect" and "Natural Woman", died of cancer aged 76. Her nearly eight-hour funeral was attended by former presidents, stars and musical royalty.



- 18: Kofi Annan, secretary general of the United Nations between 1997 and 2006, died after a short illness at age 80. He was given a state funeral in his native Ghana.

- 25: John McCain -- US Republican senator, Vietnam War hero and two-time presidential candidate -- died aged 81 following a year-long battle with brain cancer.

- September -

- 6: Hollywood star Burt Reynolds, best known for alpha-male roles in the 1970s and 1980s, died aged 82 after a heart attack.

- October -


- 1: Charles Aznavour, legendary French-Armenian crooner, passed away at the age of 94.

- 15: Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates and later a billionaire and philanthropist, died from cancer aged 65.

- 22: Gilberto Benetton, one of the founders of the eponymous Italian clothes brand, died aged 77 after an illness.

- November -

- 12: American comics legend Stan Lee -- co-creator of global action hero favourites including Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, X-Men and Black Panther -- passed away aged 95.

- 26: Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci, whose work includes "Last Tango In Paris" and Oscar-winning "The Last Emperor", died aged 77 at his home in Rome.

- 30: Former US president George H.W. Bush died aged 94, just months after his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush. They were the parents of president George W. Bush.

- December -


- 3: Belgium's richest man, multi-billionaire entrepreneur Albert Frere, passed away aged 92.

- 8: Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a Soviet-era dissident who became a symbol of resistance in modern-day Russia as a leading rights activist, died after a long illness at the age of 91.

- 28: Amos Oz, celebrated Israeli novelist and passionate advocate of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, died of cancer aged 79.

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12/30/2018 1:52:51 PM
<![CDATA[Part two ... 2018: The year of archaeological discoveries]]>
Egypt Today provides readers with a timeline of 2018's archaeological discoveries.

May

On May 9, a tomb of Great Army General, Iwrhya, from King Ramsses II's reign was uncovered.

The discovered tomb was found in the New Kingdom necropolis, south of the Causeway of King Unas in Saqqara, Giza.

The tomb probably dates back to the reigns of king Sethi I and King Ramesses III in the 19th Dynasty. The owner of the tomb was a great army general in the period of King Ramesses II, and his name, Iwrkhy, appears on the tomb, along with the names of his son and his grandson. According to the inscription found on the tomb’s walls, Iwrkhy's grandson also occupied a significant position.

Iwrkhy began his military career during the reign of king Sethi I and reached higher positions in the Egyptian court during the reign of king Ramesses II; he had foreign origins and was among the few foreigners who could reach high positions in the Egyptian court in the New Kingdom.



Influenced by the contemporary tombs in the area, the tomb includes a forecourt, a statue room with adjacent plastered vaulted storehouses, a peristyle court and western chapels that are still not excavated.

Exceptional scenes from Iwrkhy’s military career and scenes depicting the foreign relations with neighboring countries, including images of mooring boats taking down their loads of Canaanite wine jars, are found on the walls of the statue room and on the blocks. Furthermore, the artistic features of the tomb evidently prove that it was constructed in thereigns of king Sethi I and king Ramesses II.

On May 11, remains of a temple that dates back to the Greco-Roman period during the era of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius were unveiled.

The temple apparently belonged to Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius, who reigned from 138 AD to 161 AD and ruled the Al-Hag Ali village in Siwa Oasis, situated 350m away of Gabal Al-Marwa (Mountain of the Dead).

This discovery is an archaeological evidence of the history of Siwa Oasis during the Greco-Roman era in Egypt. The temple consists of a foundation of a limestone, which is being measured 40m from north to south and 8.5m from east to west.

On May 24, parts of a huge red brick building, which are probably part of a bath dating back to the Greco-Roman era was uncovered. pottery vessels, terracotta statues, bronze tools, a stone fragment engraved with hieroglyphs and a small statue of a ram were all uncovered as well.

The most important discovered artifact is a gold coin of King Ptolemy III, which was made during the reign of King Ptolemy IV. One of the coin’s faces is decorated with a portrait of King Ptolemy III wearing the crown and the other side is the Land of Prosperity surrounded with the name of the king.

June

On June 13, an archaeological site, which was used in several eras as a quarry and a place for manufacturing flint was discovered in Elkab desert, Aswan. Several rock slabs with paintings and inscriptions on them were also uncovered, some of which date back to the Predynastic and Protodynastic era, along with burial tumuli, some of which dating back to the Protodynastic Period, while others dating back to the Late Roman era. This site, known as the lost “Oasis” or the ancient well, is considered a very important archaeological and epigraphic site in the Eastern Desert, which was believed to be devoid of ancient remains.

On June 24, A gold coin from the Islamic period was discovered by an Egyptian-French mission during an underwater excavation at Abuqir Bay in Alexandria.

On June 25, A well-preserved set of canopic jars was discovered in the tomb of Karabasken (TT 391), in the South Asasif Necropolis on the West Bank of Luxor. The uncovered jars are made of Egyptian alabaster and probably held viscera.

Although the contents of the jars were damaged by floodwater, the jars still contained a large amount of resin. The sizes of the jars (with lids) vary from 35.5 to 39.4 cm. The lids depict a human, a baboon, a jackal and a falcon and are skillfully carved and modeled by three different artists. The jars are belong to the "Lady of the House Amenirdis" from the 26th Dynasty.

July


On July 1, a statuette of Osiris was uncovered at the eastern side of the King Djoser Step Pyramid in Saqqara. The statue was found in a small incision between the huge blocks of the pyramid’s eastern façade. The statuette is for Osiris, the god of resurrection and eternity, and depicts Osiris wearing the double crown, and holding a feather in one hand and a scepter in the other.

On July 1, Egypt unearthed a 2,000-year-old sarcophagus in Alexandria, revealing that it is made of black granite of about 265 meters in length and 185 centimetres in height. The 30-ton tomb was found at a depth of five meters beneath the surface of the land.


On July 3, a cache containing hundreds of pottery vessels, dating back to the beginning of the Greco-Roman era, the Coptic era and the Islamic era was uncovered.


The discovered items include vessels which contain ashes of dead people; these vessels were used to bury the ashes during the Hellenistic period in the Greek era. The items also include a large collection of liquid vessels of various shapes and sizes, as well as crockery and colored pots, a large number of dishes which date back to the Greek, Roman and Byzantine periods and large quantities of glazed pottery decorated with geometric and vegetal drawings dating back to the Islamic era.

Such an archaeological discovery is very important because it unveils archaeological collections which have not been studied before, making it a reference for future archaeological studies.

On July 10, An ancient city dating back to the Greco-Roman era was discovered in Minya governorate. The uncovered city contains many ancient tombs carved in rocks, and extending to about 2 kilometres and 600 meters in width, as well as Greek-Roman columns, a church, and a cross.

On July 12 ,an archaeological site that includes several chambers dating back to the Roman and Byzantine periods was discovered. Some of the discovered rooms are an obvious portrayal of the Roman architectural style; the rooms contain the well-known Roman marble columns and walls of large stone blocks with right angles, proving they date back to the Roman era. A large number of coins were also found in these rooms.


Meanwhile, other rooms show Byzantine walls with irregularly sized stone blocks with spaces filled with weak Byzantine mortar, which were found broken.


On July 14, Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany announced the discovery of more than five stone coffins at Saqqara area, and declared it “a great archaeological discovery”.

Anany added that the Egyptian-German mission succeeded in uncovering a complete mummification workshop which contains burial chambers with mummies dating back to the 26th and 27th dynasty.

A gilded mummy mask decorated with half-precious stones was discovered covering the face of one of the mummies. The discovered items included three mummies, a group of canopic vessels made of calcite and a number of Ushabtis as well.

Anany stressed that the new archaeological discovery in Saqqara dates back to the late period of Ancient Egypt, from the seventh century BC to the fifth century BC.

The importance of such a discovery lies in its relevance to an important issue that the whole world is concerned with, which is the mummification, methods of embalming, its workshops and tools.


The greatness of this discovery lies also in that it was found in Saqqara, which no archaeological mission had visited since 1900.

The discovered mummification workshop hosted 1,500 Ushabti statues, the well in which the workshop is located in is connected to another well and is expected to be uncovered during the upcoming period.


On July 19, Egypt opened the mysterious sarcophagus, amid rumors of a "possible curse" that could be cast on the world once the sarcophagus is opened. Three decomposed mummies were found in the sarcophagus.

None of the three mummies belong to a Ptolemaic or Roman royal family and the coffin does not have inscriptions or a cartouche bearing their names.


No evidence such as silver or gold metallic masks, small statues, amulets or inscriptions were found to prove that the mummies belong to a royal family.

the matter that denied the rumors spread by some international newspapers that opening the sarcophagus would unleash the curse that would bring disaster to the world.

Since its discovery, the mysterious tomb has internationally grasped attention, and several international websites warned of its opening as it would be “a risky business or so history tells us” for the possibility of unleashing the curse that would bring disaster to the world, as remarked by the British news website The Sun.



On July 21, Egyptian Archaeologists have discovered an ancient pottery manufacturing workshop dating back more than 4,000 years in Aswan.

The workshop, the oldest pottery workshop in the Old Kingdom, belongs to the 4th Dynasty, spanning 2,613 to 2,494 B.C. Inside the workshop, archaeologists have found an ancient pottery manufacturing wheel made of a turntable and a hollow base.

This discovery is "rare" and reveals more about the improvement of pottery manufacturing and the daily lives of ancient Egyptians during that time in history.




August


On August 9, a sphinx was found at Al-Kabbash Road. The Sphinx’s discovery is expected as several sphinx statues are found across Luxor such as the sphinx statues for King Aymanhotb III and Thutmose IV.

On August 15, two ancient pieces made of mud-sand that date back to the Ptolemaic era were uncovered at theTemple of Kom Ombo in the city of Aswan, south of Egypt.

The Ptolemaic Kingdom was founded in 305 BC by Ptolemy I Soter (Macedonian General), who declared himself pharaoh of Egypt and created a powerful Hellenistic dynasty that ruled an area stretching from southern Syria to Cyrene and south to Nubia.

Each discovered piece is two meters in height, and consists of numerous codes and carvings.

On August 16, A Yorkshire based expert revealed that Ancient Egyptians were actually consecrating mummies 1,500 years earlier than previously thought; almost 6,000 years ago.

The discovery was made after tests were performed on a mummy that dates back between 3,700-3,500 BC.


On August 26, An Egyptian archaeological team has discovered a cemetery that dates back to the Ptolemaic dynasty in Alexandria. The Ptolemaic Kingdom was a Hellenistic kingdom based in ancient Egypt. It was ruled by the Ptolemaic dynasty, which started with Ptolemy I Soter's accession after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and which ended with the death of Cleopatra and the Roman conquest in 30 BC. ]]>
12/30/2018 11:37:26 AM
<![CDATA[Graeco-Roman museum to be fully renovated in 2019]]>The museum is located in Alexandria at the al-Mathaf al-Romani (5 el Mathaf) Street, boasts an impressive array of over 40,000 pieces of art and artifacts that span back to the 3rd Century BC until the 7th Century AD, documenting 2000 years of Egypt's long, rich history.
Although closed for renovations since 2005, the Museum has managed to archive and preserve valuable parts of Egypt's history.

Per its name the Graeco-Roman Museum's focus is on the Graeco-Roman presence in Alexandria, providing a glimpse back into a fascinating era of when Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome merged together within Egypt.

The Museum was originally built in 1892 as a much smaller building near Horreya Road, however 1895 would see the construction completed and the building relocated to its current location, where it was opened by the Khedive Abbas Helmi II.

The Graeco-Roman Museum was constructed with the goal of preserving Alexandria's rich history and cultural heritage.

Amongst some of the most remarkable artifacts the museum hosts is a huge granite statue of the Pharaoh Ramses II and one of the only existing replicas of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, destroyed in an earthquake.

The Museum hosts 25 gallery halls in total, and it had originally started off with only 11 until it quietly grew and expanded, until the 25th hall was inaugurated in 1985. Each hall features artifacts from different eras, with a variety of relics such as great statues, pottery, mummies, religious imagery, etc.

The first five halls contain artifacts related to early Christianity in Egypt, while hall six features a marble head of Alexander the Great and the statue of the Aphis ball, a sacred symbol of ancient Memphis.
Hall eight features mummified Romans, an interesting example of how ancient Egyptian traditions had interested the Romans of that time.

Other artifacts of note include a statue of legendary Greek hero Hercules in Hall 17, two headless Sphinxes dating from Ancient Egypt's 12th Dynasty, statues of the gods Venus, Apollo and Aphrodite in Hall 16 and 27 exhibits overall.

Plans are still underway to restore the Museum using funds from Italy, though progress is unfortunately going slow.
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12/29/2018 2:13:13 PM
<![CDATA[After a 3-year hiatus Hamaki to release his upcoming album Jan.2019]]>
This album will come after a 3-year hiatus since his last album ‘’Omro Ma Yegheeb’’.

Hamaki released a video announcing the release of his upcoming album on his official Facebook page.

Hamaki cooperated in this album with a notable cast of song writers ,composers and distrbuters such as Ayman BahgatKamar, Nader Abdallah, Tamer Hussein, Amir Teima, Khaled Tag, Sherif Tag, Amr Mostafa, Tamim, Mohamed Yehia among others.

Hamaki is an Egyptian singer born on November 4, 1975. He won many awards such as Best Arabic Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards, Best Singer in 2016 at Murex D’Or, Best Middle Eastern Artist in 2016 at the BAMA "Big Apple Music Awards" Festival, Best Singer and Best Song for "Ma Balash" in 2015 at the MEMA (Middle East Music Awards) Festival, among others.

Hamaki is one of the jury members of "The Voice" program alongside Nawal al-Kuwaitia, Elissa, and Assi al-Hellani.

Hamaki is considered one of the most prominent pop singers in Egypt and the Arab world.
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12/29/2018 1:47:13 PM
<![CDATA[Britain's HMV faces the music as retailer calls in administrators]]>


The accounting firm KPMG has been named as the administrator and intends to keep the business running while it seeks a potential buyer, HMV said in a statement.

Will Wright, Neil Gostelow and David Pike from KPMG’s Restructuring practice have been confirmed as joint administrators to HMV Retail Limited and HMV Ecommerce Limited, KPMG said in a statement late Friday.

The retailer, one of Britain’s best-known high street stores, went into administration in 2013 before its rescue by restructuring specialist Hilco, but it has since been hit by competition from online rivals and music streaming services.

Sky News earlier reported that about 2,200 jobs were at risk if HMV went into administration, adding that the company had been in talks with leading names in the recorded music industry for funding, but that those discussions came to nothing.

HMV was opened on London’s Oxford Street by English composer Edward Elgar in 1921 and made famous by the image of the “dog and trumpet”.

“During the key Christmas trading period, the market for DVDs fell by over 30 percent compared to the previous year, and whilst HMV performed considerably better than that, such a deterioration in a key sector of the market is unsustainable,” said Paul McGowan, Executive Chairman of HMV and its owner Hilco Capital, which paid around 50 million pounds ($63.47 million) for the group in 2013.

“The company has suffered from the ongoing wave of digital disruption sweeping across the entertainment industry”, said Wright, a joint administrator and partner at KPMG.

“Over the coming weeks, we will endeavour to continue to operate all stores as a going concern while we assess options for the business, including a possible sale”, he added.

Britain’s retailers had been hoping Christmas would revive spending after a year for much of the sector that has seen a string of store groups go out of business or close shops.

Weakening consumer spending, uncertainty over Britain’s exit from the European Union, rising labour costs and higher business property taxes, has spread gloom across the retail industry.

In the years running up to its first rescue in 2013, HMV struggled to hold its own against supermarkets and online services in sales of CDs, DVDs and video games.

More recently, traditional players in the music industry have been hit by the growing popularity of online streaming services such as Spotify (SPOT.N) and Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) Apple Music, which this year became the recording industry’s single biggest revenue source.

HMV - which had a hand in The Beatles’ big break in the 1960s, recommending the group’s demo record to publishers - had around 230 stores and over 4,000 staff before it went into administration in 2013. It currently has 125 stores around Britain and employs 2,025 people]]>
12/29/2018 1:33:29 PM
<![CDATA[Multigenerational 50th-anniversary Woodstock event set for 2019]]>
The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts announced a three-day festival of “music, culture and community” that will celebrate “the golden anniversary at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival.”

The Bethel Woods Center, a nonprofit that now owns the 37-acre (15-hectare) field that was the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, said in a Facebook posting on Thursday that the Aug. 16-18 festival will be a “pan-generational event.”

It will feature live performances from prominent and emerging artists across multiple genres and decades, as well as talks from leading futurists and tech experts. The festival is a joint venture with concert promoters Live Nation.

Details of performers, tickets and other participants will be announced at a later date, the Bethel Woods Center said.

The August 1969 Woodstock festival, billed as “three days of peace and music,” is regarded as one of the pivotal moments in music history and 1960s counterculture.

Over three sometimes-rainy days, more than 30 acts - including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, The Band, and the Grateful Dead - performed around the clock to a 400,000-strong audience, most of whom watched for free and camped onsite in the mud. The festival was documented in an the 1970 film “Woodstock,” which won an Oscar.

Although it was known as Woodstock, the festival actually took place in Bethel, some 70 miles (110 km) south of the village of Woodstock in upstate New York. Bethel is 90 miles (144 km) north of New York City.

“Fifty years ago, people gathered peacefully on our site inspired to change the world through music,” Darlene Fedun, chief executive of the Bethel Woods Center, said in a statement announcing the 50th-anniversary event.

“We remain committed to preserving this rich history and spirit, and to educating and inspiring new generations to contribute positively to the world through music, culture, and community,” Fedun added.

The Bethel Woods festival is not affiliated with Michael Lang, a promoter of the 1969 festival, who has also spoken of plans to organize a 50th-anniversary event but has yet to make any announcement. Woodstock anniversary festivals were also held in 1994, 1998 and 1999.

Many of the 1969 Woodstock artists are now dead. Surviving musicians who are still performing into their 70s include Joan Baez, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, and David Crosby, Neil Young, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.]]>
12/29/2018 1:31:29 PM
<![CDATA['Beyond sorry' Ariana Grande cancels Las Vegas concert]]>
The 25-year-old singer, one of the most popular in the United States, was set to perform at The Cosmopolitan hotel on Saturday.

“Vegas, I’m currently working through some health issues and am beyond sorry I won’t be able to see you this weekend,” she wrote on Instagram.

Entertainment website TMZ reported that Grande had bronchitis, citing sources close to the singer. A representative for Grande was not immediately available for comment.

Grande finished 2018 with her song “Thank U, Next” at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the sixth week. Her year also saw the death of ex-boyfriend and rapper Mac Miller in September and her break up with fiance Pete Davidson in October.]]>
12/29/2018 1:29:49 PM
<![CDATA[Sherine Abdel Wahab, Saber al-Rebai to perform on New Year’s Eve]]>
The company responsible for organizing the mega concert declared that the concert is prepared to help boost tourism in Egypt and to offer the audience an astounding, enjoyable musical program.

The concert hall can host a total number of 3,000 individuals. A projector will display the show on the interface of the old Meridian Hotel, to enjoy the concert moment by moment.
Abdel Wahab is an Egyptian singer, actress, TV host and a former judge on MBC's “The Voice”. She is considered one of the most prominent female artists locally and in the Pan-Arab region.

Abdel Wahab has released a plethora of successful songs, including “Masha’aer’’ (Emotions), "Albi Leek" (My Heart is For You), “GarhTany” (Another Wound), “LazemAyesh” (I Have to Survive) and “Batmenak” (I Am Assuring You) among others.

She acted in only one movie, “MidoMashakel” (Troublemaker Mido), alongside Egyptian megastar Ahmed Helmy. Her only soap opera, “Tare’y” (My Path), was released in 2015 and achieved great success.

Abdel Wahab is famous for her emotional, melodious voice that has a significant touch of intimacy. She is consistently hailed as one of the most talented and successful singers of her generation, often dubbed as “The Queen of Emotions” for her popular romantic ballads.

Abdel Wahab released her latest album “Nasai” (Forgetful) on October 8, which falls on her birthday.




El Robaey is a popular pan-Arab singer and composer who started his career in 2004. He started to be known after releasing his first video clip “Sidi Mansour.” El Robaey performed a number of concerts in Europe, USA, Australia, Palestine, and South Korea. He also performed in the Olympia in Paris, Carthage, and Cairo.
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12/29/2018 1:20:46 PM
<![CDATA[ Part one ... 2018: The year of archaeological discoveries ]]>
Egypt Today provides readers with a timeline of 2018's archaeological discoveries.

January

January 2: Remains of mud-brick walls, four furnaces and various other assorted artifacts were uncovered at the ancient city of Buto in Kafr El-Skeikh Governorate.

The first of the artifacts uncovered are fragments of an unknown royal statue, possibly belonging to King Psmatik I. Carved in black granite, the statue is missing all of its limbs and head, and depicts the unknown king wearing the royal kilt, or Shendit, the tell-tale sign that this was a statue for royalty. Other uncovered artifacts include a quartzite statue of the god Hur, the remnants of a sculptured hand, a variety of pottery, fragments of the Menat Necklace which represents the Goddess Hathor.

January 8: A part of a statue for Amenhotep III made of black granite was found in Sohag Governorate. The discovered part showed clearly that the statue was presented by the left foot forward, which is a tradition, shown in the statues of the kings of ancient Egypt. Also, in front of the right foot, there is a collection of Hieroglyphic writings about the coronation and birth of King Amenhotep III.

January 10: a number of archaeological elements and remains of tombs, dating back to the Greco-Roman era, were uncovered during excavations carried out in the eastern section of the Hellenistic cemetery. The most important of these discoveries is a tombstone that was once used to close one of the burial shafts. These remains are a collection of offering vessels and lamps decorated with scenes of deities.

January 11: There were two massive archaeological discoveries in Aswan. The first discovery was an administrative complex that dates back to the fifth dynasty of ancient Egypt. The unearthed complex is considered the oldest archaeological discovery in Tell Edfou site. This discovery was special because it sheds light on the history of the fifth dynasty, and how ancient Egyptians used internal architectural structures to store goods, raw material, and gemstones. More than 200 artifacts which belonged to King Djedkare Isesi, in addition to many tools used in trade campaigns to Africa were also discovered.

The second discovery was a statue of a man and his wife while doing some religious rituals, and a statue made of sandstone of a seated man, in addition to two statues of god Horus in the shape of a raven at the temple of Kom Ombo in Aswan

January 13: A stela of 19th Dynasty King Ramses II was discovered at the San Al-Hagar archaeological site in the Sharqiya governorate. The discovered stela is carved in red granite and depicts King Ramses II presenting offerings to an ancient Egyptian deity.

January 17: A tomb dating back to the second century has been uncovered at the Al-Alamein archaeological site. The discovered tomb contains a rock staircase leading down into the main chamber of the tomb, where burial holes known as “Locauli” are prominent. The southern part of the tomb contains a Greek decoration on the wall, depicting a horn with a basin surrounded by drawn on leaves and flowers.

February

February 4: An Old Kingdom tomb was discovered in the Western Cemetery located in the Pyramids area in Giza belonging to an ancient Egyptian woman named Hetpet. The tomb dates back to the Fifth Dynasty, about 4,400 years ago. Hetpet was a woman with a high social position in ancient times; a top official in the royal palace during the end of the Fifth Dynasty. Hetpet has a number of cognomens among which is the priest of the goddess Hathour.

Hathour is a pharaonic goddess who symbolizes the principles of joy, feminine love, and motherhood. El Waziry announced that Hetpet played important roles at that time especially in the agricultural field.

February 24: 8 tombs that contain about 40 coffins of Pharaonic priests and more than 1000 Ushabti statues were discovered in Tuna el-Gebel area in Minya Egyptian governorate. The discovered tombs are full of jewelleries, potteries and pharaonic jars.

This discovery as described by the Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany was one of the largest and most important archaeological discoveries unearthed in recent times. This archaeological discovery is documenting some issues related to the live of ancient Egyptians in Minya province tens of centuries ago. The most prominent finds in these tombs were a gold mask, coffins, mummies and statues.

February 28: New parts of the statue of Ramses II were found in the Temple of Kom Ombo in Aswan. The importance of this discovery lies in finding new proof of the existence and use of this temple in the modern state era. Before this discovery, the only proof was represented in Tuthmosis III, where there is a visible part in the statue that depicts King Ramses II accompanied by God Sobek and God Horus, the main gods of the Temple of Kom Ombo.

March

March 1: the oldest figurative tattoos in the world on the upper arms of two 5,000-year-old Egyptian mummies were uncovered.

Tattoos depicting a wild bull and a Barbary sheep were found on the upper arm of a male mummy, while the shoulder and upper arm of a female mummy bore "S"-shaped motifs.

“The location of these tattoos suggests they were designed to be highly visible on the upper arm and the shoulder. T discoveries push back by 1,000 years evidence for tattooing in Africa.

April

April 4: The remains of a Graeco-Roman temple was uncovered at the Al-Salam archaeological site. The outer wall of the temple leads to a front courtyard with entrances to chambers.

April 11: An assortment of 4500 fragments from King Psamtek I's colossus were uncovered at Souq el-Khamis area in Matariya. The discovered fragments helped to confirm that the colossus depicts a standing king, with his left arm in front of the body while the right one is extended to the back.

April 22: Two important exceptional discoveries occurred. The first is the discovery of a marble head of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Aswan and an Osirian temple in Luxor.

The head is of Emperor Aurelius with wavy hair and beard. The Roman emperor’s head was described as rare, because in general, statues of Roman rulers are extremely scarce.

The second discovery was the Osirian temple which was uncovered at the southern side of Karnak Temples’ tenth pylon. The temple contains architectural elements of a late-period shrine dedicated to the god Osiris-Ptah-Neb.

The temple, which was found in a good state, consists of an entrance, foundation remains, columns, inner walls and ruins of a third hall located at the eastern side. The Osirian temple also houses paving stones from the shrine floor, along with other extension structures built during ancient times.

The shrine is not located on the eastern or northern side of the Amun-Re temple according to ancient Egyptian belief, which makes this discovery a highly important one. The shrine was discovered on the southern side, indicating the accuracy of the Osirian belief at that time.

Also among the discovered items were a collection of clay pots, remains of statues and a winged frame relief decorated with offering tables bearing a sheep and goose. The relief holds the names of the kings Taharka and Tanut Amun.

April 30: An ancient royal celebration hall dating back to the era of Ramses II was discovered at Matareya district.

“The Hall was unearthed below the soft-brick buildings and commercial residential areas that date back to the third transition period, particularly the 22nd and 23rd dynasties’ eras. The discovered hall has a rectangular floor of 2.9 m × 1.9 m, consisting of limestone tiles, rising 80 cm from the ground.

The discovered hall, which was used to hold royal celebrations such as the Jubilee feast, is considered the first of its kind in the New Kingdom era. This discovery revealed that such celebrations took place in the Re Temple at this specific area. The hall was discovered inside the palace used to host royal celebrations.

A group of brick walls of a multi-story building were also uncovered, showing the three phases of construction dating back to the era of King Ramses II.

The discovered items include the main building, a layer of the third transition era and the late era, as well as the royal celebration hall.

A number of valuable artifacts were also uncovered such as five stone blocks carved from the reign of King Ramses II, a painting of the high priests of the Sun Prince Nept Ma Raa, in addition to some pottery figures dating back to the 27th Dynasty, one of which was a small dog-shaped statue.

A human amulet with a human head for a person named Thi from the Roman era is considered one of the most important pieces discovered.

The lower part of a statue for a priest from the Ramses era was also unearthed during the digging work.

This is the first of three articles that will uncover archaeological discoveries in Egypt during 2018.
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12/28/2018 4:22:46 PM
<![CDATA[Saqqara gilded silver mask covers Jan/Feb 2019 Archaeology Magazine]]>
The Magazine is featuring the gilded silver mask that was discovered on the mummification workshop on the cover of its January/February 2019 issue.

Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anany announced on Saturday, July 14 in an international press conference the discovery of a mummification workshop and a communal burial place, dating to the Saite-Persian Period (664-404 B.C.) at the Saqqara Necropolis.


The discovery was unveiled south of King Unas' Pyramid in Saqqara by an Egyptian-German mission from the Tübingen University. The mission also found a gilded sliver mummy mask in one of the burial chambers of the main shaft attached to the mummification workshop.

The mask belonged to the Second Priest of Mut and Niut-shaes and measures 23 x 18.5 cm. The initial microscopic examination indicated that the mask is made of gilded silver, calcite and obsidian and contains a black precious stone, most probably black onyx.

The toupee was also inlayed with gemstones that were once embedded in colour pastes. A research and conservation project is currently being planned for the mask.

“The importance of such a discovery lies in its relevance to an important issue that the whole world is concerned with, which is mummification with its methods of embalming, workshops and tools,” Anany recounted in the press conference.

Ramadan Badry Hussein, director of Saqqara Saite Tombs Project and Professor at Tübingen University, announced that this discovery is considered a unique one.

According to Hussein, the discovered mummification workshop is a rectangular building of mud brick and irregular limestone blocks; it has an entrance on the south-western corner that leads to an open area with two large basins and a mud brick ramp between them. The two basins are surrounded with mud brick walls and are believed to have been used for the preparation of linen bandages.

Hussein recounted that the mummification workshop includes an embalmer’s cachette with a 13 meter deep shaft that ends with a rectangular subterranean chamber, where a large number of pottery vessels, bowls and measuring cups used for keeping mummification oils and materials were found.

Additionally, a large shaft used as a communal burial place was found in the middle of the mummification workshop. Shaft number K24 comprises several burial chambers, including a complex of burial chambers cut into the bedrock at a depth of 30 meters.

The burial chambers are arranged on the sides of two inlets. The first inlet has an intact burial chamber on the west, where three decayed wooden coffins were found at the western end of a large limestone sarcophagus, a fourth mummy was found to the north of that sarcophagus and a large number of ushabti figurines were also found along the northern side of the sarcophagus.

Hussein further pointed out that the middle wooden coffin is badly damaged, and the mummy inside it had a gilded mask. The wooden coffin was once plastered and painted with an image of the goddess Nut, the mother of the god of the dead, Osiris.

The decorations on the coffin also include the titles of the owner of the mask along with his name. The owner is the Second Priest of the goddess Mut and the Priest of the goddess Niut-shaes, a serpent form of the goddess Mut. The theophoric name of the owner of the mask includes the name of the goddess Neith, the patron goddess of Dynasty 26. Pieces of the painted plaster carrying the rest of his name are still missing, and the mission is searching for them in order to read the full name of the deceased.

Head of the supreme council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziry previously announced that the importance of this discovery lies in that it was found in Saqqara, a site that has not been visited by an archaeological mission since 1900.

Waziry explained that the well in which the workshop is located is connected to another well that is expected to be uncovered during the upcoming period.

The magazine stated that there was a familial dispute between a wife and her mother-in-law over the mummy of the husband/son who is buried in this burial chamber. Most probably the mother was not satisfied with the burial of her son in this shaft. Another burial chamber included an uncle and his nephew, while the third contained the sarcophagus of a wealthy woman, called Tadihor.

The discovered gilded silver mask, the first found in Saqqara since 1905 and in Egypt since 1939, has inlayed calcite, obsidian and onyx eyes, and measures 23 by 18.5 cm.

Gilded silver masks had deep religious meaning, since Egyptian religious texts indicate that the bones of the gods are made of silver, and their flesh/skin are made of gold. Therefore, a mummy mask of silver and gold is step towards the transformation of the deceased into a god.

The Egyptian-German team is expected to open the four sealed large sarcophagi in the burial chambers of Tadihor, Iauet, Ayput and Tjanimit in the spring and winter of 2019, expecting more discoveries.
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12/28/2018 4:04:19 PM
<![CDATA[2018: Amr Diab number 1 on Anghami]]>
Diab adopted a new marketing strategy to promote his latest album, releasing a new song each week.

Diab performed a massive concert in Nammos, a restaurant in Mykonos, Greece, on Friday, July 27 to promote “Kol Hayati”, where he sang some songs from his new album.

Diab collaborated with several poets, composers and distributers in “Kol Hayati” album, including Tarek Madkour, Ayman Bahgat Amar, Nader Hamdy, Amr Mostafa and Ahmed el-Malky.

Born in 1961 in Port Said, Diab has risen to fame over the past two decades in the Arab world and continues to break sale records, according to a BBC report and his official Facebook page.

His most famous album, “Nour el-Ain” (Our Eyes Beam), brought him international recognition and earned him the title of “The Father of Mediterranean Music” for his style of blending Egyptian and western rhythms.

The mega star, who founded the record company Mediterranean Music, had his songs translated into seven different languages.

Diab received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Big Apple Music Awards in 2009. At the 2014 World Music Awards, Diab was also awarded Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist and World's Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.

Diab’s first album, “Ya Tareeq” (The Path), was released in 1983. His most recent album, “Meaddy El-Nas” (Surpassing People), was released in July 2017, following a major viral promotion campaign across Cairo sponsored by Egypt Linx.
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12/28/2018 2:04:46 PM
<![CDATA[‘Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel’ on stage Jan.10]]>
The veteran comedian announced on his official Instagram account that the first show of the play will be on January 10, 2019.

"Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel" houses notable cast: Ahmed Fathy, Nada Moussa, Mohamed Sarwat, Maha Abou Ouf, Bayoumi Fouad, Samia el Taraboulsi among others.The show is written by Hatem Hussein and directed by Magdy el-Hawary.


Henedy’s last play was named "Tarae’eo", was directed by Samir el-Asfoury and was written by Nabeel Ameen. Stars Ala’a Morsy, Hanan Turk and Ghada Abdel Razek participated alongside Henedy in the play.

"Tarae’eo" revolved around the obstacles Egyptians may face in their daily lives. The main idea of the play was portrayed in a comic way supported by several dances.

Fares, a young man from Upper Egypt and the main character of the play, was sent to Cairo by his parents to pursue a successful academic career.

Unfortunately, Fares faced numerous obstacles that disabled him from reaching his main goal.
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12/28/2018 2:01:44 PM
<![CDATA[Miley Cyrus confirms marriage to teen sweetheart Liam Hemsworth]]>
With the caption “10 years later” and the date “12.23.18,” the “Wrecking Ball” singer posted a trio of photos on Instagram and Twitter late on Wednesday of her in an off the shoulder white dress, hugging and kissing Hemsworth.

Hemsworth, 28, posted one of the photos on his Twitter account, writing “My Love” and a heart emoji.

First reports of the small Dec. 23 ceremony emerged on social media on Christmas Eve.

Cyrus, the 26-year-old former Disney Channel star of comedy “Hannah Montana,” met Australian actor Hemsworth while filming their 2010 romantic film “The Last Song” and announced their engagement in 2012.

After splitting up a year later, they got back together again and announced their second engagement in 2015.

The home they shared in Malibu was destroyed in the November wildfires that swept through parts of southern California.

Representatives for Cyrus and Hemsworth did not respond on Thursday to a request for comment but People magazine said the couple had originally planned to wed in their Malibu home.

After the fire, they switched the venue for the Dec. 23 nuptials to Cyrus’s home in Franklin, Tennessee, People magazine reported.]]>
12/28/2018 1:56:03 PM
<![CDATA[Cumberbatch to star in 'eye-opening' Brexit thriller]]>
The two-hour long "Brexit: The Uncivil War" will air on Channel 4 on January 7 -- the same day that MPs return to Westminster after their Christmas break and ahead of a critical parliamentary vote on Brexit the following week.

Cumberbatch, who supported staying in the European Union in 2016, said he wanted "the challenge of transforming into someone that's pretty far from myself, in many ways, and to see the world through his eyes".

"It's such an important story that's continuing to define our nation, and I didn't know an awful lot about how the Leave vote was won," the 42-year-old said.

Cumberbatch revealed he was initially "wary" about the project because Brexit was "the most divisive issue in politics certainly that I can remember in my lifetime".

"It's far more complex than just the question of in or out on the ballot paper," he said in a statement, admitting the issue had divided his own family and friends.

The British actor also predicted that the film "is not going to please everyone" since "politics, especially around this issue, gets incredibly personal".

Cummings, a former political adviser to eurosceptic MPs, was the campaign director of Vote Leave, the pro-Brexit group that helped win the referendum against all odds despite the government backing continued EU membership.

Little known by the wider public, Cummings is credited with playing a decisive role behind the scenes, particularly through his insistence on a data-driven social media campaign rather than traditional electioneering.

- 'Eye-opening' data tactics -

Script writer James Graham said Cumberbatch had worked hard not to make the portrayal biased.

"Benedict's absolute obsession all the way through was to make sure that it wasn't too one-sided. That the film wasn't blaming him," Graham said.

Cumberbatch said he met with Cummings, studied the few video clips of him available and spoke to members of his staff about what he was like in person during the campaign.

"One of the most striking things was how calm and composed they said he was throughout the entire campaign. He has a very even spirit level," the actor said.

The tactics employed by Brexit campaigners have come under intense scrutiny since the referendum, particularly the use of misleading slogans and targeted political ads.

In July, the Electoral Commission watchdog fined Vote Leave for breaking campaign spending rules.

Investigators found that more than £675,000 ($853,000, 747,000 euros) spent with Canada-registered data firm Aggregate IQ via another campaign group should have been declared.

The characters in the film include Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, two leading Brexit campaigners, as well as businessman Arron Banks, an influential pro-Leave donor who is under investigation over his finances.

Channel 4 said the film was "an enlightening, eye-opening exploration of how modern data-driven campaigning techniques contributed to one of the most unexpected, highly-charged and controversial decisions in modern political history".

Cumberbatch said he hoped it "will make people think not just about the Brexit campaign but how they are targeted more generally by political and commercial organisations".

"And particularly how the data they provide to these organisations is used," he added.

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12/28/2018 1:53:08 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Culture to inaugurate artistic exhibition on Dec. 27]]>
The inauguration will also be attended by the Organizing Committee as well as various artists, critics and public spectators.

A total of 293 artists over the age of 35 will be exhibiting their works, amounting to almost 320 artistic pieces that represent diverse artistic trends.

A special exhibition will be held to honor late Taha Hussein, Hamdi Jabr, Mohamed al-Qabbani, Naima al-Shishini and Mohamed Sabri, who provided arts in Egypt and the region with everlasting enriching works.

The various artistic works will be exhibited in the second and third floors of the Museum of Fine Arts while the first floor will exhibit its usual content.

It is worth noting that the exhibition was moved from its original location in The Palace of Arts due to the renovation works taking place there.

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12/28/2018 12:31:00 PM
<![CDATA[Numerous events celebrating Christmas and New Year]]>
The Grand Theater in Cairo Opera House is set to host a concert of Cairo Symphony Orchestra led by Belgian Maestro Chris Estropants performing with Egyptian Soprano Jala al-Hadidi.

The program of the concert consists of popular international classical symphonies, which were specially written for the occasion. The same program will be re-presented on Jan. 1 in Sayed Darwish Theater in Alexandria Opera House.

On the small Theater, the Coral of Children and Youth will present a selection of musical performances, under the supervision of Abdul Wahab al-Sayed.

Furthermore, the Egyptian Band Strawberry Swing will perform some of Cold Play’s most popular songs in Gomhoreya Theater.

Also, Alexandria’s Opera Group of music and Arabic songs will perform headed by Maestro Abdel Hamid Abdel Ghaffar.

Last but not least, Damanhur’s Opera House will host a performance of Damanhur Opera Group, in which a number of Christmas songs will be performed in celebration of Christmas and the New Year.

Enjoy non-stop celebration songs:

Christmas Songs Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Non Stop Christmas Songs

Christmas Songs Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Non-Stop Christmas Songs.Merry Christmas Christmas songs.


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12/27/2018 4:44:50 PM
<![CDATA[ A summary of Egyptian artistic, cultural events held in 2018]]>
Egypt was represented at the opening of the 24th session of the International Book and Publishing Fair in Casablanca, Morocco, in which Egypt was the guest of honor in February 2018.

Also in February 2018, Egypt was present in the declaration of Bahrain's Muharraq, the capital of Islamic culture, succeeding the Sudanese city of Sennar, which previously took the title in 2017.

Egypt participated upon an invitation by Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, chairman of the Bahrain Culture Authority.

Furthermore, in April 2018, a mutual cultural agreement between Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was signed to transfer the Egyptian cultural experiences to the kingdom and provide pioneering cultural assistance through the establishment of technical workshops and classes.

The artistic teams of the Egyptian Opera House participated in the events of the Okaz market and represented Egypt as the guest of honor for the festival in June 2018.

It is worth noting that an Egyptian-Saudi agreement for cooperation in handicrafts was also signed in December 2018.

Moreover, Egyptian artistic activities were inaugurated in Rome and Viterbo in June 2018 and lasted until December 2018. The exhibition aimed to enhance the Italian society's knowledge of the Egyptian culture.
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12/27/2018 3:34:54 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Ramadan’s songs topped Egyptian music videos on You Tube]]>
“I thank god for this achievement that would not have happened if it hadn't been for my fans' confidence and love," commented Ramadan on his official Instagram account.

Ramadan top 4
Ramadan's comment on Instagram

The young actor is currently preparing to release a video clip named "Ana Mafia" (I am Mafia); the song is directed by Yasser Samy; written by Islam Shendi, Mohamed el-Fanan and Kanka; and composed by Islam el-Abyad and Monte.

Ramadan received the award of greatest talent nationwide three consecutive times. He started his career with small roles in TV series like “The Cindrella" until he had his big chance in Yousry Nasrallah's “Ehky Ya Sharazad” (Tell me, Shahrazad).

He then became the star of movies produced by famous Egyptian producer Ahmed el-Sobky, which made him one of the most famous actors in the Middle East.

Mohamed Ramadan is perhaps the only Egyptian actor to have been praised by the internationally acclaimed late actor Omar Sharif, who stated that he had chosen the young actor to perpetuate his acting career.

“Number one”:

Mohamed Ramadan - NUMBER ONE (Exclusive Music Video) محمد رمضان - نمبر وان

https://play.anghami.com/song/37878967 : الاستماع عبر تطبيق أنغامي Mohamed Ramadan - NUMBER ONE (Exclusive Music Video) محمد رمضان - كليب نمبر وان _________________________________ انا في الساحه واقف لوحدي وانت و صحابك ليا باصين , انا جمهوري واقف في ظهري نمبر وان وانتوا عارفين Number 1 مالك واقف خايف تعالى هنا شايفك سارح





“El Malek” (The King):

Mohamed Ramadan - EL MALEK 2018 | محمد رمضان - الملك (Music Video)

للاستماع عبر تطبيق أنغامي : https://play.anghami.com/song/39747134 ابل ستور: https://goo.gl/263KXk جوجل ميوزيك: https://goo.gl/Keu6ms ديزر: https://goo.gl/4LqvFe حصريا فيديو كليب "محمد رمضان" الجديد "الملك " 2018 للاشتراك في قناة محمد رمضان الرسميه : http://bit.ly/MohamedRamadan -------------- لا لا لا لا لا لا.... لا لا لا لا لا لا هما فين !!




“Hatwal’a” (On fire):

أغنية هتولع - محمد رمضان - فيلم الديزل / Mohamed Ramadan - Hatwla3

Subscribe To: http://bit.ly/MohamedRamadan إشترك علي قناة Follow Mohamed Ramadan on - Facebook : http://bit.ly/2weRTpq - Instagram : http://bit.ly/2MrcJgj - Twitter : http://bit.ly/2BtHWKx Post Production : Filmlabph (Mohamed Abouhamed) Line producer: Maha Abaza Creative director: Mahmoud Adly Art work: Ahmed Nabil Gfx & created by: Mahmoud Sabry Listen To : https://youtu.be/3440XgqAU04 اغنية -الملك




“Geshna Sa’ab” (Our army is hard):

Mohamed Ramadan - Geshna Sa3b (Music Video) / محمد رمضان - جيشنا صعب

شكر خاص لـ حمزة ابن الشهيد البطل العقيد أحمد المنسي Subscribe To: http://bit.ly/MohamedRamadan إشترك علي قناة كلمات اغنية محمد رمضان - جيشنا صعب فاكرين ايه جيشنا سهل ولا ايه جيشنا صعب محدش يقدر عليه جيشنا صعب في التاريخ اسال عليه جيشنا صعب مصر في قلبه و جوه عينيه مش هننسي



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12/27/2018 3:04:14 PM
<![CDATA[Alleged victim of Spacey sexual assault filmed part of incident]]>
The 59-year-old star of the "House of Cards" series, who has won two Oscars, is due to be formally charged on January 7 on the island of Nantucket with "indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 years of age."

If found guilty, Spacey could face up to five years in jail.

The young man, identified as William Little and aged 18 at the time of the alleged assault in July 2016, told police he had sent messages, including a video, to his girlfriend via the Snapchat app from the "Club Car" restaurant in Nantucket, where he was working as a bus boy for the summer, according to the court filing.

He had remained in the bar after his shift had finished to see Spacey, of whom he was a fan.

After meeting the actor and telling him he was 23 years old -- the legal drinking age is 21 in Massachusetts -- he started drinking first beer and then whiskey with Spacey.

Spacey then allegedly invited him back to his place, along with some other friends. The young man declined, suspecting the actor was trying to seduce him. But he stayed in the bar in the hopes of getting a picture with Spacey.

"Will only lingered around because he wanted a picture with Spacey, something for Instagram," the filing said. "Spacey had told him, if you come back with me, I will take a picture with you."

That was when Spacey began sexually molesting the young man, the filed charges said.

"Will tried to shift away with his body and move Spacey's hands away with his hands but Spacey kept reaching down his pants," it said.

"Will said his girlfriend did not believe him so that's when he Snapchatted the video," it said.

He then left the bar on the advice of a woman who reportedly saw "he was in distress." He returned to work the next day and informed the owner of the bar of the incident, the court documents said.

The filing said that police had retrieved the footage and shown it to the young man, who confirmed it showed him and Spacey.

Spacey, who was forced out of public life by accusations of sexual misconduct in 2017, has not yet commented on the latest charges.

But this week he posted a video online of himself speaking about allegations of sexual abuse in the character of Frank Underwood, the scheming politician he played in House of Cards before the show dropped him.

Spacey's lawyer did not respond immediately to an AFP request for comment.

Spacey was considered one of the finest actors of his generation but his career nosedived following allegations of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen men in the United States and Britain.

The first public report of alleged abuse by him came from actor Anthony Rapp, who claimed that Spacey sexually abused him when Rapp was 14, in 1986.]]>
12/27/2018 2:54:14 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Eastern Takht Band performs in Andalusia Music Festival]]>
The closing ceremony was attended by Egyptian Ambassador to Algeria Ayman Mashrafa, Algerian activist Jamila Buhaidar, a number of Algerian officials and almost 2000 spectators.

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FILE photo - Late Abdel Halim Hafez

The Egyptian band presented a collection of songs for late singers Umm Kulthum, Abdel Halim Hafez, Sayed Darwish and Mohamed Abdel Wahab, as well as a poem by Nizar Qabbani dedicated to Jamila Buhaidar, which was specially composed and performed to the Algerian activist who attended the closing ceremony.

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FILE photo - Late legendary musician Mohamed Abdel Wahab


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FILE photo - Late legendary singer Umm Kulthum

Yasser Moawad expressed to MENA news Agency his extreme happiness after witnessing the spectator’s reactions to the Egyptian performance. Moawad further exposed that the Egyptian Oriental band performed in north of Algeria, where many spectators happily attended.

In addition, Moawad stated to MENA that he was keen to start the concert by playing the national anthem of Algeria, which was composed by Egyptian musician Mohammed Fawzi, as well as the Egyptian national anthem. He concluded the ceremony with a series of national songs to emphasize the Egyptian-Algerian historical ties.

Performance in 2010:

مصر النهارده - التخت الشرقي 15-11-2010 (1/7)

مصر النهارده - التخت الشرقي 15-11-2010 (1/7)




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12/26/2018 4:35:41 PM
<![CDATA[Several artistic, cultural events to take place on Dec. 26]]>
The forum is organized by the Children of Egyptian Artists for Culture and Arts under the chairmanship Madi Tawfiq Al-Daqn.

In addition, Amir Taz Palace Creativity Center in Al-Khalifah District will host a celebration in the memory of late musician Farid Al-Atrash, held by the Association of Farid Al-Atrash Music Lovers at 7 p.m.

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FILE - Late legendary musician Farid al-Atrash

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina will host a discussion session of the book "Unlearned Beauty". Translated from Italian to Arabic, the book is the latest publication of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

The Cairo Opera House will host a poetic and musical event at 7 p.m. in the Small Theater. The event will be attended by veteran poet Ahmed Sweilem, musician Hany Nadim, critic Azzouz Ismail, Saudi artist Ali al-Arifi, and is managed by fine artist Amin al-Serafi.

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FILE - Late Sayed Darwish

Furthermore, Sayed Darwish Theater in Alexandria Opera House will host an event titled "Alexandrian Memory of Arts", which will be attended by veteran writer Ibrahim Abdul Majid and artist Mohamed Hosni.

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12/26/2018 4:08:05 PM
<![CDATA[4 Egyptians nominated for Sheikh Zayed Book Award ]]>
The competing works amount to a total of 107, 12 of which were selected for the award. Four Egyptian translators were among the nominees for the award.

The winning writings were translated from several languages; English, French and German. Most of the participating translators are from Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.

FILE - Sheikh Zayed
FILE - Sheikh Zayed

The novel “Mediterranean Coasts between Brilliance and the Abyss” by Philip Mansil is among the nominated works translated from English to Arabic by Egyptian translator Mustafa Qasim. The novel was published by the National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature.

The second novel nominated for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award is "Gene - an Intimate History" by Siddhartha Mukherjee. It was translated from English to Arabic by Ihab Abdel Hamid from Egypt. The novel was published by the House of Enlightenment for printing and publishing in 2018.

In addition, the philosophical vision of Vittorio Bovki “Violence” was translated from English to Arabic by Egyptian translator Yasser Qansouh. The book was published by the National Centre for Translation.

Furthermore, nominated works for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award translated from German to Arabic include “Arab Jews in Israel”, a visionary book by Omar Kamel and translated by Sherine al-Qabbani from Egypt. The book was published by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina publications in 2018.

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12/26/2018 3:44:00 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi praises prominent actress Raja el-Geddawi]]>
It is worth noting that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi praised the veteran actress, saying “You will always remain elegant.”

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File - Prominent actress Geddawi

Geddawi said during a phone call to the program “Rai A’am” (Public opinion) aired on TEN TV that she is extremely pleased with the president’s words and that she did not participate to show off her fashionable clothes, but to share joy with those who have special needs.

رجاء الجداوي لـ"رأي عام": مش قادرة أقول كلام يعبر عن سعادتي بكلام الرئيس السيسي ليا

أكدت الفنانة القديرة رجاء الجداوي لبرنامج رأي عام، أنها غير قادرة على التعبير عن سعادتها بكلام الرئيس السيسي ليا #رأي_عام تابعوا قناة Ten TV على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي: Youtube: https://goo.gl/nMnOjn Facebook : https://goo.gl/z9dwMW Twitter: https://goo.gl/kLqw7H Instagram: https://goo.gl/E6tIkj"




“I was so pleased to be with those beautiful children; the whole place was filled with Joy," said Geddawi. “The president could not hold back his tears of joy,” continued the actress.

President Sisi attended on Dec. 24 the celebrations of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, organized by the Egyptian Athletic Federation for Mental Disabilities under the title “Able to differ”, in the presence of PM Mustafa Madbouli and a number of Egyptian ministers and officials.

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12/25/2018 6:06:46 PM
<![CDATA[ET presents most prominent works portraying late President Sadat]]>CAIRO – 25 December 2018: In the centennial of his birth: ET exposes the most prominent dramatic works that portrayed the personality and life of late Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat.

Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat was the third president of Egypt, serving from Oct. 15, 1970 until his assassination by fundamentalist army officers on Oct. 6, 1981.

Sadat was a senior member of the Free Officers who overthrew King Farouk in the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, and a close confidant of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, under whom he served as vice president twice and succeeded as president in 1970.

Late Presdient Anwar Sadat, Late President Nasser with General Abdel Hakim Amer - Wikipedia
Late President Sadat with Late Pres. Nasser and General Abdel Hakim Amer - Wikipedia

In his eleven years as president, he changed Egypt's trajectory, departing from many of the political and economic tenets of Nasserism, re-instituting a multi-party system, and launching the “Infitah” economic policy.

As president, he led Egypt in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 to regain Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, which Israel had occupied since the Six-Day War of 1967, making him a hero in Egypt and, for a time, the wider Arab world.

Afterwards, he engaged in negotiations with Israel, culminating in the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty; this won him and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin the Nobel Peace Prize, making Sadat the first Muslim Nobel laureate.

Although reaction to the treaty, which resulted in the return of Sinai to Egypt, was generally favorable among Egyptians, it was rejected by the country's Muslim Brotherhood and the left, who felt Sadat had abandoned efforts to ensure a Palestinian state.

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Sadat & Gehan Sadat with former US President Nixon and Wife at Giza Pyramids

With the exception of Sudan, the Arab world and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) strongly opposed Sadat's efforts to make a separate peace treaty with Israel without prior consultations with the Arab states.

His refusal to reconcile with them over the Palestinian issue resulted in Egypt being suspended from the Arab League from 1979 to 1989.

The peace treaty was also one of the primary factors that led to his assassination; on Oct. 6, 1981, militants led by Khalid Islambouli opened fire on Sadat with automatic rifles during the Oct. 6 parade in Cairo, killing him.

“Ayam el-Sadat” (Sadat days):

Late Egyptian actor Ahmad Zaki portrayed the life of Sadat in this movie, which was considered by critics and observers as one of the best films to illustrate the life of the late president from the beginning until he reached presidency. The film touched various aspects of Sadat’s political life. The film was released in 2001.

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Late actor Ahmed Zaki portraying Late Pres. Sadat

“Camp David”:

Famed actor Khaled el-Nabawi also portrayed the life of Sadat in this theatrical play. The play was acted in 2014. Ron Rifkin played the role of former Israeli PM Menachem Begin, while Richard Thomas played the role of former US President Jimmy Carter.

The play mainly revolved around the thirteen days prior to the Camp David agreement. It staged numerous theaters around the USA.

“Carioca”:

Mohamed Ramadan starred in this series released in 2012, as he illustrated the personality of the late Egyptian president. The series also shed light on the late actress and dancer Tahia Carioca – who played a political role - where she hid Sadat in her sister's house when the British colonial forces were looking for him at the time.

“Imra’a Hazat Arsh Masr” (A Woman Who Shook the Throne of Egypt):

Actor Gamal Abdul Nasser presented the character of Sadat in the film "Imra’a Hazat Arsh Masr" in 1995. The film revolves around the period of King Farouk's reign. It also sheds light on Sadat's attempts to overthrow King Farouk.

“El-Gama’a PII” (The Brotherhood PII):

Actor Mohamed Nasr played the role of late President Sadat in Wahid Hamed’s controversial series “El-Gama’a PII” (The Brotherhood PII) released in 2017. The series revolves around the Muslim Brotherhood after the death of its leader during Nasser’s reign.

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12/25/2018 5:05:29 PM
<![CDATA[Ibrahim Eissa exposes details about his second novel 'El-Deif']]>
“Dr. Yahya Tijani, portrayed in the film by Khaled el-sawy, is facing charges of contempt of religions and is expected to be handed a one year sentence. What is the story behind this man?” tweeted Eissa on his official twitter account.

The film is the second cinematic experience for the veteran writer after the great success he achieved in his previous controversial film “Mawlana” (The Sheikh).

“El-Deif” (The guest) is starring Khaled el-Sawi, Sherine Reda, Ahmed Malek and Jamila Awad.

El Deif Movie Twitter
El Dief" - Twitter"

The film revolves around a man who visits a family for dinner as a guest, and then strange incidents follow.

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File - Actress Sherine Reda

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File - Actress Jamila Awad

The film “El Deif” was granted the Public Awards in Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia early December 2018, as it was competing in the official contest of the festival representing the African content.

Best known for co-founding the popular Egyptian weekly Al-Dustour, Eissa is an Egyptian journalist and TV personality. He is currently editor-in-chief of Al Tahrir, which he co-founded in July 2011.

In 2008, Eissa was given the Gebran Tueni Award in Lebanon. In March 2011, Eissa was awarded an Index on Censorship’s 2010 Freedom of Expression Award.

The award has been described as "commemorating the many people who put their lives at risk for their right to express their opinions."

Eissa was characterized as a "one-man barometer of Egypt's struggle for political and civic freedom". He dedicated the award to Tahrir Square.

In April 2011, Eissa was also awarded the International Journalist of the Year 2010 award by a British institution called the Society of Editors.

This award similarly recognized journalists’ commitment to the freedom of expression and the press and bravery against threats.

Eissa was specifically awarded as a result of his insistence on democracy, and as a result of his journalistic position and opinions against Mubarak’s toppled regime.

His novel “Mawlana” (Our Sheikh) was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2013.
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12/25/2018 4:27:39 PM
<![CDATA[Abu Dhabi TV to broadcast new talent show 'El-Zaman el-Gamil' ]]>
The show will be labeled "El-Zaman el-Gamil" (The Golden Era) and is set to be broadcasted on Abu Dhabi TV.

The program aims to discover new talented Arab voices and help them pursue musical careers and reach fame.

Angham is an Egyptian singer, record producer and actress. Her debut was in 1987 under the guidance of her father, Mohammad Suleiman.

Following her divorce from Magdy Aref in 2000, Angham took much more control over her image and musical style. After that "Leih Sebtaha" (Why Did You Leave Her?) record established her into a strong position amid the constant emerge of new voices in the Middle Eastern music scene.

After a highly publicized feud between Alam El-Phan Music Records' president Mohsen Gaber and the artist, she moved to another record company, Rotana.

In 2005, she released the album "Bahibbik Wahashteeny" (I Love You, I Miss You) which was critically acclaimed, but did not achieve the expected commercial success.

In 2007, Angham returned to the forefront of Arabic pop music scene with her album "Kol ma N'arrab" (Whenever We Come Closer) which sold more than 500,000 copies across the Middle East in less than three months and was awarded a platinum certification.

"Kolma N'arrab" (Whenever We Come Closer):

Angham Kol Ma Nearrab انغام - كل ما نقرب

من اروع اغانى الفنانه المصرية انغام



Marwan Khoury is a Lebanese singer, writer, composer and music arranger. He has composed hits for artists such as Majida El Roumi, Saber Rebaï, Nawal Al Zoghbi, Assala Nasri, Najwa Karam, Fadl Shaker, Elissa, Carole Samaha, Bassima, and Myriam Fares.

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Lebanese singer and composer Marwan Khoury - Wikipedia

"Kol el-Kasaed" (All the poems):

Marwan Khoury - Kol El Qassayed / مروان خوري - كل القصايد

من اروع اغاني الفنان اللبناني مروان خوري




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Moroccan Singer Asma Lamnawar - Youtube

Asma Lamnawar is a Moroccan singer. She made her debut in 1995 with "Angham", a festival produced by Moroccan Radio and TV, where she won the prize for best interpretation, though she delayed beginning her musical career until 2002. She has recorded music for Moroccan television serials and films.

"Hali":

Asma Lmnawar - Hali (EXCLUSIVE) | (أسما لمنور - حالي (حصرياً

لتنزيل "حالي " من iTunes: http://apple.co/1Rnj9rk إشترك في القناة الرسمية لأسما لمنور: http://bit.ly/AsmaLmnawarYT أسما لمنور - حالي (حصرياً) | 2014 Asma Lmnawar - Hali (EXCLUSIVE) | 2014 كلمات: توفيق أبو زهير ألحان و توزيع: مراد الغزناي توزيع ديجيتال: شركة قنوات كلمات الأغنية: حالي يشَّفي حْبيبي نْسآني و جاني مرسول منه باللي رْماني..




Furthermore, Los Angeles Timesdescribed the GEM as “large in cost and ambition”. The newspaper also described the much anticipated museum as the “largest museum dedicated to one civilization”.
The GEM will host the belongings of Tutankhamun’s tomb, which alone totals up to 5000 artifacts.

The newspaper stated on its website on Dec. 17 that 100 specialists are working on renovating the ancient artifacts in 17 laboratories. Some of the artifacts are over 3000 years old, including ancient artifacts related to the Tomb of Tutankhamun, which were transferred to the museum before its official launching in 2020.

Moreover, Al Arabiya TV news channel also celebrated the Grand Egyptian Museum, presenting a video on the museum's details from the inside and outside; as one of the largest archaeological entities around the world.

المتحف المصري الكبير أكبر متحف للآثار في العالم

المتحف المصري الكبير من المشاريع المنتظر افتتاحها خلال الربع الأول من 2019يقع بالقرب من أهرام الجيزة ، على بعد أميال قليلة من غرب القاهرة يتم تجهيزه ليكون أكبر متحف للآثار في العالم، للمزيد من الفيديوهات يرجى زيارة صفحة فيديوهات العربية http://ara.tv/pq7xu ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ لمتابعة المزيد من الفيديوهات يرجى الاشتراك في القناة




“The GEM will be held on an area of 50,000 square meters, and will present 100,000 different artifacts dedicated to the ancient Egyptian civilization. The GEM comes in conjunction with the development of the Pyramids area,” stated the video.

In addition, CNN monitored the facilities of the Grand Egyptian Museum and noted that 5,000 workers are working around the clock to finish the museum, which is expected to be launched by the end of 2019.

The CNN’s report regarding the GEM stated that the entity will be held over an area of 5.2 million cubic feet.

Last but not least, the Argentinian National Newspaper stated that it will be finally “easy to get to know the life of the ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun through the GEM which will display all artifacts regarding his controversial life”.





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12/24/2018 5:11:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Opera House resume Christmas celebrations]]>
The Cairo Opera House will present six shows of famed Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "The Nut Cracker" from Dec. 25-30, 2018.

"The Nut Cracker" is a classical ballet in two acts. It is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's 1816 fairy tale "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King". It tells the story of a little girl who goes to the Land of Sweets on Christmas Eve.

Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Marius Petipa adapted Hoffmann's story for the ballet, Tchaikovsky wrote the music, and Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov designed the dances. "The Nutcracker" was first performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Dec. 18, 1892.

It was a modest success. Some people liked it, others did not. Because of its reception, the ballet was rarely seen in later years.

About fifty years later, Walt Disney used some of "The Nutcracker" music in his 1940 animated movie "Fantasia". People liked the movie and started to take an interest in the ballet. Interest grew when George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" was televised in the late 1950's.

Nut Cracker Play
Nut Cracker Play - Wikipedia

The ballet has been performed in many different places since then. It is loved by many people. Before the first performance, Tchaikovsky took some numbers from the ballet to form "The Nutcracker Suite". This work was a great success on the concert stage, and is still played today.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was a Russian composer of the romantic period, whose works are among the most popular music in the classical repertoire. He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, bolstered by his appearances as a guest conductor in Europe and the United States.

Merry Christmas - Wikipedia
Merry Christmas - Wikipedia

It is worth noting that the Egyptian Opera House celebrated Christmas through three concerts held in Cairo and Alexandria under the supervision of Iman Mustafa on Dec. 13 and 14. The celebrations' program consisted of world famous Christmas songs, such as "Jingle Bells" and "Merry Christmas".

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12/24/2018 5:03:21 PM
<![CDATA[New discoveries made in Aswan's Tell Edfu]]>
Moreover, Waziri commented in a statement on Dec. 24 that among these discoveries is a part of a cylindrical column of limestone, dating back to the beginning of the modern state of the 18th Dynasty.

The column is 165 cm long, with a diameter of 28.5 cm; it contains a hieroglyphic inscription of the name of the grand priest of Ancient God Horus.

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Luxor - Wikipedia

Furthermore, Waziri added that the American mission also unearthed a statue of what appeared to be a lady. The statue is made of sandstone with a height of 20 cm and a width of 7.8 cm. The statue goes back to the 19th Dynasty.

General Director of Aswan and Nubian Antiquities, Abdel Moneim Saeed, stated that the mission also discovered a statue and a painting that go back to the 18th Dynasty. The statue depicts a man in a sitting position and is 13.7 cm wide and 23.4 cm long.

Saeed further stated that the painting is made of limestone,showing a man and a woman along with hieroglyphic scriptures.

Edfu Temple
Edfu Temple - Wikipedia

Edfu is an Egyptian city, located on the west bank of the Nile River between Esna and Aswan, with a population of approximately 60,000 people. Edfu is the site of the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus and an ancient settlement, Tell Edfu. Theremains of ancient pyramids are located about 5 km north of Edfu.


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12/24/2018 4:21:36 PM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'Aquaman' debuts at No. 1 with $72 million, 'Mary Poppins Returns' beats 'Bumblebee']]>
That’s a hefty start during a month that, aside from “Star Wars” movies, tends to field smaller opening weekends that pick up steam as audiences have off from work and school between Christmas and New Years. As expected, “Aquaman” easily fended off fellow newcomers “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Bumblebee.” Those two titles were in a close race for No. 2, though Sunday estimates show “Mary Poppins Returns” narrowly defeating “Bumblebee.”

Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” was the de facto choice for moviegoers with young kids, pocketing $22.2 million over the three-day frame and $31 million during its first five days of release. Musicals don’t typically see sizable opening weekends, and Disney’s live-action sequel looks to have a healthy life at multiplexes during the holiday stretch.

Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda co-star in the follow-up, which pocketed $20 million overseas for a worldwide start of $51 million. Rob Marshall, who previously teamed with Blunt and Disney on “Into the Woods,” handled directing duties on the film, which has a $130 production budget.

Paramount’s “Transformers” origin story “Bumblebee” landed in third place, generating $20.9 million from 3,550 screens. While that’s the lowest start for a “Transformers” title, the sci-fi prequel directed by Travis Knight has generated some of the best reviews of the franchise and has time to build momentum in weeks to come.

“Bumblebee” the first “Transformers” movie that Michael Bay didn’t direct, though he’s still on board as a producer. Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena star in the CGI spectacle based on the popular toys, which carries a $100 million price tag, making it much cheaper to produce than the Bay films.

James Wan directed “Aquaman,” which has already amassed $410 million overseas for a global total of $482.8 million. Males accounted for 55 percent of U.S. audiences, while 60 percent of crowds were under 35 years old. Imax screens accounted for $9.9 million of domestic ticket sales. Superhero fans were much more receptive to “Aquaman” than previous DC titles, branding this entry with an A- CinemaScore. “Aquaman” cost a hefty $200 million to produce and is Warner Bros.’ first DC stand-alone adventure since “Wonder Woman,” which opened in 2017 to a massive $103 million.

STX’s “Second Act” launched in seventh place with $6.5 million from 2,607 locations. The romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Leah Remini cost $16 million to make. As anticipated, 70% of moviegoers were female, and over half were between the ages of 25 and 44.

Unfortunately for DreamWorks and Universal (and Steve Carell’s Oscar dreams), nobody was that welcoming to Marwen. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, “Welcome to Marwen” earned a measly $2.3 million when it launched in 1,900 venues. An offbeat premise made the biographical drama difficult to market, and poor reviews definitely didn’t help draw the kind of crowds that could help justify a production budget over $40 million.

It’s been an especially rough stretch for Universal, whose expensive steampunk adventure “Mortal Engines” bowed last weekend with the ignominious distinction as one of the biggest flops of the year. A bright spot for the studio has been “The Grinch,” an animated adventure that has earned $253 million in North America and had the best hold in the top 10 this weekend, declining just 30 percent in its seventh week of release.

It was good news for spandexed heroes all around as “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” stayed in the top five, dropping to fourth place and adding another $16.3 million to its domestic tally. That takes its stateside haul to $65 million.

Rounding out the top five is Warner Bros.’ “The Mule,” a Clint Eastwood drama that generated $9 million during its sophomore frame and $35 million to date.
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12/24/2018 11:09:47 AM
<![CDATA[IHS ends on Monday the 24th]]>
The show brings you some of the area's finest craftsperson, artists and artisans. IHS describes on real display scene a wide variety of activities involving making things with one's own hands.

Arts and crafts is usually a hobby turning leather, porcelain, glass and even mud into works of art. Artists in IHS provided a creative array attracting many segments of buyers who still looked for more.

With so much to promise in the forthcoming 2019 IHS there is an ample opportunity for opening a new vista for exports judging by the interest in IHS products observed from foreign buyers.

The current IHS entails interesting singing programs many of which have folkloric nature like those offered by El Sawy Cultural Wheel, adding charm to a creative milieu.

IHS conclusion is on 24th of December with good record of buys and a promise of expanded exhibitors list in the 2019 round.
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12/23/2018 10:20:27 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian archaeological mission starts excavation work in New Valley]]>
The archaeological mission started work in Kharga's Ain el Kharab and Dakhla's Ain el Sabil upon the decision of antiquities minister regarding allocating sums of money to excavation work carried out by the Egyptian mission in these areas, said the General Director of Islamic and Coptic Antiquities Mansour Othman.

The mission's work will continue for 45 days to two months, the official underlined, adding that the Egyptian mission is the first one to resume work in New Valley after halting the activities of archaeological missions over the past seven years.]]>
12/23/2018 6:54:33 PM
<![CDATA[Japan emperor draws huge birthday crowd before abdication next year]]>
The birthday of the emperor, whose position is ceremonial with no political power, is traditionally marked by a national holiday and an address at the palace, which opens to the public on the day.

The crowd of 82,850, according to the Imperial Household Agency, was the largest birthday attendance during Akihito’s three-decade reign, known as the “Heisei” era, which means “achieving peace” in Japanese.

Akihito - flanked by his wife, eldest son Naruhito and other members of the imperial family on a balcony - addressed well-wishers waving small Japanese flags and holding up smartphones.

“My thoughts go out to those who have lost family members or those close to them, or have suffered damage and whose lives are currently impaired,” he said, referring to the natural disasters that hit Japan in the past year.

Earthquakes, severe storms and heatwaves killed hundreds of people, destroyed homes and disrupted supply chains, clouding the outlook for Japan’s export-reliant economy.

Along with Empress Michiko, Akihito has spent much of his reign addressing the legacy of World War Two, which was fought in the name of his father, Hirohito, and consoling victims of natural disasters.

“I would like to thank him for standing by us, the Japanese people, and would like him to rest and enjoy his time from now on,” said 46-year-old Kazuyo Toyama from Nagoya.

Akihito, who has had heart surgery and treatment for prostate cancer, is scheduled to step down on April 30, passing the Chrysanthemum Throne to 58-year-old Crown Prince Naruhito.

The last time a Japanese emperor abdicated was in 1817.

Although he cannot directly influence government policy, Akihito has created a broader consciousness of Japan’s wartime past throughout his symbolic reign, experts said.

In comments made to the media ahead of his birthday, Akihito said “it is important not to forget that countless lives were lost in World War Two...and to pass on this history accurately to those born after the war”.

His conciliatory stance contrasts with gestures made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has adopted a less apologetic tone over Japan’s past military aggression.

Akihito also referred to foreign workers, saying he hoped that “the Japanese people will be able to warmly welcome as members of our society those who come to Japan to work”.

Japan enacted a law this month to let in more foreign, blue-collar workers to ease a labor shortage, despite criticism it was too hastily crafted and risked exposing the workers to exploitation.]]>
12/23/2018 5:48:12 PM
<![CDATA[Faculty of Fine Arts celebrates its110th anniversary on Dec. 23]]>
The anniversary celebration will be attended by President of Helwan University Majid Najm, acting-Dean El-Sayed Qandil and Vice Dean for Community Service and Environmental Development Ashraf Reda as well as the organizers of the exhibition.

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Artists, professors of fine arts and students will also attend the exhibition set to be launched on Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. at the main exhibition hall of the faculty.

Furthermore, the exhibition will include the artistic works of a group of faculty professors in various fields. Professors from all departments will be honored and certificates of appreciation will be presented to them during the celebration.

A music and drama program will be presented by the students under the supervision of the student union in an evening that emphasizes the college's policy and approach in the field of plastic arts.

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The celebration is thought to be an effective way to boost the public taste and develop the aesthetic sense of Egyptians.




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12/23/2018 3:41:44 PM
<![CDATA[George Wassouf celebrates his 57th birthday on Dec. 23 ]]>

In a career spanning over almost four decades, the famed singer released more than 30 albums. With a significantly large audience in Lebanon, Syria and throughout the Arab world, Wassouf is one of the most important Arab singers; he sold over 60 million records worldwide.

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The famed singer was born in Kafroun, Syria into a Christian family. The star holds the Lebanese passport besides his Syrian passport; he lived in Lebanon for most of his working life, but he started singing at the age of 10 in his hometown Kafroun.


Wassouf was discovered by his first manager and producer George Yazbeck at a wedding party he was performing at when he was 12. At the age of 16 he was called “Sultan el-Tarab” (Sultan of Music) by Lebanese journalist George Ibrahim el-Khoury, a magazine director, for his classic song "el-Hawa Sultan" (Love is a Sultan).


Wassouf became famous after appearing on the Lebanese show “Studio El-Fan” in 1980 when he was only 19 years old, and was introduced to the audience as the “Sultan of Music”.

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Wassouf preferred not to shoot videos for his songs, saying "I don't feel I can act, I really can't. I only find myself when I'm on stage singing, but video clips force me to act."


Listen to some of Wassouf’s most popular songs below:


“Kalam el-Nas” (People’s Talk):

جورج وسوف كلام الناس فيديو كليب 1994

من احلا الاغاني السورية في التسعينيات عام 1994 الزمن الجمييييييل الله المستعان








“Tabeb Jarrah” (Surgeon):


طبيب جراح:جورج وسوف

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“Enta Gherhom” (You are different):

GEORGE WASSOUF ENTA GRHOM

WASSOUF SYRIA CLUB





“El-Hawa sultan” (Love is a Sultan):

George Wassouf El Hawa Sultan جورج وسوف الهوى سلطان YouTube

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“Leil El-Ashikin” (The night of lovers):

George Wassouf - Ya Leil El3ashikin - HQ

George Wassouf - Ya Leil El3ashikin





“Saber we Radi” (I’m patient):

George Wassouf Saber We Radi جورج وسوف - صابر وراضى

من اروع اغانى الفنان جورج وسوف





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12/23/2018 3:33:23 PM
<![CDATA[Banksy gifts Welsh steel town a white Christmas attraction]]>
The subversive artist confirmed on Instagram that the “Season’s Greetings” mural on a breeze block garage wall was genuine. It shows a small boy wrapped up against the cold with his tongue stuck out and arms aloft to catch snow flakes.

The rest of the mural around the corner of the garage shows that the white flakes are in fact ash from an industrial bin.

Port Talbot, on the edge of the Swansea Bay, is home to one of the biggest steelworks in the world, which has recently had to battle for survival.

Local councillor Rob Jones said the “globally viewed, newly arrived piece of guerrilla art” made Port Talbot the perfect place to house a recently mooted Welsh modern art gallery.

“At least one world class contemporary artist appears to view the interesting mix of peaceful hillsides alongside striking urban and industrial landscapes as a piece of art in itself,” Jones said.

He added that when it came to pollution, Port Talbot was on a par with or cleaner than many other towns and cities, and that its transport connections were very good too.


“Ease of access could perhaps have been one of the many reasons Banksy may have chosen Port Talbot,” he said.

The graffiti artist is known for producing politically charged sketches on walls from New York to Paris and Gaza City.

In one of the artist’s most provocative stunts, a painting of “Girl with Balloon” shredded itself into pieces the moment it sold at auction for more than 1 million pounds ($1.3 million). The buyer went ahead with the purchase.]]>
12/23/2018 2:00:14 PM
<![CDATA[Rock and sausage roll: blogger dad's novelty song is UK Christmas no.1]]>
LadBaby, whose real name is Mark Hoyle, recorded his version of Starship’s 1985 hit “We Built This City” with his wife and two sons, changing the lyrics to pay tribute to the British snack, a puff pastry roll filled with sausage meat.

“Thank you everybody in the UK who has got a sausage roll to the top,” the 31-year-old said. “...I’m honestly speechless.”

LadBaby, who posts videos about his experience of fatherhood and won a “Celebrity Dad of the Year” award in June, has just under three million followers on Facebook and more than 470,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel.

The Official Charts Company said his single had clocked up 75,000 sales, 18,500 ahead of his closest rival.

Proceeds from the single’s sale go to UK foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust.

“We Built This City” pushed last week’s chart-topper, Grande’s “Thank U Next”, to no. 3 while Ava Max’s “Sweet but Psycho” song was at no. 2.]]>
12/23/2018 1:01:23 PM
<![CDATA[Prosecutors close Steven Seagal sex assault inquiry without charges]]>
The decision marked the second time this year the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office decided against charging Seagal with a crime in connection with an accusation of sexual assault from more than a decade in the past.

In the most recent case, a woman whose name has not been released by prosecutors reported to Los Angeles police that Seagal sexually assaulted her in 2002 when she was a minor, the District Attorney’s Office said in a document released on Friday.

Prosecutors said the investigation found insufficient corroborating evidence for a sexual assault allegation dating back that far in time.

“Therefore, the case is declined due to the expiration of the statute of limitations,” it said.

Prosecutors did not give details about the circumstances surrounding the alleged assault.

Seagal, 66, the star of 1990s action movies such as “Hard to Kill” and “Under Siege,” was made a Russian citizen by President Vladimir Putin in 2016 and this year was named by Moscow as a special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties.

A representative for Seagal could not be reached for comment.

Lisa Bloom, an attorney for the accuser, said in a statement on Friday that her client was 17 at the time of the alleged encounter.

Bloom faulted a statute of limitations requirement that she said “seems to presume that victims are lying, creating an unfairly high evidentiary standard not required in other criminal cases.”

In an earlier unrelated case, Los Angeles prosecutors declined in September to charge Seagal in connection with an accusation of sexual assault dating to 1993, citing the statute of limitations in that investigation as well.

With the closing of the latest investigation Los Angeles prosecutors are no longer reviewing any case involving Seagal, District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling said in an email.]]>
12/23/2018 12:57:43 PM
<![CDATA[Fierce competition in the 2019 Ramadan drama marathon ]]>
The stars worked together in the film “Mafia” 16 years ago, achieving great success.

During the next Ramadan drama marathon, Sakka will also participate in the TV series “Weld el-Ghalaba” (Son of the poor), written by Ayman Salama and directed by Mohammad Sami. The star will start filming at the end of Dec. 2018. Stars Karim Afifi, Mai Omar and Mohamed Mamdouh will also participate in the much-anticipated series.

Moreover, star Mostafa Shaaban will compete during the Ramadan drama marathon with the series “Beit Rady” (Rady’s Home) written by Mohamed Sayed Basher and directed by Ahmed Saleh. The star is currently undergoing preparations for his new Ramadan series. The rest of the cast is yet to be decided upon by the producing entity.

In the same context, actor Ahmad Fahmy will compete during the Ramadan drama marathon with a series written by Mostafa Saqr and directed by Ahmed Gendy. The series will be produced by Synergy Productions owned by famed producer Tamer Morsi. Actress Hana el-Zahed, Fahmy’s fiancée, will also participate in the series, their first drama cooperation.

Fahmy will also start filming his new film “El-Aref” Dec. 24, where the young actor will star alongside famed actor Ahmad Ezz. The film is written by Mohamad Sayed Basher.
Furthermore, star Mohamed Imam will compete in the Ramadan drama marathon in with his new series “Hogan”. The series is written by Mohamed Salah and directed by Sherine Adel. The series is also the production of Synergy Productions.

Imam is still on the look for a female actress for the series. Also, Imam is currently filming his new role in the movie “Les Baghdad” (Thief of Baghdad) directed by Ahmad Mousa. Stars Yasmeen Ra'ess and Fathy Abdel Wahab will also participate in the film.

Last but not least, famed actor Amir Karara will prepare for his role as Selim al-Ansari in the third part of the series “kalabsh” (Handcuffs). The star has started filming the new role recently. Karara will also participate in a new film named “Casablanca”, which he already started filming.]]>
12/22/2018 4:58:41 PM
<![CDATA[9 songs to warm you up in winter]]>
Here is a playlist of the most popular songs related to winter:

1.“El-Donia Bard” (It Is Cold)

“El Donia bard" is a unique song by Ahmed Mounib that was first released in 1984.


2.“Get Ya Sheta” (Winter Came)
Hamid el-Sha'eri's “Get ya sheta" (winter came) is written by Hassan al-Sayed and composed by Hamid el-Sha'eri.



3.“ Ice Cream Fe Glim” ( Ice Cream in Glim)

This is one of the immortal songs of the legend Amr Diab; it was released in 1992 and was famous among the youth. It is composed by Amr Diab and written by Medhat al-Adl.


4- “Habaytak Bil Sayf Habaytak Bil Shetti” (I Love You in Winter; I Love You in Summer)

Fayrouz's sad song is suitable for the gloomy weather of winter. It is written and composed by Rahbani brothers.



5.“Sheta” (Winter)
“Sheta” is a non- forgettable song that will get you in a cheerful mood. Once you listen to it, you will be totally relaxed and relieved. It was released in 1995 in Mounir's album “Momken”



6.“Lma al-Shita Yedu' al-Biban" (when winter begins)
Ali el-Haggar's splendid song is written by Ibrahim Abdel Fattah and composed by Ahmed el-Hagger.



7.“Awakher el-Sheta” ( Last Days of Winter)
Elissa's outstanding song is written by Nader Abdallah and composed by Tamer Ali.


8.“Qesset Shetta” ( A Winter`s Tale)
After a long period of absence, Donia Samir Ghanem is back to her audience with this astonishing song.



9.“Habibty wl Matar” ( My Beloved and the Rain)
This is a lyrical poem written by Nizar Qabbani and sung and composed by Kadim al-Sahir.

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12/22/2018 2:18:17 PM
<![CDATA[Arab super stars to shine in concerts on New Year’s Eve]]>
Egyptian singer Amr Diab and Lebanese singer Myriam Fares will stage a New Year’s concert at Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, Mohamed Hamaki and Elissa will perform a concert in Dubai.

Famed Egyptian singers Tamer Hosny and Sherine Abdel-Wahab will sing in Sharm El-Sheikh and at a hotel overlooking the Nile, respectively, while Mohamed Fouad will perform a concert with Hakim at a hotel in Heliopolis.

Furthermore, Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe and Hatem al-Iraqi are preparing to shimmer in Jordan, while Lebanese singer Wael Jassar will stir the night at a hotel on the Nile.

Furthermore, Ahlam is preparing to perform several New Year concerts, but the concerts’ schedule has not been set yet.

Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf will make a three-day tour in Canada, where he will perform concerts at Mississauga and Edmonton.

The veteran Egyptian singer Hany Shaker will perform on Monday, December 31 at one of the boats at Corniche El Zamalek. ]]>
12/22/2018 2:14:38 PM
<![CDATA['Bait EL Salayf'; 60 days of pointless wait]]>
Written by Adel Tawfik and directed by Mohamed Abdel Khaleq, the series got off to a promising start and by the 23rd episode the series was trending in Egypt, as people were intrigued by the plot that revolves around the Hindawi family led by their insane mother Farida, played quite convincingly by Poussy, whose main aim was to protect the family's inheritance by all means.

The title of the series is quite misleading, as there are no in laws living in the same house and they are not the focus of the drama plot, unless the title refers to Poussy and her sister in law who is also her number one enemy, but doesn't share the same house with her.

The series revolves around siblings whose problem stems from their mother's controlling nature and favouritism of her eldest son, Khalid, played by Hazem Sameer.

The mystery surrounding the Red Rose who blackmails and threatens the Hindawi family kept people watching to find out who this woman is and why she hates the family, but to wait 60 episodes without being given the answer is quite frustrating and makes us question the writer's intention.

Then again, the series is full of loop holes and questions that remained unanswered. The series ends without discovering any of the plots that kept the audience watching for two months and tolerating some really bad acting.

Although it started off well, by the 35th episode the scenes became ill structured with the plot going in four different directions and characters suddenly disappearing without an explanation.

Sadly, "Bait El-Salayf" failed to meet the audience's expectations and turned out to be a total flop; the only positive aspect came with the exceptional acting of both Ahmed Salah Hosni and Ahmed Essam, who were not only convincing but also made the audience feel connected to their characters in some way. This can't be said about the majority of the cast and one can’t help but wonder how a star like Poussy agreed to be part of such a poor production.
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12/22/2018 1:50:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Project band to perform on Dec.26]]>
The group will perform Sufi songs and recitals. They present a fusion of the Electroacoustic and oriental music.


The band's members are:

- Sayed Emam: vocals, percussions, dof
- Ragab Sadek: dof, sagat, rek, darbouka, dhola
- Salama Metwally: violin, rababa
- Jérôme Ettinger: arghul, computer, vocal, dof
- Anthony Bondu: drums
- Antoine Carrique: FOH engineer
- Karl Archambaud: light designer
- Vincent Louvet: monitor engineer
- Band Members
- Sayed Emam: vocals, percussions, kawala
- Ragab Sadek: dof, sagat, rek, darbouka, dhola
Salama Metwally: violin, rababa
- Jérôme Ettinger: arghul, computer, vocal, dof
- Anthony Bondu: drums
- Antoine Carrique: FOH engineer
- Karl Archambaud: light designer
- Vincent Louvet: monitor engineer

The Egyptian Project originates from Nantes (France) and Cairo. The group owns Six Degrees Record Label. They released their album "Ya Ama"” (Beauty) on Oct. 2012 in North America, and Mar. 2013 in France, via the group’s record label. The album featured a blend of the Egyptian melodies, rhythms and voices with European electronic beats and textures.

The group achieved success in previous hits such as “Mnen Agebak” (Can’t Find You), “Sofy”, “Sakani el-Gharam Kasan” (I am deep in Love) and others. The band also performed the introductory soundtrack for the TV series “Fok el-Sehab” (Above the Clouds) starring Hani Salama and directed by Raouf Abdel Aziz.
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12/22/2018 1:47:12 PM
<![CDATA[9 songs to warm you up in winter]]>
Here is a playlist of the most popular songs related to winter:

1. “El-Donia Bard” (It Is Cold)

“El Donia bard" is a unique song by Ahmed Mounib that was first released in 1984.


2. “Get Ya Sheta” (Winter Came)

Hamid el-Sha'eri's “Get ya sheta" (winter came) is written by Hassan al-Sayed and composed by Hamid el-Sha'eri.



3. “ Ice Cream Fe Glim” ( Ice Cream in Glim)

This is one of the immortal songs of the legend Amr Diab; it was released in 1992 and was famous among the youth. It is composed by Amr Diab and written by Medhat al-Adl.



4. “Habaytak Bil Sayf Habaytak Bil Shetti” (I Love You in Winter; I Love You in Summer)

Fayrouz's sad song is suitable for the gloomy weather of winter. It is written and composed by Rahbani brothers.

5. “Sheta” (Winter)
“Sheta” is a non- forgettable song that will get you in a cheerful mood. Once you listen to it, you will be totally relaxed and relieved. It was released in 1995 in Mounir's album “Momken”.



6. “Lma al-Shita Yedu' al-Biban" (when winter begins)

Ali el-Haggar's splendid song is written by Ibrahim Abdel Fattah and composed by Ahmed el-Hagger.



7. “Awakher el-Sheta” ( Last Days of Winter)

Elissa's outstanding song is written by Nader Abdallah and composed by Tamer Ali.


8. “Qesset Shetta” ( A Winter`s Tale)
After a long period of absence, Donia Samir Ghanem is back to her audience with this astonishing song.



9. “Habibty wl Matar” ( My Beloved and the Rain)

This is a lyrical poem written by Nizar Qabbani and sung and composed by Kadim al-Sahir.



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12/22/2018 11:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian film on Down Syndrome to participate in Meknes festival]]>
Morocco’s Meknes festival is set to take place from February 20 to 24, 2019.

Haitham Abdel Hamid, the documentary film’s director, said in a press statement that his film will take part in the official competition of the festival, which will be held this year under the theme “Cinema and Migration.”



He added that this would be the third international participation of the film after taking part in the 14th Kazan Muslim Film Festival in Russia, the 37th edition of the URTI festival in France. In addition, the film won the Martine Filippi Award.

“My Name is Nour” which is about 14 minutes long tells the story of a girl with Down syndrome, who was able to break all the barriers and rebel against the views of the community, Abdel Hamid explained, adding that Nour also managed to win six sport medals.]]>
12/21/2018 3:52:57 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Taher's 'Kohl w Habhan' to be released soon]]>
Taher uses taste and smell to talk about the different stages of an ordinary man's life. The novel focuses on a set of themes such as adolescence, love, alienation, loneliness, marriage, friendship, failure and success, where the protagonist believes that each feeling has a different smell and taste.

Moreover, the song "Astwat" is released to promote the upcoming novel. The song is written by Omar Taher, sung by Wael el-Fashny, and composed by Mahmoued Hussein Kamel.



Omar Taher is an Egyptian writer and journalist born in Sohag on July 23, 1975. He received a Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration from Helwan University in 1998.

Taher published several books, including "The Impact of the Prophet" and "Starch and Glucose".

Also, Taher published several poems including "coffee and chocolates" and wrote songs for many super stars, including Asala, Rami Sabry, Ahmed Adaweya, Souad Massy, Ahmed Saad and Mohamed Assaf.

Taher presented several radio programs, including "The Way to Abdeen" and presented several television programs including "Masry Asly".

Moreover, he wrote several plays including "Afarit" in addition to the well-known cartoon series "Super Henidy".

Taher won several awards including the Best Writer Award in 2015 in the Youth Magazine poll, and the Best Book Award 2015 in the Library and Readers' Survey.

He currently writes articles in Akhbar Al-Youm and Al-Ahram newspapers. Previously, he used to write a daily article in Al-Tahrir newspaper and has written articles in Al-Masry Al-Youm, Al-Ahram Al-Riyadi magazine, Al-Ayn newspaper, Ahna magazine and other publications.

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12/21/2018 3:14:53 PM
<![CDATA[Council of Culture to raise Naguib Mahfouz Prize's worth to LE 350K]]>
While honoring the winners of Egypt's State Awards, Abdel Dayem referred that the Supreme Council of Culture will take the necessary measures and set regulations for Naguib Mahfouz Prize in accordance with the laws regulating the international prizes and international standards of nomination.

In May, the Supreme Council declared that the prize’s worth increased to LE 50,000 for Arab and Egyptian novelists.

In 1999, Mauritanian novelist Moussa Ould Ebnou won the prize, which was worth LE 25,000, for his novel "The Impossible Love".

The Supreme Council awarded many novelists with the Naguib Mahfouz Prize for Novel until 1999.

Mahfouz was born on December 11, 1911, and passed away on August 30, 2006 at the age of 96. He is mainly known for being one of the first Arabic literature contemporary writers. Every day, Mahfouz would write for the duration of one hour during his 70-year career; he wrote 25 movie scripts, seven plays, 350 short stories and 34 novels. The Egyptian cinema presented over 30 movies that were based on Mahfouz’s novels and literary works.

In 1994, an Islamic extremist attempted to assassinate Mahfouz, who was 82 at the time, due to his controversial novel “Awlad Haretna” (The Children of Gebelawi). The novel spoke about God and the prophets, and creatively explained the philosophy of religion. This incident only directed attention to the novel, which was later deemed as one of the most famous novels in the history of Arabic literature.

The Egyptian government honored Mahfouz with the Egyptian State Prize twice for his literary works. While the American University in Cairo (AUC) awarded him with a doctorate in 1995; Mahfouz was chosen as an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Institute of Arts.]]>
12/21/2018 2:25:16 PM
<![CDATA[Fierce competition in the 2019 Ramadan drama marathon ]]>
The stars worked together in the film “Mafia” 16 years ago, achieving great success.
During the next Ramadan drama marathon, Sakka will also participate in the TV series “Weld el-Ghalaba” (Son of the poor), written by Ayman Salama and directed by Mohammad Sami.

The star will start filming at the end of Dec. 2018. Stars Karim Afifi, Mai Omar and Mohamed Mamdouh will also participate in the much-anticipated series.

Moreover, star Mostafa Shaaban will compete during the Ramadan drama marathon with the series “Beit Rady” (Rady’s Home) written by Mohamed Sayed Basher and directed by Ahmed Saleh.

The star is currently undergoing preparations for his new Ramadan series. The rest of the cast is yet to be decided upon by the producing entity.

In the same context, actor Ahmad Fahmy will compete during the Ramadan drama marathon with a series written by Mostafa Saqr and directed by Ahmed Gendy.

The series will be produced by Synergy Productions owned by famed producer Tamer Morsi. Actress Hana el-Zahed, Fahmy’s fiancée, will also participate in the series, their first drama cooperation.

Fahmy will also start filming his new film “El-Aref” Dec. 24, where the young actor will star alongside famed actor Ahmad Ezz. The film is written by Mohamad Sayed Basher.
Furthermore, star Mohamed Imam will compete in the Ramadan drama marathon in with his new series “Hogan”.

The series is written by Mohamed Salah and directed by Sherine Adel. The series is also the production of Synergy Productions.

Imam is still on the look for a female actress for the series. Also, Imam is currently filming his new role in the movie “Les Baghdad” (Thief of Baghdad) directed by Ahmad Mousa. Stars Yasmeen Ra'ess and Fathy Abdel Wahab will also participate in the film.

Last but not least, famed actor Amir Karara will prepare for his role as Selim al-Ansari in the third part of the series “kalabsh” (Handcuffs). The star has started filming the new role recently.

Karara will also participate in a new film named “Casablanca”, which he already started filming.


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12/21/2018 11:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Hurghada Museum to host over 1000 artifacts]]>CAIRO – 20 December 2018: Head of the Museums Department at the Ministry of Antiquities, Elham Salah el-Din, declared that works at the Hurghada Museum are proceeding, stressing that construction works will be completed within three months.

Salah el-Din also declared to Youm7 that the number of artifacts to be displayed in the museum will be no less than 1000 pieces in order to attract tourists to visit the museum. The head of the Museums Department at the Ministry of Antiquities also stated that this step will increase the overall revenues of the ministry.

Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mustafa Waziri, declared that the Museum of Hurghada will be launched in the second half of 2019, stressing that the partnership between the ministry and the investor in this museum is the first of its kind.

“The investor is Egyptian, not Arab as it was rumored,” exposed Waziri.

Hurghada
Hurghada - Wikipedia

Hurghada is a beach resort town stretching almost 40 km along Egypt’s Red Sea coast. It’s renowned for scuba diving, and has numerous dive shops and schools in its modern Sekalla district, where there are many restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Meanwhile, the old town, El-Dahar, is home to traditional Egyptian coffee shops and souks. Hurghada’s long stretch of sandy beach is lined with resort hotels.

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Hurghada - Wikipedia
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12/21/2018 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Pictures of much anticipated live-action “Aladdin” released]]>
The Egyptian-Canadian actor Mina Massoud plays the character of Aladdin, actress Naomi Scott plays Jasmine and world star Will Smith plays the role of Genie.

Disney announced that it is re-producing the famous film "Aladdin" in a live version, after the great success of the animated film released in 1992.

Have a look at the pictures below:

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Rising star Mena Masoud Facebook
Rising Star Mena Massoud - Twitter


Mina Massoud is an Egyptian-Canadian actor. In July 2017, he was cast to play Aladdin in Disney's live-action remake of "Aladdin". The rising actor has also worked in television; his roles include Jared Malik in the 2015 series “Open Heart” and Tarek Kassar in the Amazon series Tom Clancy's “Jack Ryan”.


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12/21/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Fouad celebrates his 57th birthday on Dec. 20]]>

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Mohamed Fouad - Twitter


The Egyptian star was among the first singers in the region to film video clips for his songs, portraying a short story in line with the songs' lyrics.

Fouad filmed his first television series "Agla Min Hayaty" (So precious) in 2010 and hosted the television show "Khush Ala Fo’sh" (Come to Fo’sh) in 2014.

His most famed movies were “Ghawi Hobb” (Addicted to love), “Ismailia Rayeh Gay” (Round trip to Ismailia) , “Amrica Shika Bika” (America Shika Bika), and “Howa Fi Eih?” (What is going on?)



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Mohamed Fouad - Facebook



Here are some of Fouad’s most popular songs:

“Fakrak Ya Nasini” (I remember you)

Mohammed Fouad - Fakrak Ya Nassiny (Music Video) | (محمد فؤاد - فاكرك يا ناسيني (فيديو كليب

محمد فؤاد - فاكرك يا ناسيني (فيديو كليب) 1996 من ألبوم "حيران" Mohammed Fouad - Fakrak Ya Nassiny (Music Video) 1996 إشترك في قناة Free Music لمشاهدة أحدث الأغاني حصرياً https://goo.gl/k2DJW7 كلمات الأغنية: فاكرك يا ناسينى.. بعدك على عينى الحب مسهرنى ..و الشوق بيكوينى إبعد بعيد عنى ..




“Ana Law Habibak” (If I were your lover)

Mohammad Fouad - Ana Law Habibak | محمد فؤاد - أنا لو حبيبك

https://www.facebook.com/EsmyConan -------------------------------- حقوق الإنتاج والتوزيع للشركة المنتجة






“Law” (If):

Mohammad Fouad - Law | محمد فؤاد - لو

https://www.facebook.com/EsmyConan -------------------------------- حقوق الإنتاج والتوزيع للشركة المنتجة




“Kamanana”:

Mohamed Fouad - Kamanana I محمد فؤاد - كامننا

محمد فؤاد - كامننا 1997 من ألبوم " كامننا " Mohamed Fouad - Kamanana 1997 إشترك في قناة Free Music لمشاهدة أحدث الأغاني حصرياً https://goo.gl/k2DJW7 كلمات الأغنية: كاتش كادر في الالولو .. كامننا , حب نادية وحب لولو .. كامننا كاتش كادر في الالولو .. كامننا , حب نادية وحب لولو ..




“El-hob el-hae’ee” (True Love):

Mohammed Fouad - El 7ob El 7a2i2i (Music Video) | (محمد فؤاد - الحب الحقيقي (فيديو كليب

محمد فؤاد - الحب الحقيقي (فيديو كليب) 1998 من ألبوم "الحب الحقيقي" Mohammed Fouad - El 7ob El 7a2i2i (Music Video) 1998 إشترك في قناة Free Music لمشاهدة أحدث الأغاني حصرياً https://goo.gl/k2DJW7 كلمات الأغنية: الحب الحقيقي ... بيعيش يا حبيبي بيعلمنا نسامح ... بينسينا امبارح بيعلمنا نفكر دايما ف أيامنا الي جاية لو نبعد ثواني ...




“Hairan” (Confused):

Mohamed Fouad - 7ayran | محمد فؤاد - حيران

محمد فؤاد - حيران 1996 من ألبوم "حـيـران" Mohamed Fouad - 7ayran 1996 إشترك في قناة Free Music لمشاهدة أحدث الأغاني حصرياً https://goo.gl/k2DJW7 كلمات الأغنية: حيران كده ليه ... متغير ليه حيران كده ليه ... متغير ليه ده أنا قلبى عليك مالك ما تقولى ... أيه غير أحوالك مالك ما تقولى ...




Umm Kulthum was known for her extraordinary vocal ability and style, as well as for being one of the greatest and most influential singers of the 20th century. She sold over 80 million records worldwide.

The late singer is considered a national icon in Egypt and has been dubbed as the voice of Egypt and Egypt's fourth pyramid. She is still one of the most revered singers in Egypt and the entire Arab world.

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12/19/2018 4:40:47 PM
<![CDATA['Music on Egypt’s Shore PII' to screen in Hanager Cinema Dec. 24]]>
The documentary film revolves around the history of music from the ancient Egyptian era until the modern time. The documentary’s second part will focus on music in Egypt’s numerous provinces.

The screening will also witness the honoring of veteran director Ali al-Ghazouli for his rich artistic contributions. The documentary is the production of the distinguished production department of the specialized Nile channels sector.

Watch the documentary’s first part below:

الفيلم الوثائقي موسيقي في بر مصر الجزء الاول الزمان

الفيلم الوثائقي موسيقي في بر مصرالجزء الاول الزمان



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12/19/2018 4:37:26 PM
<![CDATA[Ministry of Culture to protect late Hassan Kamy’s library]]>
Min of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem ET
Min. of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem - Egypt Today

A committee was established under the chairmanship of Hesham Azmi, head of the Egyptian National Library and Archives, to prepare a detailed report on the library's holdings.

In addition, the Public Prosecution of Qasr el-Nile will take the necessary legal measures to preserve the artifacts in the library and prevent any of the heirs or others to dispose of them in accordance with Article 3 of Law 8 of 2009 and its amendments.

The Central Department of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Culture was instructed to warn both the heirs and the library owner to prevent the disposal of the contents until after the work of the committee is completed.

The Ministry of Culture encourages all citizens to prevent the abuse of our national heritage by stopping any illegal activities that may harm the ancient contents.


HASSAN KAMY TENOR CAIRO OPERA

Hassan Kamy Tenor Cairo Opera singing Vesti la giubba



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12/19/2018 4:31:54 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Steps, Abdel Dayem spread music in Upper Egypt ]]>concert performed by the acclaimed Egyptian-German band Cairo Steps headed by famed Oud player Bassem Darwish, who will be accompanied by a group of German musicians and Egyptian singer Ali el Helbawy.

This concert comes as part of an initiative to spread art and music in Upper Egypt.

Darwish was born in Upper Egypt and moved to Germany 25 years ago. He presented the idea of this initiative to Egyptian Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem in the World Youth Forum, which was held in Sharm El-Sheikh in November.

Abdel Dayem praised the idea and decided to organize this concert in the Minya University Theatre.

"One of my dreams was to create a high-quality artistic activity in my homeland and to reach out to the largest segment of youth," Darwish said.

A notable group of Upper Egyptian journalists, writers and public figures will attend this concert in addition to Abdel Dayem. Minya suffered from extremist religious streams and the government started exerting real efforts for development and renewal of religious discourse in Upper Egypt after the June 30 revolution.

"After performing many concerts in Cairo, Alexandria and Damanhour for more than three years, I found that I have to return back to Upper Egypt and present a new kind of concerts there," Darwish recounted.

Abdel Dayem participated with Cairo Steps as a flute player in some of their concerts because of the unique blend of traditional and contemporary music the band presents.

"Muslim and Christian Egyptians were raised together to the principal of equality and brotherhood; we exercised all hobbies without discrimination and lived the best years of our lives together despite the emergence of extremist groups in the 1970s and 1980s and their attempts to besiege art activities in schools and universities," Darwish added.

"After many years of working abroad and learning about many other cultures, I believe that music unites people more than anything else; that is what I want to bring to my hometown, Minya," Darwish stressed.

Cairo Steps was established in 2002 by Darwish and German pianist and composer Matisse. The band achieved international fame under the leadership of pianist and Maestro Sebastian Müller due to his unique artistic style, which is based on mixing Egyptian oriental music with classical music, modern jazz and electronic sounds.

Muller has established a wide audience base through his concerts at the Egyptian Opera House since 2009 and has won the admiration of the audience and critics worldwide.

Cairo Steps pursues the vision of crossing cultural, political and religious borders and building bridges between different cultures.
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12/19/2018 3:24:47 PM
<![CDATA[Fadl Shaker to release new album 'Yalla ma’al Salama' ]]>
The album's songs are written by Mohamed Refae’e, composed by Walid Sa’ad and musically arranged by Ali Abaza and Mahmoud Ramzi. Mohamed Fadl also uploaded the poster of the new album on his official Twitter account.

Mohamed Shaker official Twitter
Mohamed Shakers' official twitter account

On Dec. 16, Mohamed Fadl uploaded a video of him with his father singing Fayrouz’s song “Rege’et el-Shetweya” (winter is back). Numerous fans on social media platforms interacted with the video and were pleased to see Fadl Shaker back after long years of hiatus.

Fadl Shaker is a famed Lebanese singer. During his musical career he was signed to Al-Khouyoul Records and from 2003 onwards the star signed with Rotana Records. In 2011, he declared his allegiance to Salafist sheikh Ahmed al-Assir renouncing music on religious grounds and retiring.




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12/18/2018 6:13:50 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Antiquities participates in Center for Papyrus and Inscriptions' conference]]>
The conference is titled "Medicine and Pharmacy in Egypt and the Near East from Ancient Times to the Early Islamic Era" and is organized by the center in cooperation with the Coptic Orthodox Cultural Center.

Amin commented that the theme of the current conference comes in line with Egypt's progressive steps in the field of health care, enhancing the value of medicine and pharmaceutical sciences.

Ancient-Egyptian-Papyrus - Wikipedia
Ancient Egyptian Papyrus - Wikipedia

Amin described the history of medicine and pharmacy in Egypt as a “long and great” history. The ancient Egyptian medicine includes many significant papyri that illustrate the distinction of the ancient Egyptian doctor in dealing with many diseases and in manufacturing medications.

As a specialized center in the ancient Egyptian text, the Center for Papyrus and Inscriptions plays a significant role in the field of scientific research locally and internationally, according to Amin.

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12/18/2018 5:50:08 PM
<![CDATA[World celebrates International Day of the Arabic Language ]]>
The General Assembly’s Resolution number 3190 was adopted on Dec. 18, 1973, and recommended that Arabic becomes an official language of the General Assembly and its subsidiaries, among the other five official languages recognized by the UN; English, French, Russian, Spanish and Chinese.

In October 2012, the UNESCO celebrated and organized the International Arabic Language Day for the first time. On Oct. 23, 2013, the UNESCO’s advisory committee for the international plan for the development of the Arab Culture decided to adopt the International Day of Arabic Language as a main element of its annual program.



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12/18/2018 3:55:29 PM
<![CDATA[Matrouh to be the first capital of Culture in Egypt]]>
Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Mustafa el-Fiki is the president of the 33rd edition that will run until Dec. 21. The 33rd edition of the Egyptian Literary Conference is named after the father of the Egyptian national economy; Talaat Harb.

This year's edition of the conference is entitled "The Cultural Product between the Freedom of Creativity and Economics of the Industry."

Several individuals will be honored in the 33rd edition, including Mohamed Hafez representing media officials, Ahmed Darwish representing critics, Hussain Saleh Khalaf Allah, Hatem Marie and others.

Matrouh was chosen to be the first capital of Egyptian culture after the minister of culture chose the governorate to host the Egyptian Literary Conference.
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12/18/2018 3:44:25 PM
<![CDATA[Metal or mariachi? Metalachi offers best of both music worlds]]>

Yet this is no ordinary metal concert. From under his silver sombrero, trumpeter El Cucuy then breaks into a mariachi melody, and Twisted Sister’s classic “We’re Not Gonna Take It” morphs into its Mexican folk equivalent - “No Toleraremos”.

This is Metalachi, the self-proclaimed first and only heavy metal mariachi band.

“I think we’ve transformed the music enough to say that we actually came up with our own genre,” El Cucuy (The Bogeyman)told Reuters backstage at a recent Los Angeles concert.

“There’s some people that consider either mariachi music or metal music almost like a religion ... Every once in a while you come across people like that, but most of the time, people love what we do,” he said.

Behind the flamboyant outfits and tongue in cheek stage names, the band keep their true identities cloaked in mystery. They hail from Los Angeles, may or may not be related to one another, and have been playing together in one configuration or another for about eight years.

Beyond that, they’re not giving much away.

All classically trained mariachi musicians, the band plays in a traditional five member set-up - vocals, guitar, violin, trumpet and acoustic bass guitar, known as a guitarron. What’s missing is the drum kit, which is usually the backbone of heavy metal music.

“The guitarron handles a lot of the bass drum parts,” said guitarist Paco Halen. “The guitar fills in a lot of the cymbal work and the toms, the snares.”

The usual lead guitar parts and solos fall to the electric violin of Kyla Vera, the only woman in the band. A self-described metalhead, she says metal fans have become converts to mariachi after seeing Metalachi play.


“Everyone seems to have a really good time. Even if they weren’t into one or other of the genres, most of the time this kind of bridges the gap for them,” she said.

Metalachi are currently on a U.S. tour in support of their third album, “Tres”. In 2019, they are taking their fusion sound to the high seas joining music fan cruises “Monsters of Rock” and “MegaCruise.”
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12/18/2018 11:34:31 AM
<![CDATA[Emily Blunt's terrifying moment as the new Mary Poppins]]>
More than 50 years after it first charmed audiences worldwide, Blunt stars in the sequel “Mary Poppins Returns” as the magical English nanny with a no-nonsense demeanor but a twinkle in the eye.

The Walt Disney Co movie, starting its global roll-out this week, is set 20 years after the musical fantasy that made Julie Andrews a star.

Despite new music, a new cast and new director Rob Marshall, “Mary Poppins Returns” pays homage to the original 1964 film, including the arrival of the singing nanny from the skies above London.

This time, however, Poppins floats down holding a battered kite rather than her parrot umbrella but with her signature carpet bag still in hand.

Blunt said she was “terrified” filming the scene while hoisted high up on a crane. “It’s very high. Rob (Marshall) wanted to do one shot where I start in the air and I come down and the cameras are here and I walk straight into my close-up.”

“We did about four takes and then I was like, ‘Rob - please say you have it now. Have you got it? Just say you have it’,” said the actress, best known for her roles in thriller “A Quiet Place” and comedy “The Devil Wears Prada.”

Like the original, “Mary Poppins Returns” features fantasy sequences, dance numbers, animated dancing penguins. There’s even a cameo for a tap-dancing Dick Van Dyke, 93, who played Bert, the cheery London chimney sweep, in the 1964 film.

However Andrews, 83, who won an Oscar for her performance as Mary Poppins, has placed herself outside the spotlight, with no role in the sequel and no appearances at red carpet events.

Blunt, 35, said Andrews has been supportive of her taking on the role.

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“I was very moved that she wanted this just to be my version of Mary Poppins and embraced as that, rather than her coming in at some point and being a distraction,” she said.

“I hear she’s just seen the film and loved it, so that means a lot to us,” Blunt added.

“Mary Poppins Returns,” which has been nominated for four Golden Globe awards, also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, British actors Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw, and Meryl Streep in a cameo role.




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12/18/2018 11:31:17 AM
<![CDATA[Hamed wins Best Director Award from Casablanca Festival]]>
"Turab al-Mass" is based on the novel of the same name by Ahmed Mourad. The plot revolves around Taha, who works for a pharmaceutical company and lives an extremely boring life with his disabled father.

Taha’s life is turned upside down after a mysterious murder reveals many secrets, dragging Taha into the world of crime and corruption.

Alongside Yassin, the cast includes Menna Shalaby, Maged el-Kidwany, Ezzat al-Alayly, Mohamed Mamdouh, Khaled al-Sawy and Sawsan Badr.

Hamed is an Egyptian filmmaker and director who was born in 1977 in Cairo. He graduated from the High Institute of Cinema in 1999, then started his 16-year career with the short movie “Lili” (2001), based on a short story by the veteran writer Youssef Idris.

In 2006, Hamed directed his first feature film “Omaret Yacoubian” (The Yacoubian Building) which brought together giants such as Adel Imam, Nour el-Sherif, Yousra, Khaled el-Sawy and Essad Younis.

“The Yacoubian Building” garnered several awards from important international film festivals. Following his first success, he directed “Ibrahim Al-Abyad” (2009), starring action hero Ahmed el-Sakka, “El Feel El Azraa” (The Blue Elephant) in 2014, starring heartthrob Egyptian star Karim Abdel Aziz, and finally “El Asleyeen” (The Originals) with Menna Shalaby and El-Sawy.

A film’s fame and success are usually attributed to its stars, but Marwan Hamed, a creative director with a unique style, is one of the very few who captured the heart of their admirers, so they wait eagerly for his next film. To his audience, he is the real star of the movie.

Hamed won many awards such as Best Director Award from Fantasporto Film Festival in Portugal on his movie “El Asleen” (The Originals) in February 2018.


America Abroad Media (AAM) honoured Hamed, celebrating his respectable career.

AAM honoured Hamed, at its sixth Annual Awards Dinner on Nov. 7 in Washington, D.C. This annual Media Award recognizes individuals whose work demonstrates a strong commitment to purpose driven content, and who appreciate the unique power of media as a catalyst in informing, inspiring and positively impacting society.

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12/17/2018 5:27:23 PM