<![CDATA[rss-Arts & Culture]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Arts & Culture]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Arab Music Institute presents unique songs from int'l cinema]]>
The concerts begin at 8 p.m. and will be held on the theater of the Arab Music Institute. The program includes a selection of the most famous musical compositions of international films, including “Nahr el-Qamar” (Moon river), “Shorouk wa Ghoroub” (Sunrise and Sunset), “Alaf el-Senin” (Thousands of years), “Endama Waqa’at fel Hob” (When I fell in love), “Ash’or Begamali” (I feel my beauty), “Ahebak Daeman” (I will always love you), among others.

The compositions will be performed by Ezzat Ghanem, Hisham el-Gendy, Hamami Amin, Ibrahim Nagy, Nisreen Roshdy, Ibrahim el-Din, Osama Ali, Laila Ibrahim, Iman Mostafa, Reda el- Wakil, Tahia Shams el-Din, among others.




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5/22/2019 4:56:32 PM
<![CDATA[Moushira Issa to perform in the Grand Theater on May 24]]>
Issa will perform with a group of promising talents from different schools and universities as well as with the students of the Academy of Arts.

Some of the participating students are Tala Fekri, Nour Arafa, Lana Samy, Tamara Tarazi, Mona Keshki, Adam Bin Laden, Hassan Al-Zorba, Tariq Attia, Sarah Bebars, Farida Mubarak, Heba Baybars, Maya Abu Ghali, Alia Attia and Khaled Saif el-Nasr.

The concert’s program includes a selection of classical compositions by the most prominent music composers, in addition to a collection of the most popular international musical compositions.

Issa graduated with honors from the Conservatoire - The Higher Institute for Music- and achieved the Diploma of Piano Performance Art from Vienna, Austria in 1984. She received her doctorate in music in 1987.

The prominent musician has participated in many international festivals, including the Cervantes International Festival in Mexico and Sofia International Music Weeks Festival (Italy).

Issa has won numerous awards and certificates of appreciation from Egypt and abroad including the first prize of the Association of Music for Youth in Cairo in 1971 and the Stephanov Prize in Vienna in 1982, among others.

The famed pianist presented many distinct concerts in Egypt and abroad, in addition to her participation in the opening ceremony of the Egyptian Opera House in 1988. The prominent musician is currently a professor at the Conservatoire Institute in Cairo.


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5/22/2019 4:51:23 PM
<![CDATA[New York Radio grants Emad Hamdi Best Music Award]]>
The decision was made based on the jury’s report. The jury is made up of critics and musicians from around the world.

Musician Emad Hamdi has won numerous international awards, titles and honors during his musical career. Hamdi was dubbed the “No. 1 musician in Egypt and the Middle East” in Japan and was chosen as the region’s representative.

Prominent guitarist Emad Hamdi graduated from the Royal British Academy of Music while his musical repertoire came from the Egyptian Opera House to the world.

Hamdy has earned an impressive reputation internationally as a classical guitarist. The music press has included him in the Pantheon of the world's best guitarist. Anyone who has attended one of his uncountable concerts will easily agree with this appraisal.

The world-class musician achieved something a few people accomplish in our day; The perfect harmony of expertise, musicality and perception. This prominent guitarist is often heard performing Chamber works, Recitals and Orchestral works.

Hamdy is the first guitarist in Egypt who ever played guitar concerto with Cairo Symphony Orchestra in 1988. The world-famous musician created and mastered countless unique classical chamber ensembles for the first time in Egypt, including guitar duos with violin, flute, cello, soprano and piano.

Furthermore, Hamdy offers startling repertoires of original arrangements of several classical works as well as Spanish dances, Argentine tangos and Latin-American folk songs.

rumba flamenca by Best guitarist (Dr. emad hamdy)

rumba by dr. emad hamdy Egyptian guitarist




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5/22/2019 3:44:16 PM
<![CDATA[Summary of 1st half of Ramadan series ]]>
Several series broadcast during Ramadan adopted the appearance of the hero at the beginning of the story as a person unable to confront individuals or fate.

However, the second half of the series is expected to undergo major shifts for these heroes, eventually being able to fight back, confront their oppressors and retrieve their stolen rights.
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"Zilzal" (Earthquake)

Mega star Mohamed Ramadan in his Ramadan series “Zilzal” (Earthquake) is a great example of what is previously mentioned, where Mohamed Harbi -Mohamed Ramadan- was exposed during the last 15 episodes to injustice by Khalil el-Sawah -Maged el-Masry, who forcibly took the land of Mohammed Harbi's house after its collapse in the earthquake that struck Egypt in the 90’s. Sawah also prevented Harby from getting involved in a relationship with Amal -Hanadi Mehana- despite the love story between them. Harbi was imprisoned and eventually forced to leave the village where he was born and raised.
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"Abou Gabal"

The same could be said about Mostafa Shaaban in his new series “Abou Gabal”, as he appeared as a peaceful man who faces numerous obstacles and gets betrayed by the closest people to him. At the beginning of the story Abou Gabal lost his sons, his house was burglarized and set on fire, and he had to sell the company to give his siblings their share. His third and only son was kidnapped by his cousin’s wife. Abou Gabal was certainly portrayed as a good, simple man who became extremely oppressed and hurt by the closest people to him. Will he be able to retaliate? This is what the upcoming episodes promise to unfold.

"Hekayti" (My story)

In her first leading role, Yasmine Sabry played the role of Dalida, a tender sweet girl that faced all colors of oppression at the hands of her family members after the death of her mother. Her brother opposes the idea of her pursuing an education and getting a job. Her father forces her to marry her cousin. Dalida finally decides to run away to Alexandria where she meets -Wafaa Amer, a woman who owns an atelier and offers Dalida to work for her as a maid. Dalida faces new types of oppression from Wafaa Amer, before she finally meets Ahmed Salah Hosny, the man who seems like he will completely change her life to the better.
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"Lams Aktaf"

Super star Yasser Galal did not appear as an oppressed man in the previous episodes of his series “Lams Aktaf”. However, Galal was guilty of a murder he did not commit and was imprisoned. He eventually managed to escape the grasp of the police forces and became a fugitive. Will he manage to stay free for long? The next episodes of “Lams Aktaf” will certainly hold a lot of surprises.




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5/22/2019 1:01:49 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Film Festival hosts 'Arab stars of Tomorrow' initiative]]>
The initiative aims to celebrate Arab talents, shed light on the most prominent actors, directors, writers and filmmakers and help them shine in the international filmmaking industry.

The next edition of the initiative is the third. The two previous editions shed light on ten emerging talents from the region, including Moroccan director Aladdin al-Gem whose first film "The Unknown Saint" is participating in the International Critics Week competition at the current Cannes Festival.

Participants in previous editions of "Arab Stars of Tomorrow" also include directors Mounia Akl (Lebanon), Amgad al-Rasheed (Jordan) and Ayman al-Shatri (Iraq), all whom are currently preparing to shoot their first feature film.

Moreover, the initiative included Egyptian acting talent Ahmed Malek (Sheikh Jackson), Syrian talent Samer Ismail, Palestinian Maria Zureik and Tunisian Mariam al-Farajani, the heroine of the film “Ala Kaf Afreet”.

Screen International Middle East's correspondent Melanie Godfilo will select emerging talents from the region in the coming months to prepare the final list, which will be announced during Cairo International Film Festival set to take place on Nov. 20 - 29.

“We are thrilled to have Screen International’s Arab Stars of Tomorrow program in Cairo. Since its inception in 1976, the festival has provided a platform for presenting Arab talents in directing and acting, many of whom have achieved international success and fame,” said Mohamed Hefzy, president of the Cairo International Film Festival.

“The region is rich with talented, motivated and committed filmmakers. This partnership represents a great opportunity to raise the profile of the regional film industry on the international stage,” continued Hefzy.

“We are very excited to showcase the new achievements and talents coming from the region in collaboration with Screen International,” concluded the festival’s president.

“We are delighted to bring tomorrow's Arab stars to the Cairo Festival, which is very important in the region and the main supporter of Arab talents. Arab Stars of Tomorrow is proudly an initiative of Screen International Magazine. As the Arab cinema industry continues to grow and thrive, Screen International is thrilled to present Arab talents and filmmakers to the international filmmaking industry,” said Editor-in-Chief of Screen International Magazine.

Screen International launched the Stars of Tomorrow initiative in the UK 16 years ago, creating a long record of stars, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Emily Blunt and James McAvoy during the initiative’s first edition in 2004. Screen International is a film magazine shedding light on the international film business. It is published by Media Business Insight, a British media company. The magazine is primarily aimed at those involved in the global filmmaking business.
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5/21/2019 5:18:38 PM
<![CDATA['Abou Gabal' 15th episode: Hassan locates Ersa]]>
Hassan Abu Jabal -Mostafa Shaaban- discovers a new thread that leads him to doubt Ersa, one of the workers in his cousin Ahmed Habashi's workshop.

While policemen fail to locate Ersa, Mostafa Shaaban succeeds with the help of the leader of his neighborhood.

All fingers started pointing at Ersa after Mostafa Shaaban remembered that he gave Ersa his car keys to park his car.

In the same episode, Hassan Ali giveshis brothers their share from the company's profit and Saad decides to ignore his wife Ruby after he gets his money.

Saad and Rizk decide to start a company and ask Intesar to join them. She agrees on one condition, not to touch the share of her late husband Ghaly.

“Abou Gabal” is starring Mostafa Shaaban, Naglaa Badr, Mohamed Diab, Mohamed Ali Rizk and Aisha ben Ahmed and is written by Mohamed Sayed Bashir. The screenplay is directed by Ahmed Saleh and is the production of Synergy.]]>
5/21/2019 5:06:19 PM
<![CDATA[Vision Forum for Youth Cinemato kick off May 25]]>
The forum’s competition includes 23 documentaries and short films. The jury of the third edition of the forum consists of actress Salwa Mohamed Ali, director Mahmoud Suleiman and Walid Seif.

The forum’s events will take place from May 25 to 27 and will beheld at the Hanager Center for Arts. The shows kick off at 9 p.m. throughout the forum’s days.]]>
5/21/2019 5:04:00 PM
<![CDATA['Game of Thrones' scores record TV audience, leaves fans sad, mad]]>
HBO, a unit of AT&T’s Warner Media, said Sunday’s 19.3 million live television audience and viewers on its HBO GO and HBO NOW apps exceeded the previous high for the fantasy - 18.4 million, for the penultimate episode a week ago.

The finale was also the most-watched single telecast ever on HBO, surpassing the previous record set by crime drama “The Sopranos” in 2002, HBO said.

“Game of Thrones” is available in over 150 countries worldwide, but HBO said viewing data is not easily retrieved in many of those markets, making a global figure impossible to calculate.

Mixed reviews, a stray water bottle and pleas for a spinoff for feisty teen assassin Arya Stark marked the end of “Game of Thrones,” which ended with a final twist over who would rule Westeros.

The finale proved as divisive as Season 8 itself, with the hard fought Iron Throne melted down and the saga ending in what some called an anti-climax.

But British actor Isaac Hempstead Wright said on Monday he was thrilled at how the show had transformed his character, Bran Stark, from a 10 year-old boy in a wheelchair to the man finally chosen as king.

“Bran becoming king is a victory for the still and considered people of this world, who too often get sidelined by the commotion of those who are louder and more reactionary,” Hempstead Wright, 20, wrote in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter.

USA Today’s Kelly Lawler called the finale “a disaster ending that fans didn’t deserve,” adding that it was “hacky; it was cliched.”

Britain’s Radio Times was kinder, with blogger Huw Fullerton writing there were “some bits I liked, one or two I loved, an awful lot that leaves me scratching my head. But I will say, it ended better than I expected given the last two episodes.”

Over 1.2 million fans worldwide had signed a Change.org petition by Monday, criticizing Season 8 and calling for a remake.

Television series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were silent on Monday. The executive producers had said they planned to go offline when the finale aired.

“We’ll be in an undisclosed location, turning off our phones and opening various bottles,” Weiss told Entertainment Weekly earlier this year.

Many fans were more upset about the series coming to an end after eight seasons.

“I thought it would be more of a dramatic ending,” healthcare worker Christine Lethune told Reuters at a viewing party in New York. “I’m mad, I’m mad that this is the last episode. I wish that there was more after this.”

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Fans spotted another modern prop that made its way on camera - a plastic water bottle seen partly hidden behind the boot of character Samwell Tarly. The sighting followed dismay and jokes over the sighting of a stray paper coffee cup glimpsed during episode 4, aired two weeks ago.

HBO last year ordered a prequel, co-written by George R.R. Martin, the author of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” book saga on which the series is based. It will be set thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones.”

On Monday, many fans wanted a sequel based around Arya Stark (played by Maisie Williams), who is last seen aboard a ship to explore lands unknown.

“Arya was the only good part of Season 8. Give us the spinoff,” tweeted Riley McAtee, an associate editor at sports and pop culture website The Ringer.com.



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5/21/2019 2:08:47 PM
<![CDATA['Khalek Motafael'to be performed after Eid]]>
The play is set to be performed after Eid el-Fitr. It is inspired by Voltaire’s Novel “Candide”.

Director of the play Islam Imam stated that the play is based on a novel by Voltaire which dates back to the 18thcentury. The play has been presented several times worldwide in the form of an operetta.

The novel revolves around a person who combats all the problems and diseases in his society by optimism.

The play is starring Sameh Hussein, Sami Maghawari, Sahar el-Sayeghand Ashraf Abdul Ghafour, in addition to a few members of the National Theater Group."KhalekMotafael" is directed by Islam Imam.

François-Marie Arouet, AKA Voltaire, was a French enlightenment writer. Voltaire was also a historian and a philosopher known for his wit, criticism of the Roman Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the separation of church and the state.



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5/21/2019 11:34:35 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-Italian Fabio Abraham competes in Casablanca Festival with 2 films]]>
Through his participation, Abraham aims to compete for the Best Film and Best Actor awards during Casablanca Festival.

Abraham stated to MENA that he received an official invitation from the management of Casablanca International Film Festival for short films and documentaries to participate in the festival's events that will be held from July 23 to 27.

He further noted that he was honored at the tenth edition of the Casablanca International Film Festival in 2015 for being considered as a successful Arab representative abroad. Abraham thanked the president of the festival and the members of jury.

Also, the Egyptian-Italian actor explained that he completed filming four short films in London, pointing out that he received several offers from a number of iconic directors in London to participate in new films and TV series.

The latest film in which Abraham participated was “Aladdin”. He performed a voice over of all the Arab characters participating in the film.

It is noteworthy that Abraham immigrated in 2002. The star faced numerous difficulties with cinema and television in England at the beginning of his acting career.

However, in 2015, Abraham was labeled the “Actor of the year” by Joe Bol Exquisite magazine. The actor was also honored at Casablanca International Documentary Film Festival with Mostafa Shaaban and Wafaa el-Hakim.



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5/20/2019 3:14:23 PM
<![CDATA[Dina el-Wedidi to perform in Cairo Opera House on May 21]]>
Wedidi will perform a blend of music that mixes traditional and heritage tunes such as “Sera el-Helaliya” with folklore singing and contemporary music.

Dina el-Wedidi is a young singer who performs in a distinguishable way. She had her singing debut in 2008 with "Warsha” band (Workshop). The rising singer founded her own band in 2011.

Wedidi presented several performances with a group of distinguished musicians including Fathy Salama, Masar Egbar (Forced way) band, Hany Adel and others.

The singer held several concerts in various cultural places in Egypt and succeeded in achieving a fan base that appreciates the genre of music she offers.

Wedidi is also a guitarist, daf player, actress, composer and a storyteller.
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5/20/2019 3:00:09 PM
<![CDATA[Selim el-Ansari saves Arab petroleum ministers from assassination]]>
However, six young Mujaheddin were able to enter the hotel in a sporty outfit acting like they want to use the hotel's swimming pool and gym. In fact, the men were affiliated to one of the terrorist organizations that planned the assassination of the Arab ministers.

The terrorist group also planned to record a video and broadcast it on the internet. The video would require each Arab minister to give a word about dispersing gas turbines in order to protect corrupt regimes.

Selim el-Ansari (Amir Karara) sensed danger and told Sameeh (Mohamed Ali Rizk) to keep an eye on those men- the mujahedeen. As Sameeh watched the group of men he saw them enter a room in the hotel’s ground floor. Ansari rushed into the room finding them getting ready to blow up the hotel. He killed them all on the spot.

During the course of the episode, two young mujaheddin infiltrated the meeting hall from a secret corridor. They were able to enter the meeting hall where the ministers convened and terrorized them. One of the terrorists wore an explosive belt and threatened to blow up the place if security forces entered. The two terrorists demanded the release of other terrorists held in the Egyptian prisons and made a list with their names.

Salim el-Ansari, Major General Galal Khattab and Abdullah - the Kuwaiti star Mohammed al-Haddad- discussed the matter together and decided to reach the terrorists and enter the meeting room through the same corridor the terrorists used. Selim el-Ansari and his colleagues managed to carry out the risky plan and managed to shoot the terrorists dead.

"Kalabsh P III" (Handcuffs P III) is written by Baher Deweidar and directed by Peter Mimi. It is the production of Synergy. The series is broadcast on ON E during the month of Ramadan. The series is starring Amir Karara, Ahmed Abdel Aziz, Hisham Selim, Yousra el-Lozy, Hala Fakher, Ahmed el-Awady, Omar el-Shenawy, Islam Gamal, Amira el-Aidi, Ahmed Imam, Mohamed Ali Rizk, among others.






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5/20/2019 2:30:57 PM
<![CDATA[Game of Thrones reaches its end, with one or two shocks left]]>
The last episode of the medieval fantasy based on the novels of George R.R. Martin ran roughly an hour and 20 minutes to conclude the storyline of more than a dozen characters and intertwining plots.

The fierce competition for the fictional Iron Throne - the seat for the show’s ruler, made of hundreds of swords - ended with a death and an unexpected choice to rule the fictional kingdom of Westeros.

The series had become the cornerstone of HBO’s primetime offerings, but its final season was also its most divisive, with both fans and critics finding specific plot twists, particularly the handling of one primary character, troubling.

HBO says the record-breaking final season drew 43 million viewers on average for each episode in the United States alone, an increase of 10 million over Season 7 in 2017.

Most notable in fans’ criticism was the malevolent turn by Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen, the “Dragon Queen,” who used her dragon to lay waste to the show’s fictional capital after her enemies had surrendered.

The move angered fans, as the episode, titled “The Bells,” now garners the weakest ratings of all episodes in the eight-season run on Rottentomatoes.com, which aggregates critics’ reviews.

Brutal acts by Clarke’s character in previous seasons were similar to those of other leaders, but many viewers saw the decision to kill tens of thousands of innocent people as too drastic, based on her previous actions.

The final episode features her death at the hands of Jon Snow, her lover (and nephew, among numerous incestuous relationships portrayed), played by Kit Harington, who kills her, fearing her tyranny merely mirrors that of predecessors.

Her last living dragon then burns the Iron Throne, melting it down with his fiery breath.

Without a ruler, numerous members of the show’s noble houses eventually make an unexpected choice of king, settling on Brandon Stark, played by Isaac Hempstead Wright.

In the premiere episode in 2011, Brandon was pushed from a high tower, crippling him, but awakening mystical powers that eventually allowed him to see the past and the future.

Some critics viewed the Sunday episode’s choice as odd, since Stark’s abilities implied he foresaw the events, including the deaths of thousands, that would leave him ruler.

“He’s got the whole history of Westeros stockpiled in his head, so how is he going to be able to concentrate on running a kingdom?” wrote Rebecca Patton on Bustle.com.

From its ragged beginnings - its original pilot was never aired, instead undergoing substantial re-shoots and recasting of several characters - the series became a cultural phenomenon.

Its budgets grew, with the last season’s cost running as high as $15 million per episode, Variety says. It also won numerous primetime television Emmy Awards, including three for “Best Drama.”

It became known for unexpected, nerve-wracking moments, including the first season’s death of Eddard Stark, the nobleman played by Sean Bean, highlighted in a marketing campaign, and Season 3’s “Red Wedding,” a massacre in fictional wars that author Martin based on medieval Scottish history.

HBO, owned by AT&T’s WarnerMedia, is already planning a prequel series, set thousands of years earlier, while creators Dan Weiss and David Benioff are scheduled to make the next series of “Star Wars” films.]]>
5/20/2019 12:35:45 PM
<![CDATA[Check out Eid el Fitr Movies: 'El Kenz P II', 'El Mammar']]>CAIRO - 19 May 2019: “El Kenz P II” (The treasure) resumes from the conclusion of the first part which portrayed tales of Hatshepsut during the Pharaonic era and Ali al-Zaibaq during the Ottoman era.

“El Kenz” part one grossed LE 19 million ($1.1 million) after an 80-day stint in Egyptian cinemas.The storyline spans over the Pharaonic, Abbasid, Ottoman and modern day periods, ending in the 1970s. The movie revolves around corruption and mixing religion with politics; it portrays religious figures using their authority as a means of gaining political power.

Veteran Egyptian director, Sherif Arafa, is one of the most important figures in Egyptian cinema, known for his captivating stories and high quality film making. The movie boasts a dazzling cast of Egyptian superstars and actors such as Mohamed Ramadan, Amina Khalil, Sawsan Badr, Mohy Ismail, Mohamed Saad, Hend Sabry, and Ahmed Rezk.

The second part of the film also portrays Beshr el-Katatny’s (head of State Security Investigations Service) struggles in romance and work. Katatny tries to lead his son Hassan to find the treasure. “El Kenz P II” is directed by Abdel Rahim Kamal and Sherif Arafa. The film is starring Mohamed Ramadan, Mohamed Saad, Hend Sabry, Amina Khalil, Rubi, and Ahmed Rizk.



"El Mammar" (The Passage)

The film revolves around the heroic Egyptian Commandos during the war of attrition, headed by the leader of Group 39 martyr Ibrahim al-Rifai. The film discusses the time period from the 1967 war to the early times of the war of attrition. “El Mammar” is directed by Sherif Arafa and written by Sherif Arafa and Amir Teima. The film is starring Ahmed Ezz, Amir Karara, Hend Sabry, Ahmed Rizk, Asma Abul Yazid, Eyad Nassar, Sherif Mounir, Mohamed Farag, Ahmed Falawkas, Inaam Salousa, among others.

Also, veteran musician Omar Khairat began composing the movie’s soundtrack, which illustrates one of the most heroic battles ever fought by Egyptian soldiers. “El Mammar” (The passage) is a massive production and is expected to be released during the Muslim celebrations of Eid el-Fitr.

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5/19/2019 3:59:16 PM
<![CDATA['Blue Elephant P II' to be released in summer ]]>
Actor Karim Abdel Aziz uploaded a picture uniting him with the film’s cast, commenting: “Last day of filming the 'Blue Elephant P II'... Summer 2019.” The "Blue Elephant P II" brings together a large number of stars and guests of honor, including Zafer Abdeen, Eyad Nassar, Asma Sherif Mounir, among others. The film is also an investment for the success of the first part, which achieved great revenues at the time of its release in 2014.

The second part of the "Blue Elephant" features the same cast of the first part, led by director Marwan Hamid and author Ahmed Murad. The film is starring Karim Abdel Aziz and Nelly Karim. Tunisian actress Hend Sabry also joins the cast. Jordanian star Eyad Nassar participates as a guest of honor playing a significant role.

The first part of the film tells the story of Dr. Yehya, who returns after 5 years of elective isolation to work at Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital in the section that observes the mental health of criminals. Yehya -Karim Abde Aziz- ends up meeting an old friend who carries a very dark past which he tries hard to forget. Yehya encounters numerous surprises that turn his life over, changing his efforts to find the truth about his friend into a journey of discovering himself.


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5/19/2019 3:55:25 PM
<![CDATA['Hekayti': Will Farida retaliate against Dalida's actions?]]>th episode of “Hekayti” (My story) started with the insistence of Farida (Wafaa Amer), the owner of the tailor shop where Dalida (Yasmine Sabry) works to steal Dalida’s designs.

Farida then participates in a fashion festival using Dalida’s designs to receive the first prize. The events escalate when Dalida snatches the microphone from Farida to announce that she had stolen her designs and that she does not deserve the award.

By the end of the episode, Farida calls Dalida and tells her that she is no longer mad at her and wants her to come back to the atelier and continue working for her.

Meanwhile, Farida calls Adham (Ahmed Hatem) to get rid of Dalida as a way of retaliation.

What is going to happen to Dalida? Will Farida harm her? What will Adham do to her? Stay tuned for the 14th episode to find out!

“Hekayti” is broadcast on CBC, ON E and DMC during the holy month of Ramadan.

The screenplay stars Yasmine Sabry, Wafaa Amer, Ahmed Hatem, Ahmed Salah Hosny, Ahmed Bedeir, Edward, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Nahed Roshdy, Islam Gamal, Hanadi Mihanna, Ahmed Gamal Said, Tamer Shaltout, Ahmed Halawa, Nehal Anbar, Sara el-Tunsy, Donia el-Masry, among others.

The series is written by Mohamed Abdel Moty, directed by Ahmed Samir Farag and produced by Synergy.]]>
5/19/2019 2:53:18 PM
<![CDATA[Rawda Abdullah to perform in Cairo Opera House on May 20]]>
Abdullah explained that the musical project combines new musical productions with Tunisian music heritage. The performance is a continuation of the show "Secrets" (Asrar) that was presented in 2014 and won the Best Tunisian Music Award at the third edition of Carthage Musical Days Festival. The Tunisian singer further added that the show was the result of a workshop that brought her together with Mona Shaturu. In the workshop, they both tried to determine the artistic features of the show and create a musical direction that distinguishes it from the prevailing concerts through presenting songs that translate their concerns and thoughts.

Rawda stated that the musical performance is inspired by African tones and rhythms. She added that she drew the project's vocabulary, poetic expressions and ideas from childhood memories and life adventures and worked to create songs with modern music arrangement that addresses youth, allowing them to interact with the music and lyrics.

Rawda’s band includes musicians with high expertise and mastery of numerous instruments who are open to different cultures, musical styles and dialects. The band includes Salim Arjoun (Pianist), Mona Shaturu (Oud), Hamad bin Salha and Marwan Sultana. This musical group seeks to present distinguished musical colors originating from the heart of Tunisian and North African cultures.





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5/19/2019 1:57:33 PM
<![CDATA[Google doodle honors Omar Khayyam]]>
His full name was Ghiyath al-Din Abu'l-Fath Umar ibn Ibrahim Al-Nisaburi al-Khayyami. He studied philosophy at Naishapur.

Khayyam considered the problem of finding a right triangle having the property that the hypotenuse equals the sum of one leg plus the altitude on the hypotenuse.

This problem made Khayyam to succeed in solving the cubic equation x3 + 200x = 20x2 + 2000 and he found a positive root of this cubic by considering the intersection of a rectangular hyperbola and a circle.

An approximate numerical solution was then found by interpolation in trigonometric tables. Khayyam states that the solution of this cubic needs the use of conic sections and that it cannot be solved by ruler and compass methods, a result which would not be proved for another 750 years.

Khayam transferred to Samarkand in Uzbekistan in 1070, one of the oldest cities of Central Asia. Khayyam was much backed by jurist of Samarkand, and this allowed him to write his most famous algebra work, ‘’Treatise on Demonstration of Problems of Algebra.’’

The book housed a complete classification of cubic equations with geometric solutions found by means of intersecting conic sections.

In fact, Khayyam gives an interesting historical account in which he claims the contributions by earlier writers such as Al-Mahani and Al-Khazin were to translate geometric problems of the Greeks into algebraic equations, something which was essentially impossible before the work of Al-Khwarizmi.

However, Khayyam himself seems to have been the first to conceive a general theory of cubic equations.

Another achievement in the algebra text is Khayyam's realisation that a cubic equation can have more than one solution.

He demonstrated the existence of equations having two solutions, but unfortunately he does not appear to have found that a cubic can have three solutions.

Also in his algebra book, Khayyam refers to another work of his which is now lost. In the lost work, Khayyam discusses the Pascal triangle but he was not the first to do so since al-Karaji discussed the Pascal triangle before this date. In fact we can be fairly sure that Khayyam used a method of finding nth roots based on the binomial expansion, and therefore on the binomial coefficients.

Khayyam is best known as a result of Edward Fitzgerald's popular translation in 1859 of nearly 600 short four line poems the Rubaiyat.

Khayyam's brilliance as a poet has caused some to forget his scientific inventions which were much more important. The best known of his poems is the following:

The Moving Finger writes, and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.





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5/18/2019 2:43:21 PM
<![CDATA[‘Zelzal’, ‘Hekayty’, ‘Hogan’ are on the top of YouTube]]>1- ‘’Zelzal’’
Achieved the highest viewership on youtube. For the first time DMC channels managed to translate ‘’Zelzal’’ ( Earthquake) series using sign language to be easy for deaf and dumb people to follow the series.

This step comes because of DMC willingness to support people with special needs, in an attempt to engage deaf and dumb with Egyptian drama. ‘’ Zelzal’’ is the first but not the last for DMC as it will repeat this experience with other series in the coming period.


The series, starring megastar Mohamed Ramadan, Hala Shiha, Hanady Mehana, Maged el Masry Ahmed Seyam, Nesrine Amin, Youssef Osman, among others. Shiha is returning back to acting after a long hiatus of 12 years.

In "Zelzal", Ramadan performs the role of both the father and son, an experience he previously succeeded in, in the series “Nesr El Saeed” which gained great success in Ramadan 2018.

The events of the series take place in 1992 when a devastating earthquake struck Egypt. A man buys a house in instalments and the last instalment is due; the owner of the house demands that the house be registered in his name and his ownership is renounced.

The seller decides to wait and prolongs the process until the devastating earthquake strikes. The buyer dies and the house collapses post the destructive force of the earthquake.

The seller then refuses to hand over the piece of land on which the house was built to the heirs of the deceased, creating a clash between him and the son of the deceased.

Despite the fact that there is a love story between the daughter of the seller and the son of the deceased, the girl's father stands between them.

The series is directed by Yasser Samy and written by Abdul Rahim Kamal. “Zelzal” is the production of Synergy.

2- ‘’Hogan’’
‘’Hogan’’ series claimed the second rank on Youtube. Hogan series revolves around a young man nicknamed "Hogan" as he has supernatural capabilities. The young man pulls cars, pins metal coins with his fingers and mouth, and happily eats glass without getting hurt.

Hogan becomes famous and rich after being a man who lives in a shabby neighbourhood.


The series is written by Mohamed Salah el-Azab and directed by Sherine Adel.


The series stars popular star Mohamed Imam, Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Omar Mustafa Metwali, Asmaa Abul Yazeed, and Abeer Sabry, among others. The series is the production of Synergy.

3- ‘’Hekayty’’

The third rank on Youtube goes to ‘’Hekayty’’ series. Yasmine Sabry plays her first leading role in the series “Hekayty”. Wafaa Amer, Edward, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Ahmed Hatem, Ahmad Bedair, Maha Abu Auf, Islam Gamal, Ahmed Gamal Said, Dunia el-Masry, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Mustafa Darwish will be starring alongside Sabry.

The series is a social drama written by Mohamed Abdel Moty and directed by Ahmed Samir Farag. The social drama revolves around the success journey of a girl who starts with nothing but acquire a lot of ambitions and dreams. The determined girl eventually reaches her dreams by overcoming numerous obstacles.

“Hekayty” series is the production of Synergy. Artistic critics in Egypt anticipate the series will achieve great success.

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5/18/2019 1:38:12 PM
<![CDATA[Bahgaga to perform at El Sawy Cultural Wheel on May.30]]>
The band aims to revive the art of monologue, developing its composing style and music.

Bahgaga brings back the art of monologue through their own unique comedic and dramatic performances, tackling human struggles through humor.

The band is comprised of four girls; Asma Abulyazeid, Weam Essam, Raghda Galal and Samar Galal.

Monologue is a theatrical performance in which the singer/ actor expresses his/her own thoughts and beliefs in their own artistic creative approach.

In efforts to interact with the current Egyptian reality, Bahgaga doesn’t depend on heritage monologues but they compose and write their own monologues about human, political and societal conflicts.

Most of Bahgaga’s monologues are inspired by the ideas and lyrics of the band's members.

Bahgaga's performances depend on diverse instruments such as guitar, oud, keyboard and other percussion instruments that altogether create a modern effect.

The band targets entertaining audiences by breaking the routine and light-heartedly tackling societal and political issues which was clear in their monologue “Kalo Fel Hekam” in which different types of authoritarian individuals, who are now accepted by society, were depicted.

Also, the band composed a monologue during the 2012 presidential election shedding lights on some controversial political situations at that time.

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5/18/2019 12:59:38 PM
<![CDATA[Cannes idol Gomez says social media 'terrible' for her generation]]>
Speaking after her politically charged zombie flick, Jim Jarmusch's "The Dead Don't Die", opened the Cannes film festival, Gomez said the tools that helped make her famous were destructive in the wrong hands.

"I think that our world is going through a lot obviously. What Jim (Jarmusch) gestured to in the film is that social media has really been terrible for my generation," Gomez, 26, told a news conference.

Her comments come as a Malaysian teenager took her own life after posting a poll to Instagram poll asking if she should live or die.

The 16-year-old from Kuching in eastern Sarawak state died after posting the poll Monday on the Facebook-owned platform.

Gomez also warned about the fake news rampant on social media.

"I understand that it's amazing to use your platform but it does scare me when you see how exposed these young girls and young boys are," she said.

"They are not aware of the news. I think it's dangerous for sure if people aren't getting the right information sometimes."

- 'It scares me' -

Gomez said pervasive internet bullying "scares" her and left many young people "devastated".

In light of her own massive social media presence, Gomez was asked what celebrities and the industry's biggest companies could do to make the online world less toxic.

She set out a bleak picture in front of her co-stars Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny and Tilda Swinton.

"I think it's pretty impossible to make it safe at this point. There's no blocking anything, they're exposed to it immediately," she said.

Gomez said she was "grateful" to "have a platform" and tried to use it to "share things that I'm really passionate about".

"I also don't do a lot of pointless pictures. I like to be intentional with it," she said.

On her own internet use, Gomez said less was more.

"It can be great in moments but I would just be careful and allow yourself some time limits when you use it and when you shouldn't."

Jarmusch's film, a tribute to the George Romero monster movies of the 1960s and 70s, depicts a small town in Trump-era America facing an infestation of flesh-eating zombies, including one played by Jarmusch friend Iggy Pop.

The siege is triggered by polar fracking which scientists say has "knocked the Earth off its axis", even as the government's energy secretary and large gas corporations insist it's safe.

Gomez plays a "big city hipster" visiting the small town who falls victim to an ambush of zombies, who moan for the creature comforts they craved in life including "wifi", "Xanax" and "chardonnay".]]>
5/18/2019 12:57:32 PM
<![CDATA[Adel Emam: 50 years of artistic leadership]]>
The legendary actor is Egypt’s biggest actor for over four decades of box office hits, series, plays under his belt.

In theatre what made his stardom was his immortal role in ‘’Madrasat El-Mushaghebeen’’ ( Rioters school) play as Bahgat el Abaseiry this loser funny student, who is the leader over his other loser friends.

After he performed a number of sucessful roles in plays like ‘’Shahed Mashafsh Haga’’ ( A witnesser who didn’t see anything), El-Wad Sayed El-Shaghal ( the servant named Sayed), El-Zaiim ( The Leader) and ‘’Body Guard’’.

His cinematic repertoire include a number of movies like ‘’ Ehena Betoaa el Autobees” (We Are The Bus People). El-Avocato ( The Lawyer), El-Irhab Wel-Kabab ( Terrorism and Kebab), “Bakhit We Adeela”, “Amir El-Zalam” ( Prince of Darkness), “Aris Men Geha Amneya” ( A bridegroom from a security place), El-Sefara Fel Omara ( The Embassy in the Building), “Alzheimer” , “Bobos” among others.

His TV debut was in 1978 through “ Ahlam El-Fata El-Taer” then “Domou fi Oyoun Waqeha” ( tears in slut eyes) on 1980.

After a long hiatus he returned back to TV drama in 2012 through " Fer’et Naji Atallah " (Naji Atallah’s group) , continuing his annual presence in the Ramadan marathon every year through a number of successful series such as " El Araf” (The fortune teller), “Saheb el sa’ada” (His highness), “Afaret Adli Alam”(Adli Alam’s Ghosts), and "Awalem Khafeya” (Hidden Worlds) in 2018.

Imam has won seven awards, including two from the Cairo National Festival for Egyptian Cinema for Best Actor for his roles in “El-Irhabi” (The Terrorist) “Omaret Yacoubian” (The Yacoubian Building).

The Yacoubian Building also earned him an International Jury Award at the São Paulo International Film Festival and a Special Mention for Actor in a Narrative Feature from the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Dubai international Film festival awarded him twice the Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2005 and 2008. Emam was awarded as well the Golden Star in 2014 at Marrakech International Film Festival, the Golden Tanit in 2016 at the Carthage Film Festival and the Career Achievement Award from the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival.

Despite being the most important comedian in the history of Egyptian cinema he later performed serious dramatic works while maintaining his comedic style, reflecting ordinary citizens struggles with powerful social or political pressures.

Adel Emam by every sense of the word is an unrepeatable artistic actor, not only on the top of the artistic pyramid but he claimed the first rank inside the hearts of millions of his fans in Egypt and the whole world.

Emam is the only actor in the history of Egyptian art who remained number one all these years. The Happiest birthday to the one who draws the smile on our faces, made us laugh from the bottom of our hearts.

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5/17/2019 1:51:13 PM
<![CDATA[What happened in episode 11 of "Lams Aktaf"?]]>
After this phone call, in episode 11 Hamza decided to help Adham to escape from the security forces.

On the other hand we see how Camilia who is Hamza’s wife plotted with Abdelmongy to get rid of her husband because she believe that he drove her father to bankrupt and caused his death.


Famed Egyptian actor Yasser Galal embodies the role of a boxer named Adham, who gets involved in criminal acts, and later decides to repent and live a secure and stable life. However, Adham faces hardships as he is chased by gang members.

Galal went through rigorous training in order to appear in a certain body shape suiting the role he is playing.

The series is starring Fathy Abdel Wahab, Hanan Metaweh, Eman el-Asy, Samar Morsy, Donia Abdel Aziz, Mohamed Ezz, among others. “Lams Aktaf” is directed by Hussein al-Nabawi.

The series is the third leading role for Yasser Galal in a television drama after "Zel el-Raes" and "Rahim". “Lams Aktaf” is produced by Synergy.

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5/17/2019 12:49:57 PM
<![CDATA[Smith congratulated Arab and Islamic nations on the advent of Ramadan]]>


Smith along with Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott are promoting to their movie ‘’Aladdin’’ which is scheduled to screen in Jordan on May 24.

Massoud, Smith and Scott attended the premiere of the live-action remake of the 1992 classic ‘’ Aladdin’’ in London on May 9.

"I am so incredibly blessed to be sharing this experience w/ this amazing group of human beings. London - thank you. You left me #Speechless. #Aladdin" Massoud wrote on Twitter and Instagram while at the star-studded event in Leicester Square.


Aladdin’s tale itself was born and characterized by a European colonial view of Asia.


Aladdin had no known source before French writer Antoine Galland stuck it into his 18th-century translation of 1001 Nights, claiming to have heard it from a Syrian storyteller.


The original story of Aladdin was set not in the Arabic world, but in China, and was gradually transformed into a Middle Eastern tale by storytellers.


Disney announced earlier that the movie includes new songs as well as re-recordings of the original songs written by Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.


The trailer features snippets of the songs included in the original movie, including “Friend like me” and “A whole new world.”

Massoud was chosen by director Guy Ritchie to play title role of Aladdin. He was born in Cairo, Egypt to Egyptian Coptic Christian parents before immigrating to Canada when he was three-years-old. He was amid hundreds of actors who auditioned for the role.


He prepared for his Aladdin role by getting more into fitness staring from 2016. This is clear in the photos he added to his Instagram account , showing the tough training he went through at the gym to get that six pack.
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5/17/2019 12:12:45 PM
<![CDATA['Watch It' apologizes for technical difficulties]]>
Watch It management further added that platform received thousands of subscription applications during the soft opening at the same time it was subject to digital piracy that targeted the information security, that’s why the platform was blocked to elevate the information security system.

Many experts have spoken about the need to pay attention to digital content and digital media services; subsequently, the Watch It platform was launched.

This platform can be accessed either by through www.watchit.com or by installing the online app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store.

To use the application on smart screens or the web browser interface, the user registers by his/ her email and cell phone number before receiving a message on the provided number to complete registration in one step.

Upon registration, the platform will give the subscriber a seven-day free trial, allowing the user to identify the content and learn how to use the application. The digital platform also enables users to subscribe using either credit cards or cash payment.

As the month of Ramadan coincides with the launch of Watch It digital platform, its creators contacted the satellite channels to acquire digital rights to the dramatic content and programs broadcast on the channels in Egypt during Ramadan and make it available for the users of the application.

The new digital platform is therefore full of new dramatic content. The creators will also acquire various other digital rights to add new contents serving different categories.

“Most of the global content producers have for some time aimed at protecting the intellectual property rights of the content. The content is therefore not available on free platforms in the high quality required by modern viewers; however, it can be available on specialized digital platforms,” previously commented Tamer Mursy, CEO of Egyptian Media Group.

“The new platform will seek a lot of media rights in different areas to entertain the viewers,” concluded Mursy.

It is noteworthy that the Egyptian Media Group is the co-owner of On TV, Al Hayat, DMC and CBC channels that provide various media services.
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5/17/2019 11:38:10 AM
<![CDATA[Ramadan Cultural Nights Festival kicks off on May 15]]>
The shows of the festival will also include a collection of exhibitions of traditional arts and crafts as well as various art shows all taking place at the northern Cairo wall.

The northern Cairo wall is a fortified wall built by Commander of the armies under the Fatimid Caliph al-Mustansir Bellah, Badr al-Jamali, in 1092 AD. It was built outside of Cairo to be the fortress of the city. It is connected to the ancient wall built by Gawhar al-Sicily.

The wall consists of two gates; one for entry and another for exit. Al-Nasr gate is located in the north-east of the wall of the fort. It is 24.20 meters in length, 21.63 meters in width and 21 meters high. Bab el-Futuh is located on the north-west side of the northern fence. It consists of two rectangular towers, 22.33 meters high, with a 22.85-meter round façade.

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5/16/2019 4:25:33 PM
<![CDATA[Galal: Ramadan 10 is an example of patience and pride]]>
The celebration was held in commemoration of the Ramadan 10 (October 6) victory at Al-Maidan Theater of Hanager Center for Arts.

In his speech, veteran director Khaled Galal said, "Today we celebrate the victory of Ramadan 10. In this victory, which is an example of patience in times of hardships,our Armed Forces destroyed the myth of the Bar Lev Line.”

“Today we honor the poets who made special national songs that we used to greet our heroic victorious soldiers when they returned from the battle with the Egyptian flag high up in the sky. We also honor today the symbols of the Egyptian army who participated in this glorious war. All respect to them and to everyone who sacrificed for the sake of Egypt and glory to the martyrs who lost their lives for the beloved land of Sinai,”added Galal.

The ceremony was attended by Ashraf Zaky, President of the Egyptian Opera House Magdy Saber, Head of the Theater Art House Ismail Mokhtar and Chairman of the General Authority for Culture Palaces Ahmed Awad, among others.

The concert was performed by the iconic singer Mohamed Tharwat, where he sang a selection of the most famous national and religious songs including “En Kan Al Hob Mafish Ghairek” (I love no one but you), “Lagl el Naby” (For the sake of the Prophet), “El Qalb yaashek kol Gamil” (The heart loves everything beautiful), “Aash eli qal” (Long live those who said), among others.


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5/16/2019 4:13:13 PM
<![CDATA[Remarkable events take place in 10th episode of 'Hogan']]>
Hogan-Mohammed Emam- did not find any job; thus he began to sell vegetables and fruits.

Meanwhile, Warda got divorced from Bahloul-Salah Abdullah- after she proved that she is still virgin although she has been married to him for10 years.

Bahloul tried to smuggle monuments after he saw Lotafi al-Haraa hiding large boxes of monuments and treasures.

The episode's events hit a climax when Hogan fought with a group of street vendors, leading Riad el-Khouli to ask Hogan to work with him. So, Hogan undergoes martial arts and fire shooting training to get ready for the job.

"Hogan" is broadcast exclusively on Hayat TV channel at 10:30 p.m.

The series is starring Kareem Mahmoud Abdul Aziz, Salah Abdullah, Riad el-Khouli, Aida Riad, Mirna Nour el-Din, Arafa Abdul Rasool, Asma Abu Al Yazid, Hajar Ahmed and Os Os. The series is written by Salah el-Azzab, directed by Sherine Adel and is the production of Synergy.


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5/16/2019 3:46:28 PM
<![CDATA[Numerous cultural, artistic events to be held on May 16]]>
Egypt today sheds the light on the numerous activities set to be held on May 16 (Ramadan 11).

In Cairo Opera House’s open theater, lovers of the Sufi recitals meet Moroccan vocalist Jawad al-Shari at 9:30 p.m.

In the Fine Arts Sector, Saad Zaghloul Cultural Museum is opening an exhibition of Arabic calligraphy at 8 p.m. The exhibition runs until June 2. In addition, the Ramattan Cultural Center will present at 8:30 p.m. the “Dialogue of the Arts Ramadan” which presents religious songs and folk arts.

Furthermore, the Cultural Development Fund Sector will hold a number of activities, including the exhibition of “Egyptian hands” of traditional crafts from a number of governorates around the country. The exhibition will be held in the Center of Traditional Crafts in Fustat and will run until Ramadan 13.

In the House of Suhaime in the historical Muezz Street, a concert will be performed by the band of the National Center for Theater at 9:30 p.m.

At the Horreya Center for Creativity in Alexandria, an oriental night for Yasser el-Sharkawy and his band will be performed at 9:30 p.m.

At the Hanager Center for Arts, a musical concert by el-Nour wal Amal Orchestra (Light and Hope orchestra) will be presented at 9p.m.

Moreover, El-Sebaeya band will perform a selection of religious recitals and a performance by the Ismailia Folklore band will take place at 9 p.m. as part of the activities of the northern wall of Cairo.

In the Al Shaer Theater of Al - Muezz Street, a concert will be performed by the New Valley Folklore Band at 9 p.m.

At the Syndicate of Journalists, El Arish Folklore Ensemble will present a show at 9 p.m. In Helwan Mental Health Hospital, another show will be performed by the Beni Suef Folk Arts Ensemble at 9 p.m.

As part of Faisal International Book Fair activities, an artistic show of the Oriental Folk Art Ensemble will be performed at 9 p.m.

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5/16/2019 3:39:24 PM
<![CDATA[Jeff Koons 'Rabbit' sculpture sets $91.1 million record for a living artist]]>
The playful, stainless steel, 41 in (104 cm) high rabbit, regarded as one of the most celebrated works of 20th-century art, was sold for more than $20 million over its pre-sale estimate.

Christie’s said the sale made Koons the highest-priced living artist, overtaking the $90.3 million record set last November by British painter David Hockney’s 1972 work “Portrait of an Artist (Pool With Two Figures.)”

The identity of the “Rabbit” buyer was not disclosed.

The shiny, faceless oversized rabbit, clutching a carrot, is the second in an edition of three made by Koons in 1986.

The sale follows another record-setting auction price this week. On Tuesday, one of the few paintings in Claude Monet’s celebrated “Haystacks” series that still remains in private hands sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $110.7 million - a record for an Impressionist work.
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5/16/2019 11:27:57 AM
<![CDATA['Mahadesh shaf Mohamed Hussein?‘to be released during Eid el-Fetr]]>
The mafia chases the poor driver who becomes accused of killing a famous painter (Samir Sabri) living in France. The world class artist has many art exhibitions displaying his paintings in Paris.

The driver gets arrested to be questioned because he was the only one seen at the crime scene before the artist gets murdered.

From there the events escalate and the search for the real killer begins.

The film is written by Sherif Adel and directed by Mohamed Ali and Samir el-Bari. The film is starring comedian Mohamed Saad, Inaam Salousa, Feryal Yusuf, Mohamed Tharwat, Samir Sabri, Mai Selim, among others.

The film is expected to achieve great success and is set to be released during Eid el-Fitr (Muslim feast).



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5/15/2019 5:24:54 PM
<![CDATA[Mostafa Khater sentenced to death in 'Talket Haz']]>
Salwa (Ayten Amer), Abdel Sabour’s wife, is trying to hire a lawyer for her husband, who has pawned their house to pay the lawyers' money. During the episode, a graffiti drawing of world star football player Mohamed Salah was seen in the neighborhood where Abdel Sabour’s family reside.

Abdel Sabour’s wife and sisters were fighting with the people of the neighborhood because of his accumulating debts.

The episode ended with Abbass being sentenced to five years in prison, while Abdel Sabour's papers were transferred to the Mufti to gain approval for a death penalty.

“Talket Haz” is written by Ihab Beleibal and directed by Ahmed Amin. It is the production of Synergy. The screenplay is starring Mostafa Khater, Ayten Amer, Heba Magdy, Mohamed Anwar, Khaled Anwar, Emmy Salem, Mirna Nour el-Din, Rania Shaheen, Yasser el Tobgy, Ahmed Maher, Inaam Salousa, Mahmoud Hafez, Hosny Sheta and Mahmoud Fares.

The series is broadcast on Al Hayat, ON, DMC and CBC channels during the holy month of Ramadan.



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5/15/2019 5:22:10 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Museum in Tahrir celebrates International Museum Day]]> 161337-قطعة-الشهر-فى-المتحف-المصرى-بالتحرير-(3)
The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir will hold this celebration under the title "The role of Museums in Maintaining Customs and Traditions" as set by the International Organization of Museums.

Director of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Sabah Abdel Razek explained that the selected pieces include a collection of cosmetics that were used in ancient Egypt that comprise utensils to preserve essential oils, cosmetics' spoons made of wood and stones as well as mirrors, wooden combs and cosmetic blades made of bronze.
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Abdel Razek further stated that the museum will organize on May 18 free guided educational tours in the Egyptian Museum and the Children's Museum to highlight the customs and traditions of ancient Egypt.




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5/15/2019 5:15:54 PM
<![CDATA[Essam el-Saka, a brilliant actor performing all kinds of roles]]>
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Sakka portrays a rebellious character in one series, an evil character in the other and a comic character in the third; he was able to portray the three roles brilliantly, the matter that established his name as a talented actor who can play all kinds of roles.

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"I embody the role of an opportunist young man who owns a social media company in 'Kalabsh'" Saka told Egypt Today.


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"Kalabsh" is a 2017 Egyptian drama and suspense TV-series directed by Peter Mimi; it revolves around Selim el-Ansary who is a confident and honest policeman. The series reflects the heroism and dedication of the Egyptian Armed Forces and police in combating the dark ideology of extremists.

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The series is based on a story written by Yousef Hassan Yousef, then dramatized and scripted by Baher Dewidar.

A sequel was released in 2018 and a third season is broadcast during Ramadan 2019. Both the first and second parts of the series achieved great success.

In the third part, Selim el-Ansary is submitting his resignation to Major General Galal Khattab but the latter strongly objects to this request. Eventually, the resignation is accepted and Ansary moves on to establish a security company, which he co-owns with Akram Safwan. However, various disagreements occur between them.


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The third part of the series is starring beside Karara, Rogina, Yasser Ali Maher, Dina, Ghinwa Mahmoud, Ahmed el-Awadi, among others. “Kalabsh P III” is directed by Peter Mimi and written by Baher Dewidar. "Kalabesh" is produced by Synergy.


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In "Abou Gabal", Saka portrays the role of a rebellious son. "I portray the role of Ahmed, the son of Wageeh Abol Yazeed (Mahmoud el Bezawy); the way the son thinks is completely different from the way his father thinks," Saka explained.



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Abou Gabal is a rich merchant who faces along with his family severe problems and crises. The series highlights Abou Gabal's attempts to know the true reason behind these problems.

"Abou Gabal" stars Aicha ben Ahmed, Diab, Naglaa Badr, Mahmoud el Bezawy, among others. The series is written by Mohamed Sayed Beshir, directed by Ahmed Saleh and produced by Synergy.




Saka also participated in "Princess Beesa" as a guest of honor, performing a light comic character that will appear in the upcoming episodes.

Mai Ezz el-Din embodies two characters in her Ramadan series "Princess Beessa"; the first is a common girl named Beesa working in the field of wedding planning. Beesa inherits a school from her uncle, who lives in Italy.

The second character is Beesa’s grandmother, with whom she lives. The grandmother imposes in a comedic manner monetary payments on the people that reside in the area. The grandmother’s family wants to transfer her to a residence for the elderly.

Egyptian international Actor Amir el-Masry falls in love with Beesa in the series.

Princess Beessa stars beside Ezz el-Din and El Masry, Pussy, Mohamed Anwar, Hagag Abdel Azim, Hossam Dhager among others. The series is written by Mostafa Omar and Farouk Hisham, directed by Akram Farid and produced by Synergy.

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5/15/2019 5:02:29 PM
<![CDATA[Asala Nasri celebrates her birthday on May 15]]>
Many consider Asala the voice that expresses the feelings of strong women. The songs she performs emphasize the strength of her character.

Egypt Today sheds light on a few of Asala’s songs:

"Thak El Ghaby"

Asala sang this song in the Arabian Gulf dialect; the song was released in 2016 and amassed 63 million views on YouTube.

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Assala - Thak El Ghaby | أصالة - ذاك الغبي كلمات : تركي ألحان : طارق محمد توزيع : ياسر ماجد Mix & Mastering : Jassem Mohammed جيتار : شريف فهمي كلارنيت : محمد فوزي بزق : أسامه حسن وتريات : ياسر ماجد تنفيذ وتريات : ياسر غنيم تسجيل : م.




"Mabaash Ana"

This is one of Asala's most important songs written by poet Magdi el-Naggar and composed by Mohammed Diaa.

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Uploaded by Mohamed AbuKlila on 2011-04-15.




"El Haqiqa"

“You are weaker than my words; you wouldn't stand the truth." With such lyrics, Asala showed the strength of women. The song gained booming success.

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‏Assala - EL HAQIQA [Lyric Video] | أصالة - الحقيقة إنتاج : تركي آل الشيخ ‏كلمات : بهاء الدين محمد ‏الحان : وليد سعد ‏توزيع : Ismail Tunçbilek ‏وتريات : هاني فرحات ‏هندسة صوت : Ümit Yücekaya ‏مكس / ماستر : طارق مدكور توزيع : روتانا Photography : Mohammed Vivid





"Bent Akaber"

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Assala - Bent Akaber [Official Music Video] | #أصالة - بنت أكابر #BentAkaber - #بنت_أكابر From STARGATE - Tarek Al Arian Executive Producer: Anas Nasri Lyrics: Abo Neamaa Composed by: Mahmoud El Khayamy Music Arrangement: Aly Fathalla Mixing & Digital Master: Aly Fathalla Recorded by: karim Youssef Mezmar: Sayed El




This is the prominent singer's most recent song. The song's special lyrics and the positive vibes it spreads make up for its long duration.








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5/15/2019 4:20:29 PM
<![CDATA['Hekayti' 9th episode unveils several surprises]]>
It is obvious that women of the neighborhood became viciously jealous of Dalida because of her beauty; they wanted her out of the neighborhood by any means.

Wafaa Amer appeared during the episode portraying a woman named Farida Asal, who owns an atelier and works as a fashion designer. Asal offered Dalida accommodation in her atelier in return for working as a maid and helping her.

At the end of the episode Suleiman - Ahmed Bedeir, kicks his brother Salim -Gamal Abdel Nasser- from the factory and prevents him from ever coming back.

“Hekayti” is broadcast on DMC, ON E, and CBC during the holy month of Ramadan. The series is starring Yasmine Sabry, Wafaa Amer, Ahmed Hatem, Ahmed Salah Hosny, Ahmed Bedeir, Edward, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Nahed Roshdy, Islam Gamal, Hanadi Mahani, Ahmed Gamal Said, Tamer Shaltout, Ahmed Halawa, Nehal Anbar, Mustafa Darwish,Mahmoud Fares, among others.

"Hekayti" is the production of Synergy.
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5/15/2019 3:51:34 PM
<![CDATA[Will Hassan stand his ground against his half-brothers?]]>
Rizk and Saad demanded receive their share of the inheritance. Hassan surprised them with the will written by their father 5 years prior to his death. The will stated that the father gave the company solely to Hassan.

Rizk and Saad therefore lost their minds and started a fight with their half-brother Hassan, threatening to kill him if he does not give them their share of the company.

People in the neighborhood defended Hassan against the vicious attacks of his brothers, while Hassan defended his brothers against the attacks of the neighbors. Atiya, the leader of the neighborhood, appeared out of nowhere and forced the two brothers to apologize to Hassan. He ordered them not to enter the neighborhood ever again unless they gain permission from their elder brother Hassan.

In a different scene, Mariam tries to go back and live in her husband’s apartment in the Citadel area. However, her father strongly opposes that idea and slaps her when she tries to defend her husband Hassan. Mariam declared that she is never going to leave Hassan even if she had to live in the streets with him.

Moreover, Saad decided to go to his father in law and tell him what he went through in the neighborhood. His father in law got infuriated and kicked him out of his office. His father in law also told Saad that he is going to force his daughter to file for divorce against as he discovered that Saad is not a responsible man.

Furthermore, Rizk agrees with Intisa -the widow of his brother Ghali- to be with him and Saad in any step they take to restore their share of inheritance from Hassan.

At the end of the episode, Sana Shafea - Mariam’s father- goes to Hassan and threatens him that his daughter will get a divorce if he gave his brothers their share of the inheritance. What is Hassan’s reaction going to be? Is he going to stand his ground? This is what will be exposed during the next episode.

“Abou Gabal” is written by Mohamed Sayed Bashir and directed by Ahmed Saleh. It is starring Mostafa Shaaban, Diab, Naglaa Badr, Mariam Hassan, Aisha Ben Ahmed, Rasha Ben Maaweya, Mahmoud el-Bazzawy, Mohamed Ali Rizk, Aida Riad and Ahmed Khaled Saleh.

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5/15/2019 2:19:47 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt among top 8 countries in population growth 2018-50 ]]>
Egypt ranks seventh with an estimated increase of 69.5 million followed by the United States with a rise of 61.6 million. The top six are India (308.8 million), Nigeria (214.7 million), Democratic Congo (131.6 million), Pakistan (106 million), Ethiopia (83.4 million) and Tanzania (79 million).

Hassan says that the Egyptian and German populations were respectively 23.5 million and 71.5 million in 1955. However, the growth in Egypt was seven times that of Germany. The population increased in Egypt by 75 million to become 98.5 million. In Germany, the population rose by just 11 million to become 82.5 million.

Unlike Egypt, Germany ranks second among the top eight countries that will experience a slow increase in population. Those are China (49.9 million), Japan (24.7 million), Russia (9.4 million), Ukraine (7.3 million), Romania (4.4 million), Poland (4.4 million), Germany (3.7 million), and Thailand (3.6 million).

The official attributes the huge increase of the Egyptian population over the years to child marriage, the desire to create large families and to have male children, and the lack of planning for the future.
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5/15/2019 11:59:49 AM
<![CDATA['King Lear' to stage for 1st time in Ramadan on May 17]]>
A number of Arab ambassadors were keen to watch "King Lear", including the Saudi, Jordanian, Bahraini and Moroccan ambassadors.

The play starsveteran actor Yehia al Fakharany as King Lear along with renowned star Farouk el Fishawy, Mohamed Farag, NohaAbdeen, HebaMagdy, Riham Abdel Ghafour, Rania FaridShawky, Ahmed Azmy, Ahmed FouadSelim, Nedal el Shafie, among others.

"King Lear" is a tragic play written by William Shakespeare. It depicts the gradual descent into madness of the king after he disposes of his kingdom by giving bequests to two of his three daughters egged on by their continual flattery, bringing tragic consequences for all.

Lear, the aging king of Britain, decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom evenly among his three daughters. First, however, he puts his daughters through a test, asking each to tell him how much she loves him.

Goneril and Regan, Lear’s older daughters, give their father flattering answers. But Cordelia, Lear’s youngest and favorite daughter, remains silent, saying that she has no words to describe how much she loves her father. Lear flies into a rage and disowns Cordelia. Lear quickly learns that he made a bad decision.

Goneril and Regan swiftly begin to undermine the little authority that Lear still holds.Unable to believe that his beloved daughters are betraying him, Lear slowly goes insane.

Derived from the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king, the play has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, with the title role coveted by many of the world's most accomplished actors.

The play was performed in Egypt in 2011 staringFakharany along with SawsanBadr, Ahmed Salama, Riham Abdel Ghafour, Ashraf Abdel Ghafour, Salwa Ali, MarwaAbdekMoneim and Rushdi el-Shami.

The play achieved great success when it was first released.

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5/14/2019 5:34:24 PM
<![CDATA[Is a love story about to begin between Harby and Safiya?]]>
Safiya was trying to start a conversation with Harby during previous episodes and finally things began to get better and a proper conversation between them finally took place.In an attempt to grab Harby's attention, Safiya complimented the way he eats, leaving him no choice but to compliment her back. Safiya took matters a bit further and asked Harby why he always seemed sad. Harby explained that he is grieving the death of his parents. He then showed her a picture of him with his deceased parents.

Is a love story about to begin between Harby and Safiya? Is she going to fill the emotional gap in Harby’s life after the death of his parents? Stay tuned for the ninth episode to find out. “Zilzal” is written by Abdel Rahim Kamal and directed by Ibrahim Fakhr. The screenplay is starring Mohamed Ramadan, HalaShiha, Maged el-Masry, Mona Abdel Ghani, Hanadi Mahanna, Hossam Dagher, Mostafa Mansour, Youssef Osman, Lamia Karam, Marwa el-Azaly, Ahmed Siam, Samy Abdel Halim, among others.

The series is broadcast exclusively on DMC channels during the holy month of Ramadan.

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مفيش أحلى من التلميحات اللي قبل الارتباط والحب 😍😍 #زلزال



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5/14/2019 5:29:27 PM
<![CDATA[Min.: Ancient military fortress discovered in Tal el-Kedwah]]>
Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mustafa Waziri stated that the excavations are part of the Sinai Development Project. Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector Ayman Ashmawy explained that the mission was able to uncover the remains of an ancient citadel, including the tower of the northeastern corner and the remains of the southeastern corner tower; that is in addition to the extension of the south wall of the citadel.

The mission uncovered theeastern wall of the oldest historic citadel in 2008. Another citadel was built on its ruins andhas been discovered recently.Furthermore, Head of the Central Department of Antiquities Nadia Khedr explained that the older castle was constructed in a different way from the newer castle. The older castle'swalls were about 7 meters in width whereas the walls of the newer citadel were about 11 meters wide. The newer fortress has 16 towers, while the oldercastle is believed to have fourcorner towers, according to available information.

In addition, Khedr added that that the walls of the older castle differ in their design. Rooms filled with sand and broken pottery and rubble were built inside the walls at regular intervals to relieve pressure on the wall of the castle. These rooms might havealso been used as rainwater drains, a feature of architecture during the Sawy period. It is also likely that the older castle was built on alarger area.

Director General of North Sinai Antiquities Hisham Hussain noted that excavations in the northeastern part of the discovered fortress wall resulted in the discovery of the entrance ofthe castle, which is a side gate located in the northeastern part of the wall. The gate leads to a ground slope and the remains of what is believed to be a guard room for Egyptian soldiers. The room was also believed to have been used to protect the gate.

Moreover, the excavation also revealed remains of houses built on the western side of the castle. A fragment of an amulet bearing the name of King Psamtik I was found inside one of the discovered houses,which confirms the preliminary results of the study of pottery and archaeological remains that prove that the oldercastle dates back to the first half of the 26th dynasty.

It should be noted that the fortress was attacked and its walls were destroyed. The military fortress of Tal el-Kedwawas located on the eastern Egyptian borders and was the only fortress controlling the entry and exit to and from Egypt during the Sawi era. It was also a fortified point defending the eastern gate of Egypt.

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5/14/2019 5:25:25 PM
<![CDATA[‘Jesus and the others’ cast and crew announced]]>
The movie is a long feature film about the never-told-before story of the Holy Family's Flight to Egypt as Joseph, Mary and her cousin Salome are running away from Judea with new-born Jesus to save him from the persecution of King Herod.

Written by late legendary Egyptian Cineaste Fayez Ghalialong withFadiGhali, the film is based on Fayez's exhaustive research in the early scriptures of the Eastern Coptic Church, from the Synaxaria to the writings of the Patriarchs, in addition to the works of historians.

It is also based on his research in the age-old Egyptian folkloric tales told on the sites visited by the Holy Family, now places of pilgrimage and worship for their relics.

Directed by multi-award winner Egyptian filmmaker Hisham Abdel Khalek ("A Footnote in Ballet History", Fespaco 2017), "Jesus and the Others" is an international co-production in English produced by Hisham Abdel Khalek and Olivier Delesse (So Freakantastik, France), Jean-Luc Van Damme (Happy Moon Production, Belgium), FadiGhali (FGM Production, Egypt), in association with Italian and British producers to be announced later.

The film will be shot in Ouarzazate, Morocco and in Puglia, Italy. The film’s international cast includes: Denise Tantucci (Italy: "La Nostra Strada", "Ben Hur") as Virgin Mary;HiamAbbass (France: "Blade Runner 2049", "Munich", "Succession") as Salome; Peter Coyote (USA: "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial") as Simon;Khaled Naga (Egypt: "Vikings", "Tyrant") as Damon; Mario de la Rosa (Spain: "La Casa de Papel") as Haggai;Gilles Marini (France: "Sex and the City") as Minlawos; BushraRoza (Egypt: "Cairo 678", "Alexandria New York") as Marion;Cesar Dumboy (France: "The Walk", "Outlander") as Gotham.

That is in addition to Jay Abdo (US/Syria: "A Hologram for the King", "Queen of the Desert") as Samuel;Alessandro Cremona (Italy: "Spectre", "Mary Magdalene") as Hezikieh;Giovanni Cirfiera (Italy: "The Family", "American Crime Story", "Mary Magdalene") as Maximus Blandus;KamilLemieszewski (Poland: "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword") as King Herod andMhairiCalvey (UK: "Brave heart", "3 Lives") as Hannah.

The Co-Starring cast also includes: MassiFurlan (Italy: "The Dark Knight Rises"); Vernon Dobtcheff (France: "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", "The Spy Who Loved Me"); Greg Kriek (South Africa: "Maze Runner: The Death Cure"); Jason Vendryes (USA: "Too Close to Home", "Blindspot", "Star"); Jared Prudoff-Smith (USA: "The Red Lotus"); Adam Stone (Egypt: "War Machine"," Kung Fu Yoga");SimonaMilinyte (Lithuania: "The Blackstone", "Hollywood Rooftop", "NCIS");LizeFeryn (Belgium: "A Real Vermeer", "Ibiza"); as well as from Lebanon: Nicolas MouawadandMouradMakram, LatifaFahmy, LoaiOmran, Amr El Kady, AngyWegdan, and MarwiKeshk, ReemSabouny, Sherif Hafez, Ahmad Al Naggar, Mohamed Shaheen, Mohamed El Sebaeey and Marwan Mosallam from Egypt.

Moreover, LizeFeryn from Belgium;Andrea Scarduzio, Federico Marignetti, Riccardo Leonelli, and Santo Tripodi from Italy;Lionel Cecilio and Benjamin Garnier from France, Marco Perrettafrom Canada/USA;AleksanderD'Avignonfrom US;DenzilKeim and Billy Twomey from UK;Lucas Alves from Brazil;Andrei Claude and Nathan Spiteri from Malta and Vincent Kerschbaum from Australia will all participate in the movie.

The multi-awarded international technical crew includes: César-Winner cinematographer Tetsuo Nagata (France/Japan: La Vie en Rose), two-times Academy-Award nominee makeup and special makeup effects designer Vittorio Sodano (Italy: Apocalypto, Il Divo), production designer Davide De Stefano (Italy: Voice from the Stone, The Nativity Story), hair and wigs designer Alberto Moccia (Italy: The Passion of the Christ, Troy, Casanova) and costume designer Reemel Adl (Egypt: Clash). The producers will be in Cannes at the Film Market on May 15-21, 2019 to meet sales agents, distributors and co-producers. The rest of the cast will be announced later.
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5/14/2019 1:46:18 PM
<![CDATA[In memory of legendary Egyptian actor Anwar Wagdi]]>
Originally from Syria, Wagdy lived with his family in Cairo under impoverished circumstances. He started his career alongside another legendary Egyptian actor, Youssef Wahby, which allowed Wagdy a chance to star in minor roles in theater before participating in the film “Awlad El Zawat” (Aristocratic Children).

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Anwar Wagdi [Photo: Wikimedia]
Wagdy proved his talents on the silver screen and convinced a number of directors and producers to cast him in major roles.

In the 1940s, Wagdy became the number one Egyptian actor after portraying the role of the rich, young man in “Fatmah,” alongside Umm Kalthoum.

In 1945, Wagdy decided to produce his own films. He produced “Laila Bent El Fokara’” (Laila, the Daughter of the Poor) with iconic Egyptian singer Laila Mourad. Not only did Wagdy produce the film and perform the role of the hero; he also wrote the scenario and directed it.

Due to the great success of the film, Wagdy decided to complete his series of cooperation with Mourad and starred again with her in “Ghazal El Banat” (The Flirtation of Girls), “Alby Dalely” (My Heart is My Guide) and “Bent El Akaber” (The Daughter of the Rich).

He eventually married Mourad; forming one of the most cherished cinematic couples in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

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Wagdi and Mourad [Photo: File Photo]
Contributing to cinema with Fayrouz, “the miracle child,” Wagdy introduced a number of films that employed dance, performance and music in a cinematic frame.

“Arbaa’ Banat Wa Dhabet” (Four Girls and and an Officer) was the last film Wagdy produced.

Six of his films, where he was the protagonist or the producer, are on the list of the best 100 films in the history of the Egyptian cinema: “Al Aa’zima” (The Determination), “Ghazal El Banat,” “Rayah Wi Skinah” (Rayah and Skinah), “Amir El Enteqam” (The Prince of Revenge), “El Wahsh” (The Beast), and “Gharam Wi Intekam” (Passion and Revenge).

A few days before his death, Wagdy and Laila Fawzy got married.

He died in Stockholm on May 14, 1955, as a result of polycystic kidney disease.
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Wagdi and Fawzi in Paris [Photo: Pinterest] ]]>
5/14/2019 1:40:00 PM
<![CDATA[Beauty of Islamic Arts]]>
The museum hosts more than 100,000 artifacts from all branches of Islamic art in different ages. Some of the most significant artifacts include collectibles of textiles, carpets, stones, ivory, porcelain, wood, metals, glass, manuscripts, coins, ornaments and weapons.

One of the most intriguing pieces presented in the textile and carpet section is a horse saddle cover of velvet and silk. It is noteworthy that the saddle proves the value of mercy among Muslims, as Islamic art has produced many artifacts to protect and care for animals.

This saddle confirms beyond doubt the philosophy of beauty, mercy and compassion in the Islamic civilization.
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5/14/2019 12:02:47 PM
<![CDATA[Six emotional scenes moved us in Ramadan]]>
1-"Le Akher Nafas" (Till the last breath)

In "Le Akher Nafas" (Till the last breath) Salma (Yasmine Abdel Aziz) made us feel really sad after her husband Hazem (Fathy Abdel Wahab) died. Abdel Aziz performed that scene brilliantly.

Salma received a call from the gang, asking her to give them Oscar wild's novel that contains the secret code that her husband used to communicate with the drug dealers.

The gang asked Salma to throw the novel in the Nile to give her back her kidnapped daughter. Salma, with the help of her late husband's friend Adham, managed to decipher the code to find a sentence that says "the beginning starts from death" so they went to Hazem’s grave to find disks.

The series is directed by Hossam Ali, and written by Amin Galal and Tarek el-Kashef.
Abdel Aziz plays the role of an engineer, who is married to a police officer and has two children. The series is an interesting social drama and depicts the confused engineer who is looking for the murderers of her husband.

The series stars Ahmed el-Awadi, Ahmed Salah Hosny, Morad Makram, Hagar el-Sharnoubi, Ismail Sharaf, among others. "Le Akher Nafas" is produced by Synergy.

2- "Hekayty" (My Story)

In "Hekayty", Dalida (Yasmine Sabry) loses her mother after a strong battle with cancer and bids farewell to her in a very emotional scene.

Yasmine Sabry plays her first leading role in the series “Hekayty”. Wafaa Amer, Edward, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Ahmed Hatem, Ahmad Bedair, Maha Abu Auf, Islam Gamal, Ahmed Gamal Said, Dunia el-Masry, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Mustafa Darwish are co-starring alongside Sabry.

The series is a social drama written by Mohamed Abdel Moty and directed by Ahmed Samir Farag. The social drama revolves around the success journey of a girl who starts with nothing but has a lot of ambitions and dreams. The determined girl eventually reaches her dreams and overcomes numerous obstacles.“Hekayty” is the production of Synergy.

3- "Abou Gabal"

Mostafa Shaaban made us all feel deep grief after he lost his children as a result of a huge fire in his house.

Abou Gabal is a rich merchant who faces along with his family severe problems and crises. The series highlights Abou Gabal's attempts to know the true reason behind these problems.

"Abou Gabal" stars Aicha ben Ahmed, Diab, Naglaa Badr, Mahmoud el Bezawy, among others. The series is written by Mohamed Sayed Beshir, directed by Ahmed Saleh and produced by Synergy.



4- "Lams Aktaf"

The wrestling match between the two friends Adham (Yasser Galal) and Ashraf (Karam Gaber) that left Ashraf paralyzed was very emotional, especially Adham’s regret and sadness after unintentionally harming his friend.

Galal embodies the role of a wrestler named Adham, who gets involved in criminal acts and later decides to repent and live a secure and stable life. However, Adham faces hardships as he is chased by mafia members.

Galal went through rigorous training in order to appear in a certain body shape suiting the role he is playing.

The series is starring Fathy Abdel Wahab, Hanan Metaweh, Eman el-Asy, Samar Morsy, Donia Abdel Aziz, Mohamed Ezz, among others. “Lams Aktaf” is directed by Hussein al-Nabawi.

The series is the third leading role for Yasser Galal in a television drama after "Zel el-Raes" and "Rahim". “Lams Aktaf” is produced by Synergy.

5-"Qamar Hady" (Hady’s moon)

Hady’s daughter death in a car accident was extremely painful.

"Qamar Hady" revolves around a notorious drug dealer named Hady Abul Makarem portrayed by star Hani Salama. Abdul Makarem owns a luxurious car agency and uses it to launder money from his drug trade. Eventually, the notorious drug dealer starts to have numerous altercations with his competitors.

Salama falls in love with Yousra el-Lozi during the events of the series and gets involved in a murder; his older brother, played by Mohsin Mohy el-Din, reports him to the police.
"Qamar Hady" is written by Islam Hafez and directed by Raouf Abdel Aziz. The series is the production of Synergy.

6- "Kalabesh part 3"(Handcuffs)

The emotional scene in "Kalabesh part 3" that moved us all was when Selim el Ansary saw his mother and son after a long period of absence, where they though that he died but in fact he assigned an intelligence mission outside the country.

Egyptian superstar Amir Kharar dubbed Basha Masr (Egypt’s Pasha) is back this year again with the beloved character of Selim el-Ansary.

Kalabesh is a 2017 Egyptian drama and suspense TV-series directed by Peter Mimi; it revolves around Selim el-Ansary who is a confident and honest policeman. The series reflects the heroism and dedication of the Egyptian Armed Forces and police in combating the dark ideology of extremists.

The series is based on a story written by Yousef Hassan Yousef, then dramatized and scripted by Baher Dewidar.

A sequel was released in 2018 and a third season is broadcast during Ramadan 2019. Both the first and second parts of the series achieved great success.

In the third part, Selim el-Ansary is submitting his resignation to Major General Galal Khattab but the latter strongly objects to this request. Eventually, the resignation is accepted and Ansary moves on to establish a security company, which he co-owns with Akram Safwan. However, various disagreements occur between them.

The third part of the series is starring beside Karara, Rogina, Yasser Ali Maher, Dina, Ghinwa Mahmoud, Ahmed el-Awadi, among others. “Kalabsh P III” is directed by Peter Mimi and written by Baher Dewidar. "Kalabesh" is produced by Synergy.
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5/13/2019 4:46:33 PM
<![CDATA[3 Surprises in the 7th episode of 'Abou Gabal']]>
The first was the imprisonment of Mostafa Shaaban's cousin. The head of the investigation, Hassan Abou Gabal, confirmed that all the parties that were accused of committing the crime were proved innocent by the investigation.

The investigations also proved that the perpetrator was someone close to the family who knew significant details about them, which is Shaaban, Hassan’s cousin and his life time friend. He was detained pending further investigation.

Shaaban’s wife -Rasha Bin Muawiya- complains to Hassan Abou Gabal and his wife -Aisha Bin Ahmed- and assures him that all the trouble he is facing is because of Hassan.

One of the surprises in the episode is when Naglaa Badr discovered she was pregnant with her first child after two years of trying. This pleases her husband -Mohamed Diab.

Hassan Abou Gabal sits with his wife and her family, who clarify to him that they do not wish that she moves to the Citadel area, claiming that the area is not suitable for her or her child. Intisar’s mother-Mariam Hussein- is trying to persuade her to marry Rizk, her deceased husband’s brother, as she has her eyes on their fortune.

The most important surprise in the episode is the will left by Hassan Hosni to sell the entire company to Mustafa Shaaban.

It is noteworthy that the series is exclusively broadcast on ON E. It is produced by Synergy and directed by Ahmed Saleh. The series is starring Mostafa Shaaban, Naglaa Badr, Miriam Hassan, Aisha Bin Ahmed, Diab, Mohamed Ali Rizk, among others.
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5/13/2019 4:06:37 PM
<![CDATA[Mazaher Ensemble, The Castle to perform on May 13]]>
The concert is set to take place in Makan Theater for Arts at 9 p.m. on May 13.

The Castle is one of the bands that recently joined the alternative music scene in the Arab World, despite being an American band that started off in Los Angeles. The band is inspired by the 1990s Arabic rock and pop music and they present it to their Arab fans in their own unique style. The band consists of members of various nationalities.

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Moreover, the Egyptian Ensemble Mazaher is considered one of the first bands that perform Zar; one of the few musical combinations in which women play a key role. Zar concerts aim to present a "state of mind" rather than just a musical concert.

Mazaher Ensemble is inspired by three styles of Zar music: the Upper Egyptian Zar, Abul Gheit Zar and the Sudanese or African Zar.
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5/13/2019 3:49:01 PM
<![CDATA[New season of 'Khebetna' to kick off in Eid el Fitr]]>
Sobhy previously recounted that he began the play in 2004 as the occupation of Iraq began. He finished writing it in 2007, and during this period, he contemplated the fate of our nation in light of the events in Iraq.

"I wondered what our problem was in the Arab world and answered this question in the drama of this play. ‘Khebetna’ is a work of magical realism," he said.

The play is inspired by Francis Fukuyama’s “The End of History and the Last Man,” which tackles the final form of liberal democracy; the play is also influenced by the work of renowned historian Bernard Lewis.
“Khebetna” was written in 2004, but performance prospects were delayed several times.
The play has been adapted for relevance to current events. Studio Tamseel (Acting Studio) troupe will participate in “Khebetna”. Alongside Sobhy, the play stars Samah el-Saeed and Nada Maher, among others.

Sobhy was born in Cairo in 1948. In 1967, he caught widespread attention by playing the role of “Hamlet” in a unique adaptation for his final project at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts.

Sobhy graduated with honors and was later appointed as an instructor at the institute.
Sobhy began his theatrical career by performing minor roles in famous plays alongside great actors like Salah Mansour, Mohamed Awad, Fouad el-Mohandes and Mohamed Negm.

His first minor yet influential role was in the famous play “Hello Shalaby” in 1970. Sobhy’s first leading role was in “Entaha el Dars Ya Ghabi” (The Lesson is Over, Stupid).

Sobhy’s theatrical repertoire includes performances in “Al Joker” (The Joker), “Al Hamagy” (The Barbarian), “Weghet Nazar” (A Point of View), and “Carmen”, among others.

He performed in many popular soap operas, including “Fares bela Gawad” (A Knight without a Horse) and “Yawmeyat Wanees” (Wanees’ Diaries).

Carthage Theater Days Festival, which kicked off on December 8, 2017, honored Sobhy on December 11. CTDF organized a major ceremony to honor the veteran actor. The event also included a seminar discussing Sobhy’s theatrical career, which was attended by various media personnel.

The third edition of Sharm El-Sheikh Youth Theatre Festival management also honored Sobhy.
The owner of Sama Company, Egyptian businessman Hassan Rateb, acquired 80 percent of the Soby-owned company Sonbol City.

Rateb will transform Sonbol City into Sama Sonbol Academy, targeting young talents in various arts fields, such as music, singing, acting, directing and photography. The academy will become the second technical entity specialized in this field, the first being the Academy of Arts.

Rateb previously pointed out that the academy also aims to maximize the cultural and artistic role in society.

Rateb added that they are planning to update all studios to comprise the best modern equipment in photography, lighting and visual effects. Rateb also plans to introduce a number of specialists meant to help develop young talents.

Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, the sovereign ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, honored Sobhy on Tuesday, March 13, at the opening ceremony of the 28th edition of Sharjah Theatre Festival.

A cultured, enlightened and multi-talented artist who has enriched the Arab theatre with many plays, Sobhy’s rich theatrical experience has made him a role model for all Arab theatrical artists.

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5/13/2019 3:47:19 PM
<![CDATA[‘Hogan’ episodes trend number 1 on Twitter]]>
The seventh episode of the series witnessed Hogan ( Mohamed Emam) and Nouga ( Asma Abul Yazid) wedding party, after he escapes from the death scene of Kawthar -Inaam Salousa. Kawthar died after Bahloul threatened her with a knife to tell him the whereabouts of his wife Warda.

Hogan entered Kawthar’s house to find her dead in the crime scene. Warda enters the house shortly after Hogan’s arrival, thinking that he is the murderer. This drove Hogan to flee. During his escape, one of the men working for Ramadan shoots and injures him in his shoulder. This forces Hogan to head to Nouga’s house to help him treat the wound.

“Hogan” starring Mohamed Imam is broadcast on Al Hayat TV at 10:30 p.m. during the holy month of Ramadan. "Hogan" is a social/action series that revolves around a tough young man who is gifted with numerous talents and skills and comes from a shabby neighbourhood. Hogan is able to chew glass and pull a car using his teeth.

The series is starring Kareem Mahmoud Abdul Aziz, Salah Abdullah, Riad el-Khouli, Aida Riad, Mirna Nour el-Din, Arafa Abdul Rasool, Asma Abu Al Yazid, Hajar Ahmed and Os Os. The series is written by Salah el-Azzab, directed by Sherine Adel and is the production of Synergy.

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5/13/2019 3:42:09 PM
<![CDATA[What happened to Sameh during 7th episode of 'Alamet Estefham'?]]>
It was clear from the scene that Noah was only scaring them both, as he previously unloaded the gun. An argument started between Sameh and Mahmoud because of the idea of placing a gun in the office; the gun was given to Sameh by his father to protect himself in case of danger.

Sameh later discovered that the bullets were fake. Sameh asked Noah how he knew about the gun. Noah answered that he knew the bullets were fake and that he doesn’t want to talk because he wants to sleep.

Sameh saw a man riding a motorbike in circles around his car. Shortly after, an unknown number called Sameh. When he replied, the caller asked him to stay away from Noah. The beggar that Sameh once met before appeared next to his car riding a Mercedes Benz.

Sameh lost his mind and decided to chase the car and the motorbike before being interrupted by a woman that suddenly appeared in front of his car.

At the end of the episode, Sameh returned home; he noticed a movement behind the curtains and was shocked to see Noah. Sameh fell, banged his head against the floor and started to bleed. The episode ended at that scene. Did Sameh die? Did he get paralyzed? Find out by watching the eighth episode.

“Alamet Estefham” is being broadcast on CBC, ON E and, DMC. It is written by Islam Hafez, and directed by Sameeh el-Naqash. The series is the production of Synergy.

The screenplay is starring Mohamed Ragab, Mirhan Hussein, Haitham Ahmed, Jihane Khalil, Edward, Mahmoud el-Bezawy, among others.

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5/13/2019 3:33:26 PM
<![CDATA[Shaimaa Seif apologize to the Sudanese people after “insulting scene”]]>
Seif appeared in a comedy program painting her face in a dark color. She spoke using the Sudanese accent in which many viewed as insulting. Once the episode was broadcasted on May 10, the actress received numerous comments including one that stated “This is not funny, this is racist”. Another user commented “There is a big difference between what is funny and what is decent and culturally appropriate. Next time before you do such a thing, hire a consultant, if it is insulting and will hurt a large number of individuals, then refrain from doing it”

For her part, the Egyptian actress responded by writing an apology on her Facebook page, saying “My dear Sudanese fans, a little while ago i read a great number of your comments that contained numerous insults. I am a comedian and my role was supposed to be funny, I was hoping you would take my performance in a comical way.”

“Surely, I didn't mean to hurt any of you”, continued Seif. “I love you, and surely you love me too. I am sorry if I let you down in a situation that is out of my hands. Only God knows how I feel towards you” commented Seif.

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5/12/2019 5:05:26 PM
<![CDATA[Episode 6 reveals secret of 'Le Akher Nafas' ]]>
The gang asked Salma to throw the novel in the Nile to return back her kidnapped daughter. Salma, with the help of her late husband's friend Adham, managed to decipher the code to find a sentence that says "the beginning starts from death" so they went to Hazem’s grave to find disks.




The series is directed by Hossam Ali, and written by Amin Galal and Tarek el-Kashef.

Abdel Aziz plays the role of an engineer, who is married to a police officer and has two children. The series is an interesting social drama and depicts the confused engineer while looking for solutions for her daily problems. Le Akher Nafas is a social drama series.

The series stars Ahmed el-Awadi, Ahmed Salah Hosny, Morad Makram, Hagar el-Sharnoubi, Ismail Sharaf, among others. Le Akher Nafas is produced by Synergy.
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5/12/2019 5:00:58 PM
<![CDATA[What happened in episode 6 of "Lams Aktaf"?]]>
Kamal accused Adham of killing a group of policemen after a camera accidentally shot Adham beside the dead police officers.

Adham refused to confess a crime he didn’t commit and managed to escape from the police officer to be caught by the real murderer named Mongy.

Mongy offered Adham LE 1 million to confess to the security forces that he killed the policemen. Adham refused and asked for LE 3 million.

Will Mongy pay the LE 3 million? Will Adham confess a crime he didn’t commit? We have to watch episode seven to know.

Galal embodies the role of a boxer named Adham, who gets involved in criminal acts, and later decides to repent and live a secure and stable life. However, Adham faces hardships as he is chased by Mafia members.

Galal went through rigorous training in order to appear in a certain body shape suiting the role he is playing.

The series is starring Fathy Abdel Wahab, Hanan Metaweh, Eman el-Asy, Samar Morsy, Donia Abdel Aziz, Mohamed Ezz, among others. “Lams Aktaf” is directed by Hussein al-Nabawi.

The series is the third leading role for Yasser Galal in a television drama after "Zel el-Raes" and "Rahim". “Lams Aktaf” is produced by Synergy.

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5/12/2019 4:53:46 PM
<![CDATA[A visit to the Museum of Islamic Art in Ramadan]]>
After years of renovation of the available collection, the museum opened its doors in January 2017. Located in the heart of the Arab world to display approximately 1,700 objects, MIA owns one of the most important and largest collections in the world.

Erected in 1903 in Bab el- Kalq, this museum is considered one of the greatest museums in the world. It is made up of one large floor with plenty of exhibits.

The museum's right wing includes many artefacts from different Islamic periods.

It contains also wood panels, gold dinars, ceramic dishes, beautiful jewellery, ivory, boxes and whole doors. The museum's left wing includes in addition to the Egyptian Islamic art, Persian and Turkish artefacts.

The collection in this section includes surgical instruments, scales, sand clocks, astrolabes and compasses to determine Ka’ba direction to help Muslims pray.
This museum was closed in January 2014 after a bomb attack on the Cairo police directorate.

Relocated here in 1903 from its original home at the Fatimid Mosque of al-Hakim, this building is of tremendous importance, as it is the oldest building purposefully built to display Islamic art.

The museum's collection was accumulated from various sources, including excavations, purchases, gifts and important Islamic monuments in Cairo.

Consequently, the museum owns impressive ceramics, textiles, metalwork, carved wood and stone artefacts that illustrate the material culture of Egypt from the 7th-19th centuries, as well as the largest group of enamelled and gilded Mamluk mosque lamps in the world.


The museum now uses a chronological approach to arrange its collection beginning with the Umayyad era, before continuing with the Abbasid/Tulunid, Fatimid, Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman periods.

The second half of the tour includes artefacts from Ottoman Turkey, Persia and Andalus (Muslim Spain), as well as thematic sections, such as funerary art, epigraphy, calligraphy, carpets and textiles, geometry, astronomy and medicine.

The museum is one large floor, yet has enough exhibits for at least two hours of interesting browsing. The museum's interior was designed to depend on the natural light, which makes it one of the most comfortable museums in Egypt to visit.

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The museum's tickets are fairly affordable. Foreigners are charged LE 100 per adult and L.E 50 per foreign student. Egyptians are charged LE 10 per adult and LE 5 per student. A photography ticket costs LE 50.

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5/12/2019 4:36:37 PM
<![CDATA[What happened in 6th episode of 'Hogan'?]]>
Hogan -Mohamed Imam- entered Kawthar’s house to find her dead in the crime scene. Warda enters the house shortly after Hogan’s arrival, thinking that he is the murderer. This drove Hogan to flee. During his escape, one of the men working for Ramadan shoots and injures him in his shoulder. This forces Hogan to head to Nouga’s house to help him treat the bullet wound.

“Hogan” starring Mohamed Imam is broadcast on Al Hayat TV at 10:30 p.m. during the holy month of Ramadan."Hogan" is a social/action series that revolves around a tough young man that comes from a shabby neighborhood, gifted with numerous talents and skills. Hogan is able to chew glass and pull a car using his teeth.

The series is starring Kareem Mahmoud Abdul Aziz, Salah Abdullah, Riad el-Khouli, Aida Riad, Mirna Nour el-Din, Arafa Abdul Rasool, Asma Abu Al Yazid, Hajar Ahmed and Os Os. The series is written by Salah el-Azzab, directed by Sherine Adel and is the production of Synergy.
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5/12/2019 4:30:01 PM
<![CDATA['Hal Hilalak' tent gathers thousands of Egyptians in its opening]]>
The events began with a return to the artistic heritage through the wonderful works of late Salah Jahin and Sayed Mekkawi and the puppet show “El leila el Kebera” (the big night) directed by late Salah el-Sakka and produced by the Theater House. Following the puppet show, the children headed to the various workshops of drawing, coloring and creating lanterns for Ramadan to develop their artistic and creative abilities.

The Folklore Arts House presented shows of the national circus stars who presented a range of artistic performances that brought joy to the audience. The first night concluded with singing in the love of Prophet Muhammad and God, where vocalist Mahmoud el-Tohamy performed a series of Sufi recitals.



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5/12/2019 4:21:38 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptians, Germans cooperate to digitalize Egyptian heritage]]>
The cultural blog comes as part of a cooperation program between the Egyptian National Library and Archives, Faculty of Archeology in Fayoum University, Department of Islamic Studies at the German University of Marburg and the German Association for Scientific Cooperation.

The launch came in the presence of a number of accredited ambassadors and officials of the German Foreign Ministry in addition to a number of German citizens and members of the Egyptian community in Germany. Ambassador of Egypt to Berlin Bader Abdul Ati stressed the importance of the efforts exerted to preserve the Egyptian heritage and digitalize it, pointing to the Egyptian leadership's keen interest in culture and civilization, in addition to establishing a large city for culture and arts in the new administrative capital, beside the establishment of the Museum of Civilization and the launching of the Grand Egyptian Museum in 2020.

The ambassador further stressed the importance the state attaches to improving the mechanisms of preserving monuments, documents and manuscripts and that this serves not only Egypt, but all humanity, as the Egyptian heritage is a world heritage. The ambassador also praised the cooperation between Egypt and Germany in various fields.

Abdel Ati noted that Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anany will visit Germany in the upcoming days in the framework of further cooperation between Egypt and Germany in the areas of monument preservation and training provision. Head of the Egyptian National Library (ENLA) and Archives Hisham Azmi spoke about the important efforts exerted by the ENLA which was established in 1870 to benefit from international expertise in the preservation of thousands of manuscripts which represent a great human asset.

Last but not least, the head of the Islamic Studies at Marburg University stated that the horizon is fully open for further cooperation between Egypt and Germany in the development and preservation of manuscripts and documents in light of the multiplicity of German centers and institutions in this field.
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5/12/2019 4:13:06 PM
<![CDATA[Happy birthday brilliant Malek]]>
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 38-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 ‘’ Bohemian Rhapsody’’ 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.


The Upper Egyptian -American star Rami Malek has made it to the Oscars and received Best Actor award after his brilliant portrayal of Queen's main vocalist, the legendary Freddie Mercury, in "Bohemian Rhapsody" movie.

Malek's full acceptance speech

"I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him, and I think his curly-haired little mind would be blown. That kid was struggling with his identity, trying to figure himself out.

"I think to anyone struggling with their identity and trying to discover their voice, listen: We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant who lived his life just unapologetically himself. And the fact that I'm celebrating him and this story with you tonight is the proof that we're longing for stories like this."

“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, a first-generation American... and part of my story is being written right now. I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment. It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.” -Rami Malek's 2019 Oscars acceptance speech for "Best Actor," Bohemian Rhapsody.

Malek has won all the awards preceding the 91st Academy Awards: The Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and SAG, so we would have been frustrated if he didn’t win an Oscar.

Malek’s talent, determination, strong will and great ambitious to achieve his dreams whatever the obstacles made him the best actor in 2019.




Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek has been the center of attention of all Egyptians and Arabs since the release of the dark, mindboggling, and award-winning hit television series “Mr Robot.”

Malek was recognized as the Most Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the Emmy awards in 2016.

In 2017 a video of Malek speaking Arabic in an interview, talking about “Mr Robot” and the limited roles in Hollywood for Middle Easter actors went viral after it was shared by user Mohammad Nashy. While actors from the region are often asked to portray the roles of terrorists, the star status Malek has achieved stands out.



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5/12/2019 12:57:50 PM
<![CDATA[Ghalia Benali to perform at Cairo Opera House May 26]]>CAIRO – 11 May 2019: Famed Tunisian artist Ghalia Benali will perform a concert at Cairo Opera House on May 26 as part of Cairo Opera House’s Ramadan concerts.

Benali participated for the first time as an actress in the 40th edition of Cairo International Film Festival with her Tunisian movie "Fatwa".

"Fatwa" won the Golden Tanit award from Carthage International Film Festival.

Ben Ali studied art in Belgium and then found herself mesmerized by the multiculturalism of the Middle East.

She grew up listening to the voices of Umm Kulthum and other Arab legends, and watching Arabic films that later contributed to her understanding of the multiple Arabic cultures and philosophies.

She embarked on her artistic journey and released her first album in the late 1990s. Her album “Ghalia Benali Sings Om Kalthoum”, released in 2010, attracted many Arab youth to enjoy the classical strong lyrics of the famous Umm Kulthum and discover ben Ali.

Ben Ali participated in Citybeats Music Festival which kicked off on June 4 in Paris.

Being the first Arab music festival in Paris, Citybeats Music Festival hosted in its first edition three Arab music stars: Tunisian Ghalia ben Ali, Egyptian Maryam Saleh and Palestinian-Jordanian singer El-Farei.
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5/11/2019 4:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Van Damme praised Mohamed Ramadan as "great actor"]]>
"Hey Mohamed Ramadan, how are you? It was great working with you. I appreciate your kindness. You're a great actor, good face, good body and one day maybe we will work together, we'll see, inshallah," the famed actor and kickboxing star said in the video.

Ramadan is currently partcipating in the Ramadan marathon with his latest series ‘’Zelzal’’ alongside Hala Shiha, Hanady Mehana, Maged el Masry Ahmed Seyam, Nesrine Amin, Youssef Osman, among others. Shiha is returning back to acting after a long hiatus of 12 years.

In "Zelzal", Ramadan performs the role of both the father and son, an experience he previously succeeded in, in the series “Nesr El Saeed” which gained great success in Ramadan 2018.

The events of the series take place in 1992 when a devastating earthquake struck Egypt. A man buys a house in instalments and the last instalment is due; the owner of the house demands that the house be registered in his name and his ownership is renounced.

The seller decides to wait and prolongs the process until the devastating earthquake strikes. The buyer dies and the house collapses post the destructive force of the earthquake.

The seller then refuses to hand over the piece of land on which the house was built to the heirs of the deceased, creating a clash between him and the son of the deceased.

Despite the fact that there is a love story between the daughter of the seller and the son of the deceased, the girl's father stands between them.

The series is directed by Yasser Samy and written by Abdul Rahim Kamal. “Zelzal” is the production of Synergy.


Ramadan’s first concert achieved a booming success.

The concert was held at Al Manara Int. Convention Centre on March 29.

Ramadan performed a selection of his songs that were filmed as video clips such as “Ana Mafia” (I am Mafia), “Virus”, “No. 1”, “Ana el-Malek” (I am the King) among others.
Ramadan received the award of the 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 YousryNasrallah's “EhkyYaSharazad” (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 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 2018 in terms of viewership on YouTube.

“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 received appraisal from his fans on the clip, which he presented in a distinctive way.

Ramadan is currently shooting his upcoming Ramadan series “Zilzal” (Earthquake). The series is produced by Synergy Productions.

"Zilzal" is written by Abdel Raouf Kamal and directed by IbrhaimFakhr. Actress HalaShiha will co-star with Ramadan after years of hiatus.

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5/11/2019 3:10:16 PM
<![CDATA[Royal mummies to be transfered from Egyptian Museum to NMEC on June.15]]>
Renowned Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass revealed that all these valuable mummies will be transferred to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization by a great world prade on June 15.


The mummies is for acclaimed ancient Egyptian kings like Amenhotep the First, Thutmose I, Thutmose II, Thutmose II , Ramses I, , Ramses II, Ramses III, among others.

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The Egyptian museum houses a collection of other valuable artefacts such as :

1- The statue of Rahotep, high priest of Heliopolis, and his wife Nofret, whose name means "The Beautiful." A vivid feeling is conveyed by the two figures, which feature remarkable preservation of the painted surface.

2- The funerary mask of Yuya, father of Tiye, who became the Great Royal Wife of Amenhotep III. Yuya was a powerful courtier who lived in the 18th Dynasty.


3- A mannequin of Tutankhamun, a very life-like representation made of wood, covered in plaster and painted is shown in the Egyptian Museum.

4- Saqqara Bird Statue, a falcon-shaped bird from the Late New Kingdom.


5- Canopic jars were used by the ancient Egyptians during mummification to store the viscera of their owner for the afterlife. They were often carved from limestone or made of clay.

6-The funerary mask of Nekhet-iset from the Late Period. This mummy's headdress is made of cartonnage (glued layers of papyrus or linen) and covered with gilding.

7-A mural showing Ramses II grasping the enemies of Egypt by the hair.

8-The famous golden mask that was found over the royal mummy's head when King Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered. The piece is one of the museum's most iconic displays.

9-A mural showing an offering to Osiris, the god of the underworld.

10-A statue of Mitri as a scribe. Mitri was one of the prominent figures in the 6th Dynasty who served in many positions. His statue was found in his tomb at Saqqara.

11- A sculpture of a young Tutankhamun



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5/11/2019 2:53:24 PM
<![CDATA[Aladdin's London premiere took place on May.9]]>
"I am so incredibly blessed to be sharing this experience w/ this amazing group of human beings. London - thank you. You left me #Speechless. #Aladdin" Massoud wrote on Twitter and Instagram while at the star-studded event in Leicester Square.


Aladdin’s tale itself was born and characterized by a European colonial view of Asia.


Aladdin had no known source before French writer Antoine Galland stuck it into his 18th-century translation of 1001 Nights, claiming to have heard it from a Syrian storyteller.


The original story of Aladdin was set not in the Arabic world, but in China, and was gradually transformed into a Middle Eastern tale by storytellers.


Disney announced earlier that the movie includes new songs as well as re-recordings of the original songs written by Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.


The trailer features snippets of the songs included in the original movie, including “Friend like me” and “A whole new world.”

Massoud was chosen by director Guy Ritchie to play title role of Aladdin. He was born in Cairo, Egypt to Egyptian Coptic Christian parents before immigrating to Canada when he was three-years-old. He was amid hundreds of actors who auditioned for the role.


He prepared for his Aladdin role by getting more into fitness staring from 2016. This is clear in the photos he added to his Instagram account , showing the tough training he went through at the gym to get that six pack.

“I grew up in a culturally different household, my parents saw certain things differently than other people.

I went to schools that had a significantly large Caucasian population and I feel very fortunate because I was able to compare that perspective with my family’s.

It allowed me to create a wider world view on things.

Also, though, at this point in my career, being a visible minority in this industry still affects me,’’ recounted Massoud in his interview with Defective Geeks.

Massoud participated in Amazon's Jack Ryan series, playing the role of John Krasinski. He participated as well in some successful shows like Nikita, Open Heart, and Saving Hope.

Massoud recently joined the cast of the movie ‘Strange but True,’ starring alongside with Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley and Connor Jessup.

"I can’t compete for roles that require me to be Caucasian or African American, even if those characters really connect with me and intrigue me," he continued.

"The competition may be less, some people would say, but the amount of work to be had is less as well. However, I think the industry is growing more and more and starting to support actors of all cultural backgrounds’’ declared Massoud in his interview with Defective Geeks.

Massoud admitted that he was inspired by the great actor Robin Williams. “He was an incredibly well-rounded actor, but I grew up on his role in ‘Mrs. Doubtfire.’’’

Massoud talked about Williams in an interview with ‘The Hudsucker.’ He explained that his admiration to Williams pushed him to shift from The University of Toronto to an arts program at Ryerson University.

Also, ‘Power Rangers’ star Naomi Scott will perform the role of Jasmine, while Will Smith is the Genie. Shooting will start on August in London.

Massoud's has starred in over 8 movies so far: What Happens Next, Americanistan, Let’s Rap, Ordinary Days, Masters in Crime, Final Exam, with Aladdin and Strange But True still in the works.

Disney has revealed the first full-length trailer for its live-action remake of Aladdin, starring Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie.

The teaser only got the audience more excited for “A Whole New World” based on the catchy colors, special effects and snappiness of the remake of the 1992 animated film.
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5/11/2019 12:55:54 PM
<![CDATA[For the first time, a shortlist for Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature]]>
The jury members of this year’s Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature are Ibrahim Nasrallah, acclaimed writer, novelist, and literary critic; Hebba Sherif, writer, literary critic, and cultural consultant; Samah Selim, translator and associate professor of Arabic language and literature at Rutgers University in the US; Shereen Abouelnaga, literary critic and professor of English and comparative literature at Cairo University; and Humphrey Davies, award-winning translator of Arabic literature into English.

The award, recognized as a major contribution in support of contemporary Arabic literature in translation, consists of a silver medal and a cash prize of $3,000, as well as translation and publication by AUC Press’s fiction imprint Hoopoe. Every year, the award ceremony draws writers and distinguished personalities of Egyptian cultural life.

The 25 winners of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature since its inauguration include 11 women and 14 men; 12 Egyptians (2 posthumously), 3 Palestinians, 1 Algerian, 2 Lebanese, 1 Moroccan, 2 Syrians, 1 Iraqi, 1 Sudanese, and 1 Saudi Arabian.

The 2018 Mahfouz Medal went to Saudi Arabian writer Omaima Al-Khamis for her novel Masra al-gharaniq fi mudun al-‘aqiq (Voyage of the Cranes in the Cities of Agate).

AUC Press has been the primary publisher of Naguib Mahfouz’s English-language editions for more than thirty years, and has also been responsible for the publication of some 600 foreign-language editions of the Nobel laureate’s works in more than 40 languages around the world since the author won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988.

With some 50 new publications annually and more than 800 titles in print, AUC Press is recognized as the region’s leading English-language publisher.

The Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, established by the American University in Cairo Press in 1996, is awarded to the best contemporary novel published in Arabic in the last two years. It is selected every fall by the five jury members that make up the Mahfouz Award Committee.

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5/11/2019 11:31:28 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Media Group dedicates three series to NMA]]>
The three series are ‘’ Hekayty’’ ( My story), ‘’ Alamet Estefham’’ ( Question Mark) and “Talket Haz” (Luck Strike). The dedicated series are produced by Synergy company, one of the companies affiliated to EMG.

CEO of Egyptian Media Group,famed producer Tamer Mursi announced that this dedication comes within the continuous cooperation between EMG and the National Media Authority.

Yasmine Sabry plays her first leading role in the series “Hekayty”. Wafaa Amer, Edward, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Ahmed Hatem, Ahmad Bedair, Maha Abu Auf, Islam Gamal, Ahmed Gamal Said, Dunia el-Masry, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Mustafa Darwish are starring alongside Sabry.

The series is a social drama written by Mohamed Abdel Moty and directed by Ahmed Samir Farag.

The social drama revolves around the success journey of a girl who starts with nothing but acquire a lot of ambitions and dreams.

The determined girl eventually reaches her dreams by overcoming numerous obstacles. Artistic critics in Egypt anticipate the series will achieve great success.

“Talket Haz” (Luck strike) is starring famed comedian Mustafa Khater, Ayten Amer, Ahmed Maher, Enaam Salousa, Hosny Shatta, Mirna Nour el Din, among others.

The comedy screenplay revolves around a man that faces numerous problems with his four sisters who do not get along with his wife.

However, the man’s wife supports her husband as he faces his vicious sisters. The series is written by Ihab Beleilbal and directed by Ahmed Amin.

Alamet Estefham" series is a mystery puzzling its cast.The makers of "Alamet Estefham" imposed complete secrecy around the events of the last ten episodes.

Each actor/actress will be informed of the events of the last ten episodes directly before filming the scenes, so that the events are not exposed to them especially that the events of the series revolve around ambiguity.

The makers of the series completed filming 20 episodes but the actors do not have an idea of how the series will come to an end, although scriptwriter Islam Hafez almost completed writing the entire series.

"Alamet Estefham" is directed by Sameeh al-Nakash. The screenplay is starring Mohamed Ragab, Haitham Ahmed Zaki, Marehan Hussein, Jihan Khalil, Edward, Norhan, Koki, Mahmoud el-Bazzawy, Abdel Rahman Abou Zahra, Yousra el Masaoudi, Salma Hassan, Gina Selim, Islam Hafez, among othe
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5/10/2019 2:06:44 PM
<![CDATA[For the first time, Zelzal with sign language translation]]>
This step comes because of DMC willingness to support people with special needs, in an attempt to engage deaf and dumb with Egyptian drama. ‘’ Zelzal’’ is the first but not the last for DMC as it will repeat this experience with other series in the coming period.


The series, starring megastar Mohamed Ramadan, Hala Shiha, Hanady Mehana, Maged el Masry Ahmed Seyam, Nesrine Amin, Youssef Osman, among others. Shiha is returning back to acting after a long hiatus of 12 years.

In "Zelzal", Ramadan performs the role of both the father and son, an experience he previously succeeded in, in the series “Nesr El Saeed” which gained great success in Ramadan 2018.

The events of the series take place in 1992 when a devastating earthquake struck Egypt. A man buys a house in instalments and the last instalment is due; the owner of the house demands that the house be registered in his name and his ownership is renounced.

The seller decides to wait and prolongs the process until the devastating earthquake strikes. The buyer dies and the house collapses post the destructive force of the earthquake.

The seller then refuses to hand over the piece of land on which the house was built to the heirs of the deceased, creating a clash between him and the son of the deceased.

Despite the fact that there is a love story between the daughter of the seller and the son of the deceased, the girl's father stands between them.

The series is directed by Yasser Samy and written by Abdul Rahim Kamal. “Zelzal” is the production of Synergy.
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5/10/2019 1:41:17 PM
<![CDATA[What are Egypt's trends during Ramadan?]]>
From prominent Egyptian TV drama and faith, to food and shopping, discussions of all varieties take place during Ramadan, keeping everyone updated with #WhatsHappening in the moment.

With #Ramadan having officially kicked off, Toluna conducted an online survey with Twitter users in Egypt to help understand the general shifts in behavior that lead to increase in activities including exercising, browsing social media, visiting family and friends and shopping.

A key insight resulting from the survey is that users in Egypt become more value-driven than brand-loyal during Ramadan, meaning that they tend to be affected by brand offers instead of buying their usual products.

Consequently, 87% revealed that they explore and try new brands and 82% believe their overall spending during Ramadan is higher in comparison to the rest of the year.

Finally, 89% admit that discounts and promotions impact their purchases, especially when it comes to food and beverages.

Curious what Egyptians spend their money on during the month? Below are the top categories for intended purchases during Ramadan:

- Clothing/fashion accessories
- Perfumes/beauty products
- Mobile phone/laptop/tablet
- Home appliances/electronics

No surprise there, another insight found is that TV content is king during the holy month, but not exclusively viewed on a ‘TV screen’.

Almost 52% of Twitter users in Egypt believe they watch more TV than usual during Ramadan with the high majority of 76% watching TV to follow Egyptian series. Also, Twitter is the ultimate second screen to Ramadan’s TV shows or its users.

Egypt’s top three most sought-after content genres on Twitter are religious (63%), comedy (59%) and entertainment (58%).

Moreover, 94% of users in Egypt intend to use Twitter while watching TV during Ramadan with 40% Tweeting about what they’re watching, 53% reading other people’s Tweets about what they’re watching, 52% discovering which shows to watch and 16% using Twitter while watching TV, but not in relation to what they’re watching.

#RamadanKareem and we wish all Muslims a blessed #Ramadan.

Twitter is what’s happening in the world and what people are talking about right now.

From breaking news and entertainment to sports, politics, and everyday interests, see every side of the story. ]]>
5/10/2019 1:19:43 PM
<![CDATA[Medhat Saleh to perform at Cairo Opera House on May 14]]>
Saleh was born in 1960 in Cairo's Shobra district. He started his musical career directly after he graduated from Cairo University.

He released his first song, entitled “Akeed” (Sure), in the 1980s.

He performed his song “Ya Greed el-Nakhl el-Aly” (O High Palm Leaves) in front of former Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak in the mid-1980s, and the song achieved booming success, placing Saleh among the top singers at that time.

Throughout his career that extended for more than 30 years, Saleh is famous for performing the songs of the most successful movies such as "Habiby Ya Ashek" in “Short w Fanla w Cap” (Shorts, a T-shirt and a Hat) movie, "El Nour Makano Fel Qoloob" (Light Belongs to the Hearts) from “Amir el Zalam” (The Prince of Darkness) movie, and “La Hatakhod Eih” (What Will You Gain?) from the movie "Mafia", among others.

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5/10/2019 1:04:30 PM
<![CDATA[Military Music orchestra to perform in Cairo Opera on May 12]]>
The concert’s program includes a series of national and popular compositions. The compositions include “Ahla Balad” (Best Country), “Farhet e-Nasr” (The joy of victory), “Ya Msafer Wahdak” (Lone traveler), among others.

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Military music was originated in Egypt in the Pharaonic era and flourished in the era of Mohammed Ali. The first military music school was established in 1838.

In 1902, the Military Music Department was established and has since succeeded in achieving a wide popularity at both the regional and international levels.

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The Military Music Orchestra has become one of the leading orchestras to perform in the most prominent international festivals. The orchestra won numerous awards through its participation in a number of international festivals and competitions.]]>
5/10/2019 11:52:53 AM
<![CDATA[Sakkara dazzles the world as new discovery unfolds]]>
After the world was impressed by the discovery of the embalming workshop in 2018, in addition to finding the oldest cheese known to man in a cemetery and the pyramid of Djoser, the oldest pyramid in the world, a new discovery is made in Saqqara.

A new cemetery has been discovered near the pyramids of Giza.


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The cemetery contains colored inscriptions which were found in good condition. In the following report Egypt Today reviews the history of the region.

Sakkara was once a center of urban civilization in the era of the Pharaohs and one of the most significant areas in ancient Egypt. Its name derives from the name of the God of the Dead in the ancient state of the tribe of Memphis.

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This god was believed to sponsor agriculture and plowing. The God of the Dead then lived underground to deal with those who are buried under the earth's surface.

Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass said in his book "100 Interesting Facts in the Life of the Pharaohs" that Sakkara was the capital of Memphis. Sakkara is considered as an open book that tells the story of the ancient Egyptian civilization in different ages.

It is the only cemetery in Egypt that includes tombs from the beginning of the ancient Egyptian history. It also has tombs consisting of unique colored inscriptions.

The history of the region, according to Hawass, spans back to more than 3,000 years. Its heyday was during the age of the old state when the first and most important revolution occurred in the art of construction and architecture as Imhotep used stones in the construction of King Djoser funerary group instead of bricks.

Sakkara includes about 30 pyramids, of which 15 are pyramids or temples of different Pharaonic kings.


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5/9/2019 10:05:09 PM
<![CDATA[Donia Ghanem, Hisham Gamal perform new duo]]>
The song is written by Amir Taima and Hisham Gamal and arranged by Mady. The song is directed and composed by Hisham Gamal.

It is worth mentioning that the series "Badal el Haduta Talata" presents three separate stories, where each story is told in 10 episodes.

The series is starring Donia Samir Ghanem, Hamdi el-Merghany, Mohamed Tharwat, Shaima Saif, Amr Wahba and is directed by Khaled el-Halafawy. The series is a joint production between Synergy and Hisham Gamal.

“Badal el Hatuta Talata” is exclusively broadcast on CBC channels.

دنيا سمير غانم وهشام جمال - تعال تعال | Donia Samir Ghanem ft. Hisham Gamal - Ta3al Ta3al

كلمات: أمير طعيمه وهشام جمال | الحان: هشام جمال | توزيع: مادي مكساچ: بيشوي مجدي | مونتير مساعد: عمر محمد | مدير التصوير: حسام حبيب | تلوين: رامز عاطف اخراج ومونتاچ الاغنيه: هشام جمال شكر خاص للنجمه: ميساء المغربي أمينه المغربي مسلسل بدل الحدوته ٣ اخراج: خالد الحلفاوي انتاج: روزناما






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5/9/2019 10:01:43 PM
<![CDATA[George Clooney returns to television with 'Catch 22']]>
The Oscar winner, known for films like “Syriana”, “Gravity” and “The Monuments Men”, also served as executive producer and directed two episodes of the Hulu series set during World War Two about a member of a U.S. bomber squadron fighting the higher-ups in the military bureaucracy.

“I thought it was a fun way to tell this story. It’s hard to tell this story as complex as it is in a two-hour movie,” Clooney said at the series premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening.

“It’s never been about the medium although television and streaming has gotten much more interesting and more fun, it was more about telling the story. It’s about telling good stories.”

Heller’s 1961 novel, previously adapted into a 1970 movie, follows U.S. bombardier Yossarian who is infuriated that the army keeps raising the number of missions he must fly to be released from duty.

Yossarian’s only way to avoid the missions is to declare insanity, but the only way to prove insanity is a willingness to embark on more of the highly dangerous bombing runs, thus creating the novel’s absurd ‘Catch-22.’

“The Sinner” actor Christopher Abbott stars as Yossarian while “The Wolf of Wall Street” actor Kyle Chandler plays his commander, Colonel Cathcart. Clooney portrays training commander Scheisskopf.

“It’s a heightened piece, it’s satirical, it’s dramatic, it’s harrowing, it’s very funny,” Abbott said.

“It kind of lives in a world on its own but I think the themes are kind of universal because they’re really just about the human condition.”

At the premiere, Clooney also talked about his friend and former actress Meghan Markle, who married Britain’s Prince Harry last year and gave birth to their first child on Monday.

Clooney, who attended the couple’s wedding last year, has previously criticized the media for harassing Meghan and said the arrival of their son would lead to increased media scrutiny.

“I think it’ll intensify it, of course. But it’s never about the media following you around because...if you’re a royal, that’s part of what you have to do,” he said

“It’s the other versions of it: going to interview people’s parents, that kind of stuff that it starts to step into a really dark place...It just, sort of, the press turned on them and...I think people should be a little kinder. She’s a young woman who just had a baby.”]]>
5/9/2019 3:54:06 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about Watch It digital platform]]>
Many experts have spoken about the need to pay attention to digital content and digital media services; subsequently, the platform was launched.

This platform can be accessed either by through www.watchit.com or by installing the online app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store.

To use the application on smart screens or the web browser interface, the user registers by his/ her email and cell phone number before receiving a message on the provided number to complete registration in one step.

Upon registration, the platform will give the subscriber a seven day free trial, allowing the user to identify the content and learn how to use the application. The digital platform also enables users to subscribe using either credit cards or cash payment.

As the month of Ramadan coincides with the launch of Watch It digital platform, its creators contacted the satellite channels owned by the United Group to acquire digital rights to the dramatic content and programs broadcast on the channels in Egypt during Ramadan and make it available for the users of the application.

The new digital platform is therefore full of new dramatic content. The creators will also acquire various other digital rights to add new contents serving different categories.

“Most of the global content producers have for some time aimed at protecting the intellectual property rights of the content. The content is therefore not available on free platforms in the high quality required by modern viewers; however, it can be available on specialized digital platforms,” commented Tamer Morsy, CEO of the group.

“The new platform will seek a lot of media rights in different areas to entertain the viewers,” concluded Morsy.

It is noteworthy that the United Media Services Company is the co-owner of On, Al Hayat, DMC and CBC channels that provide various media services.


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5/9/2019 1:39:24 PM
<![CDATA[Kurdahi succeeds in rediscovering Egypt’s national heritage ]]>
The prominent TV host offers his audience in Ramadan a rich program entitled “A Name from Egypt” broadcast on Al-Hayat and ON E.

The program aims to present information about important personalities that carved their names in the Egyptian history through the important roles they played in their respective fields.

In the first episode, Kurdahi said that the character of the day was born in Alexandria in 1932 to a father who works as a wood dealer. The father wanted his child to pursue his career but the child had other dreams and artistic talents that were evident on the stage of his primary school Victoria College.

The child’s colleague and friend was the legendary late director Youssef Chahine, who chose him to star alongside legendary Faten Hamama in the film "Conflict in the Valley" in 1954.

اسم من مصر مع جورج قرداحي | "أول مصري يفوز بـ 3 جوائز جولدن جلوب" | 6 مايو 2019 - الحلقة الكاملة

اسم من مصر مع جورج قرداحي | "أول مصري يفوز بـ 3 جوائز جولدن جلوب" | 6 مايو 2019 - الحلقة الكاملة برنامج #اسم_من_مصر يقدمه الإعلامي جورج قرداحي وهو برنامج مسابقات فيه مسابقة سهلة لاسم أحد الرموز المصرية الذين تميزوا بانجازاتهم عبر التاريخ، ويعتبر البرنامج تكريم لشخصيات رفعت اسم مصر فى الأعالى من خلال ما حققته فى حياتها من تميز وإبداع وعبقرية، كما سيكون هناك فائز يوميًا بجائزة كبيرة.




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5/9/2019 1:35:55 PM
<![CDATA[A glimpse at Islamic Artifacts ]]> Isalmic artifacts (1)
The museum’s Islamic collections include textiles, carpets, stones, ivory, ceramics, timber, metals, glass, manuscripts, coins, ornaments and weapons.
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Among the pieces of metal found in the museum is a copper-plated brass and gold-plated brass perfume bottle which spans back to Egypt’s Mamluk era in the eighth century AH / 14 AD. That is in addition to another perfume holder that comes in the form of a bottle with inscriptions written in the thuluth font, referring to the name of the Mamluk Sultan Nasser Hassan, who took the rule of Egypt in the year 488.
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It is noteworthy that the Mamluk Sultan Al-Nasir Hassan is the eighth son of Nasser Mohamed ibn Qalawun, who took power after his brother Muzaffar Zain al-Din Haji ibn al-Nasir Muhammad and took over his brother Nasser Badr al-Din for the second time.
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5/9/2019 11:46:52 AM
<![CDATA[Know about ministers' suggestions for Egyptian 'heritage month' in Canada]]>
Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates' Affairs Nabila Makram met on Saturday with Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anany and Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem to discuss Canadian Member of Parliament Sherif Sabawy’s bill to the legislature to recognize the month of July as Egyptian Heritage Month.

The meeting aims to benefit from bill 106 for 2019 that is being discussed at the moment in the Canadian Parliament of Ontario which declares July the Egyptian heritage month in Canada and to lay out a plan to advertise Egyptian archaeological discoveries and culture in Canada once the bill is approved.

The ministers agreed to prepare a memorandum on the proposal of the ceremony to be submitted by the immigration minister to the prime minister immediately after the Canadian Parliament issues its decision on June 6.

Declaring a month for Egyptian civilization and heritage in Canada came as a result of the efforts of MP Sherif Sabawy, Makram said, affirming Egypt's support for the efforts of the expats to strengthen relations between their homeland and the country where they reside.

The decision enables the Egyptian community to officially praise their homeland and is an extension of the celebration of the glorious July Revolution that commemorates Egypt's conversion to an independent republic.

The meeting delivers a message of encouragement to all Egyptian communities abroad that their government supports them in any effort being made for the benefit of the country, Makram said, commending the recent decision of the Canadian government to update the instructions for its citizens concerning traveling to Egypt.

Also, Anani suggested that the events include a number of lectures dealing with the history of Egypt since the Pharaonic era, shedding light on its cultural heritage and reviewing the modern archaeological discoveries and its significance in the human heritage.
He also suggested launching an initiative to invite people across Canada to visit Egypt.

Abdel Dayem suggested organizing a cultural convoy that includes a wide range of events to highlight the distinctive character of the Egyptian civilization and creativity.]]>
5/9/2019 11:14:39 AM
<![CDATA['Rabi', Assi el-Helani's new Ramadan song]]>


The song is written by Nizar Francis. Upon the release of the song, Helani received messages from his fans congratulating him on his new work.

Helani has performed a concert in Sharm El-Sheikh in April in which the iconic star presented a selection of his most popular songs.

Helani also uploaded the official video clip of his new song "Sho Bakhaf Aliki" written by Hassan Abbas and composed by Bassem Yehia, amassing high numbers of views.

Mohammed el-Hallani, widely known as Assi el-Helani, is a Lebanese singer. Helani's musical career started after winning at "Studio Al Fan", a TV program for young artists, at the age of 17.]]>
5/8/2019 1:06:28 PM
<![CDATA[Numerous violations reported in 1st episodes of Ramadan series]]>
The report highlighted that the series’ episodes showed profane language that is not appropriate for the holy month, where one of the stars of the series said “Zaghlala the son of a …” among other inappropriate statements.

Furthermore, in a different series a number of violations were also spotted including a number of phrases that fall under slander and profanity.

Issued by the Supreme Council for Media, the report pointed out that the series was interrupted by three intervals of advertisement each ranging from a minute to three minutes.

The report also revealed that one of the series consisted of many inappropriate words, sexual implications and scenes of drugs abuse and drinking alcohol.]]>
5/8/2019 12:57:05 PM
<![CDATA['We're sorry!' says 'Game of Thrones,' as Starbucks makes a cameo]]>
The distinctive paper cup with plastic cover was spotted on a table at a feast in Winterfell within reach of characters Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen during episode 4 of the final season, “The Last of the Starks.”

Bernie Caulfield, one of the executive producers of HBO’s global hit television series, apologized to fans.

“I can’t believe (it),” she said in an interview with New York’s WNYC radio on Monday. “Our onset prop people and decorators are so on it a 1,000 percent.

“We’re sorry! Westeros was the first place to actually have Starbucks,” Caulfield quipped.

In a tongue-in-cheek comment, HBO said that “the latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”

Starbucks, the world’s biggest coffee chain, had its own take on the unexpected publicity in a series that is watched by more than 30 million people in the United States alone.

“TBH we’re surprised she didn’t order a Dragon Drink,” the company said on Twitter, referring to its summer menu addition of a bright pink fruit and coconut milk beverage that contains the tropical dragon fruit, also known as pitaya.

Fans lit up social media with memes and jokes about the stray cup, with some inserting the company’s green and white logo on photos of castles featured in the series.

Others were dismayed at the gaffe. “They took 2 years to shoot 6 episodes and left a Starbucks cup in a scene,” tweeted a user named Dylan.

The eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” has broken records for HBO, with more than 38 million American watching the season premiere episode that was broadcast on April 14.

The Emmy-winning series, an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of novels, comes to a conclusion on May 19.]]>
5/7/2019 3:28:59 PM
<![CDATA[News Corp appeals ruling in Geoffrey Rush defamation suit]]>
The Federal Court ruled last month that News Corp’s Daily Telegraph tabloid in Sydney had failed to prove the stories were true.

“The Daily Telegraph is appealing the Rush decision,” News spokesman Campbell Reid said in an email on Monday.

The newspaper said in a report on Monday that there were 16 grounds for its appeal, and that Justice Michael Wigney’s conduct of the case “gave rise to an apprehension of bias”.

The Federal Court did not immediately respond to a Reuters’ request for comment. Rush’s lawyer declined to comment.

Under the headline “KING LEER”, and in later articles, the paper had said Rush, playing the title role of a 2015 Sydney Theatre Company production of the Shakespeare play, had been accused by a co-star of unspecified inappropriate conduct.

Rush, 67, had said the articles were hastily compiled because the Telegraph wanted an Australian angle on accusations of sexual assault leveled at U.S. film producer Harvey Weinstein.

The actor who won an Oscar in 1997 for his lead role in “Shine” and has since appeared in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, said the stories implied he was a “major pervert” or guilty of major depravity.

In handing down his decision, Wigney called the stories “recklessly irresponsible” and “sensationalist journalism of the worst kind, the very worst kind”.

The court awarded at least A$850,000 in preliminary damages and will later determine further damages for economic harm, such as Rush’s loss of movie roles and the effect on his career.

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5/7/2019 3:20:42 PM
<![CDATA[Lady Gaga takes on 'Camp' at Met Gala in gowns, underwear]]>
The invitation-only event, famed for its A-list celebrities and haute couture gowns, is a benefit for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and also marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.

Gaga shed her blazing pink Brandon Maxwell gown on the red carpet to reveal a strapless black gown by the designer. Next came a figure-hugging hot pink gown. Her final reveal before a makeup touch-up on the carpet was a black bra, panties and sky-high platform boots.

“Roar” singer Katy Perry came dressed as a chandelier, even wearing one on her head. “I like to be of the light and obviously be the light, she said about her 40-pound costume by Moschino.

Anna Wintour, the American Vogue editor-in-chief who hosts fashion’s biggest night each year, was one of the first up the red-carpet-turned-pink for the evening wearing a shimmering Chanel gown topped by a cape of pink feathers that was tipped in black, a nod to the night’s mascot, a flamingo.

Camp, a theme that embraces humor, exaggeration and liberal interpretation, was inspired by writer Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp.’” Trends on the pink carpet included gold lame and sequins, feathers, neon, and oversized sleeves, skirts and trains.

Performer Billy Porter, dressed in head-to-toe gold, summoned ancient Egypt when he was carried into the gala on a litter by six shirtless men.

The night’s fashion also referenced camp icons including a glittery high-collared cape by designer Christian Siriano intended to pay tribute to the late Vegas showman Liberace. Singer Celine Dion wore a feathered headpiece and full-length fringe by Oscar de la Renta that was reminiscent of a Cher costume.

Kris Jenner, mother and manager of reality stars Kim and Khloe Kardashian, told reporters on the red carpet she was channeling singer David Bowie in a coat with wings made of tulle over a blue Tommy Hilfiger jumpsuit.

The frontman of British brand “One Direction” and gala co-host Harry Styles arrived wearing a black Gucci ensemble with mesh detail on the top and painted black fingernails.

Tennis star Serena Williams stayed true to her brand, pairing Nike sneakers with a custom neon yellow dress from Italian fashion house Versace.

Others with the sought-after invitation to dinner for 550 included NFL star quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez and comedian Chris Rock, and the billionaire CEO of Amazon.com Jeff Bezos.]]>
5/7/2019 2:48:34 PM
<![CDATA[Italian museum looks to unlock da Vinci hair mystery]]>
However, some experts have thrown doubt on the exercise, saying the hair almost certainly did not belong to the Italian master, while credible DNA testing may prove impossible.

Da Vinci died in May 1519 and was buried at the Chateau d’Ambroise near the French city of Tours. The castle was badly damaged following the French Revolution of 1789 and many graves were destroyed, including that of Leonardo.

Alessandro Vezzosi, the director of the Ideal Leonardo da Vinci museum in Vinci, the artist’s hometown in Tuscany, said the strand of hair was collected from the site in 1863 by a man tasked by a royal commission to try to locate Leonardo’s remains.

“In 1925, an American collector bought this relic in Paris ... Later, before dying aged 95, he sold it on to another American collector, who contacted us,” Vezzosi said.

He said the museum planned to extract DNA from the sample and compare it with the DNA from a group of descendants that the museum says it identified in 2016, using genealogical records.

The testing should also be able to prove if the remains identified in France in 1863 really belonged to da Vinci.

“What is important is not to take for granted a result before the scientific testing is completed,” said Vezzosi.

But some experts are already pouring cold water on the whole exercise.

“It is highly improbable that this lock (of hair), which was presented like a (religious) relic, would be in anyway related to Leonardo da Vinci,” said Eike Schmidt, the director of the prestigious Uffizi Gallery in nearby Florence.

Finding a DNA link with living descendants will prove an added complication, with tracing only possible via the mother and an unbroken female line, or the father and an unbroken male line. The identity of Leonardo’s mother is unknown.

The artist himself never married and left no direct heirs, so the DNA will be checked against that of the descendants that Vezzosi said had been found by following the family trees of other children born to Leonardo’s father.

The chance of recreating an unbroken male line over 500 years is extremely unlikely.]]>
5/7/2019 2:38:49 PM
<![CDATA[Veteran actress MohsenaTawfik passes away at 80]]>
Zaki explained that the funeral prayer was held in the afternoon of May 7 at the Sayeda Nafisa mosque.

Veteran actress MohsenaTawfik passed away at the age of 80 as she was born in 1939.

It is reported that the last appearance of the great actress was in Aswan in February 2019, where she was honored during the third session of Aswan Festival.
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5/7/2019 1:02:00 PM
<![CDATA[Chile's Valparaiso, an open air graffiti and mural art gallery]]>
Elias Street is typical of Valparaiso with its narrow sidewalks winding up and down Cerro Alegre hill, itself a tourist attraction.

There are many little streets like this that surround the 42 hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean that are a striking feature of the Valparaiso skyline.

Over the last few years, the walls of houses in Elias Street have been transformed into giant canvases where graffiti artists show off their skills.

It was brought about by "young people's need to go out and express themselves in the street," Sammy Espinoza, a graffiti artist and graphics designer, told AFP.

Hundreds of stairways, labyrinthine streets between the hills, cobbled alleyways and seemingly abandoned plots have converted Valparaiso, which lies 120 kilometers (75 miles) to the northwest of the capital Santiago, into "the perfect city" for creativity, added Espinoza.

That's why he and his partner Cynthia Aguilera, a civil engineer, left Santiago a decade ago to move to Valparaiso and dedicate themselves to graffiti.

They go by the name "Un Kolor Distinto" (a different color) and have created huge works of art such as "Solsticio de verano" (summer solstice), a mural spanning all 22 floors of the Centenario building, one of the tallest in the city, with a surreal yellow face mixed with green and purple fruits and vegetables.

It has now become one of the hottest spots on the tourist trail.

The couple have also painted murals on three more buildings in their distinctive colorful style that often contains written messages.

While spray cans are their primary tools, they also use paint, oil and crayons to create the vivid colors that bring life to an imaginary world.

"This mixing graffiti with mural art -- making street art -- has already started to evolve and arrive at what (Valparaiso) is today, an open air gallery," said Aguilera.

- 'Everything mixes well' ?

In 2003, UNESCO declared Valparaiso's historic center a World Heritage Site, recognizing what was one of the most important South American ports in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as an improvised architecture that had to adapt to the city's hills.

Today, it is one of Chile's most visited tourist sites, alongside the Atacama Desert in the north and Patagonia in the south.

There are almost 1,400 murals and graffiti artworks in the city and for the last five years they've found a place on the city's tourism circuit, alongside views of the bay, colorful homes that hang from its steep hills, and its old funiculars and trams.

"There are those very beautiful wall drawings, everything mixes well, it's very beautiful," 31-year-old Italian tourist Alessandro Ferssini said as he took a tour of the city's graffiti circuit.

Every month, around a thousand tourists take that tour.

Some 300 graffiti artists, both Chileans and foreigners, have displayed their artwork on Valparaiso's walls during the last five years, according to 34-year-old Alvaro Ramirez, a graffiti artist and businessman.

"At first, most people looked at it as a scar on the city. 'How are you going to show the city's stains to the tourists?' they asked me," said Ramirez.

But now, "the people who come to Valparaiso, come for the colored houses, they see it as an artistic destination," added Ramirez, who started his graffiti in New York aged just seven, before returning to Chile at 21.

The locals have changed their minds about the graffiti artists they used to view as criminals.

Now they open their doors and allow the artists to decorate the walls of their homes.

Local authorities have also designated spaces for them, yet some artists claim they are still chased by police.]]>
5/7/2019 12:00:07 PM
<![CDATA[Yusuf el Sherif to participate in 2020 Ramadan marathon]]>
“I did not find a well-written script. I do not want to participate in a series for the sake of mere participation in Ramadan. I want to convey a message for my audience and this is my ultimate goal,” Sherif said.

Sherif is preparing for a huge series for Ramadan 2020 and it is set to be produced by Synergy Production Company.

“It needs a really high budget because we are going to shoot in several European countries and use advanced techniques, set to be used for the first time in the Egyptian drama,” Sherif further elaborated.

Sherif promised his fans to do his best to present a well prepared series, revealing that he will start shooting the series in October as the script and the preparations took a very long time to be completed.

It is worth mentioning that Sherif’s latest works was “Kafr Delhab” which achieved unprecedented success. In “Kafr Delhab”, Sherif played the leading role and Mohamed Reyad, Rojina, Ahmed Ghani, and Sahar el Sayegh costarred. “Kafr Delhab” was written by Amr Samir Atef, directed by Ahmed Nader Galal and produced by Synergy.
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5/6/2019 5:24:41 PM
<![CDATA[Puppet show to be held in UNESCO headquarters in Paris on May 25]]>CAIRO - 6 May 2019: On the occasion of Africa Day, the Egyptian Cultural Center in Paris will hold a puppet show at the UNESCO headquarters on May 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The show comes within the framework of the joint activities of the Egyptian-French Cultural Year, which runs from January until the end of the year.

It is noteworthy that the puppets is an old form of Egyptian theater which uses puppets in conveying messages to the audience in a comical or sometimes direct way.
This very famous art has been included on Egypt’s list of intangible human heritage that needs urgent protection in 2018.

Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organization of African Unity on May 25, 1963. It is celebrated in various countries on the African continent and around the world.
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5/6/2019 3:42:36 PM
<![CDATA[Aida el-Ayoubi to perform in Cairo Opera House May 18]]>
It is worth mentioning that Ayoubi has collaborated with many singers and poets throughout her artistic career, including late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, composer Marcel Khalife, singer Hisham Abbas, composer Salah el Sharnoubi, among others.

Ayoubi was also known for performing religious songs such as "Fe Eshkellah" (In the love of God) and numerous other Sufi recitals.

Ayoubi is an Egyptian singer, songwriter and guitarist. She also has German roots. She graduated from the American University in Cairo in the mid-1980s and gained fame in the early 1990s in Egypt and the Middle East.

Ayoubi is a graduate of Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule in Cairo and the American University in Cairo where she majored in computer science.

She launched three albums before going into a career hiatus after having her first-born child. She is well known in Egypt and many other Arab countries for her romantic music and her soft voice. She is best known for her hit song "A'ala Baly" which appeared on her first album. Aida's heartfelt lyrics and beautiful, soothing voice were the keys to her success.

After more than ten years in retirement, Ayoubi produced a new three-track album, "Tawasul wa Ragaa’ bi Jah Sidna". The album is entirely religion-themed.

In 2011, Ayoubi released a single called "Bahebek Ya Balady" (I love you my country) after the Egyptian revolution & "Yal Midan" featuring Cairokee band which is also about the 2011 Egyptian revolution. She took part in another duet with Cairokee, producing the soundtrack to the 2013 media campaign launched by Coca-Cola.



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5/6/2019 3:26:18 PM
<![CDATA['Maa Kamel Ehteramy', 'Arabic English' rock Egyptian Radio in Ramadan]]>
The actress will be accompanied by “Masrah Masr” (Egypt’s Theater) stars Mohammed Osama aka "Os Os" and Mohammed Anwar. The radio series is written by Hashem Fat-h el-Bab and directed by Safi el-Din Hassan.

Amer will also participate in the television series "Ibn Osool" starring Hamada Hilal and "Talqet Haz" starring comedian Mustafa Khater. Both television series are the production of Synergy.

Furthermore, Mohamed Osama will participate in the Ramadan series “Hogan” starring Mohamed Imam and Karim Abdel Aziz, in addition to the series “El Wad el Sayed el Shahat” where he appears as a guest of honor alongside the stars of the series Ahmed Fahmy and Hana el-Zahid.

Mohammed Anwar will participate in the series "Talqet Haz" with Mustafa Khater. The events of the series revolve around a young man from a shabby neighborhood married to Ayten Amer. His mother in-law, embodied by Inaam Salousa, lives in the same apartment. The young man has four sisters.

In addition, actor Ahmed Fahmy will participate in the radio series "Arabic English" alongside Hana el-Zahed. The radio series will be broadcast on the Nile Radio during the holy month of Ramadan.

“Arabic English” will be costarring Amr Abdel Aziz and Doaa Ragab. It is written by Mohamed Abdel Hamid and Rana Khalil and directed by Hussein Ibrahim.

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5/5/2019 5:59:14 PM
<![CDATA['Colors of Egypt' fine arts exhibition inaugurated in Rome]]>
The exhibition presents the works of four Egyptian artists: Farida Darwish, Dina Fahmy, Farida al-Koni and Rasha Ghaleb.

It is noteworthy that this is the sixth exhibition in which the four artists are united, as they previously exhibited their works under the same title in the Egyptian cultural centers in Paris, Berlin, Madrid, London and Vienna.

The previous exhibitions gained great success and appreciation from the attendees due to the diversity of the artists' paintings as each artist has her own character and style of painting.

Through their exhibitions, the artists aim to correct the image of Egyptian women in the West and remind the world of the beauty of Egypt and its ancient civilization.
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5/5/2019 5:57:40 PM
<![CDATA[Islam Chipsy to carve his name on Kunsten Festival on May 10]]>
Islam Said, known as Islam Chipsy, is a member of the Egyptian electronic music group Dabke, whose style combines traditional Arabic wedding and electronic instruments. Their style is seen as part of a new wave of shaabi music, referred to as electro shaabi or mahraganat.

Chipsy plays the keyboard alongside two other band members, both drummers. Chipsy has been referred to as a "preternaturally talented keyboard player", with a unique style consisting of blasts of tone clusters deployed by alternately punching, slapping and karate-chopping his keyboard.

Said adopted the stage name “Chipsy” when another keyboardist with the same name began to take credit for his tracks. Supposedly, since he was frequently seen eating Chipsy, people started to refer to him by the name and it stuck.

He has become more prominent in Western media along with other Electro shaabi artists such as Sadat, Figo and Alaa Fifty Cent, all coming from “100 COPIES” label in Cairo, with which Chipsy signed an open contract in 2014.

The music distributor does not want to be associated with the mahraganat movement, as it is very much based on MCs, and his genre is generally instrumental. His success has been propelled by the development of the shabbi selection and deviates from its main patterns.

In Western countries, he has been aided by the spread and circulation of Middle Eastern music online.

Said collaborates with Dubstep producers from the United Kingdom, such as Faze Miyake, Kode 9, Pinch, Mumdance and Artwork, as part of working with the British Council.

Kunsten Festival Des Arts is an international arts festival dedicated to contemporary theatre, performance and dance. It occasionally also opens itself to film and visual arts. The festival explores hybrid and unconventional forms of art.

Kunsten Festival Des Arts takes place every year in May and lasts for three weeks. It shows works in more than 20 different cultural centres as well as in public spaces. The festival is nomadic, takes place in collaboration with many diverse partners and comes as the result of a continuous dialogue. Together, they create and share remarkable artistic projects with audiences that are willing to be challenged and to broaden their perspectives.

The festival takes place in Brussels which is a complex network of diverse communities. Engaging with the city’s inhabitants, the festival serves as a way to rethink the geography of the capital of Belgium and Europe, increasing the porosity of its territorial, linguistic and cultural divisions. The festival encourages debate, in-depth conversations and cathartic conflicts.

Kunsten Festival Des Arts also hosts a Free School, dedicated to the sharing of artistic practices, knowledge and reflections. This school addresses a crucial question: if we were to invent a school today, what would its curriculum be, and who would it be for? All the school activities are free of charge and aim to accommodate a multiplicity of possible participants.
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5/5/2019 5:56:42 PM
<![CDATA[Kedwany, Metawe to present 'Hakawy Dr. Nafsawy' on Radio 9090 ]]>
The radio series will be co-starring Ragaa el-Gedawy, Ashraf Zaki and Ayman Azab. The series is written by members of the writing workshop "Radio One" including Islam Shelbaya, Ahmed Magdy, Mustafa Noman, Mostafa Ahmed, Ahmed Mustafa. "Hakawy Dr. Nafsawy" is directed by Hisham Bilal. Kedwany embodies the character of a psychologist who treats patients in a strange way by telling them stories. Metawe plays the role of a nurse in Kedwany’s clinic. Both stars also sing the theme song of the radio series. The song is written by Samar Hussein Adam and composed by Mohammed Rageh.

It is worth mentioning that Metawe also plays the role of a drug dealer’s wife in the Ramadan television series “Lams Aktaf” starring Yasser Galal.

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5/5/2019 3:42:40 PM
<![CDATA[The ancient art of making rosary beads]]>

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It is important for rosary bead makers to be in a good mood while working due to the patience required in the craft, sometimes taking a whole day to produce a single rosary. The craft requires a great deal of precision and professionalism. A rosary bead maker has to be highly skilled while manufacturing so that no mistakes occur which may negatively affect the Rosary's artistic shape.

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Currently, the Al-Hussein neighborhood and Qasr al-Shouk Street especially, are preparing large quantities of rosary beads of different shapes and sizes, to meet demands in Ramadan, which consistently represent a time of peak sales for the beads. Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia also buy rosaries from Egypt for Ramadan and pilgrimage season, with Iraq and Yemen also buying.

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Rosary bead makers are strongly attached to every rosary they produce. They consider every piece as a part of their soul. They know what suits every customer. An Egyptian for example, wants something that is cheap but elegantly shaped, while a foreigner usually tends to buy practical and valuable rosaries. for the bead maker, they feel that they are selling their art and creativity not just rosaries.

The price of a rosary starts from LE 50 and can go all the way up to LE 5000. The prices vary according to the design and the material of every rosary. Rosaries can be made from emerald, fairuz, silver and other valuable materials and precious stones. Sometimes the customer demands a special design with certain materials, such rosaries are sold in hard currency.

Chinese rosaries cannot compete with the Egyptian ones, because the quality of the Egyptian are higher and they are handmade, not machine-manufactured like the Chinese rosaries. It is worth mentioning that rosary bead manufacturers demanded the government’s support to preserve the rosary industry and to prevent this ancient art from dying out.

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5/5/2019 3:10:00 PM
<![CDATA[What will you be watching in Ramadan?]]>
We can’t tell now who will be Ramadan marathon winner/winners this year, but after the runaway success of Kalabsh (Handcuffs), Rahim and “Nesr El Saeed” (Hawk of Upper Egypt) last year, all eyes are on Amir Karara , Mohamed Ramadan and Yasser Galal.

Safe bets are also likely to be the stalwarts of the season, , Yasmine Abdel Aziz, Mohamed Imam , Ahmed El Sakka, Donia Samir Ghanem, Amy Samir Ghanem.

Egypt Today will give the ingredients of the yummy Ramadan drama plate this year, not all the food is edible in Ramadan.



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1- “Badal el Hadouta Talata” ( Three Tales instead of one)

Famed Egyptian actress Donia Samir Ghanem embodies three different characters in her upcoming Ramadan series “Badal el Hadouta Talata” ( Three Tales instead of one).
The series consists of three small tales, each will be presented in ten Episodes.
Ghanem portrays the character of a scammer in the first ten episodes. The second tale’s heroine is Lahfa who is the successful character Ghanem presented four years ago in her successful series which bears the same name.

Mohamed Salam, Amr Wahba,Shaima Saif, Dalal Abdel Aziz will be among the participating cast. Donia’s husband TV presenter Rami Radwan, as well as the co-producer and singer Hisham Gamal and Ismail Farghaly will also appear in the first ten episodes.

“Badal el Hadouta Talata” is the production of Synergy and Roznama companies.

The series is written by Ayman Wattar and Sherif Naguib and directed by Khaled el Halafawy. Actor Mohammed Salam plays the leading role alongside Donia Ghanem in the first ten episodes of the much anticipated series.

Donia Ghanem returns to the Ramadan drama scene in 2019 after not participating in the Ramadan season of 2018. The star presented three consecutive series in which she played the leading roles, “Lahfa” directed by Moataz el-Tuni in 2015, “Nelly we Sherihan” (Nelly and Sherihan) directed by Ahmed el-Gendy in 2016 and last but not least “Fel Lala land” (In Lala land) in 2017.




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2-Kalabesh (Handcuffs) part 3

Egyptian superstar Amir Kharar dubbed Basha Masr (Egypt’s Pasha) is back this year again with the beloved character Selim el-Ansary.

Kalabesh is a 2017 Egyptian drama and suspense TV-Series directed by Peter Mimi, revolves around Selim el-Ansary who is a confident and honest policeman, the series reflects the heroism and dedication of the Egyptian Armed Forces and police in combating the dark ideology of extremists.

The series is based on a story written by Yousef Hassan Yousef, then dramatized and scripted by Baher Dewidar.

A sequel was released in 2018, and a third season will be broadcast during Ramadan 2019. Both the first and second parts of the series achieved great success.

In the third part, Selim el-Ansaryis submitting his resignation to Major General Galal Khattab, but the latter strongly objects to this request. Eventually, the resignation is accepted and Ansary moves on to establish a security company, which he co-owns with Akram Safwan. However, various disagreements occur between them.

The third part of the series is starring beside Karara, Rogina, Yasser Ali Maher, Dina, Ghinwa Mahmoud, Ahmed el-Awadi, among others. “Kalabsh P III” is directed by Peter Mimi and written by Baher Dewidar. Kalabesh is produced by Synergy.


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3- Le Akher Nafas (Till the last breath)

Heartthrob actress Yasmine Abdel Aziz is set to participate in Ramadan marathon with her new series “Le Akher Nafas” (Till the last breath) . The series is directed by Hossam Ali, and written by Amin Galal and Tarek el-Kashef.

Abdel Aziz plays the role of an engineer, who is married to a police officer and has two children. The series is an interesting social drama and depicts the confused engineer while looking for solutions for her daily problems. Le Akher Nafas is a social drama series.

The series stars Ahmed el-Awadi, Ahmed Salah Hosny, Morad Makram, Hagar el-Sharnoubi, Ismail Sharaf, among others. Le Akher Nafas is produced by Synergy.


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4- “Hekayty” ( My Story)

Yasmine Sabry plays her first leading role in the series “Hekayty”. Wafaa Amer, Edward, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Ahmed Hatem, Ahmad Bedair, Maha Abu Auf, Islam Gamal, Ahmed Gamal Said, Dunia el-Masry, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Mustafa Darwish will be starring alongside Sabry.

The series is a social drama written by Mohamed Abdel Moty and directed by Ahmed Samir Farag. The social drama revolves around the success journey of a girl who starts with nothing but acquire a lot of ambitions and dreams. The determined girl eventually reaches her dreams by overcoming numerous obstacles.

“Hekayty” series is the production of Synergy. Artistic critics in Egypt anticipate the series will achieve great success.




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5- Ibn Osool” (Good man)

“Ibn Osool” (Good man) starring famed actor and singer Hamada Helal is ready to be broadcasted in Ramadan 2019.

“Ibn Osool” is directed by Mohamed Bakir and written by Ahmed Mahmoud Abu Zeid. The series is starring Suzanne Najm al-Din, Emad Rashad, Ahmad Halawa, and Wafaa Salem among others.

The series revolves around a man named Misho, who is a respected man in his community. Misho owns jewellery shops. The rich man is considered funny, but as the series unfolds Misho goes through a lot of hardships that ruin the peaceful life he once enjoyed. “Ibn Osool” series is the production of Synergy.




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6- -"Alamet Estefham" (Question mark)

Alamet Estefham" (Question mark) series is a mystery puzzling its cast, what about who will going to watch it?

The makers of "Alamet Estefham" imposed complete secrecy around the events of the last ten episodes.

Each actor/actress will be informed of the events of the last ten episodes directly before filming the scenes, so that the events are not exposed to them especially that the events of the series revolve around ambiguity.

The makers of the series completed filming 15 episodes but the actors do not have an idea of how the series will come to an end, although scriptwriter Islam Hafez almost completed writing the entire series.

"Alamet Estefham" is directed by Sameeh al-Nakash and is the production of Synergy. The screenplay is starring Mohamed Ragab, Haitham Ahmed Zaki, Marehan Hussein, Jihan Khalil, Edward, Norhan, Koki, Mahmoud el-Bazzawy, Abdel Rahman Abou Zahra, Yousra el Masaoudi, Salma Hassan, Gina Selim, Islam Hafez, among others. "Alamet Estefham" series is the production of Synergy.



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7- - “Zelzal” (Earthquake)

The much anticipated series “Zelzal” (Earthquake) starring superstar Mohamed Ramadan will be broadcasted during Ramadan 2019.

The series, starring Hala Shiha beside Ramadan. Shiha is returning back to acting after a long hiatus of 12 years.

In "Zelzal", Ramadan is set to perform the role of both the father and son, an experience he previously succeeded in, in the series “Nesr El Saeed” which gained great success in Ramadan 2018.

The events of the series take place in 1992 when a devastating earthquake struck Egypt. A man buys a house in instalments and the last instalment is due; the owner of the house demands that the house be registered in his name and his ownership is renounced.

The seller decides to wait and prolongs the process until the devastating earthquake strikes. The buyer dies and the house collapses post the destructive force of the earthquake.

The seller then refuses to hand over the piece of land on which the house was built to the heirs of the deceased, creating a clash between him and the son of the deceased.

Despite the fact that there is a love story between the daughter of the seller and the son of the deceased, the girl's father stands between them.

The series is directed by Yasser Samy and written by Abdul Rahim Kamal. “Zelzal” is starring Maged el-Masry, Ahmed Seyam, Nesrine Amin, and Youssef Osman, among others. “Zelzal” is the production of Synergy. Does Ramadan’s Zelzal will make every year Earthquake? Let’s wait and see.



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8-Talket Haz

“Talket Haz” (Luck strike) is starring famed comedian Mustafa Khater, Ayten Amer, Ahmed Maher, Enaam Salousa, Hosny Shatta, Mirna Nour el Din, among others.

The comedy screenplay revolves around a man that faces numerous problems with his four sisters who do not get along with his wife. However, the man’s wife supports her husband as he faces his vicious sisters. The series is written by Ihab Beleilbal and directed by Ahmed Amin. Talket Haz is the production of Synergy.

9- “Weld el-Ghalaba” (Son of the poor)

The series is starring famed Egyptian actor Ahmed el-Sakka, Mohamed Mamdouh, Ingy el Moqadem, Mai Omar, Edward, Hadi el-Gayyar, among others.

The series revolves around a poor man originating from Upper Egypt (Sakka). The man is forced to work two jobs in order to meet his needs. During the mornings, the man works as a teacher in a governmental school, while at night he works as a taxi driver.

The man struggles with numerous financial and social obstacles, eventually pushing him to work as a drug dealer.

The series is written by Ayman Salama and directed by Mohamed Samy. It is labeled as an action/drama.

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10- Baraka

The series follows Baraka (Amr Saad) who settles in Cairo where he starts to get richer, but at the same time he gets involved in a lot of serious problems with powerful people. The show stars beside Saad Hala Sedky, Kamal Abo Raya, Salah Abdallah among others and is directed by Mahmoud Karim. Baraka is the production of Synergy.


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11-“Hogan”

Hogan series revolves around a young man nicknamed "Hogan" as he has supernatural capabilities. The young man pulls cars, pins metal coins with his fingers and mouth, and happily eats glass without getting hurt.

Hogan becomes famous and rich after being a man who lives in a shabby neighbourhood.


The series is written by Mohamed Salah el-Azab and directed by Sherine Adel.


The series stars popular star Mohamed Imam, Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Omar Mustafa Metwali, Asmaa Abul Yazeed, and Abeer Sabry, among others. The series is the production of Synergy.
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12- “Lams Aktaf”

Veteran actor Yasser Galal appeared in “Lams Aktaf” promo as a boxer competing in an important round against a vicious opponent.

Galal embodies the role of a boxer named Adham, who gets involved in criminal acts, and later decides to repent and live a secure and stable life. However, Adham faces hardships as he is chased by Mafia members.

Galal went through rigorous training in order to appear in a certain body shape suiting the role he is playing.

The series is starring Fathy Abdel Wahab, Hanan Metaweh, Eman el-Asy, Samar Morsy, Donia Abdel Aziz, Mohamed Ezz, among others. “Lams Aktaf” is directed by Hussein al-Nabawi.

The series is the third leading role for Yasser Galal in a television drama after "Zel el-Raes" and "Rahim". “Lams Aktaf” is produced by Synergy.





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13-'Princess Beesa'


Famed actress Mai Ezz el-Din will embody two characters in her Ramadan series "Princess Beessa"; the first is a common girl named Beesa working in the field of wedding planning. Beesa inherits school from her uncle, who lives in Italy.

The second character is Beesa’s grandmother, with whom she lives. The grandmother imposes in a comedic manner monetary payments on the people that reside in the area. The grandmother’s family wants to transfer her to a residence for the elderly.

Out of nowhere, a man appears and claims to be Beesa’s cousin and entitled to inheritance. Egyptian international Actor Amir el-Masry falls in love with Beesa in the series.

Princess Beessa stars beside Ezz el-Din and El Masry, Pussy, Mohamed Anwar, Hagag Abdel Azim, Hossam Dhager among others. The series is written by Mostafa Omar and Farouk Hisham, directed by Akram Farid and produced by Synergy.



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14- Qamar Hady ( Hady’s Moon)

Qamar Hady series revolves around a notorious drug dealer named Hady Abul Makarem portrayed by star Hani Salama. Makarem, who owns a luxurious car agency and uses it to launder money from his drug trade. Eventually, the notorious drug dealer starts to have numerous altercations with his competitors.

Salama falls in love with Yousra el-Lozi during the events of the series and gets involved in a murder; his older brother, played by Mohsin Mohy Eldin reports him to police.

Qamar Hady is written by Islam Hafez and directed by Raouf Abdel Aziz. The series is the production of Synergy.


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15 -Abou Gabal

Ramadan star Mostafa Shaaban will present to his fans this year Abou Gabal who is a rich merchant who will suffer along with his family from severe problems and crisis. The series will highlight Abou Gabal attempts to know the true reason behind these crisis.

Abou Gabal series star Aicha Ben Ahmed, Diab, Naglaa Badr, Mahmoud el Bezawy among others. The series is written by Mohamed Sayed Beshir, directed by Ahmed Saleh and produced by Synergy.

16- El wad Sayed el Shahat ( The boy Named Sayed el Shahat
A poor young man named Sayed got married to a rich girl, the matter that drove people to wonder why she accepted. Suddenly Sayed will be chased by starne people asking him to pay 6 million L.E as one of his relatives conned them and took the money The series star popular comedian Ahmed Fahmy, Hannah el Zahed, Mohamed Abdel Rahman, Mohamed Osama ( Osos), Mostafa Baseet among others.

El wad Sayed el Shahat written by Mostafa Saker, directed by Ahmed el Gendy and produced by Synergy.

17- Super Miro

Heartthrob comedian Amy Samir Ghanem embodies in her first leading role the character of Tamira, a woman who has supernatural powers and works as a journalist in a magazine. Tamira goes through numerous comical situations as the events unfold.

“Super Miro” is written by Mohammed Mohammedi and Ahmed Mohie and directed by Walid el-Halafawi. The series is starring Hamdi el-Mirghani, Bayoumi Fouad, Mohamed Tharwat, Malak Qora, Mohamed Mahmoud, Ahmed Sultan and veteran comedian Samir Ghanem.























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<![CDATA[Abdel Wahab: The immortal generations musician]]>

Mohammed Abdel Wahhab was born in 1902 in Cairo, Egypt, in Bab El-Sheriyah neighbourhood, where there is now a statue of him.

Abdel Wahab is one of the most remarkable musicians in the Arab music world whose known for his outstanding vocals and composing skills.

Composing numerous poems for different Arab poets, Abdel Wahab is most known for composing many of prominent poet Ahmed Shawky’s poems.

Many of Umm Kalthoum’s popular songs were composed by Abdel Wahab as well, such as “Shall We Meet Tomorrow?” and “You Are My Life” among ten other songs.

He has also composed most of Nagat El Saghira’s significant hits, including four poems by the prominent poet Nizar Qabbani.

Despite composing many remarkable music pieces that go under the classic umbrella, Abdel Wahab always had his own western music grasp.

Through playing the oud distinctively, he is considered to be a pioneer who introduced Arab poems and pieces to Western rhythms.

A model that successfully portrays Abdel Wahab’s magnificent fusion between Arabic words and western rhythms would be Abdel Halim Hafez's song "Ya Albi Ya Khali" (Oh My Empty Heart) in which he added a Rock and Roll rhythm. Abdel Wahab repertoire include a lot of immortal songs such as “Egypt, O Mother of the World”, “And We Knew Love”, and “The Beloved Lady”.


Abdel Wahab has also collaborated with many remarkable singers such as Talal Maddah, Asmahan and Laila Mourad among others. Although it has been 120 years since his birth, his patriotic songs are still widely played in Egypt and in the whole Arab world, especially on national occasions.



Abdel Wahab composed the national anthem of Libya used by the Kingdom of Libya from 1951 to 1969 entitled "Ya Beladi" also known as "Libya, Libya, Libya".


The legendary musician also composed the national anthem of Tunisia, "Humat al-Hima" as well as the United Arab Emirates national anthem "Ishy Bilady" and many Egyptian nationalist songs like "Ya Masr Tam El-Hanna", "Hay Ala El-Falah", "Masr Nadetna fa Labena el-Nedaa", "Oulo le Masr", "Hob el-Watan Fard Alya", "Sout el-Gamaheer", "Ya Nessmet el-Horria", and "Sawae'd men Beladi".


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<![CDATA[Fouad, Mounib to perform at Alexandria Opera House on May.14 ]]>
Fouad and Mounib represented Egypt at Talborjt International Guitar Festival in Agadir.

Working in the field of medicine, Fouad fell in love with music at a very early age and used to play the Piano and express his thoughts and feelings through music.

Mounib is a professional violinist who studied music at the Higher Music Institute Conservatoire then travelled to continue his studies in Germany.

Mounib and Fouad met in Germany and decided to create the band despite the distance; they performed concerts in various music venues across the country.

The band is known for playing a special kind of music that is a mixture of oriental music and Jazz.

The experience of Fouad and Mounib is one of the most remarkable musical experiences in the arena of the Indie music in Egypt.

The band achieved booming success in Egypt in 2 years only.

They performed recently a group of concerts in Egypt and Germany. The band performed a concert on Friday, August 3, 2018 at Salah El-Din Citadel Theater.

They staged a second concert Thursday, July 5, 2018 during Cairo Opera House’s annual Summer Festival at the Open Theatre.

In 2019 Fouad and Mounib performed a concert on Friday, February 1, at All Saints Cathedral in Zamalek district.
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5/4/2019 2:19:19 PM
<![CDATA[Hosny to perform at ERU to support Cancer hospital in Fayoum]]>
The yields of Hosny’s concert will be fully dedicated to preparing the Cancer hospital in Fayoum. Hosny received the Murex D’or award for best male Arab singer on Saturday, April 6 in Lebanon.

Hosny's latest song “Naseny Laih” amassed almost 30 million views on his official YouTube channel in less than two weeks.

“Naseny Laih” is written by Tamer Hussain, distributed by Tamer Ali and Wesam Abdel Moneim.

Hosny chose the idea of the song’s video clip which is directed by Said al-Marouk.

Hosny's most recent album is "Aish Beshouak"; the album has achieved great success.

Hosny announced that he will release his upcoming movie "Kol Sana W Enta Tayeb" during Eid El-Fitr season.

The movie stars Zeina, Khaled el-Sawy, Aicha Ben Ahmed, Ahmed Fathy and Mohamed Sarwat. "Kol Sana W EntaTayeb" 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 exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays 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.

In August 2017, Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his hand print and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre.

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also 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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Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

He was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 30, 2018. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of whom were women.

Hosny performed on a special 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.

Also, Hosny performed in the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games representing Egypt on March 14. Hosny performed alongside renowned Syrian singer Assala, Emirati star Hussein al- Jasmi, Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi and Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne.

The song was a motivational animated performance entitled “Right where I'm supposed to Be”.It was performed in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Hosni and Fonsi met at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi amidst a group of fans. The two stars sat together and talked about their future projects.

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.
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5/4/2019 1:47:51 PM
<![CDATA[A double tomb dating back to the fifth dynasty uncovered at Pyramids of Giza]]>
The newly uncovered tomb was discovered by Egyptian archaeological mission, headed by the General Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri.

Anany added during a press conference that was held to announce the details of this great discovery that the tomb was reused during the times of the 26th dynasty.

Waziri explained that the excavation work started in August 2018 and 450 cubic meters of sands were removed to reach to the tomb which is part of an ancient dynasty cemetery.

He added that the unearthed tomb is located in the south-eastern part of the pyramids area.

The press conference was attended by renowned archaeologist Zahi Hawass. ‘’ One of the two owners of the tomb is the priest of King Khafra, the whole world is watching this great discovery that dates back to the fifth dynasty’’ Hawass announced during the press conference.

Hawass further added that Egypt contains a large number of discoveries that are not yet revealed, pointing out that what was already discovered is only 30 percent.
The mission discovered inside the tombs some closed coffins, along with a number of archaeological finds belong to the priests.

It is worth mentioning that Egypt Today exclusively revealed on May 3 details about this discovery.

Official sources exclusively told Egypt Today that the newly discovered tomb dates back to the fifth dynasty in the Old Kingdom and contains inscriptions in a good condition.

It is worth mentioning that the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany perambulated a unique tomb located in Saqqara area on April 13.

The tomb belongs to a man named Khuwy who was one of the nobles living in the era of the fifth dynasty in the Old Kingdom.

Khuwy tomb was discovered by Egyptian mission headed by professor Mohamed Megahed.

The mission uncovered this tomb while documenting the collection of pyramids that belong to King Djedkare Isesi who was the eighth and penultimate ruler of the Fifth Dynasty of Egypt in the late 25th century to mid-24th century BC, during the Old Kingdom.

Khuwy's tomb consists of a superstructure with an L-shaped offering room, which was decorated with reliefs. Only the bottom part of this decoration is preserved, as the white limestone blocks of the other parts were re-used in the construction of other buildings.

The design of the north wall and the entrance of the cemetery is simulated from the design of the royal pyramids of the Fifth Dynasty.


This design was first applied inside tombs of individuals, not kings of that period.
That part of the tomb starts with a descending corridor, which leads to a vestibule.

An entrance in its southern wall gives access to a decorated antechamber. Its decoration represents the tomb owner sitting in front of the offering table on the south and north walls. Moreover, an offering list was depicted on the east wall and the palace-façade on the west wall.

Khuwy tomb houses as well another room that contains the remains of a completely destroyed coffin that was made of white limestone. This room was used as a burial chamber.

The Egyptian mission headed by Professor Mohamed Megahed was able to uncover Khuwy’s human remains between the stones, as well as oils and resin remnants used by ancient Egyptians in the embalming.

Anany perambulated Khoy tomb accompanied by 54 foreign ambassadors and representatives.

Veteran Egyptian actress Yousra visited the tomb with Anany and the foreign ambassadors and expressed her strong admiration with this unique tomb.

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5/4/2019 1:00:15 PM
<![CDATA[Pyramids Plateau development project to be opened in late 2019]]>
During his inspection tour of the new visitors' building in the Pyramids archaeological area, Mohy said that the project of developing the Pyramids Plateau will be opened in the second half of 2019 with a cost of about EGP 500 million.

The visitors' building will group 12 ticket windows including two windows for people with special needs, four others for the Egyptian visitors and six for the foreigners along with three others for the students, Mohy added.

The building will also include a cinema hall that will accommodate 150 visitors who will be able to watch a movie highlighting the history of the archaeological area, Mohy noted.

Meanwhile, he shed light on the new student center that will have a view of the archaeological area.

He underlined that the project aims to provide all amenities to the Egyptian and foreign visitors.]]>
5/4/2019 12:20:01 PM
<![CDATA['Intimate Audrey': Hepburn exhibition opens in Brussels]]>
Put together by her son Sean Hepburn Ferrer, “Intimate Audrey” features hundreds of private and professional photos - originals and reprints - as well as some movie memorabilia, such as the scooter used in the 1953 classic “Roman Holiday” for which Hepburn won a best actress Oscar.

Hepburn Ferrer, whose father was U.S. actor Mel Ferrer, said he wanted to offer a more personal perspective of the life of the British actress, who dedicated her later years to charity work and became a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

“She lived a humble life, a simple life, and maybe in there lies the key to why she is still so beloved today,” he told Reuters.

Hepburn was born in 1929 in the Brussels area of Ixelles to a Dutch mother and British father. She later moved to London to pursue ballet training and eventually turned to acting, taking to the stage in New York in 1951 for Broadway play “Gigi”.

She starred in a string of films in the 1950s and 1960s, including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Charade” and “My Fair Lady”. Hepburn died in 1993 aged 63.

On display are also Hepburn’s fashion drawings and humanitarian writings. Hepburn Ferrer said one the key features of the exhibition was a replica cherry blossom tree, a tribute to the childhood home in Switzerland his parents bought in 1963 and remained Hepburn’s residence until her death.

“It is an unusual exhibition because it has been completely devoid of the Hollywood aspect of her career so it’s the woman who is coming home, naked of the legend, of the icon,” he said.

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5/3/2019 4:05:55 PM
<![CDATA[Peter Mayhew, actor who played Chewbacca in 'Star Wars' movies, dies]]>
Mayhew, whose face was never seen in the “Star Wars” films - his entire body was always clothed in his Wookiee costume - died at his north Texas home on Tuesday, according to the family’s statement on Twitter. No cause of death was given.

The lanky performer made his first appearance as the beloved, bleating Chewbacca character in the landmark 1977 sci-fi action-thriller “Star Wars,” and went on to co-star in four more films in the blockbuster series - “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “Revenge of the Sith” and “The Force Awakens.”

He retired from playing Chewbacca for health reasons, although his family recalled that for Mayhew’s final turn as the heroic Wookiee in “The Force Awakens,” he “fought his way back from being wheelchair-bound to stand tall” once more as the woolly character in the 2015 film.

He also served as an off-camera consultant on the final 2017 film in the series, “The Last Jedi,” helping to tutor his successor in the Chewbacca role, Joonas Suotamo, on the ways of convincingly playing a Wookiee.

Co-stars saluted Mayhew as a performer whose own inner poise and grace shone through in his character.

“Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character,” said Harrison Ford, who as Han Solo shared many scenes with Mayhew. “Chewbacca was an important part of the success of the films we made together.”

Mark Hamill, who starred as Luke Skywalker in the franchise, called Mayhew “the gentlest of giants.”

“A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile & a loyal friend who I loved dearly,” Hamill wrote on Twitter. Suotamo remembered Mayhew as “an absolutely one-of-kind gentleman and a legend of unrivaled class.”

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Chewbacca, tall, shaggy and clothed only in a bandoleer, was introduced to movie audiences in the original “Star Wars” film as co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon, the spacecraft captained by his best friend, Solo, played by Harrison Ford. Solo affectionately referred to him as Chewie.

The character of Princess Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher, was more dismissive of Chewbacca at first, memorably snapping: “Will someone get this big, walking carpet out of my way,” early in the first “Star Wars” picture.

A trusty sidekick who spoke in a language of dog-like growls and bellowing moans understood by his compatriots, Chewbacca was the most notable member of the fictional humanoid Wookiee species of his heavily forested home planet. Another actor supplied the character’s vocalizations.

Deprived of recognizable speech and with facial expressions limited by the Wookiee mask he wore, Mayhew relied on body language to portray the emotional range of a character who could be both fearsome and sensitive.

“Chewie transformed me,” Mayhew once said of performing in the costume, according to a profile posted on the official StarWars.com website run by Lucasfilm studio.

“The attitude was different. The walk was different. Do the scenes, come back, take the mask off, Peter was back.”

Mayhew, who stood 7 feet, 4 inches (2.24 m) tall, was discovered while working as a hospital orderly in London.

A photograph of him published in a local paper caught the eye of film producers, and he was cast as a Minoton in the 1977 film “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger,” co-starring Jane Seymour, according to his official Facebook page.

About a year later, after returning to his job at King’s College Hospital, Mayhew was called by filmmaker George Lucas to audition for the role of Chewbacca, a role he not only created for the original “Star Wars” film and reprised in four others but inhabited in various television and personal appearances over the years.

“Peter was a wonderful man. He was the closest any human being could be to a Wookiee - big heart, gentle nature ... and I learned to always let him win,” Lucas said in a statement late on Thursday. “He was a good friend and I’m saddened by his passing.”

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5/3/2019 4:01:59 PM
<![CDATA[Exclusive to ET : A newly discovered tomb to be announced on May.4]]>
Official sources exclusively told Egypt Today that the newly discovered tomb dates back to the fifth dynasty in the Old Kingdom of Egypt and contains inscriptions in a good condition. It belongs to one of the nobles in the fifth dynasty.

It is worth mentioning that the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany perambulated a unique tomb located in Saqqara area on April 13.




The tomb belongs to a man named Khuwy who was one of the nobles living in the era of the fifth dynasty in the Old Kingdom.

Khuwy tomb was discovered by Egyptian mission headed by professor Mohamed Megahed.


The mission uncovered this tomb while documenting the collection of pyramids that belong to King Djedkare Isesi who was the eighth and penultimate ruler of the Fifth Dynasty of Egypt in the late 25th century to mid-24th century BC, during the Old Kingdom.

Khuwy's tomb consists of a superstructure with an L-shaped offering room, which was decorated with reliefs. Only the bottom part of this decoration is preserved, as the white limestone blocks of the other parts were re-used in the construction of other buildings.

The design of the north wall and the entrance of the cemetery is simulated from the design of the royal pyramids of the Fifth Dynasty.


This design was first applied inside tombs of individuals, not kings of that period.
That part of the tomb starts with a descending corridor, which leads to a vestibule.

An entrance in its southern wall gives access to a decorated antechamber. Its decoration represents the tomb owner sitting in front of the offering table on the south and north walls. Moreover, an offering list was depicted on the east wall and the palace-façade on the west wall.


Khuwy tomb houses as well another room that contains the remains of a completely destroyed coffin that was made of white limestone. This room was used as a burial chamber.

The Egyptian mission headed by Professor Mohamed Megahed was able to uncover Khuwy’s human remains between the stones, as well as oils and resin remnants used by ancient Egyptians in the embalming.

Anany perambulated Khoy tomb accompanied by 54 foreign ambassadors and representatives.


Veteran Egyptian actress Yousra visited the tomb with Anany and the foreign ambassadors and expressed her strong admiration with this unique tomb.
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5/3/2019 3:32:52 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian artworks grab attention at Christie's London]]>
Christie’s will host a panel discussion on Egypt’s Creative Journey: Ancient, Modern & Contemporary, featuring Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, founder of Art D’Egypte; Omniya el Barr, researcher at the V&A; and Ramzy Dalloul, collector and founder of Dalloul Art Foundation. Supported by the British Council, the presentation is taking place on Tuesday, 7 May at Christie’s, King Street, London.

Following the success of Christie’s Dubai sale in March, its art specialists are presently consigning works for the next auction of art from the Middle East, including works from Egypt’s masters.

The most recent sale season highlighted the demand for Egyptian art through a number of key works. Ramsès Younan (Egyptian, 1913-1966) ‘Contre le mur’, from the private collection of the family of the late artist, fetched $387,500 from a pre-sale estimate of $100,000 - 150,000.

A leading figure and founding member of the ‘Art and Freedom’ society, noted as a painter, essayist, critic and translator, whose motto ‘Long Live Degenerate Art’ was defined in his ground-breaking manifesto in 1938, Younan’s ‘Contre le Mur’ stands out as a unique and important Surrealist work of the artist.

Also, Abdel Hadi El-Gazzar’s rare preparatory yet very complete charcoal sketch ‘world of love’, 1952, was sold for $112,500 in the March 2019 Dubai auction. El-Gazzar’s work personified the universal subject of love to its Egyptian context with the inclusion of symbols and additional details to place the scene in a purely local Egyptian narrative.

Since 2010, six works sold from Egyptian artists achieved world sales records and international acclaim.

Other noteworthy global records for Egyptian artworks sold at auction in the last decade include Hamed Nada’s ‘Henna Eve’, which sold for $602,500 in 2010. In the same year, Mahmoud Said’s ‘The Whirling Dervishes’ sold for $2,546,500, setting a world record for Middle Eastern art. 2014 and 2015 witnessed the sale of Abdul Hadi El Gazzar’s ‘Construction of the Suez Canal’ for $1,023,750 and Tahia Halim’s ‘Farhat Al Nuba’ for $749,000, respectively. Hamed Ewais’s ‘Al Aabour’ sold at Christie’s for $605,000 in 2016, significantly exceeding expectations.

“Egyptian artists have been consistently fetching record prices at Christie’s, highlighting the continued demand for works by these modern masters. The forthcoming discussion at Christie’s London on the evolution of Egypt’s arts landscape demonstrates the increasing global interest in artworks from this vibrant market, from antiquities to contemporary pieces,” said Hala Khayat, Christie’s Director and Head of Sale in the Middle East.

Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service, expertise and global reach. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful.

Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more.

Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.
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5/3/2019 2:30:35 PM
<![CDATA[Sharmoofers will perform at Engineers Syndicate Club on May.3]]>


Sharmoofers recently released their latest album “Enfesam” (Schizophrenia). In 2012, Ahmed Bahaa, Mohamed el-Arkan and Ezz Shahwan got together & formed Sharmoofers; since then they’ve been impacting the world’s youth with positive groovy music.

Starting off online, the band’s music has managed to reach millions, and they have more than 588,000 followers on Facebook and are growing more popular on social media.

They first performed on Bassem Youssef's “Bernameg” show in 2013 and then performed live at a concert at Al-Azhar Park in 2014.

Sharmoofers are known for using unique lyrics, far away from the traditional common lyrics fans got used to.

The Egyptian band is known for their spontaneous and funny ways of performing. Sharmoofers caused a state of havoc with their latest song “Zamba” which promotes breaking the daily routine and enjoying jolly music to avoid negativity and be happy no matter what.

The band chose the name “Zamba” for their video clip. Red Indian style costumes with really shiny and bizarre colors were chosen for the clip.

Sharmoofers surprised their fans recently after releasing their first romantic song, titled “Moftaked el Habiba” (I Miss a Lover), including a video featuring famous Egyptian actress Yasmine Raeis.


The clip of "Moftaqed el-Habiba" was directed by Hady el-Bagory. Sharmoofers already won the following awards in their short career:

• MEMA Awards
• Digital Media Presence Award
• ACA Awards nomination

Band Members:

-Ahmed Bahaa: Vocalist
- Moe el-Arkan: Bassist
- Ahmed Aly: Percussionist
- Mostafa Kerdani: Drummer
- Mohamed Labib: Saxophonist
- Islam Ali AKA Solly: Trumpeter
- Adel Mohamed: Percussionist

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5/3/2019 1:44:42 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Shahin, guest of honor in 'Badal el-Haduta Talata']]>
The series is divided into three stories and Shahin will appear in the first.

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It is worth noting that the series was titled “Men Awel Nazra” (From first sight) and was later changed to “Badal al-Haduta Talata”. In the series, Dunya plays three separate roles each for 10 episodes.

The series is co-starring Samir Ghanem, Hamdi el-Merghany, Mohamed Tharwat, Shaimaa Seif and Amr Wahba. The screenplay is directed by Khaled el-Halafawy and is a joint production of Synergy and Hesham Gamal.





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5/2/2019 6:46:23 PM
<![CDATA[Jennifer Lopez to perform in Egypt for 1st time on Aug. 9]]>
The concert will be performed under the title: "It's My Party" and a huge number of fans is expected to attend.

Three types of tickets will be presented to the fans: Standing tickets, golden circle tickets and VIP tickets. The first type will be sold for LE 1,350, the second comes at a price of LE 2,000 and the final type will be sold for LE 3,500.

Jennifer Lynn López is an American actress, singer, dancer and producer. In 1991, López began appearing as a fly girl dancer on "In Living Color", where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993.

With a cumulative film gross of US$3 billion and estimated global sales of 80 million records, López is regarded as the most influential Latin performer in the United States. In 2012, Forbes ranked her as the most powerful celebrity in the world, as well as the 38th most powerful woman in the world.

Time listed her among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018. Her most successful singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 include: "If You Had My Love", "Love Don't Cost a Thing", "I'm Real", "Ain't It Funny", "Jenny from the Block", "All I Have", and "On the Floor", which is one of the best-selling singles of all time.

For her contributions to the music industry, López has received a landmark star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Billboard Icon Award and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award among other honors. Her other ventures include clothing lines, fragrances, a production company, and a charitable foundation.
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5/2/2019 6:42:38 PM
<![CDATA[Tayyeb Abbas named manager at GEM]]>
Abbas is currently the deputy dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels for education and student affairs at Minya University.

Abbas received his PhD in ancient Egyptian religion literature from the Egyptology department at Britain's Liverpool university.

He wrote many articles and books in English in ancient Egyptian literature and in 2017 was appointed as deputy head of the joint excavation mission between the Ministry of Antiquities and Minya university which unearthed a crypt of mummies in Tuna el Gabal area in Minya.]]>
5/2/2019 5:57:49 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Helmy to co-star in NRJ’s ‘Wesh fe Wesh’ in Ramadan]]>
“Wesh fi Wesh” will be broadcast throughout the holy month and will present numerous distinguished issues to its listeners.

Ahmed Muhammad Helmy Awwad is an Egyptian comedian, film producer and a renowned television personality. He started his career in 1993 on the Egyptian Satellite Broadcast. In 1998, he made his debut in "Aboud Ala el-Hodoud" (Aboud on the border), which received commercial success.

Helmy was also in the judging committee in the latest edition of the famed program “Arabs Got Talent”, alongside Najwa Karam and Ali Jaber.


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5/2/2019 5:25:51 PM
<![CDATA[Amr Diab dazzles attendees in ACU Sham el Nessim concert]]>
The concert comes as part of the celebrations of Sham el Nessim holidays (Easter).

The mega star performed a selection of his most popular old and new songs, in addition to songs from his latest album “Kol Hayaty” (All my life).

In his latest album, Diab cooperated with a significant number of song writers including Ayman Bahgat Qamar and Tamer Hussain, as well as prominent musical composers like Waleed Saad and Amr Moustafa.

Before the concert came to an end, Diab thanked the attending students and the concert’s organizers.

Amr Diab is an Egyptian vocalist. He has established himself as an acclaimed recording artist in most Mediterranean countries. According to a research by Michael Frishkopf, he has created his style termed as "Mediterranean Music", a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms.

الليله حبيبي الليله عمرو دياب يفتتح حفلة الاهرام الكندية

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5/2/2019 5:21:43 PM
<![CDATA[How Egyptian cinema portrayed laborers ]]>CAIRO - 1 May 2019: Labor Day is celebrated annually around the world on May 1. The Egyptian cinema discussed in many films the important role laborers play in society and the challenges they encounter.

Egypt Today presents a review of the most significant seven films that tackled laborers' lives and the famous artists who embodied the roles:

“El Aydi el Naema” (The soft hands)

This film is usually broadcast on Labor Day in Egypt. The film is starring Ahmed Mazhar, Salah Zulfikar, Sabah, Maryam Fakhreddine, and Laila Taher. It is written by Tawfiq al-Hakim and Yousef Jouhar and directed by Mahmoud Zulfikar.

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The film revolves around the life of a prince who lost his property after the end of the monarchy. The prince meets an unemployed young man with a doctorate who suggests the prince rents his palace to make a living.

"Bab el Hadid" (Iron door)

The film, produced in 1958, deals with the lives of railway workers and newspaper sellers through Qenaoui, a newspaper seller who falls in love with Hanouma who sells soft drinks in railway stations and only has feelings of pity for him. Hanouma also loves and intends to marry another and while she is preparing to get married, Qenaoui decides to kill her because of his extreme jealousy.

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However, fate puts another girl in Qenaoui’s way. In the end, Qenaoui is reported as a psychopath and is apprehended by Hasan al-Baroudi who was like a father to him.

"El Ard" (The land)

The Egyptian farmers' societal role was portrayed in Youssef Chahine’s "El Ard which discussed the suffering of the Egyptian farmer who would die to protect his land.
The film was inspired by writer Abdul Rahman al-Sharqawi's novel that bears the same name. "El Ard" is starring Mahmoud el-Meligy, Ezzat Alayli and Najwa Ibrahim.

”El Nemr el Aswad” (The black panther)

This movie stars Ahmed Zaky, Ahmed Mazhar,Wafa Salem, Youssef Fawzi, Ahmed Abu el-Fath, and Bashir Deek. It is directed by Atef Salem.

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Ahmed Zaky appeared in the role of an Egyptian boxer named Mohamed Hassan who immigrated to Germany to achieve his dreams. The Egyptian man practiced boxing and was assisted by his Greek coach. Mohamed eventually became a professional boxer in Germany and his fans titled him “the black panther”.

”El Osta Hassan” (Mr. Hassan)

The film portrays the life of Hassan who worked in an Iron factory. Although Hassan has a child and a wife who loved him dearly, he resented his life. The man meets a woman from a “higher class” who falls in love with him. The woman takes Hassan from his home and life hoping to turn him to a businessman. Hassan eventually goes back to his simple life with his wife and his work as a laborer in an Iron factory.

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The film was produced in 1952 and was starring Farid Shawky, Hoda Sultan, Thuria Salem, and Zuzu Madi. It is written by Farid Shawky and Sayed Bedeir and directed by Salah abu Saif.

"Lel Regal Faqat" (For men only)

This film highlighted the role of working women and their ability to work in hard jobs usually seen as- men only- jobs. The film is starring Soad Hosny,Nadia Lotfy, Hassan Youssef and Youssef Shaaban. The film is written by Mohammed Abu Yusuf and directed by Mahmoud Zulfikar.

"Fatat el Masnaa" (Factory girl)

This film first screened in March 19, 2014. It illustrates the different struggles encountered by girls working in fabric and clothing factories. The film is starring Yasmin Raeis, Salwa Khattab, Salwa Mohammed Ali and Hani Adel. It is directed by Mohammed Khan.
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5/1/2019 7:11:00 PM
<![CDATA[Late writer Ahmed Tawfik added to “Lived Here” database]]>
The National Authority for Civilization Coordination placed a copper sign on April 30 on the wall of the house where the late writer resided in Tanta. The sign was placed in the presence of Tawfik’s son pharmacist Mohammed Khaled Tawfik.

“Writer Ahmed Khaled Tawfik lived here, 9 Tharwat Street, the second district of the Western province, Tanta,” the sign read in both English and Arabic.

The project aims to create an accurate and adequate database of Egyptian influential personalities in addition to creating guidance boards bearing their names, birth dates and deaths dates on the houses where they lived.
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The boards also include QR codes, which provide access to accurate information about their lives and achievements through a specially designed website.

The scientific committee of the project consists of: Chairman of the National Coordination Council for Civilization Mohamed Abu Saada, Former Minister of Culture Emad Abu Ghazy, and Director of Projects Department in Bibliotheca Alexandrina Khaled Azab, among others.

The project is sponsored by the International Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in cooperation with the National Authority for Civilization Coordination and the Information and Decision Support Center under the chairmanship of the Council of Ministers.

It is worth mentioning that it is possible to use the map related to "Lived Here" project to search for special individuals listed on the database.







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5/1/2019 5:00:39 PM
<![CDATA[Fox renews 'Empire' without Jussie Smollett's character]]>
Chicago police accused Smollett of making up an attack against him, but the actor maintained his innocence and prosecutors dismissed criminal charges against him.

Smollett played gay singer-songwriter Jamal Lyon on the show about a family in the hip-hop entertainment business. Fox did leave a door open to possibly bring Smollett back by extending an option on his contract.

“By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season six, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to ‘Empire,’” according to a statement from 20th Century Fox TV and Fox Entertainment.

“Empire” airs on the Fox broadcast network, a unit of Fox Corp. The series is produced by the Fox television studio, which was recently sold to Walt Disney Co.

A spokesperson for Smollett said in a statement that the actor was “grateful to Fox and ‘Empire’ leadership, cast, crew and fans for their unwavering support.”

“We’ve been told that Jussie will not be on ‘Empire’ in the beginning of the season, but he appreciates they have extended his contract to keep Jamal’s future open,” the spokesperson said.

Smollett, 36, who is black and gay, ignited a firestorm by telling police on Jan. 29 that two apparent supporters of President Donald Trump struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs on a Chicago street.

After weeks of investigation, Chicago police determined that Smollett cooked up the scheme - in which they allege he hired two brothers to pose as his attackers - because he was dissatisfied with his salary on “Empire.”

He was charged in February with staging the incident and filing a false police report, but Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office prosecutors dropped all charges against him in March.

Smollett admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to do community service and give up $10,000 in bond money.

In April, the city of Chicago filed a lawsuit seeking three times the damages it said it incurred in the investigation of the incident.

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5/1/2019 4:56:51 PM
<![CDATA[Former teen idol Zac Efron plays serial killer Bundy in new drama]]>
The film, released on Netflix in the United States and Sky Cinema in Britain on Friday, follows the 1979 trial of Bundy, who was executed in Florida in 1989, through the eyes of his girlfriend Liz, played by “Mirror Mirror” actress Lily Collins.

Before his death, Bundy admitted to killing more than 30 young women across several U.S. states in the 1970s.

For Efron, the role is very different to his past work, with recent credits including musical “The Greatest Showman” and comedy “Baywatch”.

“This was a way into a genre that I thought was a little bit more cerebral than your standard hack and slash movie,” he told Reuters in an interview, adding he liked versatility.

“This is an in-depth look into one of the worst mass manipulators of the public and mass murderers of young girls and women probably ever and it’s a hard story to tell.”

The film takes its title from the words of judge Edward D. Cowart - played by John Malkovich - when he sentenced the 32-year-old Bundy to death, calling his crimes “extremely wicked, shockingly evil, vile”.

The televised Miami trial saw charismatic former law student Bundy, who escaped police custody twice, represent himself in a courtroom attended by fans.

“Nobody believed Bundy was capable of these horrible crimes because of how he looked, how he acted,” director Joe Berlinger said.

“We live in an era of ... people putting out false imagery of who they are, and so the lessons of Bundy today, I think are even more relevant than ever before.”]]>
5/1/2019 4:52:33 PM
<![CDATA[London hosts Faten Hamama Film Festival for 1st time]]>
Magy Anwar, the director of the festival, stated that the audience praised the quality of the presented Egyptian films and were happy to be more exposed to the Egyptian culture and traditions.

The judging panel, composed of Tunisian actress Durra, British producer Carl Toni, Italian producer Cleofas Adrian, Spanish director Joan Vera and Egyptian director Karim Hanafi, declared the winning films.

The Best Short Feature Award went to Egyptian director Alaa Khaled's “El Tagreba Asef”, the Argentinean film "Acha Acha" by Mario Piazza was awarded the Long Feature Film Award and the Jury Award was granted to the film "Un agujero en el Muro" by director Carlos Mori.

It is noteworthy that late documentary director Attiyat al-Abnoudi and late director Ali Reda were honored during the fifth edition of Faten Hamama International Film Festival. A short documentary illustrating Reda's life and narrated by his wife Farida Fahmi screened in the festival.

Also, the film “Karnak” screened during the festival with English subtitles.

The festival was held in London and parallel screenings of the participating films were held at the 1718 Cultural Center in Cairo.


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5/1/2019 4:28:56 PM
<![CDATA[GEM to be inaugurated in last quarter of 2020]]>
This came during the minister's participation in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which is currently held in Dubai, set to be held on Sunday April 27 till Wednesday May 1.

On Saturday April 27, Mashat headed for Dubai on top of a tourist delegation to take part in the Arabian Travel Market. She stressed the importance of participating in the event in light of Tourism Ministry's strategy to attract more Arab tourists to Egypt.

Egypt is a favorable destination for the Arab tourists, she said, adding that 30 percent of Egypt's tourists came from the Arab market.

Several meetings will be held on the fringe of the event to exchange expertise and discuss ways to boost tourism among the Arab states.

About 56 participants will partake in the 600-meter square event, including 30 tour operators and 22 hotels, in addition to EgyptAir and Air Cairo airlines.

The Grand Egyptian Museum 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.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will cost $1.100 billion financed by the Japanese government through two loans worth $450 million.

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5/1/2019 12:12:46 AM
<![CDATA[Naglaa Badr sues “Zay el Shams” makers]]>
The star also accused the makers of filming a few of the scenes inside the family cemetery without her permission or prior knowledge.

The actress stated that she was shocked when she saw the TV series promo featuring prominent actress Sawsan Badr inside the cemetery, stressing that the filming was done without the prior knowledge or consent of her family.

“The cemetery is not for sale or rent” said Badr, asserting that her family will “take all legal proceedings” she added.

The TV series makers denied the accusations and claimed that the cemetery used in the filming of the scene does not belong to the actresses’ family. They added that the arrangement is usually done with the cemetery guards, which is what had occurred prior to the filming of the scene.

“Zi El Shams” is co-starring Dina el-Sherbiny, Ahmed Dawood, Riham Abdel Ghafour, Ahmed el-Saadany, among others. The series is written by Mariam Naoom and directed by Sameh Abdel Aziz. “Zi el Shams” is scheduled to premiere during the holy month of Ramadan.
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5/1/2019 12:05:57 AM
<![CDATA['Casablanca' promo amassed a Million views in less than 3 Hours]]>
Synergy Productions and film producer Waleed Mansour, presented the first promo of the film "Casablanca", which houses many attracting elements; where the star Amir Karara appeared in several action scenes that was carried out professionally; in addition to the new appearance of the Jordanian star Eyad Nassar who the film is expected to be a turning point in his career.

“Casablanca” is expected to be released during the upcoming Eid al-Fitr .The film is starring Amir Karara, Ghada Adel, Eyad Nassar, Amro Adel Jalil, Lebleba, Mahmoud al-Bezzawy, Ahmad Dash, Jihane Khalil, Mohamed Miftah, International Turkish actor Halit Ergenç, among others.

The film is an action-thriller genre film and will be filmed between Egypt، France، and several other countries. The much anticipated film is written by Hesham Helal and directed by Peter Mimi.

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4/30/2019 6:35:10 PM
<![CDATA[Hisham Abbas rocks in his latest concert celebrating Sham el Nessim]]>
This is the first concert for Abbas after the death of his mother. The popular singer performed a selection of his most popular songs during the concert, including “Habibi da” (She’s my lover), “Feeno?” (Where is she?), “Yetraba fe ezzo”, “Ana amel eih?” (What should I do?), “Qool alaya magnon” (Call me crazy), “Halet Hob” (A state of love), among others.

With that concert, Abbas ended the state of mourning for his mother, who died Sunday April 21, while receiving condolences on Tuesday, April 23 at the Rahman Rahim Mosque in Heliopolis, in the presence of notable group of actors and singers.

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4/30/2019 5:45:33 PM
<![CDATA[Tyga acts as a pharaoh during a visit to the Pyramids]]>
Taiga commented on the picture: "I am a king, no matter what I have passed through and what I have done, I introduce myself to you as a king ... the last kings."

Micheal Ray Stevenson, known by his stage name Tyga, is an American rapper, songwriter, singer, actor and television personality. In 2011, Tyga signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records.

His major label debut Careless World: Rise of the Last King, included the singles "Rack City", "Faded" featuring fellow Young Money artist Lil Wayne, "Far Away" featuring Chris Richardson, "Still Got It" featuring Drake, and "Make It Nasty".


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4/30/2019 5:39:25 PM
<![CDATA[World celebrates International Dance Day on April 29]]>CAIRO - 30 April 2019: On April 29, the world celebrates World Dance Day AKA (International Dance Day), and the reason for choosing this day is to commemorate the birth of the French ballet dancer Jean-Georges Noverre; who worked as a ballet professor for the royal family.

Below are the most popular dances around the world:

Ballet dance

Its origin is based on the rhythm of music and requires precision and concentration.

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Lauren Cuthbertson performs the famous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, set to Tchaikovsky's iconic score. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/nutcracker Peter Wright's nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker.




Oriental dance

The origin of the oriental dance is the Middle East, and is characterized by its complex movements and is famous for the beauty of its costumes.

Flamenco dance

The origin of this dance is Spain and is based on foot movements and rhythmic sounds with applause.

Flamenco Dance, Seville, Spain

Flamenco Dance Show during dinner at El Palacio Andaluz, Seville, Spain. The costumes, the dignified poise, the stomping footwork bedazzled us while we ate, videoed and photographed all night. Watch how she holds the castanets and clicks them..




Hip Hop dance

Hip Hop first appeared in the streets of New York, USA. It is known for its fast and difficult movements.

World's famous hip hop dance performances

World's famous hip hop dance performances




Salsa dance

It originated in Cuba and is characterized by its gentle swaying movements.

WSS16 Professional Salsa Cabaret World Champions Ricardo Vega & Karen Forcano

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Contra dance

Contra dance is a folk dance made up of long lines of couples. It has mixed origins from English country dance, Scottish country dance, and French dance styles in the 17th century.

Contra Dancing in the Afternoon

A dance on Saturday afternoon at the Roanoke Railroader Contra Dance Weekend. Music by Great Bear Trio + Friends with Warren Doyle calling Simplicity Swing by Becky Hill.




Cha Cha dance

The cha-cha-chá, informally called cha-cha, is a dance of Cuban origin. It is danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin in the early 1950s. This rhythm was developed from the danzón-mambo.

2014 Washington Open Riccardo & Yulia - Cha Cha Cha

Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko at 2014 Washington Open DanceSport Competition.






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4/30/2019 5:26:08 PM
<![CDATA[Elle Fanning, 'The Favourite' director Lanthimos picked for Cannes jury]]>
The world’s biggest cinema showcase kicks off on the French Riviera on May 14th, with Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu presiding over the panel that decides on prizes, including the top Palme D’Or award.

Split between four men and four women, the jury for the festival’s 72nd edition will also include Pawel Pawlikowski, the Polish filmmaker and screenwriter named best director at Cannes last year for the impossible love story “Cold War”.

Maimouna N’Diaye, who has directed documentaries and acted in films such as Otar Iosseliani’s “Chasing Butterflies” will also sit on the panel, alongside two other female directors.

Kelly Reichardt of the United States, whose “Wendy and Lucy” starring Michelle Williams was a contender for Cannes’ Un Certain Regard award in 2008, directed 2016’s “Certain Women” .

Italy’s Alicia Rohrwacher won best screenplay at Cannes last year for her film “Happy as Lazzaro”, a satirical fable about a peasant family.

French filmmaker Robin Campillo, who took Cannes by storm in 2017 with “120 BPM - Beats Per Minute”, winning the Grand Prix for his movie about an AIDS activist, will complete the line-up.

Comic book creator Bilal, best known for his Nikopol trilogy of science fiction novels, has also directed feature films, including 2004’s “Immortal”, organizers said.

Fanning, who started working in movies as a child, has starred in several films in competition at Cannes in recent years, including “The Beguiled” by Sofia Coppola in 2017.

The May 14-25 festival will kick off with U.S. director Jim Jarmusch’s latest film, “The Dead Don’t Die”.]]>
4/30/2019 3:34:09 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. youth suicides up after Netflix show, cause unclear: study]]>
The researchers said the study had limitations and they could not make a direct causal link between “13 Reasons Why” and the increase in suicide rates or rule out other factors. Another, previous study had found watching the program was associated with a reduced risk of self-harm for some young adults.

The rate of suicide in April 2017 was 28.9 percent higher among U.S. youth ages 10 to 17 than would be expected based on suicide counts and trends observed in previous years, the National Institutes of Health-supported (NIH) study said on Monday.

It found rates of suicide for 10- to 17-year-olds were also higher in the rest of the year, resulting in an additional estimated 195 suicide deaths from April to December 2017 versus expectations based on past data. The increase was driven primarily by young boys, they said.

A Netflix spokesman said the company had just seen the study and was reviewing it.

“It’s a critically important topic, and we have worked hard to ensure that we handle this sensitive issue responsibly,” the Netflix spokesman said.

The spokesman also said the research conflicted with a recent finding by a team at the University of Pennsylvania.

In a survey of 18- to 29-year-olds, the Pennsylvania researchers found students who watched all of season two of “13 Reasons Why” were less likely to report self-harm and suicidal thoughts than others who did not watch the series at all.

The show tells the story of a teen who leaves behind a series of 13 tapes describing why she decided to take her own life. The first season’s final episode depicted her slitting her wrists in a bathtub.

The graphic scene caused a backlash among parents and health professionals, prompting Netflix in 2017 to put up additional viewer warnings and direct viewers to support groups.

A second season was released in May 2018 and a third season has been ordered by Netflix.

Chief Executive Reed Hastings defended the third season renewal at a shareholder meeting in June 2018.

“‘13 Reasons Why’ has been enormously popular and successful. It’s engaging content. It is controversial. But nobody has to watch it,” Hastings said.

The NIH-backed researchers said their findings “should serve as a reminder to be mindful of the possible unintended impacts of the portrayal of suicide, and as a call to the entertainment industry and the media to use best practices when engaging with this topic.”

The study was conducted at several universities, hospitals, and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the U.S. government’s National Institutes of Health. NIMH also funded the study.]]>
4/30/2019 2:51:46 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. film director John Singleton dead at age 51]]>
“We are sad to relay that John Singleton has died,” the family said in a statement. “John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends.”

Earlier on Monday, the family said it had made the “agonizing decision” to withdraw life support from Singleton, who was being cared for at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles since having a stroke on April 17.

Singleton was a native of South Central Los Angeles, the community that was the setting for “Boyz n the Hood,” a drama about friendship amid the peril of gang violence.

He became the first African-American and the youngest person to be nominated for an Academy award for best director, at age 24, for the movie, which he also wrote.

Singleton later directed films such as action film “2 Fast 2 Furious” and historical drama “Rosewood.” He also directed episodes of TV shows including “Empire” and “Billions.”

Most recently, Singleton was the co-creator and executive producer of FX network TV series “Snowfall” about the start of the cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles.

His family said Singleton was “a prolific, ground-breaking director who changed the game and opened doors in Hollywood, a world that was just a few miles away, yet worlds away, from the neighborhood in which he grew up.”

He also “loved nothing more than giving opportunities to new talent” including Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Ice Cube and Taraji P. Henson, the family said.

Hollywood celebrities paid tribute to Singleton on Monday.

“John was a brave artist and a true inspiration. His vision changed everything,” filmmaker Jordan Peele wrote on Twitter.]]>
4/30/2019 2:46:39 PM
<![CDATA[Locals, Foreigners celebrate Spring Holidays in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir]]>
Abdel Razeq added that numerous volunteers are providing an explanation of the antiquities to the Egyptian visitors, pointing out that during the official holidays the museum witness a large number of visitors; as locals take advantage of these holidays to visit archaeological sites and museums, accompanied by their families.

The director of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir further explained that the museum currently includes an exhibition of antiquities from the discoveries of the ancient area of Tuna el-Gebel in Minya governorate. The exhibition was inaugurated by Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anany in April 17.

The exhibition includes a collection of pottery vessels, statues made of alabaster, a number of statues of the goddess Sekhmet, and Ushabti statues. Ushabti statues was a funerary figurine used in ancient Egyptian religion.

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4/30/2019 2:06:12 PM
<![CDATA[First baby to be born through IVF Louise Brown in a special interview to Egypt Today]]>
Even if it comes to harsh criticism or the most difficult surgical procedures, the ultimate goal is to achieve the "motherhood" dream.

Louise Joy Brown (born July 25 1978) is an English woman known for being the first human to have been born after conception by in vitro fertilization, or IVF. Brown was born at Oldham General Hospital, Oldham, by planned Cesarean section delivered by registrar John Webster.

She weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces (2.608 kg) at birth. Her parents, Lesley and John Brown, had been trying to conceive for nine years. Lesley faced complications of blocked Fallopian tubes.

On November 10 1977, Lesley Brown underwent a procedure, later to become known as in vitro fertilization (IVF), developed by Patrick Steptoe, Robert Edwards and Jean Purdy.

Purdy was the first to see her embryonic cells dividing. Edwards, as the only surviving partner, was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Medicine for this work.

Although the media referred to Brown as a "test tube baby",her conception actually took place in a Petri dish. Her younger sister, Natalie Brown, was also conceived through IVF four years later, and became the world's fortieth child after conception by IVF.

In May 1999, Natalie was the first human born after conception by IVF to give birth herself—without IVF.

Egypt Today held a private dialogue with Louise Brown during her visit to Egypt for -two days only- to participate in a scientific conference organized by Ain Shams University. During the interview, Brown talks about her experience in life and her mother, who took the bold decision to undergo the procedure in 1977.

What was the strangest reaction you received from people and how do you deal with such reactions?

Mom received a package in the post to our house, from a group in California in the USA. It was a broken test tube fetus and fake blood, and it was all smashed. It said in there that they are going to come and find mom, which sort of frightened her a little bit, but she kept it. So, that's the weirdest one i think. The test tube is now located in a museum in Bristol. She kept everything for when i was born.

Did you have any concerns before getting married about pregnancy and marriage in general?

No, as i was growing up through my teenage years, press asked me if i would use IVF procedure if i needed to, which i answered yes I would, but i never actually thought about it.
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Louis Brown During the interview - CC Hazem Abdel Samad

What did you feel with your first pregnancy?

I was relieved that I was pregnant, because this is sort of when you realize that everything is OK. When I found out i was pregnant, i did write down to Bob Edwards, to let him know and i think he was really pleased as well. It is quite funny, because I got a younger sister, and she is the first test tube baby to have a baby naturally on her own. So, I knew probably there would be no problems but you sort of you don't really know because as you grow up, you don't really think about things like that. I just left it for time.

What can you tell us about your relationship with your mother?

Well, me and my mom are both born in July, so we are both Leos. Teenage years, like every other teenage girl and her mom, we didn't really get along together. We were arguing a lot and probably it's just me being a teenager. However, as soon as we got over that we became very close.

What is your comment about the determination of your mother to take the risk in 1977 and undergo the IVF procedure, and hence giving you life?

She just wanted a baby. She heard the words Patrick said to her “I might be able to help you” and from there she just believed that she would just have a baby.

Do you see yourself as a symbol of hope to any women who might be facing pregnancy difficulties?

I don't, but i think a lot of other people do. I'm just me, to me i'm just a normal down to earth girl that was just born slightly differently.

What do you tell your children about the way you were born?

My oldest song Cameron is twelve, he understands a lot more as he is doing sex education at school, so he knows. He doesn't tell me, but he knows. He is quite interested in it. My youngest one is only five, so i don't even talk to him about it. But what i usually tell them is “Nanny needed help, so Bob and Patrick helped Nanny and granddad to have me”. We always mention their names to the children so they know them very well.

What message would you like to send to Patrick and Bob if they were here today?

Thanks for giving me life. It's not just about having babies, it's about creating families. When my mom passed away she said “Bob Edwards and Patrick did not only give her a child, they gave her an entire family. She would of been alone if it wasn't for them. So, we just owe them everything really, both of them.

How do you use the circumstances of your birth to send a message of hope to any women currently facing any problems with pregnancy?

Mom did it. Mom was a really shy girl from Bristol, she just wanted a baby, and she just went for it. She believed that she will have a baby and she did! Don't lose hope, keep going, don't give up.
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Louise Brown speaking to ET - CC Hazem Abdel Samad

What was the most common advice given to you by your mother?

Just to behave myself! The normal advice any mom would give to her teenage girl.

What did you inherit from your mother and want to pass it onto your children?

I don't really know. I am more like my dad, and i never really realized it until i saw my wedding day pictures. There was a picture of me and my dad in the wedding car before going to the church, we just have the same cheeks and smile! Mom was determined and did not give up. Cameron looks like his dad but he has my ways, where Aden looks like me but got his dads ways!

Is being a mother worth all that hassle and pain?

Yes. There are times where it gets really tough, and they drive you up the wall (the children) but 99.9 percent it is worth it!

Any message you want to address to women in general?

Never lose hope. Keep going after your dreams! Good luck!












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4/30/2019 1:59:48 PM
<![CDATA[Helal to perform at El Shams club celebrating Sham el Nessim on Apr.29]]>
Helal’s recently released song “Ashrab Shay” (Have some tea) achieved over 12 million views on YouTube.

Helal cooperated with famed singers Oka and Ortega in “Ashrab Shaay” for the first time.

The famed singer is currently preparing for filming his new Ramadan series “Ibn Osoul” (Good man) in which he stars alongside Suzan Negm el-Din, Ayten Amer, Islam Ibrahim and Mohamed Nagaty.

The series is written by Ahmed Mahmoud Abu Zeid and directed by Mohamed Bakir. The series is the production of Synergy.


“Ibn Osool” is directed by Mohamed Bakir and written by Ahmed Mahmoud Abu Zeid. The series is starring Suzanne Najm al-Din, Emad Rashad, Ahmad Halawa, and Wafa’a Salim among others.

The series revolves around a man named Misho, who is a respected man in his community. Misho owns jewelry shops. The rich man is considered funny, but as the series unfolds Misho goes through a lot of hardships that ruin the peaceful life he once enjoyed.

Mohamed Abdel-Fatah Mohamed Abdel Aziz Helal known as Hamada Helal, is an Egyptian singer and actor who was born in Sharqia, Egypt on 1980.

Helal started singing when he was 5 years old, he used to record his voice whilst singing on cassette tapes. Helal was influenced with a number of great artists like Abdel Halim Hafez, Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Umm Kulthum.

Helal learned the music basics at the age of seven. His first appearance as a professional singer was on High Quality album Part 3;after that he released his own albums “Dar El Zaman”, “Demou” and “Bakhaf”.





Helal made his first cinematic appearance in the movie "Eyal Habiba" in 2005 (Lover Boys) which was widely appreciated by audiences and after that he released his album “Wahashteny” (I miss you).

One year later, he made another appearance in “El-Eyal Herbet” where he sang three songs "3azza", "Kan Lazim", and "Mastool".

In 2007, Helal starred in a third movie “El-Hob Keda” (Love is like that) acting as one of the main characters, Seif. In the movie, he sang one of his most famous songs "Lama Betelmisny" (When you touch me) which was later added to his 2008 album.
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4/29/2019 4:34:20 PM
<![CDATA[Bosy rocks Al-Rehab City in a large Spring Holidays Concert on April 29]]>
The concert holds numerous surprises for her fans. Bossi is expected to step up to the concert stage at 8 pm, singing many of her most popular songs, including “Ah Ya Donia” (Oh World), “Alo Alo”, “Agaza” (Holiday), “Taala” (Come here), “Abdo”, “Shekolata” (Chocolate), among others.

اه يا دنيا | بوسي | اغاني شعبي | فيلم الالماني

اغنية بوسي اه يا دنيا بوسي كلمات ملاك عادل الحان محمد عبد المنعم - توزيع رفيق عاكف - اغنية بوسي اه يا دنيا بوسي من فيلم الالماني بطوله محمد رمضان اغنيه اه يادنياغناء بوسي تم انتاجها و نشرها لاول مره من خلال الفيلم العربي الالماني تصوير محمد حمدي - مونتاج





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4/29/2019 2:18:58 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian, Chinese Opera stars to perform on Cairo Opera House May 1]]>
The classic celebration - which is directed by Hisham al-Tali - includes a notable group of the most important global sopranos , in addition to a number of international musical compositions and Chinese musical works.

The ceremony comes in the context of continuous communication between Egypt and China in various fields, including artistic and cultural activities; which highlight the creations of the oldest human civilizations in history.

Soprano Iman Moustafa, Mezzo Soprano Jolie Fizzy, Tenor Walid Karim, Baritone Mustafa Mohammed, Izzat Ghanem with the soprano Shen Na, Tenor Liu Hang, English Pianist David Hills will all participate in the concert, among others.



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4/29/2019 2:15:36 PM
<![CDATA[Daily Mail highlights Tjt tomb discovery]]>This mission has discovered till now around 300 tombs in the Aswan West Bank area.
The uncovered tomb contained various artefacts, including a statuette of a bird, various vases, and a stretcher that was probably used to bring mummies into the tomb.

Writing found on parts of a coffin in the tomb showed clearly both a series of prayers to different goddess as well as the name of the tomb's owner Tjt.

Tjt tomb has a main room that housed 30 mummies, including young children who were lying together in a long, sideways alcove.

Archaeological mission head Patrizia Piacentini said that among the mummies were two that were 'superimposed' and thought to be that of a mother and child.

The pair were extracted still covered in painted cartonnage, a type of mummy covering which is formed from chunks of linen or papyrus which have been glued together.

Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mustafa Waziri stated that a wooden coffin containing hieroglyphic text was found inside the tomb, through which the mission was able to identify the name of the ancient graveyard.

Waziri added that the tomb also contained parts of two painted wooden coffins.
One of the fragmented coffins presented a complete text, detailing the name of the tomb's owner, Tjt, and prayers to the gods of the Nile's First Cataract — Anuket, Khnum and Satet — along with Hapi, the god of the annual Nile floods.

Leaning up against the north wall of the tomb's interior was an intact stretcher which, archaeologists believe, may have been used to bring the mummies into the tomb in the first place.It was made of palm wood connected by linen strips.

Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Department Ayman Ashmawy pointed out that the cemetery consists of a ladder that leads to a side chamber where a rock-cut coffin, a front stone consisting of a group of mummies in a poor state and three nests were found.

The mission also recovered many amphora-shaped jugs, ritual offering vases and some vessels which still contained food.

Vessels containing bitumen that was used in the mummification process, a lamp, and white cartonnage that was ready to be painted were all found near the entrance to the burial chambers.

In addition, the team found many other vividly coloured and gilded cartonnages, parts of gold-painted funeral masks and a well-preserved statuette of a Ba-bird.

In Ancient Egyptian mythology, the Ba-bird represents the soul of a deceased individual, which was believed to fly out the person's tomb to join their vital essence in the afterlife.

Authorities have dated the tomb back to the Graeco-Roman period, which began when Alexander the Great conquered Egypt out from under Persian rule in 332 BC.

The tomb is located near one of Aswan's major landmarks, the Mausoleum of the Aga Khan III, Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah.

This religious leader lobbied for Muslim rights in India, and was buried in Egypt near the sight of his former winter-time villa two years after his death in 1957.

To date, the mission has mapped around 300 individual tombs in the area around the Mausoleum of the Aga Khan.

The tombs all date between the 6th Century BC and the 4th Century AD.
25 tombs have been excavated by the archaeologists in the previous three years alone.
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4/29/2019 2:10:05 PM
<![CDATA[Nicolas Mouwad to portray prophet Abraham in the American movie 'His only son' ]]>
‘’After long months of wait, I am super excited to finally share with u the news that I was selected out of more than 1700 actors overseas to fly this June to Los Angeles to shoot “HIS ONLY SON”, my first ever American feature movie’’ Mouwad wrote on his official Instagram account.

Mouwad added that he is beyond thankful to God for always blessing him way more than he deserves not only for giving him this one of a kind career opportunity, but as well for giving him the blessing of playing one of god’s best men in history who is Prophet Abraham, in a movie that talks about one of Abraham’s hardest struggles.

Mouwad thanked the director David Helling for choosing him to play this way beyond words character, and for producers Roman Medjanov and Mike Kaney for taking the “hustle” of flying a Lebanese actor to shoot in the US with all the endless required paper work.

His repertoire includes many successful TV roles such as Tarek’s role in ‘’Sabea Gar’’ (Seventh Neighbor), Mourad in ‘’Heba Regl El-Ghorab’’, Farouk in ‘’Wanoos’’ and Nadeem in ‘’Teleat Rouhy ‘’.

He won me the best lead actor award at the London International Film Festival in 2013 on performing Omar role in the independent feature movie ‘’Takaseem El-Hob’’. He was a jury member at the Alexandria Short Film Festival in 2019.


Mouwad is an outspoken Arab actor who is concerned about many life issues, a young man with stances that he is never shy to express. Far more than just a heartthrob, Mouwad is carving a name for himself as one of the Arab World’s most ambitious artists.
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4/28/2019 5:29:54 PM
<![CDATA[Talaat Zakaria to perform in first Saudi, Emirati, Egyptian film “Ba’ad el Khamis”]]>
The film’s cast include stars from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. It is directed by Saudi director Haidar Samir al-Nasser.

The idea of the film revolves around two spoiled brothers who live in great luxury due to the richness of their father. Suddenly their father passes away, placing his entire wealth under the supervision of his brother, and made him guardian over his sons, turning the course of events into a social comedy.

The Saudi director stated that the film is a social comedy, that highlights customs and traditions, stressing that the film is dedicated to new generations , and will be executed in a new and contemporary way; promising a cinematic production that will take the Arabian Gulf cinema to global international competitions.

The film features a selection of Arab comedians, including Talaat Zakaria from Egypt, Abdallah al-Jemeiry, Milla al-Zahrany and Mohamed Hashim from KSA, Mansour al-Faily, Bilal Abdullah, Ali Tamimi and Jihan Anwar from the UAE, Dalida Khalil from Lebanon and last but not least Bassam Ali from Syria.


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4/28/2019 5:05:08 PM
<![CDATA[“Baghdadi Big Band” to celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30]]>
For this purpose Cairo Opera House, headed by Magdy Saber will organize a concert for “Baghdadi Big Band” led by Maestro Magdy Baghdadi on Tuesday, April 30 on the open theater.

The concert’s program includes a collection of world famous jazz compositions. The celebration aims to raise awareness of the benefits of jazz as an educational tool and a means of cooperation and dialogue among nations, as well as creating communication channels between different cultures and artistic innovation, in addition to highlighting new forms of expression by integrating traditional and modern music.

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4/28/2019 4:57:39 PM
<![CDATA[Supreme Council for Media Regulation warns against off-media production city broadcast ]]>
Below is the statement:

Severe penalties for non-compliance with values in Ramadan

The Supreme Council for Media Regulation called on production companies and television channels to maintain the Egyptian values and identity in the drama series set to be aired during the Holy month of Ramadan.

The Council stressed in a statement Monday that it is necessary to respect the spiritual nature of the holy month, besides preventing ads that violate the values of the Egyptian people, and the spiritual nature of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Supreme Council for Media Regulation warned the media outlets that a fine of LE 250,000 will be imposed in case any word of obscenity was used in any of the advertisements, and that the violating ads will be banned.

The Supreme Council for Media Regulations banned the broadcasting of three advertisements during the previous Ramadan in 2018: Danone Yogurt, Underwear ad and the polluted water ad.

A source at the Supreme Council explained that a committee to monitor drama has been formed, headed by Magdy Lashin, and will be tasked along with another committee, headed by Suzan al-Qelini, to monitor TV programs and series during the Holy month of Ramadan, in addition to filing a report about them to the council.]]>
4/28/2019 2:39:43 PM
<![CDATA[Nour el-Sherif: The Forever Heartthrob]]>
On the occasion of his birthday, Egypt Today provides its readers a glimpse of the journey of this unique actor, director and human being.

Three years ago, Sherif passed away after a long battle with illness. He was born in Minya on April 28, 1946.

His passions were football and acting, and he was actually a member of the Zamalek youth team for a couple of years before he concentrated on acting. His career started in theater with small roles. After finishing his studies at the Art Academy, he started getting roles in movies and then moved quickly to stardom.

His big screen debut came with the movie adaptation of Naguib Mahfouz’s “Qasr El-Shouq” (Palace of Desire), where he worked alongside a plethora of stars. “It was a dream to work in front of Yehia Shahine, Nadia Lotf, Abd El-Moneim Ibrahim and others,” he previously said, adding that he felt he was overacting when he watched the film again. Sherif puts this early mistake down to his background in theater and the more flamboyant approach that that particular medium requires in contrast to the less-is-more method that screen actors use.

But attention to detail has always been his mark. “Nour reads the whole script, not just his role; he studies it hard. He is an actor that adds to the character,” said Ahmed Saleh, Al-Akhbar newspaper film critic and screenwriter of “El-Shaytan Ya’ez” (The Devil Preaches) and “El-Hokm Akher El-Galsa” (The Verdict Will Be Announced at the End of the Session), both of which starred Sherif.

Sherif was both an actor and an intellect. He had his political visions and supported the causes he believed in. His fame and popularity minimized the amount of prosecution he was subject to. Nonetheless, Sherif paid the price for his political stances in different ways.

Throughout his life, the iconic actor had a clear political position. In 1977, Sherif played a role in an important political play titled “A Bachelor Degree in Ruling People”, which lasted for 14 days before it was banned by security authorities.

The play basically explained the mentality and psyche of officers who were involved in coup d’états in third world countries – a very touchy subject to any ruler not elected by the people.

Unlike many movie stars, Sherif never attempted to get close to rulers. He actively criticized them in his work while defending the values of freedom.

The movie that caused the strongest controversy of his career was “Naji El-Ali”, in which Sherif played the lead character of the same name.

Naji El-Ali was a Palestinian caricaturist who invented the character Hanzala, a witness to the corruption of the rulers of Arab countries and the Palestinians leaders who sold out their beliefs. He was assassinated by the Israeli Mossad in London in 1987.

Naji El-Ali’s opposition to the peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestine was strong and popular. He saw these negotiations as surrender and giving up on Palestinians’ rights.

Sherif, by choosing to embody this personality onscreen, opened a can of worms with almost all Arab governments.

The movie was banned in Egypt, since rightwing critics unfairly saw that he took a position against the Egyptian government.

The Gulf countries refused to show Sherif’s work for several years following its production.



Sherif acted in more than 200 movies, embodying characters of Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz's books, which he performed with great talent. He chose his roles carefully and believed that art had a message and a duty towards society.

When reading a script for a new movie, he added his vision and remarks. In many cases, his vision added depth to the movie’s plot, transferring it to an immortal movie that lasted in the minds of the audience.


After he was honored in the Alexandria International Film Festival a few months before his death, he boldly exposed that the art administration was ruled by security orders. From his point of view the art administration is dealing with artists depending on how close they were to the ruling power, not on their talent.

Sherif was known to be a very cultivated actor and, in fact, was. For every question he was asked, he had a sophisticated and analytical answer.

As a great professional, Sherif untiringly took directions from the young TV directors with a smile on his face. This huge cinema icon never once complained or withdrew like many actors do.

Stars like Sherif never die. Audiences will forever “relive his days” through his unforgettable roles in cinema, television and onstage. His repertoire includes more than 200 movies, 17 plays and more than 20 TV series. He is one of the few Arab actors whose work reaches the entire Arab world.

Throughout his long career, Sherif has received many awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Egyptian Writers and Critics Association at the Alexandria International Film Festival. “Being recognized by the Alexandria Festival made me very happy because I have been involved in the festival since its beginning,” he told media after receiving the prize.

Sherif himself credits working with the greats as being a huge part of his own education. His television debut was in director Mohammed Fadel’s 1967 series “El-Qahera Wel Nass” (Cairo and the People).

Sherif and his real-life wife, famed Egyptian actress Poussy, appeared in many films together, constituting one of the silver screen’s immortal couples. Their iconic romantic movie “Habiby Daayman” (My Forever Heartthrob) taught us all the true meaning of love. Indeed, Sherif will always remain our heartthrob forever.
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4/28/2019 12:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Saba Mubarak to compete with 'Obour' on Ramadan 2019]]>CAIRO – 27 April 2019: Jordanian star Saba Mubarak will join the 2019 Ramadan race with a new TV series entitled Obour. Saba is starring in and producing the new TV series that will air on Abu Dhabi TV.

Obour tells the stories of a number of refugees and workers from different nationalities in the Mrajeeb Al Fhood Camp, financed by the UAE in Jordan, featuring the humanitarian side in these camps, and emphasizing the feelings of love, hope and their will to live.

Saba expressed her pride in participating in this TV series, and how she is glad to have had the opportunity to join the refugees in their daily lives and listen first-hand to their different stories.

In Ramadan 2018, Mubarak played the lead role in Tayea TV series where she played Mohga. The TV series was widely discussed on Twitter after the episode of her murder.
The series revolves around Tayea, a young man from Upper Egypt who graduated from the faculty of medicine.

Tayea has a strong opinion concerning revenge customs in Upper Egypt and he suddenly finds himself involved in a number of crimes, including antiquities smuggling.

The series staring beside Saba Amr Youssef, Amr Abdel Geleel and Soheir el-Morshedy co-star in this series directed by Amr Salama.
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4/27/2019 4:04:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Karima Mansour to write International Dance Day message]]>
The speech will be given on April 29, on the occasion of the International Dance Day.



Every year the Executive Council of ITI, in partnership with the Dance Committee of ITI and World Dance Alliance, choses an outstanding dance personality to write the message for International Dance Day, which is celebrated since 1982 on April 28 all over the world.

Here is Mansour’s message:




At the beginning there was movement… and since the dawn of time, dance has been a strong means of expression and celebration. Found on the murals of Egyptian Pharaohs and inspiring dance makers to date.

Dance was used to evoke the many gods and goddesses of dance with all what they represent in meaning and concepts like balance from which justice is connected, musicality, tone, individual and cosmic consciousness and more.

I read once that: "Dance in the times of the Pharaohs was thought to elevate the spirit of the dancer and of the audience of spectators or participants. Music and dance called upon the highest impulses of the human condition while also consoling people on the disappointments and losses in a life."

Movement is a language spoken by us all. Movement is a universal language that belongs to everybody If only we open our senses and listen. Listening is what is required, listening without interference, listening without judgment, listening in silence and allowing the movement to pass through the body in the moment, because everything inside us and around us is in motion, constant motion. This is when the body doesn't lie because it is listening to its truth and manifesting it.

By listening to our heartbeat, we can then dance the dance of life, which requires movement, agility and adaptability, a constant shifting choreography.

In this day and age where connection & connectivity have taken on new meanings and where we are at our lowest point in our ability to connect… Dance remains to be the most sought-after action to help us re-establish that lost connection.

Dance brings us back to our roots, in the cultural sense but also in the most immediate sensory, personal, individual, down to the core and heart way, whilst still enabling us to be social animals.

For it is when we connect with ourselves when we listen to our inner rhythm, that we are really able to establish a connection with others and communicate. Dance is where culture is shared and borders fall into the space of inclusion and unity, through the unspoken language of universality.

The body is an instrument of expression, a vessel for our voice, our thoughts, our feelings, our history, our being and existence, our yearning to express and connect that manifests through movement.

Dance is a space that allows oneself to connect with their truth, for that, a quiet space is required. Dance allows us to connect and feel whole and it is only in that feeling that we find peace and with peace comes silence and it is through silence that we can hear, listen, speak and through stillness that we learn to dance our truths and this is when dance becomes pertinent.

Movement and dance is where we can move from the vertical to the horizontal, from up to down and vice versa. Movement and dance is where chaos can be created and re-organized, or not.

Where we are able to create our own realities and fleeting, ephemeral moments one after the other. Moments that can touch us and remain in our memories, to inspire and change us and others for life. That is the power of true expression and thus the power of dance.

Dance is a healer. Dance is where humanity can meet. I invite people to go beyond borders, beyond identity crisis, beyond nationalism and beyond frames. May we free ourselves of those limitations and find the movement and momentum in that universal language. I invite everybody to dance to their heartbeat, to their inner truth because it is from these internal movements that lead to internal revolutions where real change happens.
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4/27/2019 3:31:29 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian star Badreya to co-star Jackie Chan in Vanguard]]>CAIRO – 27 April 2019: Famed Egyptian/American actor Sayed Badreya is currently shooting his role in ‘’Vanguard’’ movie alongside the megastar Jackie Chan.

Badreya told Egypt Today that ‘’Vanguard’’ will be the most massive production global movie in the whole world. ‘’ We have already shot some scenes in a number of countries such as Dubai, London and China, we are currently shooting in India’’ Badreya added.

‘’Vanguard’’ tackles terrorism and ways to get rid of this dangerous phenomena in the whole world.

Badreya portrays the role of an Arab guy who aids Chan to combat terrorism, by arresting terrorists and their head, through a security company named Vanguard.

The movie will premiere on February, 2020. Badreya released his short movie ‘’El Masry Haya’’ ( The Egyptian..Life) on January 2019.

Miko Saeed who is an Egyptian filmmaker living in US participated 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 tackled the experience of an Egyptian immigrant who travelled to the United States and managed to achieve success in Hollywood.

Badreya took part in the American series “Outlier”, as he performed 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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4/27/2019 1:44:50 PM
<![CDATA[Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to honour Youssef Chahine]]>CAIRO – 26 April 2019: The 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) will honour late great Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine.
– The festival to be held between June 28 and July 6 in Karlovy Vary in Czech Republic.
Chahine or “The Professor” as dubbed by his students has been considered one of Egypt’s greatest directors, having filmed a wide variety of films for over five decades.

Youssef Chahine was born in Alexandria in 1926. He travelled to Hollywood to study acting in Pasadena Playhouse, California in 1946. Upon his return, he decided to shift from acting to directing.

Chahine directed his first film “Baba Amin” (Dady Amin) in 1950. The following year, he directed his second, “Ibn El-Nil” (Son of the Nile), which was his first film featured at the Cannes Film Festival. Another famous film of his, “Al-Ikhtiyar” (The Choice), was awarded a Golden Tanit in Carthage Film Festival in 1970.

Nine years later, “Eskenderia Leh” (Alexandria …Why?), which is directed by Chahine and narrates his early life, won a Silver Bear and Special Jury prize in Berlin International Film Festival.

He continued the autobiographic quartet with “Hadouta Masryia” (An Egyptian story) in 1982, “Eskendria Kaman we Kaman” (Alexandria Again and Again) in 1990 and “Eskendria…New York” (Alexandria…New York) in 2004.

Chahine cooperated with the legendary French singer Dalida in “El-Youm El-Sades” (The Sixth Day). She played the role of a poor, humble Egyptian woman.

He also established a production company named “Aflam Masr El-Alamya” (Misr International Films), producing plenty of films, some of which were directed by other directors, such “Shafiqa we Metwally” (Shafiqa and Metwally) by Aly Badrakhan.

El-Maseer (The Destiny) was nominated for the Palme d'Or in 1997, and against all expectations, the film did not win any prizes in the festival.
His cooperation with French production companies and choosing themes appealing to the western taste were his key to get into the international arena.

In 1997, Chahine was awarded, among many other awards, the 50th annual Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Youssef Chahine left a legacy of 42 movies, starting in 1950 with “Daddy Amin” and ending with “Chaos” in 2007.

Chahine has a rare style in directing his movies. He used to act for the actors to get them to perform the scene as he wants them. This was shown clearly in his brilliant movie “Al Mohager” (The Immigrant), where the Pharaohs were speaking in colloquial dialect, in the way he himself talks.

He had a very distinct way of speaking: short and fast. This pattern was criticized widely, yet the movie was a huge success, although controversial due to the notion that the hero of the movie is the Prophet Joseph.

According to the religious edict of al-Azhar, prophets should not be impersonated in drama. Chahine changed the name to “Ram” and bypassed the decision. The images literally talked in this movie due to the genius of Ramses Marzook, the director of photography
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4/26/2019 12:57:58 PM
<![CDATA[Sherine Abdel Wahab to perform at Saudi Arabia]]>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 has officially been outlawed from singing for insulting her home country in a concert performance, the Musicians Syndicate announced in a statement released on Thursday, March 21.

Egyptian lawyer Samir Sabry submitted a complaint against the Egyptian super star to the Egyptian general prosecutor accusing her of insulting Egypt during her recent concert in Bahrain. ‘’ I can talk here with complete freedom, in Egypt anyone who talks freely is going to be jailed’’ said Abdel Wahab during the concert.
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4/26/2019 12:48:59 PM
<![CDATA[Huda Barakat's 'Night Mail' wins best fictional work]]>
The novel was selected from six novels from Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco. The five shortlisted candidates, Kafa al-Zu'bi, Shahla al-Ajili, Adel Esmat, Inaam Kaja jji and Mohammed al-Mazouz, were honored at the ceremony.

The candidates received a $10,000 prize and were hosted at the Abu Dhabi Book and Literature Union before announcing the winner, where they participated in a symposium moderated by writer and journalist Aisha Sultan.

During the ceremony, Chairman of the jury Sharafuddin Magdalene revealed the name of the winning novel, where Huda Barakat received a cash prize of US $50,000, in addition to translating her novel to English.

“The novel talks about an experience which is very specific in its intensification, enriching linguistics, narrative construction, and its ability to portray the human depth.” said Chairman Magdalene.

“In a codified set of letters, the “Night Mail” deals with its main theme in an enriching language, making each of its words a solid brick that plays its part in building spaces of convergent and divergent meanings at the same time,” stated Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction Yasser Suleiman.

"Night Mail" contains the stories of the real writers of the letters.

Huda Barakat was born in Beirut in 1952. She worked in teaching and journalism. Barakat currently lives in Paris, where she published six novels, two plays, a narrative collection, and a diary. She participated in group books in French and translated her works into several languages.

France granted Barakat two high-ranking awards.

The 2019 jury included Sharafuddin Magdalene (Chairman); Fawzia Abu Khaled, a Saudi poet, writer, academic and researcher on social and political issues; Zulikha Abourisha, a poet, columnist, researcher and activist on women's issues and human rights from Jordan; Latif Zeitouni, a Lebanese academic and critic who specializes in literature; and Zhang Hong Yi, a Chinese academic, translator and researcher.
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4/25/2019 12:45:49 PM
<![CDATA[7th International Forum on Arabic Fiction concludes on April 24]]>
The ceremony will be held at the Supreme Council of Culture.

The minister of culture is scheduled to grant the prize of the seventh International Forum on Arabic Fiction to one of the Arab writers. The prize is valued at LE 250,000.

The closing ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at Cairo Opera House's Hanager Theater with the National Anthem and the secretary general's speech.

Following the secretary general's speech, the minister of culture will honor the organizing committee and will hand over a shield to the committee in appreciation of their efforts. Additionally, the jury will be honored by the Supreme Council of Culture.

The winner of the Cairo Prize for Creative Fiction will then be announced by the chairman of the jury and will give a short speech.

It is noteworthy that the forum began on April 20, with the participation of more than 250 critics and novelists from Egypt and twenty Arab countries as well as a few European countries.

The forum is one of the most important scientific forums specialized in the field of Arabic novel for many Arab and Western countries including Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Sudan, South Sudan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Yemen, France, Germany, Belgium and Austria.
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4/25/2019 12:42:53 PM
<![CDATA[Leithy and Abdel Salam to celebrate spring in Nashville on Apr. 28]]>
Leithy is expected to sing a number of his most popular songs during his upcoming concert, accompanied by Abdel Salam, who has become one of the most important names in the world of folk music in recent years.

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4/24/2019 3:59:08 PM
<![CDATA[Cultural events held in celebration of Sinai Liberation Day]]>
Abdel Dayem added that all these events are free of charge and reflect feelings of pride and belonging.

On the Open Theater of Cairo Opera House, the children and youth of the Talent Development Center will present a group of national works that were carved in the minds and hearts of Egyptians on April 24.

The Art House for Popular and Performing Arts group will also perform at Salah Jahin Hall at 9 p.m. on the same day. The show is directed by Tarek Hassan.

In the Hanager Center for the Arts, a documentary film will screen in cooperation with the Golden Men Foundation; the film tells the stories of a group of heroic Egyptian war veterans.

The National Theater for Children presents the “Cross and Victory” show directed by Mohamed el Kholy and “Sahina Ya Sina” (We woke up Sinai) composed and written by Khamis Ezz el-Arab and directed by Issam el-Shwaikh at the theater of the Cultural Park in Sayeda Zainab district.

The shows come as part of the initiative “Know your army” launched by the Cultural Production Sector.

Last but not least, the General Authority for Culture Palaces prepared a rich cultural and artistic program in various regions of Egypt, including seminars, lectures, readings, poetic evenings, artistic workshops and screenings of documentary films about the eternal Egyptian victories.



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4/24/2019 3:55:48 PM
<![CDATA[In summer movie season, superheroes and a king may set movie records for Disney]]>
“Avengers: Endgame” from Disney’s Marvel Studios kicks off Hollywood’s parade of potential blockbusters on Wednesday, and it is expected to start with a bang. Industry experts say “Endgame” will likely deliver the biggest opening weekend ever in the United States and Canada.

Then in July, a new version of Disney hit “The Lion King” has a shot at dethroning “Avatar” as the highest-grossing film in Hollywood history, according to box office analysts.

Those movies and others are giving theater owners hope for a turnaround after a sluggish start to 2019. Ticket sales so far are running 16 percent below last year’s bonanza, data from measurement company Comscore showed.

Studios used to reserve their big-budget films for summer, making it Hollywood’s most lucrative season, but now spread them throughout the year.

“I counted over 30 huge movies coming out this year,” said Adam Aron, chief executive of AMC Entertainment, the world’s largest theater operator. Aron said he now considers summer film season to be “March 1 to December 31.”

Possible heavy hitters include “Detective Pikachu” and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” from AT&T Inc’s Warner Bros, “The Secret Life of Pets 2” from Comcast Corp’s Universal Pictures, and Sony Corp’s “Spider-Man: Far from Home.”

STRONGEST FILM SLATE

But Disney’s lineup is seen as the most formidable. The company’s other 2019 releases include “Toy Story 4,” a remake of “Aladdin,” “Frozen 2” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

“Disney has probably the strongest film slate in the history of the industry this year,” Cowen & Co analyst Doug Creutz said.

The new “Lion King” tells the well-known story of the plucky cub Simba through computer-generated imagery designed to look like live action. A trailer released at Thanksgiving generated 224.6 million views within 24 hours, a Disney record.

Even so, it will not be easy for the king of the jungle to reach the top of the box office mountain. “Avatar” grossed $2.8 billion after its 2009 release and is one of only four movies ever to cross $2 billion.

“Lion King” boosters noted the original film hauled in $968.5 million way back in 1994, with lower ticket prices. This time, it will play in a booming Chinese movie market that has grown to the world’s second-largest, positioning it to take in far more than the original’s $5 million in the country.

Plus, the story of Simba’s challenges and triumphs has wide appeal.

“That is a movie that will travel very, very well,” said Vue International cinemas CEO Tim Richards. “It has common themes that hit a chord with all of our audiences internationally. It’s for all ages.”

‘ENDGAME’ IS CULMINATION

“Endgame,” the culmination of 22 Marvel films since 2007, also has generated huge buzz. Website Fandango said “Endgame” sold five times as many tickets as last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” over its first seven days of advance sales. Theaters were adding show times to meet demand.

“Infinity War” in 2018 holds the current opening weekend record, generating $257.7 million domestically over its first three days. The movie ended with an epic cliffhanger that will lure fans back to theaters in droves for “Endgame,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.

He predicts between $250 million and $275 million for “Endgame,” which will wrap up the story started by Iron Man, Thor and four other Avengers.

“I don’t see how anticipation could be any higher,” Dergarabedian said. “Audiences have developed an ongoing relationship with these characters and these stories. It’s a must-see movie.”]]>
4/24/2019 1:51:33 PM
<![CDATA[Notre-Dame's famed rose window spared but blaze harms priceless artworks]]>
Notre-Dame’s famed stained-glass rose windows and most of its many religious relics appeared to have escaped the worst of Monday’s inferno as well, easing fears for the fate of the vast trove of artworks in the 800-year-old gothic cathedral.

Among the most cherished articles to make it out unscathed was the “Sainte Couronne” (holy crown), made of braided reed brought to France from Constantinople in the 12th century. Though lacking its original thorns, the crown has been revered as an object of Christian worship for centuries.

Gold, silver and gem-inlaid chalices, candelabras and many other artefacts survived the blaze thanks to quick-thinking firefighters, police and city employees who formed a human chain to move revered artefacts away from the flames.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted a picture of heavy-set candlesticks stacked in the safety of nearby Paris City Hall.

Art specialists were still poring over the extent of the damage to Notre-Dame’s 13th-century South Rose Window, measuring 10 meters across (33 feet), and other stained-glass masterpieces still standing after the cathedral’s wood-beamed roof collapsed.

“It seems they have not been destroyed for now, although we’ll have to see what real state they’re in, and whether they can be restored properly,” said Maxime Cumunel, secretary general of France’s Observatory for Religious Heritage.

“We have avoided a complete disaster. But some five to 10 percent of the artwork has probably been destroyed, we have to face up to that,” Cumunel said. Four of the largest-scale 17th and 18th century paintings depicting scenes from the lives of the apostles had been damaged, at least in part, he added.

Culture Minister Franck Riester said the paintings were mainly affected by smoke damage, rather than by flames.

The artworks, which were dampened during the 15-hour battle to douse the blaze, will be removed from Friday and transferred to the Louvre museum, where other objects will also be kept, for attempts at restoration, he added.

DAMAGE “MAKES ME QUAKE”

It remained unclear how well the cathedral’s towering master organ, embedded into a sculpted wooden casing, had fared, as rescuers remained on high alert for the possibility that some of Notre-Dame’s fragile vaults might come crashing down.

The organ - which survived the French Revolution in the late 18th century, when it was used for recitals of patriotic songs - may have been slightly damaged too, according to Cumunel, though city hall officials said it was largely intact.

“What’s happened is really disturbing and makes me quake,” said Veronique Proust, a specialist guide who has led tours of the cathedral and its treasury for a quarter century.

“For 25 years I’ve shown these treasures, the exceptional quality of the stone carvings, now I’ve got nothing to show anymore.”

Most of the sacramental artefacts in Notre-Dame’s treasury - where they were traditionally kept as reserves to be sold off or melted down in times of need - date from the 19th and 20th centuries.

It was not immediately clear how much Notre-Dame’s treasures were worth, with Riester only pointing to the many “years and hundreds of millions” of euros of investment that would be required to restore the cathedral.

A combined 460 million euros ($520 million) has already been pledged for reconstruction and restoration efforts, led by a 100 million euro donation from Francois-Henri Pinault, billionaire boss of Gucci-owner Kering, and 200 million euros from his rival Bernard Arnault, head of luxury group LVMH.

Oil company Total promised 100 million and Paris City Hall a further 50 million.

State-owned investment fund Caisse des Depots said it would donate oak timber from the forests it owns to help rebuild the framework under the cathedral roof, which went up in flames.

Other relics that made it out of the wreckage included a tunic worn by Saint Louis, a 13th-century king of France, while the cathedral’s 13-tonne bell, its largest, which rings sonorously on special occasions like Easter, was spared.

Sixteen bronze statues that adorned Notre-Dame’s collapsed spire - itself a 19th-century restoration - were airlifted out just days before the fire as part of ongoing renovations.

A gold cross stood eerily intact above the altar on Tuesday, surrounded by debris - the first images from inside the cathedral that reached the wider world.

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4/23/2019 5:00:48 PM
<![CDATA['Weldi' to screen in celebration of AUC’s 100th anniversary ]]>
The screening will be hosted by the American University in Cairo.

The Tahrir Cultural Center was inaugurated in February 2019 during the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the American University in Cairo. The center hosts several artistic activities, including concerts, theater performances, art exhibitions and film screenings.

The film revolves around a Tunisian middle class couple with high hopes for the future of their only son, but they discover he's left to join ISIS in Syria.

The film has recently screened at the third edition of the Cairo Film Festival and before that in the Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam.

It was selected to screen in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

The film cast includes Mohamed Dhrif as Riad, Mouna Mejri as Nazli, Imen Cherif as Sameh and Zakaria Ben Ayyed as Sami.

"Weldi" trailer with English subtitles

Trailer de Weldi - Dear Son subtitulado en inglés (HD)

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4/23/2019 4:47:03 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Yasmine Sabry, new ambassador of African Women]]>
This comes as a culmination of Sabry's activities as Ambassador of "Enti el Aham" (You come first) campaign and in appreciation of her efforts to support and empower women in various fields. Sabry participated in several charitable and development projects.
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“Thank you for coming. It is a great honor to receive such an important award and to be nominated as the Ambassador of African Women,” said Sabry.

“Enti el Aham campaign is the largest campaign supporting women in the modern age, aiming at empowering women medically, economically and culturally. The campaign has carried out several projects and events to raise the awareness of Arab and African women and defend their rights. It also combats all forms of violence and discrimination against women in pursuit of the goals of sustainable development 2030," Sabry elaborated.
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“I sincerely thank each and every one of you for attending the Arab-African Conference for the Empowerment of Women. I would also like to thank Dr. Amany Asfour, president of the International Federation of Businesswomen,” the star continued.
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“Your amazing work and efforts in the field of women's rights and the empowerment of women really inspire me and every African girl to overcome all challenges and achieve our dreams,” Sabry stressed.

“I also promise you to improve my work by working hard to reach every girl and woman on the African continent; let us work together for a better and more promising world for African women,” concluded the new Ambassador of African Women.







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4/23/2019 4:43:01 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House hosts Sinai Liberation Day's celebration ]]>
President of the Opera House Magdy Saber said that the celebration will be attended by children and youth choirs of the Talent Development Center under the supervision of artist Abdel Wahab el-Sayed. The choirs will present a collection of national works loved by the Egyptian and Arab nationals.

The program consist of songs including “Besmellah” (In the name of God), “Ta’eeshy ya Beladi” (Long live my country), “Ahlef Besamaha” (I swear by its name), “Rayat el Nasr” (Victory flags), “Helwa Beladi” (My beautiful country), “Ya Shabab An el Awan” (It's about time), “Ya Aghla Esm fel Wogood” (Best name in the world), among others.

Sinai Liberation Day is a public holiday in Egypt celebrating the liberation of the land of Sinai from the Israeli occupation, where Egypt recovered the land of Sinai and the last Israeli soldier withdrew from the city of Taba in 1988.

This came in accordance with the international peace treaty of 1979 and the settlement of the long diplomatic disputes. On this day, Egyptians give tribute to the Egyptian officers and soldiers of the Armed Forces for their sacrifices which led to the recovery of Sinai.

This day also celebrates the beauty of Sinai which hosts many touristic cities like Sharm El Sheikh and Dahab, being popular destinations for Egyptians and tourists alike.
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4/23/2019 4:06:15 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: New tomb discovered in Aga Khan Cemetery in West Aswan]]> 1
Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mustafa Waziri stated that a wooden coffin containing hieroglyphic text was found inside the tomb, through which the mission was able to identify the name of the ancient graveyard.
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Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Department Ayman Ashmawy pointed out that the cemetery consists of a ladder that leads to a side chamber where a rock-cut coffin, a front stone consisting of a group of mummies in a poor state and three nests were found.
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For her part, Head of the mission Patricia Piacentini said that many important archaeological artifacts dating back to the Greco-Roman era were also discovered, including a large collection of cartons.
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Piacentini added that the archaeological mission has also completed a map of the site including 226 ancient cemeteries in the area.






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4/23/2019 3:30:34 PM
<![CDATA[Georges Wassouf to release 'Seket el Kalam' soon]]>CAIRO - 23 April 2019: Famed Syrian singer Georges Wassouf recently completed filming a new video clip for the song “Seket el Kalam” (Words became silent). Abed Fahd, Tatiana Mor’eb and Milad Yousif all appear in the new video clip alongside Wassouf.

The first promo of the video clip filmed by director Ahmad al-Munajjid has been released. The veteran Syrian singer's fans are expecting the release of the video clip during the upcoming few days. Wassouf is currently preparing for his concert in Kuwait on May 3.

It is worth mentioning that Lebanese artist Ziad Bourji is collaborating with George Wassouf in a new artistic project that is being prepared to be exposed to the public soon.

Georges Wassouf - Seket El Kalam [Teaser] (2019) / جورج وسوف - سكت الكلام

Georges Wassouf - Seket El Kalam [Teaser] (2019) / جورج وسوف - سكت الكلام Coming Soon...





Georges Wassouf is a Syrian singer. In a career spanning over almost four decades, he has released more than 30 albums. With a significantly large audience of fans in Lebanon, Syria, and across the world, he is one of the most important Arab singers selling over 60 million records worldwide.
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4/23/2019 3:00:15 PM
<![CDATA[Memoir Prince was writing before death to be released in October]]>
The Grammy Award-winning artist, known for his androgynous style and sexually-charged songs, announced in March 2016 at a New York City club that he was working on a memoir.

Prince held that news conference and brief concert about a month before he died at age 57 of an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl.

Part of Prince’s forthcoming book, titled “The Beautiful Ones,” is “the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death,” with that unfinished section devoted to his childhood, Penguin Random House said on a web page for the project.

“We’re honored to be publishing Prince’s unfinished memoir, THE BEAUTIFUL ONES, on October 29, 2019,” Random House said in a message on Twitter on Monday.

The book will also contain photos, scrapbooks and lyric sheets and his original handwritten treatment for the 1984 film “Purple Rain,” a quasi-biographical blockbuster that turned Prince into a superstar.

COLLABORATED ON MEMOIR

The book will be published by the imprint Spiegel & Grau. A representative for the publisher could not be reached for further comment.

The writer Dan Piepenbring, who paid homage to Prince in a 2010 essay for the Paris Review, penned an introduction and annotations to the images contained in the book, Penguin Random House said in a statement.

Piepenbring collaborated with Prince on the memoir during the artist’s final months of life.

Prince’s multiple Top 10 hit songs include “When Doves Cry,” “Kiss,” “Little Red Corvette” and “Purple Rain,” the title song from the movie, and his albums sold millions of copies.

A two-year investigation into Prince’s death failed to determine where he obtained a counterfeit painkiller laced with fentanyl, resulting in no criminal charges, authorities said last year when they revealed their findings.

Prince, who was sometimes called “The Purple One,” for his frequent use of that color in outfits, left behind thousands of recordings and videos in the vaults of his home studio in suburban Minneapolis.

Last year, a nine-track album titled “Piano & A Microphone” from Prince’s unreleased collection went on sale, with material from a 1983 home studio cassette of him playing jazz piano versions of his own songs and those of others.]]>
4/23/2019 1:43:55 PM
<![CDATA[More stars participate in referendum on constitutional amendments ]]>CAIRO - 22 April 2019: Comedian Mostafa Khater voted in the referendum on the constitutional amendments in Generation 2000 School in 6th of October city.
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Mohamed Saad during his voting

Actor Mohamed Saad voted in the referendum on the constitutional amendments at the Committee of Martyr Amer in Dokki.

شاهد .. محمد سعد أثناء الإدلاء بصوته في الاستفتاء على التعديلات الدستورية

محمد_سعد #الاستفتاء شاهد ايضا http://goo.gl/hTZCtm http://goo.gl/d1r48q تابعونا على الصفحات الرسميه مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي Official website : http://videoyoum7.com/ Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VideoYoum7 Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/videoyoum7 Official youtube : http://www.youtube.com/MubasherYoum7




Furthermore, comedians Ali Rabee and Os Os were keen to participate in the referendum on the constitutional amendments. The actors took many pictures with those working in the committees stressing that the Egyptian soldier is the best in the world.
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Ali Rabee and Os Os during voting

Veteran actress Afaf Shoaib participated in the referendum on the constitutional amendments in her electoral committee at the Awqaf Secondary Girls School in Mohandeseen.

عفاف شعيب تدلي بصوتها في التعديلات الدستورية بالمهندسين

التعديلات_الدستورية #تعديل الدستور #الاستفتاء لمتابعة المزيد من الاخبار /http://www.dotmsr.com الفيس بوك https://www.facebook.com/DotMsr اليوتيوب https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_nFSFoT0Ni-mB5GSEZ5PSQ تويتر https://twitter.com/dotmas




“I participated in the referendum today (April 22) for the sake of Egypt and the coming generations,” said the veteran actress.
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Hakim during his voting
Famed singer Hakim participated in the referendum at the headquarters of Sub-Committee No. 6 at Sheikh Zayed Sports Center in Sheikh Zayed City, Giza Governorate.

“Greetings to the authentic Egyptian people who stand by their country when it needs them. Long live Egypt and Egyptians around the world," said Hakim after voting.




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4/22/2019 4:58:48 PM
<![CDATA[Several cultural, artistic events to be held on April 22]]>
Cairo Opera House is organizing a concert performed by the duo Dina Abdel Hamid and Ghassan al-Youssef at 8 p.m. on the Small Theater.

The Cultural Production Sector, headed by Khaled Galal, will hold the monthly meeting for the Hanager Cultural Forum under the title "Sinai’s History and Future" at 7 p.m. at the Hanager Center for Arts.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Sinai Hassan Rateb, Professor of History at Ain Shams University Jamal Shakra, strategic expert Khaled Okasha, Head of the Political Science Department of El- A’ala University for Combating Terrorism Ikram Badr, and Samir Sabry will participate in the forum.

The Center for Political and Information Studies, in cooperation with the Public Library of Egypt, will hold a seminar entitled "Economics of Books, Cost and Return" at 5 p.m. on the occasion of the World Book Day.

The Greater Cairo Library, a branch of the Cultural Production Affairs Sector, celebrates the World Book and Copyright Day by presenting a free book to each visitor from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library in Zamalek.
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4/22/2019 4:07:30 PM
<![CDATA[Tania Saleh to perform in Cairo Opera House on May 17]]>
The concert brings Saleh back to Cairo after a seven-month hiatus since her last concert in October 2018.

Saleh is currently working on her new album project, presenting a different musical style from her previous five albums. In her new album, Saleh collaborates for the first time with Lebanese music distributor Reese Baik, who is famous for his song “Am Bahki bel Sokoot” (Talking in silence) and “Li meen?” (For who?).
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Saleh also re-discovered musical tracks from her latest album “Takato’o” (Intersection).

Everytime you go by Tania Saleh

Tania Saleh - Every Time You Go (Toda Vez Que Você Vai) كل ما تروح - تانيا صالح

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Saleh is a Lebanese singer/songwriter/visual artist who is considered one of the founders of the Arabic independent alternative music scene in Lebanon and the Arab world.
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Her voice is a soft mix between the traditional Arabic music she was raised to and the western sounds she chose to follow. Her lyrics mirror the reality of the Lebanese/Arab social and political turmoil. Since her early debut in 1990, she has experimented with various musical genres, which has resulted in a fresh and original mix of Lebanese music flavored with folk, alternative rock, bossa nova, jazz and most recently electronic music.
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She survived the Lebanese civil war that started when she was 6. Saleh began her musical journey in her late teens when Alex Bessos, founder of the band “Minus Infinitee”, was searching for a lead vocalist and expressed interest in her voice. Her first live performance was at the West Hall at the American University of Beirut in 1986. The “Minus Infinitee” experience did not last long because the founder immigrated to the United States.






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4/22/2019 3:53:24 PM
<![CDATA[Arab League to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day on Apr. 23]]>
Director of Intellectual Property and Competitiveness Department at the Arab League Maha Bakhit said in an official statement on April 22 that the observance of World Intellectual Property Day is a platform for discussion on the subject of intellectual property rights and their importance in supporting sports and sports institutions. This is in addition to raising awareness about the protection of propertyrights, the commercial fraud of sports products and ways to benefit from trademark registration systems and industrial designs to protect the products.

Bakhit added that sport plays a major role in increasing income sources and is a global economic, industrial and investment source in almost all countries around the world through investment in facilities (sports venues and broadcast networks).

Therefore, adequate knowledge about intellectual property rights is a key factor for these organizations to make profit and promote the development of equipment and tools that help improve athletic performance and growth of the sports industry.

The ceremony was attended by government officials of intellectual property offices in Arab countries and a number of athletes, jurists, researchers and innovators , in addition to representatives of a number of specialized Arab federations and organizations.
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4/22/2019 3:39:28 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Muizz St. hosts a huge folklore parade on April 21]]>
Crowds gathered from Al-Fotouh Gate to Ghuriyya Street to watch more than 22 bands representing numerous cultures in the festival, led by the cavalry and Hassab Allah band.

The bands performed national songs that inflamed the feelings and enthusiasm of the masses, followed by a circus show where distinguished and delightful forms of performances were presented.

In addition, the audience enjoyed the numerous cultural shows presented by the bands.

The cultural bands represented China, Colombia, Ghana, India, Sri Lanka, Palestine, Congo, Greece, Jordan, Mexico, Ghana, Indonesia, South Sudan and Egypt.

The teams gathered in a theater specially designed for them to present their traditional and rhythmic arts and the audience participated in singing and dancing with them.

The parade ended with the Egyptian National anthem "Beladi" for Sayed Darwish.

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4/22/2019 3:23:20 PM
<![CDATA[Secrets of Al-Muizz Street ]]> Another view of al muizz st

A United Nations study discovered that the street hosts the greatest collection of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world. The street is named after Al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah, the fourth caliph of the Fatimid Dynasty.
Bab al-Fotouh (Gate of the Conquests), one of the surviving gates on the old city walls. Credit Enas El Masry
It stretches from Bab Al-Futuh in the north to Bab Zuweila In the south. In 1997, the national government carried out extensive renovations to the historical buildings, modern buildings, and sewerage to turn the street into an "open-air museum".
Al Azhar Mosque at night Mohamed Abbas
On April 24, 2008, Al-Muizz Street was converted into a pedestrian only zone between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., allowing tourists and locals to walk freely without the disturbance of traffic. However, cargo traffic is allowed outside of the mentioned hours.
Part of al hussein mosque in Khan el Khalili CC Malek Chaar
The northern part of the street extends from Al-Hakim Mosque in the north to the Spice Market at Al-Azhar Street and includes the antiques markets section, Al-Aqmar Mosque(one of the few extant Fatimid mosques), the Qalawun complex, and several well preserved medieval mansions and palaces.
Al Azhar  Mosque Walid Ashour
The southern part extends from the Ghuriya complex to Bab Zuweila and includes the magnificent Tent Market in the Gamaliya district.
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The area around the historic Muizz Street and the main street host several historical buildings spanning from the era of Amr Ibn el-As over the Tulunid, Fatimid, Ayyubid, Mamluk, and Ottoman periods to Muhammad Ali Era.
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The following monuments still exist on the street or very close to it: Mosque of Al Hakim bi Amr Allah, Wikala of Qaytbay, Mausoleum of Ahmad Al-Qazid, Wikala of Qawsum, Sabil-Kuttab of Oda Bashi, Mosque of Abu Bakr Muzhir, Madrasa of Al-Kamil Ayyub, Musafirkhana Palace, among many others.
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The historical street is the best place to discover the Islamic civilization. It's a great experience to have a walking tour at Muizz Street.
Gift shop in Khan el khalili

The walk may begin from Azhar mosque, one of the most significant medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world, and end at Bab Zuweila, a medieval gate which is considered as one of the most important landmarks of Cairo.
Mosque-Madrassa of al Ghouri The Ghuriya

Located nearby, Al-Hussein Mosque is one of the holiest Islamic sites in Cairo. Also, Khan El Khalili, a major souk in the Islamic Cairo and one of Cairo's main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike, is located in the area around Muizz. Khan El Khalili is the ideal location to buy souvenirs and to enjoy a great lunch or dinner.



















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4/22/2019 1:54:17 PM
<![CDATA[ET commemorates Sayed Mekawy on his 22nd death anniversary]]>
Mekawy was best known for his radio collaboration with Fouad Haddad on the Egyptian traditional character of El-Missaharati.

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Moved by Mekawy’s unforgettable songs, Amira Mekawy unfolded the story of his
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El-Missaharati was a radio program in which a large number of actors took part. Salah Jahin was supposed to write the lyrics of the Program’s songs but he nominated Egyptian poet Fouad Haddad saying that Haddad was the best person to write these lyrics.

Mekawy composed and sang all the songs of the program where he depended on the traditional drum of El-Missaharati, without using any musical instruments.

“The program’s episodes accurately described Egypt and its people. Unfortunately most of the episodes have been lost,” Amira Mekawy said in special statements to Egypt Today.

After the release of El-Missaharati’s episodes on television, the opening credits were set without writing Haddad's name. Rumors spread claiming that Mekawy deliberately intended to eliminate Haddad’s name which was totally wrong. The famed singer was furious and denied such rumors assuring that he did not see the opening credit in the first place, according to Mekawy’s memoir.

El Leila El Kebira and Mekawy’s marriage

The outstanding show "El Leila El Kebira" came after Mekawy's marriage who had insisted not to marry at all until he fell in love with one of his students, plastic artist Zinat Khalil.



Khalil loved Mekawy at the first glance and pretended she wanted to draw sketches of his play in order to meet him. Later on, they got married in 1961.

Nona, as dubbed by her husband, was keen to offer all means of comfort to let Mekawy focus on his work. If it were not for Khalil’s support, Mekawy would have never reached the same rank or achieved such great success and fame.


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4/22/2019 1:27:03 PM
<![CDATA[Numerous stars vote in referendum on constitutional amendments ]]>CAIRO - 21 April 2019: The National Electoral Commission, headed by Lashin Ibrahim, stated that the total number of public committees to vote on the referendum is 368 committees, including 108788 electoral centers and 13919 subcommittees.

Film Director Inas el-Degheidy voted in the referendum on the constitutional amendments at a preparatory school in Agouza. In addition, Bossi Chalabi voted in the referendum on constitutional amendments at the Sheikh Zayed High School for Girls in 6th of October city.

Folk singer Amina participated in the referendum on the constitutional amendments at her electoral committee in Zahra joint school in Mit Okba.

Furthermore, Gamal Abdel Nasser cast his ballot at the School of Intellectual Education in Haram. Gamal Abdel Nasser said after voting: "Go and participate, do the right thing, long live Egypt!"

In addition, actress Dina Ramez uploaded a photo after her participation in the referendum, showing her finger colored in red ink, commenting: "I did the right thing."

Actor Mahmoud Hemeda voted in the referendum on the constitutional amendments in Zaki Mubarak school in Nasr City. Hemeda’s fans were keen to take pictures with him after he completed his voting.

Actress Laila Ezz el-Arab also participated in the referendum of the 2019 constitutional amendments at her electoral committee at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Zamalek. The star was more than happy to take pictures with her fans after she completed the voting process.

The referendum is supervised by 19,339 judges (basic and reserve), of which 15,324 are actual judges at the ballot boxes and the rest are reservists. The number of staff assisting the judges in overseeing the referendum process is 120,000. The voting committees will be opened from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.until Monday April 22.
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4/21/2019 3:06:28 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanese star Ragheb Alama to perform in AUC on May 3]]>
Alama recently uploaded his latest song "Sodfi" (Coincidence) on his official channel on YouTube. The song amassed a high number of views. It is expected that the song will achieve positive reactions due to Alama’s exceptional performance, as well as the song's exceptional lyrics and style.

Lebanese star Alama performed a mass concert in Stockholm, Sweden on March 30, 2018. The concert was his first in Sweden after a hiatus of 10 years and witnessed a large number of attendees.

Ragheb Alama is a Lebanese singer, composer, television personality, and philanthropist. Alama began his career in the 1980s when he appeared as a contestant on the talent show "Studio El Fan", where he received the Platinum Award.

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4/21/2019 2:55:09 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of culture raises prize of Cairo Forum for Novels to LE 250K]]>
Abdel Dayem welcomed the members and participants of the Cairo International Forum for Novels, which was launched on April 21 under the title "Novel in the Information Age". "I welcome everyone, especially novelists and critics from all over the Arab world to this Arab cultural event, which always enjoys your creative and enriching participation,” said Abdel Dayem.

Abdel Dayem explained that Cairo was and still is the cradle of the Arab novel which offers a fertile environment for its development and hosts the most important creations that put the Arab novel on the map of international interest. The minister stressed that the Cairo Novel Prize, which has been awarded to the most important Arab novelists during the past six editions, has contributed to enhancing the credibility of this great event.

Additionally, the minister praised the organizing committee of the conference, headed by prominent critic Jaber Asfour and dedicated the forum’s seventh edition to veteran Sudanese novelist El-Tayeb Saleh, who enriched the Arab library with his inspirational novels. “We are convinced that brotherly Sudan that gave birth to Tayeb Saleh is capable of creating a brilliant future along the Nile valley,” commented Abdel Dayem.

The minister added that the novel is a modern human epic that has played and continues to play very influential and vital roles in the formation of human conscience.

Abdel Dayem ended her speech by emphasizing that our Arab cultural reality is in dire need of such forums and conferences.

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4/21/2019 2:51:02 PM
<![CDATA[Van Dam, Mohamed Ramadan in Etisalat TV commercial]]> CAIRO – 21 April 2019: Mega star Van Dam participated with famed actor Mohamed Ramadan in a TV commercial for one of the Egyptian Telecommunication Companies.

The shooting lasted until the first hours of April 20. The commercial is directed by Tamer el Mahdi and is set to be released in Ramadan.

Etisalat released a new commercial for Mohamed Ramadan where he sang "Shahna" (Recharging) to the melody of his successful song "Mafia".

In addition, Ramadan was part of Etisalat's TV commercial entitled, “Akwa Kart fe Misr” (The Strongest Recharge Card in Egypt).

Ramadan is currently shooting his upcoming Ramadan series “Zilzal” (Earthquake). The series is produced by Synergy Productions.

"Zilzal" is written by Abdel Raouf Kamal and directed by Ibrhaim Fakhr. Actress Hala Shiha will co-star with Ramadan after years of hiatus.
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4/21/2019 2:43:00 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Mursi halts Synergy series for constitutional amendments]]>CAIRO – 20 April 2019: Chairman of Egyptian Media Group, D Media Group and Synergy famed producer Tamer Mursi took a decision to stop shooting all Ramadan series produced by Synergy company for three consecutive days, from April 20-22 to allow the series makers to vote on the constitutional amendments.


Synergy took the lion share of the Ramadan 2019 drama market; Synergy is producing 15 series in Ramadan, namely “Badal el Hadouta Talata” ( Three Tales instead of one), Kalabesh (Handcuffs) part 3, Le Akher Nafas (Till the last breath), “Hekayty” ( My Story), “Ibn Osool” (Good man), "Alamet Estefham" (Question mark), “Zelzal” (Earthquake), “Talket Haz” (Luck strike), “Baraka”, “Hogan”, “Lams Aktaf”, “Princess Beesa”, Qamar Hady (Hady’s Moon), “Abou Gabal”, “El wad Sayed el Shahat” (The boy Named Sayed el Shahat).


The United Company for Media Services announced that it has acquired the D Media Group, owner of the DMC satellite channels pack on April 5 and Mursi was announced chairman of the board.


Last September, Egyptian Media Group (EMG) successfully sealed a deal to acquire 51 percent of Future Group Holding, which held the CBC channels pack.


The move sought to establish new integration between Egyptian media institutions to innovate and introduce new content throughout the Arab region.


EMG also acquired Al-Hayah TV Network on July 5, 2018.


Mursi was announced CEO of EMG in February 2018, succeeding Osama el-Sheikh after his resignation.


As CEO of EMG, Mursi managed to strike several successful deals, placing the group in the forefront of media companies in the Middle East.


Synergy, one of Egyptian Media Group’s arms, announced in Sept. 2018 its cooperation with Middle East Communications Network (MCN) after signing an agreement on Sept. 9.


MCN is under the Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (IPG), an international group specialized in media and publicity and was behind many popular advertising campaigns from around the world.


This comes within Synergy’s pursuit to enhance the Egyptian media’s profile through supporting it by agreements that guarantee the biggest reach to the widest interactive audience around the globe.


Also, to spread the best image that suits the professional values of media, presented by Egyptian Media Group, the biggest media and advertising entity in Egypt and the Arab World.


Mursi previously announced that this step is crucial for the Egyptian media in the first place. He added that Egyptian media has achieved a leading domestic rank and the expansion has become a need to develop media tools on the Arab World’s level.


Mursi also said that this step is now fulfilled since after cooperation with an international company like MCN, it has achieved a widespread, significant rank all around the world, including in Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Asia and Europe.


This cooperation level will promote the Group’s presence and enhance the Group’s potential on the international scale.


MCN is an international American communication network. It has offices in more than 120 countries around the globe.


As for Egyptian Media Group, it owns ON channels network, Al-Hayyah channel networks, Al-Youm7 newspaper, sout Al-Omma, Dot Masr and Al-Nile radio among other Media platforms.


This is asides from other services offered by other Egyptian Media companies in production, advertisement, public relations, sports marketing and the digital media fields.


Mursi initially is one of the most prominent and successful TV drama producers. He founded Synergy Productions, which produced widely-watched TV series.


Mursi produced several of Adel Imam's successful works, most notably 'The Naji Atallah Team.'


He led every year Ramadan race with the series he produces which are considered the most successful ever year. Morsy has signed contracts for 12 series for next Ramadan, securing the A-List actors.


He produced 'YES, I'M FAMOUS,' which featured several international mega stars, including Leonel Messi and Adel Imam.

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4/20/2019 3:25:40 PM
<![CDATA[D-CAF closing concert on Apr.21]]>
Nissam Jalal, a Franco-Syrian flutist alongside Egyptian musicians will perform in D-CAF last concert which will be entitled Om El-Aagayeb.

The second musical concert of D-CAF was held on Friday April 19 at the Greek Campus.This concert features Abuyusuf, 3 Phaz, and Wegz.

Abuysuf is an Egyptian rapper who has established himself as an idol among young people, thanks to his catchy lyrics and his spontaneous interpretation.

He always employs daily words and colloquial idioms so that they would be easily memorized.

3Phaz is a Cairo based musician obsessed with bass, distortion, and the deconstruction of the Shaabi aesthetic.

His work is focused on amplifying the raw energy of Shaabi music and taking it a step further, the kind of raw energy you are bombarded with on the streets of Cairo as motorbikes and rickshaws fly by, blasting Shaabi through their busted speakers.

Wegz is an Egyptian musician whose young age has led young people to identify to him so easily. Wegz's music mixes between hip-hop, mahraganat, and Shaabi.

The Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) is running from March 29 -April 21 at different venues in Downtown Cairo.

The first contemporary arts festival to introduce Cairo audiences to notable arts performances from all over the world, the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) returns to Sherifein Street as a venue for its eighth edition.

Featuring 40 events and several workshops from global acclaimed artists, the D-CAF schedule this year is packed with 10 performing arts events as well as seven music concerts and four urban vision performances.

Audiences can look forward to new media and film programs in addition to special events and workshops from Denmark, Hungary, France, the US, the UK, Germany, Iran, Syria, and of course Egypt.

This year features interesting performances in all aspects, starting with a well-acclaimed Danish play, ‘’Dust’’, a fascinating theatrical experience.

Additionally, D-CAF are holding the Arab World premiere of ‘’Crazy But True’’, an interactive installation performance by the British artist Ant Hampton.

The festival is continuing in our focus on women as well through presenting talented female artists like the American band T-sisters who sang together with Cherine Abdo in addition to singing their own repertoire.

The eighth edition also housed special workshops by Abou Bakr Shawky, director of Yomeddine, who gave a film directing workshop in addition to his wife and producer, Dina Emam, with her workshop on film production.
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4/20/2019 2:22:52 PM
<![CDATA[The end of social media for Ahmed Fahmy]]>

The announcement came via a post on Instagram which was a photo of Fahmy with his dog and under it the caption “The final fortnight for me on social media..bye bye”. The post received more than 137K likes and attracted 2411 comments which were a mixture of praise and abuse. One follower replied to the post with “To hell with you” to which Fahmy answered “To hell with your mum and her kids” and it is precisely these kind of exchange of words that have plagued Fahmy's experience with social media.


It was less than a year ago that Fahmy opened an Instagram account, 11th July 2018, with about 1.6 million followers and it was his fiancée the actress Hanna Zahed who created the account for him and during their interview with Isaad Younis, Zahed admitted that she has Fahmy's password as she was the one who encouraged him to open an Instagram account. A decision she later regretted as Fahmy's constant argument with her fans as well as his led Zahed to block him from her account for a brief period.


Many are puzzled by Fahmy's decision with local media speculating that the reason might be due to a fight with Zahed over his derogatory words with their fans, while others are assuming it is to do with the negative image he is creating for himself which could overshadow the success of his future work. One fan wrote “Are you trying to stop yourself from gaining any sin during the holy month of Ramadan – as he swears and uses derogatory terms in his replies to abusive comments -” to which Fahmy replied “and beyond Ramadan” in a clear sign that the month of Ramadan has nothing to do with his decision.


Fahmy's decision is an indication that he has never been fully comfortable with social media as he struggles to control his anger and unlike his fellow actors he always replies and does not opt to close the comment option as others have done, for example Bushra.


Zahed and Fahmy will be starring together for the first time this Ramadan in a comedy series entitled “El Wad Sayed El Shahat” (The Begger Boy, Sayed) which is a play in words of Adel Emam renowned comedy play “El Wad Sayed El Shaghal” (The Servant Boy, Sayed).

And while most of the stars that have series' being aired during Ramadan get more active on social media for that month to promote their work and encourage more people to tune in to their drama/comedy series, Fahmy has taken the opposite route and will leave social media and let his comedy series battle it out for the highest rating without his intervention, and judging from his aggressive replies to anyone that criticised him, his work or Zahed it is probably a good decision as it might damage the success of the series.]]>
4/20/2019 2:00:48 PM
<![CDATA[Hawass affirmed the presence of three tunnels inside Sphinx]]>
Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass received the Polish delegation and took them on a tour in the archaeological area.

Hawass denied all rumors about a hidden city under the Sphinx, assuring that such news is not based on scientific evidence.

“We have a lot of photos that document the process of digging under the Sphinx proving that there are no passages under the Sphinx and that it is a concrete statue,” Hawass stated.

Hawass affirmed the presence of three tunnels; the first exists above the back of the statue and was discovered in 1937 by the French engineer Bering who was searching for treasures inside the body of the statue.

While the second tunnel was found at the north side of the statue before it was drowned by French Egyptologist Gupino. It was believed that the tunnel was full of treasures and monuments.

The third tunnel exists behind “The Dream Portrait” and was foundby the Italian adventurer Kavliain the early 19th century when he was digging under the chest of Sphinx.

For his part, Czaputowicz admired the Egyptian monuments.At the end of the tour, Hawass gave Czaputowicz his book about Giza.
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4/20/2019 1:25:46 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt inaugurates newly-restored Opet Temple in Luxor]]>
The inauguration was attended by renowned actress Yousra, veteran writer Lamis Gaber along with international media representatives. The Opet Temple locates inside Karnak Temple.

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Ministers, celebrities, diplomats, tourists gather outside the newly-restored Opet Temple at Karnak Temple- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


Speaking to the guests and the visitors, a restoration team along with Waziri illustrated the stages of restoration process. Foreign tourists who were dazzled by this great temple praised the Ministry of Tourism’s efforts, saying “You are doing a great job.”

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Ministers, celebrities, diplomats, tourists gather outside the newly-restored Opet Temple at Karnak Temple- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


The delegation visited Karnak Temple on Friday, April 19 on the side-lines of the World Heritage Day celebrations.

Waziri started explaining to the guests all the details pertaining to this great Temple. He said that the Nile used to flow in front of the temple during the ancient time. Ramses II constructed the path to the temple, he added.

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Ministers, celebrities, diplomats, tourists gather outside the newly-restored Opet Temple at Karnak Temple- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


“How did ancient Egyptians build such gigantic buildings? Because they used ramps! What is the evidence? By using this clay avalanches’’ Waziri recounted.

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Opet goddess at the newly-restored Opet Temple at Karnak Temple- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


Waziry added that karnak temple is the biggest pillar of ancient Egypt heritage.

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The newly-restored Opet Temple at Karnak Temple- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


Egypt unveiled a new statue of Ramses II [1279-1213 BCE] Luxor Temple on Thursday after being restored.

The 50-ton statue was broken into more than 50 pieces and was restored by 250 archeological missions over eight months, announced Head of Luxor Antiquities department of the Ministry of Antiquities Mustafa Waziri in celebration at Luxor Temple on the World Heritage Day, Thursday.

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Mustafa Waziri talks with actress Yousra about the newly-restored Opet Temple at Karnak Temple- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


“The Egyptian missions is who accomplished that! [the restoration],” he said, adding “here we are today announcing the restoration of the fourth Ramses 11 statue after its restoration.” He added that the state is the fourth one belongs to Ramses II at the temple.

Former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawas told the attendees that he was honored to celebrate the World Heritage Day in Luxor, saying “For the first time we see a prime minister attends World Heritage Day celebration in Egypt!”

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4/19/2019 2:49:19 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Ministers, celebrities celebrate World Heritage Day at Karnak]]>
Waziry started explaining to the guests all the details pertaining to this great Temple.

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Avenue of the sphinxes at Karnak temple- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


He explained that the Nile used to flow in front of the temple during the ancient time. Ramses II constructed the path to the temple. Luxor temple is located north karnak temple!

"How did ancient Egyptians build such gigantic buildings? Because they used ramps!! What is the evidence? By using this clay avalanches’’ Waziry recounted.

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Ministers visit Karnak temple on the Wold Heritage Day- Egypt today/Mustafa Marie


Waziry added that karnak temple is the biggest pillar of ancient Egypt heritage.The delegation inaugurated Opet temple after restoration.

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Karnak Temple in Luxor- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


Egypt unveiled a new statue of Ramses II [1279-1213 BCE] Luxor Temple on Thursday after being restored.

The 50-ton statue was broken into more than 50 pieces and was restored by 250 archeological missions over eight months, announced Head of Luxor Antiquities department of the Ministry of Antiquities Mustafa Waziri in celebration at Luxor Temple on the World Heritage Day, Thursday.

“The Egyptian missions is who accomplished that! [the restoration],” he said, adding “here we are today announcing the restoration of the fourth Ramses 11 statue after its restoration.” He added that the state is the fourth one belongs to Ramses II at the temple.

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Ministers and diplomats celebrate the World Heritage Day at Luxor\s Karnak Temple- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


Former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawas told the attendees that he was honored to celebrate the World Heritage Day in Luxor, saying “For the first time we see a prime minister attends World Heritage Day celebration in Egypt!”

“I thank President Sisi for giving big attention to antiquities,” said Hawas.

On Thursday morning, Egypt announced the discovery of a new tomb at the Draa Abul Naga necropolis in Luxor’s West Bank on Thursday.

The tomb dates back to the 18th Dynasty [1549/1550 to 1292 BC] and is considered one of the largest discovered tombs in the archeological site.

The tomb’s findings included a number of Ushabti statues, which means respondent statues.

On the World Heritage Day, Egypt announced the discovery of a new tomb at the Draa Abul Naga necropolis in Luxor’s West Bank on Thursday.

The tomb dates back to the 18th Dynasty [1549/1550 to 1292 BC] and is considered one of the largest discovered tombs in the archeological site, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anani told reporters in Draa Abul Naga necropolis site.


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4/19/2019 11:32:20 AM
<![CDATA[Wael Kafoury Shines in his first London performance]]>

On the anniversary of the start of Lebanon's civil war in 1975 Wael Kafoury performed in London on Saturday, 13th April giving a clear sign of defiance to anything negative that may come with such an anniversary and instead spreading the message of love, peace and unity through his music.


Dressed elegantly in black suit Kafoury dazzled the audience with his presence, nicknamed the 'king of romance' by his fans Kafoury proved to be worthy of such title in every aspect of his performance, with some fans commenting on social media that 'even the way he stands is like a king' Singing a mixture of old and new tracks, Kafoury made sure that the audience were highly satisfied and as a special treat he gave his first live performance of his latest and newest single 'Awlad Al Haram' in a manner nothing short of spectacular.


Although the ticket prices were fairly expensive by London's ticket standard, ranging from £110-240 ($160-300) this did not deter his devoted fans from almost filling up the 2286 seat theatre, travelling from all across the UK people have come from near and far to see their favourite star. Egypt Today spoke to a group of girls who had come all the way from Manchester just to fulfil their dream of seeing Kafoury live.

And the audience were actually a big mix of nationalities with various age group; elderly, middle aged, youth and teenagers proving that Kafoury over the years has matured his music to serve all ages and gender, unlike when he first started his singing career; the majority of his fans back then were teenage girls.


The night proved a huge success as 'Wael' name was sang loudly by the audience who also joined Kafoury in every song he performed regardless if it was from 20 years ago or few months. The only negative aspect of the concert was the fact that Kafoury only performed for 90 minutes and the audience were led to believe he would be singing for two hours and some fans were confused when Kafoury thanked them for coming and wished them a safe journey back, as they thought he was just taking a short break rather than leaving.


Kafoury arrived in London on Friday 12th April accompanied by the Lebanese TV presenter Carla Hadad who introduced Kafoury to his audience on the night of the concert. Hadad is said to be also a close friend of Kafoury, they were joined by a group of Kafoury's team. Yet a video that Kafoury posted on instagram caused controversy and set the rumour mill going as the footage showed him walking through the streets of London with a blond female. Some media outlets claimed this was his wife while others pointed out that he has in fact separated from his wife, so could this woman be the new lady in Kafoury's life or is she merely a friend or his assistant? Either way it seems from his instagram post that Kafoury thoroughly enjoyed his trip to London as he posted a video of him walking through the classy park of Holland Park near Kensington High Street and admiring a group of pigeons. And in another photo he is seen having brunch at a famous Lebanese restaurant.


The huge success of Kafoury trip to London and his concert indicates that a repeat of such event is guaranteed with the organisers already promising on their social media pages to bring Kafoury back to the UK capital.


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4/19/2019 10:47:52 AM
<![CDATA[D-CAF’s second musical concert featuring Abuyusuf, 3 Phaz, Wegz ]]>CAIRO – 19 April 2019: The second musical concert of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) will be held on Friday April 19 at the Greek Campus.

The concert will start at 7:00 PM. This concert features Abuyusuf, 3 Phaz, and Wegz.

Abuysuf is an Egyptian rapper who has established himself as an idol among young people, thanks to his catchy lyrics and his spontaneous interpretation.

He always employs daily words and colloquial idioms so that they would be easily memorized.

3Phaz is a Cairo based musician obsessed with bass, distortion, and the deconstruction of the Shaabi aesthetic.

His work is focused on amplifying the raw energy of Shaabi music and taking it a step further, the kind of raw energy you are bombarded with on the streets of Cairo as motorbikes and rickshaws fly by, blasting Shaabi through their busted speakers.

Wegz is an Egyptian musician whose young age has led young people to identify to him so easily. Wegz's music mixes between hip-hop, mahraganat, and Shaabi.

The Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) is running from March 29 -April 21 at different venues in Downtown Cairo.

The first contemporary arts festival to introduce Cairo audiences to notable arts performances from all over the world, the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) returns to Sherifein Street as a venue for its eighth edition.

Featuring 40 events and several workshops from global acclaimed artists, the D-CAF schedule this year is packed with 10 performing arts events as well as seven music concerts and four urban vision performances.

Audiences can look forward to new media and film programs in addition to special events and workshops from Denmark, Hungary, France, the US, the UK, Germany, Iran, Syria, and of course Egypt.

This year features interesting performances in all aspects, starting with a well-acclaimed Danish play, ‘’Dust’’, a fascinating theatrical experience.

Additionally, D-CAF are holding the Arab World premiere of ‘’Crazy But True’’, an interactive installation performance by the British artist Ant Hampton.

The festival is continuing in our focus on women as well through presenting talented female artists like the American band T-sisters who sang together with Cherine Abdo in addition to singing their own repertoire.

Nissam Jalal, a Franco-Syrian flutist, also performed in D-CAF this year. The eighth edition also housed special workshops by Abou Bakr Shawky, director of Yomeddine, who gave a film directing workshop in addition to his wife and producer, Dina Emam, with her workshop on film production.
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4/19/2019 10:32:37 AM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Egypt unveils Ramses II statue at Luxor Temple]]>
The 50-ton statue was broken into more than 50 pieces and was restored by 250 archeological missions over eight months, announced Head of Luxor Antiquities department of the Ministry of Antiquities Mustafa Waziri in celebration at Luxor Temple on the World Heritage Day, Thursday.

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Egypt unveiled a new statue of Ramses II [1279-1213 BCE] Luxor Temple on Thursday after being restored. Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


“The Egyptian missions is who accomplished that! [the restoration],” he said, adding “here we are today announcing the restoration of the fourth Ramses 11 statue after its restoration.” He added that the state is the fourth one belongs to Ramses II at the temple.

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Egypt unveiled a new statue of Ramses II [1279-1213 BCE] Luxor Temple on Thursday after being restored. Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


“This is Luxor’s gift to the entire world on the World Heritage Day!” Waziri said. “We faced a many troubles but we overcame them just like the pharaohs overcame their obstacles and built the greatest monuments in the world […] We did it! We are the Egyptians who did it!” he continued.

The celebration was attended by Prime Minister Mustafa Mabdouli, Minister of Tourism Rania al-Mashat, Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, dozens of people, celebrities, and more than 40 diplomats.

Egyptian Folklore show was performed prior to unveiling Ramses II statue in inside Luxor Temple.

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Egyptian Folklore show was performed prior to unveiling Ramses II statue in inside Luxor Temple. Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


Former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawas told the attendees that he was honored to celebrate the World Heritage Day in Luxor, saying “For the first time we see a prime minister attends World Heritage Day celebration in Egypt!”

“I thank President Sisi for giving big attention to antiquities,” said Hawas.

On Thursday morning, Egypt announced the discovery of a new tomb at the Draa Abul Naga necropolis in Luxor’s West Bank on Thursday.

The tomb dates back to the 18th Dynasty [1549/1550 to 1292 BC] and is considered one of the largest discovered tombs in the archeological site.

The tomb’s findings included a number of Ushabti statues, which means respondent statues.
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Egypt announces tomb discovery at Luxor's Draa Abul Naga necropolis

LUXOR, Egypt - 18 April 2019: On the World Heritage Day, Egypt announced the discovery of a new tomb at the Draa Abul Naga necropolis in Luxor's West Bank on Thursday.




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4/18/2019 8:29:00 PM
<![CDATA[Calling all Jinn Hunters - get ready! The Jinn are out on June 13]]>
They’re just trying to pass maths!

Jinn, the first Middle East Original, will launch globally on Netflix on Thursday 13th June.

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Set in modern Amman and ancient Petra, Jinn follows a group of Arab teenagers as their friendships and budding romances are tested when they unknowingly invite the supernatural forces of jinn into their world. As the jinn get stronger and the lines between good and evil blur, the high school students don’t know who to trust. Can they find the answers needed in order to save everything?

Starring Salma Malhas, Hamzeh Okab, Sultan Alkhail and Aysha Shahaltough, Jinn is produced by Kabreet Productions, directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya and Amin Matalqa.

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"This is a great opportunity to portray Arab youth in a very unique way. The level of authenticity Netflix is trying to achieve with this show is definitely what attracted me the most to be part of this project.” said, Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya




Said Ghandour, “We are really excited about this. It is very common in Middle East that people know someone who has a Jinn story, so it’s nice to take that and turn it into a fun and mysterious teen adventure that everyone can enjoy. On a broader note, I love that Netflix is investing a lot in the region, it’s a real turning point. We have such a rich storytelling culture, and we'll finally be able to enjoy Arabic content with Netflix quality."

“We’re delighted to be working with such a variety of breakout talent to launch our first Arabic original series in the Middle East.” said Erik Barmack, VP of International Original Series at Netflix. “We are extremely excited to bring this story to a global audience, and to celebrate Arab youth and culture. We can’t wait to share more details later this year.”

Jinn is Netflix’s second project in the region. Netflix’s first project, the Arabic stand-up comedy Adel Karam: Live from Beirut, is due to launch on March 1st.


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4/18/2019 6:01:24 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt announces tomb discovery at Luxor’s Draa Abul Naga necropolis]]>
The tomb dates back to the 18th Dynasty [1549/1550 to 1292 BC] and is considered one of the largest discovered tombs in the archeological site, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anani told reporters in Draa Abul Naga necropolis site.

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Restoration works started insid a new tomb at the Draa Abul Naga necropolis in Luxor’s West Bank on Thursday- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


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Egypt announced the discovery of a new tomb at the Draa Abul Naga necropolis in Luxor’s West Bank on Thursday- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


The tomb’s findings included a number of Ushabti statues, which means respondent statues. Ancient Egyptians used to put 365 Ushabtis -equal to the days of the year- inside the dead person’s tomb as every Ushabti should serve the dead person in the afterlife once a year.

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Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anani speaks to reporters about the newly-discovered tomb at Draa Abul Naga necropolis in Luxor's West Bank- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


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The tomb’s findings included a number of Ushabti statues, which means respondent statues- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


Egypt’s Minster of Tourism Rania al-Mashat attended the inauguration of the tomb. She told reporters that the number of inbound tourism increased recently, saying “We see a lot of tourists coming lately from china and I hope this tourism flow continues […] the presence of the PM today affirms Egypt’s leading role in the tourism sector.”

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Prime Minister Mstafa Mabdbouli, Minister of Tourism Rania al-Mashat, a number of diplomats and celebrates attend the inauguration of the new tomb- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


“Egypt is the land of culture and history. On the World Heritage Day, I say Egypt is beautiful,” she said.

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The tomb’s findings - Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


Following the announcement, the minister accompanied Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli, 30 diplomats, a group of celebrities, lawmakers, and a number of reporters to visit Nefertari’s tomb in the Valley of Queens in Luxor.

In the evening, the minister will unveil a new statue of Ramses II [1279-1213 BCE] after being restored at Luxor Temple.

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Nefertatri's tomb- Egypt Today/Musfafa Marie


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Neferatri's tomb from inside- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie


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Nefertari's tomb at the Valley of Queens in Luxor's West Bank- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie
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4/18/2019 1:56:02 PM
<![CDATA[Celebrating International Heritage Day on Luxor Apr.18]]>

The celebration will contain the inauguration of the temple of the Abbott after its restoration, a tour of Karnak temples, as well as unveiling King Ramses II statue after its restoration and re-installation of the Luxor Temple.

Several ministers, ambassadors, public figures, parliamentarians and foreign archaeological missions operating in Luxor will attend the celebration.

World Heritage Day falls on April 18 every year. It is tailor made to increase awareness about the vitality of cultural heritage and find ways to protect and preserve our heritage.

In 1982 the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) suggested celebrating heritage on April 18, and it was approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983.

The Ministry of Antiquities will organise the third edition of the Egyptian Heritage Festival in the Egyptian Textile Museum on April 18.

The Ministry of Antiquities will open all the Egyptian museums for free on April 18 in celebration of the International Heritage Day.

The Textile Museum celebrated its ninth anniversary on Wednesday, February 13. This museum is the only textile museum in the Middle East.

The Textile Museum in Muezz Street, Cairo displays fine collections of textile from the Pharaonic, Roman, Coptic and Islamic eras.

It is proof that Egypt’s lengthy history is not only documented on papyrus or stones, but also knitted in garments.

The collection of the Ancient Egyptian textiles contains clothes, bed sheets, mummy covers, cushions and even diapers.

The museum also displays small statues of men, women, servants, and gods with their outfit carved on their bodies to display the variation in their dress codes.

The section that displays the Roman era textiles also holds a number of sewing tools as well as a small model of a spinning and weaving workshop.

The Coptic section in the museum shows that this era was revolutionary in textile production in terms of colors and the use of other materials such as cotton, wool and silk.

The Islamic section features different styles of Arabic calligraphy and holds parts of the Ka’ba cover, which Egypt used to produce. Additionally, the museum displays some pieces from outside Egypt, mostly from Iran.

The lights of the museum are dim which is not very helpful for photographers, but this is because light, temperature and humidity are
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4/18/2019 1:02:01 PM
<![CDATA[Sharmoofers, Autostrad, NassifZeytoun to perform in Taba on Apr. 25]]>CAIRO - 17 April 2019: Sharmoofers, Autostrad and Syrian star NassifZeytoun will participate in a musical concert as part of the events of Taba Music Festival's third edition held from April 25-28.

It is worth mentioning that this is the Syrian singer'sfirst concert in Egypt. The concert also aims to revive tourism in Taba.

On April 17, Sharmoofers will celebrate the launch of their new album "Enfesam" (Schizophrenia) with their Alexandrian fans through two concerts hosted by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The first concert will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the second will start at 8 p.m.

"Enfesam" comes after an absence of nearly four years since Sharmoofers released their album “Paranoia”.

Sharmoofers will perform “Enfesam” (Schizophrenia), “Raqast” (Danced), “Donya” (The world), “Hawwa” (Eve), “Zamba” (feat. Sary Hany), “Moftaqed El Habiba” (Missing my love), “Jamal Al Wojood” (feat. alhadraa & abayazied), “KawkabRemi” (Featuring Islam Chipsy), among others.

Nassif Zeytoun is a Syrian singer and the 2010 winner of the Arabic reality television show "Star Academy". Zeytoun is best known for his widely popular song "Mesh Aam Tezbat Maae" released in 2014. His music videos on YouTube amass millions of views.
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4/17/2019 2:44:18 PM
<![CDATA[Ali el-Haggar to celebrate his 65th birthday on April 18]]>
Haggar recently launched the song "Laih el Tareeq" (Why the path?) onhis official channel on YouTube. The song is written by Michael Adel and composed by Shadi Moines. The video has amassed a high number of views since its upload.

The iconic singer recently released an album entitled "Ma TakhdyBalek” (Pay attention) whichincluded the songs “GowaHodny” (Within my arms), “MeenFeena mesh Mehtag?” (Who is not needy?), “Dari Gamalek” (Hide your beauty), among others.

The album achieved great success.

Throughout his career,Haggar performed a number of duets with prominent singers such as "Beladi" and "Khan el-Anadeel"with Mohammed el-Helw,"El-Likaa El-Tany" and "El-Mal we El-Banoon" with HananMady and "Bent we Walad" with Hoda Ammar.

He also participated with Angham in the musical "Rosasa Fel Qalb"(A bullet in the heart), another important phase in Haggar' scareer was his first collaboration with his brother,composer and singer Ahmed el-Haggarin 1978 when Ahmed el-Haggar composed his brother’s hit "Ozoriny" (Excuse me).

The success that this song achieved sparked Haggar's singing career. The Haggar brothers cooperated in many other songs; Ahmed el-Haggar as composer and Ali el-Haggar as lyricist.

Among these songs are: "Bahebek" (I love you), "Ana Biki Ya Samra Akon", "El-Ahlam", "Kont Faker", "Tesaaliny", "Lama el-Shetayedo’oel-Biban", "Ma Tekdebish", "Ergaaily" (Come back), "Lessa El-Kalam", and recently "YaMasria".
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4/17/2019 2:29:07 PM
<![CDATA[Media,culture pioneers to be honored in Hanager Cinema on April 17]]>
Veteran TV presenter Salma al-Shamma, director of photography Mohsen Ahmed, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information Samir Talaat, director Samiha Ghonaimi, President of the Cultural Development Fund Fathi Abdel Wahab and President of the Egyptian Opera House Magdy Saber will be among the honorees.

A special tribute shield will be presented to Egyptologist and former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass. The ceremony will be attended by Osama Bahnasi, head of the specialized channels sector and Adel Abbasawy, head of the Central Administration for Distinguished Production.

After the honoring ceremony, a special screening of "Centria, an Endless Legend” directedby Salwa al-Khadem will take place.
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4/17/2019 2:19:15 PM
<![CDATA[Massar Egbari, Ahmed Sheba release 'Enzel we Sharek']]>CAIRO - 17 April 2019: Massar Egbari band in cooperation with famed singer Ahmed Sheba released a new song entitled “Enzel we Sharek” (Go out and participate), which invites citizens to participate in the referendum on the constitutional amendments.

The song was released under the slogan "For our country and for the next generations, go out and participate."

The National Electoral Commission, headed by Lashin Ibrahim, is scheduled to hold a press conference on April 17 at 3 p.m. at the headquarters of the State Information Service in Nasr City to invite citizens to the referendum on the constitutional amendments and to set a timetable for voting locally and abroad.

Enzel we sharek

حصريا| أغنية "انزل وشارك".. مسار إجباري وأحمد شيبة

حصريا| أغنية "انزل وشارك".. مسار إجباري وأحمد شيبة




Massar Egbari is an Egyptian rock band founded in Alexandria in 2005. The band released their third album "Mosawamat" (Bargains) last July which brought them back to the music scene three years after releasing their album "Toqa’a w Tqom" (Fall & Rise).

The band was awarded the title of Young Artist for Intercultural Dialogue between the Arab and Western worlds. The UNESCO honored Massar Egbari in 2011 in Paris.
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4/17/2019 2:17:16 PM
<![CDATA[Prince Talal inaugurates biggest Cinema in Middle East in Riyadh]]>
“I want to congratulate the Kingdom's leadership, government and people on such a huge step,” Talal stated.



In a televised interview, Talal expressed his happiness with the strategic partnership between the Kingdom Holding Company in Saudi Arabia presided by him and Al-Futtaim Conglomerate Company in the United Arab Emirates that is set to result in a lot of accomplishments.

Talal further assured the significance of the efforts exerted to boost the film industry in Saudi Arabia,stressing that this step reflects the broad vision of Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

“We are grateful for Prince Salman's numerous achievements such as opening movie theaters across Saudi Arabia, allowing women to enter stadiums, and allowing women to drive cars," Talal said.

"A huge social revolution is taking place in Saudi Arabia. There is no doubt that a large number of Saudis no longer want to leave home. I say it clearly, Prince Salman took Saudi Arabia from the 12th century to the 21st century,” Talal stated.

Prince Salman launched an economic reform plan in 2016 entitled “A Vision for 2030”. The plan aims to diversify Saudi economic resources, making tourism and entertainment prominent pillars of the reform plan.
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4/17/2019 2:14:35 PM
<![CDATA[ET commemorates El-Deif Ahmed on his 49th death anniversary ]]>
The first name of the renowned actor, El-Deif, means in Arabic the guest. El-Deif’s name reflects his journey in life ashe was really like a guest leaving too early. He diedat 33 years old.

El-Deif began his journey in Faculty of Arts’ theater where he played a set of sketches and short plays, gaining huge fame within a very short period of time.

After graduation in 1960, Fouad el-Mohandes chose him to play a small role in the outstanding play “Ana w Howa w Heya” (I, He and She).

El-Deifalso directed a set of international famed plays such as "Crows", "The Brothers Karamazov"and "The Unique Sings".

In 1967,El-Deif founded the stand-up comedy trio Tholathy Adwa'a El-Masrah alongside George Sidhom and Samir Ghanem. He directed their first play “Kol Wahed w Lee A’fareet” (Each One has a Ghost).



Furthermore, El-Deif wrote and directed with his team “Tabeekh El-Malayika” (Angels’s Cook), “Hadasa Fee Ezbet Al-Ward” (Happened at Ward’s Estate), and “Hawadit w Prageet”.

He also wrote the script of the movie "Roba’ Dastet Ashraar"and composed all the songs of the movie "30 Days in Prison".

Throughout his distinctive career, El-Dief participated in more than 30 movies such as “Heyawel Regal” (She and the Men), “Rehlet El-Saada” (Journey to Happiness), and “Talat Nesaa” (Three Women).

El-Deif passed away while preparing for the play “Ragel Elly Gawez Merato” (The Man who Remarries his Wife)where he was playing therole of a dead person.

After the final rehearsal of the play, El-Deif returned home and asked his wife to call the doctor but it was too late. El-Deif died on his way to the hospital on April, 16, 1970. God bless his soul.

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4/17/2019 2:09:27 PM
<![CDATA[Record 17.4 million watch 'Game of Thrones' kickoff for final season]]>
HBO said Sunday’s live U.S. television audience and viewers on its HBO GO and HBO NOW apps exceeded the previous series high of 16.9 million viewers for the Season 7 finale two years ago.

On social media, Sunday’s premiere was also the most-tweeted-about episode of the show ever, with more than 5 million Tweets, and 11 million mentions throughout the course of the weekend, HBO said in a statement.

All of the top 10 global Twitter trends late Sunday evening were about the episode.

The series set among warring families in the fictional kingdom of Westeros, which began in 2007, has become HBO’s biggest hit.

Season 7 averaged 32.8 million U.S. viewers per episode when delayed viewing was counted and HBO said it expected the Season 8 average to “grow considerably”.

“Game of Thrones” is available in over 150 countries worldwide, but HBO said viewing data is not easily retrieved in many of those markets, making a global figure impossible to calculate.

Details of the final season have been kept a closely guarded secret, boosting anticipation.

The most-tweeted moment from Sunday’s show came when popular “Thrones” character Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington) learned the truth about his parents, and the fact that his love interest, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), is in fact his aunt.

Despite its avid fan base, “Game of Thrones” is far from the biggest television event in the United States. The annual NFL Super Bowl attracts about 100 million viewers and the 2019 Oscars ceremony in February was watched on television by 29.6 million Americans.

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4/17/2019 12:21:43 PM
<![CDATA[Ramez Galal on new mission to ‘punk’ his guests in Ramadan ]]>
Galal will host 30 stars and is planning to punk his victims on an island in Indonesia. Galal always imposes a state of secrecy on the program, guests and other aspects.

A member of the cast will escort the oblivious stars onto a boat in Indonesia. As they speed away and in the middle of the ocean, the boat faces a fake technical issue. Here is where the guest will feel endangered.

Expectedly, the guest will try to swim to the shore, also having the burden of saving the drowning cast member. Finally, as a state of panic prevails, Galal will appear in the form of a Gorilla.

Galal is an Egyptian actor, singer and TV presenter. He graduated from the Academy of Arts.

In his prank show, Galal's guests are seen in fear for their lives. He has pranked famous Egyptian and international stars like Paris Hilton, Steven Seagal and Shah Rukh Khan.

The reaction by Shah Rukh Khan during the punk show was the 4th most trending YouTube video during the first week of Ramadan 2017.

Despite the wild popularity of his shows, Galal has been met with great criticism. A person speaking for animal rights complained that a lion was sedated for the show. Another critic said the "insults" that fly when his guests are ‘punked’ ruin Egypt's reputation.
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4/16/2019 5:51:37 PM
<![CDATA['Weld el-Ghalaba', 'Talket Haz' to be broadcast in Ramadan ]]>
Weld el-Ghalaba

The series is starring famed Egyptian actor Ahmed el-Sakka, Mohamed Mamdouh, Engy al-Moqadem, Mai Omar, Edward, Hadi el-Gayyar, among others.

The series revolves around a poor man originating from Upper Egypt (Sakka). The man is forced to work two jobs in order to meet his needs. During the mornings, the man works as a teacher in a governmental school, while at night he works as a taxi driver.

The man struggles with numerous financial and social obstacles, eventually pushing him to work as a drug dealer.

The much anticipated series is written by Ayman Salama and directed by Mohamed Samy. It is labeled as an action/drama.

برومو مسلسل ولد الغلابة .. حصرياً على MBC مصر في رمضان

برومو مسلسل #ولد_الغلابة للفنان أحمد السقا .. حصرياً على MBC مصر في رمضان 2019 #رمضان_يجمعنا




TalketHaz

“Talket Haz” (Lucky strike) is starring Mustafa Khater, Ayten Amer, Ahmed Maher, Inaam Salousa, Hosny Shatta, Mirna Nooruddin, among others.

The comedy screenplay revolves around a man that faces numerous problems with his four sisters who do not get along with his wife. However, the man’s wife supports her husband as he faces his vicious sisters. The series is written by Ihab Beleilbal and directed by Ahmed Amin.

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4/16/2019 5:28:22 PM
<![CDATA[Ismailia Int. Film Festival concludes on April 16]]>
Numerous films screened during the festival, where the short film competition included “100 Years of Running”, “Gabal” (Mountain), “Rae'e” (Fabulous), “Souk el-Ahad” (Sunday Market), among others.

The jury of the long and short documentary films included director Yousry Nasrallah from Egypt as president in addition to Chris McDonnell from Canada, Pedro Pimento from Mozambique, Cheryl Chang from China and Sulaf Fawakherji from Syria.

Mission of the Ismailia Festival

Documentaries and short films are undoubtedly honest and heartfelt genres that promote the dialogue between cultures. Films deepen our understanding of others’ different social visions, values, and thoughts.

It is the belief in the importance of shorts and documentaries being able to establish this understanding that gave birth to the idea of the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts in 1991.

Over the course of the festival’s editions, managements and directors changed and things progressed and grew in various ways. Yet the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts remained committed to showcasing important and significant documentaries and shorts in a celebration of cinema, creativity, and the undeniable influence of film.

Egyptian and international filmmakers both value the festival and consider it a viable showcase for their works.


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4/16/2019 4:39:32 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Film Magazine's archives to be restored]]>
The magazine has played a major role in documenting many of the historical and major events that occurred in the country from the 1920's and until the present time, as the magazine covered a significant political period in the country from the Republican era in 1952 to 2013.

Long before the founding of the Egyptian Film Magazine, King Fouad I was interested in the field of cinematography and was keen to record his internal and external visits in newsletters kept in a special collection at Abdeen Palace; unlike King Farouk, who was keener to document his visits in the Egyptian Film Magazine.

Egypt Today aims to shed light on the historical magazine, especially after assigning the State Information Service with reviving the newspaper in the Media Production City to restore its heritage and convert it to the cinema technology 4K. The magazine owns 5260 boxes of film strips of 2700 editions
FILE The historical films
Part of the historical films

Among the special editions issued by the cinema newspaper was the wedding of Huda, wife of late leader Gamal Abdel Nasser and the visit of Gehan Sadat, the widow of the late leader Anwar Sadat, to Germany. That is in addition to Gehan Sadat's participation in the opening of the World Women's Congress in Mexico, her trips to Japan anda special edition entitled "October War and Peace".

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Furthermore the magazine presented numerous editions on the stages of building the national subway and special editions on the personal life of late leaders Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar el-Sadat.

The editions of the Egyptian Film Magazine include important events such as Nasser granting Tawfiq al-Hakim the Republic's Necklace,Nasser's inauguration of the National Assembly, the establishment of Banque Misr, the funeral of Nasser, and Sadat's visit to the Knesset and to the location of turmoil during the war with Israel.

Head of the Cinema Restoration Center in the Media Production City Nada Hussamuddin stated that the center received the archives of the magazine on January 31, 2019 for restoration, adding that the center has received about 5260 film strips of 2700 editions so far.

"The rich Egyptian history is locked in those strips. This material has to be passed on to the coming generations," affirmed Hussamuddin.



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4/16/2019 3:20:54 PM
<![CDATA[Honoring Aflatoun, the pioneer of modern Egyptian art]]>
The doodle portrayed the great artist in front of her canvas of surrealist and cubist paintings. Critics described Aflatoun as a "pioneer of modern Egyptian art".

The Google doodle honoring Aflatoun is on display in the Middle East and North Africa, and is being shown to users in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the UAE and Oman.

Aflatoun was a great artist and activist who was born on April 16, 1924 to an upper-class Francophone family in Cairo.

Her father was the founder of the entomology department and dean of the Faculty of Science at Cairo University, and her mother, Salha, served in the Women's Committee of the Egyptian Red Crescent Society.

Despite coming from an aristocratic family, Aflatoun’s paintings were much inspired by Egyptian working class people.

As a young child, Aflatoun wasn’t much concerned with social issues but she was bothered by the class structure in her strict Catholic school.

She started to understand and realize life issues and her horizons were broadened at the age of 15, when she went under the mentorship of Egyptian painter Kamel el Telmissany whose work often satirized cultural norms.


Aflatoun’s early paints showed a surreal and scary world, portraying females escaping from fires, dark imagery, storms and birds of prey.


In addition to being a distinguished painter with an exceptional talent,she was also an active feminist, who fought fiercely for women's rights as Egypt moved away from the British occupation until the UK military left Egypt completely in 1952.

In the early 1940s, Aflatoun joined the communist movement, Iskra, and in 1945 she represented a Cairo group of women at the first conference of the Women's International Democratic Federation in Paris.

She wrote two popular political pamphlets in 1948 and 1949 that tackled gender and class inequality and highlighted the fact they're both strongly connected to imperialism.

In mid 1950s, Aflatoun was imprisoned during the era of Gamal Abdel Nasser. Some of Aflatoun's friends smuggled crayons and oils to her in prison.

In 1957, she painted prisoners in jail and it is now on semi-permanent display in Sharjah until at least 2023.

After her release in 1963, she dedicated most of her time to painting, and later in her career she focused on landscapes. Today, Aflatoun's paintings are in many museums and galleries around the world.

Aflatoun died on April 17, 1989, just one day after her 65th birthday.

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4/16/2019 2:43:27 PM
<![CDATA[Honouring Aflatoun, the pioneer of modern Egyptian art]]>
The doodle portrayed the great artist in front of her canvas of surrealist and cubist paintings. Critics described Aflatoun as a "pioneer of modern Egyptian art".

The Google doodle honoring Aflatoun is on display in the Middle East and North Africa, and is being shown to users in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the UAE and Oman.

Aflatoun was a great artist and activist who was born on April 16, 1924 to an upper-class Francophone family in Cairo.

Her father was the founder of the entomology department and dean of the Faculty of Science at Cairo University, and her mother, Salha, served in the Women's Committee of the Egyptian Red Crescent Society.

Despite coming from an aristocratic family, Aflatoun’s paintings were much inspired by Egyptian working class people.

As a young child, Aflatoun wasn’t much concerned with social issues but she was bothered by the class structure in her strict Catholic school.

She started to understand and realize life issues and her horizons were broadened at the age of 15, when she went under the mentorship of Egyptian painter Kamel el Telmissany whose work often satirized cultural norms.


Aflatoun’s early paints showed a surreal and scary world, portraying females escaping from fires, dark imagery, storms and birds of prey.


In addition to being a distinguished painter with an exceptional talent,she was also an active feminist, who fought fiercely for women's rights as Egypt moved away from the British occupation until the UK military left Egypt completely in 1952.

In the early 1940s, Aflatoun joined the communist movement, Iskra, and in 1945 she represented a Cairo group of women at the first conference of the Women's International Democratic Federation in Paris.

She wrote two popular political pamphlets in 1948 and 1949 that tackled gender and class inequality and highlighted the fact they're both strongly connected to imperialism.

In mid 1950s, Aflatoun was imprisoned during the era of Gamal Abdel Nasser. Some of Aflatoun's friends smuggled crayons and oils to her in prison.

In 1957, she painted prisoners in jail and it is now on semi-permanent display in Sharjah until at least 2023.

After her release in 1963, she dedicated most of her time to painting, and later in her career she focused on landscapes. Today, Aflatoun's paintings are in many museums and galleries around the world.

Aflatoun died on April 17, 1989, just one day after her 65th birthday.

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4/16/2019 2:39:30 PM
<![CDATA[‘El BahesAn Umm Kulthum’ to open Geothe Film Week]]>Geothe Film Week will kick off on Friday, April 19.

The movie tells the story of Umm Kulthum who was the most prominent singer in the Middle East.
“El Bahes An Umm Kulthum” highlights how she managed, as an Egyptian woman, to break down and penetrate all social, religious, political and national barriers existing in society at the time.

Famed and talented Egyptian actress Yasmine Raies played Umm Kulthum in the movie.
‘’El Bahes An Umm Kulthum’’ participated in a number of prominent international film festivals, such as the 74th edition of the Venice International Film Festival held from August 30 to September 9, 2017.

The movie also participated in the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival held from September 7 to September 17, 2017 and the 61st London Film Festival, which kicked off from October 4 to October 15, 2017.

The movie also participated in the second edition of Aswan International Women Film Festival. ‘’El BahesAn Umm Kulthum’’ is directed by Shereen Nishat.
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4/16/2019 1:44:05 PM
<![CDATA['Aash Ahl Baladi' to stage on National Theater in April]]>
The play is set to stage on the National Theater in Attaba during the current month.

Director of the National Theater Group Ahmed Shaker Abdul Latif stated that the play revolves around the idea of the primitive societies where people dream of a powerful man that can convert their simple dreams into reality, while in high-end societies the leader counts on his people to achieve the greatest dreams possible.

The play is considered to be an intense artistic performance aiming to build a modern society.

The play is starring Ahmed Salama, Intesar, Mohamed Radwan, Hala Sorour, Zakaria Maarouf, Diaa Zakaria, Mariam el-Bahrawy, Hany Hafez, and Ihab Nasser. “Aash Ahl Baladi” is directed by Assem Nagaty and written by Mohamed Baghdady.



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4/16/2019 1:41:05 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Heritage Festival to kick off at Egyptian Textile Museum on Apr.18]]>
The Ministry of Antiquities will open all the Egyptian museums for free on April 18 in celebration of the International Heritage Day.

The Textile Museum celebrated its ninth anniversary on Wednesday, February 13. This museum is the only textile museum in the Middle East.

The Textile Museum in Muezz Street, Cairo displays fine collections of textile from the Pharaonic, Roman, Coptic and Islamic eras.

It is proof that Egypt’s lengthy history is not only documented on papyrus or stones, but also knitted in garments.

The collection of the Ancient Egyptian textiles contains clothes, bed sheets, mummy covers, cushions and even diapers.

The museum also displays small statues of men, women, servants, and gods with their outfit carved on their bodies to display the variation in their dress codes.

The section that displays the Roman era textiles also holds a number of sewing tools as well as a small model of a spinning and weaving workshop.

The Coptic section in the museum shows that this era was revolutionary in textile production in terms of colors and the use of other materials such as cotton, wool and silk.

The Islamic section features different styles of Arabic calligraphy and holds parts of the Ka’ba cover, which Egypt used to produce. Additionally, the museum displays some pieces from outside Egypt, mostly from Iran.

The lights of the museum are dim which is not very helpful for photographers, but this is because light, temperature and humidity are controlled to preserve the antiquities.

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4/16/2019 12:04:03 PM
<![CDATA[‘El-Mamar’ trailer attracts audience attention]]>


“El-Mamar” (The Passage) revolves around the heroic sacrificesof the Egyptian Special Forces combatants during the War of Attrition. The movie is directed by SherifArafa and stars Ahmed Ezz. The film is expected to be released during the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Fitr in 2019.

The movie houses a notable cast including:

• Ahmed Ezz
• Ahmed Rezk
• Ahmed Flawkas
• EyadNassar
• Ahmed Salah Hosny
• Amir Salah Eddin
• AsmaaAbulYazeed
• MohamadFarrag
• Mohamed Sharnoubi
• Alhan al-Mehdi
• Mohamed Gomaa
• HendSabry
• Mohamed Hafez
• Karim al-Emeiry

Also, veteran musician Omar Khairat began composing the movie’s soundtrack, which illustrates one of the most heroic battles ever fought by Egyptian soldiers.

Ahmed Ezz el-Dine Ali Ezzat was born and raised in Maadi district in Cairo. He majored in English Literature and earned his bachelor's degree from Ain Shams University.
He also modelled while working in the field of tourism.

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4/15/2019 6:04:11 PM
<![CDATA['Men Awel Nazra', 'Kalabsh PIII', 'Le Akher Nafas' to be broadcast in Ramadan ]]>
Mohamed Salam, Amr Wahba,Shaima Saif, Dalal Abdel Aziz and Samir Ghanem will be among the participating cast. Donia’s husband TV presenter Rami Radwan, as well as Hisham Gamal and Ismail Farghaly will also appear in the first ten episodes.

Donia started filming the series in Smart Village on April 13. “Men awel Nazra” is the production of Synergy.

The series is directed by Khaled Halafawy. Actor Mohammed Salam plays the leading role alongside Donia Ghanem in the first ten episodes of the much anticipated series.

Donia Ghanem returns to the Ramadan drama scene in 2019 after not participating in the Ramadan season of 2018. The star presented three consecutive series in which she played the leading roles, “Lahfa” directed by Moataz el-Tuni in 2015, “Nelly we Sherihan” (Nelly and Sherihan) directed by Ahmed el-Gendy in 2016 and last but not least “Fel Lala land” (In Lala land) in 2017.

“Kalabsh” P III

Kalabsh (Handcuffs) is a 2017 Egyptian drama and suspense TV-Series directed by Peter Mimy and starring Amir Karara in the role of Selim el-Ansary, a confident and honest policeman reflecting the heroism and dedication of the Egyptian Armed Forces and police in combating the dark ideology of extremists.

The series is based on a story written by Yousef Hassan Yousef, then dramatized and scripted by Baher Dewidar.

A sequel was released in 2018, and a third season will be broadcast during Ramadan 2019. Both the first and second parts of the series achieved great success.

In the third part, Selim el-Ansaryis submitting his resignation to Major General Galal Khattab, but the latter strongly objects to this request. Eventually, the resignation is accepted and Ansary moves on to establish a security company, which he co-owns with Akram Safwan. However, various disagreements occur between them.

The third part of the series is starring Amir Karara, Rogina, Yasser Ali Maher, Dina, Ghinwa Mahmoud, Ahmed el-Awadi, among others. “Kalabsh P III” is directed by Peter Mimi and written by Baher Dewidar.

Le Akher Nafas (Till the last breath)

Star Yasmine Abdel Aziz is set to participate in Ramadan marathon with her new series “Le Akher Nafas”. The series is directed by Hossam Ali, and written by Amin Galal and Tarek el-Kashef.

Abdel Aziz plays the role of an engineer, who is married to a police officer and has two children. The series is a social drama.

The series stars Ahmed el-Awadi, Ahmed Salah Hosny, Morad Makram, Hagar el-Sharnoubi, Ismail Sharaf, among others.
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4/15/2019 5:13:58 PM
<![CDATA[Remembering the iconic Faridel Atrash]]>
Born on April 15, 1910, into a Druze family in southern Syria,Atrash'family participated in the resistance against the French occupation of Syria.

Due to the danger of war in Syria, Atrash immigrated with his mother, his brother Fouad, and his sister Asmahan to Egypt. There, he learned from his mother to sing and playoud. Then, he joined the High Institute of Music in Cairo.

Having a great passion for music, Atrash collaborated with Lebanese actress and belly dancer Badia Masabni. Shortly after, he attempted to perform on the Egyptian National Radio. Following many failed attempts, he finally succeeded and released his first single “Ya RetnyTair” (I Wish I Could Be a Bird).

Referred to as the “King of Oud”, Atrash composed a number of iconic songs for leading signers like his sister Asmahan, Fayza Ahmed, Fatheya Ahmed, Shadia and Sabah.

He presented more than 220 songs like “GameelGamal” (So Beautiful), “Esmaa’ Lama Aaolak” (Listen to Me), “Wahdany” (I am Alone) and “Ziena”.

Having acted with Egyptian cinema icons like Shadia, Lobna Abdel Aziz and Samia Gamal, Atrash was in more than 30 films, including “Intesar El Shabab” (Youth Victory), “Habib El Omr” (My Love), “Resalah Min Emra’a Maghola” (Message from an Unknown Woman) and “Montaha El Farah” (Extremely Happy).

Many don’t know that Atrash was the one who taught great late Egyptian actress HendRostomhow to dancein the movie “EntaHabeeby” (You’re My Lover), where he used to dance behind the camera while Rostom mimicked his moves.

One of the immortal duets in the history of the Egyptian cinema was “Ya Salam Ala Hobiwe Hobak” (Our Love is Exceptional), mainly because it was sung by two of the most popular singers – Shadia and Atrash. The song satirically describes fake love relationships. Performed in “Enta Habiby” in 1957, it was composed by Atrash and written by FathyQoura.

Atrash died in Beirut in 1974 at the age of 64. He will always be remembered as one of the Arab world’s greatest musicians.

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4/15/2019 4:23:53 PM
<![CDATA['Alamet Estefham': A mystery puzzling the cast]]>
Each actor/actress will be informed of the events of the last ten episodes directly before filming the scenes, so that the events are not exposed to them especially that the events of the series revolve around ambiguity.

The makers of the series completed filming 15 episodes but the actors do not have an idea of how the series will come to an end, although scriptwriter Islam Hafez almost completed writing the entire series.

"Alamet Estefham" is directed by Sameeh al-Nakash and is the production of Synergy. The screenplay is starring Mohamed Ragab, Haitham Ahmed Zaki, Marehan Hussein, Jihan Khalil, Edward, Norhan, Koki, Mahmoud el-Bazzawy, Abdel Rahman Abou Zahra, Yousra el Masaoudi, Salma Hassan, Gina Selim, Islam Hafez, among others.



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4/15/2019 4:17:13 PM
<![CDATA[Amy Samir Ghanem stars in 'Super Miro' in Ramadan]]>

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Amy embodies the character of Tamira, a woman who has supernatural powers and works as a journalist in a magazine. Tamira goes through numerous comical situations as the events unfold.

“Super Miro” is written by Mohammed Mohammedi and Ahmed Mohie and directed by Walid el-Halafawi. The series is starring Hamdi el-Mirghani, Bayoumi Fouad, Mohamed Tharwat, Malak Qora, Mohamed Mahmoud, Ahmed Sultan and veteran comedian Samir Ghanem.

The series is the production of Mohamed el-Sobky.





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4/15/2019 4:14:33 PM
<![CDATA[Ramy Sabry to perform in KSA for 1st time on June 9]]>
The star will perform a number of his old and most recent songs.

Among the songs set to be performed are “Ahed el Donya” (I destroy the world), “Kelma” (A word), “Baqolek aih Taala” (Come here), “Mabrouk Alaina” (Congratulations), “Habibi El Awalani” (My first love), among others.

Sabry wrote on his official Instagram account: “For all my fans in the beloved kingdom, on June 9, God willing, we will be together for the first time in Jeddah. Get ready because we are going to shake the world!”

In his new album, expected to be released very soon, Sabry is collaborating with a number of poets, composers and distributors, including poets Ahmed Ali Moussa, Tamer Hussein, Amir Teima, Aziz Shafei and composers Madin and Shadi Hassan.

The star is composing a few of his new songs.

Sabry has recently released the song "Mabrouk Alaina" which achieved great success. The song is written by Tamer Hussein and composed by Sabry. The video clip was filmed in Beirut.

Ramy Sabry is a well-known Egyptian singer and composer born on March 15, 1978. He has released five albums so far, "Agmal Layaly Omry" (The best nights of my life), "Ghammadt Einy" (I closed my eyes), "Habibi El Awalani" (My first love), "Wana Maah" (When I’m with him), and "Al Ragel" (The man).


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4/15/2019 12:39:44 PM
<![CDATA[Hakim performed at AAST on Apr.14]]>
Hakim is currently adding his final touches to several songs that he is preparing to present to the public as singles. The new songs bring back Hakim's cooperation with music distributor Islam Chipsy.

After the great success of Hakim’s song “Ala Wadaak”, Chipsy revealed that he completed the distribution of three new songs for the popular singer, set to be released as singles. Chipsy further exposed that Hakim is yet to decide on the titles of the songs.

A new video clip will also be released soon, but the details of the clip are yet to be exposed, according to music distributor Chipsy.

The much anticipated songs will re-establish a musical collaboration between Hakim and Islam Chipsy after previously distributing many of Hakim’s songs including, "Abu el-Rogola", "Am Salama" and "Ala Wadaak".
The ninth edition of Beirut International Awards Festival (BIAF) honored Hakim on June 29, 2018.

Hakim is a renowned “Sha’abi” [folk] singer in Egypt. With the help of Hamid el-Shaari, Hakim released his first album “Nazra” under the Slam Records label in 1992.

His success was immediate and propelled him to fame in Egypt. He released an album in 1994 called “Nar” which represented Egypt at the Festival des Allumées in Nantes in the same year, and obtained a nomination at the Kora Awards in 1997.

The singer collaborated with Narada Michael and Olga Tañon in 2002, James Brown in 2004 and Don Omar in 2007. He is one of the most prominent representatives of Jeel or Gil music, a synthesis of Sha'abi and Western influences.

Hakim performed at the Olympia Theater in Paris on September 23, 2017 and was the third Egyptian singer to perform on that prominent theatre after great late Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez and the legendary Umm Kulthum.

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4/15/2019 12:31:36 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House's Cultural Salon to honor Shadia on Apr.17]]>
The seminar will be attended by Shadia’s relatives, Egyptian painter Nahed Shaker and Yasmine Shaker, as well as Egyptian journalist Khalil Zeidan and Egyptian artist Amin el Serafy.

Born in 1931 as Fatma Shaker, Shadia played various roles in movies of different genres. But in addition to her diverse roles, Shadia was also a prolific singer.

Shadia enriched the Egyptian music with about 114 songs over 37 years.

Moreover, 25 years after retiring and completely disappearing from the limelight, her song “Ya Habebty ya Masr” (Egypt, My Beloved) was the voice of the January 25 uprising in 2011.

She was dubbed "Dalouet El Cinema" (The Cinema’s Sweetheart) by her loyal fans from all over the Arab world. She was known for her melodious charm and light-heartedness.

Shadia started acting in 1947, at the age of 16, and was often cast in the role of a lively young girl. Then in 1953, she started to sing and to take on more dramatic roles, having just suffered the loss of her fiancé in the war.

Shadia’s marriage to actor Emad Hamdy, who was 20 years older than her, was a turning point in her career but the marriage only lasted for three years.

After her divorce from Hamdy, she married Fathi Aziz but also got divorced two years later. Her last and longest marriage was t to her on-screen love interest Salah Zulfaqqar. That marriage lasted six years but ended in divorce in 1967.

More than a talented show woman, Shadia managed to encapsulate just about every issue facing the Egyptian woman, from young love and jealousy to struggling between career and family, and all the way to women’s honor, poverty, prostitution, oppression and uprising against injustice.

One of her most iconic roles was Soheir, the famous actress who falls in love with an extra (played by Abdel Halim Hafez) in the romantic classic “Maaboudet El Gamahir” (The People’s Idol), which also features Fouad el Mohandes, Youssef Shaaban, Hassan Fayek and Zeinat Sedky.

After her last role in “La Tas’alni Man Ana” (Don’t Ask me Who I am), Shadia officially announced retiring in the late 1980s, turning the page of her artistic career and dedicating her life to worship and looking after her nephews and orphans, never having had children of her own.

Shadia told the media back then that she prefers that her fans remember her as the young woman they knew and doesn’t want them to see her old and wrinkled.

She has ever since remained true to that statement, having made very rare public appearances since her retirement.

Shadia starred alongside mega stars like Abdel Halim Hafez, Farid el Atrash and Kamal el Shennawy, with whom she co-starred in more than 30 films.

Shadia passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at the age of 86 after being transferred to the hospital as she suffered a brain stroke.


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4/15/2019 12:26:09 PM
<![CDATA[Laila Elwi attends Mediterranean Sea Conference in Greece ]]>
Elwi stated that the purpose of the conference is to enhance relations between Greece, Cyprus and Egypt through innovative cultural initiatives and to create a network of specialists in the field of broad culture that will intervene creatively in the content development. That is in addition to benefiting from the fixed cultural concept of the countries of eastern and southern Mediterranean, while highlighting the opportunities that will be created in the future.

Elwi attended the first section of the conference “Lights, Cameras, Action” and was among the speakers of the symposium. Greek deputy minister of communication, president of the National Council for Audiovisual and Visual Media and the general manager of Investment in Cyprus were among the participants in the symposium.
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4/15/2019 12:21:43 PM
<![CDATA[Academy of Arts honors golden era stars on April 17]]>
The honored stars include Amina Rizq, Emad Hamdi, Fouad el-Mohandes, Zahret el-Ola, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Amin el-Heneidy, Hasan al-Imam, Helmi Rafla, Samy el-Adl, Ali al-Sharif, Ibrahim Khan, Mohammed Metwally, Hussam Muheb, Ali Ghandour, Mohammed Kamel, Ahmed Shawki, Hassan Abdeen, Suheir Taha Hussein, Jamal Ismail, Hassan el-Baroudi, fouad Ahmed and Ahmed Bahgat.

Artists who participated alongside the previously mentioned late artists such as Samiha Ayoub, Hassan Youssef, Raja Hussein, Rashwan Tawfik, Samira Abdel Aziz and Shams el-Baroudy will also be honored.The siblings of the honorees will receive the honoring on behalf of their parents in the presence of elite members of society.The honoring bears the title “a touch of loyalty” and is organized by the Association of Sons/daughters of Egyptian Artists.

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4/15/2019 12:17:53 PM
<![CDATA[Elham Shahin, Bushra attend Gabes Film Festival's opening ceremony ]]>
The opening was attended by Egyptian star Elham Shahin, actress Bushra along with the makers of the Egyptian film "Lail Khargy" (External night) including actress Mona Hala, director Hala Lofty and Tunisian producer Dura Bouchoucha who was recently honored at the Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt.The festival was held under the slogan "Come and See" and witnessed a remarkable artistic presence by Tunisian filmmakers and a great interest from the fans of Gabes.

The festival includes 50 films distributed among official competitions and parallel shows, including films presented for the first time in Tunisia and made especially for children and others supporting young/rising filmmakers.It is worth noting that “Lail Khargy” screened during the opening ceremony of Gabes Film Festival.Since its inception, the festival has announced the celebration of independent cinema and independent artistic experiences. Director of Tunisian photography Youssef bin Youssef was honored in the opening ceremony.
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4/15/2019 12:13:23 PM
<![CDATA[Why Tuna el- Gebel exhibition in Egyptian museum will be a great one?]]>
Director of the Egyptian Museum Mohammed Ali stated that the exhibition will include a collection of pottery vessels, statues of Alabaster and a number of statues of the goddess Sekhmet, in addition to a collection of different statues, which will be presented to the public, after the completion of the temporary exhibition currently held in the museum.

The temporary exhibition in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir comprises the findings of the excavation works of the French-Italian mission, which was launched by Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani on February 4.

The French-Italian mission’s findings include 200 pieces found during excavation works in Umm al-Burajat area in Fayoum; the pieces were discovered over a span of 30years starting 1988.

Later, catacombs were dug under the necropolis; these were used to store thousands of sacred mummies of falcons, baboons and ibises.

Near to the modern entrance ofthe catacombs is the tomb of the fourth century high priest Petosiris. This sepulcher was builtto look like a temple, resembling Dendera. The outside is decorated in typical Late Period style, whereas the outer court is ornamented in a Greek style.

The tomb was constructed around the time of the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great, and seems to have been decorated like this to build relations with the new Ptolemaic rulers.

Tuna El-Gebel area is among the archaeological sites that contain plenty of ancient Egyptian treasures that are not yet revealed.

Minister of Antiquities KhaledAnany announced on February 4 that a joint mission from the Ministry of Antiquities and the Research Centre for Archaeological Studies at Minya University uncovered a collection of Ptolemaic-era rock burial chambers at the site of Tuna El-Gebel necropolis, Minya.


Anany added that the uncovered grave was probably for a family from the upper middle class. He explained that the discovery dates back to the beginning of the Roman era and the uncovered antique coffins date back to the late era.

Anany further explained that the newly uncovered grave consists of a number of burial chambers housing about 40 human mummies of different genders and ages, including children. All the discovered mummies are in a good condition where some are wrapped in linen or decorated with Demotic handwriting.

Head of the Supreme Council of AntiquitesMostafaWaziry explained that the techniques used to bury the mummies vary in style as some of the mummies were buried inside stone or wooden sarcophagi, while others were buried in sand or were placed on the floors of the tombs or inside niches.

This is the burial style used in Tuna El- Gebel, which was the necropolis of Egypt’s 15th Nome during the late New Kingdom and the beginning of the New Intermediate Period.

Waziry added that fragments of papyri were also uncovered in the tomb, the matter that indicated that it could date to the Ptolemaic, early Roman orByzantine periods.


Head of the archaeological mission Wagdi Ramadan said that the mission started its work in Tuna El-Gebel in February 2018.

Minister of Tourism Rania al-Mashat said that this discovery sendsan important message to the whole world that Egypt “has it all.”

Also,the minister previously announced on Feb. 24, 2018 the discovery of eight tombs that contain about 40 coffins of Pharaonic priests and more than 1,000 Ushabti statues in Tuna El-Gebel. The tombs were full of jewellery, potteries and jars.

Anany described this discovery as one of the largest and most important archaeological discoveries in recent times because it documents significant issues related to the live of ancient Egyptians in Minya tens of centuries ago.

The most prominent finds in these tombs were a gold mask, coffins, mummies and statues.

The Egyptian minister of antiquities added that it will take a lot of hard work to uncover all Tuna El-Gebel's treasures, pointing out that the main advantage of this discovery is that it was made by Egyptians.

Furthermore, archaeologists at Cairo University have discovered catacombs including 18 non-royal mummies in Tuna El-Gebel on Saturday May 13, 2017.

The burial shafts were found in the area and the shafts led to a number of corridors containing a cachet of mummies. This discovery was the first human necropolis found in central Egypt with so many mummies.

Tuna El-Gebel, in the city of Mallawi, in Minya was the necropolis of Khmun.

It contains monuments from the Greek and Roman eras, as well as the Late Middle Ages.

The area hosts the Boundary Stelae of Akhenaton, catacombs of falcons, baboons and ibises, and the tombs of Petosiris and Isadora, goddess of Thoth, the vaults and the Roman passageway.

The oldest monument in the area is the Boundary Stelae of Akhenaten, up in the cliffs, protected by a glass 'booth'. This makes it quite difficult to see properly, but prevents further erosion.


Tuna El-Gebel was originally named “Towns" in the Pharaonic era and "Tahnet" in the Roman era. The meaning of both names is the blessing or flood.


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4/14/2019 4:28:08 PM