Temple of Luxor – Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
CAIRO – 17 July 2017: Luxor, chosen by UNESCO for this year's 'Capital of Arabic Culture' title has gone well underway in providing a variety of musical and other performances this July. A different Middle Eastern city gains the title each year as part of an initiative from the Arab League, in collaboration with UNESCO’s Cultural Capital program. The initiative aims to promote Arab Culture internationally.
The events this month were helmed by Ministry of Culture head Helmy Namnam, and included a seminar titled 'Amir's trip in the early twentieth century, a book on archaeology and another seminar in the evening titled "Kuwait, a leading Arab cultural pioneer: Exchanges between Kuwaiti and Egyptian culture and their role in raising Arab culture influence."
A reading of Arab poets was held over two evenings, and included Egyptian writers Ahmed Sweilem, Rana Azzam alongside Iraqi talent Amjad Saeed. Musical performances include Luxor Folk and Sohag Folk Arts.
A workshop was held at an Exhibition of Fine Art in Luxor and included painting, sculpture, photography and calligraphy, and an exhibition of children's art from around the Arab world, featuring countries like Egypt, Jordan, Sudan and Saudi Arabia was held at a public library, lasting until August 7.
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