<![CDATA[rss-Arts & Culture]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Arts & Culture]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Mumford & Sons to perform after-race concert at Abu Dhabi F1]]>
Mumford & Sons are one of the most successful folk artists of the 21st century, with their previous albums having topped records in the UK and U.S. Recently, the band played to an audience of over 65,000 at Hyde Park during the 2013 Glastonbury Festival.

The band had previously been at the UK festival Latitude 2017, and will be joining singers Calvin Harris and P!NK for the Grand Prix. P!NK will be coming in with tracks from her upcoming album "Beautiful Trauma."

Access to the show requires tickets for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
9/26/2017 1:56:20 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian life reflected in French graphic novel]]>
Golo spoke about his new graphic novel at the third edition of the CairoComix Festival - by Egypt Today Staff

The renowned cartoonist spoke in the seminar on the last day of the festival about his new comic book that will be published in October in France, about the adventures and the travels of his main character French-Romanian writer Panati Istrati; a second part of Golo’s book will be produced, and it will be about the struggles in Istrati’s life.

Golo was inspired by Istrati, who wrote novels that Golo felt reflected his inner status. Golo quotes the Romanian novelist; “When I had arrived to Egypt for the first time, I felt that I would live the most amazing story in my life.” In the seminar, he mentioned that he and Istrati have several similarities especially the feelings they hold towards Egypt.

Istrati was a Francophone Romanian working class writer who lived in the period between 1935 and 1948. He loved travelling and visiting many places all over the world including Egypt, France, Turkey and Syria.

Although he gave up on his education at the age of 13, he could teach himself French by reading prominent French writers and learning their famous quotes by heart to enable himself to master the language; until he was able to finish his first French book that became a huge success.

Due to the common traits between them, Golo was greatly affected by Istrati's life and decided to compose two albums in 2010 about him, one is about his adventures, to be published in October, and the other is about the struggles he had to face in his life; aiming to keep the memory of those writers who were not common, like Istrati, alive, Golo said.

Both Golo and Istrati came to Egypt following their friends’ advice, and after they had been impressed by their first visit, they both took it as a shelter to escape to in the winter.

Golo’s drawings in Istrati book - by Egypt Today Staff

Golo learned from Istrati’s love for cafes, where people regardless of their social status sit together exchanging ideas. “Gathering in these cafes helped express ideas through paintings conducted in newspapers long ago,” stated Golo.

Golo resembles Istrati’s novels to the stories of One Thousand and One Nights, because of Istrati’s talented storytelling.

To transfer the spirit of the past into this graphic novel correctly, Golo spent many hours in libraries to study the manner in which people used to dress, talk and live in the 1980s and 1990s, especially in the societies visited by Istrati, particularly Egypt. Therefore, he draws black and white sketches in this novel to suit the style of living in that era.

Drawing Istrati’s life, was a work that took four years to be completed. The sketches in his book were taken from famous carnivals and traditions organized in the 20th century in Romania and Europe, alongside with some sketches from films such as that of the boat drawn in the album inspired by scenes from Istrati’s favorite actor, Charlie Chaplin’s films.

Golo employs techniques as he drafts his work, which involves reading the events of any novel he wants to adapt, organizing those events in his brain, and improvising while drawing the pictures in his head with a paint brush.

“I do not draw chronologically according to the order of the events in a novel; however I draw according to what attracts me first. Yet the only difficulty I face is when I paint a picture different from what I had imagined,” Golo told Egypt Today.
9/26/2017 1:38:34 PM
<![CDATA[Boris Charmatz, the man who wants to make you dance]]>
Only weeks after getting 20,000 people to dance over 10 hours on the tarmac of Berlin's old Tempelhof airport, the French dancer and choreographer is about to repeat the trick at the vast 104 arts centre in Paris on Sunday.

While the American photographer Spencer Tunick persuades people to take off their clothes for mass nude shots, Charmatz has similarly inspired tens of thousands to shed their hang-ups about dancing.

Boris Charmatz is out to make the world dance.

He described his "Crazy for Dance" happening as not just a "mega bash" but a mass initiation into the joys and mysteries of modern dance classics, from Isadora Duncan to Lucinda Childs.

"It's about forming a dancing community," he said.

When you can attract 20,000 people to an old airport to dance "clearly you are responding to a need", he told AFP.

And 44-year-old Charmatz fills that need by taking his audiences by the hand through great contemporary pieces, some of his own work which can be danced by anyone, and joyous cult moves from the 1970s US television series "Soul Train".

Dancing in the shower -
"We go from a warm-up to a rehearsal with the public to create a piece, to a kind of living exhibition of dance with a whole forest of solos" by professional dancers which people can watch or try to copy themselves, he said.

At Berlin he had everything from traditional Greco-Turkish "zeybek" dances to the cutting edge Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. In Paris on Sunday he will also take in hip-hop and Breton folk steps.

"The idea is that we share the culture of choreography," said Charmatz, who also heads a dance conservatory in the western French city of Rennes, which he has turned into what he calls the "Dancing Museum".

All of which has made him into one of the rising stars of dance, a huge irony for someone who comes out of the "non-dance" movement.

Non-dance was born in the mid-1990s by mixing dance with art and video, with one-off performances often in public spaces such as squares and railway stations.

"I like the idea that dance is something bigger than a show in a theatre, that it can also be something you can do on YouTube or in the shower," Charmatz added.

"They called us pseudo intellectuals," he recalled, "and said they neither wanted to do or see what my generation of artists like Xavier Le Roy and Jerome Bel were up to.

Shows 'must be free' -
"But we became extremely popular in museums," with Charmatz himself putting on performances in a string of major galleries, from MoMa in New York to Tate Modern in London as well as staging his acclaimed "20 Dancers for the XX Century" in the gilded corridors and stairwells of the Paris Opera rather than on its stage.
"MoMa and Tate Modern have been pioneers for the last 15 years of what a museum could be in the 21st century. Not only a museum of objects but also of thought, movement and performance," he said.
"But we became extremely popular in museums," with Charmatz himself putting on performances in a string of major galleries, from MoMa in New York to Tate Modern in London as well as staging his acclaimed "20 Dancers for the XX Century" in the gilded corridors and stairwells of the Paris Opera rather than on its stage.

"MoMa and Tate Modern have been pioneers for the last 15 years of what a museum could be in the 21st century. Not only a museum of objects but also of thought, movement and performance," he said.]]>
9/26/2017 1:31:05 PM
<![CDATA[Dust off your shoulder pads; 'Dynasty' is back]]>
Nearly three decades after it went off the air, a sexier, younger-skewing and more diverse version is returning, as TV's penchant for mining former hits for new shows continues apace.

The primetime US soap opera starring Joan Collins, Linda Evans and John Forsythe, which was shown around the world, became the most widely watched series in television history over eight glorious years.

The CW's update, still focused on the trials and tribulations of the oil-rich Carrington clan, features Grant Show ("Melrose Place") in the role of Forsythe's suave, silk-tongued Blake Carrington.
The late US actor won two Golden Globes for his portrayal of the Carrington patriarch, ensuring that any future impersonator would have a daunting task fitting into those slip-on penny loafers.

"I always compare it to Roger Moore taking over from Sean Connery. Huge shoes to fill, but they are different actors completely," Show, 55, told AFP.
"He did his own thing and that's what I'm doing. I can't do what John Forsythe did so there are no ghosts there."

Blake was cast as the put-upon moral center of the 1981-1989 original series, hostage to the machinations of his malign ex-wife Alexis, played by Joan Collins.

However -- and this is a bit awkward -- he was also an incorrigible homophobe who told his son Steven his opinions weren't important because he was a "man who puts his hands on another man."

Times and mores have changed, of course, and Blake is no longer revolted, in the open at least, by his son's homosexuality while Steven (James Mackay) is very much out of the closet.

Real life dynasties -
"I feel like my Blake is more vulnerable. He's more concerned with how he fits in with his family, more concerned about Steven loving him back," said Show.

"John Forsythe's Blake wanted to dominate the family and mine cares more about it being a family unit. He doesn't want his son to hate him."

In an era of unprecedented interest in the private lives of real-life dynastic families such as the Trumps, the Clintons, the Murdochs and the Kardashians, the soap opera could hardly be more relevant.

The past, though, is another country and the creative team behind the show felt that several updates were necessary for the modern audience.

Linda Evans's blushing small-town bride Krystle is now a powerful, single-minded Venezuelan businesswoman named Cristal, played by Peruvian-Australian actress Nathalie Kelley ("UnReal").

The series has moved from Denver to multi-cultural Atlanta, where the rival Colby clan is now African American.

In the original series, Steven married scheming Sammy Jo despite being gay. Now, the character made famous by Heather Locklear is his male lover, a Latino played by Rafael de la Fuente.

"Atlanta is this incredibly diverse, modern city," said Josh Schwartz, the co-creator along with and Stephanie Savage, his producing partner on one of The CW's biggest soaps, "Gossip Girl."

"There are still pockets of that blue-blood, old money like Buckhead, where the Carringtons live, but we wanted the city to be reflecting the world and the company that Blake is trying to hold on to."

'Incestuous tree' -
The series is among a long list of 80s and 90s properties being given millennial makeovers that includes "Gilmore Girls," "Full House," "MacGyver," "Miami Vice," "Lethal Weapon," "Twin Peaks" "The X Files," "Starksy and Hutch" and "Hawaii Five-O."

"The 80s was the greatest decade ever and respect needs to be paid. We're just in that moment right now," Schwartz told AFP.

"And obviously there's a lot of choice for viewers, a lot of opportunities to watch things. I think having a title that people recognize... that's just something that helps cut through the noise."

Richard and Esther Shapiro, creators of the original show, were joined recently by the creative team and cast of the new "Dynasty" at a screening in the appropriately glam California city of Beverly Hills.

In one of the more surreal moments of the panel discussion, Esther, 89, revealed that her husband used to describe the show as "a family wrapped around an incestuous tree."

The opening episode delighted the PaleyFest Fall TV Previews audience, ending with a trademark over-the-top cat fight, featuring hair-pulling, cake-ruining and a couple of well-aimed slaps.

But there was no Alexis, prompting public and press alike to ponder if the iconic character was going to be consigned forever to the 1980s.

"You will see her. There are plans for that. But you're going to have to wait," Schwartz told AFP.

"Dynasty" premieres October 11 on The CW.]]>
9/26/2017 1:25:07 PM
<![CDATA[Prince Harry, Markle make first official outing at Invictus Games]]>
Wearing a black "Invictus Games" polo shirt and jeans, the British royal and American actress Markle -- also dressed down in jeans and a white shirt -- enjoyed the sun together as they watched the action on court.

Since the 36-year-old "Suits" actress told Vanity Fair the couple are "in love," fans and the press have been eagerly awaiting an official appearance -- with onlookers scrabbling to take pictures as they were escorted into Monday's event.

"We're two people who are really happy and in love," Markle told the magazine in an interview published early this month.

The couple both attended the opening ceremony of the third Invictus Games -- created by Prince Harry for disabled or wounded soldiers and veterans -- on Saturday.

Markle was pictured sitting a few rows behind the royal's seat next to US First Lady Melania Trump.

According to his schedule, Queen Elizabeth II's grandson will stay at Markle's Toronto home for all eight days of the Games.]]>
9/26/2017 1:16:59 PM
<![CDATA[‘Paula’ to screen at Balcon Heliopolis]]>
The drama directed by Christian Schwochow and written by Stefan Kolditz and Stephan Suschke was first released in Germany in 2016.

The heroes are Carla Juri (Paula Modersohn), Albrecht Schuch (Otto Modersohn), Roxane Duran (Clara Westhoff) and Joel Basman (Rainer Maria Rilke).

This movie focuses on the life of the German artist Paula Modersohn who lived in the 19th and 20th centuries, highlighting her most productive years in Worpswede, Germany, and Paris, besides her relationships with other artists and poets of her time. Her art mainly tackles the discrimination against women.

It won Bavarian Film Award in 2017and Film Award in Gold at German Film Awards in 2017. In addition, it was nominated for Jupiter Award in 2017 and Variety Piazza Grande Award at Locarno International Film Festival in 2016.
9/26/2017 12:25:42 PM
<![CDATA[El Gouna Film Festival – ‘Soufra’]]>
Set in Burj el-Barajneh refugee camp in Lebanon, “Soufra” follows an old woman named Mariam Shaar who decides to create a catering company named "Soufra," after the Arabic word for feast. Life in the camp is poor and dismal, and women are typically employed as cleaners or factory workers.

Shaar takes it upon herself to bring a ray of hope to the camp she has known as home her entire life, and unites the camp’s women with backgrounds from all across the Arab world to help establish the company. Her ultimate goal is to create a Soufra food truck, and use the funds to build a children’s center.

“Soufra” will premiere at El Gouna Film Festival.
9/26/2017 10:54:30 AM
<![CDATA[El-Gouna Film Festival – ‘Rue De La Victoire’]]>
Mohamed Dhiaa Gharbi, hailing from Tunisia, has spent his life training to be a circus performer, practicing acrobats with car tires and all other manner of junk, a testament to his dedication. His hard work eventually pays off as Mohamed finds eventually find himself in France’s Cirque Farouche.

The film follows Gharbi's life as he trains hard and works to fulfill his dreams, making a name for himself amongst the colorful characters of the circus. It is a story of identity, of the paths chosen in life and the work it takes to get there.

Rue De La Victoire premiered in Canada on July 14.

9/26/2017 10:26:59 AM
<![CDATA[A Tour in Cairo Comix's "Sendas" [Paths/Masarat] Exhibition]]>
The next stop was at Sendas or Paths exhibition [Masarat] at Future Hall. It is an exhibition to express the progress of Spanish graphic stories.

The works and the biography for ten Spanish artists and painters were displayed through the days of the festival.

Ten leading artists highlight the history of the Spanish methodology in Graphic stories. The featured artists were: Paco Roca, Miguelanxo Prado, Juan Díaz Canales, Alfonso Zapico, Javi Rey, José Luis Munuera, Emma Ríos, Xulia Vicente y Manuel Gutiérrez, Francisco Ruizge y Cristina Florido and Alberto Madrigal.

By Egypt today staff

By Egypt today staff

It was the first exhibition for Spanish graphic story. The exhibited was opened in the attendance of the Spanish artist Alphonso Zapico. It was organized by Fanar Foundation.

Each artist has its own mark in her/his works. The style of the displayed works were various, there are black and white painting, all in red paintings, sociopolitical criticism, and social emotional situations.

By Egypt today staff

By Egypt today staff

Each exhibited work reflects a certain progress in the road of Spanish graphic story.

Manuel Gutierrez and Xulia Vicente cooperated together to combine a classic Anime sign which is the dragon in the frame of Spanish adventures.

They produced a number of adventure graphic stories which carry the elements of attraction while its complexity.

Their stories characterized by detailed drawings and impressive usage of different colors.

Jose Luis Munuera is an iconic Spanish painter who supported his presence in the French scene.

He produced more than 20 graphic story albums. He follows the classic Belgian graphic story school.

A magical life of the pirates, with its minor characters, conflicts, wars, dramatic techniques are presented in his works.

By Egypt today staff

By Egypt today staff

His works are characterized by the usage of warm colors as Red and Orange.

Javi Rey started his career in France too. His paintings carry severe caring of details.

His exhibited work discusses the hard conditions in the Spanish countryside as poverty, that is why he used very cold gloomy colors as dark Blue and gray.

Emma Rios is a painter and she studied engineering. Her works talk about the human and science. Her leading work discussed how human becomes a prisoner for science.

She used different degrees of red to reflect the dangerous of these demons.

Juan Diaz Canales is one of the leading Spanish artists. He reflects a number of serious economic and social issues for example the suffering of retired men.

The events of his stories took place in remarkable known places in addition to fictional unknown locations. He focused on black and white colors.

Alberto Madrigal belonged to the lost generation due to the hard economic crisis in Spain.

He depends on pale images and colors with focusing on the details of the location.

By Egypt today staff

By Egypt today staff

His characters expressions are simple and give the reader space to add his/her interpretations.

Finally, Cristina Florida and Francisco Ruizge cooperated on project to reflect many love stories.

Their works focused on narrating consecutive events using squares.

Using gray as drawing by a pencil style is another main characteristic in their works.

Generally, the hall was somehow calm, where visitors could easily browse the artwork in peace.

By Egypt today staff

By Egypt today staff

By Egypt today staff

The organization of the exhibition was very good and the brief biographies about the artists were useful.

The work was displayed in an attractive and an organized way.

It is great that Egyptian audience had the chance to see something unique and impressive.

Cairo Comix is an artistic celebration that aims to gather Egyptians ranging between local and international comic book artists; the festival seeks to provide for the first time numerous prizes such as Best Published Graphic Novel in Arabic, according to the festival’s Facebook page.

Featuring talks, workshops, comic book sales and exhibitions, the festival shed light on trending art projects through bringing together artists, competitors, experts and fans in the same place.

Cairo Comix Festival is about the evolution of the independent art movement in Egypt and more broadly the Middle East and North Africa region.

By Egypt today staff

By Egypt today staff

By Egypt today staff

By Egypt today staff

By Egypt today staff

By Egypt today staff

By Egypt today staff

It held a competition among the participants in different categories including Best Printed Graphic Novel, Best Graphic Short Story published in a book, magazine, or newspaper, and Best Stripped Bar published in magazine or newspaper.

Other categories were provided such as, Best Printed Magazine, Best Electronic Post that was never printed, and Best Project Under Establishment.

Famous guests attended the festival such as writer and painter, Mohamed Salah from Egypt, and painter and story writer, Alfonso Zapico from Spain. ]]>
9/26/2017 9:46:09 AM
<![CDATA[Osiris hosts ‘One Day Workshops’ with director Sameh Abdel Aziz]]>
Making a film is a test of talent, team spirit and requires saint-like patience. It is the process of making mission impossible to mission achievable by turning mere written words from script into real characters, incidents, and morals to reach audiences' purgation. It always starts with an idea or inspiration sprouts in the head of the director, script writer, producer, or author.

The workshop will focus on the rules and basics of film production. The focus will be on two important schools: realism and cinema, the used styles, and the difference between them.

If you are a fan or interested in participating in the workshop, you can send an e-mail on the Osiris page, identify yourself, mention why you would like to share and visit Osiris office to write the application form for the workshop. Osiris location is Saif El Din Building No. 1, Hassan Mourad Street, Kasr El Ainy Street, Halwani Building, Tseppas, and 2nd Floor.

Sameh Abdel Aziz is a famous Egyptian Director who directed drama and comic movies like "Sarkhet Namla" or (ant scream), “Tattah,” "El Farah" or (the wedding), and “Tita Rahiba” or "My Horrible Grandma."

He graduated from High Institute of Cinema 1996, and started as a director in the Egyptian television. Later worked for Rotana Channel and directed Hala Sarhan's Egyptian famous TV show.

9/26/2017 2:57:25 AM
<![CDATA[Efteksat to inaugurate International Cairo Jazz Festival ]]>
Eftekasat is an Egyptian Oriental jazz band that was established in late 2001 and gave its debut performance in February 2002 at the Cairo Jazz Club. With three albums, two awards and several TV shows under their belt, the band spends their time between playing at Saturday Nightlife Arabia and performing at various Egyptian venues and around the globe, Eftekasat’s Facebook page reported.

The 9th Cairo International Jazz Festival edition will kick off on September 28 for four days.

A number of Egyptian artists will participate in the festival, such as Watson Blues, Shereen Abdo “Jazz Me”, and Wave Jazz Band.

In addition, international artists will participate in the festival as well, such as Mathias Heise Quadrillion from Denmark, Kapok from Netherlands, Netnakisum from Austria, Tomas Liska ''Invisible World'' from Czech Republic, Ichiro Onoe Trio from Japan and MN' Jam Experiment from Portugal.

There are nine countries participating in the festival this year: Egypt, Denmark, Austria, Holland, Portugal, Panama, Japan and the Czech Republic.
9/25/2017 10:05:45 PM
<![CDATA[Foo Fighters top Billboard, K-Pop's BTS scores huge U.S. debut]]>
"Concrete and Gold" sold some 127,000 units for the week, figures from Nielsen Soundscan show, while BTS debuted in the No.7 spot with its new release, selling some 31,000 copies.

The Billboard 200 chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

The sales for BTS, a seven-member band formed in South Korea in 2012, marked the biggest U.S. sales week ever in the burgeoning K-Pop genre, and the highest chart position so far for a K-Pop act.

Also known as Bulletproof Boy Scouts and Beyond the Scene, the band won Billboard's award for the top social media artists in May, its first major awards win in the United States.

On the Digital Songs chart, which measures online single sales, U.S. rapper Post Malone's "Rockstar" debuted at No.1 with more than 79,000 units sold, keeping Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do," in second place.
9/25/2017 9:48:55 PM
<![CDATA[El Gouna Film Festival day 4 recap]]>


continues to publish its packed schedule for the festival’s fourth day, including film screenings, on ground interviews and panel discussions, according to a GFF press release.

The film screenings include “Brimstone & Glory”, which revolves around a pyrotechnic festival in Mexico and explores rituals and the beauty of fireworks. The screenings also include “Manifesto” by Julian Rosefeldt, which depicts the artistic beauty of an artistic manifesto and redefines the role of today’s artists.

Other screenings include “Soufra”, which portrays life in a refugee camp in Lebanon. The Egyptian film “Photocopy” by Tamer Ashryalso premiered at the Marina Theater in El Gouna.

The cast of all films will be available for on the ground interviews on Tuesday.

A panel discussion was also carried out Monday at Audimax Theater, led by UNHCR about humanity. The panel discussed the consequences of climate change and supported the presented argument with two films, entitled “Chasing Coral” and “An Inconvenient Sequel”.

The discussion will further elucidate the issue of climate change and the future of corals, highlighting the method of storytelling as the most effective tool for conservation and tackling global environments, the statement read.

Emerging Arab and Egyptian filmmakers geared up to participate in the first anticipated edition of El Gouna Film Festival (GFF), which is running between September 22 and September 29 at El Gouna in Hurghada.

Sponsored by the Egyptian Culture Ministry and Egyptian Tourism Authority, GFF seeks to foster different cinematic voices and generate opportunities to further develop creativity in the MENA region.]]>
9/25/2017 7:07:30 PM
<![CDATA[Will Smith turns 49]]>
The successful actor/rapper was born on September 25, 1968, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the age of 16, he met Jeff Townes (DJ Jazzy). Townes and Smith launched a highly successful rap career as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. They became quite popular after they produced songs called “Summertime” and “Parents Just Don't Understand.”

Since "Men in Black," Smith has gone on to receive Oscar nominations for Best Actor for "Ali" (2001) and "The Pursuit of Happiness." He also has a total of four Grammys in rap performance categories.

He took a career hiatus between 2008 and 2012. Last year, he was seen in "Suicide Squad" and "Collateral Beauty," and he will be re-teaming with "Suicide Squad" director David Ayer for "Bright," which comes out this December.]]>
9/25/2017 7:04:56 PM
<![CDATA[Ruth Stevens: GFF is a step forward for Egyptian independent films]]>
Stevens optimistically spoke about the anticipated results of the workshops and film screenings, claiming that the workshops have a major role in scriptwriting, and encourages filmmakers and producers to deliver more artistic productions.

“We have been talking with the GFF board including filmmaker Amir Ramses, director of CineGouna, on how to develop the cinema platform in Egypt and encourage filmmakers and producers to accomplish more productions, and I am really pleased to say that this edition is really very well established and that’s what we attempt to see again in the second edition,” Stevens told Egypt Today.

Stevens explained the process of carrying out the workshops held in the festival, including the master class led by American film director Richard Tanne, and screenwriter Jeff Stockwell, about filmmaking production.

“We spoke with American screenwriters for many months about incorporating this American film showcase workshop and discussed the type of content that would be most useful in terms of screenwriting, distribution, marketing, and crafting new productions and Cinegouna identified with these goals,” said Stevens.

She pointed out that American showcases are greatly experienced in scriptwriting, adding that that rhetoric is internationally recognized. The organizers felt that scriptwriting needs to be presented in the festival through workshops. Mentors of the workshop were able to teach young scriptwriters the process of refining their scripts, including spotting issues in scenarios and retouching content.

Filmmakers today are not only challenged in producing a rich script, but are also required to find distribution channels that would meet their demands of reaching out to the public while supporting their artistic productions. Stevens emphasizes the difference between distribution channels from one country to another.

“Distribution channels tend to be different from country to country. We have previously done a workshop with a partner called Global Media Makers last spring that focused on the distribution of independent films,” Stevens mentioned.

She also added that the distribution channels of independent films in Egypt and the U.S. are similar to each other than those of other countries; whereas the distribution of commercial films is different.

GFF is a depiction of the full experience of the filmmaking process, thus not only operating as a networking platform but also providing deep insights on aspects of the film industry and the required effort for development.

“I think the workshops continue to play a significant role in GFF, because of the bravery it takes as a filmmaker to carry out these workshops, and sharing experience in directing and other aspects of the film industry, while also attempting to assess the delivered scripts by participants with positive and constructive criticism,” asserted Stevens.

Stevens also affirmed the harmonious interaction between the mentors and trainees, describing it as “comfortable and very professional.”
“We did some work ahead of time to make sure that the presented scripts are translated into English because they were originally either in French or Arabic since they came from Middle Eastern countries, thus making it easy for the mentors to tackle these scripts,” added Stevens.

The workshops were a result of combined efforts applied in reading the scripts, evaluation, and providing feedback. Stevens was also touched when speaking about the scripts, saying “the content is very deep.”

Tanne and Stockwell’s workshops contribute in creating a vast professional network between Egypt and other countries, hence adding to the Egyptian film scene. Stevens pointed out that agents of the film scene in Egypt can only develop through practice.

“Getting good in scriptwriting requires some practice and you don’t have to be from some country other than your home in order to master it. You need to practice to get insights of this kind of critical reading, reading others people work, and providing them feedback, and having your work read,” she explained.

She further confirmed that a scriptwriter will take different stances when targeted with criticism and will either develop the script or stand by how it was originally written and justify why he/she wrote it this way.

Stevens highlighted the importance of informal feedback from colleagues, authors, other scriptwriters, and playwrights in inspiring the creation of new ideas.

When asked about her opinion on El Gouna as a place to host an international festival, Stevens acknowledged the place’s beauty and the well-established organization of the festival saying the “organizers have done a phenomenal job.”

The Egyptian cinema scene has been one of the oldest artistic platforms that seized to exist in the MENA region and has managed to produce an ambitious variety of film works. Stevens confirms the variety of films in the scene and mentioned that the scene has room to boost independent films, as she bet that"Sheikh Jackson," which was directed by Amr Salama, would become more successful.

“I think 'Sheikh Jackson' says a lot about Egyptian society and the fact that you could tell a story like that on screen and still receive amazing reviews; and I think it is wonderful that its part of Egypt and available for the world to see,” Stevens excitingly confirmed.

Stevens described her “amazement” towards the GFF board, which she believes are thinking about the next generation of filmmakers and supporting the rise of independent films. The festival is adding up to this support through the commentary feedback received from producers and directors; however, she mentioned that the drawback of GFF is that it is not open to a wider public due to its location.

Running under an ambitious slogan; “Cinema for Humanity,” the GFF played a role in shedding light on human issues through films that tell stories with the aim of openning the minds of the viewers; a hard task to implement through actual reporting, according to Stevens.

The American Embassy’s Cultural Attache concluded the interview stating that the festival is meant to meet international standards. The embassy is currently discussing whether it will partake in the second edition next year or if another international mission would be interested in joining.

Interviewed by: Hanan Fayed, Angy Essam, Nour Eltigani
Transcribed and Written by: Fatma Khaled
9/25/2017 5:56:01 PM
<![CDATA[Remembering cinema legend Khaled Saleh ]]>
Saleh was born in 1964, and he graduated from Faculty of Law. He started acting in university theatres and El Hanager theatre.

Saleh kept working in his business in addition to acting as an amateur until 2000. He decided to start his career as a professional actor when he was 36 years old.

In 2002, he participated in the comic film Keep your Mind Awake [Khaly El Demagh Sahy] with Mostafa Shaaban, Samy El Adl and Dalia Mostafa.

In the same year, he performed a minor role in the Mohamy Khol’ film and found directors pushing to larger and more complicated roles.

His major cinema works include Tito, El Rayes Omar Harb, Ibn El Qonsol, Omaret Yaaqobian, Malaki Eskendereya and El Jazera 2.

Saleh led major roles in a big number of TV series such as Sultan El Gharam, Baa’d El Forak, Tager El Saa’da, El Rayan and Mawee’d Ma’ El Wohosh.

His last film was El Jazera 2 and his last TV Series was Halawet Rouh. He participated in an Anime series called El Rawy.

Dying in 2014 after serious heart problems, Saleh was also popular among other prominent actors in the scene. Actor Khaled El Sawy and actor Ahmed El Sakka were considered Saleh’s best friends and suddenly mourned his death.

Saleh was greatly vibrant for his role in Egyptian film Ahla El Awqat (Best Times) alongside a number of stage plays including Palestine and El Melad. Ahmed Ramy, Film Araby, are some of Radio series that Saleh participated in.]]>
9/25/2017 5:15:31 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History: The death of author Edward Said]]>
He wrote about eastern and western cultural views, Orientalism and the Palestinian case. His efforts opened the gates for many literary theories as post-colonial studies.
Egypt Today gives you a chance to check some important quotes by Said.

“Since the time of Homer, every European, in what he could say about the Orient, was a racist, an imperialist, and almost totally ethnocentric.”

“Until the June 1967 war, I was completely caught up in the life of a young professor of English. Beginning in 1968, I started to think, write, and travel as someone who felt himself to be directly involved in the renaissance of Palestinian life and politics.”
“When you become a public figure, you still think, ‘That's really not me; there's more to me than that’.”

“The inner me was always under attack by authority, by the way my parents wanted me to be brought up, by these English schools I went to. So I've always felt this kind of anti-authoritarian strain in me, pushing to express itself despite the obstacles.”

“The sense of Islam as a threatening other - with Muslims depicted as fanatical, violent, lustful, irrational - develops during the colonial period in what I called Orientalism. The study of the other has a lot to do with the control and dominance of Europe and the West generally in the Islamic world. And it has persisted because it's based very, very deeply in religious roots, where Islam is seen as a kind of competitor of Christianity.”
“History is written by those who win and those who dominate.”

“Ideas, cultures, and histories cannot seriously be understood or studied without their force, or more precisely their configurations of power, also being studied.”

“What we must eliminate are systems of representation that carry with them the authority, which has become repressive, because it doesn't permit or make room for interventions on the part of those represented.”

“You cannot continue to victimize someone else just because you yourself were a victim once—there has to be a limit” “Every single empire in its official discourse has said that it is not like all the others, that its circumstances are special, that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democracy, and that it uses force only as a last resort. And, sadder still, there always is a chorus of willing intellectuals to say calming words about benign or altruistic empires.”



“We cannot fight for our rights and our history as well as future until we are armed with weapons of criticism and dedicated consciousness.”

“Power, after all, is not just military strength. It is the social power that comes from democracy, the cultural power that comes from freedom of expression and research, the personal power that entitles every Arab citizen to feel that he or she is in fact a citizen, and not just a sheep in some great shepherd's flock.”

“My argument is that history is made by men and women, just as it can also be unmade and rewritten, always with various silence and elisions, always with shapes imposed and disfigurements tolerated.”

“Ironically, many people, including Osama bin Laden and the mujahedeen, were, in fact, nourished by the United States in the early eighties in its efforts to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan.”

“Since the 1960s, we have seen the failure of the melting pot ideology. This ideology suggested that different historical, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds could be subordinated to a larger ideology or social amalgam, which is "America". This concept obviously did not work, because paradoxically America encourages a politics of contestation.”

“If you live in the [Middle East] area, you see [U.S. actions] as part of a continuing drive for dominance, and with it a kind of obduracy, a stubborn opposition to the wishes and desires and aspirations of the people there.”

“Note that there was no claim for these attacks [on 9/11]. There were no demands. There were no statements. It was a silent piece of terror.”

“It's very hard, for example, to justify the thirty-four-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. It's very hard to justify 140 Israeli settlements and roughly 400,000 settlers. These actions were taken with the support and financing of the United States.”

“The definition of terrorism has to be more precise, so that we are able to discriminate between, for example, what it is that the Palestinians are doing to fight the Israeli military occupation and terrorism of the sort that resulted in the World Trade Center bombing.”


9/25/2017 4:34:59 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Comix “Barah El Kadr” exhibition ]]>
The festival ran from September 22 to 24.

Egypt Today toured one of Cairo Comix exhibitions called “Barah El Kadr” [Out of the Box] at Legacy Hall at AUC.

Art works displayed in “Barah El Kadr” (Photo by Rana Atef)

The exhibition featured caricature art by an array of art producers such as El Waraka, Tok Tok, Virgin Mega Store, Ee’sar and Nahdet Misr.

The exhibitions were attended by a fair number of young people who have an interest in comics and the art of caricature. The attendances also included anime, gaming fans, and drawing fans.

The “Barah El Kadr” exhibition featured more than 20 graphic comic stories that were composed by Egyptian artists and were displayed on the walls.

Art works displayed in “Barah El Kadr” (Photo by Rana Atef)

The exhibited stories were inspired by the leading comic newspaper Sobian Wi Banat [Boys and Girls].

The 1990’s generation felt warm-hearted with the nostalgia taking over the place, and from the unforgotten memories that were aroused from the weekly paper.

As visitors toured the exhibition, they found that the comic stories were displayed in Arabic; however, the exhibition also featured around two to three English comic stories.

Art works displayed in “Barah El Kadr” (Photo by Rana Atef)

The comic stories tackled sociopolitical issues such as terrorism, chaos, inflation, and Egyptian routine.

The stories were characterized by a sense of humor and serious criticism, in addition to attractive drawing and color usage.

“Barah El Kadr” is a part of the third edition of the Cairo Comix Festival. It is a collaboration project between Mazg for Culture and Arts and Mict organization in Berlin with the aim of producing a number of comics to be published on Mazg and Moraselon outlets.

Art works displayed in “Barah El Kadr” (Photo by Rana Atef)

The project was initiated by four artists, who cooperated to reflect the current events in Egypt and produce a number of comics. In 2016, the project expanded included painters from Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, and Libya.

The project exhibited a number of journalistic comic stories from different participants and companies.

Art works displayed in “Barah El Kadr” (Photo by Rana Atef)

Cairo Comix is an artistic celebration that aims to gather Egyptians ranging between local and international comic book artists; the festival seeks to provide for the first time numerous prizes such as Best Published Graphic Novel in Arabic, according to the festival’s Facebook page.

Featuring talks, workshops, comic book sales and exhibitions, the festival shed light on trending art projects through bringing together artists, competitors, experts and fans in the same place.

Art works displayed in “Barah El Kadr” (Photo by Rana Atef)

Cairo Comix Festival is about the evolution of the independent art movement in Egypt and more broadly the Middle East and North Africa region.

It held a competition among the participants in different categories including Best Printed Graphic Novel, Best Graphic Short Story published in a book, magazine, or newspaper, and Best Stripped Bar published in magazine or newspaper.

Art works displayed in “Barah El Kadr” (Photo by Rana Atef)

Other categories were provided such as, Best Printed Magazine, Best Electronic Post that was never printed, and Best Project Under Establishment.

Famous guests attended the festival such as writer and painter, Mohamed Salah from Egypt, and painter and story writer, Alfonso Zapico from Spain.

Cairo Comix also organized an exhibition for the icons of Spanish Graphic story called “Sendas”/”Masarat” [Paths].

21984158_1914883228774594_850314802_n Art works displayed in “Barah El Kadr” (Photo by Rana Atef)
9/25/2017 4:27:12 PM
<![CDATA[In-depth with Hadeer Mahmoud: On society and photography]]>
Egypt Today spoke with the ambitious artist about her newly released project, “Love, Loss, and Longing.” Mahmoud is known for her impressive ideas and vision in retelling different stories of Egyptian society.

Mahmoud released the documentary project in cooperation with the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, the Prince Claus Fund and the Arab Documentary Photography Program team.

The documentary focuses on the emotions of a lonely woman who lost her husband due to political issues after the January 25 Revolution, according to her personal account on Facebook.

et: Tell me a bit about yourself, how did you start your career?

HM: I started my photo journalism career at Al Tahrir newspaper in 2011, then I moved to El Watan newspaper. Since then, I participated in covering mostly political events in Egypt since the January 25 Revolution.

et: What do you like most about documentaries?

HM: By working as a photographer in journalism, I am communicating with people. I love their stories, capturing the reality they live, and expressing their problems and expectations.

et: Tell me more about your recent project, “Love, Loss, and Longing.” Why did you choose this theme and focus only on women?

HM: The idea of the project came from the repeated random political arrests in Egypt. I chose women because they are group that suffers the most, and they are facing very hard social conditions in Egypt.

I just imagined my life as a woman whose husband or loved one is in prison.

et: Working on documentaries’ topics, what are your goals behind the documentary?

HM: Showing stories to everyone, and helping the heroes of my stories, is my main aim. Receiving positive feedback from the families of the imprisoned, cheers me up a lot. Recently one of them told me they can trust journalism again.

et: Will this project participate in any festivals or competitions?
HM: Actually the project was supported and funded by the Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) and AFAC - The Arab Fund for Arts, the Magnum Foundation and the Prince Claus Fund.

et: Tell me a bit about your future plans, what are your upcoming projects?

HM: I am currently working on a project about African refugees, but I am still collecting data.
9/25/2017 3:48:36 PM
<![CDATA[Kyiv Chamber Orchestra to perform at Cairo Opera House ]]>
The orchestra will be conducted by Ukrainian Harmen Makarenko, who was named by UNESCO the Artist of Peace.

The international flutist and Cairo Opera House director Enas Abdel-Dayem will participate with Kyiv Chamber Orchestra as a guest of honor.

A number of classics from many iconic composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Vivaldi, and Johann Sebastian Bach will be introduced.

The orchestra also will perform a number of Ukrainian folk music selections, in addition to Om Kalthom’s “Ana fy Entezarak” [I Am Waiting For You], composed by Zakria Ahmed, and “Hayart Aa’lby” [You Have Confused My Heart], composed by Riyad Al Sunbati.

“Gathering different nations is done mainly through culture and arts. Culture is the essential mirror that reflects civilization. Enhancing the Egyptian artistic position, Kyiv Chamber Orchestra will impressively combine the oriental scales with the symphonic epic and Ukrainian folk music,” according to a statement by the Cairo Opera House.

Kyiv Chamber Orchestra is one of the prominent and oldest Ukrainian orchestras.

It was founded in 1963, and has performed many successful concerts around the world in countries like Italy, France and Belgium.

Its repertoire contains a number of international compositions.
9/25/2017 3:27:11 PM
<![CDATA[Do’souka to perform at Gramophone on Oct. 6]]>
Although the band released its first single two years ago, it managed to be one of the most successful underground bands.

Do’souka is using folk/acoustic tunes to create a cool and enjoyable musical mood.

The band is known for a number of singles such as; “Hasharab Hashesh,” which was played for more than 6 million times on Soundcloud and Ya Bakhtak.

It performed many live concerts at Room Art Space & Café.
The band consists of four members: Khaled el-Demerdash on drums, Michael Yehia on guitar, Amr Ismael on bass, and Luka on guitar and vocals. ]]>
9/25/2017 1:04:14 PM
<![CDATA[British actor Fiennes given Serbian passport]]>
The decision to grant honorary citizenship to the 54-year-old English star was reached earlier this month by the government of Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.

"I never thought I would become a Serb and now it seems that I am one," Fiennes said in Serbian during a brief ceremony after President Aleksandar Vucic presented him with the passport and an ID card.

"We Serbs are happy to have you as a friend and now we have you as our compatriot," Vucic told Fiennes.

Fiennes, a two-time Oscar nominee, has featured in some 30 movies including in "Schindler's List", "The English Patient", "Skyfall" and "Spectre."

He is currently in Belgrade shooting a movie about legendary ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev after filming in Serbia in 2010 his debut movie as director -- "Coriolanus" -- an adaption of Shakespeare's play.

Fiennes is "promoting Serbia... through his artistic work and business activities", Brnabic told the Politika daily earlier this month.

"He became a genuine friend and promoter of our country and thus undoubtedly deserved honorary citizenship," she said.]]>
9/25/2017 11:38:20 AM
<![CDATA[Stevie Wonder kneels as he leads anti-poverty concert]]>
On a balmy late summer night, thousands converged on Central Park for the live-broadcast Global Citizen Festival which hands out tickets for free to fans who take actions such as petitioning their governments to support development assistance.

With President Donald Trump proposing sweeping aid cuts, the concert had set a goal of building political momentum in the world's largest donor nation. But in a deeply divided United States, another Trump controversy came to the forefront.

Wonder took the stage and knelt, emulating a gesture popularized by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem to denounce racial injustice. Trump on Friday angrily denounced such protests, using profanity to demand that teams fire the athletes.

"Tonight, I'm taking a knee for America," the blind soul legend said as took to the ground, his son Kwame Morris clutching his arm.

Wonder also voiced worry over the increasingly personal venom between Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un.

"We could lose the ultimate video game -- of life -- losing sight that weapons are real, and rhetoric is dangerous, whether it be from a superpower in North America or a superpower in North Korea," Wonder said.

Wonder jammed through more than an hour of his best-loved songs before turning his ever-powerful belting voice to the 1985 charity singalong "We Are the World" as well as "Imagine," the peace anthem by John Lennon who was assassinated a short stroll away.

The 67-year-old Wonder closed by bringing up a visibly star-struck Pharrell Williams, singing together a funk-heavy take of "Get Lucky," which Williams co-wrote for Daft Punk, as well as the younger artist's ode to optimism "Happy."

- Green Day take aim -

The diverse but heavy-hitting lineup also featured chart-topping electronic duo The Chainsmokers, rising soul star Andra Day, folk rockers The Lumineers and young Canadian pop songwriter Alessia Cara -- who, in a feat of organization, also performed Saturday in Toronto at the Invictus Games for wounded soldiers and veterans.

Punk rock greats Green Day injected politics as well, with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong weaving Trump into the lyrics of "American Idiot," the band's high-octane 2004 indictment of US media culture.

Green Day turned down the volume for a second set of "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)," set to a slideshow from UNICEF to show the still severe human impact of AIDS.

French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the festival by video, promising to help raise more than $1 billion for the Global Partnership for Education before a February 8 conference in Senegal.

The group brings together the public and private sectors to expand schools -- seen as critical to reducing poverty.

"It's all about education precisely to fight against terrorism, fundamentalism," said Macron, introduced by Senegal's ambassador to the United Nations which is holding its annual General Assembly.

"It's all about education to help women to build their lives, to help people to have a decent life."

The partnership has a goal of $3.1 billion in funding for 2018 through 2020, of which $2 billion has already been committed.

- Pressure to stop cuts -

Denmark's minister for development cooperation, Ulla Tornaes, announced to the festival that her government would next year double to $110 million its international funding for women's sexual and reproductive health.

"When some countries stop fighting for women's rights, we intensify ours," she said to applause.

Trump, as part of his "America First" ideology, has proposed slashing foreign aid by one-third although he faces stiff opposition in Congress.

Aid advocates point out that extreme poverty has fallen by half since 1990, although more than 750 million people live on less than $1.90 a day, according to the World Bank.

Representative Charlie Dent, a leading moderate in Trump's Republican Party, said that Global Citizen had triggered some 400,000 calls to the US Congress to preserve aid -- and voiced hope the pressure would work.

"Foreign assistance is good for humanity and it advances America's interests around the world," Dent told the festival.]]>
9/25/2017 11:36:22 AM
<![CDATA[It's all over for 'It' as 'Kingsman' sequel tops box office]]>
It ousted "It", a freaky horror hit which had held the crown for two weeks.

With a star-studded cast featuring Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry and even Elton John, "Kingsman" raked in an estimated $39 million for the weekend, according to Exhibitor Relations.

The sequel to "Kingsman: The Secret Service", "The Golden Circle" sees British spy organization Kingsman join forces with American counterpart Statesman to take on a new global threat.

"It", based on a Stephen King novel and starring Bill Skarsgard as a creepy clown who menaces a sleepy Maine town, earned an estimated $30 million -- half its take last weekend.

But having stormed the box office in its opening weekend with revenue of $123 million, "It" still boasts impressive earnings of $266.3 million in only three weeks.

In at third was new animation "The Lego Ninjago Movie", the third installment of Warner Bros.' "The Lego Movie" franchise, which made $21.2 million.

Trailing far behind in fourth was "American Assassin", starring Dylan O'Brien as a CIA "black ops" recruit who teams up with crusty veteran agent Michael Keaton to fight terrorists. The film took in just $6.2 million, bringing its total earnings to $21.6 million in two weeks.

Now in its third week, Open Road Films' "Home Again" dropped one place to fifth with a take of $3.3 million. With earnings totaling $22.3 million, the romantic comedy stars Reese Witherspoon as a newly single woman whose life changes when three young men move into her house.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

"Mother!" ($3.2 million)

"Friend Request" ($2.4 million)

"The Hitman's Bodyguard" ($1.8 million)

"Stronger" ($1.7 million)

"Wind River" ($1.2 million)]]>
9/25/2017 11:33:54 AM
<![CDATA[Stories behind the mask: writers and their names]]>
But the phenomenon has been put back in the spotlight by Italian publishing sensation Elena Ferrante's assiduous efforts to keep her real identity a secret, at a time when new reasons are emerging for publishing from behind a mask.

For Ferrante, who was reported last year to have been outed as Rome-based literary translator Anita Raja, anonymity was a choice; born of a desire to avoid the pitfalls of celebrity and a conviction that "books, once written, have no need of their authors".

Some of her predecessors did not have that luxury.

Alberto Moravia, author of "The Woman of Rome" and one of the greatest figures in 20th Century Italian literature, was born Alberto Pincherle.

He opted to drop his Jewish family name as part of his efforts to escape censorship and persecution at the hands of Benito Mussolini's 1922-1943 fascist regime.

Natalia Ginzburg's first novel, published during the fascist period, appeared under the name of Alessandra Tornimparte and Giorgio Bassani became Giacomo Marchi for similar reasons, journalist Mario Baudino recounts in his recently published, "Lei non sa chi sono io" ("You don't know who I am").

That was literally the case for the judges of France's top literary prize, the Goncourt, when, in 1975, they awarded it to Emile Ajar for "The Life Before Us", unaware that Ajar was actually a pseudonym for writer Romain Gary.

The latter had already won the prestigious award, in 1956 for "The Roots of Heaven", and, under the Goncourt's rules, was excluded from getting it again.

- Real-life spy -

Gary got round that problem by getting a young cousin to pretend to be Ajar -- a subterfuge that was only definitively revealed to the world with the publication of "The Life and Death of Emile Ajar", an essay written before the writer shot himself in his Paris flat in 1980.

It was not the only time Gary, a World War II pilot, a diplomat and filmmaker as well as writer, managed to hoodwink the literary establishment.

Capable of writing equally well in French and English, he would translate his texts himself under other pseudonyms.

He even occasionally published as Romain Kacew, the name he was born with. "I've had a lot of fun. Goodbye and thanks," was how he signed off his posthumously published farewell note to the world.

"Romain Gary used pseudonyms partly out of his taste for provocation but also because he had the literary concept of the 'total novel' in which the author is a character in his own book," Baudino told AFP.

Gary was a case apart but the journalist found many recurring themes in the stories of writers and their alternative monickers.

Le Carre was adopted when the real-life David Cornwell began writing his spy thrillers while still active in Britain's MI6 intelligence agency.

Algeria's Mohammed Moulessehoul, who began writing when he was an army officer, published under his wife's name Yasmina Khadra to avoid military censorship, only revealing his true identity when he moved to France.

"And there have been many writers who have been exposed like Ferrante," says Baudino.

- Rejected manuscript -

Stephen King, the American master of horror, was a famous example, having eventually been revealed as being the creative force behind the seven novels of a certain Richard Bachman.

Prodigiously productive, King adopted the pseudonym to sidestep his publisher's requirement that he release no more than one book per year under his own name.

And he also wanted to know whether his success was down to his talent, or the good fortune of having got the breaks that made him an established name: he got a sort of answer when sales of the Bachman books surged following his unmasking.

Nobel literature prize winner Doris Lessing tried something similar when she gave her agent a work under the name Jane Somers: her own publisher rejected the manuscript.

"The choice of a pseudonym is never completely random," said Baudino, explaining how Henri Beyle became the 19th Century French literary giant Stendhal to distance himself from his hated father.

A few decades earlier, a similar desire to escape the clutches of family led a certain Francois-Marie Arouet to publish under the name Voltaire.

A trend reflecting the prevailing sexism of the time saw many accomplished female writers publish their work under masculine names: George Eliot's real name was Mary Ann Evans, George Sand was Aurore Dupin and the Bronte sisters were first published as Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell.

Lately, partly because of female readers becoming more important to the market for new writing, there has been a trend towards gender neutral pen names.

Thriller writer Tom Knox (real name Sean Thomas) opted for SK Tremayne when he turned to family-based drama, while JK Rowling famously opted for initials on the Harry Potter books for fear her first name, Joanne, would put boys off reading them.]]>
9/25/2017 11:32:02 AM
<![CDATA[Protesters occupy legendary Berlin theatre]]>
The protest began on Friday and swelled over the weekend after fruitless negotiations between activists, city authorities and new artistic director Chris Dercon, the former head of London's Tate Modern.

"The talks have ended for now without results," the Volksbuehne theatre said on its Facebook page.

"It remains to be seen whether rehearsals will resume on Monday."

The protesters, who have formed an artists' collective called "From dust to glitter", plan to occupy the building in east Berlin for three months while staging performances free of charge.

They held their first "assembly" on Saturday evening, urging theatre lovers to show up in force and bring supplies such as toilet paper, printers and food and drink.

The appeal was so successful that police said no more supporters could be allowed in after the building reached its maximum capacity of 500 people.

With their protest action, the collective said it wants to "send a message against the current politics" and the creep of "gentrification" in Germany's capital.

Volksbuehne artists have been strongly critical of the theatre's new director Dercon, who replaced the renowned Frank Castorf who led the avant garde theatre for almost a quarter of a century.

Rebuilt after World War II in an imposing Stalinist style using remnants of Hitler's destroyed chancellery, the Volksbuehne prides itself on caustic commentary on political and capitalist hypocrisy.

A prominent theatre director as well as artistic director, Castorf was credited with turning the Volksbuehne into one of Europe's leading venues with his bold, controversial and often lengthy productions.

Dercon, whose nomination has been controversial ever since it was first announced in 2015, will be the first non-artist to take the helm of the fabled theatre.

Critics fear his tenure will herald a shift to less provocative and more commercial productions at the heavily subsidised Volksbuehne.

They have also questioned whether Belgium-born Dercon can bring the radical sensibility and awareness of Berlin's tumultuous history that is woven into the fabric of the theatre.]]>
9/25/2017 11:28:52 AM
<![CDATA[Recap of 2nd day of El Gouna International Film Festival]]>
Several screenings were carried out at multiple halls including Marina Theater, Audimax, and Sea Cinema, where the film crews were available for interviews. The films screened included No Bed of Roses by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (Bangaladesh, India) that revolves around a filmmaker who undergoes a midlife crisis whose family gets torn apart after his love affair with another woman. The couple’s affair however is challenged by the nature of Bangladeshi society.

Containing both English and Bengali language, the film will be screened again on September 29. Another film that has been screened is a Gentle Creature by Sergei Loznitsa (Russia) that revolved around a woman living alone in Russia and gets shocked that an envelope she sent to her husband in prison is returned to her which prompted her to travel to the prison in search for an explanation.

The French film the Wild Frontier by Nicolas Klotz also screened on Saturday. It revolves around one winter in 2016 at the Calais Jungle, a refugee tent city of 12,000 people. The city’s southern zone has been completely destroyed and their inhabitants have been kicked out of their homes and were forced to find a new shelter. The film’s language is Afghan, Amharic, English, French, and Turkish and depicts turmoil of wars, police violence, and more.

The third film screened is the Estonian film Scary Mother by Ana Urushadze that focuses on a 55-year old housewife that struggles with a dilemma and is obliged to choose between her family life and a love for writing she buried for years. The Georgian language film will be screened again on September 28.

The festival has also featured several lectures on film production carried out by filmmakers Andrea Lervolino who was awarded Best Production at the 71st Venice Film Festival and was labeled filmmaker of the year for his roles as producer in Dubious Battle at Capri Hollywood Film Festival in 2016.

The last segment of the second day of the GFF was the Cinegouna panel discussions which focus on methods to finance film and securing funds. Speakers in the panel come from three established film funds in the international film industry who also spoke about the economy of filmmaking.
9/24/2017 8:46:20 PM
<![CDATA[Charles Bradley, late-blooming US soul great, dead at 68]]>
Bradley -- who earlier this year had triumphantly returned to the stage where he thanked his fans and God -- died surrounded by family, friends and bandmates at his home in Brooklyn, his publicist said.

"Mr. Bradley was truly grateful for all the love he's received from his fans and we hope his message of love is remembered and carried on," a statement said.

Born in Florida, Bradley as a teenager in New York discovered soul legend James Brown at the Apollo Theater. Bradley eventually found a career as a Brown impersonator, emulating the late singer's glittery outfits and forceful stage persona.

But even with a rich voice that evokes soul greats such as Otis Redding, Bradley enjoyed little mainstream success on his own until the New York soul label Daptones signed him in the 2000s.

He released his debut solo album in 2011 and soon became a critical sensation. His latest album, "Changes," figured on several music magazines' lists of 2016's top albums.

Bradley drew an enthusiastic younger crowd as he was booked for leading festivals including Coachella and Glastonbury.]]>
9/24/2017 8:44:35 PM
<![CDATA[A new mystery about the pyramids unraveled ]]>
The mystery was unfolded many centuries ago; however, new evidence suggested that ancient Egyptians transferred 2.5 tons of blocks 500 miles alongside with blocks of granite and limestone to build the tomb of Pharaoh Khufu in 2,600 B.C.

It has been confirmed based on the discovered materials that thousands of skilled workers have managed to transfer 170,000 tons of limestone along the Nile River through wooden boats that were attached together by ropes.

The newly unearthed material has been announced in a documentary called, "Egypt’s Great Pyramid: The New Evidence," which reveals that other archeologists have also found a ceremonial boat that was designed for Khufu to command in the afterlife, hence providing a clear picture of how ancient Egyptians constructed vessels at the time.

In ancient Egypt, renowned and professional engineers were assigned by pharaohs to assess the construction of the great pyramids, which were built by the army and workers of the Egyptian kingdom back then, according to an article by Express.

Several materials, that have been discovered, helped reveal the potential identity of the builders of the Great Pyramid of Giza and how it was built, additionally including the discovery of ancient papyrus, ceremonial boats, and an ingenious system of waterworks.

Considered the world’s greatest man-built structure on earth until the Middle Ages, the pyramid is also said to be built using boats, based on the ancient papyrus that has been found in the seaport of Wadi al-Jarf.
9/24/2017 7:45:15 PM
<![CDATA[What you need to know about Cairo Jazz Festival]]>
Many jazz music fans will gather to enjoy three nights of performances by a mixture of Arab and foreign jazz singers for the 2017 edition of the festival.

There are nine countries participating in the festival this year; Egypt, Denmark, Austria, Holland, Portugal, Panama, Japan and the Czech Republic.

Kids can also participate and join Jazzinino, "Music for Kids," by Bandmakers. They will present a music workshop, youth performances, and sessions to inspire a new generation of musicians by teaching music using innovative and fun methods.

Cairo Jazz Festival is an event that supports jazz music in Egypt and cultural exchange, with musicians and artists from all over the world.

In 2009, the first annual Cairo Jazz Festival (CJF) was founded by pianist, composer and producer, Amr Salah, driven by his passion to celebrate jazz and pay tribute to one of the unique forms of music that magically diffuses and overwhelms humans all over the planet from Alaska to New Zealand, CJF official website reported.

Cairo Jazz Festival aims to spread jazz and have it reach more people; not only as a music genre, but as a thought and a life experience with its ideas, freedom of expression and innovation.

The festival managed to maintain a reputation of presenting the best of the world’s jazz. CJF hosted on its stage jazz with Spanish, German, Japanese, Moroccan, American, Portuguese and Lebanese flavors; featuring famous jazz masters such as Gilberto Gil, Ziad Rahbani, Carles Benavent, Kazumi Watanabe and Han Bennink and the fresh wild modern jazz of the E.M.J.O to the world jazz sound of Eftekasat and Calima, the website added.
9/24/2017 6:25:07 PM
<![CDATA[U.S., Egypt to celebrate Ancient Memphis circuit completion ]]>
The circuit connects eight archaeological sites in the center of the first capital of Ancient Egypt.

“This project is an investment in both past and future,” Goldberger stated in the U.S. Embassy Statement.

He added: “The United States is committed to continuing our partnership with the Ministry of Antiquities to conserve Egypt’s cultural heritage and increase tourism.”

The circuit includes sites such as the Great Temple of Ptah, the Apis House, a temple to Hathor, a New Kingdom shrine, and a series of early tombs and residence.
9/24/2017 5:57:21 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed El Fishawy apologizes for his controversial behavior on stage at GFF]]>
Fishawy said, “I am sorry for what I have said in the opening ceremony; I have not meant to hurt anyone with my words; all I wanted is for people to enjoy watching the film with perfect conditions.”

He added that the organizers of the festival did a great job in producing and organizing such a great event, and that commands pride.

Fishawy expressed that the word that he said came up spontaneously, and he also expressed his deep apology to the audience.

In the opening ceremony of the festival, Fishawy appeared on the stage while introducing the opening film “Sheikh Jackson”, and stated “I hope we can watch the film on this sh---y thing,” referring to the wind-shaken screen.
A number of people from the audience and critics criticized Fishawy for his word, especially on social media.

9/24/2017 5:03:24 PM
<![CDATA[Abdo Dagher to perform concert at Arabic Music Institute]]>
Dagher was born in 1936, in Tanta. His father, a professional musician, owner of a musical institute, and the manufacturer of oriental music instruments in Tanta; taught him to play the violin.

He first worked with a band in Tanta; then he moved to Cairo in 1955 where he worked with legendary singers Umm Kulthum and Mohammed Abdel Wahab.

His musical compositions are a mixture between oriental and western music.

The Arabic Musical Institute was established in 1914 by Egypt’s King Fouad I, under the name "Royal Institute for Arabic Music" at first, to preserve the Arabic musical heritage that was neglected at that time.
9/24/2017 5:00:35 PM
<![CDATA[Irish delegation to shoot documentary about Egypt in Aswan]]>
This documentary is part of a series of films about sacred and historical places around the world.

An official from the Press Center of the State Information Service in Aswan, Ahmed Ali Abeed, stated that seven members of the Irish press delegation filmed many scenes of the Nile for more than four hours.

He added that the film will screen in the U.S., Ireland and other parts of Europe next year according to Steven Rooke, the director of the film.

The film will contribute to enhancing Egyptian tourism.
9/24/2017 4:59:16 PM
<![CDATA[American Director: GFF paves way to become cultural exchange hub]]>
From a young age, Tanne’s talents attracted astonishing attention where he received the New Jersey Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts Education as a teenager. He debuted his career in feature film “Southside, With You” and was nominated for several awards including Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.

He has also won the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award and Audience Award at Gotham Awards and Golden Space Needle Award at Seattle International Film Festival taking home the Audience Award at Maui Film Festival in 2016.

Tanne and American screenwriter Jeff Stockwell have visited Egypt for the first time to conduct a screenwriting workshop during GFF. Stockwell works with American Film Showcase, a program which allows film experts and filmmakers to engage in workshops and master classes.

“I actually went to them and asked to participate as part of their film program; they later gave me an orientation. American showcase has helped me to arrive in GFF,” Stockewell told Egypt Today.

Stockwell has written the script for “Wilder Days,” a drama film which was nominated for a WGA Award for Best Original Long Form TV in 2004. He has also written many other scripts including the films “A Wrinkle in Tome,” “Our Wild Life,” “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.”

Since 2004, Stockwell has been a mentor at Screen Writing Labs and has previously conducted two workshops, one in Oman and the other in Los Angeles.

Both Tanne and Stockwell have worked together at Pixar Animation Studio where they both exchanged feedback on their writings and actively collaborated in the process of scriptwriting.
As a result of their collaborative chemistry, Stockwell enthusiastically approached Tanne to co- teach in this screenwriting workshop.

“The big attraction for me is that I love working with filmmakers, so when El Gouna Film Festival board was interested in working with the American Embassy and the American Showcase, this was just a lovely opportunity for me,” Stockwell added.

Tanne believed that GFF is already off to a good start because “GFF is attracting worldwide recognized artists such as Forest Whitaker, Dylan McDermott, Michael Madsen and other international actors and filmmakers that might be the key to an internationally recognized festival,” he said.

He also added that the festival is working to be a global enterprise in which it is expected to gather people from all over the world. The film screenings in GFF helps create a cultural exchange hub between foreign communities, according to Tanne.

GFF opening ceremony (Photo: File photo)

Stockwell and Tanne were lucky enough to have a translation booth in their classes allowing the participants who speak Arabic and French to instantly understand their teachings.

The slogan of the GFF is “Cinema for Humanity.” When asked what it means to him, Tanne elaborated, “Every movie contributes in one way or another to humanity. Cinema is powerful on its own. In the 21st century, cinema has become the most important provider for images.”

He further added that if one sees himself/herself represented on screen they would know that there are people who are similar to them that have the same physical and mental characteristics, and language. He asserted that this alone brings people together and makes one more open to different cultures.

“I don’t know a better way that most of us can learn about the rest of the world other than through cinema. We get the news and most of it is flying by us. For example, you are notified that five people were killed in Los Angeles last week so you think ‘Oh! It must be a terrible place’ but then you see a film telling the story of someone trying to make their way in Los Angeles and you connect it with this piece of news, and this conclusion is great in result,” Stockwell explained.

Stockwell hopes that ultimately people watch films from different countries, “because that’s what allows people to connect with each other and with the films regardless of the films culture and setting. And it’s an exciting time because it’s easier now to see each others films with streaming and you don’t have to wait until it screens in a specific movie theater. It’s really the quest of how we can get people to see each others’ films, and El Gouna could be a lovely platform for promoting that.”

Both Tanne and Stockwell have high hopes about GFF and are very excited for the upcoming parts of the festival emphasizing, “For being the first year, the opening ceremony was like no other. No film festival has an opening similar to GFF! This opening has made me become curious about next year’s edition.”]]>
9/24/2017 3:32:30 PM
<![CDATA[Ministry of Antiquities to renovate Qaitbay fort]]>
The Head of Islamic, Coptic, and Jewish Antiquities Section of Alexandria, Mohamed Metwaly, stressed that the Fort is in a good shape, and that those studies are a part of the minister’s efforts to keep historical buildings safe, according to his statement to MENA.

The Egyptian General Authority for Shores Protection, supervised by the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, started many studies to establish barriers in order to keep the waves away from the stone on which the Fort was based.

Qaitbay Fort is one of the most important symbols of Alexandria. It was built on the remains of the Alexandria Lighthouse, which was one of the ancient seven wonders of the world.

It was built in 882 AD; its construction was finished in 884 AD, as part of the Egyptian defense against the Ottoman kingdom.

Qaitbay Fort is currently one of the most important attractions in Alexandria. ]]>
9/24/2017 2:31:48 PM
<![CDATA[French cartoonist Golo to present his new graphic story]]>Istrati, which will be published in October 2017.

Golo will talk about the adventures of his main character, Francophone Roman writer Panait Istrati, who faces tribulations during his adventure in Europe and the East particularly in Egypt, at the beginning of 20th century.

The cartoonist fell in love with Cairo when he came to Egypt for the first time in 1973, and was influenced by the novels of the Egyptian writer Albert Cossery, about Egypt. Consequently, he has decided to settle in Egypt to work with the painters of Sabah al-Kheir magazine.

Through his paintings, he transfers the shift that took place in Egypt especially in the 1980s, when politics put pressure on cartoonists, particularly those who worked in journalism, forcing them to draw only children’s stories.
9/24/2017 1:32:56 PM
<![CDATA[El-Gouna Film Festival Profile: ‘I Have a Picture’ ]]>
The film is directed by Mohamed Zedan, and it is starred by Motawe Ewis and Kamal al-Homossany.

The director and the filmmaker, Mohamed Zedan, cooperated with the director Kamal al-Homossany to shoot a documentary film about Motawe Ewis who worked as an extra in about 1,000 movies from the forties till now, according to the film’s official Facebook page.

The screening is followed by Q&A with the director and the crew members.

It is the world premier for the film.
9/24/2017 1:24:31 PM
<![CDATA[Award winning Egyptian author unmasks new angle in gender studies]]>Industrial Sexuality: Gender, Urbanization, and social transformations in Egypt, by Egyptian-American author Hanan Hamad, who spoke with Egypt Today on Friday about her society-tackling novel.

Assistant professor of Middle Eastern History in Texas Christian University (TCU), Hammad has won two American prizes including the Arab American Book Awards and the National Women’s Studies Association Award for her book last month. Industrial Sexuality sheds light on various understandings in the history of masculinity and morality in social labor.

“This is new in the Middle Eastern labor history that mostly focuses on labor movement and workers’ participation in nationalism. The book deals with masculinity and with the male gender. This is a new field in gender studies. When people talk about gender issues, they always think of women’s issues,” Hammad told Egypt Today.

The book tackles issues of masculinity and femininity and the establishment of working classes. The author then reworked these concepts of masculinity and femininity in a swiftly changing society.

Hammad aimed to focus on ordinary people who are usually found in crowded factories, bus stations, and market places.

“I am pleased that I managed to maintain that goal of focusing on those ordinary people who are the real protagonists in my narrative,” she added.

When asked about her personal opinion on the current stature of Arabs and minorities living in the west and how they’re previewed by westerners, Hammad who has lived for many years in the U.S. described that the situation in the U.S. “feels bad.”

“I never personally experienced any sort of direct harassment [for being an] Arab; however I can’t deny the level of anxiety I feel. Like most immigrant and minority communities in the U.S., we are bombarded by hostile discourses from different directions. Racism and hostility come from the top, President Trump and his appointee, to the bottom of the American society.”

Despite the negative consequences Hammad receives for living as an Arab in the U.S., she also mentioned the positive support she receives among minority groups and immigrants. She cited a real example where Americans went to airports from across the county to support Muslims upon their arrival following what she called a “reckless” move by American President Donald Trump for applying the Muslim ban.

She further pointed out that Muslims and minorities have also received support and donations from civil liberty advocacy groups who are known for embarking on legal work to protect the rights of Muslims and all minorities.

“My institute, TCU witnessed the largest protest rally against Trump’s Muslim ban. In so much as the rise of White racism comes to the forefront, Muslims and Arabs in the USA become more visible allowing the American public to see us as part of the American fabric and contributors to the American society and culture. We also become more [visible] as humans with diverse subcultures, ideologies, religious and political affiliations and this is great in itself,” stated Hammad.

Hammad further explained her insights on social transformations in Egypt and what it lacks, emphasizing that the concept of equality is an ideal that is lacking in the Egyptian social development rhetoric. Equality to Hammad is depicted in equal rights between all people before the law, full human rights for men and women, Muslims and non-Muslims, rich and poor, and the urban and rural populations.

She wished that people would all recognize the privileges of the halves male urban Muslims and admit this is not fair or reasonable, hence changing that.

Hanan Hammad (Photo courtesy of Goodreads)

She perceives that culture is demonstrated in the masculine working class where women participate in Egyptian labor, in roles similar to men’s, such as Land Ladies (land lords). Social culture constantly changes, and that can be seen in the way people deal and partake together despite communal and sex dividends.

Hammad backs up her argument with a real example in Egypt featuring solidarity among male and female workers despite their geographical origins, and between people of Al-Mahalla governorate – which is the center of textiles industry in Egypt - during strikes and protests.

When asked about her book’s contributions to changing certain rhetoric manifested about Arabs, Hammad mentioned that there is no one book or a collection of books that can change such a wide scale belief.

“The contribution and impact of my book will stay in the academic circles relevant to Middle East studies and other studies conducted on gender, sexuality, urbanization, and industrialization,” she said.

She mentions for example the development of Middle East scholarship in U.S.A. that has transformed greatly since 1970, at a time when great scholars such as Roger Owen among others has challenged the Orientalist approach in dissecting and understanding Middle Eastern societies and economies.

“I will be very happy if my work continues the contribution of important social historians such as Judith Tucker, Afaf Ahmad Lufti al-Sayyid Marsot, Joel Beinin, Zachary Lockman, Khaled Fahmy, and Ken Cuno among many others,” Hammad explained.

Hammad revealed her future plans and upcoming projects as she is currently finalizing a book on life and legacy of the famous late Egyptian singer Laila Murad called, Laila Murad (1918-1995). The research-based book seeks to use her life and persona to analyze the important role of culture as Hammad declared herself to be a big fan of Murad.

“My research employs her life and persona to analyze the crucial role popular culture, commercial cinema and celebrity publications in particular, played in constructing an exclusive Arabo-Islamic Egyptian identity and fastening virginity and sexual purity in the heart of this national gendered identity. I’m also starting a new project, still in its early phase, on the social history of childhood in modern Egypt,” she concluded.]]>
9/24/2017 1:13:28 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History: Stephen King released 2 books at once ]]>
The first novel, Desperation, was released with King’s name. It is a horror novel that talks about a group of people who were travelling along the highway of Nevada when they got arrested by Entragian, the deputy of a fictional mining town called Desperation, when they suddenly realize that the deputy is possessed with a devil called “Tak,” and that he controls the surrounding desert wildlife.

The arrested people try to fight for their freedom, and they eventually decide to trap Tak in the place of his origin.

The second novel King released was The Regulators. It is a mirror novel for Desperation, and it was released under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

The two novels represent parallel universes relative to one another, where every character in the first novel has a reflection in the second; both novels complete each other, and form one portrait.

Stephen King is one of the bestselling American authors. He is known for many horror and science fiction novels, novellas, and short stories.

King was born in 1947 in Portland, Maine. He published his first novel Carrie in 1973.

He wrote more than 30 novels; in addition to six novels under the alias Richard Bachman. He also wrote a collection of 14 short stories. His books have sold more than 300 million copies around the world, and many of his novels were turned into films and series.

It is worth mentioning that King received a number of awards such as the Bram Stocker Award, World Fantasy Award, and British Fantasy Award. In 2015, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts from the United States National Endowment for Arts for his contribution in Literature.
9/24/2017 1:05:55 PM
<![CDATA[Film on dance at Le Moulin de la Galette to screen at Smart Art ]]>“The Private Life of a Masterpiece” is a series produced by BBC Arts, which screened from 2001 to 2010 over the course of more than five seasons.

Dance at le Moulin de la Galette was once described as the most beautiful of all artworks in the 19th century, according to Art Space’s press release.

It is an impressionist snapshot from reality, depicting a typical Sunday morning in Moulin, France. The painting portrays working-class subjects eating, drinking, and talking.
Although the portrait is full of joy and enjoyment, there is a darker story behind the production of this portrait.
9/24/2017 11:29:11 AM
<![CDATA[DiCaprio's ‘Before the Flood’ to screen on September 28]]>
Directed by the Oscar-winning Fisher Stevens, and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, the documentary film was produced by National Geographic on October 30, 2016 at the United States.

It focuses on the dramatic changes occurring all over the world due to climate changes such as rising sea levels, floods and violent tornadoes and the possible solutions to mitigating environmental damage.

The film won the Hollywood Film Award and Hollywood Music in Media Award in 2016, it was also nominated for the Critics Choice Documentary Award, Golden Reel Award in Motion Picture Sound Editors in 2017 and Best Sound Design in International Music and Sound Awards.

The movie also occupied the third place of People's Choice Award in Toronto International Film Festival in 2016.

To produce this film, DiCaprio, designated United Nations Messenger of Peace, visited many places affected by climate change.

Khoyout Troupe was established in October 2016, and it focuses on Playback Theatre which is an improvisational form of theatre based on true stories from the audience.
9/24/2017 11:11:57 AM
<![CDATA[Up close on the dazzling opening ceremony of GFF]]>
The opening ceremony featured a gathering of numerous Arab and international artists and filmmakers, including American actors Dylan McDermott, Michael Madsen and French actress Emmanuelle Béart.

The long-awaited festival opening ceremony started with the famous Egyptian band Fabrica, which performed a number of their songs, reviving international and Egyptian cinema.

“We are happy to have all of you with us to witness the first edition of the Festival,” Sameh Sawiris, El Gouna Film Festival co-founder, said at the beginning of his speech. Sawiris was keen to let regional and international artists know that the El Gouna Film Festival will honour true cinema and talents around the globe.

El Gouna Film Festival Founder and prominent businessman Naguib Sawiris started his speech by thanking everyone on the Executive Board for their relentless efforts, which helped launch such an important event.

“I have always been a movie lover and this is the main reason why I founded this festival. I am honoured to have worked with everyone on this experience and I look forward to a very successful first edition, which will help energize us to host the festival annually,” he said.

Egyptian film actor and Co-founder of El Gouna Film Festival Bushra Rozza appeared on the stage after Sawiris, praising all the international filmmaking figures that have made it all the way from USA and Europe to join the newly-born film festival in its first edition.

“We’ve been working with a vision to live up to the expectations for a film festival that was born to compete with other established international film festivals from day one,” recounted Rozza.

Rozza also pointed out that the festival is looking forward to welcome both national and international talents in upcoming years, hoping to continue honouring cinema through El Gouna Film Festival’s future editions.

She later also invited American actor Michael Madsen to come on stage and give a word to the audience.

“Things going on in the world nowadays, a lot of them are not good; the film festival is an opportunity for anybody to get together to celebrate the cinema, which is something I love the most,” Madsen said.

He stated that many people told him that it wasn’t safe to fly here, but since he has arrived to El Gouna, he found that all that is untrue and it was actually safe.
“Movies are an interesting way to reach immortality and operates as a perfect messenger to promote mutual understanding; hence, El Gouna Film Festival’s slogan was called ‘Cinema for Humanity,’” Madson said.

GFF Director Intishal Al Tamimi also staged the opening ceremony stating that the festival aims to provide relevant tools and networking opportunities to young filmmakers in the MENA region through its unique support platform called CineGouna, workshops, and other panels.

“The festival aims to serve as a bridge between Egyptian and international culture to share ideas, interests, and dreams,” he added.

Cinema legend Adel Emam was honoured in the opening ceremony on Friday, where he won the Career Achievement Award. A documentary about Emam’s famous films later screened, featuring testimonies of Egyptian stars on the prominent actor.

Several actors praised Emam in the filmed documentary including Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Fahmy, Menna Shalaby, Ragaa El Gedawy, Essad Younes, among others. Egyptian cinema features more than 40 years of his success and recognizes him as the most famed film star in Egypt and the Arab world.

“I am overwhelmed with the honouring; I usually decline all the invitations to attend film festivals, however when my friend Naguib Sawiris asked me to come, I accepted because I trust him and believe so much in the efforts of Sawiris for the sake of cinema. I believe that a nation without art is a nation without conscience,” Emam said after receiving his award.

Emam later ended his brief speech by asking his two sons, the famous actor Mohamed Emam and acclaimed director Ramy Emam to come on stage and emphasizing his pride in them.

The festival also honoured Lebanese critic Ibrahim Al-Ariss during the opening ceremony for his important contributions to cinema and culture in the Middle East through his regional and international influential works.

Al-Ariss was granted the Career Achievement award by Tunisian-Egyptian movie star and Member of El Gouna Film Festival’s International Advisory Board Hend Sabry.

“El Gouna is one of the world’s most attractive spots for tourism and a great place to hold a film festival,’’ said Al-Ariss.

At the end of the opening ceremony, the festival screened the local premier of Egyptian film, Sheikh Jackson, directed by Amr Salama, and starring Ahmed el Fishawy, Ahmed Malek, Amina Khalil, Dorra, and Yasmine Raees, among others.

The film celebrated its international premier days ago during the Toronto International Film Festival, where it received excellent reviews.

The GFF ceremony was hosted by Egyptian television host Nardine Farag and co-hosted by Egyptian movie star and comedian, Ahmed Fahmy.]]>
9/23/2017 11:55:25 PM
<![CDATA[Minister of Culture reveals his opinion at Samaa’ Festival ]]>
Namnam clarified that the realm of arts is a place for all souls, as people are all the children of Adam. He added that differences should create diversity not exclusion.

Regarding the Palestinian case, El Namnam praised the Palestinian history and heritage, as well as the nation's resistance against Israel.

He wished for peace to be spread around the world. He also stressed that there is no peace without the presence of an independent Palestinian state.

El Namnam expressed that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi wished for peace for the whole world in his speech at the United Nations, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stressed on the importance of universal peace as well.

Intisar Abdel Fatah, the founder and director of the Samaa' Festival, said that this edition is the 10th celebration for the festival. It is considered a new beginning for Egypt to restore its leading cultural role.

The festival enhanced the concept of constructive dialogues between nations.

Abdel Fatah added that the festival carries a message of peace to the whole world, and it enhanced communicating with the other through the artistic workshops.

20 countries are participating in the festival, including India, Sudan, Greece, Tunisia, Syria and China.

The Samaa' International Festival for Spiritual Music and Chanting opening was attended by a number of officials, such as Palestinian Ambassador to Cairo Gamal El Shouky and the Bosnian Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture.

The opening was hosted at Be'r Youssef Theater at Salah El Din Citadel.
9/23/2017 10:25:24 PM
<![CDATA[Bodleian String Quartet to perform at Makan ]]>
Japanese violinist Megumi Saruhashi and Egyptian singer Ahmad Al Refay will participate with Bodleian String. Bodleian String is a group of musicians who studied at Oxford University.

The quartet will perform for the first time oriental music for classic and contemporary composers. This concert is a part of the quartet’s tour in Egypt.

The first part of the program includes classic music, such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's “Adagio” and “Fugue in C Minor”, Mauric Ravel's “String Quartet in F Major”, and George Fredric Handel's “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”.

The second part of the program includes contemporary music songs, such as Sayed Darwish's “El Helwa Dy”, Abdel Halim Hafez's “Ahwak”, Traditional Andalusian song “Lamma Bada Yatathanna”, and Omm Kalthoum's “Alf Lila Wi Lila”.

The line-up of the concert is Megumi Saruhashi on violin, Helena Kaznowska on violin, Sofi Frankford on viola, and Samuel Whitby on cello.

In addition, the Egyptian singer and chanter Ahmed Al Refay will perform. He is a singer in many trending projects, like Saleeb Sufi Project and Samaa Chanting Band.
9/23/2017 8:05:04 PM
<![CDATA[New competition to choose Egypt's representatives for Venice Biennale ]]>
The competition will display architectural designs, following the same idea of the 16th Venice Biennale, which is "Free Space".

The aim of the competition is to choose the best Egyptian architectural project to represent Egypt at Venice.

The director of the National Organization for Urban Harmony announced that there is a jury formed from a large number of experts to evaluate the projects.

The jury includes Ayman Wanas, the vice dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport; Jihan Zaki, the head of the Academy of Arts in Rome; Sahar Attiya, architecture professor at the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University; Saif Abo El Naga, the director of the Association of Egyptian Architects; Safia El Qabany, the dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Helwan University; and Mohamed Tawfik Abdel Gawad, the architecture professor, in addition to Abo See'da.

Participants should check the agreements and terms that the organization will announce through official media. Then, they should register at the organization's location at Salah Din Citadel.

Abo See'da added that the winner of the project will represent Egypt at Venice Biennale. The serious participants will be awarded as well.

The Ministry of Culture will provide the winning project’s team with travelling costs and accommodation for four members.

Venice Biennale is one of the oldest architectural biennales around the world. Organized every two years, it symbolizes the glory of contemporary architecture.

A large number of countries participate annually in the biennale, in addition to more than half a million visitors.

Egypt is one of the earliest participating countries in Venice Biennale. It won the Golden Lion prize in 1995.
9/23/2017 7:52:50 PM
<![CDATA[Photopia hosts new portrait photography workshop ]]>
Gaber-Koree is an Egyptian-Korean photographer and filmmaker who captures inspiring stories. He works for media, TV ads, photography and advertising.

The workshop is entitled “Portrait Photography Workshop: Strobe and Natural Light”.

The second day of the workshop will take place at Geziret Al Dahab.

Gaber-Koree will introduce various techniques and how to set up for portrait photography. Inspired by his “Faces of Egypt” project, Gaber-Koree will apply his techniques by using studio and natural light.

The workshop will focus on understanding and seeing the light, using one and two light sources on the location, workflow, additive light approach on location and retouching.

Gaber-Koree will train the participants on shooting indoors and outdoors. He will also give them post-production tips and techniques.
9/23/2017 4:39:00 PM
<![CDATA[Storytelling workshop at Bedayat ]]>
Storytelling is one of the important tools for authors or actors. Its techniques qualify the speaker to attract the audience. It also gives the speaker the right way to express their thoughts.

Hany Abdelnaser is an author, acting trainer, director and theatre actor. He participated in different storytelling performances, such as On The light of Revolution's Moon [A'ala Daw' Qamar Al Thawra].

He directed the melodramatic show called The Forbidden Dance [Al Raqs Al Harraam], which was translated into English and performed at Calderwood Pavilion Theatre at the USA.

He won a composition award at the National Theatre Festival in 2009 for his Fifa Mama play. He won first place as best actor competition in El Sawy Culture Wheel's Theatre Festival in 2010.

He directed the stage play This Circuses is ours [El Serk Serkena]. The play won second place for best theatrical show in El Sawy Culture Wheel Theatre Festival

Menha Zeytoun is an actress that has played many roles in several movies, series, and plays. Some of her famous work includes Hamman in Amsterdam [Hammam Fi Amsterdam], A Knight Without a Horse (Fares Belah Gawad), and Laila’s Wedding (Farah Laila). She participated in the Storytelling Festival in France, and she also performed a number of shows in Arabic and French.

9/23/2017 2:21:23 PM
<![CDATA[Pan-African Jazz Project to perform at Cairo Jazz Festival ]]>
The event is part from the 9th Cairo International Jazz Festival programme.

The project is a collaboration work between Egyptian jazz musicians and Panamanian jazz musicians, under the supervision of Embassy of Panama in Egypt.

The project will include a six-day workshop with Egyptian musicians, in addition to a music workshop at the Egyptian Feminist Union about music’s importance for women's psychology.

The members of the project are: Patricia Pérez on saxophone, Luz Acosta on bass and vocals, Graciela Núñez on violin, Salma Soltan on percussion, and Ash Brady on drums. In addition to, Michelle Rounds as vocalist.

CJF is an international festival that aims to widespread the mission of jazz to reach more people and give more exposure to both artists and audience, according to CJF official Facebook page.

The 9th Cairo International Jazz Festival edition kicked off on September 28 for four days.

A number of Egyptian artists will participate in the festival such as, Eftakasat band, Watson Blues, Shereen Abdo “Jazz me”, and Wave Jazz band.

In addition, international artists will participate in the festival as well, such as, Mathias Heise Quadrillion from Denmark, Kapok from Netherlands, Netnakisum from Austria, Tomas Liska ''Invisible World'' from Czech Republic, Ichiro Onoe Trio from Japan and MN' Jam Experiment from Portugal. ]]>
9/23/2017 12:11:45 PM
<![CDATA[Bill Clinton's upcoming suspense novel to become Showtime series]]>
Clinton’s “The President Is Missing,” co-authored with prolific thriller writer James Patterson, will follow the sudden disappearance of a sitting U.S. president and will draw on Clinton’s knowledge of holding the office.

It is due to be published in June 2018 and is the first time a U.S. president has co-authored a thriller.

“I‘m really enjoying writing this book and working with Jim,” Clinton said in a statement. “And I can’t wait to see Showtime bring the characters to life.”

Showtime, the premium cable network owned by CBS Corp, did not give any details on casting or when the series might air.

The series is yet another high-profile addition to the growing landscape of television, which has drawn Oscar-winning film talent to create and star in shows. Showtime President and CEO David Nevins said getting the television rights to the book was “a coup in the highest order.”

9/23/2017 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Bollywood's 'Deadly Dutt' back on Indian screens after jail time]]>
The disgraced star, 58, plays the role of a father who seeks revenge for the gang-rape of his daughter in Hindi-language action thriller "Bhoomi", directed by Omung Kumar.

Dutt walked free from jail in 2016. He last appeared in a film in 2014 and promoters trailed Friday's release with a poster on social media declaring: "The Beast is Back".

"I'm very excited to see 'Bhoomi'. I'm sure it will be a big hit," said ardent fan Sandeep Bachche, who has a tattoo of Dutt's face inked on his left arm.

The rickshaw driver has another tattoo referencing the title of one of Dutt's most famous film roles while the inside of his three-wheeler is covered in posters of the actor.

"I have booked tickets to watch three consecutive shows on the first day," Bachche told AFP, admitting that he would be watching them alone.

Dutt shot to fame in the mid-1980s in a string of action movies in which he performed his own stunts, earning him the nickname "Deadly Dutt".

He is best known for playing a mobster with a heart of gold in the popular "Munna Bhai" series.

Reviewers appeared lukewarm about "Bhoomi" but praised Dutt's performance.

"Watch Bhoomi for Dutt. He's from that era of larger-than-life heroes who get you to whistle even when he is killing people," said a review in the Times of India.

Dutt was convicted in 2006 of holding guns supplied by mafia bosses who orchestrated the 1993 bombings that killed 257 people.

The attacks were believed to have been staged by Muslim underworld figures in retaliation for religious riots in which mainly Muslims died, following the razing of an ancient mosque in north India.

Dutt insisted the two guns were only meant to protect his family in the tense atmosphere in Mumbai following the mosque's destruction.

He was originally given a six-year term and spent 18 months in prison before being released on bail in 2007, pending an appeal.

In March 2013, the Supreme Court upheld his conviction but cut his prison term to five years, sending Dutt back to jail to serve the remaining three-and-a half years of his sentence.

He was granted several months of freedom at different times to work on unfinished Bollywood movies and his last film appearance came in science fiction hit "PK" three years ago.

Dutt was released in February last year, eight months ahead of schedule for good behaviour. Activists claimed he was given special treatment because of his celebrity status.

He has several films in the pipeline including "Munna Bhai 3", "Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3", "Malang" and "Torbaaz".

A biopic is also being made on his troubled life, with Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor playing Dutt.]]>
9/23/2017 10:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Accused mobster tied to Boston art heist to undergo psychiatric test]]>BOSTON - 23 September 2017: An octogenerian alleged mobster who police believe may be able to help solve the largest art heist in U.S. history will undergo a psychiatric evaluation before being sentenced on gun charges, a federal court judge in Connecticut ruled on Friday.

The decision came after Robert Gentile, 81, appeared in court earlier this month for sentencing on charges he pleaded guilty to in April, but claimed to have no memory of entering a plea or of the events involved.

“The defendant’s counsel has become increasingly concerned about the defendant’s ability to understand the charges against him and assist in his defense,” defense attorney Ryan McGuigan wrote in a motion asking for the competency hearing. “Counsel has also observed that the defendant has been getting dates and facts significantly confused.”

U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny granted the request without comment on Friday.

Gentile in April had pleaded guilty to charges of illegally selling guns to a felon. His attorney said the charges resulted from a sting operation aimed at pressuring him into providing details on 13 pieces of art stolen in one of the longest unsolved high-profile crimes in Boston’s history.

Some $500 million worth of art, including Rembrandt’s “Storm on the Sea of Galilee” and Vermeer’s “The Concert,” was stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in March 1990.

Gentile has repeatedly denied knowing the whereabouts of any of the art.

During a polygraph test performed amid the Gardner probe, Gentile had an intense reaction when he was shown images of the missing paintings, while he remained calm when shown unrelated artwork, according to a law enforcement source briefed on the test.

The Gardner heist was carried out by two men dressed in police uniforms who apparently overpowered a night security guard who had buzzed them in.
9/23/2017 10:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Shawn Mendes starts relief campaign for Mexico]]>
The 19-year-old Canadian singer was in Mexico City preparing to perform the following day when the 7.1-magnitude tremor struck on Tuesday, killing nearly 300 people.

"While I cancelled my concert out of respect and for safety, being there during this tragedy and seeing the devastation firsthand made me want to do whatever I could to help those impacted by this tragedy," he wrote on a fund-raising page where he invited fans to contribute.

His appeal came after US celebrities rushed to support victims at home of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, including through a nationally televised telethon that raised $55 million.

Mendes, best known for his hits "Treat You Better" and "Stitches," said proceeds from his initiative would go to the American Red Cross which is working with counterparts in Mexico.]]>
9/23/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[‘Ourouba': The Eye Of Lebanon’ asks what it means to be an Arab]]>
Curated by Rose Issa, an analyst and writer from London, the exhibit occupies well over 400 square meters and features over 40 pieces of work by contemporary Arab artists of the last decade. The artwork ranges from photographs, sculptures, paintings and multi-media installations, and is loaned from Arab collectors, allowing the showcasing of the tastes of Arab art enthusiasts rather than specifically western ones.

Among the names featured include Walid Raad, Mona Hatoum, Adel Abidin, Hanaa Malallah. Much of the works deal with violence, given the unrest, strife and warfare that plagues the Arab world. Issa picked artists from all across the Middle East, including Syria — and primarily Lebanon — to provide a diverse range of perspectives regarding life as an Arab.

Yet it isn’t all just about war. Many works have nothing to do with violence. Paintings of cedars show how life can be rebuilt from war. One rather profound sculpture by artist Ginane Makki Bacho features a cedar tree made from the shrapnel collected in the wake of the Lebanese Civil War.

Ourouba: The Eye of Lebanon began on September 21 and will run until September 24.]]>
9/23/2017 9:35:01 AM
<![CDATA[Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’ voted greatest Opera of all time ]]>

One of the most performed Operas in history since it was composed in 1786, The Marriage of Figaro, also known as “Le nozze di Figaro” in Italian, was considered an instant success, with Mozart receiving five encores at the premiere.

Soprano Renée Fleming praised the Opera as a stunning look at human nature, telling BBC Magazine, “no matter how many times I sing this opera I am always completely stunned how little people have changed since Mozart’s time, in terms of relationships and the maneuvering they do.”

The poll spanned over 500 years of Opera overall, with Mozart being quite the popular choice.
9/23/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Fulfilling a passion, opera comes to dinosaur hall]]>
Her grandfather, Charles R. Knight, was a celebrated naturalist artist whose paintings of dinosaurs helped shape popular perceptions of how the giant prehistoric reptiles lived.

Kalt would sit next to him at New York's American Museum of Natural History and watch as he painstakingly sketched the fossils, which he later turned into vivid recreations that appeared in frames or in books and magazines.

Yet Knight had a side passion -- he loved opera, befriending divas and singing for pleasure. More than 60 years after he died, his opera side is finally coming to fruition.

An original opera, which revolves around young Rhoda and her afternoons with her grandfather, premieres Saturday, with a chamber orchestra playing inside the museum in a hall that is home to the world's first mounted sauropod dinosaur and an imposing tyrannosaurus rex.

"Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt" will be the first opera ever performed in the dinosaur exhibition of the sprawling complex on the western edge of Central Park, according to the museum.

"My grandfather loved the opera and, as a matter of fact, he had a magnificent voice," explained the bubbly Kalt, who called the creation of the piece "very exciting."

Kalt, who is eager to chat at length about her life (other than to disclose her age), wrote for the defunct Junior Natural History magazine aimed at young people and still regularly visits the museum.

"Really, it was my whole childhood -- coming here and being with the museum," she said as she sat on a bench beneath the dinosaurs.

- Singing science -

Composed by John Musto, "Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt" does not attempt to create any sort of dinosaur-themed music but keeps the tone lively -- and explains some of the science, fully reviewed by the museum's paleontologists.

"John miraculously was able to make all of these dinosaur names and scientific terms sing beautifully, like it's Italian opera," Eric Einhorn, the librettist, said with a smile.

With children expected to make up much of the audience, the creators kept "Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt" to 20 minutes, with the story set over one adventure-packed afternoon in the museum.

"Rhoda was unfortunately a very well-behaved little kid, and well-behaved children do not an opera make," Einhorn said.

"You need some tension, you need action," he said. "So with Rhoda's permission, I condensed it down into one fanciful afternoon."

Presented by On Site Opera, a New York company that creates immersive experiences, "Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt" was co-commissioned by Chicago's Lyric Opera and Pittsburgh Opera and will head to the two cities after closing in New York in mid-October.

The creators also expect to draw museum-goers who may not usually see opera. With access to the performance included in a museum ticket, some viewers are expected to stumble upon it.

"It won't quite be guerilla pop-up," Einhorn said. "But there will still be people in the room who are completely unaware."]]>
9/23/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[El Gouna Film Festival first day in Pictures ]]>

Actress Salma Abu Deif and Actor Ahmed El Fishawy who starred in Sheikh Jackson premiering in opening ceremony of GIFF

Renowned acting legend Adel Emam on the right, Yousra, festival director Intishal El Tamimi and businessman Naguib Sawaris

Co-founder of GFF Egyptian actress Bushra Rozza

Iraqi film critic and GIFF director Intishal El Tamimi

renowned Egyptian actress Elham Shaheen

Intishal El Tamimi, Naguib Sawaris, Sameh Sawaris

Actress and Jury Head f the Short Films competition in GIFF Nelly Karim

Egyptian actor Sherif Mounir

Renowned Egyptian actor and former band singer Ezzat Abu Auff

Famous filmmaker Yusri Nasrallah and actor Bassem Samra

Egyptian actress Yousra El Louzy

Yousra Ellozy, Seaba Mubarak, Hana Shiha, Latifa

Actors on first line

Actor Amr Waked

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Actress Hend Sabr& businessman Ahmed Abu Hashima

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Actor Ahmed Fahmy
9/23/2017 12:12:51 AM
<![CDATA[Quirks at El Gouna Film Festival opening]]>
After receiving his award, Imam appeared to lip-sync "I'm going to the bathroom" in Arabic on stage, albeit not on the microphone. The audience was amused and laughed at the joke of the beloved 77-year old.

Actor adel Imam

After that, young director Amr Salama, whose movie Sheikh Jackson was screened at the opening of the festival, enthusiastically asked the actors of the movie to take a picture on stage.

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Director Amr Salama

However, the protagonist of the movie, Fishawy, was missing. Salama said the controversial actor, 36, was in the bathroom, to the laughter of the audience.

Actor Ahmed Elfeshawy& actress Salma Abu Deif

After the actors left the stage, Fishawy appeared next to the presenter of the festival, took the microphone from her and said he hoped the audience would be able to watch the movie on "that shitty thing," referring to the massive screen shaking with the wind.

Egyptians largely find it inappropriate to use the said adjective on T.V. Nobody laughed, and the presenter awkwardly poked Fishawy to let go of the microphone.
9/22/2017 11:56:02 PM
<![CDATA[El Gouna Film Festival honors acting legend Adel Imam]]>
“I would like to thank and appreciate all guests and those who came and supported the newly born film festival,” says actress and GIFF board member Bushra Rozza in the opening ceremony.

The festival’s director/president and Iraqi film critic Intishal El Tamimi pointed out the strong relation between the festival and the rising independent filmmaking scene in Egypt, confirming that he is glad to be part of it.

A special honor was given by by a number of celebrities, including Yousra and Sherif Mounir, to legendary Egyptian actor Adel Imam, following a short screening of Imam’s major contribution to Egyptian cinema.

“I would like to thank the Sawaris family for their deep love and support for cinema,” said Imam following the screening and honors.


first edition

of the international festival runs between September 22 and September 29, gathering emerging Arab and Egyptian filmmakers amid a strong Arab and international participation.

Legendary Actor Adel Imam during honoring ceremonies






9/22/2017 10:57:19 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History – Friends makes its debut]]>

Set in New York City’s Manhattan, the show follows the lives of six adults in both work and home and their intertwining relationships. Aniston plays Rachel Green, a waitress at the coffee shop where all her friends meet. David Schwimmer plays Ross Geller, a paleontologist who forms a crush on Rachel and as the older brother of Cox’s character, Monica Geller, a chef with an obsessive desire for perfection.

Matt Le Blanc plays Joey Tribiani, is a small-time actor looking to hit it big and who isthe best pal of Chandler, played by Matthew Perry, a cigarette-addict and a businessman with a wisecracking attitude. Then there’s Lisa Kudrow, who plays Phoebe, a lovable airhead who dreams of becoming a famous musician and is encouraged by the other five to never give up, despite the fact that none of them expect her to find success.

Running for well over 10 years, the show was such a sensation that, by the time it ended on May 6, 2004, well over 50 million viewers tuned in for the finale, one of the largest audiences for any TV finale in history.

9/22/2017 10:18:24 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Stars flock to al Gouna Film Festival ]]>
Actress Boushra

El Gouna Film Festival, slated to run until September 29, is the first-ever international film festival to be effort-driven by Egyptian businessmen, without any governmental financial support.

Sheikh Jackson film crew posing for a picture on El-Gouna Film Festival red carpet

Egypt has selected Amr Salama’s “Sheikh Jackson” as its candidate for consideration at the upcoming edition of the Oscars, set to take place in February 2018.

Egyptian actor Ahmed el-Fishawy (R) and actress Arwa Gouda (L)

The committee selecting the film gave 17 votes for “Sheikh Jackson”, while “Mawlana” (The Preacher) took 5 votes, “El Asleen” (The Originals) 4 votes, and 1 vote each for ‘’Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim’’ and “El Kenz’’ (The Treasure).

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Actress Nelly Karim

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Actress Mais Hemdan

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Actress Sereen Abdel Nour

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Actress Elham Shahin

Ezzat Abu Auf
Actor Ezzat Abu Auf

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Actress Yasmine Sabry

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Actress Razan Maghraby

ActressYoussra& Yousry Nasrallah

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Actor Ahmed Fahmy

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Businessman Samih Sawiris ]]>
9/22/2017 8:56:17 PM
<![CDATA[Film Screening – ‘Certain Women’]]>

Poster via IMDB

Directed by Kelly Reichardt, the film is a slow, careful and perhaps uneventful look at the lives of four women loosely connected, save for the small rural American-town they share, across three different stories. Amongst the stories involved includes Stewart playing a lawyer and teacher who embarks on a relationship with a female farmhand, played by Lily Gladstone.

Other plotlines in the movie include a hard-working wife and mother, played by Michelle Williams, who begins to realize how happy she is with family life, while another plot involves a lawyer, played by Laura Dern, who has an affair with a married client, which takes its toll on her.

Having premiered in France on February 22, 2016, the film has won over 13 Awards.

9/22/2017 8:41:07 PM
<![CDATA[Bill Clinton's upcoming suspense novel to become Showtime series]]>
Clinton's "The President Is Missing," co-authored with prolific thriller writer James Patterson, will follow the sudden disappearance of a sitting U.S. president and will draw on Clinton's knowledge of holding the office.

It is due to be published in June 2018 and is the first time a U.S. president has co-authored a thriller.

"I'm really enjoying writing this book and working with Jim," Clinton said in a statement. "And I can't wait to see Showtime bring the characters to life."

Showtime, the premium cable network owned by CBS Corp , did not give any details on casting or when the series might air.

The series is yet another high-profile addition to the growing landscape of television, which has drawn Oscar-winning film talent to create and star in shows. Showtime President and CEO David Nevins said getting the television rights to the book was "a coup in the highest order."]]>
9/22/2017 8:34:19 PM
<![CDATA[Picasso paintings to be reunited at Tate Modern exhibition]]>
These paintings were created by Picasso in 1932, when he was 50 years old, during a five-day period of creativity in what Picasso had dubbed his “year of wonders”. Creatively invigorated, Picasso had attempted to redefine himself and stand out amongst his competitors. The subject of the three paintings is Picasso’s model, muse and lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter.

These three portraits are to be reunited for the first time in the 85 years since they were painted. The “once-in-a-lifetime” exhibition will also cover all of Picasso’s work throughout 1932, going through each month. More than a hundred of the artist’s work, from paintings to sculptures, will be on display. Visitors will have a chance to get a glimpse at how prolific an artist Picasso was.

“Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame and Tragedy” will run from March 8, 2018 until September 9.
9/22/2017 8:23:49 PM
<![CDATA[‘Graveyard’ of Ancient Egyptian sculptures in Karnak]]>

Archaeologists uncovered the site back in December 2014 and have been carefully excavating its contents, which were buried there well over 2000 years ago. The ritual burial site is known as a “favissa”, which refers to a gravesite specifically for statues. One of the objects uncovered was the sculpture of an Egyptian deity named Ptah, who was the god of craftsman and sculptors, that had deteriorated and was so laid to rest, as if it had died, to be replaced by a new statue.

In total, the pit contained around 38 objects, including 14 statues of the god Osiris, a limestone Sphinx and three baboon statues representing the god Thoth. These objects were made at different times, dating from various eras, such as the New Kingdom and the Ptolemaic eras.

9/22/2017 6:13:18 PM
<![CDATA[El Gouna Film Festival - Plot 35]]>
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Promo via IMDB

Using a documentary approach, Caravaca aims to find answers as to why his sister Christine, who died at the age of 3, was never mentioned by either of his parents. He finds more than he expected when it gradually becomes clear that his parents didn’t just forgot her; they actively erased her from memory, destroying all photographs as if to cover up their shame. Conflicting details from Caravaca’s parents regarding her age only deepen his conviction to find the truth.

The title of the film refers to the plot where Caravaca believes that Christine is buried in a graveyard in Casablanca. Upon visiting, however he discovers it’s nowhere to be found. Like pieces of a puzzle, Caravaca tries to find the truth behind the mystery at the heart of his family, though he finds that some secrets might never come to light.

Even broader, the director draws allusion between his family’s shame and the broader political scope of France’s colonial history and even the horrendous actions of Nazi Germany. It is a film about shame, about hiding the past and refusing to acknowledge it; taking secrets to the grave.

Plot 35 will premiere in France on November 17.

9/22/2017 2:26:49 PM
<![CDATA[Bollywood's 'Dutt' back on Indian screens after jail time]]>
The disgraced star, 58, plays the role of a father who seeks revenge for the gang-rape of his daughter in Hindi-language action thriller "Bhoomi", directed by Omung Kumar.

Dutt walked free from jail in 2016. He last appeared in a film in 2014 and promoters trailed Friday's release with a poster on social media declaring: "The Beast is Back".

"I'm very excited to see 'Bhoomi'. I'm sure it will be a big hit," said ardent fan Sandeep Bachche, who has a tattoo of Dutt's face inked on his left arm.

The rickshaw driver has another tattoo referencing the title of one of Dutt's most famous film roles while the inside of his three-wheeler is covered in posters of the actor.

"I have booked tickets to watch three consecutive shows on the first day," Bachche told AFP, admitting that he would be watching them alone.

Dutt shot to fame in the mid-1980s in a string of action movies in which he performed his own stunts, earning him the nickname "Deadly Dutt".

He is best known for playing a mobster with a heart of gold in the popular "Munna Bhai" series.

Reviewers appeared lukewarm about "Bhoomi" but praised Dutt's performance.

"Watch Bhoomi for Dutt. He's from that era of larger-than-life heroes who get you to whistle even when he is killing people," said a review in the Times of India.

Dutt was convicted in 2006 of holding guns supplied by mafia bosses who orchestrated the 1993 bombings that killed 257 people.

The attacks were believed to have been staged by Muslim underworld figures in retaliation for religious riots in which mainly Muslims died, following the razing of an ancient mosque in north India.

Dutt insisted the two guns were only meant to protect his family in the tense atmosphere in Mumbai following the mosque's destruction.

He was originally given a six-year term and spent 18 months in prison before being released on bail in 2007, pending an appeal.

In March 2013, the Supreme Court upheld his conviction but cut his prison term to five years, sending Dutt back to jail to serve the remaining three-and-a half years of his sentence.

He was granted several months of freedom at different times to work on unfinished Bollywood movies and his last film appearance came in science fiction hit "PK" three years ago.

Dutt was released in February last year, eight months ahead of schedule for good behaviour. Activists claimed he was given special treatment because of his celebrity status.

He has several films in the pipeline including "Munna Bhai 3", "Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3", "Malang" and "Torbaaz".

A biopic is also being made on his troubled life, with Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor playing Dutt.]]>
9/22/2017 12:43:15 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Calligraphy forum spots the beauty of Arabic letters]]>
The forum which is held from September 18-24 is organized by the Ministry of Culture Cultural Development Fund. It takes place at Misr ‘Egypt’ public library in Luxor.

The forum hosts a number of workshops and scientific events about the Arabic calligraphy.

The annual forum for calligraphy in Luxor - Facebook

The annual forum for calligraphy in Luxor - Facebook

The annual forum for calligraphy in Luxor - Facebook

The annual forum for calligraphy in Luxor - Facebook

The annual forum for calligraphy in Luxor - Facebook

The annual forum for calligraphy in Luxor - Facebook

The annual forum for calligraphy in Luxor - Facebook

The annual forum for calligraphy in Luxor - Facebook
9/22/2017 12:38:45 PM
<![CDATA[Russian police detain group over tsar film attack]]>
Hardline conservatives have derided filmmaker Alexei Uchitel's movie Matilda and it has sparked protests.

A car was set on fire last week near the Moscow office of a lawyer representing Uchitel, whose own office in Saint Petersburg has also been targeted.

The interior ministry said on its website that four people were held for questioning over the Moscow arson.

Spokeswoman Irina Volk later told TASS agency that Alexander Kalinin, the head of the radical Orthodox group Christian State "has been detained as a suspect" along with three other people.

Kalinin last week admitted to AFP in an interview that his activists had made threats against Russian cinema chains to get them to drop the film.

Police said flyers found at the scene of the attack with the slogan "Burn for Matilda" were seized from Kalinin's flat, according to the Fontanka newspaper.

Matilda, due to be released on October 26, focuses on Nicholas II's relationship with ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska, which took place before his coronation and marriage.

Orthodox groups who revere the tsar, along with pro-Kremlin MP Natalia Poklonskaya, have criticised the film but the culture ministry nevertheless approved it for release.

A closed screening in Saint Petersburg on Wednesday went ahead amid tight security and following a police search of the cinema.

Culture minister Vladimir Medinsky had urged authorities to protect the film industry and thanked the police for intervening and "rapidly reacting to violations" on Thursday.

"I'm sure the situation will calm down," Medinsky was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies after the suspects' detentions.]]>
9/22/2017 12:24:55 PM
<![CDATA[Picasso's Italy journey celebrated in Rome expo]]>
One hundred years on, a new exhibition in Rome celebrates that journey with 100 paintings, drawings, watercolours, sketches and stage costumes looking at how Italy and the Ballets Russes theatrical troupe inspired the artist.

"Picasso between Cubism and Neo-Classicism: 1915-1925" opens on Friday at the Quirinal Stables, but the highlight -- an enormous work titled "Parade" -- is going on show at the nearby Palazzo Barberini.

It was one of the few spaces in the Italian capital able to accommodate the monumental stage curtain with its winged horse and street performers, which measures 16.5 metres by 10.5 metres (52.5 feet by 33.8 feet).

"It is the biggest work painted by Picasso but it also marks the end of his Cubist period and return to the figurative," Palazzo Barberini director Flaminia Gennari Santori told AFP.

"The trip to Italy was very important for Picasso, who was very interested in artists like Bernini, in Baroque sculpture and painting," she added.

Picasso, who was based in Paris, arrived in Italy in February 1917 to meet Serge de Diaghilev, the founder of the Ballets Russes, for a collaboration which would revive his spirits.

"The world was at war, and he, a Spanish man on French soil, had seen many of his fellow travellers go to the front. He was sad and had little work," said curator Olivier Berggruen.

The two months of his Grand Tour around Italy would prove fateful for the 36-year-old. Shortly after his arrival in Rome he met Olga Khokhlova, a ballet dancer who would become his wife and principal muse.

"When he was not with Olga, the artist liked to immerse himself in the lively atmosphere on the streets of Rome or Naples, attracted by popular shows but also by classic monumental sculpture," Berggruen said.

And the Vesuvius volcano in southern Italy created such an impression on the artist he included it in "Parade".]]>
9/22/2017 12:23:10 PM
<![CDATA[El Awela Balady to perfor in Dammah Theater on Friday]]>
Tickets are available at the counter of the theatre and costs LE 30.

EL Awela Balady “the priority for my homeland” is a music band that revives the songs of the Egyptian singer and music composer Sheikh Emam.

El Mastaba center for Egyptian folk music is located in downtown Cairo. It was founded in July 2000. It presents regular weekly concerts at El Dammah Theater for Free Arts. It is supporting and promoting many Egyptian folk bands representing different types of Egyptian folk music, El Mastaba facebook page reported.
9/22/2017 12:17:36 PM
<![CDATA[Modern African art gets pride of place in bold new Cape Town gallery]]>
With its honeycomb lattice windows reflecting the Atlantic Ocean and the city's landmark Table Mountain, the audacious structure is home to the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MoCAA) which opens Friday.

Inside, visitors are greeted by a riotous assault of painted colour, including a portrait of deep greens, explosive reds and shocks of turquoise.

In the centre of the rainbow, a woman sits cross-legged on a wicker peacock chair, her head tilted regally. "Miss Azania" says the sash across her chest, a reference to the historic name for southern Africa.

The artist, Athi-Patra Ruga, likes to think of the woman -- called "Umesiyakazi (Queen) in Waiting"-- as MoCAA's patron saint.

"It's a beautiful thing to see -- to know that my nephews and nieces are gong to be coming through this space and calling me and speaking about my work," said the artist, who describes his style as "the clash between material and memory".

The journey to this week's opening began over a decade ago. The owners of the V&A Waterfront, a popular tourist and shopping destination, sought inspiration from the London-based Heatherwick urban design studio on how to revive a forgotten corner of the harbour.

At stake was the future of a hulking grain elevator made up of 118 separate storage compartments that had long since fallen into disuse and filled with pigeon droppings.

After years of extensive remodelling, the silos themselves are now a piece of art, their bare concrete cylinders contrasting starkly with the geometric, glass-clad office blocks nearby.

- 'Place I now call home' -

On the top floors, the multi-panelled windows bulge out like insect eyes, reflecting a dozen different views of sky, city and sea.

In the museum's main atrium hangs a dragon, its head a ram's skull, its long tail trailing far below.

Like many pieces here, the dragon sculpture by South African artist Nicholas Hlobo is on long-term loan from Jochen Zeitz, a former chief executive of sportswear company Puma, who bought his first pieces as a young man living in New York.

"I never considered myself a collector -- it was just art to surround myself with," he said.

Once he began collecting in earnest, Zeitz sought out pieces representing the enormous diversity and creativity of Africa -- and its diaspora.

"I came to Africa 30 years ago and fell in love with it. I wanted to give something back to the place I now call home," he said.

Among the influential pieces in Zeitz's collection now returned to African soil is the work by Angolan photographer Edson Chagas, whose installation at the Venice Biennale in 2013 won him the Golden Lion prize and worldwide recognition.

Now housed in the tunnels of the gallery's basement level, the work invites visitors to take home one of its thousands of images, which chief curator Mark Coetzee describes as an act of "great generosity".

"That piece then starts to exist in the community around us," he said.

- 'I think we've arrived' -

Gabon's Owanto, who uses a wide range of media including light-boxes, paint and video, said the opening of the new space had left her "full of emotion".

"It's quite amazing to think all the artists of Africa will have such an amazing place to speak," said the artist, who goes by just one name.

Making the space accessible to locals was also a priority for the project, one of the most significant new African cultural spaces in decades.

Entrance to the museum will be free for African passport holders every Wednesday.

"Because of the history of apartheid, most of our public museums in this country were not accessed by most people," Coetzee said.

"For us as an institution it's very important to empower not only the voice and the narrative coming out of Africa, but also the audience -- so they can actually see their own cultural production and develop a sense of pride in the production of the artists that are representing them."

But the choice to house the museum in Cape Town, a city criticised as less African than continental powerhouses like Lagos and Nairobi, has drawn some criticism.

Forced removals of non-whites during apartheid and modern-day gentrification have compounded the perception that the city caters more to wealthy tourists than its own residents.

"What is important is that we are here now," said South African multi-disciplinary artist Thania Petersen.

"The only way to change things is by being present in these spaces. I think we've arrived."]]>
9/22/2017 12:06:55 PM
<![CDATA[London's National Gallery prevails in 'stolen' Matisse lawsuit: New York judge]]>
U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan said the museum and Great Britain were shielded by sovereign immunity, and the grandchildren waited too long to sue for the return of “Portrait of Greta Moll.”

Oliver Williams and Margarete Green, both of Great Britain, and Iris Filmer, of Germany, had accused the National Gallery of ignoring signs that the 1908 painting might have been stolen, and should not profit from “war-related” theft.

David Rowland, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, declined to comment, saying he had yet to review the decision.

Margarete Moll, known as Greta, sat for 10 three-hour sessions for the painting, which Matisse reworked after seeing a work in Paris by the Italian Renaissance artist Paolo Veronese.

Moll’s husband Oskar bought the painting, which was later taken to Germany.

It survived the war, but following Oskar’s death in 1947, Greta Moll left it with one of his former art students for safekeeping from looters in Switzerland.

According to the grandchildren, the student absconded with the painting, which then passed through several hands, including the Knoedler gallery in Manhattan and Lefevre gallery in London, before the National Gallery bought it in 1979.

In a 28-page decision, Caproni said the federal Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act did not require the return of the painting.

She noted that a private individual had allegedly stolen it, and said it did not matter that the painting had been displayed and merchandise depicting it had been sold in New York.

Caproni also said the grandchildren “inexcusably delayed” their lawsuit, noting that many people familiar with the painting’s history were likely dead, or if living likely suffer from faded memories.

“Plaintiffs have known for decades that the National Gallery possessed the painting,” and yet “took no steps to recover the painting until plaintiffs’ counsel began corresponding with the National Gallery in 2011,” the judge wrote.

Sarah Andre, a lawyer for the museum, said in an interview: “We are very pleased with the opinion. We are particularly pleased with the district court’s recognition that this case does not involve a taking in violation of international law.”

The case is Williams et al v. National Gallery of Art, London et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 16-06978.]]>
9/22/2017 12:00:16 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History – George Clooney makes his acting debut]]>
Premiering in 1979, “The Facts of Life” followed a group of girls at a boarding school who dealt with the issues of life as teenagers. Clooney starred as handyman George Burnett, a slacker who hangs out with the girls and an overall minor character. Clooney was on the show for 17 episodes, which was just enough to get him noticed as an upcoming acting force.

He would also have guest appearances on another sitcom, 1988’s “Roseanne,” which starred John Goodman and followed the life of an average American family through all their ups and downs. He wasn’t a major character here either, starring in only 11 episodes as manager Booker Brooks.

Through the early 1990s Clooney was able to find work in various movies and TV series, though he feared he was trapped in mediocre roles, unable to really reach the full potential of his skills. He worked hard and managed to find work in Hollywood but still wished for something greater.

Everything changed in 1994 when the rising star became part of “ER.”

In his first truly major role, Clooney played the compassionate and handsome Dr. Doug Ross in the famous medical drama watched by millions. His natural charm attracted the attention of executives and turned the once-minor actor into a breakout hit.

Clooney managed to star in multiple film roles while working on “ER,” a testament to his incredible work ethic. He starred in Quentin Tarantino’s “From Dusk to Dawn,” alongside Jennifer Lopez in “One Fine Day,” and even became the Dark Knight himself (Batman) in 1997’s infamous blockbuster “Batman and Robin.” Clooney would eventually retire from ER to follow acting as a full-time career.

With the dawning of the new millennium came even greater roles for the rising star. In 2001, Clooney was the lead role in “Ocean’s Eleven,” starring alongside Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts. The thrilling casino-crime caper made over $450 million in the office and spawned two sequels and an upcoming all-female spinoff.

Clooney even took up the director’s seat himself in 2002 with “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” starring Sam Rockwell and Drew Barrymore about real life game-show host Chuck Barris, who claimed to have worked for the CIA as an assassin, leading an outrageous double life in a well-received and stylish directorial debut.

Outside of Hollywood, Clooney took up social activism, using power and money to help those less fortunate and serving as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace since 2008.

With 89 awards under his belt, including two Academy Awards, Clooney reached heights he could have never possibly imagined back in 1979, when he was a simple guest star on a TV sitcom.
9/21/2017 11:01:26 PM
<![CDATA[Shaman Theatre Play to Stage at House of Arts Theatre Group ]]>
It is written and directed by Saeed Soliman. It reflects the human inner conflict. It also narrates a personal experience to reach the highest spiritual level which is the Sufi spirit.

The show is part of the 24th Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theater.


Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theater (CIFCET) is running between September 19 and September 29, featuring an array of interactive seminars, workshops and plays.

Various Egyptian theatrical performances will be showcasing, including “The Day they Killed Singing”, “The Bridge”, “The 40 Rules of Love”, “The Experiment”, “Shaman”, “The Ambassador” and “Women with No Tomorrow”.

The festival will also feature Arab theatrical performances, including Jordanian “Shadow of a Female”, Iraqi “On Private”, Iraqi “Cart”, Moroccan “Balasmya”, Moroccan play “Fall”, Tunisian “Fall Night”, Tunisian play “Women in Resistance and Love”.

The festival will be hosting five honorary guests, including theater professor at the University of Berlin Erika Fischer, artistic and literary critic Hassan El Mone’ei, American theatrologist and professor at City University of New York Marvin Carlson, and theater director Myung Jin Choi, while the late playwright Mahfouz Abdel Rahman, who has recently passed away, will also be honored.
9/21/2017 10:57:21 PM
<![CDATA[MASQ to launch ‘The Tree of Life’ in ‘City of the Dead’]]>
The trees that will be planted will be chosen to be specifically suitable for the increasing climate change.

The ‘City of the Dead’ known also as Cairo’s el-Arafa necropolis, stretching for miles at the outskirts of the capital, was so crowded for more than 700 years with cemeteries in the form of rooms. Among these cemeteries lives a community of urban poor, forming an illegal society.

Previously, Cairo rulers chose the area to house their tombs outside the crowded city in a deserted location. This area was used as a burial ground for the Fatimids, Abbasids, and Ayubids.

Due to the population crisis and lack of affordable housing, many Egyptians have made these rooms their permanent homes.

MASQ, operated by the Sultan Foundation, aims at promoting heritage preservation, creativity and cultural diversity, and at improving the quality of life of the inhabitants of this underprivileged but culturally important neighborhood through various programs that involve the local community in inclusive ways.
9/21/2017 7:21:51 PM
<![CDATA[Amr Ibn El Aas Book Fair Opens ]]>
El Namnam announced that this is a step in the Ministry of Culture’s efforts to make reading accessible to everyone.

Amr Ibn El Aas Mosque is often chosen for its historical value. It is the first mosque to be built in Egypt, and is located at Mogmaa' El Adyan, as a symbol of religious unity.

The fair also organized a celebration of the new Islamic year. It marks the opening of many book-fairs in mosques in cooperation with the Ministry of Endowments. The fair offers discounts of up to 50%.

The Ministry of Culture and the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs publications are adding to cultural diversity, according to Mokhtar Gomaa. It is also an important step in bilateral cooperation between both ministries.

The Ministry of Culture seeks to find special place for the book fairs in the mosques to attract tourists, Namnam stated, adding that the Ministry of Antiquates provided the needed supplies of books for the fair. ]]>
9/21/2017 7:15:32 PM
<![CDATA[Amr Ibn El Aas Book Fair Opens ]]>
El Namnam announced that this is a step in the Ministry of Culture’s efforts to make reading accessible to everyone.

Amr Ibn El Aas Mosque is often chosen for its historical value. It is the first mosque to be built in Egypt, and is located at Mogmaa' El Adyan, as a symbol of religious unity.

The fair also organized a celebration of the new Islamic year. It marks the opening of many book-fairs in mosques in cooperation with the Ministry of Endowments. The fair offers discounts of up to 50%.

The Ministry of Culture and the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs publications are adding to cultural diversity, according to Mokhtar Gomaa. It is also an important step in bilateral cooperation between both ministries.

The Ministry of Culture seeks to find special place for the book fairs in the mosques to attract tourists, Namnam stated, adding that the Ministry of Antiquates provided the needed supplies of books for the fair. ]]>
9/21/2017 7:15:13 PM
<![CDATA[Arab Theatre Festival to be hosted in Egypt]]>
This will be declared during the tenth session of the Arab theatre Festival in Tunisia that will be held January 2018.

The Arab Theatre Festival is an annual event organized in a different Arab country each year, selected according to the availability of infrastructure of theatres and halls.

The first session of the festival was held in Egypt in 2009. The Arab Theatre Festival is an attempt to spread the culture of theatre and performance studies and arts in the Arab world, promote Arab cultures, arts, aesthetics, and research in the domain of theatre and performance arts, combat the decline of theatrical cultures within the Arab world and support theatrical scientific research and the Arab theatrical writings for youth and adults. The festival held the largest scientific conference ever in the domain of theatre and performance studies organized in the Arab world.
9/21/2017 7:13:15 PM
<![CDATA[Celebrating the life of science-fiction pioneer H.G. Wells]]>War of the Worlds and The Time Machine and forever influencing the way we think of the future.

Wells was born in Bromley, England in 1866, and came from rather humble origins, being the son of a shopkeeper and a maid. His family lived under the constant threat of poverty, and Wells’s school education was unsatisfactory; he did most of his learning through the many books he read, being quite the voracious bookworm.

At the age of 14, he became a draper’s assistant, though he didn’t last long. He then worked under a chemist, and then another draper, before eventually moving to freelance writing and thrn a student-teacher. Eventually, Wells won a scholarship to study at the Normal School of Science (now the Imperial College), which would feed into his future science-fiction writing.

Come 1895, Wells published the first of his novels, The Time Machine. The story follows a man known only as The Time Traveler who explains to a group that yes, indeed, time travel is possible, and demonstrates it by entering his machine and vanishing. He ends up in the far distant future in the year 802,701, and encounters two distinct races of mankind; the tiny, childish Eloi and the hideous underground Morlocks.

Cover for a book that includes The Time Machine via Chris Dumm on Flickr

The book was an immediate success, and Wells found himself a niche as a strikingly educated and imaginative science-fiction author, delighting the world with his fantastic possibilities. Wells predated incredible scientific advancements such as the moon landing and nuclear bombs, and he helped introduce public fascination for what science could achieve.

A year later, Wells wrote The Island of Dr Moreau the tale of a mad scientist who experimented with creating human-animal hybrids through painful surgical procedures.

The story follows a man who ends up on the island and must survive alongside grotesque beast-men. The end of the book has the main character returning to Britain to find himself the subject of scorn and disbelief, and laments that mankind might be no better than the animals. Strikingly original, The Island of Dr Moreau, like many of Wells’s body of works was adapted numerous times and became a permanent fixture of popular culture.

Wells’s most famous work, and one of the most famous science-fiction tales of all time, was 1898’s War of the Worlds, which popularized the concept of a Martian and was one of the first alien invasion novels. The book plots the invasion of Earth by the residents of Mars, riding on giant tripods that devastate everything in their path as mankind is helpless to stop them. A twist in the book reveals that the Martians are stopped not by humanity’s efforts but by an earth disease, for which the aliens have no defense.

Illustration from 1927’s Amazing Stories for their edition of War of the Worlds via Wikimedia

Becoming a permanent part of popular culture, War of the Worlds has been adapted countless times, the most recent of which was a 2005 Hollywood film directed by Stephen Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise. The film was the fourth highest grossing movie of that year and was nominated for 3 Oscars.

Wells also published a large body of non-fiction works, including a series of rather accurate futuristic predictions in his 1901 book Anticipations, where he successfully saw the rise of modern cities, globalization and modern warfare. Alas, Wells once idealistic view of the future gradually grew bleaker, and one of his last books, 1945’s Mind at the End of Its Tether, predicted that mankind would be replaced by a new, more advanced species. The outbreak of World War II had only cemented his hopeless outlook.

He passed away on August 13, 1946, and is remembered as one of the world’s finest minds in science-fiction.

Illustration from 1927’s Amazing Stories for their edition of War of the Worlds via Wikimedia

9/21/2017 4:40:33 PM
<![CDATA[2018 London Art Gallery to explore impact of Michael Jackson]]>
Inspired by the title of his hit album “On the Wall,” the exhibition will include works from over 40 artists, including big names such as Andy Warhol, the first to paint Jackson back in 1982, honoring the defining and monumental career of the famed King of Pop. More specifically, the exhibition will focus on the massive impact the late musician had on popular culture and art specifically.

New pieces of art will also be made specifically for the show. Among other artists participating are Maggi Hambling, Gary Hume, David LaChapelle, and Grayson Perry.

Regarding the exhibition, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, Nicholas Cullinan, explains what’s so unique about this specific exhibition; “It is rare that there is something new to say about someone so famous, but here that is the case. The exhibition breaks new ground for the National Portrait Gallery in its subject matter and the breadth and profile of the artists who have been invited to participate.”

“Michael Jackson: On the Wall” will run from June 28, 2018 until October 21.

9/21/2017 3:24:03 PM
<![CDATA[Actor Khaled Kamal to give acting workshop ]]>
The workshop will tackle the basics of acting in different mediums such as cinema, TV, and theatre. It will also discuss the essential requirements in any actor.

Khaled Kamal is one of the contemporary acclaimed actors in Arabic drama and cinema.

He started his career in theatre, participating in 94 plays.

He started his career in drama acting with "Matkhafosh” [Don’t Be Scared], then he undertook many roles in many series and film such as “Al Tofaan” [The Flood], “La Totfee' Al Shams” [Don’t Turn off the Sun], and “Grand Hotel.”

To join the workshop, send a message with a brief bio and your aim for participating in the workshop, to Osiris’s Facebook


9/21/2017 3:02:50 PM
<![CDATA[Herr Diebold ond Kollega to perform at El Sawy Culture Wheel]]>
Herr Diebold ond Kollega are a four-member rock and roll group that performs covers of leading classic rock and roll music bands, such as the Eagles. It was formed in 1970 by four college students who wanted to be famous and perform their favourite music.

The band stopped for 30 years until it reunited in 2000. Since then, Herr Diebold ond Kollega have performed more than 200 successful shows. Their music carries a mixture of fascinating lyrics and music from Germany that will please the audience.

9/21/2017 2:24:47 PM
<![CDATA[Iranian artist’s exhibition explores ‘to be or not to be’]]>
Haerizadeh uses collage and other mixed media to explore factors such as time, history, and politics. Working primarily in Dubai, Haerizadeh lifts myths and traditions into the realm of the digital, splicing multiple images to create something distinct. The artist collaborates frequently with his brother Rokni Haerizadeh and childhood friend Hesam Rahmanian, who have been living in Dubai in exile since 2009.

A major theme in the artist’s work is renewal. In regards to materials, Haerizadeh is adamant about not throwing anything away or leaving it to collect dust, constantly reusing materials and giving them new life. He also consistently returns to his older pieces and readapts them, adjusting them to how he himself has changed with the passage of time.

Located at Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, the exhibition runs from September 13 to November 2, ‘To Be or Not To Be” is Haerizadeh’s fourth exhibition in Dubai, and is the culmination of the artist’s 40 years of artistic experience.

Amongst the examples of the works presented is “First Rain’s Always a Surprise,” a deeply personal series about Haerizadeh’s mother that explores the history of his mother and her family’s life, and how it related to the broader social contexts. Using photographs and diary entries from his mother’s personal diaries, Haerizadeh creates collages that reflect the life of his mother in a unique and artistic manner.

To Haerizadeh, collage goes beyond art; it is political. In an interview with The National, he explains: “For me, collage as a form is political. Instead of painting something, the use is of existing images and putting them next to each other, harshly sometimes.”
9/21/2017 2:22:47 PM
<![CDATA[“Farfalle” live show at NYAUD explores butterfly metamorphosis]]>
Performed by two dancers from the Italian group Compagnia TPO, “Farfalle” uses an interactive environment of sound and colors to create a memorable experience that the audience can become a part of. In total, 18 performances will take place running through October 1. Primarily geared towards children, the colorful environment and interactive displays will help encourage their creativity in a unique manner. It will take place at the Black Box in NYU Abu Dhabi’s Art Center.

“Farfalle” is named after the Italian term for a type of pasta shaped like butterfly wings.

9/21/2017 1:35:52 PM
<![CDATA[A tribute to Frank Sinatra and Andrea Bocelli at Cairo Opera House]]>
The choir will play a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Andrea Bocelli in the first concert. It will perform a number of hits by both iconic singers including, “New York, New York,” “It is Only a Paper Moon,” and “Falling in Love with Love.”

A number of singers will participate at the concert including Iman Moustafa, Rasha Talaat, Mona Rafla, Hisham Elguindy, and Mostafa Mohamed.

“The Telephone Opera” will be performed in the second concert by the choir. The singers participating are Jacqueline Rafik and Ezzat Ghanem.

“The Telephone Opera” is a one-act comedy Opera composed by iconic Italian-American composer Carlo Menotti.

The storyline is about a man (Ben) intending to propose to his friend (Lucy). He goes to visit her at her apartment, but she is busy answering telephone calls.

When Ben proposes, the telephone rings. Finally, he decides to propose to her through the telephone.

The Cairo Opera Choir officially formed in 1964. Its first performance was “La Traviata” Opera in Arabic and a number of international performances, including the 9th Symphony by Beethoven at the Cairo Opera House.

Although the Cairo Opera House burned down in 1971, the choir never dissolved. It performed at El Gomhoriya Theatre and Sayed Darwish Theatre until the Cairo Opera House was reconstructed in 1988.

It represented a number of impressive soloists such as Iman Mustafa, Neven Allouba, and Reda El Wakil. The choirs’ repertoire includes 32 operas of the best international compositions from the Baroque Era to date. ]]>
9/21/2017 1:34:14 PM
<![CDATA[Nour El Sherif film week revives his second memory of death]]>
The movie tells the story of a family inherits their father's drug business which leads to their undoing.

“Al Aar” (The Shame) is an Egyptian movie that was released in 1982; the film is directed by Ali Abdel Khalek and written by Mahmoud Abu Zaid. It stars Egyptian actors Hussein Fahmy, Mahmoud Abdelaziz and Noura.

Al Aar (The Shame) movie poster

Nour El Sherif film week which occurred from September 17 till 21, takes place simultaneously at El Hanager Arts Center in Cairo.

Nour El Sherif

*was born in 1946 as Mohamed Gaber, and he was an Egyptian actor and producer who died at the age of 69.

Sherif graduated from the Higher Institute for Theatrical Studies in 1967. He has performed great roles in drama, cinema and on stage.

He is survived by his wife, Egyptian actress Poussy.
The films were presented during the week were “Hadoota Masrya”(An Egyptian Tale), “Al Ekhwa Al Aadaa”(Enemy Brothers), “Habeeby Daeiman” (My Lover, Always) and “El Maseer”(The Fate).

Al-Horeia Center for Creativity at Alexandria held a week in dedication for Nour El Sherif in affiliation with the Ministry of Culture and the Cultural Development Fund.

9/21/2017 1:32:31 PM
<![CDATA[El Gouna Film Festival – ‘Of Sheep and Men’]]>CAIRO – 21 September 2017: Director Karim Sayad’s “Of Sheep and Men” documentary follows the lives of two people in Algeria on the eve of Eid, exploring the personal and political situations of the country in the process.

Hamid is a 16-year-old boy who dreams of becoming a veterinarian, but has not been able to go to school for it. When he acquires a prized ram he dubs it “El Bouq”, he sets his goals on training him to become a world-class fighter. Meanwhile, another sheep-farmer, Samir, has lost all ambition in life and simply tries to get by the days, selling sheep for slaughter as Eid rolls around.

“Of Sheep and Men” is in some way an exploration of masculinity; despite the prevalence of rams, no ewes are featured. More broadly, the sheep here come to represent the people of Algeria, trapped within a society that treats them as little more than a commodity. It is an allegorical tale of Algeria, its people, and the animals dwelling its land.

The film premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.

9/21/2017 11:41:36 AM
<![CDATA[Get in formation: Punk band slips onto Beyonce vinyl]]>
ZEX -- an Ottawa hardcore quartet whose songs include "Child Soldier" and "Burn the Flag" -- posted on Facebook a yellow record labeled as Beyonce's "Lemonade" playing on a turntable, but the sound was guitar power chords and shouted vocals.

Columbia Records in a statement acknowledged a manufacturing mistake, blaming unspecified "human error" at a plant in Germany.

Rejecting any notion that it was an artistic decision, the label said: "Beyonce and ZEX were not aware of or responsible for the mispress."

The mistake was only on the A-side of "Lemonade" on a small number of records, said the label, which promised refunds and exchanges.

ZEX -- who have 8,000 likes on Facebook, compared with Beyonce's 64 million -- on Monday were directing the curious to a new website to buy the music.

"Lemonade," which came out last year, was considered the most musically adventurous album of the pop superstar's career as she branched into hip-hop, country -- and hard rock, with Jack White and Led Zeppelin members among the credited songwriters.]]>
9/21/2017 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Music piracy on increase worldwide: industry group]]>
Internet search engines are making piracy easier, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said in a report on Tuesday, calling for government action.

The increase in piracy follows a slump in recent years when policing of the digital music landscape appeared to be clamping down on the practice.

"Copyright infringement is still growing and evolving, with stream ripping the dominant method," said IPPI chief, Frances Moore.

"With the wealth of licensed music available to fans, these types of illegal sites have no justifiable place in the music world," she said, calling for greater regulation of the digital music sector.

Based on a survey of consumers in 13 countries, the report found that most unlicensed music listeners were using "stream ripping" to access pirate content.

Thirty-five percent of all Internet users were using stream ripping -- up from 30 percent in 2016.

Stream ripping sites allow users to turn a file being played on a streaming platform, such as Spotify or YouTube, into one that can be downloaded permanently.

The percentage of stream rippers rose to 53 percent among 16-24-year-olds, while only 18 percent of 55-64-year-olds engaged in stream ripping.

The report said search engines "play a key role in copyright infringements", with 54 of those downloading unlicensed music using Google to find it.

YouTube-mp3.org, the world's most popular stream ripping site in which millions of users converted YouTube videos into audio files, was shut down earlier this month after a legal campaign by IFPI.

The music industry -- which has enjoyed a revival in profits after years of stagnation -- has been increasingly aggressive in tackling piracy. In 2015, it succeeded in shutting the popular site Grooveshark.

IFPI also said that upload platform YouTube accounts for 46 percent of all the time spent listening to on-demand music but that this dominance was failing to create "fair value" for the music business.

It said the estimated annual revenue for the industry per user from Spotify was around $20 (17 euros), compared to less than $1 per user for YouTube.

The report also revealed the continuing rise in audio streaming.

It found that 45 percent of respondents were now listening to music through a licensed audio streaming service -- up from 37 percent in 2016.

It also revealed that 90 percent of paid audio streamers were listening to music using a smartphone.

Among 13-to-15-year-olds, 85 percent were using streaming services, according to the survey.]]>
9/21/2017 10:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[‘Prospective -Duet Art Exhibition’ to display at Easel and Camera]]>
The exhibition will be displaying artworks by artists Omar Gabr and Omar Abdullatif including painting and drawings.

Founded in 2008, Easel and Camera exhibits contemporary art and is dedicated to developing contemporary art practices in Egypt.

The center gives young local and international artists the opportunity to share their work with the world. The artwork exhibited utilized several art media including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics and sculpture.
9/21/2017 10:03:09 AM
<![CDATA[Move over Disney, Mexico plans Mayan theme park]]>
The park, dubbed Amikoo -- or "friend" in the Mayan language -- will have rides and characters based on Mayan mythology and be built in two phases in the so-called Riviera Maya, a stretch of pristine beaches on Mexico's southeastern coast.

"We're going to compete with other (parks) up there (in the United States), and I'm sure ours will be better," Pena Nieto said at a ceremony also attended by the Mexican investors behind the project.

Pena Nieto said the park would bolster Mexico's place as a "high-quality tourism destination."

Mexico became the eighth most-visited country in the world last year, according to the World Tourism Organization, with 35 million international arrivals who spent some $19.6 billion.

The vital sector represents some 8.7 percent of the Mexican economy.

The move to challenge US theme parks such as Disneyland and Disney World comes at a time of tense relations between Mexico and the United States.

The two neighbors' ties have frayed since US President Donald Trump was elected on vows to make Mexico pay for a wall on the border and a campaign laced with anti-Mexican rhetoric.

The new 120-hectare (300-acre) park will have attractions such as a flight simulator that lets visitors fly over popular Mexican tourist attractions, a mock submarine and a pirate ride.

It will also have a 320-room hotel, a Mayan archeology and anthropology museum, and dedicate 75 percent of its property to environmental conservation.

The first phase is set to open in November 2018 and the second two years later.

Investors say they expect four million to 4.5 million visitors per year.]]>
9/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA['It' scares up box office glory for 2 weeks]]>
The Warner Bros. film, based on a Stephen King novel and starring Bill Skarsgard as a creepy clown who terrorizes a sleepy Maine town, earned an estimated $60.1 million for the three-day weekend, bringing its domestic total to $218.8 million in only two weeks, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Trailing far behind were two new releases, "American Assassin" from CBS Films/Lionsgate, at $14.8 million, and "mother!" which took in just $7.5 million in ticket sales despite the star power of Jennifer Lawrence.

"Assassin" stars Dylan O'Brien as a CIA "black ops" recruit who teams up with crusty veteran agent Michael Keaton to try to prevent terrorists from starting a war.

Paramount's "mother!" earned a dubious distinction: the lowest opening gross for a Lawrence film in wide release. A psychological thriller from Darren Aronofsky, it likely suffered from going head-to-head against "It."

In the film, Lawrence and her husband, played by Javier Bardem, see their tranquil lives upended when strangers (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) show up at their country home.

The movie drew a rare "F" from the ComScore website, despite a relatively strong 69 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Aronofsky earned critical acclaim for earlier films, including "Black Swan" (2010), "The Wrestler" (2008), "Requiem for a Dream" (2000) and "Pi" (1998).

In fourth place was "Home Again" from Open Road Films, with a take of $5.2 million. The romantic comedy stars Reese Witherspoon as a recently separated woman whose life changes when she lets three young men move in.

And in fifth was "The Hitman's Bodyguard," at $3.6 million. The action comedy stars Ryan Reynolds as a bodyguard hired to protect a notorious hitman played by Samuel L. Jackson.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

"Annabelle: Creation" ($2.4 million)

"Wind River" ($2.6 million)

"Leap!" ($2.2 million)

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" ($1.9 million)

"Dunkirk" ($1.3 million)]]>
9/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Film hated by Israel culture minister candidate for Oscars]]>
The surreal and complex movie by director Samuel Maoz includes what could be seen as a critical view of the Israeli military.

It also won the Grand Jury prize at this month's Venice Film Festival, but Regev, who has frequently criticised Israel's cultural elite, is not a fan -- though she reportedly said at the time of the Venice festival that she had not seen it.

After having walked out last year, she was not invited to this year's Ophir Awards -- Israel's version of the Oscars -- on Tuesday evening.

She instead appeared live on her Facebook page to criticise the movie and members of Israel's Film and Television Academy.

She referred to a striking scene in the film and called it a "blood libel."

"As a minister and mother who has served in the Israeli army, I am ashamed that such a film has won such a prestigious prize," she posted on Facebook after the award was given.

An allegation from the Middle Ages -- that Jews murdered Christian children to use their blood for ritual purposes -- gave rise to the term "blood libel".

Academy director Mosh Danon said: "Criticism is meant to strengthen and support.

"Some of us choose to do this by means of stories," he said, according to Israeli media.

"There is no us and you. There are no enemies. There is only a strong desire to fix and improve, together with the establishment."

Winning best picture at the Ophir Awards makes the film eligible for inclusion in the foreign-language category at the Oscars, or Academy Awards, in the United States.

Regev, who belongs to what is seen as Israel's most right-wing government ever, has repeatedly taken on the country's largely left-wing Jewish cultural elite.

They have accused her of seeking to muzzle them, including by promoting a bill to cut subsidies to cultural institutions deemed not "loyal" to the state.

Last year, she was booed on arrival at a cultural conference and hit back from the podium.

"As the famous Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu once said: 'Cut the bullshit,'" she said.
9/21/2017 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Comic event, Doaa Eladl hosted by Cairo Comics Festival ]]>
The event will take place at the former American University in Cairo’s main campus, at 7:30 pm in Ewart Hall. The band will be performing with the drawings of Doaa Eladl being projected live behind the band.

Bent Al Masarwa is a feminist Egyptian music band whose music production is based on their and other women’s life experiences, the group’s Facebook page mentioned.

Doaa Eladl

is a political cartoonist who worked for Al Dostor, Rosa Al Youssef and Sabah El Kheir and currently works at Al Masry Al Youm. She won the Egyptian Journalists' Union Award for the best cartoonist in 2009, the Facebook event page said.


is an artistic celebration that brings the Egyptian public together with local and international comic book artists and awards many prizes like the Best Published Graphic Novel in Arabic, the festival’s Facebook page reported.
9/21/2017 9:20:01 AM
<![CDATA[Ai Wei-Wei critical of China at opening of Swiss exhibit]]>
The Chinese dissident artist spoke while inaugurating an exhibit in the Swiss city of Lausanne that includes some of his political works symbolizing repression.

“They are not accepting what we call common values such as democracy and freedom of speech and the freedom of religious practice and independence of the press or independence of a judicial system or people having the right to vote,” Ai told a news conference.

“China has been booming and become very powerful in the economic sense but at the same time it doesn’t trust its own people,” he said. “After 60 or 70 years in power, still its own people are not trusted to have a chance to vote.”

Asked about the five-yearly leadership reshuffle of the ruling Communist Party set to begin on Oct. 18, Ai said: ”You have a party that functions more like a family. It doesn’t matter how many meetings they have, it’s always closed-door.

“So there’s no trust remaining in society.”

Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday that China has launched more rigorous investigations into rights lawyers and law firms that take on politically sensitive issues.

Ai, who lives in Berlin but returns to China regularly, voiced concern about two friends who are human rights lawyers “ruthlessly put in jail” for five and 10 years, respectively.

“So the danger is there but I have no fear for myself because I have been through everything and what I have done is not for myself. It’s for my father’s generation and my son’s generation,” the 60-year-old said.

The exhibit entitled “It’s Always the Others”, on view at the Cantonal Fine Arts Museum in Lausanne until Jan. 28, brings together 46 works made in wood, jade, porcelain, bamboo, and silk, along with photographs and videos.

“Dragon in Progress”, a 50-metre-long bamboo and silk kite hung from the ceiling, transforms a traditional symbol of Chinese imperial power with quotes from imprisoned or exiled activists including Nelson Mandela, Edward Snowden and Ai.

A marble sculpture, “Surveillance Camera with Plinth”, depicts a camera set up outside his Beijing studio.

”I‘m a free man, that means I can go and come back. Which is fine. They kept their promise, they didn’t touch me.

“But of course when a state is not really ruled by law you can see that anything still can happen at any moment because it’s unpredictable, you’re not protected by law.”]]>
9/21/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[US music industry soars as streaming hits 30 million]]>
The boom in streaming -- which allows unlimited, on-demand listening online -- has revived the music business in recent years but the latest figures were especially strong.

Sales in the world's largest music market rose 14.6 percent to $2.7 billion in the first six months, well outpacing the 8.1 percent growth a year earlier, the Recording Industry Association of America said.

Streaming revenue grew by nearly half and now accounts for 62 percent of the market. The growth is led by paid services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal, with subscriptions shooting past 30 million.

In another bright point, physical sales declined a marginal one percent -- not the major drops of previous years -- as CDs slipped only slightly and vinyl kept up its rebirth.

The biggest drop in sales was in downloads on iTunes and other services as fans instead turn to streaming.

Despite the strong growth, the association said that sales were still below levels from before the advent of the internet -- which devastated the music industry as fans flocked online.

The industry group also reiterated its charges that YouTube takes advantage of loopholes to pay too little back to artists and their labels.]]>
9/21/2017 4:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[“Sinai: The Capital of Religious Tourism” to be hosted in Sinai]]>
The conference was attended by Minister of Tourism Yahya Rashed, Governor of South Sinai Khaled Fouda, Minister of Religious Endowments Dr. Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa, and head of Parliament’s Religious Affairs Committee Dr. Osama Al-Abd.

“Sinai: The Capital of Religious Tourism” aims to combat and denounce terrorism and extremism by highlighting Egypt’s role as a site for religious heritage since the Abrahamic times.

The conference is an important chance for a dialogue of civilizations, as key religious figures from different countries will attend.

On the sidelines of the conference, the celebration of the third session of the Religions Forum, “Here we pray together”, will be held under the auspices of UNESCO.

South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda further stressed that Sharm El Sheikh has become an attractive venue for tourism and international conferences.

Sharm El Sheikh is hosting an international youth conference in October and an international conference on telecommunications by the beginning of 2018, according to Fouda.

“Tourism gets sick, but does not die,” Fouda added, referring to efforts taking place in the German and Italian markets to revive tourist inflows to Egypt.
9/20/2017 7:50:37 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Modern Dance Theater at Al-Gomhoria]]>
The performance is directed by Monadel Antar, with choreography by Sally Ahmed and Antar, and scenography by Amr Abdullah. Ticket prices are LE 25 ($1.40), LE 35 and LE 50.

The EMDT group is affiliated to the Egyptian Ministry of Culture and the Cairo Opera House.

The group is considered the first of its kind in the Arab world, and they work on the themes of Egyptian and Arabic civilization. They have presented 26 performances, participated in many international festivals and performed in the U.S., Europe, China and Korea, EMTD’s Facebook page reported.
9/20/2017 7:47:49 PM
<![CDATA[Celebrating the life of author Upton Sinclair]]>
Sinclair was born on 1878 in Maryland, Baltimore. From a young age he was well aware of class divides; his parents living in poverty while his mother’s family lived the high-class life. This deep difference forever influenced the young Sinclair, opening his eyes to social injustices and setting him down the path of activism.

Aged 18, Sinclair graduated from the City University of New York, and supported himself by writing novels under a pen name. By 1900, he was married and later had a son, though the marriage eventually went in shambles after he became a socialist. His first few novels received no attention and Sinclair was forced to publish them himself.

All that would change when, while working for the socialist newspaper “Appeal to Reason,” he was asked to investigate mistreatment of workers within the meat packing industry. Sinclair went undercover, documenting the poor sanitary conditions and awful worker treatment in his 1906 book “The Jungle.”

Originally rejected by publishers, the book was eventually published by Doubleday to national shock. While the focus of the book was on the workers’ conditions, Sinclair also detailed the atrocious ways animals were abused, which caused moral outrage in the public, and forever changed the way people thought about their food.

The book was such a massive influence that it was translated into 17 different languages in just a few months of its release. It also led to the passing of the U.S.’s Pure Food and Drug laws. Though Sinclair continued writing, nothing he wrote matched the sheer impact of “The Jungle.”

Sinclair used the money from the book to attempt to fund a socialist community named Helicone Home Colony; it burned down a year later. Sinclair would remarry and continue writing, while also continuing his activist efforts, once attempting to run for democratic governor of California.

He passed away in 1968, having written over 90 books and living a life of the change he wanted to see.
9/20/2017 7:41:01 PM
<![CDATA[Mummy lecture to be given at El Sawy Culture Wheel]]>
The upcoming lecture is the 146th lecture in El Shamaa’ lectures series. The series aim to rewrite Egyptian history by an Egyptian pen, along with refuting the false myths related to Egyptian history.

His latest lecture was held at Misr Public Library about the latest archeological discoveries, as well as Egyptian myths.

Another lecture will be given at October 6 at El Sawy Culture Wheel by El Shamaa’ celebrating the October 6th War victory.
9/20/2017 7:36:26 PM
<![CDATA[“Memory of Peru” exhibition inaugurated at Cairo Opera House ]]>
The exhibition, which runs until September 25, contains 79 photographs highlighting the life in Peru between 1890 and 1950, to further promote cultural values between Egypt and Peru and enhance people’s understanding of Peruvian history and culture.

Peru’s black and white Photography works – By Egypt Today Staff

The photos are in black and white, demonstrating the multi-color social groups and local life in Peru in the late 19th century and early 20th century, including landscapes, national traditions, daily life, labor and other scenes.

Peru’s black and white Photography works – By Egypt Today Staff

After saluting the flags of both countries, Hawass has praised the exhibition saying that “photographs are a very important part in our life.”

Hawass spoke about his good relations with Peru which began when he was secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and helped Peru in securing the return of more than 4,000 beautiful artifacts from Yale University in the United States.

Zahi Hawass speaking in the opening ceremony of the exhibition – by Egypt Today Staff

In addition, he has invited a delegation from Peru to the conference that he organized about restoring the stolen artifacts.

He added that he decided to hold a second conference on protecting and repatriating cultural heritage items in Lima, capital of Peru, in 2011 where President Alan Garcia has honored Hawass.

Dr. Zahi Hawass has given the ambassador of Peru a version of his famous hat – By Egypt Today Staff

At the end of his speech, Hawass has given the ambassador of Peru a version of his famous hat after he had advised the attendees to visit Peru that has many beautiful historic places.

Perus’ Ambassador Hugo Portugal Cabajal gave speech – By Egypt Today Staff

Cabajal has hailed Hawass’s role in spreading culture and preserving antiquities around the world and gave him a picture in which President Gracia honors Hawass by giving him Peru's highest decoration, "Order of the Sun Award."

Peru’s Ambassador Hugo Portugal Cabajal gave him a picture in which the President Gracia honors Hawass – By Egypt Today Staff

On the sidelines of the exhibition, a documentary film was screened about Hawass’s efforts in discovering many historic places.

Twenty countries were represented at the two-day conference in Cairo organised by Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) and Hawass in 2010. This conference aimed to call on Western museums to give back many antiquities to their countries.

Representatives include cultural officials from Greece, Italy, China and Peru, all of which have lost ancient artifacts over the centuries which that they now want back.
9/20/2017 7:23:51 PM
<![CDATA[El Hanager Theater showcases “Shadows of a Female”]]>
The play will be performed by the Jordanian theatrical troupe Liberate Theatre. It is written by Hazaa El Brary and directed by Eyad Elshatanawy

The play narrates the story of three women who are waiting for a train that won’t come.

Each one of them carries her memories, pain and beliefs. They face social oppression and are hurt by their lovers, parents, family and society.

The show is part of the 24th Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theater.


Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theater (CIFCET) is running between September 19 and September 29, featuring an array of interactive seminars, workshops and plays.

Various Egyptian theatrical performances will be showcasing, including “The Day they Killed Singing”, “The Bridge”, “The 40 Rules of Love”, “The Experiment”, “Shaman”, “The Ambassador” and “Women with No Tomorrow”.

The festival will also feature Arab theatrical performances, including Jordanian “Shadow of a Female”, Iraqi “On Private”, Iraqi “Cart”, Moroccan “Balasmya”, Moroccan play “Fall”, Tunisian “Fall Night”, Tunisian play “Women in Resistance and Love”.

The festival will be hosting five honorary guests, including theater professor at the University of Berlin Erika Fischer, artistic and literary critic Hassan El Mone’ei, American theatrologist and professor at City University of New York Marvin Carlson, and theater director Myung Jin Choi, while the late playwright Mahfouz Abdel Rahman, who has recently passed away, will also be honored.
9/20/2017 6:35:20 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Symphony Orchestra celebrates Johannes Brahms ]]>
Photo courtesy of Cairo Opera House

The concert is being organized in cooperation with the American Embassy in Cairo. Cairo Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by David Rudge. Janet Sung will be the solo violinist.

The program includes “Candide Overture” by Leonard Bernstein, “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 35” by Eric Wolfgang Korngold, and Brahms’ “Second Symphony.”

Photo courtesy of Cairo Opera House

Johannes Brahms is a German composer. He was born in 1833 and died in 1897. He learnt to play the piano, music theory and Beethoven’s theories.

His works have enriched classical music. He was greatly influenced by Beethoven’s music and style, many critics called Johann’s first symphony, Beethoven’s 10th. He was awarded Pour le Mérite in 1887.

Photo courtesy of Cairo Opera House
9/20/2017 4:46:37 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History – First Cannes Film Festival]]>
Originally titled the International Film Festival, the Cannes Festival came to be in 1939 as backlash over the Venice Film Festival turning into a vehicle for fascist propaganda. French diplomat Philippe Erlanger was outraged, and turned to Jean Zay, France’s Minister for Education and Fine Arts, for approval to create a cultural event that would rival the Venice Film Festival.

With Zay’s approval, Erlanger managed to organize a new festival to take place in France’s city of Cannes, a scenic place by the beach. The original plans were to hold the Festival from September 1 until September 20, and invite films from all around the world to fairly participate, as a way of minimizing tensions. The outbreak of World War II caused a 10 day delay that eventually lasted all six years of the world’s most brutal war.

Yet like a phoenix rising from the ashes, The International Film Festival would emerge again from the wreckage of war in 1946, raised with public funds that breathed hope into a France devastated by the horrors of WWII. Hoping that it would attract tourists, the French government approved the Festival, and it finally opened on September 20, 1946.

In total, 18 nations participated, and nine films received the Grand Prix du Festival. Though economic hardships canceled 1948’s and 1950’s festivals, the Cannes Film Festival would eventually come to be regarded as a highly important event, a triumph of the spirit of creativity from the ruins of war.
9/20/2017 4:36:06 PM
<![CDATA[Inktober challenge to take place in Egypt]]>
Inktober challenge spurs the artists to produce an artistic sketch in ink every day throughout October. The subjects will be selected by Jake Parker, the founder of the challenge.

It aims to give a real chance for artists to work on improving their skills. It will also provide a chance for artists from different fields to meet together.

Artists can subsequently post their work online using the hashtag #Inktoberegypt on Facebook, where at the end of the month Dot Space venue will feature the best works from throughout the month, said Mohamed Mahdy, the organizer of the event.

Artists can also attend an artwork critique everyday at Dot Space, where artists will critique each other’s works to help each other improve, stated Mahdy.

However, attendance is not mandatory, and artwork can be featured at the end of the month even if the artist doesn’t attend these critique sessions.

Inktober is an international challenge, Inktober Egypt organizers hope to make it an annual event in Egypt.

The international event is open to participants from around the world.

"I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits,” Parker said on his official website. “It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year. Anyone can do Inktober, just pick up a pen and start drawing."

This year’s subjects are various and the keywords selected as starting points for the artists include run, cloud, deep, fall and ship.
9/20/2017 4:19:51 PM
<![CDATA[Salman Khan honored in Britain’s House of Commons]]>
The actor received the award from Keith Vaz, the British Parliament’s longest running Asian member, who praised Khan’s humanitarian efforts and his acting career. Khan visited Britain as part of his Da-Bang tour. Apart from his acting career, which features him in Bollywood hits such as 2010’s “Dabangg” and 2016’s “Sultan,” Khan is also the owner of the Being Human NGO founded in 2007; working to further education and healthcare for the underprivileged.

Despite this, Khan has been embroiled in controversy in the past, such as being charged for a hit-and-run case where he ran over several people sleeping in a street back in 2002, which he went on trial for in 2013. Still, Khan has managed to maintain his reputation as a humanitarian and one of Bollywood’s biggest stars.

9/20/2017 3:06:15 PM
<![CDATA[Culture Council honours disabled children]]>
The event also had a book signing of the Ebdaa’at (Creations) series called ”Qesaty” [My Tale] by Safaa Taha. The book is a collection of poems about love, peace, and unity. Taha aimed to send a supportive message to every talented disabled child.

Taha is one such multitalented disabled child. She is 14-years-old and is talented in many fields such as poetry, novel composition, and painting.

She won second place at the Electronic Book competition. She is also called the Ambassador of Peace and Challenge.

An exhibition of the works of the talented children followed the event. It displayed the work of the winners of the Creation Competition that the National Centre for Culture Child organized for the third year.
9/20/2017 3:02:16 PM
<![CDATA[Zena El Khalil's passionate exhibit at Beit Beirut Museum]]>

In Beit Beirut, a place of war now being reopened as a museum, Khalil has begun planting an artificial forest of 17,000 trees, representing the number of people believed to have vanished during Lebanon’s long civil war between 1975-1990. The building is located in what was once known as “The Green Line,” a warzone that was used as a strategic point by snipers.

Khalil’s forest is a visually powerful piece of art, combining nature, history and activism. Khalil chose the aesthetic of plants to also honor the forests that once grew where Beit Beirut now stands. Also, included are various sculptures, paintings, and multimedia works involving photography, sound and video.

Khalil’s exhibition is all about healing; how life can still re-grow even in a place so damaged. Her current art focuses on healing and art’s place within the process, particularly in the greater political context of Lebanon and its wars. Khalil focuses especially on the ways that art can help bring positive change within the world.

Talking to the National, Khalil states her ultimate goal is to create a public space that allows for discussion about trauma, memory and peace.

“The war ended and the next day everyone was back at work,” she says. “There was no reconciliation, there was no healing, and then 20 years went by. I don’t see people addressing it publicly because we don’t talk about our pain in public. We don’t talk about our period of pain.”
9/20/2017 3:00:18 PM
<![CDATA[‘Prospective -Duet Art Exhibition’ to display at Easel and Camera]]>CAIRO - 20 September 2017: Easel and Camera will display a new art exhibition titled “Prospective - Duet Art Exhibition” from September 23 to October 31.

The exhibition will be displaying artworks by artists Omar Gabr and Omar Abdullatif including painting and drawings.

Founded in 2008, Easel and Camera exhibits contemporary art and is dedicated to developing contemporary art practices in Egypt.

The center gives young local and international artists the opportunity to share their work with the world. The artwork exhibited utilized several art media including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics and sculpture.
9/20/2017 2:13:11 PM
<![CDATA[‘Endless Poerty’ screening at Magnolia Leaves of Art]]>
Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, the award winning surrealist filmmaker, story tells his autobiography from his early days as an emerging poet in Chile, accompanied by other artists.

Jodorowsky directed several film such as “La Cravate,” “The Voice Thief,” and “Santa Sangre.”

He won several awards throughout his career including the Leopard of Honour at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2016, and Lifetime Achievement Award at Fénix Film Award in 2016.

9/20/2017 2:11:39 PM
<![CDATA[‘Harry Potter’ screening with live orchestra in Abu Dhabi]]>
The Orquestra Simfònica Del Vallès from Spain will perform the score to the film live while it is projected on a 40 foot screen. The screening will take place on Du Fourm on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island from September 21 to 23. The show’s producer, John Freer, talks to the National about the magic of live Orchestras;

“The zeitgeist of film, mixed with the zeitgeist of music, coming together in a very powerful environment like a live performance does a lot of wonderful things for people. They get very excited."

9/20/2017 1:58:24 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed El Nahas at Da House on Sept. 22]]>
El Nahas’ extraordinary voice makes words come to life. He will perform a variety of songs including “Seduction or Love”, ”From Vienna”, “I Dressed Up”, and “Fake Paper”, among others.

His band consists of musicians who are experts at an array of music genres, which makes each musical work a distinctive mix suitable for every audience.

9/20/2017 1:55:43 PM
<![CDATA[Museum of Islamic Art receives pieces seized at Cairo airport]]>
The pieces were planned to be spirited out of the country to Istanbul, Turkey.

Once seized, the items were confiscated to be sent to the Ministry of Antiquities in line with an archaeological protection law of 1983, said Ahmed el Rawi, the head of the central administration of Egyptian ports.]]>
9/20/2017 1:50:24 PM
<![CDATA[France picks AIDS drama ‘120 Beats Per Minute’ for Oscar bid]]>
A tribute to direct-action group ACT UP, Campillo’s new feature is a deeply moving drama about gay activists striving to live life to the fullest even as they battle disease and indifference.

It was selected from a shortlist that included Mathieu Amalric’s “Barbara”, which won the Un Certain Regard special prize at Cannes, as well as Jean-Luc Godard biopic “Redoubtable”, from Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius.

Last year's French pick "Elle" failed to make the foreign-language shortlist but earned star Isabelle Huppert her first Oscar nomination. The last French film to win the foreign-language Oscar was Indochine, starring Catherine Deneuve, back in 1993.

“120 Beats Per Minute” was the darling of the Cannes Film Festival and the toast of the press, featuring stand-out performances by French actor Arnaud Valois and Argentina’s Nahuel Pérez Biscayart.

It draws on Campillo’s own experience of ACT UP’s Paris chapter to pay tribute to the young men and women who did much to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic in early 1990s France, at the height of the crisis.]]>
9/20/2017 1:37:01 PM
<![CDATA[‘Amélie’ to screen at 302Lab on Sept. 21]]>
The film premiered in 2001. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, it tells the story of Amélie a young woman born in France. During her childhood and after a mistaken diagnosis, her father, who works as an army doctor, thinks her heart is sick.

Her father prevents her from leaving the house and begins to home school her at the hands of her mother, which causes Amelie to be in a state of isolation and introversion.

Amélie starts working at a coffeeshop near her house at the age of 22, but is still an introvert and has not yet succeeded in being involved in any romantic relationship. Her life changes completely as a result of some events arranged by fate, and the girl sets out on a quest for love.

9/20/2017 12:10:00 PM
<![CDATA[Darb 1718 to host Orchestral Theater Workshop]]>
The workshop examines how music can be integrated into theatrical performances as well as how sound interacts with movement, gestures, and actions.

The practice is inspired by eastern spiritual and religious traditions. It aims to emphasize the energetic connection between partners.

Although based in Berlin, Tantawy holds a Master’s degree in theatre directing from the University of London. He was trained at the Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards workplace in Italy, and the Song of the Goat Theater in Poland.

In 2015, Tantawy launched SINAI Orchestral Theater in Berlin, a musical theatre production company.]]>
9/20/2017 12:05:42 PM
<![CDATA[El Gouna Film Festival – ‘Mrs. Fang’]]>
Set in a poor Chinese fishing village, we learn little about who Mrs. Fang was; it is not a film about her life, but about her death. Yet more than that, the film is an exploration of the interconnection between life and death.

As she slowly dies, life goes on around her; fishermen continue to fish, her family discusses funeral plans. Much of the pain they feel comes as much from waiting for her to die as watching it. This is a film both highly personal yet universal; death is an unavoidable part of our lives, and your reaction to Mrs. Fang’s slow expiration speaks heavily about our own views on death and life.

Premiering in Switzerland on August 9, 2017, “Mrs. Fang” won the Golden Leopard at the 70th Locarno International Film Festival.

9/20/2017 11:43:45 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House gears up for ballet season]]>
The opening gala will be held under the supervision of Iman Mustafa and will be inaugurated by Pop, accompanied by the Cairo Opera Ballet and the Cairo Opera Orchestra as well as a handful of other solo artists including Mona Rafla, Rasha Talaat, Ingy Mohsen, Jolie Faizy, Amr Medhat, Moustafa Mohamed, Ezzat Ghanem and Reda El Wakil.

The orchestra will be conducted by Italian David Crescenzi and Coral Akabila Maya Gefinaria

The program includes a selection of the most famous classical operas written by famous musicians such as “La Gioconda” of Ponchielli, “Il Trovatore” of Verdi, “L’elisir d’amore” for Donizetti, “Samson et Dalila” for Saint-Saens, and “Mefistofele” for Boito.

Tickets range from LE 50 to LE 100 ($2.83 - $5.667).
9/20/2017 11:34:46 AM
<![CDATA[CCDC presents free ‘Dance Bites’ workshop September 29 ]]>
The CCDC is an independent space for contemporary dance in Egypt. Founded in 2012 by Egyptian choreographer and dancer Karima Mansour, it operates under the umbrella of MAAT for Contemporary Art and is recognized by the UNESCO International Dance Council, according to the official CCDC Facebook page.
9/19/2017 11:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[El Nemnem congratulates Palestine for National Library]]>
“The National Library is a very important project for Palestine and all the Arab countries, and it will add to the Arabic library,” Nemnem said. “Egypt is ready to supply the library with books, documents and periodicals to enrich it with Egyptian books”

Chairman of the Egyptian General Authority for National Library and Archives Ahmed Al Shouki invited the chairman of the board of the library to visit the National Library and Archives to sign an agreement to enhance cooperation between the Egyptian National Library and Archives and Palestine’s National Library.

Palestinian Minister of Culture Ihab Bisiso announced during a press conference held in August 2017 the establishment of Palestine’s National Library in Ramallah, Palestine, which will serve as a symbol of Palestinian national sovereignty and help to maintain Palestinian heritage.]]>
9/19/2017 8:53:33 PM
<![CDATA[Iran asks award-winning film-maker to report to prosecutor]]>
On Friday, Rasoulof "was detained for two hours at the airport and his passport was confiscated without the slightest explanation", said Kaveh Farnam, who co-produced the prize-winning film "Lerd".

Rasoulof, who has previously been jailed for "anti-regime propaganda", was "invited" to present himself in person to the prosecutor for media and culture, Farnam said.

The director would probably go "next week", which in Iran starts on Saturday, he said, adding: "We have no idea what's going on".

Lerd won the top prize in the "Un Certain Regard" section at this year's Cannes film festival.

The film is about a man working on a goldfish farm in northern Iran who becomes caught up in corrupt ties between local leaders and businessmen.

Since receiving the award, Rasoulof had twice entered Iran without problems, Farnam said.

On Friday, he returned to Iran after screening his film at the Telluride film festival in the United States.

Rasoulof was sentenced to six years in prison in 2010 for a documentary about protests after the disputed re-election of then Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the previous year.

In 2011 while he was still in jail, Rasoulof took best director in the same competition in Cannes for "Goodbye".

Another of his films, "Manuscripts Don't Burn", about authors and activists murdered in the 1980s and 1990s, was shown at Cannes in 2013.]]>
9/19/2017 8:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Antiquity Ministry denies selling monument to Abu Dhabi]]>
“If Abu Dhabi has exhibited Egyptian monuments, they would have been from the antiquities obtained at Louvre Museum in Paris, as there is an agreement between the two museums that Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi is subordinated to the one in Paris, which would therefore be legal according to the law,” the ministry added.

Any pieces of Egyptian antiquities that were taken away from the country before the issuance of the Antiquities Protection Law No 117 of 1983 might be exhibited in international museums in a legal matter, as antiquities dealing was once lawful according to the once applicable international laws, the ministry reported.

The ministry welcomes holding any outdoor temporary exhibitions in collaboration with Arab or foreign countries as long as there are good political and diplomatic ties, as such exhibitions are of great benefit for Egypt and the hosting country. The ministry has always been encouraging other countries to hold exhibitions pursuant to law, while taking all precautions and safety requirements that ensure getting the antiquities back safely to Egypt.

Egyptian monuments, including vessels, masks, exhibited at Louvre Museum In Paris - File Photo

Louvre Museum in Paris is one of the most visited destinations for tourists around the world. The museum has a great deal of monuments from many ancient civilizations. It has approximately 9,000 pieces of ancient Egyptian antiquities that were discovered during the French invasion of Egypt under the emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who assigned Chameleon, the discoverer of the Rosetta stone, to study the ancient history of Egypt.

Egyptian monuments exhibited at Louvre Museum In Paris - File Photo

The Egyptian antiquities, including statues, sculptures, golden vessels and many stuffed pieces, are currently displayed in the museum, where there is a Department of Oriental and Ancient Egypt and the Greek and Roman civilizations.]]>
9/19/2017 7:28:15 PM
<![CDATA[Ministry transfers antiquities from Mohamed Ali palace to Manial palace]]>
This step comes ahead of starting the restoration and renovation work of Mohamed Ali palace.

Head of Museums Sector at the Ministry Ilham Salah said none of the antiquities inside Mohamed Aly palace went missing, adding that all the palace's belongings are intact and haven't been damaged in any way.

However, Salah explained that as soon as the ministry learned of breaking the doors of the palace and the loss of keys of a number of rooms, the committee was formed to carry out the inventorying of antiquities inside the palace.
9/19/2017 7:26:00 PM
<![CDATA[26th Arabic Music Festival to be held November 1-15]]>
This competition is held in the spirit of the late singer Mohsen Farouk.

The competition consists of three sections. The first section, which is for people aged between 17 and 40 years old, focuses on the artistic creativity in Arabic music. The second section is for competitors playing one of the most traditional musical instruments – Rabab. The final section is for children aged between six to 14 years old introducing historic songs.

The winners in the first, second and third sections will be awarded LE 40,000, LE 22,000 and LE 10,000 respectively.

The winners will participate in the closing ceremony at the Great Hall of Cairo Opera House.
9/19/2017 5:45:49 PM
<![CDATA[El Gawhara Palace: A Forgotten Piece of Architectural Beauty ]]>

The Salah El Din Citadel is known for including Muhammad Ali Mosque, the National Police Museum, Egyptian National Military Museum, and Al Gawhara Palace, which has been closed for many years.

The palace has a great view of Islamic Cairo, and Saladin Citadel can be seen from its windows. It was built by Muhammad Ali in 1814 as a private residence for his wife, that is why it’s called "El Gawhara," in her name.

He provided the palace with the richest decorations and furniture to furnish it as an outstanding architectural and artistic symbol. Muhammad Ali's reign period marked a true architectural and artistic renaissance.

An enormous gilt and marble mirror decorate the palace's entrance, which leads to the main hall.


It consists of two floors; the first one has the main reception hall, two minor halls, throne hall, and a garden called The Lions Garden. The second floor is home to many royal suites.

The main entrance also leads to a number of minor attachments, which served as a residence for guards and servants.

There are a number of famous halls in the palace such as Clocks Hall and Documents [Faramanat] hall.

Although it was constructed as a residence, Ali used it for receiving royal delegates and kings.

A number of rare and valuable collectibles are kept in the palace, including a historical chandelier received from the French King Louis Philippe. Additionally, the gilt throne is one of the important collectibles, which was sent as a present from the king of Italy.

The Royal Bedroom, a number of Ali's family belongings and portraits, unique pieces of furniture, as well as colourful and gilt decorations reflect the greatness of Islamic and Ottoman architecture resident in the forgotten palace.

Another historical sign that Al Gawhara indicates is the famous Massacre of the Citadel, when Ali killed more than 400 mamluks in defence of his rule of Egypt.

The palace has been burned down three times: in 1819, 1823, and in 1972.


The palace was restored and reopened in 1983, providing additional displaying halls such as Kaaba Hall that displays parts from Kaaba's Kiswah and Queen Eugénie de Montijo's bedroom furniture, which she used while residing in Egypt.

Eugénie de Montijo was the wife of Napeleon III of France. She was invited by Ismael Pasha to attend the opening of Suez Canal.

Visitors to Saladin Citadel often wonder, when will Al Gawhara Palace be opened again?
9/19/2017 5:44:46 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History – Charlie Chaplin banned from entering U.S.]]>
It was the height of the red scare; where paranoia against Communism was reaching absurd levels and the U.S. government was well on its toes for anything it could paint as “The Red Menance.”

Chaplin, known for his renowned role as an Adolf Hitler parody in 1940’s "The Great Dictator," had been banned from entry to his home in Hollywood until he could be cleared by immigration officers, though no reason was given.

Though Chaplin had been living in the U.S. for 40 years, he was still legally considered a British citizen. The actor had been under suspicion of being sympathetic to causes related to the left, and had caught the anger of the government after he accused their efforts in suppressing communism as a denial of free speech and violation of civil rights. Chaplin was eventually blacklisted from working in Hollywood.

Having had enough, Chaplin moved with his family to Switzerland, only setting foot in America 20 years later to accept an award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, recognized for his immeasurable contributions to modern cinema.

9/19/2017 4:35:47 PM
<![CDATA[‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ wins TIFF award]]>
The Grolsch People's Choice Award is given to the movie that wins the most votes from the public attending the festival.

The film was released in the United States and the United Kingdom on November 10, 2017.

The movie is a dark comic drama written and directed by the Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh.

Its plot revolves around a woman named Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) who is fed up with the lack of progress in her daughter’s murder case. Consequently, she takes action to attract police’s attention to the case by painting three controversial signs which lead into her town.

The heroes of the film, which will be a frontrunner in 2018 Oscars race, are Woody Harrelson (Sheriff Bill Willoughby), Frances McDormand (Mildred Hayes), Sam Rockwell (Officer Jason Dixon) and Peter Dinklage (James).

The 42nd edition of TIFF took place in Canada from September 7 to 17.

TIFF was founded in 1976 at the Windsor Arms Hotel in which the best flicks from film festivals around the world were found. It became the world’s most important publicly attended film festival and has grown to embrace programming 365 days a year.
9/19/2017 4:33:19 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History – ‘Goodfellas’ premieres ]]>
Based on the non-fiction book “Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family” by Nicholas Pileggi, the film follows Henry Hill, a former mafia who turned to the FBI as an informant. It follows his life from the beginning, chronicling his rise and fall within the mafia underworld.

Played by Liotta, Hill enters the world of crime as a teenager, growing closer to members of the local mob family by running errands until mob leader Paul Sorvino (Paul Cicero) decides to take him under his wing.

Hill’s loyalty to the family ensures he’d rather go to jail than rat out on anyone, which wins him favor amongst the mafia, where Hill works under James “Jimmy the Gent” Conway (De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Pesci) to carry out crimes.

Ranked as one of the greatest crime films of all time, “Goodfellas” has become a cultural landmark and has received utmost critical praise, winning an Oscar and six other Academy Award nominations.

In 2000, the film was added to the National Film Registry on merits of being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

9/19/2017 4:30:30 PM
<![CDATA[‘Elektra’s’ orchestra resonates with audiences]]>
It is based on a novel written by the Austrian novelist Hugo Laurenz August Hofmann von Hofmannsthal. When Strauss read Hofmannsthal’s “Elektra” in 1905, he knew it could become an opera and tried to fit the music and sound with the subject of the novel.

It has been displayed several times and resonates with audiences as the events of “Elektra” were witnessed from one century to another. “Elektra” focuses on human nature and the moral ambiguity regarding right and wrong and about whether it is better to act against injustice or not.

In the myth, Elektra’s father (King Agamemnon) has sacrificed her sister (Iphigenia) to convince the goddess Artemis to help him win the Trojan War.

In the years following the Trojan War, Electra waits for many years for the return of her brother Orestes from exile to help her take revenge against her mother Clytemnestra and stepfather Aegisthus for the murder of their father Agamemnon. The king had returned from the war to find his wife betraying him. Consequently, Elektra sees that true justice could only be achieved with the murder of her mother and stepfather. Her revenge and anger pushed her family to the brink of destruction.

The music of the show consists of a 95-piece orchestra conducted by Henrik Nanasi. Alongside a plethora of musicians. “Elektra’s” orchestra is considered the largest of any company production. The orchestra is like a major voice in the articulation of story and character, according to OperaWire.

Union is key both in sound and the story of the orchestra.

The role of Christine Goerke was genius as it reflects Elektra’s disturbed psychology through her powerful voice that creates endless waves of resonance that fill the opera house and a persuasive glimmer of madness in her eye making her the perfect soprano for the part.

9/19/2017 3:34:52 PM
<![CDATA[Ibrahim al-Aris to receive Career Achievement Award from GFF]]>
‘’I am proud that the great film Critic Ibrahim al-Aris , who is a great cinematic figure, will receive the Career Achievement Award from the festival; he has contributed to establishing the status of Arab cinema in international forums both through his outstanding articles and his prominent cultural role.

We are honoured to present this award in recognition of his great achievements that have served the Arab film industry for more than 50 years," said Intishal al-Tammimi, the festival director.

Aris is a researcher in cultural history, a journalist, a film critic and translator. He was born in 1946, in Beirut.
He studied film directing in Rome, in addition to studying script and criticism in London.

He has worked in the journalism field since 1970 and currently heads the film section of Al-Hayat newspaper, where he writes a daily article on human heritage and the history of world culture. He translated about 40 books and studies about cinema

GFF previously announced that the Oscar-winning actor-director Forest Whitaker will visit Egypt to attend El-Gouna Film Festival held from September 22 to 29 where he will receive a lifetime achievement award.

In addition, the 77 year old actor Adel Emam will receive the Creative Achievement Award during El-Gouna Film Festival (GFF) titled, “Cinema for Humanity,” for his reputation as the most outstanding star in Arab films and for his distinguished humanitarian situations.

This comes after the festival management had decided to honour three filmmakers, one is Egyptian, the other is Arab and the third is international during its first edition, who have influenced the film scene in various aspects over many years.
9/19/2017 3:22:40 PM
<![CDATA[Film Screening – ‘Song to Song’ at Balcon, Sept. 22]]>
Starring Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett; the film is an experimental romantic drama involving two separate couples in Austin, Texas. Lies, betrayal and obsession are all set against the backdrop of a rock music festival in a film that’s both about music and the magic between people. The film even features cameos by musicians such as Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and even actor Val Kilmer.

9/19/2017 3:20:02 PM
<![CDATA[Theater Production grant winners announced]]>
After receiving 23 submissions, 20 of which were eligible, the selection committee consisting of professor of theatre at the Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts Samy Abdel Halim, critic Ahmed Khamees, and director Tamer Karam choose three winners.

In first place, came: “Alrajol Aalthy Walmar’a Altay” (The Man Who and the Woman That) written by Sameh Othman, directed by Sameh, and performed by Bedaya Group. In second place: “The Children of Anger and Love” written by Karam al-Naggar, directed by Mohamed Mekki, and performed by The Dream Theater Troupe, and in third place: “Barbed Wire” written by Sameh Othman, directed by Mohamed Taya, and performed by Mutiny Group.

9/19/2017 3:14:17 PM
<![CDATA[Donia Samir Ghanem to perform ‘Alam Donia’ show for children]]>
‘’One of the greatest blessings any artist can have is the love of children because it is love for no reason and without thinking. After the positive reactions I got from children on my latest three series, I felt the need to do a live party for children so I can see their joy; I want to see them more than they want to see me,’’ stated Ghanem on her official Instagram account.

Ghanem will present in the show a group of her famous songs, especially the ones she sang in her latest three successful soap operas “Lahfa,” “Nelly and Sherihan” and “In the LaLa Land.” The show’s production company announced that the show will be on the Marquee Theatre in Cairo Festival City Mall on October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14.

Ghanem will be accompanied with a number of dancers and guests of honour. Ghanem and the production company decided to dedicate the return of the tickets to institutions serving children with special needs.

9/19/2017 2:25:52 PM
<![CDATA[‘Shaman’ to be performed at CIFCET]]>

The play is about how an individual treats himself or herself from mental and spiritual diseases on the subconscious level. It visualizes the spiritual experience of Sufism, which represents innocence and love.

Directed by Saeed Suleiman, “Shaman” stars Ziad Abu Musa, Mai Rushdi, Mostafa al-Zayat, Shams Abdel Nasser, Mohamed Abdel Fattah, Ahmed Raafat, Mary Girgis, Nora Nour, Silvia Sami, Omar Hussain, Hossam Hamed , Mu'adh Askar, Mustafa Mansour, Islam Osama, Mahmoud Abdel Mohsen, and Nehal al-Qadi.

Outfits are by Nihad al-Sayed, while the play was composed by Hani Abdel Nasser, and the play’s décor is by Sobhi Abdel Gawad.

CIFCET is running between September 19 and September 29, featuring an array of interactive seminars, workshops, and plays. It is going to stage in several venues including Al-Ghad Theater, Miami Theater, Salam Theater, and Hanager Theater amongst others.

The festival features national, regional and international performances from across the world. Three Egyptian theatrical performances will be participating one of which is “Shaman” as well as “The Day They Killed Singing,” “The Bridge,” “The Forty Rules of Love,” “The Experiment,” “The Ambassador” and “Women with No Tomorrow.”

Arab theatrical performances include the Jordanian “Shadow of a Female,” the Iraqi “On Private,” the Iraqi “Cart,” the Moroccan “Balasmya,” the Moroccan play “Fall,” the Tunisian “Fall Night,” and the Tunisian play “Women in Resistance and Love.”

9/19/2017 2:15:09 PM
<![CDATA[Interactive map of GFF films participating in first edition]]>Run cursor over map to see the countries and the number of films participating in GFF. Data was lastly confirmed on August 28.
El Gouna Film Festival FilmsInfogram

Caption: Designed by Nour Eltigani
In efforts shift the Egyptian cinematic scene, the festival is sponsored by the Egyptian Culture Ministry and Egyptian Tourism Authority and seeks to foster different cinematic voices and generate opportunities to further develop creativity in the MENA regions.

Displaying an array of works from around the globe, the festival is promoting rising filmmakers and will include three competition categories; Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary, Short Films, ‘Official Out of Competition’ selection, and Special Programs.

9/19/2017 2:06:14 PM
<![CDATA[Hull New Theatre reopens with Royal Ballet performance]]>
The event also marks the Royal Ballet’s first performance at the theatre in over 30 years. Seats for the performance were sold out so quickly that a second live relay was arranged. The show was titled, “Opening the New,” and was directed by Kevin O'Hare, who was born in Hull. The show featured performances by dancer siblings Xander and Demelza Parish, with Xander having trained at the Hull's Skelton Hooper School of Dance, which O’Hare also trained at.

One hundred students from four different dance schools in Hull also put on a free outdoor performance of “Take Flight,” a dance based off “Swan Lake.”
9/19/2017 2:01:54 PM
<![CDATA[The Egyptian Museum to receive 10 Massive artifacts on Wednesday]]>
These artefacts will be subject to restoration and maintenance procedures, recorded and documented scientifically, to be included in the museum’s grand opening. On August 26, the review on the first stage of the final design of the Grand Egyptian Museum façade was completed.

The design includes the Great Staircase, the Children's Museum, and the treasures of King Tutankhamun. The review includes, beside the design, the antiquities distribution, a number of showcases in addition to graphic and media work, according to a released statement.

All the previous preparations are executed to commensurate with the partial opening of the Grand Egyptian museum, scheduled for 2018.

After the opening, the Grand Egyptian Museum, located between modern Cairo and the Giza pyramids, will contain more than 100,000 artefacts covering 3,000 years of Egyptian history.
Described as the largest archaeological museum in the world, it covers 491,000 square meters, and is located two kilometers away from the Giza pyramids.
9/19/2017 1:36:48 PM
<![CDATA[‘Wandering Time’ to be performed at CIFCET]]>
The play examines human relations with time; a relationship always characterized by contradiction, pain, sadness, and the end of a permanent conflict.

Directed by Hassan Khiyon, “Wandering Time” is also a dialogue between man and time that is the cause of all fear and concern for man, as well as the hope for peace.

CIFCET is running between September 19 and September 29, featuring an array of interactive seminars, workshops, and plays. It is going to stage in several venues including Al-Ghad Theater, Miami Theater, Salam Theater, and Hanager theater amongst others.

The festival features national, regional and international performances from across the world. Three Egyptian theatrical performances will be participating including “The Day They Killed Singing,” “The Bridge,” “The Forty Rules of Love,” “The Experiment,” “Shaman,” “The Ambassador” and “Women with No Tomorrow.”

Arab theatrical performances include the Jordanian “Shadow of a Female,” the Iraqi “On Private,” the Iraqi “Cart,” the Moroccan “Balasmya,” the Moroccan play “Fall,” the Tunisian “Fall Night,” and the Tunisian play “Women in Resistance and Love.”

9/19/2017 1:03:03 PM
<![CDATA[Annie Lennox leads calls for sustained aid]]>
The voice of the Eurythmics was honored in New York on Monday by Global Citizen, the advocacy movement that plans a much larger concert Saturday led by Stevie Wonder to press for sustained levels of foreign aid.

Lennox -- a longtime advocate of international development, HIV/AIDS awareness and gay rights -- voiced alarm at the state of the world including mass human displacement and worsening calamities linked to climate change.

"The catastrophic events of wantonly plundering Earth's natural resources," she warned, is "risking the veritable sustainability of human existence on this planet."

But she said: "My thinking is, if we can distribute Coca-Cola to all the corners of the world, and send men and women into space, then surely there are solutions to these problems."

"Collectively everybody can make a difference. But you need to choose hope over despair, responsibility over indifference, feminism over misogyny," she said to applause.

Global Citizen presented the Scottish singer with an award named after late Beatle George Harrison, who pioneered the mega-benefit show with his 1971 concert in New York to support war- and cyclone-ravaged Bangladesh.

A tambourine in hand, Lennox sang a mellow take on Harrison's "Isn't It a Pity" with guitar by the late Beatle's son Dhani -- who playfully segued into the Fab Four's classic "Hey Jude."

Global Citizen distributes tickets for free to fans who pledge to take actions such as writing letters to their governments in support of foreign aid, money which the United Nations says has helped halve the planet's extreme poverty over the past three decades.

Such advocacy is especially timely as US President Donald Trump has proposed slashing foreign aid, arguing that spending should prioritize Americans.

The prime ministers of Luxembourg, Malta and Norway and senior officials of Argentina, Belgium, Britain, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates all appeared at Monday's event to promise sustained support.

Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, pledged a fresh five million euros ($6 million) to the UN World Food Program.

Other musicians who played the concert included Rage Against the Machine guitar virtuoso Tom Morello, a left-wing activist who wrote "Arm the Homeless" in tape on his instrument.

Morello brought out a surprise spoken-word guest -- director and fellow campaigner Michael Moore who, taking the tone from his ongoing Broadway show, urged the audience to organize and resist Trump.]]>
9/19/2017 12:23:53 PM
<![CDATA[‘The Match Factory Girl’ to screen at Cinema Daal]]>
The film is about a young woman named Iris who is stuck in a job with no future in a match factory, living with her conservative family. Iris feels that her social life is catastrophic.

After getting pregnant from an intimate night with someone who thought she was a prostitute, Iris decides to put an end to any disrespect and plots her revenge.

The film is directed by Aki Kursmaki, an award-winning Finish director who has had a bright career in directing and filmography.

Amongst his films are “The Other Side of Hope,” “Barzakh,” “Lights in the Dusk,” and “Bad Family.” He has also received several awards throughout his career including Best Director at Berlin International Film Festival in 2017, Golden Coach at Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and Golden Hugo at Chicago International Film Festival in 2016.
9/19/2017 12:21:41 PM
<![CDATA[New Banksy works mark Basquiat show at London's Barbican]]>
One references Basquiat’s 1982 “Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump”, showing a boy being searched by police officers.

“Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police - an (unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show,” Banksy said of the work on his official Instagram feed.

The second depicts people queuing up to ride a Ferris wheel with carriages shaped like crowns, referencing Basquiat’s 1983 “Crown”.

The Barbican show “Basquiat: Boom for Real”, is the first large-scale exhibition in Britain of the work of the artist, who rose meteorically in 1980s New York and died aged 27 of a drugs overdose.

A 1982 Basquiat painting of a skull sold for $110.5 million in May.

“Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican - a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls,” Banksy said.

Banksy, whose keeps his identity secret, rose to prominence through street art in the English city of Bristol in the 1990s.

His works, often stenciled onto the outside walls of buildings, combine humor and social commentary.]]>
9/19/2017 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[El-Gouna Film Profile – ‘In Praise of Nothing’]]>
Poster via IMDB

Despite being about nothing, the film seems to be about everything. The film was shot in a rather unique way; it was produced online in anonymous brainstorming sessions with over 62 cinematographers across 70 countries. “In Praise of Nothing” features quiet, visually distinct scenes across a wide variety of places, with a shared theme of stillness and a sense of quietness.

The film is also the first feature length documentary to include originally written narration in rhyme.

9/19/2017 11:41:28 AM
<![CDATA[NCHR honoured ‘Halawet al-Dunia’ and ‘Haza al-Masaa’ series]]>
The honouring ceremony was attended by the Egyptian director and scriptwriter, Tamer Mohsen, the director of “Hazaa al-Masaa” and its actors Arwa Gouda, Ahmed Dawoud and Yasmine Aboul Yazeed. The Egyptian director Hussein al- Menbawy the director of “Halawet al Dunia” and its actors Hanan Motawea, Anoushka and Yasmine Geith attended as well.

The council chose to honour the makers of these two series particularly because of the humane messages they both succeeded to deliver. “Halawet al-Dunia” is the story of a young career-oriented woman who is about to get married but her world comes crushing down on her as she discovers that she has leukaemia just a few weeks before her wedding.

“Halawet al-Dunia” offers a new take on cancer in Arabic drama; it gives an advert that encourages people to do regular check-ups and to deal with the illness in a positive way, educating people and raising their awareness.

As soon as it was aired, it achieved booming success due to the romantic love story, which takes place between Selim, played by the Tunisian heartthrob Dhaffer L’Abidine and Amina performed by Hend Sabry; the love story that made both of them overcome cancer.

The series hosts a galaxy of stars beside Sabry and L'Abidine such as Hani Adel, Anoushka, Mostafa Fahmy, Hanan Motawe’a, and Ragaa al-Gedawy among others.

“Hazaa al-Masaa” presented the story of a well-off married couple, Akram and Nayla, who find themselves at a standstill in their relationship. Their life seems to be perfect, but we soon see Akram visiting a therapist to discuss his sexual relationship with his wife. It appears that their lack of sexual or intimate activities has left Nayla suspecting him of having an affair, which he strongly denies.

In an attempt to save their marriage, Nayla suggests they take a break from each other and see other people. They agree that if either of them got romantically attached to someone, they must tell one another. Akram refuses, but eventually gives in to his wife’s demands.

As the events of the series develop, Akram visits his chauffeur’s alley where he meets and gets attracted to his cousin Abla, falls in love with her and marries her to complicate things further.

Samir, Akram’s chauffeur, at the end turned to be a phone-hacker. The drama addresses a contemporary issue; one that the smartphone generation knows only too well, namely, the dangers and impact a small device can have on daily life.

Men hack into females’ devices stealing photos and videos, while some send spam links that enable them to monitor their mobile phones’ too, eventually threatening to expose the women and blackmailing them.

“Haza al-Masaa” stars a variety of stars including, Eyad Nassar, Arwa Gouda, Ahmed Dawood, Hanan Motaw’a, and Hani Adel among others. The scriptwriter has ensured that each character has his/her own story rather than orbit around one star.

9/19/2017 11:37:37 AM
<![CDATA['Waltz with Bashir' team takes on Anne Frank story in graphic novel]]>
Writer-director Ari Folman and illustrator David Polonsky -- who made the acclaimed 2008 animated documentary about Israeli soldiers during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon -- are also making a film about Frank, to appear in 2019.

The diary the German-born, Jewish teenager kept, while hiding in an Amsterdam attic in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands until her capture in 1944, is one of the most-read books in the world.

Folman said he had some insight into Frank's suffering since his own parents were Holocaust survivors.

"Anne and her family arrived at the gates of Auschwitz the same day my parents arrived there," the filmmaker said.

Frank died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp sometime in early 1945, aged 15. The camp was liberated by British troops in April.

Israeli-born Folman told AFP that when the Anne Frank foundation suggested they adapt the diary "our first response was, 'No way!'" -- for them, the diary was sacrosanct.

But after thinking about for a while, they realised it would be crucial to bring the story to a new generation.

- 'Biting sense of humour' -

"I am afraid we are coming to a time when there will be no survivors of the Holocaust left alive, and no more witnesses to tell their stories," Folman said.

"There is a severe threat that the things we have to learn (from the Holocaust) will not be taught and learned if we don't find a new language for them."

The graphic novel will first appear in Dutch, German, French and Spanish in October with an English version following in the spring.

The 160-page book is an abridged version of the original because "it would take more than 3,500 pages to fully adapt it", Folman said.

However, several letters Anne Frank wrote to her imaginary friend Kitty have been included in full.

And Folman said they had tried to "preserve Anne's rather biting sense of humour, her sarcasm and her obsession with food."

The original "has a lot of humour," Polonsky said. "It is a beautiful work by a beautiful person ... and the best thing we can do is just carry on this spirit and treat it as a work of art, and I am not afraid to say that it should even be a bit of entertainment."

The graphic novel will appear in around 50 countries from October, with publication in other languages coming later, a spokesman for the foundation told AFP.]]>
9/19/2017 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[American Troupe Mitu to participate in CIFCET ]]>

This year Mitu was invited to further deepen its relationship with the festival by bringing its production of American playwright Arthur Miller’s masterpiece “Death of a Salesman” to Egypt.
The first scene of the play the audience is introduced to Willy Loman, an old salesman who returns back home from a business trip, where he was about to have several car accidents.

Thinking himself wrongly a valuable employee, Willy’s request is met with his termination from his job. As he slowly starts to spiral downwards, Willy makes the biggest sacrifice a father can for his son.

More than 20 years ago, Mitu troupe roamed around the world to research performance traditions, establish new artistic partnerships, offer intensive workshops that integrate new methodologies into theatrical training, and produce and present new theatrical works at home in New York City.

Mitu visited Egypt for the first time in 2010 to participate in that year’s Cairo International Festival of Contemporary and Experimental Theatre and returned in 2016 to present its acclaimed production of Juárez’s “A Documentary Mythology.” The troupe has wide experience in the Middle East and North Africa, including a six-year residency at New York University in Abu Dhabi.

The Ministry of Culture is also featuring two other American theatre troupes during the festival which are Performance Space 122 performing “Go Forth” at the Al-Ghad Theatre in Al-Aguza on September 27, 28 at 6:00 p.m., and Laguardia Performing Arts Centre presenting performances of “Privatopia” at Al-Hanager Theatre on September 24, 25 at 8 p.m.
9/19/2017 11:28:03 AM
<![CDATA[Sting, Costello to salute Leonard Cohen year after death]]>
The November 6 tribute at Montreal's Bell Centre arena will benefit Canadian arts groups and is expected to be attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Inviting the legendary songwriter's fans from around the world to visit Montreal for the concert, his son Adam Cohen said his father had given him instructions only to bury him in the city alongside his parents and to keep his memorial service small.

But he said, "'if you want a public event do it in Montreal,'" the younger Cohen, also a musician, said in a statement.

"I see this concert as a fulfillment of my duties to my father that we gather in Montreal to ring the bells that still can ring," he said.

Costello and Sting, like Cohen, are both songwriters known for their literary sensibilities, while Glass is among the most influential living composers.

Other performers will include the fellow Canadian singers k.d. lang and Feist, the dark retro chanteuse Lana Del Rey, songwriter Damien Rice and the two founders of folk rockers The Lumineers, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites.

Cohen died at age 82 in his adopted home of Los Angeles on November 7 last year -- one day before Donald Trump's shock election victory.

An accomplished poet before he set his words to song, Cohen wrote songs that yearned to understand both love and the nature of the divine.

While never a major star in terms of his chart performance, Cohen became a favorite among artists with his spiritual odyssey "Hallelujah" becoming a classic through its frequent covers.]]>
9/19/2017 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[El-Gouna Film Profile – ‘Brimestone & Glory’]]>
Bull via oscopelabs Youtube Channel

Located in southern Mexico, the town of Tultepec hosts its National Pyrotechnics Festival every year, as the town is one of Mexico’s largest producers of fireworks. Rather than focusing on facts or reading out history notes, Jakovleski takes viewers right into the action, allowing them to experience the festival as if they were there themselves.

Characters are few and far between, as this is a story about a town and its unique relationship to fireworks, along with celebrating the beauty of celebration. Amongst some of the spectacles, the film features include giant paper-mache bulls and a massive flaming castle.

“Brimestone & Glory” premiered in the U.S. on March 2, 2017, and won the Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

9/19/2017 10:35:13 AM
<![CDATA[Linkin Park grieves for late singer with concert, video]]>
The concert will take place on October 27 at the Hollywood Bowl in the band's base of Los Angeles, with proceeds to benefit Music for Relief, a fund started by Linkin Park after the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 to help disaster victims.

The evening will mark the first Linkin Park concert since Bennington hanged himself on July 20 -- and perhaps the band's last as surviving members have voiced doubts about its future.

Linkin Park, in a message to fans, said the group will be accompanied by a variety of other artists "to honor the man who touched the lives of so many around the world."

The band on Monday also released a video for "One More Light," the title track of its last album, which has taken on new meaning after Bennington's suicide.

Originally written about a music business friend who died, the song is more subdued than much of Linkin Park's hard rock, with Bennington reflecting on death over an understated electric guitar.

"Who cares if one more light goes out? Well, I do," Bennington sings.

The video intersperses joyful scenes of the band together with footage of Bennington in concert, pressing his body into an adoring crowd in an arena that is darkened except for fans' handheld lights.

Linkin Park member Joe Hahn, who directed the video, said it was "incredibly emotional" both to work on and watch the video.

"I feel that by doing it, we not only faced some of our biggest fears, but it enabled us to use our talents to bring some light to people who need it," he said in a statement.

Bennington -- whose raw metal voice dueled with guitarist Mike Shinoda's hip-hop to create Linkin Park's "nu metal" sound -- had struggled throughout his life with drugs and alcohol as well as the trauma of sexual abuse.

Since the 41-year-old's death, fans have organized dozens of events around the world to mourn him with the band promising a more formal public memorial.]]>
9/19/2017 10:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Chinese Orchestra at Cairo Opera House]]>
Music is the only spoken language needless of an interpreter and through which one can convey a message irrespective of the sender's or the recipient's nationality. It is the mere expression for the inner thoughts and feelings from a soul to another. Music is the link that can easily combine people of different origins and cultures through taste. It represents the competitive healing power and the outlet for those who lost interest in life and hardly survive its hardships.

Cairo Opera House brought to listeners different taste of music from the Far East on its stage. The Opera house is said to host the performance of the Golden Bell Star Jasmine together with the Chinese Orchestra scheduled for Friday September 22, at 8:00 p.m. on stage of the main grand theater.

The Golden Bell Orchestra was founded to introduce Chinese musical compositions and includes a group of talented young people who are characterized by the use of traditional and popular instruments, participated in many festivals and won various awards. The Orchestra performed in many international festivals, and various successful artistic tours including the United States, and France, and received the approval of audiences and critics.
9/19/2017 9:20:12 AM
<![CDATA[Windsor Festival kicked off on Sunday]]>
Each year, the world’s finest musicians, writers, artists, and local performers participate in the festival, which is considered to be the premier music and arts festivals in the UK. They come to entertain and delight festival audiences, to celebrate Windsor's special place as a royal town, and to inspire the next generation of artistic talent and creativity.

The festival offers special events happening in and around Windsor, such as the events presented at the marvelous Waterloo Chamber and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The biennial Windsor Festival International String Competition was inaugurated in 2008. It aims to launch the career of violinists and cellists.

Windsor Festival was founded in 1969 by the violinist Yehudi Menuhin and the actor Ian Hunter as artistic directors. The roots of the Festival stretch back to 1952, when Robin Woods, Dean of Windsor and President of the Windsor and Eton Society began staging the Windsor and Eton Celebratory Concerts.

Fifteen years later, Woods met Yehudi Menuhin at a Royal Academy Dinner for concerts in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. ]]>
9/18/2017 6:24:27 PM
<![CDATA[Campaign documents fixed antiquities in Tanis, Egypt]]>
Documenting the monuments of Tanis is very important as the area was the residence for kings of the 21st and 22nd Dynasties in Ancient Egypt. It is home to many monuments, including cemeteries, with numerous religious texts and scriptures written on their walls alongside four of the tombs belonging to Psusennes I (1039-991 BC), Amenemope (993-984 BC), Osorkon II (874-850 BC), Sheshonq III (825-733 BC) and another two unknown tombs, said the center’s Director-General Hisham El-Leithy.

The hawk-headed silver coffin of Sheshonq II was also found in Psusennes' tomb, as well as the coffin and sarcophagus of Amenemope.

Remains of the huge temple - Official Facebook Page

In addition, temples are found in Tanis with some bearing remains of the huge temple of the god Amun such as decorated blocks, columns, obelisks, statues, and pieces carved with hieroglyphic texts and religious scenes.

Pieces carved with hieroglyphic texts and religious scenes – Official Facebook Page

Tanis is a city in the North-Eastern Nile Delta in Ancient Egypt, which served as a parallel religious center to Thebes in the Third Intermediate Period. The city was dubbed “Janet” during the reign of the Pharaohs. The name “Tanis” is derived from the word “Jan” in the ancient Egyptian language and the Coptic name “San;” the word that has been mentioned in the Old Testament in reference to the capital of the kings of the 21st and the 22nd dynasties in Egypt.

The heads of the Central Administration of Archaeological Documentation, Nour al-Din Abdul Samad and Nagi Naguib, came up with the idea of the project as Egypt does not have documents for the majority of fixed antiquities such as mosques, temples, churches, and houses, and many antiquities were unknown, Naguib told Egypt Today.

In cooperation with the Egyptian Antiquities Registration Center in Zamalek, Cairo, the project started nearly eight months ago in order to document the exact number of antiquities in Egypt, prevent any theft, and to recognize any environmental risks on these antiquities, Naguib elaborated.

Around 2,300 antiquities have been documented thus far.

The project has several stages. In the first stage, a comprehensive inventory is carried out for all antiquities across Egypt, then information on anything related to antiquities is collected to be put in three-dimensional documents and maps, added Naguib. ]]>
9/18/2017 6:18:47 PM
<![CDATA[‘What Will People Say’ explores Pakistani culture, family ties]]>

The film follows a Pakistani schoolgirl, Nisha, living in Norway, enjoying all the benefits of a first-world life in Europe and a chance for a higher education. However, this is all cruelly stripped from her when Nisha is taken away by her father to Pakistan, after facing pressures back home. Haq derived this story from a real event that occurred when she was 14, where her father took her to Pakistan for a full year.

Speaking to UAE-based newspaper the National, Haq says that although the incident was deeply scarring, she was able to move on and forgive her father, who admitted to deeply regretting the incident before his death. Now a parent herself, Haq has a more balanced and reasonable understanding of the events that occurred, and hopes that this film is eye-opening for both sides.

“I used the knowledge I have to tell a story so we can build bridges and open up a dialogue; because I don’t believe in making good guy-bad guy and we’re done. That creates a bigger gap,” she said in an interview with the National.

The film itself does not portray Pakistan as a bad place in itself, but rather seeks to shed led on the cruel treatment of young girls within Pakistani families, highlighting how honor culture has lead to senseless violence against women and even homicide.

“It’s happening in so many places in the world,” she tells the National. “We cannot lose any more girls. We cannot have more social control. We need a change.”

“What Will People Say” was released on September 9 at the Toronto International Film Festival.
9/18/2017 5:05:07 PM
<![CDATA[AWIFF started to receive submission applications]]>
The festival will continue receiving applications till the end of November. The festival's rules stipulate that long films (feature - documentary - motion) must not be less than 60 minutes, while short films (feature - documentary - motion) are not to be more than 30 minutes long.

Accordingly, films that do not meet these conditions will be screened in the official section outside the competition.

The 2nd Aswan Women International Film Festival will be held from February 20 to 26, with the support of the Ministries of Culture and Tourism and the sponsorship of the National Council for Women.
9/18/2017 4:59:28 PM
<![CDATA[39th Edition of General Fine Arts Exhibition to kick off]]>
Works by a number of artists will be exhibited, in addition to honoring four artists, namely Gaber Hegazy, Gamil Shafik, Ahmed Shiha and Saeed Heddaya.

The exhibit will observe the changes in the Egyptian fine arts scene in one year.

The opening program will include an exhibit for the honored artists’ works at Al Bab Hall at the Museum of Modern Egyptian Art, as well as a calligraphy exhibit at Isis Hall.
9/18/2017 4:39:37 PM
<![CDATA[Zawya Cinema to premiere ‘Seif Tagreby’ movie]]>
“Seif Tagreby” is one of the interesting outcomes of the independent cinema that is famous for its unique dazzling world. The story of the movie revolves around Mahmoud and Zeinab who are both searching for the original version of an old movie that was produced in the 1980s. The government film agency for anonymous reasons has confiscated all the film copies.

“Seif Tagreby” stars Zainab Magdy, Essam Esmail, Mahmoud Eissa, Amr Wishahy, Ahmed Magdy, Tarek Wally, Amina Yasser, Solafa Ghanem, Osama El Wardany, Habi Seoud, Maryam Saleh, Nawara Mourad, Micheal Yousef, Mona Soliman, Yasmine El Bakly, Angie Rochemont.

“Seif Tagreby” is written and directed by Mahmoud Lotfy.

Zawya was established in 2014 by Misr International Films (MIF) as the first art-house cinema in Egypt, located in downtown Cairo’s Odeon cinema, according to Zawya’s official Facebook page.

Zawya’s program focuses on local independent films to encourage and promote the work of young Egyptian and Arab filmmakers. Zawya has screened a diverse range of films from different parts of the world including short films, documentaries, features, and experimental works, according to their website.
9/18/2017 4:21:25 PM
<![CDATA[Profile: Samuel Johnson]]>
Johnson was born on September 18, 1709 and died on December 13, 1784. He had many health problems throughout his life.

According to biographer James Boswell, Johnson once said he was “born almost dead and could not cry for some time."

Johnson’s father was a bookseller, and Johnson himself was a smart student. He was educated at Lichfield Grammar School and spent a short time at Oxford University.

Johnson was never an affluent person, and sought work as a teacher early on in his life to supplement his income.

In 1735, he married a widow with money called Elizabeth Porter. After the marriage, Johnson had access to the finances he needed to start his own school. This project was short-lived however and Johnson’s school failed.

He began his writing career in journalism. In 1738, he contributed to The Gentleman’s Magazine, and in the same year published a series of poems called “London.”

In 1746, he started to write “The Dictionary of the English Language.” It was published in 1755.

Five editions of the dictionary were published in Johnson’s lifetime and the sixth was published after his death.

After publishing the dictionary, Johnson continued his literary writings.

He completed his philosophical tale “The History of Rasselas,” and the “Prince of Abissinia” and collection of essays.

His major literary works include: “The Dictionary of English Language,” “An Account of the Life of Mr. Richard Savage,” “Son of the Earl Rivers,” “The Idler,” and his edition of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare.”
9/18/2017 4:13:21 PM
<![CDATA[ Moscow City Ballet to perform ‘Romeo & Juliet’ at Dubai Opera House]]>
Founded in 1988, the world-famous Moscow City Ballet has performed countless performance all around the globe and is one of Russia’s most toured ballet companies, ranging from Egypt, Belgium, Japan and the UK.

The Dubai Opera House tour will cover three performances of Shakespeare’s classic story, and is accompanied by the National Orchestra in order to provide thrilling music for the Ballet’s dazzling spectacles. Dancers Yulia Zhuravleva and Dmitry Lazovik are set to portray the world’s most famous couple.

Tickets will be available starting from September 20.
9/18/2017 3:40:38 PM
<![CDATA[Against Photography’ exhibit on Arab Image Foundation history]]>
The exhibit, located in the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), or the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, trawls through the archives of Lebanon’s Arab Image Foundation, which was established in Beirut in 1997 by Zaatari and other photographers in order to preserve photographs from Lebanon and throughout the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.

Zaatari’s exhibit goes through his contributions across the 20-year long history of the AIF, yet it serves more than to just archive his work. It’s an examination of what photography means to us, the power an old image can hold, and the effects that the passage of time can have on a photograph. Going deeper, Zaatari also explores photography’s relationship to the Arab world, as both an engine of history and its recorder, a celebration of what it means to be Arab.

The exhibition comes with a catalogue that features an essay by Mark Westmoreland about Zaatari’s body of work and new works.
9/18/2017 3:37:24 PM
<![CDATA[Hakim to perform 8 concerts in Europe]]>
Hakim will perform a concert in Amsterdam on September 21, followed by another one on Olympia Theater in Paris on September 23. He is the third Egyptian singer to sing on that prominent theatre after the great late Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez and the legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum.

The rest of his concerts include a concert in Roubaix at La Syndicate Public Rubidium theatre on September 24, a concert on September 28 at Toulouse Le Phare Theater, a concert in Marseille at Le Moulin theatre on September 29 and a concert in Montpellier on September 30 at Zenith theatre.

Hakim previously held a press conference on Saturday, August 9 to reveal all the details of his European tour. He pointed out during the conference that he decided to use this tour to promote tourism in Egypt using art, as an attempt to solve the current crisis.

The conference was attended by the great singer and composer Hamid al-Shaari and Hesham al- Demiry, the head of the Tourism Promotion Authority. Hakim said that he has seen in his concerts abroad over the past years many stars promoting their countries, so he decided to follow in their footsteps. He added that he is proud to serve Egyptian tourism through his work to introduce Egyptian folk art to the whole world to get to know Egyptians more.

Hakim admitted that for nearly 20 years he tried to promote Egypt in all his concerts abroad but nobody supported him, until the opportunity came when Demiry responded to his demand and started to support him.

Hakim is a very popular “Sha’abi” [folk] singer in Egypt. In the capital of Cairo during the nineties, and with the help of Shaari, he released his first album, “Nazra,” on the Slam Records label in 1992. The success was immediate and propelled him to fame in Egypt. He released a new album in 1994, “Nar,” which represented Egypt at the Festival des Allumées in Nantes the same year, and obtained a nomination at the Kora Awards in 1997.

The singer paired 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.
9/18/2017 3:13:33 PM
<![CDATA[Irish company to film archaeological documentary on Egypt]]>
The Egyptian ambassador in Ireland, Soha el Genedy, met with a delegation from the company. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a press statement on Sunday that this meeting comes within the framework of the Foreign Ministry's strategy, the Egyptian embassies and diplomatic missions abroad to highlight Egypt's soft cultural points of strength, in addition to promoting Egypt’s culture, civilization and tourism as well as efforts to promote bilateral relations at various levels with the EU countries.

The Irish company is expected to shoot in a number of Egyptian archaeological sites, including the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Saqqara, Giza Pyramids, the Valley of Kings, Dandara and Luxor regions. The documentaries that will be executed by The Film Company will screen on both American and Irish channels.
9/18/2017 2:59:21 PM
<![CDATA[Ministry of Antiquities thwarts Ibn Tulun Mosque theft ]]>
The Tourism and Antiquities Police, in cooperation with Cairo and Sharqia Security Directorates, managed to stop a trail of digging under Ibn Tulun Mosque, the Head of Islamic and Coptic Antiquities Sector, El-Saaed Helmy, told DMC.

Police officers found a hole that led to a crypt full of water directed towards the mosque. The crypt started from a house near the mosque.

The hole was dug up in search for the mosque’s collectibles by the alleged criminals.

Prominent historian and author Bassam El-Shamaa told Egypt Today he wonders about the purpose of the crypt and whether it would threaten the mosque’s foundations or not. It was proved that the crypt reached under the Zeyada, under the mosque’s fence.

He added that the alleged criminals didn’t target robbing the mosque’s collectibles, but were searching for unearthed artifacts.

El-Shamaa also mentioned that the Ibn Tulun mosque is full of valuable collectibles including the minber, base plate, and the mihrab of the mosque. The historian is coordinating in providing the mosque with security cameras to monitor parts of the mosque that could be robbed.

Reviewing a number of thefts that hit a number of historical sites, including the Qani Bai Mosque and the Coptic Museum, he stressed the necessity of exposing attempts to destroy Egyptian heritage sights and penalizing those responsible.

Ibn Tulun Mosque is one of the most renowned symbols of Islamic architecture.

The mosque is an amusing architectural piece aesthetically. It is one of the only few monuments from Egypt’s Tulunid dynasty. Constructed in 884 A.D., the mosque is one of the oldest in Egypt.

The Minaret of the mosque follows the architectural style of Minaret Samarra.
9/18/2017 2:45:58 PM
<![CDATA[Planning and Innovation’ seminar to be held in Malawi Museum]]>
Malawi Museum, in cooperation with the faculty of tourism and hotels, is organizing a practical training course on “How to guide the exhibits and activities of the Malawi Museum,” in both the Arabic and English languages.

This comes in the framework of highlighting the museum's vision and mission, as well as presenting the most important activities of the museum and its role in sustainable community communication.

Malawi National Museum was founded in June, 1962, in Malawi village in the Minya governorate, Upper Egypt, in the era of the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

The museum contains an important collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts. It houses a lot of pieces from nearby sites like Tuna al-Gebel and Hermopolis. The displayed objects in the museum include animal mummies and statues.

In August 2013, following the dispersal of the Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins, pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters stormed the Malawi Museum, leaving it almost completely looted. But after three years of renovation, the Malawi National Museum stands in even better shape than before. A total of 1,090 artefacts were stolen, and about 48 other pieces were destroyed as they were too heavy for vandals to carry.

The stolen objects include coins, jewels, and statues dating from the beginning of Egyptian history to the Islamic period. Now, the museum contains more than 1,000 objects, 503 of which are new pieces that were added after renovations.
9/18/2017 2:09:26 PM
<![CDATA[Elisabeth Moss, a Scientologist, wins Emmy for depicting cult]]>
The 35-year-old, earlier known for roles in "The West Wing" and "Mad Men," won her first Emmy for a role in "The Handmaid's Tale" in the category of best actress in a drama series.

The series by on-demand service Hulu -- which also won best drama in the television awards -- tells of a misogynistic authoritarian regime that establishes control in New England in response to a fertility crisis.

Her role has repeatedly drawn attention to her affiliation with Scientology, the faith she shares with Hollywood celebrities such as Tom Cruise.

When an internet user took to Instagram last month and politely asked her if Scientology reminded her of Gilead, the controling tyrant in "The Handmaid's Tale," Moss rejected the comparison.

"Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me. The most important things to me probably," she wrote.

Actress Leah Remini drew new attention to Scientology with a documentary on the church, which she describes as persistently seeking money and control out of its members and ruthlessly going after critics.

"Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" also won an Emmy on Sunday, for best informational series or special. The church has rejected the documentary, aired by the A&E network.

Breakthrough as child -
Raised by Scientologist musician parents in Los Angeles, Moss said in a 2015 interview for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation that her entire family consisted of artists and she never imagined a different career path.

She was discovered as a young girl when she was playing in a local production of "The Sound of Music."

She started landing television roles at age 7 -- first in family programming but eventually being cast in "Picket Fences," a quirky police drama about odd happenings in a small town in Wisconsin.

Moss became known to a wider public by playing Zoey Bartlet, the president's eldest daughter, on White House drama "The West Wing."

A student at Georgetown University, Zoey Bartlet became the center of several episodes. Her relationship with an African American man set off a white supremacist attack, while separately her French boyfriend drugs her, causing a crisis.

Moss began to take more ambitious roles as an adult. At age 24 she started to play Peggy Olson in "Mad Men" -- a cerebral secretary who tries to work her way up but keeps fighting to get ahead in a macho, male-dominated advertising agency.

She has also acted in New York and London and become a frequent presence in cinema, playing in films ranging from the journalism drama "Truth" to the thriller "Queen of Earth."

Even before leaving "Mad Men," Moss took a new direction by joining New Zealand director Jane Campion's series "Top of the Lake," portraying a detective who searches for a missing pregnant 12-year-old.

Moss won a Golden Glove and credited Campion with giving her a fresh outlook on the range of roles she could play.]]>
9/18/2017 1:53:46 PM
<![CDATA[Sting, Costello to salute Leonard Cohen year after death]]>
The November 6 tribute at Montreal's Bell Centre arena will benefit Canadian arts groups and is expected to be attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Inviting the legendary songwriter's fans from around the world to visit Montreal for the concert, his son Adam Cohen said his father had given him instructions only to bury him in the city alongside his parents and to keep his memorial service small.

But he said, "'if you want a public event do it in Montreal,'" the younger Cohen, also a musician, said in a statement.

"I see this concert as a fulfillment of my duties to my father that we gather in Montreal to ring the bells that still can ring," he said.

Costello and Sting, like Cohen, are both songwriters known for their literary sensibilities, while Glass is among the most influential living composers.

Other performers will include the fellow Canadian singers k.d. lang and Feist, the dark retro chanteuse Lana Del Rey, and folk rockers Damien Rice and Wesley Schultz, who is the frontman of The Lumineers.

Cohen died at age 82 in his adopted home of Los Angeles on November 7 last year -- one day before Donald Trump's shock election victory.

An accomplished poet before he set his words to song, Cohen wrote songs that yearned to understand both love and the nature of the divine.

While never a major star in terms of his chart performance, Cohen became a favorite among artists with his spiritual odyssey "Hallelujah" becoming a classic through its frequent covers.]]>
9/18/2017 1:51:45 PM
<![CDATA[Rolling Stone, iconic music magazine, looks for buyer]]>
Jann Wenner -- who started Rolling Stone in 1967 as a hippie student in Berkeley, California and now runs it with his son Gus -- told The New York Times that the future looked tough for a family-run publisher.

"There's a level of ambition that we can't achieve alone," Gus Wenner told the newspaper in an interview published late Sunday.

"So we are being proactive and want to get ahead of the curve," he said.

One of the most influential magazines covering rock music, Rolling Stone has also been a home for experimental writers such as the gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

But the magazine's reputation -- and finances -- were badly damaged when it retracted a 2014 story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, with a review finding that Rolling Stone did not undertake basic journalistic procedures to verify the facts.

Rolling Stone last year sold a 49 percent stake to a Singaporean music and technology start-up, BandLab Technologies, which is headed by Kuok Meng Ru, the scion of one of Asia's richest families.

It was not immediately known if Kuok would want to take a controling stake in Rolling Stone.

The Wenner family earlier this year sold its other two titles -- celebrity magazine US Weekly and lifestyle monthly Men's Journal -- to American Media, Inc., a publisher of supermarket tabloids including The National Enquirer.

If American Media, Inc., were interested in Rolling Stone, it would mark a sharp change in owners' ideologies.

The tabloid empire is led by David Pecker, an ardent ally of President Donald Trump, while Rolling Stone tilts strongly to the left and has featured lengthy interviews with Democratic presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Jann Wenner, 71, who is also a key force behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, said that he hoped to keep an editorial role at Rolling Stone but that the decision would be up to its new owner.]]>
9/18/2017 1:48:14 PM
<![CDATA[Jamie Lee Curtis returns to ‘Halloween’ in 2018 installment]]>

Universal Pictures confirmed that this will be the “final” film in the horror movie reboot, and is slated for an October 19, 2018 release, according to Variety. Curtis will be reprising her debut role as Laurie Strode, survivor of serial killer Michael Myers, who debuted 40 years ago in 1978’s “Halloween.”

The franchise’s original director, John Carpenter, is a producer for the 2018 installment, with David Gordon Green set to direct instead. Carpenter is on-board as producer and creative consultant, though nothing else is known of the film. The film is also set to be produced by Jason Blum, who is known for producing the “Paranormal Activity” franchise and 2017’s “Get Out.”

Curtis’ last appearance in the franchise was in 2002’s “Halloween: Resurrection,” where she was killed off, suggesting the 2018 movie is not a direct sequel and will follow its own events.
9/18/2017 1:40:10 PM
<![CDATA[El Gouna Film Profile – ‘The Third Murder’ ]]>

Image via GAGAIntl Youtube Channel

Defense Attorney Shigemori (Masaharu Fukuyama) begins to suspect that his client, long-time criminal Misumi (Kôji Yakusho), might not be completely telling the truth after he turns himself in for murder. Misumi keeps changing his story, obscuring the truth. Seeking answers, Shigemori finds himself down a rabbit hole leading to a complicated web of lies, at the heart of which lies a criminal conspiracy.

More than just an elaborate murder mystery, “The Third Murder” delves right into the heart of what justice truly is, and how we can ever really know the truth.

“The Third Murder” opened in Japan on September 9, 2017.

9/18/2017 1:23:31 PM
<![CDATA[Mazhar Ahmed, the Soul Masters to perform at Cairo Opera House]]>
The Soul Masters have performed soul, jazz, and blues music for over 40 years.

Soul music is a genre that became popular and thrived between the 1950s and 1970s. It was influenced by Stax, Motown, and Atlantic Records, all of which played an important role in shaping the music business. It is the combination between rhythm, blues, and gospel.

At the end of 1940s, after the World War and the consequent economic crisis, soul music was used as a kind of expression for the feelings and hopelessness of ethnic groups; communicating their sadness over their condition through soul music.

Some of the most acclaimed performers of soul music include Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Al Green, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye.
9/18/2017 1:19:26 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo International Jazz Festival to kick off end September ]]>
A number of Egyptian artists will participate in the festival such as, Eftakasat band, Watson Blues, Shereen Abdo “Jazz me”, and Wave Jazz band.

In addition, international artists will participate in the festival as well, such as, Mathias Heise Quadrillion from Denmark, Kapok from Netherlands, Netnakisum from Austria, Tomas Liska ''Invisible World'' from Czech Republic, Ichiro Onoe Trio from Japan and MN' Jam Experiment from Portugal.

CJF is an international festival that aims to widespread the mission of jazz to reach more people and give more exposure to both artists and audience, according to CJF official Facebook page.

The CJF events will mainly take place at AUC Tahrir Campus, but a number of additional performances will be hosted at Room Art Space & Café and Cairo Jazz Club.

The festival also will provide a number of workshops for music lovers.
9/18/2017 12:32:24 PM
<![CDATA[Andras Tis Trio live at Room Art Space & Cafe]]>
The concert is a part of the 9th Cairo International Jazz Festival which will kick off on September 28.

Andras Tis Trio is a Hungarian jazz project. Formed in 2007, it released its first album entitled, “Unquiet Stillness.”

The members of the project are Andras Tis Trio, Szabolcs Olah, and Matyas Szandai.

It played in many prestigious venues around the world.

Cairo Jazz Festival is an International festival that aims to widespread the mission of jazz to reach more people and give more exposure to both actors and audience, according to CJF official Facebook page.

The events of CJF will mainly take place at AUC Tahrir Campus.

A number of international artists will participate as Mathias Heise Quadrillion from Denmark, Kapok from Netherlands, Netnakisum from Austria, Tomas Liska ''Invisible World'' from Czech Republic, and MN' Jam Experiment from Portugal.

The festival will also provide a number of workshops for music lovers.
9/18/2017 12:17:10 PM
<![CDATA[Oxford Chamber Music Festival to kick off ]]>
The festival schedule includes twelve concerts at five different venues, including the Shedonian Theatre, Holywell Music Room, and Merton College Chapel.

The Oxford Chamber Music Festival was founded in 2000 by violinist Priya Mitchell.

It provides a platform for talented artists to collaborate and perform chamber music at the highest level, and for an ever-expanding audience to experience the electrifying results of musical collaboration, according to the festival’s official website.
9/18/2017 12:08:08 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History – Funny Girl starring Barbara Streisand premieres]]>
It was based on a play with the same title also starring Streisand. This musical comedy drama is a biographic based on the life of Fanny Brice, a famous female Jewish comedian of the 1900s who dreams of stardom in New York City’s Broadway. Against all odds she rises to the top and she falls for Nick Arnstein, played by famed Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, a businessman and compulsive gambler.

Streisand’s first ever role shot her up to stardom, with film critic Roger Ebert heaping high praise on her; “She doesn't actually sing a song at all; she acts it. She does things with her hands and face that are simply individual; that's the only way to describe them. They haven't been done before. She sings, and you're really happy you're there.”

In 2016, the U.S. Library of Congress recognized the film as having great “cultural, historic or aesthetic importance,” and was inducted into its National Film Registry.

9/18/2017 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[El Gouna Film Profile – ‘Scary Mother’ (Sashishi Deda)]]>
Poster via IMDB

In an apartment block in Georgia’s capital, lives Manana (Nato Murvanidze), a 50-year-old wife and mother tired of her drab life. She wants nothing more than to be an accomplished writer, and a mid-life crisis leads her to begin working on a scandalous novel, filled with graphic sex scenes.

Her husband is only barely supportive of her ambitions, yet Nukri (Ramaz Ioseliani), a stationary store owner, takes a liking to her work and becomes her unofficial editor. She even beings anonymously sharing excerpts of her work with her father, an editor, who claims he has never read anything so graphic.

As she attempts to balance her duties as a housewife and secret life as an author, Manana’s grip on reality begins to slip, leading down a nightmarish road of uncertainty as her obsessive needs to write begin to unravel her fragile mental health.

“Scary Mother” won the Best First Feature and the Youth Jury Award at the Locarno International Film Festival. It premiered in Switzerland on Aug. 3.

9/18/2017 11:32:37 AM
<![CDATA[With TV epic, Ken Burns seeks fuller understanding of Vietnam War]]>
The celebrated documentary filmmaker has invested 10 years into making "The Vietnam War", which aims to offer a more balanced view on the still divisive conflict by bringing in a wide range of American and Vietnamese voices.

"In many ways the Vietnam War was our second civil war," said Burns, who won awards for his 1990 documentary on the 1861-65 US Civil War.

"I think that in the US, Vietnam is still very unsettled, and a source of a great deal of division. And I think so too in Vietnam," he told AFP.

The series, set to a hypnotic score by members of industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails, is starting to air Sunday on US public broadcaster PBS. It will also be broadcast, in slightly condensed form, on the French-German channel Arte from Tuesday.

Burns, who co-directed "The Vietnam War" with Lynn Novick, called the $30 million project -- reviewed at all stages by two dozen historians -- the most ambitious of his career.

"I feel an incredible sadness that the process is over," the 64-year-old Burns said.

- 'Multidimensional portrait' -

Burns said the television epic was "in some ways like a Russian novel, an epic sweep across generations with lots of primary characters, secondary and tertiary characters".

As expected, Burns brings in decision-makers and rank-and-file soldiers. But he also found it vital to speak to people who did not fight in the war, which set off a protest movement in the United States whose divisions can still be felt today.

"Courage could not always be on the battlefield," he said. "It could be the decision not to go to war, to protest that war."

"But also, most importantly," he said, was including "the voices of the Vietnamese, both our enemies and our allies, civilians, and to have a much fuller multidimensional portrait".

According to the Vietnamese government, more than three million civilians died in over the span of the war along with more than 2.5 million troops fighting for both the triumphant communist North and the US-allied South.

US official figures say that 200,000 South Vietnamese and 58,200 US soldiers died and 1,638 GIs remain unaccounted for.

"When the Americans talk about the Vietnam War they talk only about themselves and that is limiting. We were obligated to include all these other voices," he said.

Burns said he was struck at the parallels when speaking to US troops and communist Viet Cong forces about their war experiences.

"I think that if the Vietnamese are able to see the film, they're going to learn a lot, not just about us, not just what went on in the USA and the divisions, but as real human beings -- as I hope that our American audience will begin to see the Vietnamese as real human beings who suffered an awful lot like them."

- New openness among Vietnamese -

Making "The Vietnam War", Burns and Novick collected an extraordinary quantity of archives including more than 25,000 photographs and previously unreleased recordings from presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

"We edited for years and years -- I'm even surprised it didn't take longer," Burns said.

The film team went on two trips to Vietnam to interview veterans, who have far fewer opportunities than their US counterparts to express themselves publicly. Burns found startling frankness.

"They're old enough, they're celebrated enough. They are at the end of their lives. It is possible now to relax a bit from the hard party-line. There's a kind of immunity that an old soldier gets," Burns said.

Music was also a critical component of the film. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, his collaborator who has scored films such as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", composed original music for "The Vietnam War" that is being released as a double-album.

Burns called it an "extraordinary combination of cold metallic electronic sound mitigated with a very beautiful melodious sensibility".

The documentary also brings in a composition by Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble that evokes Vietnamese traditions.

"I think war offers us an opportunity to study human behaviour at its worst obviously but also at its best. And that's what we tried to cover," Burns said.]]>
9/18/2017 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'Mother!' Crumbles With $7.5 Million]]>
“It,” from Warner Bros. and New Line, expects to finish its second weekend with $60 million from 4,103 locations. That would make its domestic gross so far $218.7 million -- a record for the highest earning September release ever. The old record-holder was 1986’s “Crocodile Dundee” with $174.8 million. Broken down by day this weekend, “It” earned $19.4 million on Friday and $26.2 million on Saturday. Sunday’s take is estimated to be about $14.5 million. 389 Imax screens are expected to account for just over $3 million of the film’s take in North America this weekend.

Overseas, “It” is pulling in an additional $60.3 million in 56 markets. That raises its international total to $152.6 million and the worldwide tally to $371.3 million.

Based on Stephen King’s novel, “It” opened last weekend with an enormous domestic pull of $123.4 million. The R-rated title, reportedly made for about $35 million, stars Bill Skarsgard as an evil clown named Pennywise who terrorizes children. The rest of the cast includes Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton, Jaeden Lieberher, and Jackson Robert Scott.

Meanwhile “Mother!” is struggling. The Paramount release directed by Darren Aronofsky is expected to earn $7.5 million from 2,368 locations. That’s an all-time low for wide releases starring Jennifer Lawrence. One contributing factor to the movie’s bottom line is that audiences entirely rejected it and bestowed an F CinemaScore. That’s despite a critical split that landed the polarizing movie a generally positive 68% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Women made up the bulk of the audience (56%), and slightly more than half of the audience (52%) was over the age of 35. The launch was driven by a marketing campaign that shrouded the R-rated movie in mystery and didn’t give much away regarding plot. In addition to Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer also star.

Another fresh R-rated launch, “American Assassin” -- a joint production between CBS Films and Lionsgate -- is expecting an opening of $14.8 million from 3,154 locations.

The audience breakdown was 55% Male and 29% under the age of 35. The film is an adaptation of Vince Flynn’s 2010 novel, and stars Dylan O‘Brien as a CIA black ops recruit who is trained by a Cold War veteran (Michael Keaton). The film’s opening is comparable to 2014’s “John Wick,” which opened to $14.4 million on its way to launch a franchise with $43 million in domestic earnings.

“We feel that we’re off to a very solid start,” Shaun Barber, Lionsgate’s EVP and general sales manager of domestic theatrical distribution, said, pointing to the A CinemaScore the movie earned from the under 25 audience, and a strong September box office so far. As for plans to make the movie a franchise, he said “it’s very early in the run” and “too soon to call.”

Open Road’s “Home Again” should land in fourth this weekend with $5.3 million from 3,036 locations (only a 38% drop from last weekend). “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” from Lionsgate, continues to stay in the top five with about $3.6 million from 3,272 spots. The rest of the top ten is made up of “Annabelle: Creation” ($2.6 million); Taylor Sheridan’s “Wind River” ($2.6 million), which has now out-grossed “Hell of High Water” in North America; “Leap!” ($2.1 million); “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($1.9 million); and “Dunkirk” ($1.3 million).

In limited release, Annapurna and Amazon’s “Brad’s Status” is tracking to earn $100,179 this weekend from four locations. Mike White wrote and directed the movie starring Ben Stiller as a man who is constantly comparing his life to those of his college friends.
Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer, Luke Wilson, and Michael Sheen also star in the flick, which has been generally well-reviewed (83% on Rotten Tomatoes). The film is expected to expand to 100 locations next weekend.

Amazon Studios’ head of marketing and distribution Bob Berney noted that “fathers are really relating to the film” and Stiller’s performance.

After a catastrophic summer of moviegoing, a strong September so far (39.4% better than last year, powered by “It”) is leading a gradual recovery. The year to date box office is now 4.9% behind last year -- up from 6.5% behind at the end of the summer. The domestic box office so far this year has earned $7.9 billion.]]>
9/18/2017 10:48:16 AM
<![CDATA['SNL,'Big Little Lies,' 'Handmaid's Tale' rule at Emmys]]>
The new U.S. president, who never won an Emmy despite his reality show past, was also the butt of multiple jokes at the ceremony honoring the best of television.

“If he (Trump) had won an Emmy, I bet he wouldn’t have run for president,” host Stephen Colbert told the A-list audience.

“It’s your fault! He never forgave you and he never will. But unlike the presidency, the Emmys go to the winners of the popular vote,” Colbert quipped, referring to the 2016 election result.

Alec Baldwin won the comedy supporting actor Emmy for his withering impersonations of Trump for “Saturday Night Live ”on the Comcast Corp’s NBC.

After its most-watched season in 23 years, “Saturday Night Live” won nine Emmys, including best variety sketch series, for actress Kate McKinnon and for Melissa McCarthy’s turn as former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

With HBO‘sN> medieval series “Game of Thrones” out of the running this year because of a later airdate, there were a slew of new faces among Sunday’s winners.

Many of them were for women, who scored with female-centric shows like “Big Little Lies,” “A Handmaid’s Tale” and “Veep,” and rare wins for women directors, writers and producers.

In the first major awards wins for streaming service Hulu, “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Elisabeth Moss was named best drama actress for playing a woman forced into sexual servitude. The show also won awards for writing, directing and for supporting actress Ann Dowd for a total of 8.

Other new faces included Donald Glover, the best comedy actor and also director for his hip-hop themed show “Atlanta.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her sixth consecutive Emmy for playing a female egotistical presidential candidate on HBO’s “Veep,” one of the few repeat winners.

“We did have a whole storyline about impeachment but we abandoned that because we were worried that someone else might get to it first,” said Louis-Dreyfus, accepting her trophy.

Sterling K. Brown won best dramatic actor for his role as an African-American who is adopted into a white family in heart-tugging NBC family drama “This Is Us.”

In a crowded limited series category, HBO’s murder mystery “Big Little Lies” came out on top, winning eight Emmys including for best series, for Nicole Kidman’s abused wife character, for Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard, as well as for writing and directing.

Kidman said the show “was created out of frustration because women weren’t getting great roles. So now, more roles for women, please!”

Britain’s Riz Ahmed beat presumed front-runner Robert De Niro to take his first Emmy for his role as a man who falls foul of the U.S. judicial system in HBO’s crime limited series “The Night Of.”

Some of the night’s biggest losers included two new Netflix shows. Fan favorite “Stranger Things” won just five of its 18 nominations, mostly in technical categories, and British royal series “The Crown” came away with three out of 16 nominations.]]>
9/18/2017 10:45:00 AM
<![CDATA[Award-winning cartoonist challenges history]]>
With a cast of aliens and robots and a mish-mash of influences, Liew's graphic novel "The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye" appears at first glance more of a paean to history's greatest comic book artists than a subversive tome.

But the story -- which retells Singapore's story from the 1950s to the present through the eyes of a fictional cartoonist -- questions the official narrative hammered into citizens of the tightly-controlled city-state from a young age.

A central character is a real-life figure, Lim Chin Siong, a popular left-wing trade union leader who was a rival to Singapore's authoritarian founding father Lee Kuan Yew in the '60s, and who was jailed during Lee's rule.

Lim plays little part in official histories of that tumultuous period when Singapore became independent from British rule, an era marked by protests and riots, but the book presents an alternative vision of the past in which the late politician becomes premier.

On the other hand, Lee -- the central figure in Singapore's official histories and revered by many for transforming the city-state into one of the world's richest societies -- is presented in an unflattering light, as a hardline ruler who brooked no criticism.

"I was trying to present history the way it really is: full of richness and complexities," Liew told AFP.

"I wanted to show that there are different versions of history. It's less about which is the most true or accurate, but rather for the reader to come away with an understanding that they need to approach all historical texts with a critical eye," the 42-year-old added.

- Causing alarm -

In Singapore, where media is tightly controlled and government critics have been hit with financially ruinous lawsuits, the book initially caused alarm.

On the eve of its launch, government agency the National Arts Council (NAC) withdrew an Sg$8,000 ($5,900) grant given to Liew for the book -- whose previous works did not touch on Singapore's history -- due to its "sensitive content".

An official from the agency said the work "potentially undermines the authority of legitimacy of the Government and its public institutions".

But the move backfired. The extra attention caused by withdrawing the grant helped turn the graphic novel into a hit, and it is now in its fifth print run and has been translated into four languages.

In July, Liew won three Eisner Awards, regarded as the Oscars of the comic industry, at Comic Con International in San Diego for the graphic novel, including one for Best Writer/Artist.

The arts council did issue a terse, congratulatory statement -- but did not go so far as to mention the name of the book.

"With the NAC, they've told me explicitly that they had to draw a line between me as an artist, which they support, and my book, which they said they can't get behind," Liew said.

Highlighting his awkward position, Liew last week said he will be returning a NAC grant of Sg$19,000 for a new book he is working on in a bid to avoid "the comprises" involved in a relationship with the authorities.

- Sensitive ground -

Overall, the official reaction has been relatively muted.

Liew has been allowed to continue his work from his studio stuffed full of pop culture memorabilia -- he also writes and illustrates for DC Comics -- is still invited to government-funded talks, and gets the use of a subsidised workspace.

Some observers see in the mild response a further sign that authorities may be relaxing their tight control over society.

Authorities had already lifted long-standing bans on 240 books and magazines in 2015. However others believe they may be simply accepting reality -- that it would be counterproductive to try to ban such a popular work.

Singapore has had the same ruling party, The People's Action Party, since 1959, a few years before it became independent from Britain, while Lee Kuan Yew was prime minister for over three decades, and his son is the current premier.

Lee, who died in 2015, was undoubtedly one of the commanding figures of Asia's post-war economic rise, but faced criticism for his iron-fisted rule, forcing several opposition politicians into bankruptcy or exile.

Liew is fully aware that he is treading on sensitive ground and said he had made sure to rigorously check all the facts in his work.

"I do realise this is Singapore so I'm very careful," he said, with a knowing smile]]>
9/18/2017 10:30:00 AM
<![CDATA['Three Billboards Outside Ebbing' wins at Toronto film festival]]>
Frances McDormand plays a grieving mother frustrated with the police’s lack of progress in finding her daughter’s killer. The film, which screened in Venice earlier and is set for wide release later this year, won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award.

Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya,” about U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding, and Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” a coming-of-age romance about forbidden love, were the runners-up.

Past audience winners and runners-up in Toronto have gone on to win or become best-picture Oscar nominees, solidifying the Toronto festival’s reputation as a launching pad for films that go on to receive critical acclaim.

Past winners and runners-up include “Spotlight,” “12 Years A Slave,” “The King’s Speech” and “La La Land.”

Other winners at this year’s festival included “Faces Places” for the audience’s favorite documentary. Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country” won the festival’s Platform prize, selected by a panel of filmmakers.]]>
9/18/2017 10:27:30 AM
<![CDATA[Stars flock to Emmys for television's big night]]>
With awards juggernaut "Downton Abbey" finished and "Game of Thrones" ineligible, this year's Emmys are seen as the first in years in which any show could take home the most prestigious statuettes.

There will be fierce competition among a host of acclaimed first-timers, including HBO sci-fi Western show "Westworld," Hulu's dystopian "The Handmaid's Tale" and Netflix's 1980s-set horror series "Stranger Things."

The three series already have a huge 13 statuettes between them from last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys, which recognize behind-the-scenes talent as well as guest acting appearances.

"What's probably going to come out is that the awards will be spread across everybody. I think everyone's going to be happy," Debra Birnbaum, executive editor of television for Variety magazine, told AFP.

The glitzy ceremony in downtown Los Angeles -- the first under the administration of President Donald Trump -- is expected to have a distinctly political flavor, with host Stephen Colbert likely not to pull his punches.

NBC's long-running comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live" received 22 nominations -- the joint-highest total alongside "Westworld" -- after a year of mercilessly spoofing the new commander-in-chief.

Its haul of five Creative Arts statuettes included outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for Melissa McCarthy, whose "Unhinged Spicey" take on embattled White House press secretary Sean Spicer came to embody early criticism of the administration.

The show is in the running for five more gongs at the main ceremony, with Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon nominated for their turns as Trump and campaign rival Hillary Clinton.

HBO's fantasy epic about noble families vying for control of the Iron Throne raked in a record-breaking 12 awards last year, but is ineligible for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, having started its seventh season too late.

- 'Good writing' -

The outstanding drama category includes five debutants -- "Westworld," "The Handmaid's Tale," NBC's family drama "This Is Us," and two Netflix shows, "Stranger Things" and British royal drama "The Crown."

I thought that 'The Crown' was marvelously done," the 75-year-old actor Tobin Bell, best known for playing the iconic Jigsaw Killer in the "Saw" franchise, told AFP. "The writing was great and the exploration of that particular period was beautifully done."

Birnbaum said that with such an open field this year almost no award would surprise her.

"The only thing I think is a sure thing would be Elisabeth Moss for 'The Handmaid's Tale.' I think she's beloved in the academy,'" she said.

Fiona Dourif, star of BBC America's "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency," said she was currently watching "The Handmaid's Tale" and hoped to see Moss rewarded, as well as "Stranger Things."

"The talent and the writing in cable television I think is what film was ten years ago," The 35-year-old actress, who also starred in HBO's "True Blood."

"Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, vying for a sixth consecutive Emmy for best actress in a comedy, is the only other nominee who could be described as a shoo-in, according to Birnbaum.

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards will be beamed live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles by CBS and starts roughly at 5 pm (0000 GMT Monday).]]>
9/18/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[With protest-hit St. Louis on edge, U2 and Sheeran cancel gigs]]>
Saying police had advised them that security could not be assured, rock giants U2 and pop star Ed Sheeran called off scheduled weekend concerts in the Missouri city.

Demonstrators spilled into city streets for a second night running on Saturday, and initially peaceful rallies turned violent, with protesters breaking windows, throwing debris, and hurling chunks of concrete at the police, the authorities and media reports said.

Marching through two shopping malls, protesters chanted, "The whole damn system is guilty as hell."

The police reported at least seven arrests overnight on charges of resisting arrest and destroying property. Sidewalks in the inner suburb of University City were strewn with broken glass.

Ten officers had been injured late Friday as they clashed with rock-throwing protesters, according to police, who made at least 23 arrests at that time.

"We will not tolerate violence," Acting Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole told reporters.

- Touched a nerve -

The rioting came after a St. Louis judge on Friday found a white former police officer, Jason Stockley, not guilty of murdering Anthony Lamar Smith, a suspected drug dealer, following a high-speed chase in 2011.

The case -- the latest high-profile incident of police using violence against a black suspect -- has touched a nerve in St. Louis, where racial tensions were heightened by the 2014 killing of a black man, Michael Brown, in the suburb of Ferguson by a white police officer.

With the city shaken by the Stockley verdict, the U2 and Ed Sheeran concerts were among several events canceled. Others included a St. Louis Symphony Orchestra concert and a "Shakespeare in the Streets" event.

Entertainment firm Live Nation and U2 jointly announced the cancellation of that group's scheduled Saturday show in a statement citing concerns about fans' security.

"We have been informed by the St. Louis Police Department that they are not in a position to provide the standard protection for our audience as would be expected," they said.

"We cannot in good conscience risk our fans' safety."

U2 superstar Bono later posted on Instagram that he was "deeply saddened at what has happened in St. Louis" and had asked himself, "Is this 1968 or 2017?"

And Briton Sheeran, in announcing that he was pulling the plug on a show set for Sunday, said he hoped to return as soon as possible.

- 'Going to kill this...' -

Stockley, the former policeman, shot 24-year-old Smith five times after a December 2011 car chase that followed a suspected drug deal.

He was caught on an in-car camera video telling his partner, Brian Bianchi, "Going to kill this (expletive), don't you know it."

Prosecutors brought first degree murder charges in 2016, alleging that Stockley's comments showed premeditation and that he had planted a silver revolver in Smith's car.

But Judge Timothy Wilson acquitted Stockley, finding that the evidence on the gun, as well as the officer's videotaped comment, provided insufficient grounds to convict.

In an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Stockley said he understood how the video might look bad to investigators and the public.

"I understand what the family is going through, and I know everyone wants someone to blame," he said, "but I'm just not the guy."]]>
9/18/2017 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Not clowning around, 'It' again dominates box office]]>
The Warner Bros. film, based on a Stephen King novel and starring Bill Skarsgard as a creepy clown who terrorizes a sleepy Maine town, earned an estimated $60 million for the three-day weekend, bringing its domestic total to $218.7 million in only two weeks, website Exhibitor Relations reported.

Trailing far behind were two new releases, "American Assassin" from CBS Films/Lionsgate, at $14.8 million, and "mother!" from Paramount, which registered just $7.5 million in ticket sales despite the star power of Jennifer Lawrence.

"Assassin" stars Dylan O'Brien as a CIA "black ops" recruit who teams with crusty veteran agent Michael Keaton to try to prevent terrorists from starting a war.

Paramount's "mother!" earned a dubious distinction: the lowest opening gross for a Jennifer Lawrence film in wide release. A psychological thriller from Darren Aronofsky, it probably suffered from going head-to-head against "It."

In the film, Lawrence and husband Javier Bardem see their tranquil lives upended when strangers Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer show up at their country home. The movie drew a rare "F" from the ComScore website despite a relatively strong 69 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Aronofsky earned critical acclaim for earlier films including "The Wrestler" and "Black Swan."

In fourth place was "Home Again" from Open Road Films, with a take of $5.3 million. The romantic comedy stars Reese Witherspoon as a recently separated woman whose life changes when she lets three young men move in.

And in fifth was "The Hitman's Bodyguard," at $3.6 million. The action comedy stars Ryan Reynolds as a bodyguard hired to protect a notorious hitman played by Samuel L. Jackson.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

"Annabelle: Creation" ($2.6 million)

"Wind River" ($2.6 million)

"Leap!" ($2.1 million)

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" ($1.9 million)

"Dunkirk" ($1.3 million)]]>
9/18/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[A museum dedicated to street art opens in Berlin]]>
The Museum for Urban Contemporary Art, dubbed “Artmeile” or “Art Mile”, is located in a converted apartment building. It has an asphalted floor and an open structure to make it feel like a street.

“Urban contemporary art is the logical next step to follow what is happening on the street,” said museum director Yasha Young.

“This house can be an archive that tells the story (of street art) for the first time, from the beginning until now,” she said, adding that the art properly belonged on the street.

Graffiti in Berlin is illegal unless the owner of the sprayed area gives permission. Twenty years ago, the city allocated almost $5 million to erase graffiti and a lobby was set up to secure places for street artists to practise legally.

“It’s a nice thing that there is a museum happening because it means that the artists who have been a part of this scene and movement for a long time are now getting the respect that they deserve,” said Louis Masai from London, who is one of 150 artists whose work will be exhibited.]]>
9/17/2017 11:03:14 PM
<![CDATA['It' wins Box Office surpassing Lawrence's 'mother']]>
The Horror film exceeded all expectations, the production company Warner Bros. was hoping only for $35 million, the budget of the movie, according to Jeff Goldstein, the distribution chief at Warner Bros. But, the film now made a total of $218.7 million (3.8 billion EGP) at the domestic box office, which makes it the highest grossing September release of all time. It also scored 8.0 on IMDB and 85% on rotten tomatoes.

The real surprise this weekend, is “mother” for Jennifer Lawrence, which was believed to be the real competitor for “It” in the box office. However, the movie ended the weekend with $7.5 million (132 million EGP), below its $11 million (194 million EGP) projection. It's the worst opening ever in Lawrence’s career.
9/17/2017 10:11:48 PM
<![CDATA[Emmys 2017 - Winner Predictions for All Major Categories]]>
Back on August 22, the Hollywood Reporter’s awards analyst Scott Feinberg shared his predictions for the top categories, and here are some predictions of the top category:

Drama Series:

The Winner is “This Is Us (NBC)”

Though Feinberg prefers the science fiction drama “the Handmaid's Tale,” he thinks that “This Is Us” will win the Emmy award for best Drama series because it was loved by critics and audiences. It is also the first broadcast show nominated since 2011.

This Is Us is a romantic comedy series, which follows a story of a unique ensemble who shares the same birthday, and it focuses on their daily life and the similarities and differences they share. It was created by Dan Fogelman and starring Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, and Ron Cephas Jones

Comedy Series:

The Winner is “Veep (HBO)”

Feinberg does not only think that Veep will win as the best comedy series, he thinks it should win!

“Veep, the year's most nominated comedy series, will three-peat, not least because laughing about politics has never felt as cathartic,” Feinberg said.

Television Movie:

The Winner is “Black Mirror: San Junipero (Netflix)”

The thriller movie “Black Mirror: San Junipero” scored 8.8 on IMDB and it got good reviews from both audiences and critics.

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Variety Talk Series:

Feinberg said that Jimmy Kimmel Live for (ABC) network should win, but “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”, broadcasting on HBO leads the most nominations and is most likely to win this year.

The half an hour comedy late night show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” scored 9.1 on IMDB. It first premiered on Sunday, April 27, 2014, on HBO.

Oliver said that the secret of his success, other than his natural talent, is that he has full creative freedom to criticize corporations. That’s why the show is in its fourth season now.


Actor, Drama Series:

The winner is Sterling K. Brown for “This Is Us”
“Back-to-back wins seem in the cards for Sterling K. Brown, who won in 2016 for People v. O.J. Simpson and would be this category's first black winner since 1998. Caveat: He could lose votes to co-star Milo Ventimiglia. The likeliest beneficiary? Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk,” Feinberg stated.

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Actress, Drama Series:

The winner is “Elisabeth Moss for “The Handmaid's Tale”

Critics have agreed that its Elisabeth Moss’ turn to win the Emmy award. They praised her incredible performance in The Handmaid’s Tale. They even think that this role showed her actual acting talents and skills.

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Actor, Comedy Series:

The Winner is Jeffrey Tambor for “Transparent”

Critics expect that Tambor will win his third Emmy in a row for his role in Transparent. He appears in the series as a transgender person. The last person to pull this off was Michael J. Fox, who won three Emmys for “Family Ties” from 1986-1988, but can Tambor do it again?

Actress, Comedy Series:

The winner is Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep.”

“For her inimitable Selina Meyer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won this prize five years in a row,” Feinberg said. “A sixth win in a season in which she has already won a SAG Award and landed Golden Globe and Critics' Choice noms — would tie Cloris Leachman's record for most overall acting wins: eight,” he added.

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9/17/2017 9:03:39 PM
<![CDATA[Rehab Omar to perform live at Cairo Opera House ]]>
Are you a fan of old Arabic music? Do you find your own paradise when you listen to oriental music and old songs by Um Kulthum? If you are a young Egyptian unfamiliar with older generations of music or lucky enough to have lived during the golden ages of Arab music then a unique opportunity has presented itself.

In coordination with the Arab Music Institute and headed by maestro Ahmed Amer, the Cairo Opera House will present a performance by Rehab Omar on Thursday September 21 at 8:00 p.m.. The performance will include a collection of old Arabic songs by the renowned singer Um Kulthum and other songs from the good old days.

Cairo Opera House is a cultural landmark renowned for leadership, excellence and imagination. It has carved itself a significant place in the cultural landscape of Egypt and the Middle East. It is also committed to discovering and developing the most talented young artists in Egypt. The opera house also has excellent venues, facilities and services for both artists and the audience.
9/17/2017 7:09:40 PM
<![CDATA[British Museum to host modern Egypt project ]]>
Downtown Cairo is an iconic architectural creation, an art extravaganza, a harmonious symphony of east meets west where contemporary meets classic. It fuels creativity, ignites minds and provides inspiration of which each corner is perfectly photogenic.

Shahed is a specialist on modern Egyptian architecture, urbanism and visual culture. His research focuses on architectural modernism in Egypt. He established a project in the British museum called the “Modern Egypt Project” in which he is responsible for building a new collection of material culture from the past century in Egypt.
9/17/2017 6:14:37 PM
<![CDATA[Fouad el Mohandes: The Professor]]>
For his colleagues, students and successors he was the “Professor.” Professor was his former title and it reflected how el Mohandes was an important source of admiration, appreciation and inspiration to all those who are working in the artistic field.

El Mohandes was one of the main leaders in the Egyptian Comic School who had a large following. He succeeded throughout his career in shaping the Egyptian culture in the minds of more than one generation.

El Mohandes’s early beginning

The brilliant comedian was born in Cairo on September 6, 1924 in Cairo.

El Mohandes’s father Zaki El-Mohandes, was a distinguished scholar and he was the dean of Dar Al-Ulum. That’s why El Mohandes has excellent diction and elocution. His passion for art began in school while performing in the school plays. After he graduated from school, he joined the faculty of Commerce in Cairo University. He performed many plays in the university’s theatre. At that time, El Mohandes attended the great comedian, Naguib El RIhani’s plays to gain more experience.

El Mohandes work Achievments>/b>

1. Theaterical achievements

The turning point in El Mohandes’s career came when he began to perform in television-sponsored plays. He was the hero of the famous successful comic plays ‘’Ana Wa Huwa Wa Hiyya’’ (I, He and She; 1962) and ‘’Al-Sekerteir Al-Fanni’’ (The Technical Secretary; 1963). These plays drew attention to El Mohandes as a comedian with a different taste.

In 1966, he co-founded the United Artists Troupe, taking leading roles in several plays executed by the troupe such as “Ana Wa Huwa Wa Sumuwwuh’’ (I, He and his Highness; 1966), and ‘’Sayyidati Al-Gamila’’ which is an adaptation of “My Fair Lady” from 1968. These plays are considered by most to be the best of El Mohandes’s plays.

In 1971, El Mohandes formed an extremely popular duo with his wife Shweikar. This duo enriched the history of Egyptian theatre with plays, such as “Hello Dolly” (1971), “Leih, Leih” (Why, Oh Why?; 1976,) and “Innaha Haqan 'A'ila Muhtarama” (It Really is a Respectable Family; 1978).

2. Cinematic achievements

El-Mohandes' first appearance on the silver screen was in 1953 in ‘’Ghaltat Umr’’(The Mistake of a Lifetime) film, which was followed by his role in ‘’Bint Al-Geiran’’ (The Neighbours' Daughter; 1954). El Mohandes performed supporting roles in several successful films, including ‘’Bayn Al-Atlal’’(Amid the Ruins), “Nahr Al-Hubb” (The River of Love), “Almaz wa Abdou El-Hamouli,” and “Shafiqa El-Qibtiyya” (Shafiqa the Copt).

His role opposite Shweikar remains the most memorable. Among these films are; “Shanabou Fil Masyada” (Shanabou in the Trap), “Inta Illi Qatalt Babaya” (You Killed My Father), and “Mutarada Gharamiyya” (Amorous Chase).

3. Television acheivments

El Mohandes appeared in several soap operas such as “Uyun” (Eyes), “Azwag Lakin Ghurba'” (Married but Estranged) and “El-Za'ir El-Mag-houl” (The Unknown Visitor).

Awards and Honours

Throughout his career he has won several awards. In 1994, he was honoured from the first Comedy Festival organised by the Egyptian Society for Theatre Amateurs. In 1999, he was honoured by Cairo International Film Festival and was presented with a prize from the Catholic Centre for Artistic Creativity. El Mohandes was the first comedian to receive the State Merit Award in 2005.

Factors that made El Mohandes different from any other Egyptian Comedian

1. Sa'a Li-Qalbak (An Hour to Your Heart) comical programme (1953−Early 1960s)

This funny program highlighted social issues found between married couples. If you are familiar with a wife nagging her husband, and always ending her questions with, “Ya Mahmoooud ya 7abibi’’ (Mahmoud, my love), then you witnessed Mahmoud performed by El Mohandes. The wife was performed by the famous female comedian, Khairya Ahmed.

2. Fawazeer Aammo Fouad ( Uncle Fouad Riddles) (1980s–1990s)

These were not the first fawazeer (riddles) Egyptian television broadcasts, but they were the first dedicated to children. Egyptian children for 20 years waited every Ramadan for the fun and educational episodes that were presented in an attractive way by Aammo Fouad.

3. Kelmetein w Bas ( Two Words Only) radio program (1968)

Every morning at 7:55 a.m., most Egyptians were accustomed to listen to the voice of El Mohandes on this radio program. This was a socially charged program, where they used to shed light on societal problems while, they also offered solutions to overcome them.

4. Abo El Fasaad Song

This song is a trademark of all Egyptian birthdays. The storyline of the video clip revolves around a group of birds celebrating the birthday of Abulfasad, whose voice was performed by El Mohandes. His voice will live on forever in all of our birthdays.

El Mohandes died on September 16, 2006. He managed to carve his name on Egyptian theatre, cinema, radio and television history. El Mohandes strongly believed in team spirit and the great support he gave to younger comedians truly reflects his unique personality.
9/17/2017 5:52:41 PM
<![CDATA[In-Depth with first Egyptian female DOP Nancy Abdel Fattah]]>
A graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts majoring in Interior Design, Abdel Fattah began photographing without any formal experience.

Her first experience as a DOP was shooting the Egyptian drama film, “Fi Shaket Masr El Gedeeda” (In the Apartment of Masr El Gedida), where she worked with late film director Mohamed Khan who supported her and gave her great confidence in her work.

Her passion for photography led her to a number of exhibitions, where she exhibited her works during her years in university.

Abd El-Fattah’s passion later developed for cinematography, and she applied to study at the Higher Institute of Cinema, majoring in photography at a time when few female students were admitted.

Establishing her career in 2004, Abdel- Fattah released her first short movie “El-Banat Dol” (Those Girls) revolving around the lives, struggles, and dreams of street girls. The film led Abdel- Fattah to develop her photography and cinematography career.

"Before working, I watch a lot of works to allow myself to be more creative and work better," she told Egypt Today.

About her successful duo with film director Kamlah Abu-Zikri, Abdel-Fattah said that there’s a high level of harmony between her and Kamlah; they both share common viewpoints.

In 2009, Abdel Fattah won the Dubai International Film Festival award for the movie “Wahed Sefr” as the best cinematographer.

Photopia is a space for the photography community in Egypt founded by two enthusiastic photographers. It offers a wide range of services, including a studio, a gallery, workshops, and a bookstore.
9/17/2017 4:46:44 PM
<![CDATA[La Corsaire Ballet to stage at Cairo Opera House ]]>
It is written by Adolphe Adam and it is based on one of Lord George Byron’s poems. The performance is directed by Abdel Moneim Kamel, and Erminia Kamel.

It consists of three chapters.

The events of the Ballet take place on the shore of the Bosphorus, telling the story of a pirate called Nour al-Din and his servant Ali who are rescued from a ship crash.

Nour al-din falls in love with Yasmine who rescued him; after that Yasmine is imprisoned with a number of ladies, and he heads a fight to release her, eventually managing to do so.
The performance is characterized by impressive and attractive techniques such as the decor, lighting and dances.

The Ballet was performed for the first time in Paris in 1856. A number of additions are provided to the original text such as the dance of Nour al-Din with Yasmine.

9/17/2017 4:44:22 PM
<![CDATA[‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ to screen Sept. 19 ]]>
The film traverses the life of Arthur (Charlie Hunnam), who is robbed of his royal lineage as a child when his uncle Vortigern (Jude Law) usurped the throne of Uther. Arthur decides to go back to his kingdom to withdraw the legendary sword Excalibur from the stone. He must learn to harness the sword’s power to lead a rebellion against his uncle and reclaim his birthright.

The action, adventure and drama film, which was first released on May 12, 2017 in the United States, is written and directed by Guy Ritchie and Joby Harold.

Guy Ritchie retells the story of King Arthur, while the movie co-stars Eric Bana, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, and Aidan Gillen.

Charlie Hunnam (Arthur), Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (The Mage), Jude Law (Vortigern) and
Djimon Hounsou (Bedivere) are the heroes of the movie.
9/17/2017 4:42:25 PM
<![CDATA[‘The Three Sisters’ to inaugurate 24th edition of CIFCET]]>
Directed by Konstantin Borseladze, “The Three Sisters” is a Georgian play originally written by Anton Chekhov. The play examines the concept of isolation.

It discusses how someone can be living in the wrong place at the wrong time, aspiring towards a Moscow where one can have his or her deserved placed in society.

CIFCET is running between September 19 and September 29, featuring an array of interactive seminars, workshops, and plays.

The festival features national, regional and international performances from across the world. Three Egyptian theatrical performances will be participating including “The Day They Killed Singing,” “The Bridge,” “The Forty Rules of Love,” “The Experiment,” “Shaman,” “The Ambassador” and “Women with No Tomorrow.”

Arab theatrical performances include the Jordanian “Shadow of a Female,” the Iraqi “On Private,” the Iraqi “Cart,” the Moroccan “Balasmya,” the Moroccan play “Fall,” the Tunisian “Fall Night,” and the Tunisian play “Women in Resistance and Love.”
9/17/2017 4:41:09 PM
<![CDATA[Three Ottoman Artifacts prevented from being smuggled ]]>
The three artifacts date back to the Ottoman era. The passenger tried to smuggle them to Turkey.

After the investigation, the archeological committee formed by the Ministry of Antiquities proved that the three guns are considered artifacts.

Ministry of Antiquities will retrieve the three weapons, according to Ahmed al-Rawi, head of antiques' units at the Egyptian ports.

One of the guns is 56 centimeter tall, and has a metal grip and a full firing weapon, except the trigger.

Its barrel consists of two parts; the upper one does not carry any decorations but the lower does.

The other guns carry wooden grips with decorations of the shape of plants, whereas the firing weapon is made from Flintstone, and barrel.

The length of each one is 48 centimeter, according to Hamdy Hamam, director general of the antiques' unit at Cairo International Airport.
9/17/2017 3:42:57 PM
<![CDATA[Arab Heritage Music Ensemble concert honours Sayed Darwish]]>
Born in 1892, the ambitious singer was raised among seven children and used to work as a bricklayer to provide for his family. He was discovered by a manager of a theatrical troupe who overheard him singing while working and decided to hire him.

Dying at the dawn of his striking career at the age of 31, Darwish pursued his career amid touring in Syria where he embarked on his musical education. He later returned to Egypt where he was rarely recognized as he sang in coffee shops before World War I.

Despite his limited recognition at the time, Darwish was given the opportunity to collaborate with significant composers of that century after being trained to be a “Munshid” (cantor).

The Alexandrian singer/composer is well known in modern Arab music historiography for symbolizing progress, modernity, and the transfer from Oriental music that was made for the elite class at the time, and from Ottoman music to Egyptian music, according to an article published by Al-Mashriq.

Darwish was haunted by several failures in his early singing career; however 1918 has been earmarked as a turning point where he was inspired by the renowned Arabic lyricist Salama Higazy.

Known as an experimental artist, Darwish has also been recognized as a long living icon of nationalism, composing the famous Egyptian national anthem “Biladi Biladi,” and the revolutionary “Oom Ya Masry” (Get up, Egyptian) that played a great role in the revolution of 1919.

The composer’s first hit song, “The Beautiful One,” was released in 1912. Darwish is also known for singing and composing “Salma ya Salama” that has been recreated in various covers including a cover by the late singer Dalida. Other compositions include; “El Helwa di Kamet Te’gen” that was also recreated into a new cover sung by the Lebanese singer Fayrouz and was reproduced in orchestral versions.

Darwish also met with cinema legend Naguib al-Rihani in Cairo where they both worked together to compose seven operettas alongside comedian Kish Kish Bey. The trio has conducted works such as “Al-Ashara Al-Tayeba" (Ten of Diamonds) in 1920 which is a patriotic adaptation of “Blubeard.”

They also conducted an opera called “Cleopatra and Mark Anthony” where the singing/ acting legend Mohamed Abdel Wahab starred in the leading role. Darwish also composed “Shahrazad” and “Al-Baruka,” which was not met with widespread success.

The late artist's theatre productions were often westernized as the traditional Arabic Takht was replaced by a European ensemble and conducted by Il Signore Casio, who was Darwish’s maestro. Darwish’s operetta tunes are famous for combining musical modes with pianos that reveal his fascination for Italian opera.
9/17/2017 3:39:34 PM
<![CDATA[Secrets of Ancient Egypt: between myth and reality]]>
Shamaa pointed out a number of common myths about Ancient Egyptian history including the concept of "Pharaohs."

He explained that the correct name of the Ancient Egyptian era is "Ancient Egypt" not "Pharaohs," and clarified that the concept of "Pharaoh" was used in the period of the 18th Dynasty.

Ancient Egyptian rulers used other higher names such as the Son of Ra, and the King of Higher and Upper Egypt.

Another myth Shamaa tackled was the actual number of archaeological discoveries that were unearthed in Egypt.

Shamaa added that Egyptologist Sarah Parker revealed data resonating from using satellite technology, mentioning that less than one percent of antiquities in the country were discovered with more yet to be unearthed.

Famous archeologist, Zahi Hawas, previously stated that 30 percent of ancient Egyptian antiquities were discovered.

Another myth he mentioned was that the ancient Egyptian civilization grew on the banks of the Nile, although it originated around 100 kilometres west of Abu Simbel and was called Nabta Playa.

He also discussed the films that depicted the ancient Egyptian era such as “Araos El Nile” (Bride of the Nile) and Salah El Din films which depicted false historical events.

"No evidence was proven concerning the sacrifice of real women such as in “‘Aros El Nile”," Shamaa said, proving that the story of Bride of the Nile is completely false.

Concerning Merneptah Stele, Shamaa discovered that the label on the stele was printed as "Israel Stele" in the Egyptian Museum for 10 years.

Shamaa stated in a previous lecture that Israel wanted to own the stele after Egypt changed the label.

Egyptian officials studied Israel's naming of the stele and decided to remove it after 10 years of mislabelling.

"The next step that needs to be carried out in this case involves searching for who is responsible for this mistake and why no one spoke about it in the past 10 years," Shamaa told Egypt Today.

The Merneptah Stele was discovered in 1896 in Merneptah Temple and narrates the victories of Merneptah over the Libyans and their allies

Shamaa discovered his passion for Egyptian antiquities and archaeology during his visit to Nubia when he was a child.

He concluded his lecture by announcing his upcoming seminars that will be held in parallel to the celebrations of the October 6 national holiday at the Egyptian Public Library and El Sawy Culture Wheel.
9/17/2017 3:22:40 PM
<![CDATA[Sa’eed Al-Shimy to conduct a cinematography workshop]]>
The workshop teaches the basics of cinematography such as lighting, composition, colors, angles, and lenses through practical exercises. It will last for two months and participants will meet on a weekly basis for their session.

Al-Shimy is a director with tremendous experience in filmmaking. He began filming with an 8-mile camera and later studied cinematography at the Higher Institute of Cinema.

His most prominent works include “Darbt Shams” (Heat Stroke), “Al ‘ar” (Shame), and “Gazirat Al Shayatin” (Island of Devils).

Al-Shimy is also an author who published several books, including “Tasweer Cinema’i Taht El Ma’a”(Underwater Cinematography) and “Itigahat El Ibda’ Fil Tasweer El Cinema’I”(Creativity Trends in Cinematography).
9/17/2017 2:42:39 PM
<![CDATA[Religious Song to celebrate Prophet’s birth anniversary]]>
The band will perform religious songs and hymns, in addition to some Sufi poems.

Cairo Opera House will organize famous concerts introducing Umm Kulthum’s songs as a part of its plan to revive Arab musical heritage and spread it among the new generations as it is an integral part of Egypt’s cultural history and a bridge between the past, present and future.

Religious Song Ensemble, which is at the top of Egyptian bands presenting religious songs, was founded by the late musician Abdel Halim Noireh in 1972, to preserve religious songs’ heritage; consequently, he made the most famous religious singers at the time help his band memorize religious songs.

They have participated in many international festivals where they achieved great success, such as in the Festival of Religious Songs in Marseille, France, the Festival of Singing and Praising in Morocco as well as the Festival of Songs and Hymns in Poland.
9/17/2017 2:31:12 PM
<![CDATA[Dervish in Progress’ workshop by Ziya Azazi]]>
This workshop will allow participants to push their limits by spinning individually and in group formation, allowing them to explore their ability to gain control of their bodies while moving. The workshop aims to develop one’s physical, emotional and mental awareness though whirling.

Dervish dance techniques include an action called Samaa. It is a religious dance technique that expresses emotions and devotion to God often practiced by dervish ‘tareeqa’ order in Sufism and other Sufi orders.

This dance technique gave birth to the Egyptian adaptation of the dance known as “Tanoura” which is inspired by Mawlawiyah, a Sufi order.

Born in 1969 in Antakya, Turkey, Azazi studied gymnastics in university and worked at the Istanbul City Theaters. He has been based in Vienna since 1994.

Azazi was regarded as “The Most Outstanding Dancer of the Year in Austria” by the Ballet International Magazine. He also performed at Vienna Volksoper, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, and Grand Théâtre de Genéve.

In 1999, his interest in Sufi dancing rose and he began self-studying along with choreographing many interpretations. "Work in Progress I & II" were his first solo performances in Vienna.

His other chorographical work includes "Dervish in Progress", "’Azab", "Icons", “Ember", "Energy", "Bolero Bergamo" and "Neo Dervish".
9/17/2017 2:23:06 PM
<![CDATA[’Youm lel Setat' wins in the African Festival]]>
The movie was granted the award in the closing ceremony of the festival which took place on Saturday, September 16.

The story of the movie takes place in one of the poor Egyptian districts, where the three main heroines of the movie Azza, Shaimaa and Laila live. One day it was announced that a new swimming pool will open in the district, and that Sundays will be for ladies only.

The first Sunday witnessed the gathering of the entire district’s women who came from different backgrounds; Azza has long dreamed of wearing swimsuits, Shaimaa finally finds someone who listens to her when she talks about her private life, and Laila tries to overcome her grief over her late son.

The movie stars Elham Saheen, Nelly Karim, Ahmed al-Fishawy, Mahmoud Hemeida, Eyad Nassar, Nahed al-Sebaie, Hala Sedky and Ahmed Dawoud.

“Youm lel Setat” is written by Hanaa Attia and directed by Kamla Abou Zekri.

Shaheen shared the Best Actress Award with Karim from the 13th Kazan International Muslim Film Festival in Russia on their roles in the movie on Monday, September 11.

"Youm lel Setat" was the only Egyptian movie participating in the festival this year.
9/17/2017 2:21:19 PM
<![CDATA[Restoring tomb no.54 in Valley of the Golden Mummies]]>
Garib Sonbol, head of the Central Administration for Maintenance and Restoration, has previously announced that the administration has started restoration works on the tomb.

Sonbol pointed out that a preview was prepared before the start of the restoration work as well as the purchase of raw materials; he added that the restoration work of the architectural floor of the cemetery will be completed in a short period of time to be the first step in the complete development of the valley of the Golden Mummies.

In 1992, the famous Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass discovered 192 mummies covered with gold in the Valley of the Golden Mummies.
9/17/2017 2:01:41 PM