FILE – Inas Abdel Dayem.
CAIRO – 5 February 2019: Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem will inaugurate the first Islamic Culture Festival on Feb. 5. The festival is held in coordination between the ministries of culture and foreign affairs and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The festival will run until Feb.9, presenting a series of cultural and artistic events that affirm the cultural identity of the Arab and Islamic nation. The festival is the first to be organized by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Egypt. The festival will be held under the title "One Nation, Multiple Cultures ... Palestine in the Heart". Tanzania will be the festival’s guest of honor.
The Ministry of Culture declared in a statement that the festival seeks to affirm the noble values of Islam, which call for tolerance and reject violence, extremism and terrorism. Eighteen countries will participate in the festival, including Egypt, Palestine, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Algeria, Guinea, Senegal, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen, Kuwait, Comoros, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Bangladesh, Morocco and Indonesia.