<![CDATA[rss-Arts & Culture]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Arts & Culture]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Details on third Wanas Festival to be announced ]]>
The first day of the festival is expected to feature folkloric band El Tanboura and Egyptian singer Mostafa Rizk, according to a released statement by the organizing committee of the festival.

“This edition will feature the participation of a German band called Unterbiberger and Dutch band Kapriol, among seven other countries,” said the festival’s director, Zakria Ibrahim.

The festival aims to revive the hidden treasures of singing and folkloric arts, providing the audience the opportunity to engage with these types of arts through the daily performances.
10/18/2017 10:55:35 PM
<![CDATA[Shnit Festival kicks off Wednesday ]]>
On October 22, Egyptian short films will be introduced, such as “Docs” and “Fiction 2”.
The international competition includes five award categories and the national competitions. The festival curates programs presenting more than 300 short films of all genres over its 12 days, along with a collection of masterpieces. As a result, short films call the tune in four program sections.

Shnit Worldwide Short Film Festival unfolds simultaneously in multiple cities on five continents, bringing together more than 40,000 filmmakers and film lovers. It aims to actively increase the perception of short film making by creating a multi-platform event for high quality short films.

In addition, each place where the festival is hosted presents National Jury and Audience Awards in a closing ceremony in each city hosting the festival.

Short films have a limited time in which to get their message across. This kind of condensed work often uses the smallest details and subtlest dialogue to convey grand meaning.]]>
10/18/2017 10:12:22 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History: Director Ahmed Badrakhan Birthday ]]>
He was one of Egyptian cinema’s early founders, and he added a number of rewarding contributions to the Egyptian cinema.

Badrakhan was born on October 18, 1909 and died on August 23, 1969.

His love towards cinema started from his early age, and he studied cinematic arts and direction in France.

Having a real passion for cinema, Badrakhan started his career with publishing analytic cinematic articles in "Al Sabah" [The Day] newspaper.

Talaat Harb, the father of the independent Egyptian Economy, asked Badrakhan to write a report regarding the costs of establishing an Egyptian cinema studio for producing spoken films.

In 1934, Badrakhan returned to Egypt after studying cinema, and he wrote his first film, "Wedad".

"Wedad" film – Courtesy of elcinema.com

He was hired as a director at Misr Studio, and he directed "Nasheed El Amal” [Hope Anthem]. "Wedad" and "Nashed El Amal" starred the iconic Egyptian singer Om Kalthoum.

Due to Om Kalthoum's trust, Badrakhan directed all her films except "Salama", which was directed by Togo Mizrahi.

Believing in the national and historical role of leading figures, Badrakhan tried to produce a film about Mostafa Kamel, the leading national figure, but a number of Egyptian officials rejected the film.

"Moustafa Kamel" film

It was screened after the July 23, 1952 revolution.

In 1941, Badrakhan directed the first film for renowned singer and actor Farid El Atrash and Asmahan al-Atrash, "Entesar El Shabab" [Youth Victory].

During the film’s making, Badrkhan got married to Asmahan for only 55 days.

A Scene from "Entesar El Shabab" film

He was part of the “Etehad El Fananen” [Artists Unite] company for film making and production with Helmy Rafla, Amina Rizk and Abdel Halim Nasr.

The company produced more than 40 films.

A Scene from "Sayed Darwish" film

Badrakhan represented more than 40 films, whether as director, writer or producer.

His major films include "Fatma", "Sayed Darwish", "Qabelny ya Aby" [Kiss Me Father], "Akher Kedba" [The Last Lie] and "Ghareeba" [Strange!].

“Nadia” was Badrakhan’s last film.

His son is the legendary director Ali Badrakahn, who directed a number of iconic Egyptian films, such as "El Karnak" and "Shafiqa Wi Metwaly".

"Al-Karnak" Film – Courtesy of elcinema.com ]]>
10/18/2017 9:59:35 PM
<![CDATA[Globalization "major threat" to Arab culture, Namnam warns]]>
"Globalization has been proven to be useless in the world as it led to the loss of the national identity," he added.

Namnam made the statements during his participation in an event at the Khartoum International Book Fair, which kicked off in the Sudanese capital earlier on Tuesday.

At least 15 Egyptian publishers, authors and intellectuals are participating in the book fair, as well as 78 representatives of Egyptian publishing houses]]>
10/18/2017 7:49:40 PM
<![CDATA[Celebrities support WYF]]>
Bassel Khayat- File Photo
Among the celebrities who posted their photos under #Weneedtotalk are Amina Khalil, Tamer Hagrass, Bassel el Khayat, Bushra, Salma abu Deif, fashion desingner Farida Temraza and Ramez Youssef, among others.

Bushra-File Photo
The hashtag was written in English because the forum is an international one, in which youth from all over the world will participate.

The World Youth Forum (WYF) is set to kick off from November 4-10. The forum is being held under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and will take place in the tourist city of Sharm El-Sheikh. The famous Egyptian actor Ahmed Helmy and the prominent Tunisian star Hend Sabry will participate in the forum.

Tamer Hagrass- File Photo
Helmy will talk about his experience as a national ambassador in the United Nations supporting UNICEF’s work for children in Egypt and beyond. Sabry will share her experience as an ambassador against hunger in the U.N.

The forum will bring together 3,000 young people, represented by 60 delegations from across the world, to explore key issues facing their generation and determine their role in implementing the global development goals and in facing terrorism.

Ramez Youssef-File Photo
The idea of holding an international youth conference in Egypt came during the third National Youth Conference in Ismailiya, and it was approved by Sisi.
In July, the president announced organizing the WYF in Sharm El-Sheikh during the fourth National Youth Conference in Alexandria.

Salma Abu Deif-File Photo
The seven-day gathering will witness the participation of official youth representatives over 18 years old, leaders of various youth networks, head of states, media figures and around 250 young Egyptian expats. It will be held under the title "We Need to Talk". The WYF sends a message of peace, prosperity, harmony and love to the entire world.]]>
10/18/2017 7:26:02 PM
<![CDATA[Canadian musician Gord Downie passes away]]>
A statement released by Downie’s family confirmed the sad news on Twitter;

Downie was diagnosed with the cancer in December 2015, and announced it publically in May 2016. Downie had been part of Tragically Hip for over three decades, since 1984, releasing 14 studio albums, many of which topped Canada’s charts repeatedly. They broke the record for the most Juno Awards given to a single band, earning 16. So great was their popularity in Canadian culture that the band even made it onto postage stamps and was awarded the country’s highest honor, the Order of Canada.

Outside of music, Downie was also a keen philanthropist. He announced in October 2016 an album, accompanying graphic novel by artist Jeff Lemire and animated film called “Secret Path”, based on the real life tragic case of Chanie Wenjack, a young indigenous boy who ran away from a boarding school in Canada to return home, freezing to death.

Downie considered “Secret Path” to be his most important work, with all proceeds going to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

10/18/2017 5:44:15 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Sobhy to present ‘Ghazal el Banat’ play on November 2]]>
“Ghazal el Banat” is one of the most famous heritage plays, which was first presented by the legendary comedian Naguib el Rihany. The play will be directed by Soby as well.

It is worth mentioning that the owner of Sama Company, the Egyptian businessman Hassan Rateb, has acquired 80 percent of Sonbol City. Rateb will transform Sonbol City into Sama Sonbol Academy. The academy aims to discover new talent and creators in various fields of art, such as music, singing, acting, directing and photography.

With this approach, the academy will be the second technical entity specialized in this field after the Academy of Arts.

“The academy is expected to make a quantum leap in the field of discovering artistic talents in order to create a new generation of talented people in the areas of acting, directing, photography and writing. That’s why I was reluctant to sign this partnership,” Sobhy earlier explained.

Rateb pointed out that the academy is also aiming to maximize the cultural and artistic role of the academy. Sonbol Academy was built on an area of 20 acres and includes rare studios and paintings for senior artists, in addition to a unique theater that can fit about 500 people.

Rateb added that they are planning to update all the studios to be equipped with the best technological methods, using modern equipment in photography, lighting and visual effects. Rateb also plans to introduce a number of specialists meant to better develop discovered talents.]]>
10/18/2017 5:37:00 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History – Author Terry McMillan is born]]>
Born in Michigan, 1951, McMillan was the oldest of five children, and so began working at a library when she was 16 to help support her family after her alcoholic father passed away. There, she began cultivating a love for books and imagination; though she feared that only white authors were allowed to be part of the world of literature. That quickly changed after she read a book by African-American writer James Baldwin, which convinced McMillan to take up writing herself.

After moving to California at the age of 17, she began working as a secretary and wrote on the side; taking an African-American literature class to learn more about other black writers. She first got published in 1976, with the short story "The End." McMillan’s first novel, "Mama," came in 1987, and was partly based on the life of her own mother. The book received positive feedback; marking a promising start for McMillan.

Her second novel, "Disappearing Acts," was published in 1989. This romantic novel followed an affair between a junior high school music teacher and a high school dropout carpenter, and the personal issues and circumstances that prevent them from finding happiness together. It was adapted into an HBO film in 2000, starring Wesley Snipes and Sanaa Lathan.

In 1992, McMillan hit a breakthrough with her next novel "Waiting to Exhale." Following the lives of four African-American women in Phoenix, Arizona as they deal with and discuss problems in their love lives, the book proved to become an immense critical success. Rights for the paperback copy of the book were sold for over $2.64 million; amongst the highest amount ever paid for a paperback. The book sold three million copies by 1996.

"Wating to Exhale" was made into a film in 1995, and featured Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon, and was directed by acclaimed actor Forest Whitaker. The film grossed $67 million in its first year and resonated with African-American women, proving them to be an untapped market eager for more.
Following the death of her mother, McMillan visited Jamaica in order to lift her spirits, where she met her husband, a young Jamaican man, who she married in 1998. This became the basis for her 1996 novel "How Stella Got Her Groove back," which proved to be another hit and was quickly adapted into a film in 1998, starring Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg.

Real life would prove to be even more dramatic than the events of the book because McMillan’s husband eventually confessed to her that he was gay and the two divorced in 2005. Though initially feeling betrayed at first, McMillan eventually forgave him and managed to move on.
10/18/2017 5:35:24 PM
<![CDATA[Gamal al-Ghitani's death anniversary ]]>
Ghitani was a journalist, author and novelist.

He started his career in journalism in 1969 as a reporter for Akhbar al-Youm newspaper in war areas.

In 1974, Ghitani shifted to be a reporter in the investigation section at Akbar al-Youm, and after 11 years, he became the head of the literature section.

In 1993, he established and headed Akbar al-Adab [Literature News].

Ghitani started his literary career before going into journalism, as he released his first short story collection in 1963.

"Awraq Shab Aa'sh Monz Alf Aa'am" [Diary of a Young Man Who Lived 1000 Years Ago] is considered one of the most important phases of Egyptian short story writing.

"Awraq Shab Aa'sh Monz Alf Aa'am" [Photo: Archive]

Al Ghitani not only developed the Egyptian short story, but also participated in the revival of forgotten Egyptian heritage.

He was inspired by the Egyptian heritage, so he kept its presence in his novels. He also followed the direction of the most celebrated Egyptian author, Naguib Mahfouz.

His major works were translated to German and French, such as “Zayne Barakat” and “Wakaa'e Haret El Zafarani” [The Zafarani Files].

Zayne Barakat [Photo: Archive]
He was honored with a number of awards, such as Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1987, Prix Laure-Bataillon in 2005 and Egypt's State Appreciation Awards in 2007.

Al Ghitani produced more than 40 novels, in addition to a number of short story collections.

His books are the most accessible books on the internet, as his books are provided as e-books.

Wakaa'e Haret El Zaafarani [Photo: Archive] ]]>
10/18/2017 5:03:10 PM
<![CDATA[Russian thriller '12' to be screened at EFCA]]>
Directed and written by Nikita Mikhalkov, the thriller film revolves around the lives of Russian jurors who are required to decide on the fate of a Chechen teen charged with killing his stepfather who used to work as a soldier in the Russian army.

The jurors, who will decide the upcoming life of the teen on trial, are comprised of ordinary citizens, including a taxi driver, an entertainer, a corporate executive and a worker in a subway station.

Starring Sergey Makobetskiy, Sergey Garmash, and Apti Magamaev, among others, the film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008.

The Russian film was also nominated for the Russian Guild of Film Critics awards and the Russian National Movie Awards, among others. It has also won the Golden Eagle Awards in Russia in 2008 and the Nika Awards in the same year.]]>
10/18/2017 4:17:53 PM
<![CDATA[SCC open doors for participants in Naguib Mahfouz Award competition]]>
The “Novel in Egypt and the Arab World” competition will grant one winner a financial prize worth LE 50,000 ($2,830) based on his/her best novels that were published from 2016-2017, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Culture.

Applicants should not be older than 45 years of age, must submit their novels for this competition for the first time, and must present four copies of the novel to meet the participation requirements.

Submissions for the competition will end mid-November. Applicants are requested to submit all the required documents at the headquarters of the Supreme Council of Culture found at the Cairo Opera House.

Author of 34 novels, over 350 short stories, five plays and dozens of movie scripts, iconic legendary writer and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Naguib Mahfouz, was by all means the most disciplined writer ever. He wrote for one hour daily throughout his 70-year career, smoked three cigarettes per day, and walked by the Nile every morning.

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

Mahfouz was honored by the government, as he received the Egyptian State Prize twice for his writings. Promoting great collections of Arabic narratives locally and internationally, Mahfouz received honors countless times, including an honorary doctorate from the American University in Cairo in 1995. He was also chosen as an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Institute of Arts.

Following his death, Mahfouz’s works further resonated in the Egyptian literary scene, where the AUC press has become his main English language publisher and agent of all translation rights. The agreement was signed with Mahfouz prior to his death, and there are around 600 editions in 40 languages for his works displayed at the AUC Press.]]>
10/18/2017 4:15:06 PM
<![CDATA[Aly Abdel Khalek to head the feature movies jury of ENFF]]>
The other jury members are Mohamed Shafik, Adel al-Maghraby, Khaled Hammad, Nehad Ibrahim, Fatma Naaout, and Ashraf Mohamed.

The festival awards are worth about LE 21 million ($1.2 million). The feature movies competition houses a group of notable films like “Men 30 Sana” (30 Years Ago), “Eshtebak” (Clash), and “Nawara” among others. Following the Oscars' footsteps, the festival cancelled its opening ceremony this year, announcing that there will only be a closing ceremony, expected to take place in Cairo Opera House.

The 21st edition of the Egyptian National Film Festival will kick off from October 18 to 26. The slogan of this edition, headed by the veteran Egyptian director Samir Seif is “Cinema Shoa'a' Lel Ghad” (Cinema Beam for Tomorrow).

The Egyptian National Film Festival is going to honor a group of renowned filmmakers like the great actress Lobna Abdel Aziz, the famous Egyptian director Khairy Beshara, the well-known cinema photography director Mohsen Ahmed and montage specialist Laila Fahmy.

“Preserving the presence of a competition between the local Egyptian films only, without the participation of foreign films, supports and activates the Egyptian film industry, especially since the majority of its elements are young. Therefore we must motivate them to continue their journey with huge financial prizes in order to help them develop and give their best,” Seif recounted.

Seif explained that it is impossible to have Egyptian movies if we do not support Egyptian film-makers both financially and morally. He expressed his sincere wishes that this edition of the festival be as successful as previous ones; as all the participating movies were carefully chosen.
10/18/2017 2:51:50 PM
<![CDATA[‘Things to Come’ to screen at Magnolia Leaves of Art]]>
Huppert portrays Natalie, a philosophy teacher who enjoys her career and is happy in her 25-year marriage; her two children having grown up. Her happy life slowly unravels the day her husband announces that he is leaving her for another woman; forcing Natalie to begin picking up the pieces and deal with a sense of newfound freedom that she is not sure how to handle.

The film premiered in France on April 26, 2016, and has won over eight awards, including the LAFCA Award at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

10/18/2017 2:41:59 PM
<![CDATA[Wooden head artifact from 6th dynasty uncovered at Saqqara ]]>
The head was found during excavation works carried out in Saqqara's archaeological site.

The wooden head is 30 centimetres in length and carries wooden accessories. The head is part of a larger wooden statue according to Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Philip Collombert, head of the French-Swiss mission, added that the head was kept in poor conditions and likely needs a lot of restoration.

Waziri stated that the head may belong to Queen Ankhesenpepi, the mother of King Pepi II.

Queen Ankhensenpepi played a vital role in the history of Egypt as she ruled Egypt after the death of her husband King Pepi I, and kept the throne till her son was fit to rule Egypt.
10/18/2017 2:40:36 PM
<![CDATA[Sheikh Jackson’ will participate in Carthage Film Festival]]>
The famous Egyptian director Amr Salama wrote on his official Instagram account that his latest successful movie, “Sheikh Jackson,” is going to be officially released in the United States in early 2018. “This is a big milestone in my career, which I have always wished for,” Salama posted.

“Sheikh Jackson” screened for the first time in all Egyptian Cinemas on Wednesday, October 4. The film managed to achieve revenues amounting to LE 450,000 ($25,000) on its first day, and by the second day it had acquired LE 900,000; amassing LE 1,350,000 in its first two days of viewing.

“Sheikh Jackson” stars Ahmed al-Fishawy and revolves around the death of The King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The plotline focuses on an aspiring Imam who loves Jackson’s music and imitates the pop star’s performances. His strong relationship with Salafism reflects the contradictions in his life.

The film poster, released by the production company, depicts the protagonist, played by Fishawy, dressed as a Salafi sheikh and posing in a Jackson dance move, wearing Jackson’s signature hat. Salama stated previously that “the story of the movie is personal and deep, as I am narrating a very private story.”

“Sheikh Jackson” was the opening movie for the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival, which took place from September 22 to 29. The film also screened in the 61st London Film Festival, which kicked off on October 4. Egypt has selected Salama’s “Sheikh Jackson” as its candidate for consideration at the upcoming edition of the Oscars, set to take place in February 2018.
10/18/2017 2:08:17 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History – U.S. Sitcom ‘Roseanne’ debuts ]]>

First airing in 1988, “Roseanne” starred Roseanne Barr in the title role as Roseanne Connor, and featured a cast that included John Goodman as her husband Dan Connor, a young

George Clooney

, Laurie Metclaff, Michael Fishman, and more.

The plot of the show followed the Connors, a working-class family of five in Illinois as they struggled with life’s problems, going through all its ups and downs together. The show’s fresh take on the family sitcom formula allowed it to become an instant success; the show would run for nine seasons until 1997, garnering three Golden Globe awards.

Recently, it was announced that the show would return to its original network ABC in 2018, with the original cast set to reunite.
10/18/2017 12:57:04 PM
<![CDATA[Samira Saeed to perform in the closing ceremony of AISF]]>
Saeed is expected to present a selection of her latest successful songs like "Mahaslesh Haga" (Nothing Happened), "Ayza Aeesh" (I Want to Live), "Hawa Hawa" (Air) among others.

Alexandria International Song Festival kicked off on Friday, October 13. The festival started its events with a concert dedicated to the veteran Egyptian singer Medhat Saleh.

In addition, four foreign, Arab and Egyptian musical troupes participated in the festival. They toured the different Alexandrian districts and performed their songs in the presence of a number of international news agencies, sending a message to the whole world that Egypt is able to provide art in various forms despite all the difficult circumstances.

The revenues of the festival's concerts are fully dedicated to the associations of the disabled.
10/18/2017 12:18:59 PM
<![CDATA[‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ wins 2017 Man Booker Prize]]>
Praised as an "utterly original novel" by the judges, "Lincoln in the Bardo" follows from a real life incident that happened to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln when he visited the grave of his 11-year-old son in 1862.

Here, the story takes the perspective of Lincoln’s departed son in the afterlife, with elements taken from Buddhist mythology, as he waits for his father’s return. He is accompanied by various other spirits of the dead, all unable to let go of their lives. The story is written entirely as a dialogue.

The title refers to the Tibetan Buddhist concept of "Bardo," which is the state between life and death. The story’s seamless combination of historical figures and mystical spiritual background enabled a unique contrast that grounded the novel in reality.

Saunders was awarded $66,000 by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The 58-year-old Texas-born former oil-industry engineer is the second American author to have won the prize. Saunders had previously been awarded the Folio Prize back in 2014 for his short story anthology "Tenth of December."
10/18/2017 12:02:35 PM
<![CDATA[Rawhanyat to stage El-Goumherya with collection of Sufi songs]]>
Conducted by maestro Alaa Abdel Salam, the band will play several religious songs created by famous composers including Abdel Rahaman Ali, Doaa Amin and Sayed Mekkawy among others, according to a released statement by Cairo Opera House.

The aims of the band include presenting harmony and beauty through literary expression and Sufism melodies.

The Sufi art has been displayed also at Cairo Contemporary Dance Center (CCDC) which held on October 6,7 a workshop with Ziya Azazi named “Dervish in Progress,” inspired by the traditional whirling dervish techniques, with a mix of tango and contemporary dance.

This workshop allowed participants to push their limits by spinning individually and in groups, allowing them to explore their ability to gain control of their bodies while moving. The workshop aimed to develop one’s physical, emotional and mental awareness though whirling.
10/18/2017 12:00:28 PM
<![CDATA[Too racy for Louvre, sex sculpture finds home at Pompidou Centre]]>
Standing 12 meters tall, Domestikator, a creation from Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout, was originally expected to stand in the 13th century Tuileries Gardens adjacent to Paris’ Louvre museum as part of a contemporary art fair this month.

But the geometric sculpture, showing a red human figure appearing to penetrate a four-legged creature, was perhaps just a little too imposing for the home of French art.

“I was surprised first of all, and then of course disappointed, because it (Louvre Museum) couldn’t show the art work,” van Lieshout told Reuters TV, adding that he had never intended to elicit a sexual interpretation.

”I couldn’t explain my ideas to (the) larger public,” he said of the Louvre’s decision to pull out.

Local media said the Louvre had made its decision after a barrage of negativity on social media and fears that it would not be received in such a public place.

“Obscene, pornographic? Well, obscenity is everywhere, pornography, sadly, is everywhere, certainly not in this work of art,” said Bernard Blistene, director of the Pompidou Centre Museum.

“This work of art is funny, it is an obvious nod to the relationship of abstraction and figurative painting that co-exist in Dutch art in the 20th century. Spiritual yes, obscene no.”

Already displayed for three years in Bochum, Germany, the sculpture had not courted any controversy until now.
Van Lieshout insisted that his work defined the domestication of animals by humans for agriculture and industry as well as highlighting the ethical issues surrounding that.

“I don’t think it’s very sexually explicit. I mean, I don’t know what I can do to make it less sexually explicit,” he said.

It’s not the first time the International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) has been at the center of an artistic sex scandal in Paris. In 2014, vandals attacked a giant green inflatable sculpture in one of the capital’s most famous squares after its resemblance to a sex toy sparked an outcry.

At the time Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the incident was an unacceptable attack on artistic freedom.

“I can understand that it can shock some people, because it’s true, it’s bound to be linked to bestiality, this kind of thing,” Marketing student Colombe Gaucherand said after looking over Domestikator.

“But it’s artistic freedom and I think we shouldn’t censor a work of art even if it doesn’t appeal to everyone.”

10/18/2017 11:37:08 AM
<![CDATA[French Institute to organize ancient Egyptian history lectures ]]>

The lectures of this season will be given by the chiefs of the French archaeological missions in Egypt to review their latest archaeological discoveries.

October's lecture will be about "Ancient Egyptian Queens and their Pyramids: The Latest Discoveries of the French – Swiss Archaeological Mission."

Philippe Collombert, professor of Egyptology at Geneva University, will head the lecture.
10/18/2017 11:35:38 AM
<![CDATA[ Beards inspire new show by art duo Gilbert & George]]>
18 October 2017: While British art duo Gilbert & George are clean-shaven in real life, their latest series of surreal self-portraits sees them don beards made of wire mesh, foliage, flowers and even rabbits.

The set of 172 pictures are divided across six shows, in Paris, New York, London, Brussels, Naples and Athens from now till next March.

A darker leitmotif of "The Beard Pictures" is barbed wire, which crosses behind or in front of the two men's faces, evoking the pervasive pictures of war and refugees rather than the hipster fashion for facial hair.

"Every time you switch on the television you started to see barbed wire all over the world," said Gilbert, 74, in an interview with AFP in Paris. "And you started to see holes... in the barbed wire, and you started to see human beings with beards sticking out of it."

George, 75, chimed in: "When we were teenagers, it would be impossible to get a job in England if you had a beard. And barbed wire when we were the same age was all to do with farming. Now it's more than that."

The contemporary art duo, who have created as a single provocative force for half a century, are set to open "The Beard Pictures" at the Thaddaeus Ropac gallery's Pantin site northeast of Paris on Wednesday.

The septuagenarians -- British in style even though Gilbert speaks with the accent of his native Tyrol in northern Italy -- are dressed impeccably as always in tweed suit and tie.

"We started to make ourselves the artwork," Gilbert said of the famed art duo and real-life couple who have described their work as "living sculptures".

Much of their output consists of large-scale photos, often of themselves, drenched in glaring, super-saturated colours and dealing with far-from-neutral subjects such as sex, religion and ethnicity.

"If it doesn't ask questions, art is for nothing." Gilbert said. "It has to be provocative in a good way."

"We don't like to do our art for art's sake, but an art that is based on the human person," he added.

- 'Immoral. Immortal? That too' -

Beards are prominent in Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the pair noted.

"And of course the most famous beard in the world is?" George asked, and the two intoned together: "Jesus Christ's".

While conservative in their politics, Gilbert & George, who won the prestigious Turner prize in 1986, are staunchly anti-religion.

"We say ban religion and decriminalise sex," George said.

"We should all be more and more aware that at this moment in some other time zone, people are in hospital or in prison or awaiting execution for doing nothing more than what we've all done today," in a reference to countries where homosexuality is considered a crime.

The couple have been inseparable since they met in 1967 at Saint Martin's School of Arts, and still live in a flat in the formerly working-class area of Spitalfields in East London .

"We do not collaborate. We are two people but one artist," George said, to which Gilbert added: "Absolutely".

Asked about their creative process, George said: "It's a great mystery, because when we go to the studio in the morning we don't have plans of what to do. We go with empty heads."

The pair, who hope to set up a foundation within the next two years to immortalise their art, have bought a building near their home.

"We say to our friends we do it because we want to be immoral. They say, 'Don't you mean immortal?' We say, 'That too'."

Asked whether they would ever grow beards, George said: "Certainly not. We want to be the artist that a mother wouldn't be ashamed of."

10/18/2017 11:19:15 AM
<![CDATA[ Italy confronts shipwreck horror that changed history]]>18 October 2017: The death of dozens of children in a 2013 shipwreck after repeated SOS calls were ignored has returned to haunt Italy as survivors relive the nightmare in a new documentary.

Images and recordings from the tragedy in which 268 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean capture the horrific final hours of those whose deaths would shame Italy into launching a widescale search and rescue mission.

"A unique destiny: three fathers and the sinking that changed history," by Fabrizio Gatti was broadcast on television Sunday and will be the subject of a web series this week on the site of La Repubblica daily.

The documentary follows three Syrians: Mazen Dahhan, now a doctor in Sweden, Ayman Mostafa, a surgeon in Malta, and Mohanad Jammo, an anaesthetist in Germany.

All three lost children in the October disaster; the first two lost their wives to the waves as well.

Alongside home videos showing the children smiling, playing or singing, we hear the audio recordings of Mohanad Jammo's anguished appeals to the Italian coast guard.

"Water is coming inside, please hurry, please hurry. The boat is going down," he says, adding that there are around 100 children on board. It is 12.39pm on Friday October 11, 2013.

The fishing boat, which had set off from Zouara in Libya under the cover of darkness with nearly 480 people on board, was in Malta's search and rescue zone, 118 nautical miles south-west of the Maltese capital Valletta, when it ran into trouble.

"Call Malta," the Italians reply.

But Valletta insists Rome should deal with the emergency because the boat at this point is only 60 miles off the Italian island of Lampedusa. An Italian patrol boat, the Libra, is also just 45 minutes away, sailing between the sinking vessel and the island.

- 'People in the water' -

However, at 3.37pm, Rome orders the Libra to move out of the area, so Malta will be forced to carry out the rescue. At around 4pm, a Maltese reconnaissance plane spots and films the migrant boat.

"I immediately said that the boat seemed very unstable," says pilot George Abela.
"I called the Libra on channel 16 (reserved for emergencies) so many times, but nobody answered."

Back at the command centres, Valletta and Rome are at loggerheads. Malta urges Italy to send the Libra to the rescue, while Rome plays for time.

On both sides, the voices heard are calm -- that is until 5.07pm when Malta announces: "The plane has seen the boat capsize, people are in the water".

The Libra finally sets off towards the boat, arriving just before 6pm to cries of panic. Hair-raising images shot by rescuers show adults and children fighting to stay above the waves.

The three Syrian doctors were among the 212 survivors plucked from the sea. Twenty-six bodies were recovered that day, while 240 people are still missing, including around 60 young children.

The shipwreck sent a shockwave through Italy, which was reeling from the deaths just a week before of 366 migrants who drowned off Lampedusa.

In the days that followed, Enrico Letta's centre-left government launched a vast search and rescue operation between Sicily and Libya dubbed "Mare Nostrum", which would go on to save over 100,000 people in a year.

The Libra was often on the operation's front line and its commander Catia Pellegrino, the first woman to command an Italian military vessel, was awarded a presidential medal of honour.

Two investigations into manslaughter and failure to assist people in danger were launched against Pellegrino and several Italian officers, but were later dismissed.

Mare Nostrum was replaced at the end of 2014 by the EU's border agency Frontex. All operations are still coordinated by Italy, which continues to host thousands of new arrivals, but is trying to stop migrant departures from Libya.

10/18/2017 11:17:47 AM
<![CDATA[Writer Margaret Atwood gets 2017 Kafka award]]>
"I think this one is quite special because the first free-standing literary essay that I wrote that was not for school was about Franz Kafka back in the 1950s," Atwood told AFP.

"At that time I read not only his biography but all of his work and I remember it very well," she added before receiving the $10,000 (8,500 euros) prize.

"He also of course in retrospect seemed quite prophetic, not only about the Nazi regime, but also about the behaviour of the USSR."

"He was suppressed in this country by both of those regimes so for people interested in freedom of expression and openness in publication, he was an icon at that time," Atwood said.

The 77-year-old Atwood's prolific career, spanning decades, has included the publication of 17 novels, seven children's books and nearly two dozen books of poetry.

"The Handmaid's Tale," Atwood's best-known work about a totalitarian society, has inspired a film, a ballet, an opera and most recently, a television series starring Elizabeth Moss that swept last month's Emmy Awards.

Published in 1985, the novel is often mentioned in the same breath as George Orwell's "1984," Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" and other dystopian works of speculative fiction. It turned Atwood into a feminist icon.

Her other notable novels include "The Edible Woman" (1969), "Cat's Eye" (1988), "The Robber Bride" (1993) and "Oryx and Crake" (2003).

In 2000, Atwood won the Booker Prize -- Britain's top literary award -- for "The Blind Assassin."

The Kafka Prize, named after the famous Prague-born writer of such 20th century classics as "The Trial", "Metamorphosis" and "The Castle", was first awarded by the Prague-based Franz Kafka society in 2001.

Previous winners include Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Israeli writer Amos Oz, US novelist Philip Roth, British playwright Harold Pinter, French poet Yves Bonnefoy and Czech playwright and former president Vaclav Havel.
10/18/2017 11:15:01 AM
<![CDATA[Culture min. meets Sudan's vice president in Khartoum]]>
The meeting was attended by Sudanese Culture Minister Hassan Badawi and Egyptian Ambassador in Khartoum Osama Shaltout.

During the meeting, Namnam thanked Saleh for choosing Egypt to be the be first guest of honor at the Khartoum International Book Fair.

He noted that his meeting with Saleh tackled measures taken to boost cultural cooperation between Egypt and Sudan.

"Terrorism and extremism are the major threat to Egypt and Sudan," Namnam warned.

Saleh, meanwhile, said the meeting reviewed activities of the Khartoum International Book Fair, expressing his support for cultural cooperation between the two countries.]]>
10/18/2017 1:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian artists to participate ‘Performance(s) Between Two Shores’]]>
“Performance(s) Between Two Shores” is a European Commission-supported program to pick up new works created by Arab performance artists working in the fields of theater, dance and performing arts.

The performers must also have lived in Europe for a maximum of six years. The program aims to support the creation of dynamic new works, support the development of the artists in Europe and create new international audiences.

The Egyptian artists who will participate this year are the artistic director and filmmaker Hani Sami and choreographer and author Mona Gamil. They will produce “Mind the Gap”, which is an interactive lecture-performance about how people look at and consume images in this day and age.

Syrian Mithkal Alzghair is a choreographer and dancer. She will participate along with another Syrian artistic and director named Amal Omran. “Three Rooms” will be shown, which is a live film that simultaneously plays out in three different locations: Istanbul, London and Paris. ]]>
10/17/2017 9:54:30 PM
<![CDATA[10th Panorama of the European Film to be hosted in November]]>
In this year’s edition, the European will expand its screening venues to include a total of 10 cities, with the main full program being in Cairo's Zawya and Zamalek cinemas.

Spanning eleven days, the Panorama of the European Film will present to the audiences the latest award-winning European feature, documentary and short films.
The program includes a selection of over 50 films, all yet to be announced, and a diverse parallel program of workshops, master classes and talks with international film industry guests.

Zawya Cinema and Zamalek Cinema will serve as Cairo's two primary venues, while the Goethe Institute and the French Institute will host free screenings for select films.

In Alexandria, screenings will be held at Amir Cinema; in Port Said at Rio Cinema and at the Arkan Cultural Center; and in Ismailia at Dunya Cinema.

Assiut, Mansoura, Zagazig and Damietta will also feature one-off screenings.
The panorama was founded by Misr International Films and organized by Zawya in 2004 and co-funded by the European Union under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and the Egyptian Film Center.]]>
10/17/2017 9:51:56 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History – Loveable dog movie ‘Benji’ debuts]]>
Written and directed by Joe Camp, “Benji” follows the life of a stray dog beloved by a town in Texas. He manages to save two children from a kidnapping scheme.

The film was notable for featuring a skilled animal actor, Higgins, who carried out all stunts on his own and easily followed instructions even at the age of 14; an advanced age for dogs.

The film was made on an estimated budget of $500,000. It managed to gross around $550 million at the box office, and was even nominated for an Oscar Award for Best Original Music. The film spawned a series of sequels, such as “For the Love of Benji” in 1977, “Oh Heavenly Dog” in 1980 and “Benji the Hunted” 1987. There was even a TV series, “Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince,” which was produced by Hanna-Barabera in 1983.

Higgins passed away after the first film, so his daughter was used in his stead. More recently, a film named “Benji: Off the Leash!” came out in 2004.

10/17/2017 9:19:06 PM
<![CDATA[‘Loving Vincent,’ the world's first film made of oil paintings]]>
Released on September 22, “Loving Vincent” is set a year after van Gogh’s mysterious death from a gunshot wound in 1891; where the son of a postman was sent to deliver a package to van Gogh’s brother, Theo, and instead finds himself drawn into the artist’s tortured yet brilliant mind.

Utilizing several of his most famous paintings, the film aims to detail the highs and lows of van Gogh’s life, which was plagued by mental illness, loneliness, and some of the most beautiful artwork the world has ever seen.

A decade in the making, “Loving Vincent” features well over 65,000 hand-painted frames utilizing live-action shots that were repainted by 100 artists from around the world; an undertaking that has been described as outright impossible. The film’s directors, Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, were well up to the challenge.

In an interview with the BBC, Welchman stated that “people in this media-saturated world like to see something original.” Welchman helped Kobiela work on what was originally a short film, which eventually transformed into a feature length film.

“Loving Vincent” won the Annecy International Animated Film Festival’s Audience Choice award.

10/17/2017 7:56:56 PM
<![CDATA[Celebrating the life and music of Eminem]]>
Born as Marshall Mathers in 1972 in Missouri, Eminem had a troubled childhood; his father abandoned them and left his mother to raise him and his siblings alone. She suffered from a drug addiction and the pair was known to constantly move; a young Mathers was never able to find any stability. With no close friends, he was constantly bullied. Though he failed at school, he found that he was talented in the English language.

He brought his skill with words into the music scene after being inspired by artists such as the rap group N.W.A. Entering into rap competitions at Detroit, Eminem once again found himself out of place as a white singer, yet through his creativity and determination managed to rise to the top as a respected figure in the underground rap world. His pseudonym, M&M, came from his two initials, and later evolved into Eminem.

These experiences were chronicled in the 2002 fictional biographic film "8 Mile," which helped introduce Eminem’s music to a wider audience and won Eminem an Oscar Award for Best Music, Original Song.

It was after striking a contract with producer Dr. Dre that Eminem began to become seriously noticed; and after his first album "The Slim Shady LP," Eminem managed to acquire well over 3 million sales.

The best of Eminem
“Lose Yourself” (2002)

Produced for the soundtrack of "8 Mile," “Lose Yourself” became Eminem’s breakthrough hit and a massive international success, also marking musical history as the first rap song to ever win an Oscar award. The song was No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, holding the spot for 12 weeks during 2002.

“Stan,” ft. Dido (2000)

Though not as high on the charts as some of his other songs, "Stan," ranks amongst one of his most memorable and impacting songs, thanks in part to English singer Dido’s soulful lyrics and the dark, gripping narrative, where Eminem plays both a famous rapper and his obsessed fan, whose devotion to his idol ends tragically.
“Cleanin’ out my Closet” (2002)

Holding the #4 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, the song details Eminem’s painful childhood, laying bear the resentment and anger he felt towards his abusive mother, while also apologizing for all the hurt he feared he caused her.

“Love the Way You Lie” ft. Rihanna (2010)

Eminem’s second song to reach #1 at the Hot 100 was a heartfelt collaboration with superstar Rihanna on the subject of domestic violence; detailing what goes on between the abused and the abuser.

“The Real Slim Shady” (2000)

Witty, humorous and filled with pop culture reference, “The Real Slim Shady” serves as a summary of everything appealing about Eminem while managing to mark clever satire against ‘sanitized’ pop music. It became the first of Eminem’s songs to reach the Billboard’s Top 5.

“Without Me” (2002)

This hilarious riffing of rap drama uses its catchy flow to address rap controversy and pop culture in the scathing and no-hold-backs manner that Eminem so fearlessly captures.

“Mockingbird” (2004)

Written for his daughter, Eminem uses the familiar lullaby of "Hush Little Baby" to form a lament and apology to his little girl for not being the best father he could be, regretting all the time he was absent in her life as he incorporates home music videos into the song.

“When I’m Gone” (2005)

Fame has not been all good to Eminem, as he lays out how his family fell apart with the pressures of his career in "When I’m Gone," using his trademark honesty and heartfelt realism and refusing to hold anything back about his own mistakes.

“Not Afraid” (2010)

Eminem’s third song to reach the Hot 100’s #1 is a powerful ode to his battle against drug addiction and relapses, aiming to rise up against his issues.

“Sing for the Moment” (2003)

Taking a stand against the moral police over his controversial music, Eminem uses this song to defend himself and call out parents who prefer to blame ‘violent’ music for their children’s misbehavior rather than their own failures, expressing the raw honesty that made him so popular with them in the first place.]]>
10/17/2017 6:31:29 PM
<![CDATA[Dutch open 'world's first 3D-printed bridge']]>
There was applause as officials wearing hard hats and workmen's jackets rode over the bridge on their bikes at the inauguration in the southeastern town of Gemert.

"The bridge is not very big, but it was rolled out by a printer which makes it unique," Theo Salet, from the Eindhoven University of Technology, told Dutch broadcaster NOS.

Work on printing the bridge, which has some 800 layers, took about three months after starting in June and it is made of reinforced, pre-stressed concrete, according to the university.

"One of the advantages of printing a bridge is that much less concrete is needed than in the conventional technique in which a mould is filled," it said on its website, adding "a printer deposits the concrete only where it is needed."

The eight-metre (26-foot) bridge spans a water-filled ditch to connect two roads, and in conjunction with the BAM Infra construction company was tested for safety to bear loads of up to two tonnes. Although designed for bikes, it could take up to 40 trucks, the designers said.

"We are looking to the future," said the head of BAM, Marinus Schimmel, adding in a statement that his company was constantly "searching for a newer, smarter approach to addressing infrastructure issues and making a significant contribution to improving the mobility and sustainability of our society."

3D printing meant "fewer scarce resources were needed and there was significantly less waste," he added.

The Netherlands is among countries, with the United States and China, taking a lead in the cutting-edge technology of 3D printing, using computers and robotics to construct objects and structures from scratch without using traditional manpower.

Last year a Dutch architect unveiled a unique 3D printer with which he hopes to construct an "endless loop" building.

And a Dutch start-up called MX3D has begun printing a stainless-steel bridge, of which a third is already completed. The aim is to finish printing by March and lay the bridge over an Amsterdam canal in June.]]>
10/17/2017 6:05:03 PM
<![CDATA[Overview – The origins of Calypso music]]>
Underneath the veneer of joyous movements and infectious rhythms, Calypso serves as an instrument of political criticism, addressing social and political issues.

Calypso originated within Trinidad when slaves from West Africa were brought into the Caribbean islands to work on the sugar plantations. It is believed that Calypso evolved from the West African "Kaiso." Known as "the poor man’s newspaper," Calypso first emerged in tents, where slaves who were forbidden to speak to each other would meet in secret; a way of preserving west African traditions, communicating news and mocking their cruel masters.

A Calypso song would be performed by a singer known as a Griot, a charismatic bard who told stories and social commentaries through songs. As the slave population of the Caribbean found them quickly shifting through various slave masters, from the Spanish to the French to the British, Calypso evolved and grew further.

The golden age of Calypso came in 1914, with the advent of the first Calypso recording. Calypso tents grew in size to become annual festivals showcasing the newest talents.

Priding on bravado and extravagance, many Calypso singers took up outrageous names such as "Atilla the Hun," "Macbeth the Great," "Growling Tiger," and "Lord Kitchener," and sung fearlessly about society’s ills.

As the 1920s and 30s rolled on, Calypso grew further in power and many islands began relying on it for their news, with politicians discussing the meanings of popular songs, which typically dealt with themes such as colonialism, rapid economic development, political corruption and more.

As Trinidad became a sovereign state by the 1960s, Calypso figures became more closely involved with the politics of the time, standing alongside leaders and political parties. Where other folk traditions would either distance itself from politics or sing of an idealized past or hope for the future, Calypso directly addressed politicians and even offered their own solutions.

By the 1970s, it was believed that Calypso was on a downward trend in popularity, until the musician "Lord Shorty" revitalized it, and created a form known as "Soca," which utilized unique beats lifted from Indian music to breathe new energy into Calypso. Other musical trends began to merge with Calypso as well, from rap, R&B, rock, poetry, and reggae music, allowing Calypso to stand strong even to this day.

10/17/2017 5:46:19 PM
<![CDATA[Youm lel Setat wins AFF best movie award ]]>
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, A new swimming pool opens in their neighbourhood with a women’s only day on Sunday.

The first Sunday witnessed the gathering of the all the women in the area who come 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 Shaheen, 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.

"Youm Lel Setat" previously won the Best Film Award from the 20th Khouribga African Film Festival in Morocco. The movie was granted the award in the closing ceremony of the festival, which took place on September 16. Shaheen shared the Best Actress Award with Karim from the 13th Kazan International Muslim Film Festival in Russia for their roles in the movie on September 11. "Youm Lel Setat" was the only Egyptian movie participating in the festival this year.
10/17/2017 4:51:02 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt Today event picks this week]]>
Design by Ahmed Hussein
10/17/2017 4:29:43 PM
<![CDATA[Today in history: “Around the World in 80 Days” premiers]]>
The adventure comedy movie, directed by Michael Anderson and John Farrow, was first released on October 17, 1956 at New York’s Rivoli Theatre.

It was adapted from the story "Around the World in Eighty Days" written by Jules Verne in 1872.

The film revolves around an English gentleman Phileas Fogg claiming in 1872 that he could circumnavigate the world in eighty days. He makes a £20,000 wager with four skeptical fellow members of the Reform Club that he would return after 80 days before 8:45 a.m.. During his journey, he faces many obstacles.

Its heroes are David Niven (Phileas Fogg), Cantinflas (Passepartout) and Shirley MacLaine (Princess Aouda).

It won the NBR Award in 1956, Oscar in 1957 for best screenplay, best cinematography, best film editing and best music, a Golden Globe in 1957, the NYFCC Award, Special Award and WGA Award (Screen). It was also nominated for DGA Award, Oscar for best director, best art direction as well as best costume design and another Golden Globe.
10/17/2017 4:09:57 PM
<![CDATA[Sheikh Jackson to screen in U.S. in 2018]]>
“Sheikh Jackson” screened for the first time in all Egyptian Cinemas on Wednesday, October 4. The film managed to achieve revenues amounting to LE 450,000 ($25,000) on its first day, and by the second day it had acquired LE 900,000; amassing LE 1,350,000 in its first two days of viewing.

“Sheikh Jackson” stars Ahmed al-Fishawy and revolves around the death of The King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The plotline focuses on an aspiring imam who loves Jackson’s music and imitates the pop star’s performances. His strong relationship with Salafism reflects the contradictions in his life.

The film poster, released by the production company, depicts the protagonist, played by Fishawy, dressed as a Salafi sheikh and posing in a Jackson dance move, wearing Jackson’s signature hat. Salama stated previously that “The story of the movie is personal and deep, as I am narrating a very private story.”

“Sheikh Jackson” was the opening movie for the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival, which took place from September 22-29. The film also screened in the 61st London Film Festival, which kicked off on October 4. Egypt has selected Salama’s “Sheikh Jackson” as its candidate for consideration at the upcoming edition of the Oscars, set to take place in February 2018.
10/17/2017 3:05:09 PM
<![CDATA[5 minutes with artist Klay Kassem]]>
Kassem gives his readers a quick insight in an interview with Egypt Today about what he aspires to achieve from his paintings, which Arts-Mart Gallery will be showcasing in an exhibition on Friday.

ET: What best describes your artworks and how did it start?

KK: A patriotic identity began to build up inside me when I graduated, and I embarked on trips to Luxor and Aswan, which were reflected in the works I produced before the Egyptian uprising in 2011. My works reflect the Egyptian identity and patriotism, redefining the philosophy of old authentic Egyptian art and turning it into a modern valuable production across the world.

Painting by Klay Kassem (Photo courtesy of Klay Kassem)

b>ET: Tell us a bit about the paintings that will be displayed. What are the messages behind them?

KK: My works have differed after the revolution as I found several members of the Egyptian society feeling indifferent towards their Egyptian identity and who is in authority; therefore I decided to produce paintings presenting our current reality, tackling citizens’ desires, and featuring their financial needs. The 'fish' in my paintings symbolize finances while the 'sea' resembles the unknown paths that people take in search for materialistic objects.

I drew ‘women’ as a symbol of a home, a mother, and a divine teacher raising up many generations; the ‘bird’ is an icon used in my drawings to resemble escape and freedom from caging values, and the ‘cat’ resembles greed. The ‘table’ iconizes a collection of values and principles such as strong family bonds, and it also resembles the rich and poor depending on the items settled on the table. The ‘bride’ in a white dress resembles the dream of every young girl.

Despite the shift in the techniques of my work, I managed to return back to my old idea of reviving the Egyptian identity and heritage after being inspired by the maestro Nader Abbassy, who had the tenacity to rejuvenate Egyptian music heritage through Arabic films. One of his remarkable works includes the music tunes featured in the film "Al Ard" (Earth); I have called these tunes "The Symphony of the Earth."

Painting by Klay Kassem (Photo courtesy of Klay Kassem)

ET: Could you briefly tell us about the upcoming exhibition?

KK: The exhibition will host an array of topics tackled through my painting and art; initiated from previous exhibitions in 2011. Through this exhibition I aim to display a variety of cases and topics relevant to society and share them with not only intellectuals but also all the public.

Painting by Klay Kassem (Photo courtesy of Klay Kassem)

ET: What do you think of the current artistic movement in Egypt?

KK: The fine arts movement in Egypt is strong and features an array of talented fine artists contributing in the Egyptian history of fine arts. This can only be managed if those artists display the strong will of an artist, a critic and a receiver.

Painting by Klay Kassem (Photo courtesy of Klay Kassem)
10/17/2017 2:54:45 PM
<![CDATA[Dar Al-Ahlia release Arabic version of Rumi poetry ]]>
Translated by Lama Sekhneny and designed by poet Zoher Abu Shayeb, the collection of poems revolves around love, heresy, and intoxication, according to a recent interview with Dar Al-Ahlia.

The collection is divided into three parts including poems about the sun, god, advice, and punishments, accompanied with brief introductions written by Will Johnson.

This Divan of Rumi presents his most heretical and free-form poems; it also includes introductions about the 13th century context and modern interpretation.

Rumi exerted efforts to rephrase the percepts of formal religion and argue that a complete personal dissolving into the larger energies of God could please the heart. Rumi’s followers compiled 44,000 verses into 23 volumes into a Divan, according to a statement by Goodreads.
10/17/2017 1:48:49 PM
<![CDATA[Helmy and Sabry to participate in World Youth Forum]]>
Helmy will talk about his experience as a national ambassador in the (United nations (U.N.) supporting UNICEF’s work for children in Egypt and beyond. Sabry will share her experience as an ambassador against hunger in the U.N..

Ahmed Helmy-File Photo

The forum will bring together 3,000 young people represented by 60 delegations from across the world to explore key issues facing their generation, and determine their role in implementing the global development goals and in facing terrorism.

The idea of holding an international youth conference in Egypt came during the third National Conference of Youth (NYC) in Ismailya, and was approved by Sisi.

In July, the president announced organizing the WYF in Sharm el-Sheikh during the fourth National Youth Conference in Alexandria.

The seven-day gathering will witness the participation of official youth representatives over 18 years old, leaders of various youth networks, head of states, media figures and around 250 young Egyptian expats. It will be held under the title "We Need to Talk." The WYF sends a message of peace, prosperity, harmony and love to the entire world.
10/17/2017 1:42:52 PM
<![CDATA[Les Petits Chats brings back the 70s]]>
The old band is comprised of vocalists Sobhy Bedeer and Sadek Keleeny, Ezzat Abu Ouf on keyboard, Pino Fares on guitar, and new members including maestro Nayer Nagui, and Deyaa Badr on base, according to a statement by the Cairo Opera House.

"Les Petits Chats" is expected to perform English and French songs, dating back to the 70s and 80s such as Sway and California Dream among others.

Established in 1967, "Les Petits Chats" was founded by the late Wagdy Francis, aiming to produce covers of popular songs from different parts of the world. The band stopped performing but came back again to the stage in 2010.

They were incredibly popular among audiences and were considered a sign of modern Egyptian pop culture during the 1970s. They were sometimes nicknamed "the Egyptian Beatles."
10/17/2017 1:35:52 PM
<![CDATA[BA to take part in Science Film Festival 2017]]>

Held in association with the BA’s Planetarium Science Center, this will mark the third edition of Egypt’s participation within the festival. The theme of this year’s festival highlights the "Anthropocene Era," when mankind rose to dominate the planet and forever changed the environment through pollution and technology.

Egypt will be participating with two episodes in the Kids Science series, which aims to explain complex scientific concepts in a way that is understandable and appealing to younger audiences. The two episodes are titled "Moon" and "Rai" respectively.

Science Film Festival 2017 Official Selection: Kids Science Series - Moon from Science Film Festival on Vimeo.

The festival runs from October 6 to December 18.

Science Film Festival 2017 Official Selection: Kids Science Series - Rain from Science Film Festival on Vimeo.

10/17/2017 1:31:38 PM
<![CDATA[CIC grants Al-Jassmi honorary PhD]]>
“I am so proud to receive such an honour along with the great actor Yehia Al-Fakharany. What Egypt gives to Arabs is more than what we offer it,’’ said Jasmi after receiving the Honorary degree.

Jasmi posted a selfie photo on his Instagram account with Fakharany, the renowned mass communication professor Maggie al-Halawany and some of the university officials captioned ‘’the honorary PhD selfie, thanks to god and thanks to the Canadian International College in Cairo.’’

Selfie jassmi with Fakharany, Halawany and the University Officials- Aljassmi Instagram account
10/17/2017 1:27:34 PM
<![CDATA[Matrouh prepares inauguration of new museum]]>
The antiquities gathered have been collected from several Egyptian museums across the country including artefacts from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir and National Suez Museum among others, according to state owned agency Egynews.

Among the gathered collections is the upper part of the statue of Ramses II of the ninth Dynasty, manuscripts, and stone plates among others.

Matrouh Museum is a collaborative project between the Ministry of Antiquities and Matrouh governorate to include funding, construction of exhibition halls, and lighting systems, that all came as part of a protocol signed in August.

The new museum in Matrouh is expected to include 1,000 artefacts dating back to ancient Egypt. The new project is also expected to exhibit the role of Matrouh as a governorate in boosting trade and businesses and connecting north to west.

Another museum in Matrouh has been opened recently called Romel Museum, featuring antiquities belonging to Egyptian war and Matrouh’s heritage.
10/17/2017 1:01:37 PM
<![CDATA[BA screens “The Sultan and the Saint”]]>
Directed by Alexander Kronemer, the film is set in the time of Crusades during the year 1219, when religious tensions were high and warfare between faiths was common.

Two men of faith, Sultan al-Kamel of Egypt and Saint Francis of Assisi from Italy, meet in Damietta and begin to form a friendship that transcends their religious differences. The two come together through mutual respect as men of faith and prove that coexistence and dialogue are reasonable alternatives to warfare.

"The Sultan and the Saint" stars Zack Beyer as Sultan al-Kamel, Alexander McPherson as Saint Francis and is narrated by Jeremy Irons.

The film screening will be followed up by a discussion featuring various intellectuals such as director Sandra Nashaat, journalist Hamdy Rizk, Catholic Church spokesman father Rafiq Gereish and Al-Azhar University's dean of the School of Languages and Dialogue Kamal Boreiqa.

Other attendees include historian and president of the Alexandria Sister City Committee Maged Farag, father William Faltas, the head of Saint Catherine's Cathedral and convent, and lastly a Skype interview with the director of the film.
10/17/2017 12:40:01 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Ramadan begins filming El-Diesel ]]>
The movie has a notable cast along with Ramadan, such as Fathy Abdel Wahab, Hana Shiha, Mohamed Tharwat, Shaimaa Seif, Tamer Hagrass, Yasmine Sabri among others. The movie is written by Amin Gamal and Mohamed Mehrez, and directed by Karim al-Sobky.

It is worth mentioning that Ramadan’s latest movie ‘’ El-Kenz’’ (The treasure) is currently screening in Egyptian cinemas, achieving high revenues. El-Kenz’s storyline spans from the Pharaonic period of Egyptian history all the way to the 1970s, passing by the Abbasid and Ottoman periods. The plot revolves around corruption and how religious figures impose their authority over politics to secure high positions and power, focusing on the risks related to mixing religion with politics.

The administration of the Cairo International Film Festival, taking place at the Opera House from November 21-30, specifically asked for the participation of this film.

Directed by the veteran filmmaker Sherif Arafa, the film is starring Mohamed Ramadan, and the cast includes Amina Khalil, Sawsan Badr, Mohy Ismail, Mohamed Saad, Hend Sabry and Ahmed Rezk.
10/17/2017 10:57:08 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian National Film Festival to kick off October 18]]>
The Egyptian National Film Festival is going to honour a group of renowned filmmakers like the great actress Lobna Abdel Aziz, the famous Egyptian director Khairy Beshara, the well-known cinema photographing director Mohsen Ahmed and the montage specialist Laila Fahmy.

‘’Preserving the presence of a competition between the local Egyptian films only, without the participation of foreign films, supports and activates the Egyptian film industry, especially since the majority of its elements are young, and therefore we must motivate them to continue their journey with huge financial prizes in order to help them develop and give their best,’’ Seif recounted.

Seif explained that it is impossible to have Egyptian movies if we do not support the Egyptian film-makers both financially and morally. He expressed his sincere wishes that this edition of the festival be as successful as the previous ones, as all the participating movies were carefully chosen.
10/17/2017 10:22:50 AM
<![CDATA[Culture is bridge linking Egyptians and Sudanese: Minister]]>
Namnam made the remarks during a reception held by Egypt’s ambassador to Sudan ahead of the minister’s participation in the Khartoum International Book Fair.

He called for not giving the chance to powers seeking to undermine the historical relations between the two countries.

Namnam is scheduled to deliver a speech at the opening session of the fair on Tuesday.

During his several days’ visit, he will also meet with a number of Sudanese officials to discuss means of boosting cultural relations between the two countries.]]>
10/17/2017 7:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Culture minister arrives in Sudan for Khartoum Int'l Book Fair]]>
Egypt has been selected as the guest of honor in this year’s edition which will kick off on Tuesday.

Namnam will deliver a speech at the opening session of the fair.

During his several days' visit, he will also meet with a number of Sudanese officials to discuss means of boosting cultural relations between the two countries.]]>
10/16/2017 8:32:27 PM
<![CDATA[‘Talat Dakkat’ – Song for every mood ]]>

The song for every mood, “Talat Dakkat”, which gathered super stars of different generations, came on top of every playlist and a source of happiness to its listeners.

It all began and ended in Gouna, when Mohamed Abou El-Enien, known as Abou, met with the talented script writer Tamer Habib – coincidentally earlier in Gouna – and Abou introduced the idea to him. Four hours later, lyrics were ready to be composed.

Yousra’s participation in the song was Abou’s wish, and when Tamer Habib called her, she didn’t express excitement. But as soon as she heard the lyrics, she fell in love, as she described herself, saying, “I have a youthful heart.”

When Naguib Sawiris heard the song, he insisted on shooting a video clip for it in its birthplace of El Gouna, advising people in different moods to listen to the song.

Abou described the atmosphere that they worked in with “A Loving Overflow”, saying that this explains why people feel love when they listen to it.

Meanwhile, Shereen Reda expressed on Instagram how pleased she is with the song, as she published a photo with Tamer Habib, Yousra and Abou under the caption “One of the best art pieces that I’ve worked on.”

من احلي الحاجات اللي صورتها فيديو كليب ٣ دقات... ❤️❤️❤️

A post shared by Shereen Reda (@shereenredaofficial) on

Abou explained the secret behind his name, which confused the audience, saying that this has been his nickname since he was seven years old.

In this song, Abou is the singer, lyricist and composer, while Mariam Abou Ouf is the director. “Talat Dakkat” remarks the launching of Abou’s artistic path, as well as getting Yousra back to singing. ]]>
10/16/2017 6:48:20 PM
<![CDATA[Protocol signed to implement ‘Story of a Place’ project]]>
This protocol is between three sectors of the Ministry of Culture, which are interested in heritage, said Al-Namnam, referring that the project will achieve a kind of cooperation between three sectors.

This project aims to safeguard the oral heritage of Egypt that tells the history of buildings, prominent characters and important events, said Al-Namnam.

It also preserves the memory of the nation and the humanitarian part of Egypt’s heritage, besides helping researchers and those who are interested in heritage to know more about the country’s history, he added.

The National Organization for Urban Harmony preserves buildings of architectural heritage in Cairo and all governorates of the republic, while the Cultural Development Fund safeguards the traditional handicrafts. The General Organization of Books and National Documents preserves Egypt's written history.]]>
10/16/2017 6:32:25 PM
<![CDATA[American film about marginalized groups to screen at Cimatheque ]]>
It is considered to be a dystopian art film.

The film shows the story of lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town.

They are a combination of marginalized and unstable characters.

Teen friends Tummler and Solomon navigate the ruins of the city and try to understand the residents of it.

The aim of the film is to show the perverted and disturbed characters.

It deeply reflects the status of many marginalized groups in the American society.

“Gummo” is written and directed by Harmony Korine, and it stars Jacob Reynolds, Nick Sutton, Jacob Sewell and Chloë Sevigny.

It won the KNF Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 1997, as well as the FIPRESCI Prize in the Venice Film Festival in 1997. ]]>
10/16/2017 6:01:09 PM
<![CDATA[Remains of King Rameses II Temple unearthed ]]>
Dr. Mohammed Meguahed, deputy head of the mission, announced that the area where the remains of the temple were found is 32 meters high and 51 meters wide.

The area had mud brick foundations forming the main open-air hall of the temple. It also had a hall of columns, remains of a number of walls decorated with blue colors, and remains of stairs.

Remains of King Ramesses II Temple [Photo: Ministry of Antiquities Official Facebook page]

Dr. Miroslav Barta, the head of the Czech mission, explained that the mission discovered the name of King Ramses and inscriptions referring to the gods Ra and Amun.

He stressed that the temple is clear evidence that Ra and Amun’s worship continued in the modern age of the Ancient Egyptian history.

Ramesses II is one of the greatest and most celebrated Ancient Egyptian kings.

Remains of King Ramesses II Temple [Photo: Ministry of Antiquities Official Facebook page]

He constructed many buildings and temples such as the Abu Simble Temple, and led numerous military campaigns. He reasserted Egypt’s control over Canaan.

Remains of King Ramesses II Temple [Photo: Ministry of Antiquities Official Facebook page]

Libya, Nuba, and Syria were the main destinations of Rameses’ military campaigns.

Agreeing to the first Peace Treaty in history is one of Rameses’ greatest achievements. ]]>
10/16/2017 5:42:29 PM
<![CDATA["Eve and the Music of Color" to be held at Al Kahila gallery]]>
Iraqi artist Taha Abdullal’s paintings will be exhibited. Women, in his eyes, are a blend of shapes and colors. He provided 23 works, away from abstraction and distortion, with the use of different raw materials to enrich the photographic surface by adding folk symbols of Iraqi heritage like the crescent, horse, fish, and Expressionist music reflecting femininity and beauty.

Al Kahila Art gallery was established in 2007, aiming to inspire art lovers all over the world and show magnificent artwork that touches peoples’ lives.

10/16/2017 5:38:51 PM
<![CDATA[Antekat to perform concert at Cairo Opera House]]>
Rega Cairo was founded in 2007 by Yasser Anwar, performing a variety of oriental and Western music.

It started at the time with the name of “Rasail Sayed Darwish” (Messages of Sayed Darwish), relying on presenting different forms of Eastern and Western music in several famous theaters in the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Born in 1882 in Alexandria, Sayed Darwish is one of the most iconic Arabic musicians. He composed a large number of plays and many folk songs, including “Oom Ya Masry”.

The current Egyptian anthem “Belady, Belady” was composed by Darwish. He managed to develop Egyptian music and pave the way for many singers, such as Mounira El Mahdeya.

Underground musicians are more commonly fusing traditional Egyptian folk music with rock and jazz.]]>
10/16/2017 4:56:08 PM
<![CDATA[First Arab caricature summit held in Luxor]]>
The forum is under the sponsorship of the General Authority for Cultural Palaces in cooperation with the Egyptian Caricature Association.

There are more than 75 caricatures drawn by 75 artists from 15 Arab states, including Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Algeria, Tunisia, Bahrain and Jordan.

On the sidelines of the forum, the cartoonist Mohamed Omar will be honored for his works, and there will also be workshops.

Luxor, chosen by UNESCO as this year's “Capital of Arabic Culture”, 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.]]>
10/16/2017 4:31:53 PM
<![CDATA[Remembering Omar El Hariri ]]>
To celebrate his life and legacy, Egypt Today presents a profile about his career in cinema, theater and TV.

Hariri was born in 1926 and graduated from the High Institute of Theater in 1947. As a child, he participated in the well-known film “Salama fy Kher.”

Straight out of school, Hariri continued his career on the stage of the National Theater and Youssef Wahby’s theater. The play “El Gheerah” [Jealousy] (1948) was his first stage role.

Omar El Hariri [Photo: Youtube]
Hariri also performed a number of successful shows, such as “Enahom Yaqtelon El Hemeer” [They are Killing Donkeys] and “Masraa’ Cleopatra” [Cleopatra’s Death].
In 1950, he acted in his first major cinema role in “Avokato Madeha” [Madeha, the Lawyer].

Hariri travelled to Libya and established the National Theater there in 1968. After lecturing about theater and arts in Libya until 1976, Hariri returned to Egypt and enriched Egyptian cinema and TV with a number of remarkable roles.

El Hariri performed in 180 films, 85 TV series, and 32 plays.

“El Wad Sayed El Shaghal” [Sayed, the Servant Boy], “Sokkar Hanem” [Lady Sokkar], “Saken Osady” [My Neighbor], “El Banat” [The Girls], “Omar El Mokhtar” and “Maweed Maa’ El Hayah” [Appointments with Life] are some of his most beloved works.

Hariri passed away in 2011 at the age of 86.

Omar El Hariri [Photo: Archive] ]]>
10/16/2017 4:27:47 PM
<![CDATA['The Beguiled' to screen at Balcon Heliopolis ]]>
The movie, directed by Sofia Coppola and written by Thomas Cullinan, Albert Maltz and Irene Kamp was first released in 2017.

It revolves around the dilapidated mansion of Miss Martha Farnsworth's Seminary for Young Ladies that, despite the American Civil War in 1864, is still running, occupied by a teacher and five students. However, when a young student stumbles upon Corporal John McBurney, a wounded Union deserter on the verge of death, the already frail balance of the mansion’s system will be disrupted, as the hesitant headmistress decides to take him while he heals from his injury.

The film’s heroes are portrayed by Colin Farrell (Corporal McBurney), Nicole Kidman (Miss Martha), Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, and Addison Riecke.

“The Beguiled” won the Best Director award in Cannes Film Festival and Halfway Award in the International Online Cinema Awards.

It was also nominated for Palme d'Or, ICP Award, The Wilf Family Foundation Award, ARRI/OSRAM Award, and Sydney Film Prize.]]>
10/16/2017 4:23:16 PM
<![CDATA[Goodbye Master of Comedy Sean Hughes]]>
John Hughes, known as Sean Hughes who was best known as a team captain on BBC’s “Never Mind the Buzzcocks,” was the youngest winner of the Edinburgh comedy award.

Hughes, 51, won the Perrier Comedy Award in 1990 for his show “A One Night Stand,” which was a huge indication of Hughes’ talent in terms of writing and acting as well as a standup comedian.

In addition to his TV shows, Hughes wrote five books of which, “The Detainees” (1998) and “It’s What He Would Have Wanted” (2000) are the top two.
10/16/2017 4:09:48 PM
<![CDATA[We are closer than ever to 1930s-style totalitarianism: Atwood]]>
Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale”, first published in 1985, has shot back up the bestseller lists after being made into an award-winning TV series depicting a totalitarian future in a United States where women are forced into sexual servitude.

Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president has, for some critics, brought that vision closer to reality as he uses social media to browbeat opponents, and lawmakers in a number of states seek to restrict women’s reproductive rights.

“It feels the closest to the 1930s of anything that we have had since that time,” the 77-year-old Atwood told a news conference, drawing parallels with the fascist and communist regimes which then ruled parts of Europe.

Atwood was attending the annual Frankfurt Book Fair, where she receives the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade on Sunday. The award citation praises Atwood’s “political awareness and alertness for developments beneath the surface”.

Past winners include Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, American writer and film-maker Susan Sontag and Mario Vargas Llosa, the Peruvian-born writer and politician.


Atwood, author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry and critical essays, said it was surprising to many that signs of totalitarianism were manifesting themselves in the United States of today.

It’s a far cry from the Berlin of the Cold War, still surrounded by the wall that divided Germany, where she started writing The Handmaid’s Tale, she recalled.

“People in Europe saw the United States as a beacon of democracy, freedom, openness, and they did not want to believe that anything like that could ever happen there,” she said.

“But now, times have changed, and, unfortunately it becomes more possible to think in those terms.”

Although work on the TV series starring Elisabeth Moss began before last November’s U.S. presidential election, Trump’s victory changed the setting “quite radically”, said Atwood.

“That is one of the reasons that the show has been so popular ... people suddenly feel that it’s a possible reality for them,” she said.

Women’s rights activists clad in the distinctive white bonnets and red gowns worn by handmaids in the fictional theocratic state of Gilead have taken part in recent protests in several U.S. state capitals.

“The book has escaped from the covers, the television show has escaped from being just a show,” said Atwood.

“It’s out in the world.”
10/16/2017 2:06:52 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History: The new Bibliotheca Alexandrina opened ]]>

Bibliotheca Alexandrina [Photo: Wikipedia]

Bibliotheca Alexandrina is one of the oldest libraries in the world. It was built 23 centuries ago, and it contained more than 700,000 volumes and manuscripts till it was burnt for the first time.

Old Bibliotheca Alexandrina [Photo: Wikipedia]

In 2002, the UNESCO cooperated with Egypt to reconstruct Bibliotheca Alexandrina again.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina [Photo: Wikipedia]

It was the first digital library in the Middle East in the 21st century.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina [Photo: Wikipedia]

Currently, it contains more than 8 million books, six specialized libraries, three

museums, seven research centers and six halls for cultural and artistic events.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina [Photo: Wikipedia]

10/16/2017 1:35:12 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Hadad reaches hearts “With the Last Breath” ]]>
Hadad has published three poem collections in the colloquial Egyptian language, the most recent one entitled, “Betolou' el-Rooh” (With the Last Breath); which is an Arabic expression meant to convey enormous difficulty.

Translating day-to-day Egyptian is a nearly impossible task, as the spirit of the language is a mix of inherited wisdom originating from social surroundings and modernity. Haddad deals with issues that face young people in today’s society in his poems.

“Betolou’ el-Rooh” is also the title for a short poem in the collection; it reads:

“All the dates that we set
With enormous difficulty
Wouldn’t it have been better if we let it go
If you are hurt
The world unfortunately won’t heal you
Not every laughter in your face… is an open road.”

The words have a funny sound in Arabic and can make good lyrics for a song; like most of the poems of his collection.

Hadad tackles various topics in his poetry such as love, criticizing societal behavior, the increasing population, and scenes from the revolution witnessed by the poet himself.
Other topics include the description of a materialistic girl who prefers money to genuine feelings.

Even in the darkest poems, the reader can still relate to Hadad's words.

Hadad depends on short, simple words that carry deep meanings; his words are always cheerful and reflect a lot of hope even when they express a lack of success.

A small poem that sums Hadad’s philosophy in this collection is entitled “Humans are Evil,” and it reads:

“Animals, food and music
outdo humans
enjoy your lives with your eyes shut
do not feel others
humans are evil
life is wicked
especially if you have kind hearts.”

The colloquial Egyptian words are kinder and funnier than they sound; they tickle the reader and put a smile on one’s face; even when describing the dark side of life.

The poems mentioned in the article are originally in Arabic and have been translated by Osama Fatim.]]>
10/16/2017 1:11:12 PM
<![CDATA[Beethoven’s 9th Symphony live at BA Arts Center ]]>
BA Orchestra, BA Youth Orchestra, and BA Symphonic Choir will cooperate together to introduce Beethoven’s compositions.

The program includes “Egmont Overture in Op. 84,” and the choral part from Symphony No. 9 Op. 125.

The concert will be conducted by Nayer Nagui.

Dina Iskander, Rodica Ocheseanu, Hesham al-Guindy, and Reda al-Wakil are the chosen soloists who will perform with the orchestra.

The concert is a part of the BA Arts Center celebration of the 15th anniversary of the new Bibliotheca Alexandria opening.

Symphony 9, Beethoven, BA Arts Center, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Anniversary, Alexandria, October Events
10/16/2017 1:07:08 PM
<![CDATA[Google celebrates Olaudah Equiano’s birthday ]]>
After becoming free, Olaudah went on trying to end the slave trade in the British colonies; supporting the British movement to abolish the slave trade.

Travelling to London after his freedom, he became known as Gustavus Vassa; one of the leaders of the Sons of Africa group in London. Forming an Anti-Slave movement in 1780s, Equiano shed light on the tragic life of slaves.

Equiano published his autobiography “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Oluadah Equiano” in 1789. His book aided the ratification of the British Slave Trade Act in 1807. The book focused on the horror of slavery and the psychological and physical pain that slaves suffered from.

In terms of literature, “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Oluadah Equiano” belongs to Slave Narrative literature. Slave Narrative is a literary genre that is basically composed of chronicle writings by slaves. They narrate their experience from slavery to freedom in an emotional literary style.

Slaves were mainly taken from Africa and the Caribbean. They were oppressed for their dark skin, and treated as sub-human. The slavery phenomenon was spread in the colonizing kingdoms such as The British Empire.

“The Life of Frederick Douglass” is one of the most known slave narrative books.
10/16/2017 11:49:29 AM
<![CDATA[Hysteria to perform Spacetoon songs at El Sawy Culture Wheel ]]>
“Hysteriatoon” is the theme of their concert; the band will cover the theme songs from Spacetoon animated films and series.

The theme of the band's latest performance was “Hysteroalog.”

Founded in 2014 by Dr. Mohamed Abdel Qader and Dr. Hoda Nossier, Hysteria aims to perform happy and upbeat music.

Hysteria previously carried out other projects including classic comic monologues, Disney songs, and a music composition of “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo.
10/16/2017 10:51:06 AM
<![CDATA[As Hollywood struggles with sexism, female-led story ends London film fest]]>
At the end of a movie fortnight overshadowed by a cascade of allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, writer-director Martin McDonagh said he was happy to close the festival with "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing", calling it "a proper cool film" with a woman at its heart.

"I mostly wanted to write a really strong female lead for a film so I came up with this idea of a very angry mother who goes to war with her local police department," McDonagh told Reuters on the red carpet in London's Leicester Square.

"Once I thought that Frances would be the perfect person for it, it wrote itself almost."

McDormand shot to global fame in "Fargo", another small-town black comedy, as a North Dakota police chief, a role that won her the Best Actress Oscar in 1997.

In "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing", her character decides to confront the police chief, played by Woody Harrelson, by hiring advertising hoardings to berate him for failing to find the culprit who raped and murdered her daughter.

"McDormand’s performance is every bit as commanding as her Oscar-winning work in 'Fargo' 21 years ago," Daily Telegraph critic Robbie Collin said in his five-star review of this "gut-twisting, cinder-black comedy" which won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Harrelson, who starred in Martin McDonagh's last movie, "Seven Psychopaths" said of the British-Irish filmmaker best know for "In Bruges": "He's turned into a real master of his craft and I think he has just gotten better each time."

A day after the Academy of Motion Pictures expelled Weinstein over allegations of sexual harassment, some actors were more forthright than others over the scandal.

Clarke Peters, who plays an African-American police chief in the small Missouri town beset by racial tensions in "Thee Billboards", said Hollywood "should go into a room and reassess their humanity".

Abuse in the film industry was not limited to one individual, Peters said, adding: "We all get accosted in one way or the other."

"They have this wonderful machine to communicate to all of these people, why use it in such a despicable way?”

The New York Times and The New Yorker have published allegations from a number of women that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them in incidents dating back to the 1980s, including three who said they had been raped.

Reuters has been unable to independently confirm any of the allegations. Weinstein, 65, has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.]]>
10/16/2017 12:33:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ashkal Festival to kick off at November 3]]>
The Algerian independent singer Souad Massi is one of the participants in the festival.

Massi’s voice is one among the favorites of Arabic voices for Egyptians.

Tinariwen from Mali will come to Egypt to participate as well.

The Moroccan singer Oum will also share the stage with Massi and Tinariwen.
Oum is a singer who introduced the Saharan soul of Morocco on stage, she is known for her Moroccan style in singing and performing.

From Jordan, the impressive independent band El Morbaa3 will perform again in Egypt after performing in the Music Park Festival.

The talented Afro-Egyptian group “Hawidro” will perform at Ashkal too. They will introduce the African musical heritage, philosophy, and culture on stage in their style.

The international Palestinian Jordanian group 47Soul will perform at the festival as well. They are an electro Arabic Dabka band that formed in 2013, and it managed to attract many fans in the Middle East and Europe.

Finally, Dokkan is a rising experimental music project based in Cairo.
They have performed a number of concerts in many Egyptian cultural events. ]]>
10/15/2017 10:09:31 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Rabie to perform a concert at Cairo Opera House ]]>
Rabie is a drummer, percussionist and the first to introduce jazz fusion music to Egypt. He founded more than one band and played with a lot of musicians during the course of 20 years.

He is also the main drummer of the legendary Egyptian artist Amr Diab.

Music in Egypt has flourished over the past 5 years especially after the January 25 Revolution.

The underground music scene in Egypt has become as diverse as it has ever been as more artists form unique music — from heavy metal and electronic to jazz and blues.

Social media and many websites, such as SoundCloud, have helped in establishing new music genres in Egypt.

The musicians usually fuse between traditional Egyptian folk music with rock and jazz. ]]>
10/15/2017 9:49:12 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to attend 13th International Khartoum Book Fair]]>
Osama Shaltoot, the Egyptian ambassador in Sudan, has confirmed that Egyptian publishers will be participating in this edition, emphasizing that 2017 is culturally a special year for the Egyptian presence in Sudan according, to a statement on Egypt News.

Egyptian Culture Minister Helmy Al Namnam is expected to attend the opening ceremony alongside 15 Egyptians ranging from cultural figures, literary figures, and 78 publishing houses, among others.

Other participants in the book fair include UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, South Sudan, Algeria, Syria, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain, and Lebanon among 220 foreign and local publishing houses.]]>
10/15/2017 7:40:50 PM
<![CDATA[Wanas Festival details to be announced ]]>
The first day of the festival is expected to feature the folkloric band El Tanboura and Egyptian singer Mostafa Rizk, according to a statement by the organizing committee of the festival.

“This edition will feature the participation of a German band called Unterbiberger and Dutch band Kapriol among seven other countries,” said the festival’s director Zakria Ibrahim.

The festival aims to revive the hidden treasures of singing and folkloric arts and to provide the audience the opportunity to engage with these types of arts through daily performances.
10/15/2017 7:01:29 PM
<![CDATA[Heliopolis Public Library hosts Picasso seminar]]>
The seminar is called “Picasso, Tradition Breaker” and will be headed by the artist Amany Saa’d.

Fragmented from a promotional material [photo: Event official Facebook page]

Saa’d will explain the different stages of Picasso’s art, starting with his realistic work to the cubism style he pioneered.

A Woman with Mustard Pot Portrait [Photo: Wikipedia]
A detailed critical reading of Picasso’s paintings will be given by Saa’d.

Picasso was poet, writer, painter, sculptor, stage designer, and printmaker.

A Girl with a Mandoline [Photo: Wikipedia]

Co-founding the cubism movement and collage, and also inventing the constructed sculpture made him one of the greatest influential artists in the 20th century.

The Old Guitarist [Photo: Wikipedia]

Due to his massive experimental processes, his works are classified in a number of phases such as Blue Period, African Art Primitivism, Surrealism and Neoclassicism and Synthetic Cubism.

A Boy with a Pipe [Photo: Wikipedia]

Picasso produced 50,000 works of art throughout his life.

800px-Pablo_Picasso,_1913-14,_L_Homme_aux_cartes_(Card_Player),_oil_on_canvas,_108_x_89.5_cm,_Museum_of_Modern_Art,_New_York Card Player [Photo: Wikipedia] ]]>
10/15/2017 6:57:04 PM
<![CDATA[Culture Ministry honors philosopher Mourad Wahba ]]>
After the honor, four panel discussions were held and attended by the political thinker Mostafa El-Feki.

At the closing meeting led by the Secretary-General of the Council, Dr. Hatem Rabie, Wahba will deliver a speech at 4 p.m.

Wahba is an advocate of secularism, democratic governance and human development, and a strong believer in international development cooperation criticizing fundamentalism and interfaith dialogue.

He has written several books on culture, modernity, and religious belief including, the Backwardness Germ, Philosophy of Creativity and Fundamentalism and Secularism.

He was appointed by the United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon in 2016 to the position of assistant administrator and director of the regional bureau for Arab States at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

He has been the deputy special representative of the secretary general, resident coordinator, humanitarian coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Haiti since 2015.]]>
10/15/2017 5:51:47 PM
<![CDATA[Overview: Denshway Museum: Symbol of Egyptian revolution history ]]>
The museum was expanded to include a culture center in 1999.

It was designed to narrate the Denshway incident chronologically starting from the English occupation of the village to the trial.

A mini model for the village, a number of watermills, pigeon towers, British guns, and many portraits of major characters of the incident are exhibited in the museum.

The Denshway incident was one of the major historical incidents in modern Egyptian history, specially related to resisting British occupation.

The incident occurred in 1906 after a number of British officers hunted pigeons. This act angered the villagers, especially after one of the officers shot a woman from the village and a wheat container was burnt.

The villagers fought with the British officers who managed to flee, but one of them died due to heatstroke.

The British ambassador to Egypt at the time, Lord Cromer, instructed the officers to arrest more than 50 Egyptian villagers to be trialed. Four of the villagers were hanged and more than 12 were imprisoned.

A number of national leaders denounced the cruel and unfair reaction of the ambassador, and Moustafa Kamel toured in Europe to expose British violations.

A number of demonstrations broke out, and resulted in the end of Lord Cromer's presence in Egypt.

The Denshway incident reflects struggle, dignity, nationalism, patience and pride for all Egyptians. ]]>
10/15/2017 5:46:07 PM
<![CDATA[New publication highlights historical breakthroughs ]]>
The publication tackles valuable contributions in philosophy, social sciences, humanities, art and literary critique. Priorities are placed on issues dealing with Egyptian and Middle Eastern topics.

One of the magazine’s featured articles is about a study of a manuscript written by one of Napoleon’s officers during the French expedition of 1798 in Egypt.

The officer’s name was Haue and his testimony was previously published in 1830 in an encyclopedic effort to document the events of the French expedition.

Haue was commissioned by the French Imperial Army to write a historical account of all the military operations during the French campaign in Egypt and Syria.

The manuscript, according to the writer, is not a testimony of what really happened in that expedition, but is only a French eyewitness’s perspective.

The Bolshevik Revolution occurred 100 years ago, and on this occasion, a study titled, “Contemporary Reading of the Russian Revolution,” was conducted.

The study was conducted by historian Paul Leblanc; who is also a professor at LaRoche University Pittsburgh, U.S.A.

The study explains Lenin’s philosophy, organization and the reason for the success of the Bolshevik Revolution; which was credited in Lenin’s ability of talking in layman terms and transforming their needs into actual policies and organizational goals.

The literature part in the first issue of Maraya includes a brilliant short story on Iris Irgman, an Israeli writer born to Moroccan parents.

The story sheds light on the lives of eastern Jews living in Israel. The translation is accurate and the terms that are not familiar to Arab readers are explained.

In leftist publications in general, culture and politics are intertwined.

The cultural section of the magazine includes an article by Mohamed Tobyashat about liberal arts and their importance.

The main problem tackled is that the word “liberal” does not have an exact meaning or counterpart in the Arabic language, and hence, liberal arts in Egyptian universities do not have a curriculum; an interesting issue that needs to be developed in Egypt.

Many other valuable articles and book reviews are included in the first issue, tackling cultural and political fields. ]]>
10/15/2017 5:43:30 PM
<![CDATA[Arab artists win 2017 AFRIMMA awards ]]>
AFRIMMA was established in 2014 under the sponsorship of the African Union delegation and aims to spread African music across the world. The awards ceremony is expected to take place on November 3 at Nigeria.

The fourth edition of AFRIMMA aims to cross boundaries with music through these prestigious awards. The festival took off on October 8 featuring two new categories including Best Lusophone and Best Francophone.

The new categories are meant to shed light on artists from these regions on the world stage, according to the festival’s official website.

10/15/2017 5:28:51 PM
<![CDATA[Netflix to air Juventus FC documentary]]>
The docu-series will feature four hour-long episodes that will be released worldwide in early 2018. Netflix also mentioned in its statement that it will track down the most appealing stories and personalities in the club.

The Netflix team will follow players and staff members both on and off the field in order to capture their lives and the reality that makes Juventus one of the most fascinating teams in the world.

The reality-oriented show will allow viewers to have access to the lives of the members of the club; shedding light on the major footballers in history and marking the victories of the club that has previously won six league titles.

“Netflix is the home of passionate storytelling, and there are no more passionate fans than tifosi of the bianconeri. We are excited to have unique, exclusive access to one of the most important squads in the world,” said Erik Barmack, vice president of series at Netflix, in the statement.

Federic Palomba, co-chief revenue officer at the club, explained that Juventus is proud to be the first football club featured in a Netflix original documentary, emphasizing the importance of this sport entertainment brand.]]>
10/15/2017 5:17:05 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History: Refaa Al Tahtawi’s birthday ]]>
Tahtawi is one of the iconic figures that participated in the modern development of Egypt in the 19th century. He is also one of the founders of the first Egyptian generation of translators.

Tahtawi was born in Tahta city in Upper Egypt. His father encouraged him to recite the Quran, and his mother’s family was full of sheikhs and professors that also inspired him.

At the age of 16, he joined Al Azhar University to study religious sciences and was taught by prominent Al Azhar teachers such as Hassan Al Attar, who was known for his revolutionary thinking. Attar also studied other sciences such as history, geography, and medicine. After six years of studying, Tahtawi became a teacher in Al Azhar.

Attar and Tahtawi established the first newspaper in Egypt called “Al Wakaae’ Al Masriya” [State official newspaper].

Al Wakaae’ Al Masriya Logo [Photo:Wikimedia]
In 1826, El Tahtawi joined the first mission to France. The mission was sent by Mohamed Ali to give elite Egyptian students the chance to make use of western education and means of development.

Through the mission, Tahtawi learnt French and translation. He wrote his most known literary work “Takhles Al Ebreez fy Talkhes Paris” [The Point of View of the French Culture, Society, and Development].

A translator at the School of Medicine was how Tahtawi began his career after returning from France.

In 1842, Tahtawi reformed “Al Wakaae’ El Masriya” newspaper to be published in Arabic and Turkish. He gave priority to Egyptian news, and revived political analysis articles.

Many educational and translation institutions were established by Tahtawi. He recommended to Muhammad Ali Pasha that he establish a school to teach languages and translation which became the School of Alsun.

The school translated different foreign scientific books and contained different departments such as the agriculture management department; in addition to teaching mathematics, physics and history.

He also established an additional department to prepare judges, and another to deal with clerks.

Tahtawi and his students translated a big number of educational books.

Arabic literary heritage revival was one of the biggest projects adapted by Tahtawi. In 1863, he supervised a group while translating French laws. He also supervised an educational magazine called “Rawdet Al Madares” [The World of Schools].

Tahtawi published numerous articles and researches, and wrote a large number of books, while translating more than 20 others.

He died in 1873. ]]>
10/15/2017 4:53:12 PM
<![CDATA[Sherine’s Concert Cancelation hashtag trends Twitter ]]>
The news was announced by the Saudi General Entertainment Authority through its official Twitter page.

The authority called on all event organizers to apply for the required documents prior to organizing such events in the future; the statement added.

The hashtag of Abdel Wahab’s concert cancelation is trending on Twitter worldwide with 48,300 tweets.

The concert was supposed to be held in late October, and it was announced by Saudi Sanad Children’s Cancer Support Association.

The concert would have been attended by females only and that caused numerous arguments on different social media platforms.
10/15/2017 2:31:09 PM
<![CDATA[Gaber Asfour to lecture at Cairo University ]]>
The lecture is a part of the second season of “Al-Molhem” [The Important].

“Al-Molhem” is a collaboration cultural project between the Supreme Council of Culture and Tahrir Lounge.

The Supreme Council of Culture will dedicate a book library to the Faculty of Arts to enrich the youth’s reading selections.

Hatem Rabie, the general secretary of the Supreme Council of Culture stated that the books were selected according to every student’s age and comprehension.

He also added that Egypt needs both education and culture to achieve the desired development.

“Al-Molhem” project aims to host a number of Egyptian and German authors, thinkers, and scientists to enhance young people's creativity and critical thinking.
10/15/2017 11:12:02 AM
<![CDATA[Hidden film treasures brought to life in British vault]]>
A chemical smell hangs in the air at the British Film Institute's National Archive, where some 250,000 wheels of old film are stacked floor-to-ceiling.

"As we're restoring them we're pulling back the veils of history, and we can see much more clearly than we used to," curator Bryony Dixon told AFP on a visit to the archive in the town of Berkhamsted this week.

A selection plucked from the shelves is being showcased at the BFI's London Film Festival, including a tale about the heartbreaking Indian love story of the Taj Mahal mausoleum.

"Shiraz: A Romance of India" is being screened at a gala on Saturday for the first time since its release in 1928, following months of restoration.

"It's beautiful, it's dramatic, it's got exciting locations, and great acting. And it's unique, there are almost no surviving Indian films from that era, so it's very special," Dixon said.

A score by composer Anoushka Shankar, daughter of late Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, has also been added to accompany the silent film.

- From hand to digital -

BFI curators have restored a wealth of films including Alfred Hitchcock's nine surviving silent films and footage of a legendary Everest expedition in 1924 in which two of the climbers died.

Despite technological leaps, preparing the film begins with it being checked by hand.

"There will be a lot of hand, manual repair on the original film copies, using tape to make sure the films can pass through cleaning machines, and also through the scanner," said Kieron Webb, the archive's film conservation manager.

The team used the original camera negative of "Shiraz", along with a copy made decades later, which were combined digitally to obtain the best images and restore tens of thousands of frames.

"The removal of scratches and dirt; de-flicker, which makes the image look more stable; reduce the light and darkness changes in some shots," said Webb, summarising hundreds of hours of work.

Ben Thompson, an image quality section leader, demonstrated how to remove a scratch from a "Shiraz" scene without accidentally brushing out a horse's leg.

Restorers have also sharpened the images, which Thompson said creates more work: "As soon as you improve the sharpness of the image it reveals, brings into sharp focus the detail but also the defects."

Digital techniques, which have replaced much of the old photo-chemical processes, have enabled restorers to become more precise in their work and upgrade every single shot in a film such as "Shiraz".

- 'A fantastic record' -

The Indian film is nearly 90 years old but BFI also holds films going as far back as the 1890s.

Despite the films' age, curators said they were easier to restore due to their brevity.

"Some of them are only a minute long," Dixon said.

"With the 1920s it gets much more complex, because the films get longer and they have a grammar to them which means if you're missing part of the film print, you have to sort of compensate in order to make it understandable for the audience."

Colour and sound add further layers of complexity, although silent films are themselves problematic because they often lack any documents to dictate the speed they should be shown at.

Restoration is a costly endeavour and the archive relies on public funds and private donors, as well as ticket sales from screenings.

But the restorers say the cultural value is boundless, giving audiences a window into an unseen age and places that have since disappeared.

"Fiction film, or non-fiction film, is this fantastic record of the whole of the 20th century that people can look at... It is, for those that care to look, a real experience," said Dixon.
10/15/2017 10:52:10 AM
<![CDATA[ Five things to do at the Frankfurt Book Fair]]>
Here are five things to look out for at the annual literary feast:

Hear, hear -

What book are you listening to? If industry experts are to be believed, e-books are out and audio books are in -- with a little help from online streaming services and star narrators. Why read Hillary Clinton's new memoir, "What Happened", when you can listen to her telling her own story on your smartphone?

Publishing giant Penguin Random House said at the Frankfurt trade show that it was seeing double-digit growth in audio books around the world. "It harks back to telling and listening to stories around the campfire," CEO Markus Dohle told reporters.

Spruce up your Wikipedia page -

If you're important enough to have your own Wikipedia page but have always been bothered by the unflattering open-source photo used, step into Wikipedia's portrait studio. You'll be in good company: Belgium's Queen Mathilde was among those getting snapped by the online encyclopedia's photographers at the fair.

Or maybe you want to fix a mistake you've spotted in a Wikipedia entry? Take a seat at one of the laptops on hand and set the record straight.

Bedtime story -

So many books, so little time. If you really can't drag yourself away, Frankfurt's smallest hotel room may be for you. Located on the top floor of a four-storey container tower with a panoramic view of the fair's courtyard, it comes with a queen-size bed, fluffy white towels and an author at your bedside to read you a good night story.

But don't get too comfy. The whole thing will be live-streamed and posted on YouTube by Swiss publishers Kein & Aber. And check-out is at 8:30 am. The early bird catches the (book) worm.

Make a wish -

Write down your deepest wish on a piece of paper, slip it into a slot along with some coins and wait for a personalised drawing to come out some 15 minutes later, created by a group of artists hidden from view inside a "human vending machine".

But be careful what you wish for. If you're not back in time to pick up your creation, it goes on the wall along with your handwritten note, revealing your most personal thoughts. One such forgotten wish that read "More time to live" was rewarded with a sketch of a chubby horse blissfully skipping through a meadow. You'll have to queue for this one.

Get political -

From exiled Turkish writers condemning their government to an outcry about the return of a German far-right publisher to the fair, this year's extravaganza is more politically charged than in previous years.
Demonstrators carrying signs that read "Stop Racism" staged a protest at the stall of the small but controversial "new right" publisher Antaios, which in turn complained that some of its books had been smeared with toothpaste.

A few stalls down, the German-based Anne Frank educational centre encouraged visitors to take a picture of their mouths to show that they will speak up against "rightwing populists and extremists".

Elsewhere, British author Ken Follett and Queen guitarist Brian May both railed against Brexit.

"I'm a European and I think Brexit is a terrible idea," May told German media, emphasising that he was not in any way related to British Prime Minister Theresa May.]]>
10/15/2017 10:48:49 AM
<![CDATA[Nigerian pop music: in the shadow of Fela Kuti]]>
For Fela, as he is still known to fans, music was often a life-threatening fight against corrupt military dictatorships that ruled Nigeria in the 1970s and 1980s.

For the talented Krizbeatz, a child of the capitalist and democratic 1990s, music is a game.

But the self-assured 22-year-old music producer -- real name Chris Alvin Sunday -- still takes his inspiration from Fela when he's at his mixing desk.

"I studied House Music in South Africa but I'm a Nigerian. Afrobeat is what I grew up listening to. Afrobeat is who I am," he told AFP.

In 2016, Krizbeatz produced the hit "Pana", which has had close to 53 million views on YouTube and been downloaded 10.5 million times on Spotify.

In it, the singer Tekno Miles declares his love for his sweetheart and promises to drive her to the church in a Porsche.
Some feel that 20 years after his death in August 1997, Fela would surely turn in his grave to hear the new generation celebrating designer labels, luxury cars and champagne.

But Krizbeatz says Nigerian music is first and foremost about the beat.
"If you talk about a Nigerian song, you talk about the beat before anything else," he said, grabbing an electric guitar to record a few notes on a loop on his computer.

"You hear it and you just want to dance and be happy, before you can listen to the lyrics."

'Butts and boobs' -
Abdul Okwechime organises the week-long "Felabration" festival of Fela's life and work, ending at the weekend and held every year around the musician's birthday.

He is less than impressed with the turn that lyrics today have taken.

"They talk too much about femininity, the sensuality of women," he complained.

"We have lost protest music, music to wake up to, to make you aware of the society, and our society is ill," he said, as he took visitors around Fela's commune, dubbed Kalakuta Republic in Lagos.
The musician lived at the commune -- which he once declared an independent republic -- with his family, band and 27 wives.

"Now they (modern musicians) talk about butts, they talk about boobs... the sexuality of women, that's what they talk about now," said Okwechime.

Nevertheless, Fela's music and influence is still important.

Even Nigerian megastar Wizkid -- the first Afrobeats artist to headline a sold-out show at London's Royal Albert Hall -- opened his historic concert there in September with Fela's 1972 epic, "Lady".

Other artists pay tribute in different ways.

At his Borno Winners Empire studio, in the upmarket Lagos suburb of Lekki, Adekunle Gold is wearing traditional dress and recording his second album.
Around him is his band, The 79th Element, named after the atomic number for gold.

The singer says he has created a new sound, mixing musical styles inspired by Nigerian Afropop, Indian harmonies and Ghanaian Highlife, but underlying it with percussion and vocals like Fela in his heydey.

"Fela is no more but he's still within us. He's legendary," said Gold. "If I'm on stage and I don't hear that sound, I feel that something is missing."

Hopes, dreams and money -
Unlike Fela Kuti, artists no longer risk prison for speaking out, as the internet and social networks have brought greater freedom of expression to Nigeria.
For African music specialist Banning Eyre, from online radio and music magazine Afropop Worldwide, the new Nigerian scene is "hopeful and aspirational".

"Young people in Africa, they know the problems. It's their daily life, that's what they think about all day!" he said.

"They don't want to hear about it when they go out or when they listen to the radio."

But for Eyre, the loss of social and political engagement is in large part due to piracy and the fact that artists cannot make a living from sales of their albums.

"The Nigerian music industry had to create a new economic model because of piracy," he said.

"They get sponsorships for their videos, for their concert events, with private companies... that are often the same companies who have deals with government.

"They want to make money, they want to make a lot of money, so they won't go against the system that feeds them."

Tekno has appeared on Instagram posing in front of the latest Bentley car.

But at an annual October 1 Independence Day concert he struck a different note, as the only performer to launch into a semi-protest song, criticising endless power cuts and corruption.

Dressed in a green velvet suit, his arms covered in tattoos, his song "Rara" got a rousing response from the audience too.

Many in the crowd at the glitzy event, where tickets cost 100,000 naira ($277, 235 euros), sang along to its chorus blasting "plenty greedy man" and calls to make Nigeria a better place -- perhaps caught up in the song's catchy beat.]]>
10/15/2017 10:46:53 AM
<![CDATA[ Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez to host telethon for hurricane victims]]>
Appearing from both Miami and Los Angeles, performers will raise funds to provide food, shelter, medicine, electricity and communications to areas affected by the storms, organizers said Wednesday.

Artists including Marc Anthony, Gente de Zona, Nicky Jam, Prince Royce, Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz and Daddy Yankee will perform at Miami's Marlins Park, with tickets priced between $15 and $50.

Meanwhile, Puerto Rican singer Jennifer Lopez and Dominican baseball player Alex Rodriguez will host from NBC in Los Angeles, where they will be joined by stars from film, television and music -- among them Ricky Martin, Demi Lovato, Gwen Stefani, Stevie Wonder and Jamie Foxx.

The telethon, named "One Voice: Somos Live!," will be simultaneously broadcast on NBC and the United States' two primary Spanish-language channels -- Univision and Telemundo.

The announcement comes after electronic group Major Lazer Wednesday announced a concert, also in Miami, to raise money for aid groups that will focus on all parts of the Caribbean, including smaller islands that can be overlooked.

In August and September, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria ravaged areas of the southern United States and Mexico -- and devastated the Caribbean islands, particularly Dominica, with 17,000 inhabitants, and Puerto Rico, population 3.4 million.]]>
10/15/2017 10:43:43 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt shortlisted for Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature]]>
Amal Farah is representing Egypt in the Best Text award category with her The Unseen book.The book is illustrated by Osama Abou El Ella and published by Shagara publishing house in Egypt.

In the latest category introduced in this year’s edition, the Digital Book App of the Year, has three entries in the running including "I Dream to Be", developed by Bee Studio from Egypt, and targets the age group 4-7 years.

The Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature was launched by the UAE National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) in order to stimulate the children’s book industry in the Arab World.

The award seeks to provide an incentive for publishers, authors and illustrators to publish Arabic children’s books that are of the highest quality in both form and content- books that offer children a portal to worlds of knowledge and imagination ]]>
10/14/2017 9:57:37 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Fouad to participate in the century concert]]>
‘’We are all from the same generation; we need to meet again and work together to prove to our fans that we are all one.’’ said Fouad. The massive concert that is expected to be in December will take place in Cairo Stadium. Besides Fouad, the concert will feature Simone, Hassan Abdel Megeed, Hossam Hosny, Hanan, Ehab Tawfik, Alaa Abdel Khalek, among others.

Fouad is a popular Egyptian singer who was born in 1961. He started his singing career in the 1980s. Fouad started to gain fame after he released his first Album titled ‘’ Fe el seka’’ (In the way) in 1983.
10/14/2017 6:50:36 PM
<![CDATA['Ala Fikrah' Group to perform at Makan]]>
Ala Fikra is a music group formed by the French accordionist Patricha Draeger.
She played for the first time in Egypt in 2016. The Swiss Embassy in Cairo chose her to perform at the Egyptian Railway Museums.

The event witnessed the birth of a new musical project which is “Ala Fikrah”
The project started to grow gradually and it performed a number of concerts in Cairo and Alexandria.

Performing international music compositions for many composers, the project always play various selections of music as Turkish, Argentinean, Egyptian and Swiss music.

According to the event official Facebook page “Ala Fikrahn was the first word Patricia memorized and used all the time while she was here.”(in Egypt)
The project consists of Patricha Draeger on accordion, Yamen on Qanon, Amr on Violin, and Mostafa on Bass. ]]>
10/14/2017 6:41:00 PM
<![CDATA[Happy Birthday Usher ]]>

Usher Raymond IV was born in Dallas, Texas in 1978, and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After moving to Atlanta, he quickly became a musical hit at barely 15 years old, releasing his first album in 1994. Already proving himself as a talented young R&B musician at such a young age, Usher only continued to grow in fame as his skills grew.

Usher really hit it big with the release of the album "My Way" in 1997, and sold well over 7 million copies. His sexual ballads and romantic style, coupled with his ability to sing across a wide variety of musical genres sealed his place as a rising star. As the nineties gave way to the new millennium, Usher released the album "8701" in 2001, which sold 4 million copies and earned him two Grammy Awards.

His next release in 2004, "Confessions," proved to be a huge hit internationally, with global sales combining to over 20 million copies sold. Usher had made quite a name, boasting 13 Top 20 Hits and was named 2004’s "Artist of the Year" by Billboard Magazine. He received further awards in 2005, earning two Grammys and two People’s Choice Awards.

Usher’s magic is not just restricted to music either. He first starred as an actor in 1998’s sci-fi horror film "The Faculty;" then as a disk Jockey in 2005’s "In the Mix," and a year later became a lead star in Broadway’s "Chicago."

Usher has even got his own charity, the "New Look Foundation," which was founded in 1999 to look after foster children, provide guidance for teens at-risk, and provide aid to poorer communities. His latest album release, "Hard II Love," came out last year after much anticipation. Usher knows how to live it cool, a man of the people, and a man of pure skill.

10/14/2017 6:39:34 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History – Bing Crosby dies]]>

Crosby was born as Harry Lillis Crosby on May 3, 1903, the fourth of seven children in a working-class family in Tacoma, Washington.

Crosby got his famous stage name after an illustrated parody newspaper he loved as a young boy, titled the "Bingville Bugle."

Originally planning to become a lawyer, Crosby decided instead to follow his heart and pursue a career in music. He started off with a group called the Musicaladers in High School, and by the mid 1920s had formed a musical duo with his friend Al Rinker, who was famous for helping to write Disney’s "Everybody wants to be a Cat."

The pair headed off to Los Angeles to try their luck, and became a popular act known as "Two Boys and a Piano." Crosby started off with a love of Jazz, which heavily influenced his style and lead to him forming a band known as the Rhythm Boys.

It was his radio performances that shot Crosby to stardom, and his relaxed voice and casual presence won him over with audiences. By the early 1930s, Crosby had signed a contract with Paramount Pictures, and he first starred in 1932’s "The Big Broadcast," a film that featured various radio stars.

Though he did not have the looks that were considered conventionally attractive for a leading man, Crosby still managed to win people over just by attitude, giving out a warm and relaxed presence on the screen.

His music helped America through the Great Depression and World War II.

As the 1940s came along, Crosby’s fame was only rising higher and higher. By 1944 he starred in his best known film yet, "Going My Way," which won seven Oscars and earned Crosby the Academy Award for Best Leading Actor. Starring as Father Chuck O'Malley, Crosby played a young Catholic priest, who helps lead a gang of stray kids on the right path and wins the approval of his superior.

Prior to that in the same year he starred in "Holiday Inn," which featured one of Crosby’s biggest musical hits, "White Christmas." In this musical comedy, Crosby starred as Jim Hardy, owner of an inn that is only open for the holidays who aims for the affection of the gorgeous Linda Mason, played by Marjorie Reynolds.

"White Christmas" became one of Crosby’s biggest songs, defining everything appealing about the holiday season, and the world’s best-selling single song of all-time;

Unfortunately, Crosby’s personal life was a cold opposite to his warm film persona. In a memoir released by his eldest son, Gary Crosby, in 1983, Gary held nothing back in discussing the harsh treatment Crosby gave his family with first wife Dixie Lee, regularly insulting them and physically abusing them and putting them to hard work at the family farm. Crosby’s harsh discipline was a way to ensure his sons did not grow up as "Hollywood Brats," though his treatment is believed to have led to the suicides of two of his sons.

Later in life, Crosby regretted how harsh he was with his first family, and his second marriage showed a softer side of him, though Gary never really forgave his father. Crosby passed away at the age of 74 in Spain, his once shining legacy slowly faded from the spotlight except for the background tracks of classic films.

10/14/2017 6:35:20 PM
<![CDATA[New musical Experience to kick off at Makan ]]>The experience aims to add new sounds to traditional music through creating new musical combination.

A number of the oldest and greatest Egyptian musicians and folk Egyptian music documenters will cooperate together to renovate the Egyptian music.
Studying the basics of Egyptian folk music basics aims reintroduce new riffs, melodies, and sounds from it.

The project is supported by European Union and MInna Network.

10/14/2017 4:36:56 PM
<![CDATA[Hakim to present a duo with Stromae for World Cup 2018.]]>
Hakim announced that he previously contacted Stromae expressing his wish to cooperate with him. He was surprised when Stromae sent to him a message after Hakim’s last concert in Amsterdam telling him his desire to sing a duo for the coming World Cup.

Hakim along with renowned Egyptian singer Mai Selim performed in a concert in Sharm El-Sheikh on Thursday, October 12, celebrating the 6th of October war victory anniversary.

The concert was organized by MBC Masr channel. Hakim expressed his happiness to perform in such a concert celebrating the 6th of October anniversary and said he was proud to sing in the city of peace.

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” under the Slam Records label in 1992.

The success was immediate and propelled him to fame in Egypt. He released an album in 1994 called “Nar” which represented Egypt at the Festival des Allumées in Nantes 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.

Hakim performed at Olympia Theater in Paris on September 23, to be the third Egyptian singer to perform in that prominent theatre after the great late Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez and the legendary Umm Kulthum. ]]>
10/14/2017 4:32:24 PM
<![CDATA[“Ducks and More” Lecture at Photopia ]]>
Abi will talk about the process of his rubber duck creation and his new Arabic project.

He will be talking about his upcoming projects, and Abi will give a background about his artistic and advertising direction.

His lecture will include the alphabet of conceptual photography and how to deal with the commercial side of the arts.

Abi is an Egyptian photographer and artist, his real passion is conceptual arts.

He manages the early stages of designing and the final projects on his own.

Inspired by everyday life experiences, Abi’s photos reflect a variety of subjects. ]]>
10/14/2017 4:16:28 PM
<![CDATA[Tunis fe el Leil movie to participate in CIFF competition]]>
Shalaby plays the role of a singer named Aziza who suffers from the absence of her father in addition to all the social complications she faces in the conservative society.

The movie was screened for a few days in Tunisian cinemas and was well received. Shalaby announced that she is happy with the audience feedback about the movie.

The Cairo International Film Festival management chose to screen the American movie “Mountain between Us” in the opening ceremony of the festival. The festival will kick off on November 21.

The movie stars the famous American actress Kate Winslet, who won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in "The Reader" in 2008. She has also been nominated five times for an Oscar, including for her role in "Titanic." The movie also stars well-known English actor and musician Idris Elba, who won a Golden Globe for Best Actor from the Golden Globe for his role in “Mandela: the Long Walk to Freedom,” in which he played the role of South African leader and activist Nelson Mandela. The film was directed by Palestinian director Hany Abu- Assad.

Head of the Cairo International Film Festival, Magda Wassef, invited Winslet and Elba to attend the festival, which is considered one of the 15 most important international film festivals in the world.
10/14/2017 4:14:08 PM
<![CDATA[Nour Khan to perform at Bab 18 Art Space]]>
Khan is known for her contributions to the underground music scene; she is one of the rising underground vocalists and is well known for her hit single “Ghorbaa” (Strangers).

Organizer of numerous vocalist workshops for beginners, Khan has produced anime songs and participated in Egycon festivals.

Ghorbaa was released for the first time in 2013. It was a collaboration between Khan and the Egyptian musician Abdallah Mohamed.

The lyrics of the track were taken from a poem by Samih al-Qasim.

It has been played four million times on Soundcloud.
10/14/2017 3:13:49 PM
<![CDATA[Video of Linkin Park singer in Carpool Karaoke before death released]]>
The 23 minute video stars Bennington, US comedian Ken Jeong, and several other members of Linkin Park singing along to various songs. They sang “Numb,” “in the End,” “Talking to Myself,” and a song by the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Under the Bridge.” They also sang along to songs written by Aerosmith and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The episode was filmed on July 14, just days before Bennington’s suicide on July 20. A tribute concert in honor of Bennington’s memory will be held later this October.
10/14/2017 2:57:56 PM
<![CDATA[Argentinean trio Rodolfo Mederos performs at Cairo Opera House ]]>
The trio will perform a number of Argentinean folklore and waltz tango music compositions to add an enjoyable and emotional variety to Cairo Opera House.

The event is organized in cooperation with Argentinean embassy in Cairo.

Rodolfo Mederos Trio consists of Rodolfo Mederos on bandoneon, Armando de La Vega on guitars, and Sergio Rivas on double bass.

Argentinean tango roots go back to 1880. In this period Argentina became a central immigration center; many European families immigrated to Buenos Aries.

Embracing various cultures, races, and musical forms harmoniously, men started to draw women’s attention through special dances in the streets.

Moving from the streets to aristocratic family saloons, the tango became the dance of choice for lovers and enjoyment seekers.

Tango music has Spanish roots. However, the music mixed jazz scales and rhythms which made it more popular.
10/14/2017 1:56:35 PM
<![CDATA[French cabaret Crazy Horse returns to Singapore after a decade]]>
A Parisian institution for 66 years, the cabaret theater opened a club in Singapore in 2005 when the city was trying to spice up its image in a tourism revamp, but closed its doors two years later because of poor ticket sales.

This week the cabaret was back with “Forever Crazy”, a compilation of memorable routines that recently played in Australia.

The Singapore show was not censored by authorities, said Crazy Horse tour director Mark Brady.

“It’s the original production as we’ve just performed in Australia for nine weeks,” Brady said. “We’re not changing anything.”

Farah Nadia, a 29-year-old who attended the premiere at the Marina Bay Sands, said she was impressed watching the bare-breasted dancers going through their routines.

“As a woman, I believe that sexiness is a key to confidence and the ladies portrayed it really well,” she said.

She planned to watch the show again next week, but doubted her hometown was ready for another permanent cabaret club.

“We may have more expatriates, tourists or modern locals now, but people are still shy or conservative about shows like this,” she said.

The show, which runs for 12 nights in Singapore before moving to the Chinese-ruled territory of Macau, is restricted to those aged 18 and above.

Arts, entertainment and other forms of media are tightly regulated in Singapore, which the government says is necessary to maintain social stability.

Last year, a same-sex "peck on the lips" was cut from the musical "Les Miserables" following complaints. Sex between men is illegal in Singapore.

When it came to issuing a license for “Forever Crazy”, the island’s Infocomm Media Development Authority appeared to accept the organizers’ argument the show was a form of art.

“It’s not necessarily easy to bring shows of this nature, but because I think it’s been understood that it’s a piece of art and it’s seen as art, they gave us the entertainment license,” said Chantal Prud‘homme, chief executive of BASE Entertainment Asia.

The media authority “aims to strike a balance between reflecting generally accepted social norms, while giving due consideration to the event’s artistic merits,” it said in an email statement.]]>
10/14/2017 1:47:15 PM
<![CDATA[Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I restored in London]]>
Originally owned by Sir Francis Drake, the Armada Portrait stands as one of Britain’s most priceless works of art, and has been passed down in the Drake family for generations.

Last year, the portrait was finally acquired by the British government after a fundraising campaign of 10 million British Pounds. There are three different surviving versions of the painting in total, and this restoration has ensured the Drake portrait is amongst the most clearly read and magnificent of them.

The Armada portrait is one of the earliest and largest examples of oil painting, thus providing historical value both for the British empire and the history of art in general.
10/14/2017 12:59:49 PM
<![CDATA[Hidden film treasures brought to life in British vault]]>
A chemical smell hangs in the air at the British Film Institute's National Archive, where some 250,000 wheels of old film are stacked floor-to-ceiling.

"As we're restoring them we're pulling back the veils of history, and we can see much more clearly than we used to," curator Bryony Dixon told AFP on a visit to the archive in the town of Berkhamsted this week.

A selection plucked from the shelves is being showcased at the BFI's London Film Festival, including a tale about the heartbreaking Indian love story of the Taj Mahal mausoleum.

"Shiraz: A Romance of India" is being screened at a gala on Saturday for the first time since its release in 1928, following months of restoration.

"It's beautiful, it's dramatic, it's got exciting locations, and great acting. And it's unique, there are almost no surviving Indian films from that era, so it's very special," Dixon said.

A score by composer Anoushka Shankar, daughter of late Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, has also been added to accompany the silent film.

From hand to digital -
BFI curators have restored a wealth of films including Alfred Hitchcock's nine surviving silent films and footage of a legendary Everest expedition in 1924 in which two of the climbers died.

Despite technological leaps, preparing the film begins with it being checked by hand.

"There will be a lot of hand, manual repair on the original film copies, using tape to make sure the films can pass through cleaning machines, and also through the scanner," said Kieron Webb, the archive's film conservation manager.

The team used the original camera negative of "Shiraz", along with a copy made decades later, which were combined digitally to obtain the best images and restore tens of thousands of frames.

"The removal of scratches and dirt; de-flicker, which makes the image look more stable; reduce the light and darkness changes in some shots," said Webb, summarising hundreds of hours of work.

Ben Thompson, an image quality section leader, demonstrated how to remove a scratch from a "Shiraz" scene without accidentally brushing out a horse's leg.

Restorers have also sharpened the images, which Thompson said creates more work: "As soon as you improve the sharpness of the image it reveals, brings into sharp focus the detail but also the defects."

Digital techniques, which have replaced much of the old photo-chemical processes, have enabled restorers to become more precise in their work and upgrade every single shot in a film such as "Shiraz".

'A fantastic record' -
The Indian film is nearly 90 years old but BFI also holds films going as far back as the 1890s.

Despite the films' age, curators said they were easier to restore due to their brevity.

"Some of them are only a minute long," Dixon said.

"With the 1920s it gets much more complex, because the films get longer and they have a grammar to them which means if you're missing part of the film print, you have to sort of compensate in order to make it understandable for the audience."

Colour and sound add further layers of complexity, although silent films are themselves problematic because they often lack any documents to dictate the speed they should be shown at.

Restoration is a costly endeavour and the archive relies on public funds and private donors, as well as ticket sales from screenings.

But the restorers say the cultural value is boundless, giving audiences a window into an unseen age and places that have since disappeared.

"Fiction film, or non-fiction film, is this fantastic record of the whole of the 20th century that people can look at... It is, for those that care to look, a real experience," said Dixon.]]>
10/14/2017 12:27:26 PM
<![CDATA[A Small Pyramidion uncovered around Saqqara ]]>
The discovery was found during the excavation in Saqqara’s archeological site area.
General-secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities revealed that the Pyramidion is 1.3 Meter high and 1.1 Meter long.

He added the upper part is partly destroyed, but was covered by a foil of metal, possibly either copper or gold.

The unearthed Pyramidion. [Photo: Ministry of Antiquities official Facebook page]

Dr. Philippe Collombert, Head of the Swiss-French Archaeological Mission added that the pyramidion was uncovered at the northern side of King Pepi I pyramid.

King Pepi I was one of the third kings of the Sixth Dynasty.

His ruling period was known with welfare and flourish. He constructed a number of temples and a Pyramid for himself.
10/14/2017 12:17:03 PM
<![CDATA[Goldman exploring options for stake in Weinstein Co]]>
“There is no place for the inexcusable behavior that had been reported, and we strongly condemn it,” Andrew Williams, a spokesman for Goldman, said in an email.

He said Goldman held a stake worth less than $1 million in The Weinstein Co.

Harvey Weinstein, who has produced or distributed Oscar-winning movies including “Shakespeare in Love” and “Chicago”, was ousted from the Weinstein Co on Sunday.

The Weinstein Company did not respond to emails and calls seeking comment.]]>
10/14/2017 12:11:15 PM
<![CDATA[Russia cinema chain, changing mind, will run film about tzar's affair]]>
It said it now believed cinema-goers would be safe after statements by law enforcement officials.

“Matilda”, to be released in late October, tells the tale of a late-19th century romance between Nicholas II, before he became Russia’s tzar, and half-Polish dancer Matilda Kshesinskaya.

Long before its premiere, the film drew ire from Russian nationalists and religious conservatives who say it besmirches the memory of the tzar who was executed by Bolsheviks in 1918 and is revered by many of Russia’s Christian Orthodox believers.

The Bolsheviks under Vladimir Lenin took power 100 years ago this month.

“We are grateful to law-enforcement bodies and special services for all they’ve done in the past month for us to be assured of our spectators’ safety,” Roman Linin, the head of the Cinema Park and Formula Kino cinema chain, said in a statement.

Deciding last month not to run “Matilda”, Linin said: “We simply cannot expose our numerous visitors to danger.”

The film’s four foreign actors, including the two lead stars in the movie, have declined to travel to Russia for the premiere because they fear for their safety.

Film director Alexei Uchitel told reporters earlier this week that police had set a letter to cinemas saying law enforcers “will take serious security measures”.

But in a move clearly aimed at intimidation, there have been arson attempts at a cinema in the city of Yekaterinburg, a building in St Petersburg that houses Uchitel’s studio and to two cars parked outside the office of Uchitel’s lawyer..

10/14/2017 12:02:09 PM
<![CDATA[Copyright restored to poor family of Australian Aboriginal artist]]>
Namatjira’s vibrant water colors are internationally celebrated for the way he captured the hues of the Western Desert in the center of the country.

One of his paintings was given to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in 1947 on her 21st birthday and he met the queen during her 1954 coronation tour in Canberra.

Dick Smith, the Australian businessman whose intervention secured the agreement, told Reuters it was the most satisfying philanthropic thing he had done.

“It’s a just cause,” Smith told Reuters in a telephone call on Saturday.

Born in 1902 in Hermannsburg, a remote Aboriginal community in central Australia’s West MacDonnell ranges, Albert Namatjira rose to prominence as the first Aboriginal artist to master a Western tradition.

In 1957, he sold partial copyright for his works to a friend, John Brackenreg.

Two years later, Namatjira died and his will passed the copyright remainder to his widow, Robina, and their children. This gave his family a source of royalty income when reproductions of the images were used.

However, his estate executors gave the administration of his will to the public trustee of the state of the Northern Territory, which sold the copyright to Brackenreg’s company, Legend Press, in 1983 without consulting the family, ABC News reported.

All royalty payments to Namatjira’s descendents ceased and when Brackenreg died, he passed copyright to his children.

Eight years ago, arts organization Big hART, began campaigning for the return of the copyright.

They put together a theater show called “Namatjira” which toured Australia for three years before traveling to London where in 2013 Queen Elizabeth met two of Namatjira’s grandchildren.

News reports caught the eye of Smith, whose father once worked for Brackenreg.

Smith persuaded Brackenreg’s children to give copyright to the Namatjira Legacy Trust, which represents the family, for A$1 on Friday.

Smith also donated A$250,000 ($197,200) to the trust.

It is the latest in Smith’s long list of charitable acts which included contributing to the ransom that freed Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan, taken hostage in Somalia in 2008.

Sophia Marinos, the chair of the Namatjira Legacy Trust, said the money would benefit the whole Aboriginal community with funds for language and cultural programs.]]>
10/14/2017 11:55:13 AM
<![CDATA[How does Hussein Fahmy view Egypt's political scene?]]>
In an interview with Samar Yousri on ON E channel, Fahmy praised former president Mubarak – the fourth Egyptian president who stepped down following demonstrations against him in 2011 - saying that he is a ‘respectable’ person. “I and a number of performers met with Mubarak before the January 25, 2011 revolution. I asked him about the issue of inheritance of power (passing power to his son Gamal Mubarak), and he told me that such thing would not happen,” Fahmy claimed.

Concerning former president Gamal Abdel Nasser, the leader of the July 23, 1952 revolution that toppled King Farouk of Egypt, Fahmy said that there were wonderful achievements in the Nasser era. However, he had made mistakes that should be recognized. “After all, we are human beings. The problem lies in the people who treat Nasser as a god,” he said.

Fahmy also spoke about Amr Moussa, the former foreign minister and Arab League head. Moussa had recently published a memoir in which he said Nasser used to import his food. Fahmy said that criticizing Moussa for telling this story is illogical because Nasser was a normal person who wanted specific kinds of food.

Narrating difficult times in his life, Fahmy said “one of the cruelest moments I passed was after Egypt's defeat by Israel (in the 1967 six-day war). I was working in a studio in America when the manager fired me saying “I can’t pay an Egyptian guy while Israel is fighting Egypt.””

“Morsi coming into power in 2012 was disastrous and made me feel the same sadness I felt after the 1967 defeat, as the Muslim Brotherhood organization has a long history of conspiracy and betrayal. However, I was optimistic that he would not carry out his full term,” Fahmy added.

Talking about former Vice-President of Egypt Mohamed ElBaradei, Fahmi said that he figured out that ElBardei wasn’t working for the country, but for the interest of foreign great powers. “Most of the youth was disappointed in him.”

Speaking about a socio-religious issue, Fahmy said that the Niqab (a veil for covering hair and face of Muslim women) isn’t a matter of personal freedom. “Wearing clothes that cover the entire face is dangerous to society. Many times, men disguised themselves in niqab to commit dangerous crimes,” he said.

The 77-year old Fahmy has more than 50 years of work in the field of film and television. He appeared in over 100 productions and was appointed president of the Cairo International Film Festival from 1998–2001.
10/14/2017 9:30:04 AM
<![CDATA[Friday the 13th franchise overview]]>
Egypt Today takes a look at each of the films.

1-Friday the 13th (1980) - Dir. Sean Cummingham
Friday the 13 poster via IMDB
The film that started it all was, funnily enough, first released on May 9. The plot was set in the Crystal Lake Camp, which was shut down after a child drowned. Said child was none other than Jason Voorhees, back from the dead to seek revenge on the camp counselors.

Thanks to this movie, the Slasher genre helped take permanent hold in the world of horror and Jason became one of America’s most iconic characters.

2- Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) - Dir. Steve Miner
Part 2 poster via IMDB
Even after the evil is vanquished in the first film, it seems a camp next to Crystal Lake has begun suffering its own spree of killings. A survivor of the first film is swiftly murdered by Jason, who begins his reign of terror all over again.

3- Friday the 13th Part III (1982) – Dir. Steve Miner
Part III poster via IMDB
Picking off where the last film left, Jason gets back on his feet to stalk a whole new group of victims, a bunch of teens partying in the woods he lurks in.

4- Friday the 13th the Final Chapter (1984) – Joseph Zito
The Final Chapter poster via IMDB
Despite the name, this installment is far from being the end of the franchise. Here, despite having died in the last film, Jason recovers from his mortal injuries and escapes the morgue, slaughtering his way back to the camp, where it seems that Jason will finally meet his true end.

5- Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) - Dir. Danny Steinmann
A New Beginning poster via IMDB
Five years after the Final chapter, Tommy Jarvis, the boy who put an end to Jason, finds himself traumatized by the events of his battle with Jason. As he cycles through various mental hospitals and suffers recurring nightmares about Jason, a new killer in a hockey mask begins continuing what Voorhees started. Is this Jason back from the dead, a copycat, or has Tommy himself put the mask on?

6- Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986) - Dir. Tom McLoughlin
Jason lives poster via IMDB
Jason just won’t die! When Tommy tries to dispose of Jason’s corpse buried in the graveyard, in an effort to finally stop his nightmares, a bolt of lightning brings the killer back, stronger and deadlier than ever. How will Tommy be able to match him now?

7- Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) - Dir. John Carl Buechler
The New Blood poster via IMDB
Chained to the bottom of Camp Crystal Lake, it seemed that Jason was finally down for good. But when a girl with psychic powers accidentally awakens the killer, it’s up to her to stop him.

8- Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) - Dir. Rob Hedden
Jason Takes Manhattan poster via IMDB
A boat carrying a group of graduating high-school teens picks up some very unfortunate cargo; Jason Voorhees himself! Now the teens must stop Jason after he sinks the ship and begins a whole new killing spree.

9- Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) – Dir. Adam Marcus
Jason Goes to Hell poster via IMDB
Exploring the origins of Jason’s supernatural powers, it’s up to the last members of the Voorhees family to stop his evil once and for all, dragging him down to the place he belongs; Hell!

10- Jason X (2001) – Dir. Jim Isaac
Jason X poster via IMDB
This installment provides a sci-fi twist to the film’s formula, with Jason revived from a cryogenically frozen body on-board a spaceship, where he continues his endless killing spree far away from Earth.

11- Freddy vs. Jason (2003) – Dir. Ronny Yu
Freddy vs Jason poster via IMDB
Jason now crosses over with another iconic horror movie franchise, the Nightmare on Elm Street, to battle dream haunting killer Freddy Kreuger, with a hapless group of teenagers stuck in-between.

12 - Friday the 13th (2009) – Dir. Marcus Nispel
Remake poster via IMDB
A remake of the 1980 film and thus far the final film installment for Jason. Updating the original film’s iconic scenes, this remake features more slick directing and even upping the scare factor and a script that pays homage to one of modern America’s most iconic horror films. ]]>
10/13/2017 5:03:33 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptologist refutes claims on presence of secret city beneath Sphinx]]>
Speaking to MENA, Hawass stressed that such allegations have no scientific basis.

Earlier, the UK paper quoted Malcolm Hutton and Gerry Cannon as believing the Sphinx which sits on the sands on the Giza Plateau in front of the Great Pyramids could be the gateway to a labyrinth of tunnels and passages and a whole “underground metropolis”.]]>
10/13/2017 4:30:30 PM
<![CDATA[Ramy Sabry arrested over military service evasion]]>
Rumours in the artistic field say that Sabry was with his wife when the police forces arrested him, and that a member of his band whom he recently had a dispute with submitted a report to the police accusing Sabry of escaping from military service.

Tarek Mortada, the media spokesperson of the syndicate of Musical Professions, announced that they previously received a complaint accusing Sabry of escaping from military service, and after investigations they found that this accusation is not true.

"We received a previous complaint accusing him of evading his military service and we verified that it was incorrect by communicating with military records,’’ said Mortada.

Mortada recounted that the syndicate is currently communicating with police forces to learn all the recent updates.]]>
10/13/2017 4:25:08 PM
<![CDATA[Alexandria International Song Festival to kick off Friday]]>
In addition 4 foreign selections, Arab and Egyptian musical troupes will participate in the festival. They will tour the different Alexandrian districts to perform their songs in the presence of a number of international news agencies, which will send a message to the world that Egypt is able to provide art in various forms despite all the difficult circumstances.

The festival is expected to witness a concert for the Egyptian megastar Angham on Wednesday, October 18, in addition to a concert to the renowned Moroccan singer Samira Saeed in the last day of the festival.

The revenue of the three concerts will be fully dedicated to disabled associations.
10/13/2017 4:22:51 PM
<![CDATA[Movie studios join Disney-led service to link digital purchases]]>
The Movies Anywhere service was developed by Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) to provide a single app and website where customers can find movies they have purchased from a variety of retailers.

Comcast Corp’s (CMCSA.O) Universal Pictures, Time Warner Inc’s (TWX.N) Warner Bros, Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s (FOXA.O) 20th Century Fox and Sony Corp’s (6758.T) Sony Pictures Entertainment have signed on to the effort, the statement said.

Hollywood’s movie studios are looking for ways to encourage digital sales of movies after they leave theaters in order to help make up for the decline in popularity of physical DVDs.

The free Movies Anywhere service, launched in the United States on Wednesday, initially will allow users to access movies purchased from Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) iTunes, Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) Amazon Video, Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google Play and Wal-Mart Stores Inc’s (WMT.N) Vudu. Other retailers and studios may join in the future.]]>
10/13/2017 3:40:29 PM
<![CDATA[The Day They Killed Singing play at Beram El Tonsy theatre]]>
The play presents the struggle between two brothers in their quest for the cause of existence and mysteries of the universe. It examines the conflict between the spirit of tolerance and love on the one hand, with fanaticism and hatred on the other.

The play is composed by Mahmoud Gamal and directed by Tamer Karam, starring AlaaQuqa, Yasser Sadek, Hamada Shousha, Tarek Sabri, Mohamed Nasser, and Hind Abdel Halim. The Day They Killed Singing opened on March 30 and was awarded the first-place prize at the 10th edition of the National Festival of Egyptian Theatre.
10/13/2017 2:48:31 PM
<![CDATA[WomenBoycottTwitter after Rose McGowan’s account is closed]]>

McGowan was one of the figures accusing Weinsteinof sexually harassing women over the three decades of his career. McGowan had settled a sexual harassment lawsuit over Weinstein back in 1997 for $100,000.

On Thursday, she reported on her Instagram page that her account had been blocked from sending tweets, including the message Twitter had sent her. She had earlier violated a Twitter rule regarding the posting of personal phonenumbers.


A post shared by Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) on

This began a wave of outrage over Twitter, with women (and some men) joining in the #WomenBoycottTwitter movement for all of October 13, which features a day of total silence on the site. Various high-profile celebrities have taken part, including John Cusack and Alyssa Milano.

However, not all Twitter users agreed that going silent was the right thing to do. Several have expressed a belief that the action needed is the exact opposite; that raising voices and spreading awareness would do far more good.

10/13/2017 2:41:38 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History – Hollywood icon James Stewart stars in Harvey]]>
Based on a Pulitzer-Award winning play of the same name, Harvey was adapted to the Silver Screen by director Henry Koster.

Stewart plays Elwood P. Dowd, a bachelor living in a small town, who forms a close and strong friendship with a 6-foot tall talking invisible Rabbit named Harvey, who only Dowd and a select few people can see.

Dowd is adamant that Harvey really exists, which drives his sister worried enough to try and send him to a mental institution. The strangeness of this situation winds up helping bring Dowd’s family closer together.Since its release, Harvey became a beloved classic, winning an Oscar award with Stewart being nominated for one more.

While he was better known for starring in Frank Capra’s‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, Stewart considered the role of Dowd to be his all time favorite. He reprised the role twenty years later for Broadway, and also introduced the film’s VHS release in 1990, which became one of the best selling tapes of that year.

10/13/2017 2:36:19 PM
<![CDATA[Rabie- Egypt's battle in UNESCO is honourable]]>‘’ Egypt's battle in UNESCO is honourable and reflects Egypt's position in the world, and how it is capable of overcoming all difficulties. Egypt is the country of history and heritage, and we have proved that during the UNESCO race, Ambassador Moushira Khattab deserves the position of Director-General of UNESCO’’ said Rabie.
Egyptian candidate to the UNESCO’s post of Director-General Moushira Khattab expressed her appreciation for the Egyptians’ support and was grateful for fraternal countries voted for her in the fourth round of the election to be eligible for a run-off election.

“Thanks God, votes we gained throughout the elections rounds are increasing, and today we achieved a great victory” Khattab said in exclusive statements for Egypt Today.

“So, I would like to thank the Egyptian people for supporting me strongly … and we will achieve that final victory very soon” she added.

Khattab obtained 18 votes in the fourth round of the voting process on Thursday, to be equalled with France’s candidate, while Qatar’s amassed 22 votes, according to Egypt Today's reporter in Paris.

The upcoming run-off election will be held on Friday between Khattab and the French candidate Audrey Azoulay and the result will determine who will be the rival against the Qatari candidate Hamad Abdul Aziz Al-Kawari.
10/13/2017 2:11:30 PM
<![CDATA[Augstine Ebn Demoaha wins AIFF Artistic Achievement award ]]>
Seif received the award from Helmy Namnam the Egyptian Minister of Culture and the great cinema critic and head of the festival Amir Abaza.

’Augstine Ebn Demoaha’ revolves around the historical character of Augustine and his impact on the western world, specifically on Roman society. The film presents the life of religious philosopher and professor Augustine. His mother, Monica, succeeded in saving her son from committing the sin of embracing extremist doctrines, which was not easy for his mother at the beginning. Monica continued praying and crying until Augustine returned to the faith. The movie is written by the scriptwriter Sameh Samy.
10/13/2017 12:54:40 PM
<![CDATA[Wind River screening at Zawya cinema]]>

Wind River is a chilling thriller mystery which follows a veteran game tracker working with the American Fish and Wildlife Service who finds himself dragged into a case around a murdered Native American woman, and seeks to find justice for her in order to make up for a mistake from his past that still haunts him. He is joined by a young female FBI agent, and together they venture into a Native American reservation.

Directed by Taylor Sheridan and starring Kelsey Asbille, Wind River was released on August 13 to positive critical reception, winning four awards including the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival.
10/13/2017 12:52:35 PM
<![CDATA[El Gouna Film Festival stars tweet]]>
The Festival’s venue featured a real-life physical


in the resort town as a means for engaging the stars and fans alike, with the program hosted by Khaled Mansour (


) and Shadi Alfons (


); whose video interviews were posted live on the


Twitter and Periscope accounts.

The hosts invited several celebrities, such as Hend Sabry (


), Amina Khalil (


) and Asser Yassin (


) on to the Twitter Boat for live Q&A’s with fans, games, activities and most importantly full-on exposure for fan engagement via Twitter. Moreover, celebrities captured and created their own videos, GIFs and photos of themselves through a Twitter Mirror during their interviews.

Catch-up on the must-watch interviews from the festival and see what the various stars had to say while on board Egypt’s first #TwitterBoat:


Equally, the videos from the festival’s Twitter handle @ELGounaFilm generated more than 100,000 viewers, 65,000 likes and 50,000 hearts on Periscope. These videos included:

◦Broadcast of the opening and closing ceremonies of the festival through the Twitter and Periscope accounts


◦Red carpet exclusive interviews during the opening and closing ceremonies by Aiman Kaissouni and Engy Kiwan.


◦Daily video recap summarizing ‘What’s Happening in #GFF’.


◦Exclusive photos, videos and innovative content in the form of Moments.

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10/13/2017 11:21:20 AM
<![CDATA[Da Vinci Code author planned to set latest novel in UAE]]>
In an interview with the National, he professed an interest in originally setting the book in Abu Dhabi.

“I have to admit that I saw the proposed blueprint for the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi and it will be one of the most spectacular buildings in the world,” he told the National.

“I think if that building was finished when I started this book there would have been a good chance the plot would have moved to Abu Dhabi. Call me when (The Louvre Abu Dhabi) is done. I want to see it,” Brown said.

Brown became a big name with the 2003 release of the Da Vinci Code, which eventually got adapted into a feature film starring Tom Hanks in 2006.

The book was the second part of a mystery novel series featuring the character Robert Langdon, a Harvard University symbol expert who decodes some of history’s greatest secrets. Starting with “Angels and Demons,” the latest installment is this year’s “Origin,” which explores the conflict between scientific enlightenment and spiritual tradition, and whether mankind’s reliance on technology could one day replace religion.

The Da Vinci Code alone sold well over 80 million copies, making Brown one of the modern era’s best-selling mystery authors. ]]>
10/13/2017 11:02:00 AM
<![CDATA[Stars of Russian Tzar film to miss premiere over safety fears: director]]>
“Matilda”, to be released internationally in late October, tells the tale of the late-19th century romance between Nicholas II, before he became Russia’s last tzar, and half-Polish dancer Matilda Kshesinskaya.

Opponents say it besmirches the reputation of the tzar, who was killed by Bolshevik revolutionaries and is widely revered in Russia. The director, Alexei Uchitel, said he had received threats of violence, and several cinema chains have chosen not to screen the movie.

Uchitel told a news conference that Polish actress Michalina Olszanska, who plays Kshesinskaya, and German actor Lars Eidinger, who plays the future tzar, did not want to come for the Oct. 23 premiere in St Petersburg and the Moscow premiere the following day.

Uchitel said: “They are afraid and that’s why they are refusing. They are worried first and foremost about security. I am still trying to change their minds.”

He said that Eidinger had received threats and “he is afraid of some kind of physical attacks.”

The director said that two other non-Russian actors in the film, Luise Wolfram and Thomas Ostermeier, also did not want to attend the premiere for the same reasons.

A Berlin-based agent for Eidinger, Gabriele Czypionka, said Uchitel’s comments about the actor’s security concerns, and receiving threats, were correct.

Agents for Olszanska and Wolfram did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Ostermeier told Reuters by telephone that he had security concerns because of a series of violent incidents linked to the film. “In terms of the security aspect, I‘m worried,” he said.

But he said he was staying away from Russia primarily as a protest against the prosecution of Russian theater director Kirill Serebrennikov.

He is under house arrest awaiting trial on charges, which he denies, of embezzling state funds. His supporters say he is being punished for speaking out against the Kremlin.

“Matilda” has exposed fault lines in Russia between social conservatives with ties to the church, who have been growing in influence under President Vladimir Putin, and liberals who argue that freedom of expression is under threat.

In September, a man drove a car packed with gas canisters into the entrance of a cinema in the city of Yekaterinburg. The cinema had been hosting a film festival at which the chairman of the festival jury spoke in support of Uchitel.

In August, someone tried to set fire to a building in St Petersburg that houses Uchitel’s studio.. Two cars parked outside the office of Uchitel’s lawyer have been set on fire, Russian media reported.

A suspect detained over arson attacks linked to the film was identified by Russian media as Alexander Kalinin, leader of a radical Orthodox Christian group that had warned cinemas showing the movie could be set on fire.]]>
10/13/2017 10:48:54 AM
<![CDATA[Stars of British art world donate works for Grenfell fire survivors]]>
Home to a close-knit, multi-ethnic community, the 24-storey tower in a deprived housing estate was reduced to a charred ruin by the inferno that engulfed it in the middle of the night.

Many survivors have yet to be rehoused and are still living in hotels.

The charity auction, to be held at Sotheby’s on Monday, includes works by A-list artists including Wolfgang Tillmans, Antony Gormley, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Mark Wallinger and Rachel Whiteread.

The proceeds from the auction, which Sotheby’s estimates will range between 700,000 and 1 million pounds ($926,000-$1.3 million), will be divided equally among 158 surviving families.

Film producer Hamish McAlpine, an art collector who was one of the driving forces behind the auction, said the Grenfell tragedy had had a huge emotional impact on Londoners, including the city’s vibrant artistic community.

“Grenfell touched their souls,” he said in an interview at Sotheby’s in an airy gallery where the donated artworks are on display. “It’s a very emotive subject for people in London.”

It would normally take six to nine months to organize an auction on this scale, but McAlpine and art consultant Katie Heller were able to put this one together in about 10 weeks thanks to the positive response from almost all the artists.

McAlpine said famous artists were constantly bombarded with requests to donate works for charity and could not always give, but in this case almost everyone had agreed immediately.

“There has been an extraordinary generosity within the artists’ community,” he said. “To give a work that’s worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, for free, it really is a magical thing.”

One of the works, “Lay the Dust with Tears” by Tacita Dean, was created especially for the auction. A gray and black image made with charcoal on paper, it is evocative of billowing smoke.

Other works that already existed have been renamed by the artists to honor the victims of the fire.

“Red Lens for Grenfell” by Anish Kapoor is a thick acrylic disc, reminiscent of lenses used in lighthouses, while a black-and-white photograph by Sarah Lucas has been renamed “Eating a Banana (for Grenfell)”.

The most valuable artwork for sale is “Freischwimmer 193” by Wolfgang Tillmans, a very large green print. The estimated price range is 120,000 to 180,000 pounds.]]>
10/13/2017 10:46:50 AM
<![CDATA[Steven Seagal meets 'The Punisher' Duterte, talks drug war]]>
Video footage released by government channel RTVM showed Seagal animatedly talking to Duterte.

Seagal, 65, was in the Philippines to look for a location for his upcoming movie which will be “about illegal drugs and other crimes”, a presidential palace statement said.

The statement said that Duterte told Seagal that “movies are a reflection of life” and “reiterated his strong stance against illegal drugs because it enslaves people to a form of synthetic chemical.”

Duterte has been involved in a deadly drug war since taking office last June, and on Wednesday ordered all drug operations be left to the drug enforcement agency, amid unprecedented scrutiny of police conduct in the brutal crackdown that has left thousands of Filipinos dead.

Earlier this week, Seagal said at a news conference in Manila that he didn’t think the Philippines was “a dangerous place”.

“It’s a place that’s up and coming with the new leadership,” the Philippine Star reported him as saying.

Duterte was nicknamed “The Punisher” due to his zero-tolerance of crime and drugs during the 22 years he was mayor of southern Davao City.

A former martial arts instructor, Seagal is famous for action hero roles in blockbuster movies in the 1990s, such as “Under Siege” and “Hard To Kill”.

He has also starred in a reality television series called “Steven Seagal: Lawman”, in which he carries out duties as a reserve deputy sheriff in Louisiana.]]>
10/13/2017 10:41:34 AM
<![CDATA[Hachette Book Group terminates Weinstein books imprint]]>
“Hachette Book Group has terminated the Weinstein Books imprint, effective immediately (Perseus Books has had a co-publishing agreement with The Weinstein Company, under which we published around ten new books a year),” the company said in a statement.

The company added that future titles currently under the Weinstein Books imprint will be published by the Hachette Books imprint, and Weinstein Books imprint team will join Hachette Books.

“Given recent developments, we think the name change is in the best interest of our authors”, a Hachette Book Group spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman also said Weinstein Books imprint had around 10 titles scheduled for publication in 2018 and those will be published under Hachette Books imprint.

The termination follows allegations by numerous women that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them over the past three decades.

Weinstein Co could not be immediately reached for comment.]]>
10/13/2017 10:38:50 AM
<![CDATA[Bruno Mars leads music's AMA nominations as female artists edged out]]>
Bruno Mars led with eight nominations, including Artist of the Year, the top accolade of the night. He will face hip hop stars Drake and Kendrick Lamar, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and electro-pop DJ duo The Chainsmokers - each of whom landed five nominations - for the coveted award.

The women of pop music failed to land nominations in categories such as Artist of the Year, Video of the Year and Tour of the Year.

Pop star Halsey, one of the few female artists to land nominations for her collaboration with The Chainsmokers on the hit song “Closer,” tweeted on Thursday that she was “really disappointed” at the male-dominated nominees list.

“so many incredible female artists have released this year. hoping the coming award shows give them the credit that is due to them,” she said.

FILE PHOTO: Bruno Mars performs "Let's Go Crazy" during a tribute to the late singer Prince at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S. , February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Halsey landed two nominations, in the favorite pop/rock song and collaboration of the year categories for “Closer,” but did not land any solo nominations despite having had a chart-topping album earlier this year.

Notable omissions include Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Demi Lovato, Lana Del Rey and Kesha, all of whom released new songs and albums this year, as well as Taylor Swift, who released a high-concept video in August for her single “Look What You Made Me Do.”

The AMA nominees are selected through measurements on fan interactions across Billboard Magazine and Billboard.com, which include figures from music sales, touring, streaming and radio airplay and social activity from Sept. 9, 2016 to Sept. 14, 2017, organizers said.

The winners of the American Music Awards are voted for by fans and will be announced at a live ceremony televised on ABC on Nov. 19.

Rihanna was the only other female artist to land two nods. She will compete with Lady Gaga and newcomer Alessia Cara for favorite female pop/rock artist, and she will face Beyonce and Kehlani in the favorite female soul/R&B category.

Newcomer Julia Michaels is up against singer James Arthur, former One Direction star Niall Horan, rapper Post Malone and hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd for the New Artist of the Year accolade.]]>
10/13/2017 10:36:34 AM
<![CDATA[Alexandria Opera House Orchestra to celebrate 14th anniversary]]>
Hisham Gabr is a resident conductor at the Cairo Opera House and the director of Bibliotheca Alexandria Arts Center, which is a dynamic cultural institution and part of the renowned library of Alexandria.

He studied conducting in Egypt, France, and the United States where he completed his studies in advanced conducting techniques at the Cornell University, New York.

He has been invited to conduct and compose in many international orchestras, such as Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Caracalla Dance Theatre, and Royal Opera House (Oman).

Since the early 1990s, he has been composing music for movies, documentaries, musicals, and theatre plays.
10/13/2017 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Oufuqy Music Forum to kick off]]>
The early announcement of the forum includes also the venues hosting the events of the forum.

The venues are: Atelier Alexandria, Teatro Alexandria, The French Institute in Alexandria, and Jesuits in Alexandria Cultural Center.

More details concerning the events will be announced soon.
The forum aims to combine music within the daily life activities.

It organizes various music events including concerts, discussions, seminars and film screenings.

The forum is named “Oufuqy” because it follows the horizontal approach to give the audience the opportunity to integrate the festival into their daily activities, according to Oufuqy Music Forum official Facebook page.
10/13/2017 1:28:07 AM
<![CDATA[Beatrice Dalle: A starlet with courage]]>
The seminar was led by critic Nemat Allah Hussein, and Dalle answered the questions in French, but was nevertheless keen to accommodate the audience by taking pictures with everyone who asked. One thing was indubitable about her; Dalle gained unprecedented popularity in Alexandria.

During the seminar, Dalle was greeted by the audience for accepting to come to the festival despite the negative image propagated about the area at the moment.

Dalle explained that she does not care about politics, but deals with it from a humane perspective, and refuses human suffering and misery wherever and however they may exist. She also said that she visited Sabra and Shatila after the massacre in 1982, and took a firm stance against the crime based on the same principle; no to crimes against humans.

While shooting, she is an easygoing actress; allowing the director to completely take over. “My main mission is to choose the role; I am always keen to present meaningful roles, and I do not work for material gain or money; it would be prostituting my talent if there is no depth in the role,” she declared proudly.

The 52-year-old movie star has more than 50 movies to her name so far; her joyful personality gave the seminar – which was organized in her honor – a beautiful glow, an aura of ease. She expressed her love for Egypt to a completely different extent; Dalle wishes to play the role of Hatchepsut, the ancient Egyptian queen.

Like many French, Dalle read about the old Egyptian civilization and admires Queen Hatechepsut, wishing to play her character on the screen. Reading about Egypt is not the only connection she has with Egypt; she met Omar Sherif in Cannes Festival more than a decade ago and fell for his charm in spite of the age difference.

On the night the Egyptian National Football team qualified for the World Cup, millions of Egyptians took to the streets to celebrate and Dalle joined in. “I am always asked if I was Arab when I am in Paris, that night I was one,” she said. In her first visit to Egypt, she was eager to get to know the Egyptian people and was welcomed everywhere she went. She hopes it will not be her last trip to the land of the Nile.

Dalle has very little knowledge of Egyptian and Arab cinema. There are no Arab movies showing commercially in France, and that explains the lack of familiarity with it; “but I worked with Yosri Nasr Allah in the movie ‘The Sun’s Door,’ showing the Palestinian exodus since before al-Nakba of 1948.” She also starred in “La fille de L’air,” which was directed by the Lebanese Maroun Baghdadi. She wished she could have worked with the late Youssef Chahine, but the opportunity never presented itself.

Dalle stated that Egypt is safe, and she visited many landmarks in Alexandria, and is on her way to visit the Pyramids before leaving Egypt. ]]>
10/13/2017 1:23:20 AM
<![CDATA[Tourism min. holds meetings on sidelines of TTG Incontri exhibition]]>
Rashed met with representatives of a number of travel agencies, mainly TUI Italia, a leading tour organizer in the European country.

He also met with the commercial manager of Air Cairo, as they agreed to introduce a weekly flight from Milan to Sharm el Sheikh and a weekly flight from Milan to Marsa Alam.

Rashed flew to Italy on Wednesday to take part in the three-day international event. ]]>
10/12/2017 9:13:38 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History - Author and actress Alice Childress is born]]>
Childress came into the world on October 12, 1916, in Charleston, South Carolina, though her family quickly moved to Harlem, New York where she would grow up.

She was raised by her grandmother, who encouraged her to write about random people passing by.

The environment there would heavily influence her, as Childress came to learn about how downtrodden black people were, yet how joyful they could be amongst each other.

Studying as an actress, Childress graduated and later taught at the American Negro Theatre in Harlem, where in 1944, she would star in the play “Anna Lucasta,” which became a major hit and even transferred to Broadway.

“Anna Lucasta” became the longest-running all black play in Broadway’s history. She was nominated for a Tony Award at this time.

Childress lamented the lack of interesting roles for African-Americans, women particularly, and on a dare by her friends got into writing plays and came up with "Florence" in just one night in 1949.

This one-act play saw the action taking place in a train station’s waiting room, where an elderly black woman comes to support her daughter, Florence, in her dreams of becoming an actress after meeting a racist white actress.

Her first full-act play was "Trouble in Mind" in 1955. This play-within-a-play story analyzed the relationships between black performers and white producers, and the ways talent could be stifled by the racist prejudices of those in power.

This play won a Tobi Award and was even planned to make it to Broadway, though Childress refused to alter the unhappy ending, so the plans were dropped.

Childress would make history as the first African-American woman to direct an off Broadway play with her 1966 story, "Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White," which examined interracial marriage. It took until 1972 for the play to make it to New York, and when a TV movie adaptation was made in 1974, several TV stations refused to air it. It still managed to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award a year later.

Amongst the most famous of Childress’s work is a book she wrote for children in 1973, "A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich." This story was an honest and realistic portrayal of drug addiction, following a young boy named Benjie who becomes a heroin addict at the age of 13, feeling he has nothing else to turn to.

The narrative jumps to the various people in his life, from his parents, teachers, and even his dealer, providing different perspectives on Benjie’s life. Director Ralph Nelson adapted the play into a feature film in 1978.

Childress died of cancer at the age of 77 in Queens, New York, before finishing a story based on the lives of her great-grandmothers, one a slave and the other of Scottish-Irish descent.

Her legacy is that of the only African-American woman to have written plays across four decades.]]>
10/12/2017 8:36:46 PM
<![CDATA[Iranian Film to screen at Gusour Cultural Center ]]>
Focusing on Iranian Society, the film tells the story of a married couple who has a 14-year-old daughter.

The wife wants to leave the country searching for a better environment for her daughter, while the husband refuses because he has to look after his father.

“Separation” is written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, and stars Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami and Sareh Beyat.

Released in 2011, "Separation" participated in a huge number of festivals such as the Asian Film Awards 2012, Berlin International Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, World Cinema Amsterdam 2011, and Toronto International Film Festival.

It won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012 and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012. ]]>
10/12/2017 7:44:50 PM
<![CDATA['The Show Goes On' to stage at Al-Falaki Theatre]]>
Three different theatrical performances shed light on the condition of the Egyptian woman.

“Hal al-Dafayer” [Untangling the Braids] is the first theatrical show in the event. It will stage from October 13 to October 15.

The play reflects the inner feelings of a young girl while she is talking to a stranger who tells her a series of stories. “Hal al-Dafayer" is written by Sally Zohny and Mohamed Fouad, and is directed by Mohamed Fouad Abdeen.

The second show is a monodrama play called “45," staging from October 16 to October 18.
It tells the story of a 45-year-old lady who is hospitalized, and is trying to regain her consciousness. In her attempt, she sees all her life's events and decisions.

“45” staged before in Cairo, Alexandria and Aswan, and is directed by Nada Thabet.

“Hikayaat Khat Al-Om” [Stories of a Mother’s Lines] is the last part of “The Show Goes On” theatrical event.

Twelve Egyptian women will stand on stage and narrate their experiences as mothers, daughters and grandmothers.

“Hikayaat Khat Al-Om” project was first performed in the U.S.A, and will be performed for the first time in Egypt from October 20 to October 23.

“The Show Goes On” is an initiative by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and Wogood Production Company that aims to support female writers and directors. ]]>
10/12/2017 7:41:17 PM
<![CDATA[In memory of legendary Egyptian actor Anwar Wagdi]]>
Originally from Syria, Wagdy lived with his family in Cairo under impoverished circumstances. He started his career alongside another legendary Egyptian actor, Youssef Wahby, which allowed Wagdy a chance to star in minor roles in theater before participating in the film “Awlad El Zawat” (Aristocratic Children).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He died in Stockholm on May 14, 1955, as a result of polycystic kidney disease.
Wagdi and Fawzi in Paris [Photo: Pinterest] ]]>
10/12/2017 4:51:48 PM
<![CDATA[Oud singer BalQeis to perform at DA HOUSE on October 27]]>
BalQeis began playing the oud when she was only 12, and over the past few years, she has been covering various oriental and English songs. Her music tends to combine oriental and rock, and she has lately been working to combine electronic voices with oud to create a unique blend.

BalQeis graduated from the University of Helwan with a degree in music and is currently preparing for her Masters in improvisation.

Besides performing at the Cairo Jazz Festival, her projects include “REN Women” (in cooperation with the British Council) and “Women X” (with the Swedish Institute).

10/12/2017 4:06:26 PM
<![CDATA[Musical biographic ‘Miles Ahead’ to screen in Cinema Magnolia]]>
Miles Ahead recounts the life of Jazz music legend

Miles Davis

, exploring his life and music. The film stars Ewan McGregor, and the film is directed by Don Cheadle, who also plays Davis. Cheadle goes for a straight-forward documentary-style direction to make a colorful movie that is every bit as cool and energetic as the real-life figure it is based on, incorporating and infusing the spirit of jazz wherever possible.

Primarily set in the 1970s, the movie depicts a time when Davis had withdrawn from the public eye and spiraled down the rabbit hole of drug addiction, while a fictional Rolling Stones writer (McGregor) tries to get the star out for an interview. Though mostly fabricated, the plot helps to provide a sense of narrative during this mysterious period.

The film features numerous flashbacks to Davis’ past, looking over the career of a man who constantly sought to reinvent himself, refusing to remain stagnant no matter what.
Miles Ahead won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

10/12/2017 2:47:09 PM
<![CDATA[Busan film festival opens with freedom of speech plea]]>
Internationally acclaimed South Korean director Shin Su-Won, whose thriller "Glass Garden" opened the 10-day Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), said restrictions on expression ?- and on artists -- "should never happen".

?Freedom of speech should not be trampled upon for any reason whatsoever,? said Shin, winner of the Canal+ Prize at Cannes Critics? Week in 2012 for her short film ?Circle Line?.

BIFF has been embroiled in controversy since 2014, when festival chiefs refused to remove a controversial documentary about the Sewol ferry disaster from the programme, despite political pressure.

The film -? ?Diving Bell: The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol? ?- was critical of the way the administration of then-president Park Geun-Hye -- now on trial for corruption following her impeachment -- had handled the tragedy.

After it was shown, state funding for the 2015 BIFF was nearly halved and BIFF director Lee Yong-Kwan, who was instrumental in getting the documentary screened, became the target of a series of probes by authorities.

Lee was forced to step down in the face of embezzlement charges and was convicted of accounting fraud in October last year. Critics said the case was politically motivated.

It later emerged that the distributor of "Diving Bell" was among thousands of artists secretly blacklisted by Park's conservative government for voicing "left-wing" thoughts -- meaning criticism of the authorities.

Speaking before the world premiere of her film opened the festival, Shin said she believed the blacklist was ?irrational and unreasonable behaviour.?

"Even for minor issues some artists were made to suffer. We must make sure it doesn?t happen again,? she said.

BIFF organisers called for unity among filmmakers following their recent troubles and festival founder Kim Dong-ho was a very visible presence outside the Busan Cinema Centre as the rain fell Thursday evening, the 80-year-old shaking hands with every star gathered to walk the red carpet.

While some Korean industry groups have boycotted BIFF this year ?- citing reports of continued outside interference ?- the festival?s considerable pull in the film world was evident as the likes of Oscar-winning American filmmaker Oliver Stone and Japanese superstar Miho Nakayama (?Love Letter?) turned out in support of the event.

Other noted stars in town for this year?s edition of BIFF include Oscar-nominated American director Darren Aronovsky (?Black Swan?) and veteran Hong Kong action director John Woo, while the local legion was led by opening ceremony hosts Jang Dong-gun and Im Yoon-ah.

BIFF will screen around 300 films from 75 countries, including 100 world premieres, across its 10-day run.

Early highlights include the world premiere of Nakayama?s latest film, the Jeon Jae-Eun-directed romance ?Butterfly Sleep?.

BIFF continues until October 21.]]>
10/12/2017 2:41:33 PM
<![CDATA[Picasso's mansion fails to find new buyer]]>
Rayo Withanage was the highest bidder at an auction in June for the estate at Mougins in the hills near Cannes, where the artist spent his twilight years.

But the Dutch Achmea Bank selling the house put it back under the hammer Thursday because it said Withanage "hadn't yet got together the funds" to complete the transaction.

But a judge in the Riviera town of Grasse gave Fiji-born Withanage two more months to come up with the cash after no other bidder came forward.

"We have been in discussions with him for a year. Let's hope he gets over the finishing line," said Maxime Van Rolleghem, a lawyer for the bank.

He described the three-hectare estate overlooking the Mediterranean as a "bargain".

"We are disappointed. It is worth at least 30 million euros," he said.

Picasso spent his last 12 years at the estate, which dates from the 18th century and was previously owned by the Anglo-Irish Guinness brewing family.

His second wife and muse Jacqueline Roque killed herself at the house in 1986.

Her daughter Catherine Hutin-Blay sold the estate to a Dutch couple, who renamed it the "Cavern of the Minotaur" after the painter's obsession with the mythical beast.

But they got into financial difficulties after carrying out extensive work on the property, adding a large pool, garages and a tennis court.]]>
10/12/2017 2:32:02 PM
<![CDATA[Celebrating the Wolverine’s 49th ]]>
Born in 1968 in Sydney, Australia, Jackman was acting since he was only five years old, starring as a young King Arthur in a play adaptation of Camelot. After graduating from the University of Technology with a degree in communications, Jackman continued to act on stage, starring in musicals and supporting his acting career on the side with various jobs.

His first role on TV came with the 1995 series “Correlli,” a prison-drama that saw Jackman play a dangerous inmate bad boy named Kevin Jones, who arrives at prison beaten into Amnesia. He seeks the help of the prison psychologist, played by his future wife Deborra-Lee Furness, but both of them come under danger from Kevin’s enemies.

Jackman would first receive international attention in 1998, when he played the lead role of Curly in the play “Oklahoma!”

Come 2000 and Jackman would shoot into superstardom with the release of 2000’s “X-Men,” the first in a series of films adapting the popular comic book characters into the big screen. There he played Wolverine, the rugged beastlike man able to grow metallic claws, whose grizzled exterior hid a noble heart.

For his role in the film, Jackman won the Saturn Award for Best Actor in 2001. Now a beloved heartthrob in America, Jackman was enlisted to star in several other roles, including 2001’s “Swordfish,” and the romantic comedy “Kate and Leopold,” which showcased his excellent acting range, making him popular amongst both male and female audiences.

Jackman returned to “X-Men” with 2003’s “X2,” and also debuted in Broadway that same year in the musical "The Boy from Oz," which proved to be a hit amongst American audiences and won Jackman the Tony Award of 2004.

The year 2006 proved to be a busy year for Jackman, starring in “The Fountain,” “The Prestige,” the third installment of “X-men,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” and a Woody Allen mystery comedy titled "Scoop." He even voice acted for “Happy Feet.”

Come 2008, Jackman would star alongside fellow Australian Nicole Kidman for the epic romantic-drama "Australia." Unfortunately, the film was not much of a critical success as it flopped in the Box Office. Still, Jackman never fell out of the public’s good grace, and was named People Magazine’s "Sexiest Man of the Year."

The next year had Jackman serve as the host for the 2009 Academy Awards, and the popularity of Wolverine as a character ensured he got his own film, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” which of course featured Jackman returning to reprise his most famous role. Come 2012, Jackman would combine his love of theatre and the big screen with the movie adaptation of “Les Miserables,” co-starring alongside Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe. Jackman was nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Oscar and won a Golden Globe award.

Later in 2012, Jackman was awarded with a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He would continue his role as Wolverine in 2013’s “The Wolverine” and in 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and possibly played Wolverine for the last time in 2017’s “Logan.” His upcoming roles include playing P.T. Barnum in the biopic musical “The Greatest Showman,” set for a release in December.

An unstoppable talent, Jackman proves time and time again that he has got something for everyone.
10/12/2017 2:02:47 PM
<![CDATA[New archaeological discovery in Saudi Arabia ]]>
The excavation covers three archeological sites in Tabuk city.

The archeologists explained that the Saudi archeological sites need more study and excavation because Saudi Arabia was a main trade road and it witnessed the rise of many ancient kingdoms and civilizations.

New Archaeological discovery in Saudi Arabia [Photo: News Agencies]

In Kilwa city, the Saudi French archeological mission uncovered archeological tools, and a number of stony drawings for humans, and animals, according to Saudi news agencies.

Kilwa site is one of the most important archeological sites in Saudi Arabia as it carries a lot of evidence that this area witnessed the living of early man and his life development.
The site may witness the early settlement of man in the Stone Age and how his life form improved till the Islamic era.

New Archaeological discovery in Saudi Arabia [Photo: News Agencies]
10/12/2017 1:00:35 PM
<![CDATA[Andromida to perform at Bibliotheca Alexandrina ]]>
This concert is the second announced concert from Andromida’s “Nights of Wonder Tour.”

The beginning of "Nights of Wonder" was on September 22 at Cairo Opera House.
"Nights of Wonder" was first performed in 2014; Andromida is re-introducing the tour, aiming to create a more joyful atmosphere, and present a new level of enjoyment through different selections from Pink Floyd's music.

The name of the tour is extracted from Pink Floyd’s most popular song “High Hopes.”
According to the event’s official Facebook page, Andromida will perform more than 20 songs such as: “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” “Wish You were Here,” “High Hopes,” “Speak to Me,” and “Eclipse.”

The band consists of Amr Hassan on keyboards and vocals, Ally Salem on guitar and vocals, Ahmed Anwar on Bass guitar and vocals, and Sherif al-Sharqawi on drums and vocals, in addition to Mahmoud Elhamy on saxophone.
10/12/2017 12:40:02 PM
<![CDATA[Lost Leonardo da Vinci painting goes on auction in New York]]>
The painting is titled"‘Salvator Mundi’" (Savior of the World), and depicts Jesus Christ holding a crystal sphere, gazing hauntingly at the viewer. It is amongst the fewer than 20 original paintings of Da Vinci that still exist to this day. Also being sold alongside the Salvator Mundi is a silk-screen by influential American pop artist Andy Warhol, titled “Sixty Last Suppers,”, which will fetch around $50 million.

Alex Potter, chairman of Christies, told The New York times that the rediscovery of the painting was a “miracle.”Dating back to 1500, the painting was only recently attributed to Da Vinci, and had previously been sold for $60 back in 1958, according to Christie’s.
Since that time, the painting had beenwas believed to have bedestroyed, until it mysteriously resurfaced in 2005, where a six-year process helped restore it after it was analyzed by art experts to have been a legitimate Da Vinci piece. In 2011, it was exhibited at the National Gallery in London, and then sold off privately in 2014.

Salvator Mundi will currently go on exhibit in Hong Kong, London and San Francisco before being sent back to New York.

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10/12/2017 12:39:56 PM
<![CDATA[Indian Zoroastrians say Mumbai metro will desecrate fire temples]]>
More than 7,000 people have signed an online petition saying that building tunnels under two temples, which contain "holy fire", would desecrate their sanctity, forcing nature to exact its revenge.

It claims that part of a tunnel will pass directly below the "Sanctum Sanctorum where the holy fire is enthroned" of the Wadia temple in the south of India's commercial capital.

The Change.org petition, which has received upwards of 7,290 signatures since being posted on Wednesday, says the fires are "consecrated entities; living vibrant beings who are intermediaries between God and mankind".

"To keep these holy entities safe from physical and spiritual pollution, they are segregated from the outside world by magnetic circuits which are drawn at the time of their enthronement," it explains.

"Once the tunnel for the Metro is dug under the premises, the magnetic circuits will be breached and the negative forces of physical and spiritual pollution will attack the holy fires with full force, thus diminishing their spiritual powers.

"If these Holy Fires are defiled, the backlash from Nature will not spare those responsible!" the petition adds.

Known as Parsis, Zoroastrians first arrived in India more than 1,000 years ago after fleeing persecution in Persia.

They became one of India's wealthiest communities, boasting a number of famed industrialists including the Tata family synonymous with the financial rise of Mumbai.

But their numbers are rapidly dwindling. Across India, where most Zoroastrians live, their numbers have halved since 1940 to around 60,000.

They believe in the god Ahura Mazda and follow the teachings of the ancient Prophet Zoroaster, viewing fire as the symbol of god's purity.

The 231-billion-rupee ($3.6 billion) line called Metro 3 will link the popular tourist destination of Colaba in the south to Seepz, a special economic zone situated 33.5 kilometres north.

The line is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. It is hoped it will ease the burden on Mumbai's notoriously overcrowded trains and help reduce traffic on its heavily congested roads.

But the project has faced considerable opposition in court, with environmental activists opposing the cutting down of hundreds of trees to make way for the line.

They also object to plans for a car park on a 30-hectare site in Aarey Colony, a biodiversity hotspot which borders the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, home to leopards and other animals.

A spokesperson for Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited was not reachable for comment.]]>
10/12/2017 12:27:31 PM
<![CDATA[Academy of Motion Pictures to meet over allegations against Weinstein]]>
“The Academy finds the conduct described in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to be repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents,” the Academy said in a statement.

“The Board of Governors will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, October 14, to discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the Academy.”

Weinstein’s spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister did not immediately return a request for comment on the Academy’s statement.

The statement follows allegations that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over the past three decades.

Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

Earlier on Wednesday, Weinstein was suspended from the British film academy BAFTA.

“In light of recent very serious allegations, BAFTA has informed Harvey Weinstein that his membership has been suspended, effective immediately,” the academy said in a statement.

Weinstein won an Oscar in 1999 for producing best picture winner “Shakespeare in Love.”]]>
10/12/2017 12:16:45 PM
<![CDATA[Game of Thrones boosts Sky earnings]]>
Sky's subscriber base swelled by a 160,000 new customers in the three months to late September, up 51 percent on a year earlier, it said in a results update.

Revenues grew five percent to £3.3 billion ($4.4 billion, 3.7 billion euros) over the same period.

Underlying profit, which strips out items such as tax and interest payments, jumped 11 percent to £582 million.

"We've had a strong start to our new financial year with good revenue growth and excellent profit growth," said chief executive Jeremy Darroch.

He added: "Game of Thrones has become the most watched series ever on Sky."

The London-listed group has exclusive rights to US broadcasting giant HBO's television catalogue, which includes the current seventh season of the award-winning show.

Later on Thursday, Sky will hold an annual general meeting at its London headquarters, where shareholders will vote on the re-election of Murdoch's son James as chairman.

Some investor groups have expressed unease over him serving longer, in light of James being also chief executive of 21st Century Fox, which is seeking to buy the 61 percent of Sky it does not yet own.

There is unrest also over executive pay. Darroch's total annual packet more than trebled to £16.3 million in Sky's last financial year despite annual profits taking a knock from the escalating cost of broadcasting live Premier League football.

Meanwhile the takeover of Sky is being held up by a UK investigation into the proposed deal worth £11.7 billion.

Regulators on Tuesday said the probe would assess Rupert Murdoch's influence on Britain's political landscape.

Overall, Britain's Competitions and Markets Authority will assess the impact of the Murdoch family's proposed deal on both broadcasting standards and media plurality.

The CMA will seek to prevent "any one media owner, or voice, having too much influence over public opinion and the political agenda".

The regulator's probe will scrutinise the ability of the Murdoch Family Trust (MFT) to "control or influence editorial and commercial decisions" at Sky News, a 24-hour news channel broadcast from London.

It will assess also the current state of plurality within the UK media, and the commitment to accuracy in newspapers controlled by the MFT's News Corp division, including The Times and The Sun.]]>
10/12/2017 12:15:17 PM
<![CDATA[The war-torn heritage of Libya, Iraq, and Syria ]]>
Each country lost a number of rare historical and archaeological sites, and artifacts.
In Libya, the interior war caused unlimited series of losses in terms of oil, lives, institutions and economy.
Destruction in Libya [File photo]
The strike war in Syria, which has been ongoing since 2011, caused irreplaceable losses.
Raqqa city witnessed the destruction of three historical sites located in Ammar Ibn Yasser mosque.
Raqqa Museum also witnessed a number of damages.
The archeological Tadmur city which is considered one of the most ancient cities in Asia was destroyed due to war.
A number of historical tombs, mosques and museums have been destroyed due to war.
Destruction in Libya [File photo]

Destruction in Libya [File photo]

Al Hadar city in Iraq was destroyed and Iraq lost a valuable rare architectural hybridity.
In Mosul city, the historical library of the city has been destroyed.
Nimrud city lost 80 percent of its archeological sites and in Nineveh district more than 70 percent of the city’s historical buildings have been destroyed.
Destruction in Libya [File photo]

Destruction in Libya [File photo]

10/11/2017 7:54:58 PM
<![CDATA[Suspicions prevail on smuggled artifacts in Arab world]]>
UNESCO previously called for a world campaign to preserve and protect heritage and antiquities globally. Qatar has been accused for smuggling Egyptian antiquities following the 25th January revolution.

Some of the smuggled Egyptian antiquities were Islamic artifacts that were sold throughout international auctions. El Kowary has been suspected of smuggling artifacts and antiquities from all four countries Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt onto Israel and Qatar.

The UNESCO is currently running elections for a new leader. Egypt’s candidate for the UNESCO Director-General post, Moushira Khattab, maintained the third rank with 12 votes out of 58, following the withdrawal of Polad Bülbüloğlu of Azerbaijan on Tuesday a few hours before the beginning of the second round. This marks a slight change from the first round when Khattab received 11 votes, Egypt Today reported earlier.

Egyptian candidate Khattab received 12 votes, while Hamad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Kawari of Qatar ended up with 20 votes, Audrey Azoulay from France with 13 votes, Pham Sanh Chau of Vietnam with five votes, Qian Tang from China with five votes, and Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe from Lebanon with three votes.

The Qatari candidate received 20 votes in the second round, raising questions about financial bribes, which the Qatari regime allegedly utilizes to buy supportive voices. ]]>
10/11/2017 7:26:43 PM
<![CDATA[Today in History - Springsteen’s top hit 'Born to Run' released]]>
That is, until he released “Born to Run” on this day, which transformed him into one of the best-selling artists of all time;

Born in New Jersey on September 23, 1949, Springsteen came from a working-class family and grew up in a time of rock ‘n’ roll. Inspired by Elvis Presley and his musical passions, Springsteen was in the making from an early age. Springsteen came under strict disapproval from his father, even though he attributed his help in shaping and influencing his music; and he even wore his father’s work clothes while performing.

As the 1960s rolled in, Springsteen met the musicians that would work with him to form “E Street Band,” where Springsteen earned his title as ‘The Boss.’ Signing up with Columbia Records, the band released their first album, “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J,” which was well-received but didn’t perform too well in sales. This would be the pattern with all their releases until the wild breakthrough hit of “Born to Run,” which propelled Springsteen’s massive international success.

Rising up to the Top 40 charts of 1975, “Born to Run” was what woke America up to Springsteen’s talents; and his music’s themes of hard work, living the simple life and following the American dream helped cement him as a national treasure.

Starting off as an unknown, Springsteen now proudly boasts over 20 Grammy’s and numerous other awards, and well over 65 million albums sold in the USA. His song, “The Rising,” was even performed for former U.S President Barack Obama’s victory party back in 2008, and fittingly enough, Springsteen was the one who performed the farewell music when Obama stepped down earlier this year.

10/11/2017 6:42:03 PM
<![CDATA[Celebrating 56 magnificent years of Amr Diab]]>Diab, born in 1961 in Port Said, has been rising in fame over the past two decades in the Arab world; continuing to break sales records based on a BBC report, and according to his official Facebook page.

The artist’s songs have been translated to seven languages. He also founded Mediterranean Music, a record company.

His most famous album is “Nour El-Ain,” which brought him to the international scene and earned him the title of "Father of Mediterranean Music" for his style of blending Egyptian and western rhythms.

Diab has received a lifetime achievement at the Big Apple Music Awards in 2009. In the 2014 World Music Awards, Diab was also awarded Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist and World's Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.

Diab’s first album was “Ya Tareeq,” produced in 1983; while his most recent album is “Meaddy El Nas” (Passing People), which was released in July following a major viral promotion campaign across the streets of Cairo sponsored by Egypt Linx. ]]>
10/11/2017 5:49:29 PM
<![CDATA[Rashid City turns to an open museum for Islamic Heritage ]]>
It reviewed the necessary measures for qualifying Rashid city to be an open Islamic heritage museum.

A number of preparations have been completed to qualify Rashid as a touristic destination. The Ministry of Tourism needs to set convincing touristic programs, mark touristic places in the city, and ready them for international tourism campaigns.
Beheira governorate is in the process of improving the main Nile corniche in the city. Also, the governorate should provide new places for vendors, establish more roads, fix existing roads and widen old roads.

The Minister of Endowments should provide the needed money for mosques’ and Islamic buildings’ restoration.

Ministers of Antiquities and Culture will also need to coordinate together to document and record historical buildings.

Local Development Minister Hisham Al Sherif, and Beheira Governor Nadia Abdoh attended the meeting.

The committee is organized by the prime minister and it includes a number of officials such as the Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al Anani, and Beheira Governor Nadia Abdoh, in addition to representatives from different ministries. ]]>
10/11/2017 5:28:31 PM
<![CDATA[Diab and Sherbiny: a “genuine couple” or colleague stars? ]]>
The famous star, hours later, published one of the photos on his twitter account, tagging Sherbiny and others as the crew of his new movie. Meanwhile, fashion expert and certified visual merchandiser Heba Serag el-Din had tagged both stars on her instagram earlier, calling them the “most genuine and talented couple ever.”

The photos were later removed by the expert fashion designer

Although the fashion expert quickly removed the photos, they had already been circulated on social media, along with a video of Sherbiny accompanying Diab into the venue of his surprise birthday party.

Rumors of the two Egyptian stars being involved in a romantic relationship have been circulating for months, as they appeared together in several events. Moreover, a song in Diab’s latest album expressing love for a Pisces girl, which happens to be El-Sherbiny ‘s horoscope, was enough of a confirmation for the fans.

The Renowned Egyptian star Amr Diab tops Forbes Middle East’s list of 100 Arab celebrities, the list came out in August.

Diab has recently released his new album Meaddy El Nas (Passing People) in July following a major viral promotion campaign across the streets of Cairo sponsored by Egypt Linx.

The song is written by Osama Mostafa, composed by Samer Abo Taleb, and produced by Osama El Hendy. Diab also released a 12-song album last year.

10/11/2017 4:45:21 PM
<![CDATA[Online campaign: ‘The Answer Inside’ explores art and identity]]>

On their website, The Answer Inside, numerous influential figures from the UAE’s art world answer the campaign’s question in their own ways, putting out personal philosophies and life histories defining what made them who they are. Amongst them is Emirati novelist Yasser Hareb, who remarks in his video that the question is one of the most difficult in life.

“Before, in the old days,” Hareb states, “The Greek philosopher Socrates once said ‘Know Thyself’, because knowing yourself is considered to be one of humanity’s greatest achievements.”

Though the focus seems to be on the UAE, the site invites those from all around the world to answer the question, including Jean-Luc Martinez, the president of the Louvre Museum in Paris, who explains how a school visit to the Louvre at the age of 11 forever changed his life.

A countdown on the site points to October 16 as unveiling the true mystery behind this campaign, though it has already proven effective at providing an interesting online space for one of humanity’s most profound questions.

10/11/2017 4:35:32 PM
<![CDATA[‘1,000 Times Good Night’ to screen at Film Critics Association ]]>
A discussion headed by the Egyptian film critic Safaa al-Leithy will follow the film screening.

The film represents the story of a war photographer called Rebecca. She leaves her family for a long time to live a dangerous life led by her passion for her work. Rebecca falls under emotional stress, and needs to choose either her work or her family.

"1,000 Times Good Night" is directed Erik Poppe, and is co-written by Erik Poppe and Harald Rosenløw Eeg. Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Lauryn Canny star in the film.

In 2013, the film was premiered for the first time in Montreal World Film Festival.

Participating in many prestigious cinema acts, the movie won Best Film in Amanda Awards in 2014, and Founder’s Award as Best Feature in Chicago International Film Festival. ]]>
10/11/2017 4:23:58 PM
<![CDATA[EAA in Rome opens application for Artistic Creativity]]>
The award will be available in different fields of arts such as music, dance, theatre and architecture.
To register for this award, applicants should be Egyptian, should not have won the award before and be over 35 years old.

Egyptian painter Ragheb Ayyad came up with the idea of establishing the Egyptian Arts Academy in Rome in the early 20th century. Ayyad was inspired by the keenness of most of the European countries to establish academies for youth artists in Rome; where each country fully supports its students in these academies through scholarships.

At the end of every year, students from each academy show their art in an exhibition attended by the president and ministers of Italy to encourage and motivate students.

Finding it a perfect chance to develop the talents of young artists, he wrote to the Egyptian Plenipotentiary in Rome to suggest constructing an Egyptian Arts Academy in Rome.

The academy was founded in 1929, first located at Villa Borghese district; then it was moved to Collo Opeyo Palace in 1930. In the same year, the Italian diplomatic delegation in Cairo proposed to the Egyptian government to relocate the Egyptian Academy in Julia valley.

The academy includes a museum with 120 ancient Egyptian artifacts, including pieces from the treasure of Tut Ankh Amun.
10/11/2017 3:38:40 PM
<![CDATA[Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflote’ at Cairo Opera House on Saturday]]>

Second photo courtesy of the Cairo Opera House

“The Magic Flute” is a two part opera that tells a deceptively simple story, and was first performed on September 30, 1791; appealling to as wide an audience as possible. This would prove to be Mozart’s final opera; he died a few months later in December.

Using a simplistic surface of a fairytale featuring a damsel in distress; the opera reveals a deeper meaning. The opera denotes the search for wisdom and enlightenment, with symbols drawn from Mozart’s time as a freemason; an ancient order dedicated to certain mystical and moral ideals.

“The Magic Flute” is performed using a song-play format, where separate musical scenes are connected by moments of dialogue and stage performances.

Third photo courtesy of the Cairo Opera House

This performance of the classic opera is conducted by Emeritus James Levine, with stage production by Julie Taymor, whose costume design perfectly captures both the down-to-earth and mystical elements of the opera.]]>
10/11/2017 3:36:00 PM
<![CDATA[New ancient Egyptian artifacts unearthed ]]>
The upper part of the colossus was discovered in March and it attracted the eyes of the national and international media.

The Unearthed artifacts [Photo: Ministry of Antiquities Official Facebook page]

The head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department Ashraf Ashmawy announced that the mission discovered a fragmented block of the Horus Eye.

He added that those blocks may belong to the god Re Hor Achti’s statue.
Ashmawy explained that Re Hor Achti’s statue may reach a height of six meters, and would be the tallest statue for the god.

Parts from Ramses’s II sitting statue also were unearthed by the mission. The discovered parts carried the Horus name of King Ramses II.

The Horus Name is one of a royal title bestowned on Ancient Egyptian kings; it is one of the oldest royal titles, and it was taken from the battle between the god Horus and the evil Set, where Horus emerged victorious.

The Unearthed artifacts [Photo: Ministry of Antiquities Official Facebook page]

In addition, a small statue used for funeral rituals was uncovered; the statue was decorated with protective incantations used to protect the dead in their journey to the other side.

The head of the restoration department at the Grand Egyptian Museum explained through the Ministry of Antiquities’ press release that the found parts will be moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum to be studied and restored.

The Unearthed artifacts [Photo: Ministry of Antiquities Official Facebook page]
10/11/2017 3:31:40 PM
<![CDATA[Remembering the iconic French singer Edith Piaf ]]>
Her singing reflected a deep sense of sorrow and sadness due to the tragic life she had, as she spent a part of her childhood on the streets, and sang to passersby to earn her living.

She also suffered from depression due to the death of both her son and lover.

Egypt Today Magazine remembers Edith Piaf and lists a number of her hits.

“La Vie En Rose”
“Hymne a I’amour”


“Non, Je ne regretted rein “

“Mon Dieu”

“La foule”

“Padam, Padam”

10/11/2017 1:28:55 PM
<![CDATA[Japanese film 'Youth of the Beast' to screen at Cimatheque]]>
Joe Shishido plays a mysterious ex-cop thug taken in by a Yakuza boss who is gradually revealed to have ulterior motives, secretly plotting to pit two Yakuza bosses against each other and unleash a violent gang war, threatening to throw the Tokyo underworld into bloody chaos.

This film marked a change in Sukzuki’s directorial style, as he pushed away from doing films purely for entertainment, and worked to include striking artistic imagery, including powerful compositions and hallucinatory colors that would prove to become his signature in the bizarre world of post-war Japanese cinema.

10/11/2017 1:05:20 PM
<![CDATA[Syrian dancers perform show about their plight in Germany]]>
"Come as You Are," directed by German choreographer Nir de Volff with his company TOTAL BRUTAL, follows these three dancers, Medhat Al-Daabal, Moufak Al-Doabl and Amr Karkout as they recount their experiences from the beginning; going over the war in Syria, their flight in Europe, and how they eventually settled in Germany.

Daabal and Doabl had traveled together from Syria in 2015 alongside a wave of nearly 1 million other refugees, while Karkout joined them later. Back in Syria, they were all professional dancers, and this talent is all they were able to take with them. At first, their skills were not translated well into Berlin, as they came from a background based on ballet, considerably more relaxed than the competitive dance culture in Germany.

"Come as You Are" also chronicles their artistic growth together, as the three come together to rebuild their lives and careers far away from their war-torn home. The show even covers the more mundane aspects of their experiences, from job-hunting to finding a home, and the loneliness that comes with their situation.

"This project is much beyond artistic mission. It is a simple human mission,” de Volff tells the Associated Press in his interview with them. “To show empathy and to show understanding,” he added.
10/11/2017 1:01:30 PM
<![CDATA[Historical drama ‘The Zookeeper's Wife’ to screen at Heliopolis]]>
The film recounts the true events of the Warsaw Zoo in 1939, on the onset of WWII and the insidious rise of Nazi Germany. After their zoo is emptied, the owners of the Polish zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, hatch a heroic scheme to smuggle in hundreds of Poland’s Jewish population out of Germany’s sights, sparing them the horrors of the coming Holocaust as the Nazi regime sweeps over Europe.

This film details the horrors of the holocaust, and the sheer bravery it takes to dare to do what is right in the face of sheer evil.

"The Zookeeper’s Wife" won The Heartland Film’s "Truly Moving Picture Award" and the "Audience Choice Award" at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival.

10/11/2017 12:59:20 PM
<![CDATA[Augstine Ebn Demoaha’ movie screened in AIFF]]>
‘’Augstine Ebn Demoaha’’ revolves around the historical character of Augustine and his impact on the western world, specifically on the Roman society. The film presents the life events of the religious philosopher and professor Augustine. His mother's tears, Monica, succeeded in saving her son from committing the sin of embracing extremist doctrines, which was not easy for Monica at the beginning. Monica she continued praying and crying till Augustine returned to faith.

A seminar discussing the movie took place after the screening led by the great cinema critic Magda Moris, and was attended by movie producers Emad Dabour and Abdel Aziz ben Maloka, Samir Seif, the movie scriptwriter Sameh Samy, and some of the movie’s actors.
10/11/2017 12:55:55 PM
<![CDATA[Film about Australian camp for asylum hits foreign screens]]>
"Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time" portrays life within Papua New Guinea's Manus Island camp, built as part of Australia's immigration crackdown which has seen asylum seekers who try to reach the country by boat taken to an offshore site.

The footage was shot on a smartphone by Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian who has spent four years in the camp since the boat he was trying to reach Australia on was intercepted by the authorities.

"We build the story with WhatsApp footage, really low-quality video, and it took a long time to transfer," said co-director Arash Kamali Sarvestani, who originally contacted Boochani through Facebook asking him to film inside the camp.

The outcome includes playful scenes of children on the other side of the fence and a scrawny cat, shot alongside those of men recounting their treatment and of ambulances arriving to treat detainees.

The film's title is a reference to the camp's solitary confinement cells, nicknamed "Chauka" after a type of bird native to Manus Island.

"We just talked about the ideas and then he found it in his own way because he's living there," Kamali Sarvestani told AFP during the London Film Festival.

Boochani is one of 1,000 people spread between the Manus facility and one on the island of Nauru, many of them from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
There has been a push to relocate the detainees to third countries after the country's Supreme Court ruled last year that holding people on the island was unconstitutional and illegal.

A first group of refugees from the Pacific camps was approved for resettlement in the United States in a deal struck with Washington under former president Barack Obama.

The pact has angered President Donald Trump, who has begrudgingly agreed to accept an unspecified number of people who can fulfil rigorously vetted requirements.

But it remains unclear what will happen to those not taken by the US.

'If he can get out...' -
Three men held at Manus have died, and the filmmakers hope that seeing the inside view of the camp's conditions -- widely criticised by refugee advocates and medical professionals -- will have an impact on audiences.

"This is the first place that the movie is screening outside Australia, so we can test it if it works or not; if people from other countries become angry or put pressure on Australia," Kamali Sarvestani said.

Boochani had been invited by the British Film Institute to attend the screening of his film, with the festival hosts praising the documentary as "brave, thoughtful and urgent filmmaking".

But despite writing to the British High Commissioner to Australia, Menna Rawlings, requesting help in coming to London, Boochani remains on Manus.

Kamali Sarvestani said his co-director is stuck in limbo, unable to go back to Iran but with no third country willing to accept him.

"If he can get out of that camp I think he will have a great life in the future, but I don't know. I really hope he can leave, but I think it would be difficult," he said.]]>
10/11/2017 12:04:49 PM
<![CDATA[Chinese artist Ai Weiwei to display 300 art works in New York]]>
Weiwei's most ambitious outdoor project to date, "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" -- which takes its name from a line in a poem by Robert Frost -- formally opened Thursday and will run until mid-February.

It's a love letter of sorts to a city the artist, 60, called home from 1983 to 1993, and a new illustration of his empathy for refugees worldwide -- stemming from his own experience of being exiled after his father, a poet, was branded an enemy of the Chinese state.

"I need to pay back my love," Weiwei insisted at a press conference in Central Park, honoring "a city (where) every young artist wants to be," where "you never feel you are a foreigner."

But the location of one of his large-scale works -- a "Gilded Cage" installed at the southeast entrance of Central Park -- is by no means a coincidence.
Visible from the heights of Trump Tower, where Donald Trump famously lived in a gold apartment, Weiwei says he "made it gold to please" the president, of whom he is a staunch critic.

"The travel ban, the wall to be built between the US and Mexico which is unthinkable policy," the artist, who now lives between Berlin and Beijing, said.

"We are living at a time when there is no tolerance, divided -- they are trying to separate us by color, race, religion nationality..."

A welcome gesture -
Weiwei's citywide exhibition is a gesture welcomed by New York, something of a sanctuary in the midst of the Trump administration's anti-immigration agenda.

"New York City is the perfect canvas for Ai Weiwei's work," New York's Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement, adding his pieces "challenge us and can bring about social progress."

The project -- organized by the New York-based Public Art Fund -- "draws attention to the unprecedented divisions in our political system (...) and confronts xenophobia," his wife, Chirlane McCray, added.

Weiwei's works, intertwined with the existing urban landscape, can be found not only in Manhattan, but also in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

They range from monumental structures to 200 unique banners attached to lampposts in all five boroughs, and images of refugees displayed in spaces usually reserved for advertising.
Another cage -- this time silver, arched, and reaching heights of some 40 feet -- is located under the arch of Washington Square Park, a place with personal ties to Ai Weiwei's time living in New York.

Like the golden cage, which you can enter, a mirrored passage running underneath the arch represents an interactive element found in each of the exhibition's cages and gratings -- all re-imaginings of the ominous security fence.

As for China and its government, Weiwei, whose passport was seized until 2015, no longer seems to prioritize targeting them.

"More and more I realize that human rights is general, not only in China but everywhere," he said.

"We always have to see humanity as one... we are all connected."]]>
10/11/2017 11:50:48 AM
<![CDATA[Goethe announces 'Dialogue & Transition' project in Libya]]>
The Libyan culture scene has been severely weakened by the war since 2011, but: “People in Tripoli have increasingly turned towards culture again for a few months now,” says Reem Alfurjani, NGO founder in Tripoli.

It was also this culture that, so to say, saved Mohamed Essul from violence and radicalization, as he reports. The two of them participated in the Cultural Academy Libya with ten other Libyans working in the cultural field, the statement added.

The topics of networking and learning how to advance networks for the intercultural dialogue were also recently discussed at the Cultural Innovators Network (CIN) Culture Open Source Forum in Berlin; 35 young people from the Euro-MENA region have exchanged ideas with representatives of various organizations and institutions, and reassessed the transnational network's operations, the statement mentioned.
10/11/2017 10:34:48 AM
<![CDATA[Gazaga to perform at Cairo Opera House]]>
Relying on poetic recitals, the band is celebrating with the audience a new milestone in their career path, according to the band’s official page.

Gazaga – Emdan El Nour is comprised of vocalists Yahia Nadem, Tamer Nadem, and Mostafa Nadem, while musicians include Mohamed Nabil and Hatem El Nemr on keyboard, and Mohamed Khalil on Kanoon.

Other musicians include Bishoy on Accordion, Mohamed Ghanem on bass guitar, Wael Abdelrazek on lead guitar, Ahmed Khaled on drums, Mustafa Abdallah on oriental rhythm and percussion, and Ahmed El Ghazaly on percussion.
10/11/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Works of modern-day contemporary artist to show at Arts-Mart Gallery]]>
A unique modern-day established artist, Klay, is known for mixing emotions, colors, ideas, thoughts, and dreams together. Kassem delivers a blend of contemporary, ancient, lucid, defined, figurative, and abstract art, according to a statement released by Arts-Mart Gallery.

Arts-Mart is a multi-platform that is known for organizing online and offline galleries in efforts to connect audiences globally and locally. It also includes contemporary Egyptian artists in efforts boost the Egyptian art industry.

The gallery is known for acquiring a total of 4000 art pieces and has hosted an overwhelming number of more than 190 contemporary Egyptian artists, making it a pioneer leader of Art galleries in Egypt, according to their official Facebook page.]]>
10/11/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Hakim, Mai Selim hold concert celebrating 6th of October victory]]>
The concert is organised by MBC Masr channel. Hakim expressed his happiness to perform in such a concert celebrating the 6th of October anniversary and said he is proud to sing in the city of peace.

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” under the Slam Records label in 1992.

The success was immediate and propelled him to fame in Egypt. He released a new album in 1994 called “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.

Hakim performed at Olympia Theater in Paris on September 23, to be the third Egyptian singer to perform in that prominent theatre after the great late Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez and the legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum.

Mai Selim is a Jordanian singer and actress who was born in 1983. She sings in Egyptian dialect. In 2008 she started to gain fame after releasing her album "Ehlwet el Ayam" (The Days Have Become More Sweet).
10/11/2017 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Fantasy film ‘I Origins’ to screen at Magnolia Leaves of Art]]>
Directed by Mike Cahill, the English film was released in Russia and revolves around a molecular biologist who dedicates a passionate study on the human eye, exploring scientific and spiritual beliefs throughout this journey.

The film stars Michael Pitt, Steven Yeun and Astrid Berges-Frisbey, among others.

“I Origins” has been nominated for the Saturn Award for the Best Independent Film in America and the Grand Special Prize in the Deauville Film Festival in 2014. The film also won Best Film in Stiges-Catalonian International Film Festival, as well as a prize in the Talliann Black Nights Film Festival.
10/11/2017 9:06:59 AM
<![CDATA[Hashtag Sherine in Riyadh trends twitter worldwide ]]>

The hashtag Sherine in Riyadh was trending twitter worldwide, with 70,000 tweets. Twitter users consider organizing a concert for a famous female singer unusual for the Saudi conservative community, especially after Saudi women were allowed to drive for the first time in 2017.

Sherine didn’t post on her official Facebook or Twitter account about the concert. In her latest post she congratulated Egyptians for qualifying to the football World Cup.

10/10/2017 7:41:14 PM
<![CDATA[Sharon Jones album to come out a year after her death]]>
Jones, who found fame late in life as her powerful, rich voice brought comparisons to James Brown, had been recording with her band The Dap-Kings before her death, Daptone Records said.

Following posthumous studio work, the album -- entitled "Soul of a Woman" -- will come out on November 17, the label said.

"Though we'll never again see her electric form shimmy across the stage, Sharon Jones continues to give us her soul and her music," a statement said.

Raised in Brooklyn, Jones started singing Gospel music in church and secured work as a back-up recording vocalist. But without steady music work, she took a variety of other jobs -- including serving as a corrections officer on Rikers Island, New York City's largest jail complex.

She had her break as a backup singer for Amy Winehouse, and finally found success as a solo artist in the 2000s on newly formed Daptone, a Brooklyn-based label dedicated to reviving classic soul and funk.

Jones, who had battled cancer since 2013, died at age 60. She suffered a stroke when watching the results of last year's presidential election, and in her final days joked that Donald Trump's victory was to blame.

Jones's story has parallels to that of Charles Bradley, another late-blooming soul singer who overcame hardship to find success on Daptone. He died last month in Brooklyn of cancer at age 68.]]>
10/10/2017 7:09:38 PM
<![CDATA[Da Vinci portrait of Christ expected to fetch $100 million at auction]]>
"Salvator Mundi," an ethereal portrait of Jesus Christ which dates to about 1500, is expected to sell for about $100 million at Christie's in November, making it among the highest-estimated works ever to be sold at auction.

"This is truly the Holy Grail of art rediscoveries," said Alan Wintermute, Christie's senior specialist for Old Master paintings, explaining that the portrait sometimes called the male Mona Lisa had long been thought to have been lost or destroyed.

The portrait, which depicts Christ in vivid blue and crimson robes and holding a crystal orb, is one of fewer than 20 da Vinci paintings still in existence, Christie's said, and is the last one remaining in private hands.

The auction house did not identify the seller, a European private collector who acquired the work after its rediscovery and restoration which began around 2005.

"Salvator Mundi" will sold at Christie's in New York on Nov. 15. ]]>
10/10/2017 6:59:28 PM
<![CDATA[Highest quality marble used in Al Haramain installed at Al Azhar ]]>
Thassos is a rare kind of marble exported from Lebanon which is used in Al Haramain. It has been known for many centuries all over the world for its pure sparkling whiteness and extraordinary elegance. Thassos marble also reflects sun beams magnificently, and is the lowest heat absorbing kind of marble.

In addition, the company dug a well at the place where the Ministry of Antiquities found an ancient water storage tank beneath Al Azhar mosque during the renovation works in 2015 to locate its place.

The restoration, funded by Saudi Arabia under the supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, started in 2015. It aims to fix the foundation of the mosque partially through soil injection, to restore its minaret and clean its architectural designs and fine ornaments.

Al-Azhar mosque is one of Egypt’s Islamic monuments; built during the reign of the Fatimid Caliphate Al-Muizz Li Din Allah in 972, shortly after the establishment of Cairo as Egypt’s new capital.

The architectural style of the mosque shows the influence of all arts that have passed through Egypt. It was renovated and expanded several times during the Fatimid era; but during the Ayyubid era the mosque was completely neglected because it represented Shiites, while the Ayyubids were Sunnis.

During the Mamluk period, especially during the reign of Sultan Babirs, Al-Azhar mosque regained its luster after a great restoration project, according to Ahram Online.
10/10/2017 6:54:47 PM
<![CDATA[Alexandria Film Festival sheds light on illegal immigration]]>
Garada shed light on a movie that came out in 2017 directed by Iyad Abou Rook called “The Boat of Death,” which tells the story of a group of Palestinians who traveled to Egypt through tunnels then arrived to Alexandria to take a boat to Greece.

The boat, which was called 6/9, capsized with all 200 passengers on board. Occurring in 2015, the event was deemed a tragic accident and was highlighted in European media outlets for months.

“The immigrants try to reach Europe, thinking it is Utopia while reality says otherwise. They face difficulties and harsh life there as well,” Garada stated. He also mentioned that the uncomfortable circumstances many Arab countries have been enduring in the past few years represent another important factor contributing to the spread of this relatively new phenomenon.

Nasser Abd el-Rahman spoke about his 1999 film, “Al-Medina,” which was directed by Yusri Nasrallah and tackled illegal immigration.

“I know real people who made these [near] impossible trips and they provide[d] me with life testimony and stories,” he said. Writing about the same issue now will carry a totally different point of view.

“Al-Medina” received several prizes in various festivals, but was a financial disaster, and was not a success among the audience.

The reason for that, from his point of view, was because the main character returned to Egypt after a failed experience. “The audience need some sort of hope even if it is a false one, reality is harsh and pointing that out increases the negativity,” he mentioned during the seminar.

From the audience, director Mohamed Fadel spoke and blamed the media for not putting the issue as a priority, and that dealing with such issues in seminars or studies simply means that we are talking to each other. It is insufficient to hold seminars on the matter because they do not guide society or fix its problems; and that is the only way to solve the problem of illegal immigration.

Actor Sameh al-Serity stated that a movie discussing an issue, screened at the right time, might have a great effect such as “Orid Halan” (I Need a Solution), which played a role in altering the regulations for female divorcees in Egypt after it was played in theaters.

He recommended that we cannot solve the issue with quantity but with quality. “We should first think about the reasons for illegal immigration, then see how [best[ to face the problem,” al-Serity said.]]>
10/10/2017 6:47:29 PM
<![CDATA[Rose’s Cairo Book Club to hold its first meeting ]]>
The club will hold a monthly meeting to discuss myriad topics and to invite authors to address readers.

The book selected for the next month’s discussion is the novel “Embrace on Brooklyn Bridge” written by acclaimed Egyptian author Ezzedine C. Fishere.

The novel focuses on the ideas of loss and alienation, life in exile and the search for home, as well as how we construct and shift our identities.

Fishere is an acclaimed Egyptian writer, academic and diplomat. He has written numerous successful and bestselling novels and political articles for Arabic, English and French newspapers. He currently teaches at Dartmouth College in the U.S., where he lives.

Adly launched the Rose’s Cairo Book Club in 2016 “to encourage people to read and speak their minds through monthly book discussions,” she told Egypt Today.
10/10/2017 4:59:44 PM
<![CDATA[Third edition of Wanas festival to kick off in Nov]]>
Germany and the Netherlands are among the countries that will participate in the festival.

The Egyptian bands who will perform in the festival are Mostafa Rizk, the Afro-Egyptian band Hawidro, El Tanbura, the Bedouin band Aljarkan, the Nubian band Nubanor, the Sudanese band Rango and the Sea Youth band.

El Mastaba Center for Egyptian Folk Music is a civil society organization founded by musician Zakaria Ibrahim in 2000, aiming to introduce and present world music locally and internationally and increase awareness of the richness and diversity of traditional music in Egypt.

The center usually focuses on the lyre instrument, simsimeya, and damma music from Port Said and the Suez Canal region. It also focuses on the music of Rango, originating from Sudan, the Egyptian Zar rituals, and Bedouin music from the Sinai Peninsula.

Mastaba has four regular weekly concerts presented by the 11 bands of the Mastaba Network such as Rango, El Tanbura, El Hinna, El Waziry and Nubanour. Each represents the diverse traditions in Egypt including Bedouin, Sufi, Nubian, Delta, Upper Egyptian, Sudanese and the Canal Zone.

The first edition of the festival kicked off in 2014 and included three-day events and workshops that showcased local folk bands as well as three international bands from France, Scotland and the Netherlands.]]>
10/10/2017 4:56:50 PM
<![CDATA[King Mohamed Mounir turns 63 ]]>
Egypt Today celebrates his birthday and introduces to you a profile about his music career.

Mounir was born in Aswan, and came to Cairo with his family after the immigration of Nubian people during the High Dam construction.

He graduated from the photography, cinema and TV department, Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, and he started his musical career in the late 1970s.

He started his career by singing with his brother Fouad, who has supported Mounir throughout his journey.

Mounir’s real beginning happened when he met the prominent Egyptian poet Abdel Reheem Mansour and the Nubian musician and singer Ahmed Mounib.


The meeting heralded a cooperation between international jazz legend Yehia Khalil and Mounir, Mansour and Mounib, which changed the shape of Egyptian music and constructed an influential chapter in Arabic music history.

Mixing Nubian music with the scale of fifth, which is also known in Arabic as “Al-Selem Al-Khomasy” with jazz music, made Mounir the first Arabic singer to introduce jazz music to Arab listeners.

“Shababek” was listed as one of the best Arabic/African music albums.

Singing in a mixed Egyptian/Nubian accent is one of the definitive features of Mounir's musical style. Mounir sang in a pure Nubian accent in the song "Shamandoura," and in a Moroccan accent in "Hikmet Al-Aqdar" [The Wisdom of Fates].

Believing in the cultural role of music and cinema; Mounir acted in many films and series such as “Al-Youm Al-Sades” [The Sixth Day] and “Al-Maseer” [The Fate] with the legendary international Egyptian director Youssef Shahin.

He also played the role of the singer in “Al-Malek Howa Al-Malek” play.

The last role Mounir played on screen was in 2016 in “Al Moghani” [The Singer]; a documentary series tackling Mounir’s own biography.

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Peace, love, hope, Egypt, and childhood are the main themes of Mounir's songs.

“Al Ard We Al Salam” [The Land and Peace] was a religious spiritual album by Mounir, released in 2002; which brought him CNN’s Prize of Peace.

He won MEMA in 2008 for Best Singer.

He also won the Platinum Award for Best Arabic Egyptian singer from the international music production company Universal. His song "Yasmina," which featured Adel Al Tawel and Ich Und Ich band, sold 700,000 copies in Germany.

“El Laila Ya Samra” was listed as one of the best 50 African songs of the 20th Century by BBC.

He was awarded the Diamond Award by BAMA Awards.

Mounir also sang the official theme song of one of the most famous Egyptian cartoons ever; "Bakkar."

Acting spontaneously on stage, following certain body language, and using remarkable casual outfits; are all distinguishing features of Mounir's live concerts.

He released a number of music videos such as "Shetta" [Winter], "Belad Tiba" [Tiba's Lands], "Madad Ya Rasoul Allah" [Help me, Prophet of God].

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Mounir became the first voice of the January 25 Revolution through his song "Ezay" [How]; which carried political innuendos.

He is one of the most beloved Egyptian artists by the Egyptian youth and elite at the same time.

Cooperating with a number of leading artists, Mounir released “Aa'lam Gadeed” [New World] with Hamid al-Sha'ery, "Belad Tiba" [Tiba Lands] with Anoushka, "Leh ya Donia El Wahed" [Why Life] with Khaled Aggag, and "Al-Qahera" with Amr Diab.

In 2017, Mounir cooperated with Adel Al Tawil in "One World;" a song that tackles the issue of refugees.

Mounir’s career comprises more than 30 albums including: "Momken" [Maybe], "Wist Al-Dayra" [In the Center of the Circle], "Shababek" [Windows], and "Etkalemi" [Speak Up].

Mounir is still capable of introducing innovative music and performing live, and he is still enriching the music scene locally and internationally.

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10/10/2017 4:55:38 PM
<![CDATA[‘Carmina Burana’ to stage celebrating Spanish national day]]>
Director of the ballet troupe and artistic producer Maher Zekry, who lived 42 years in Spain, has stated that the performance will feature 40 flamenco performers and that the first part of the performance is inspired by the famous musical “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff.



“Carmina Burana” thematically revolves around life struggles, good and evil, love and hate, happiness and pain. The story also features Vortona, the goddess of fate who is responsible for running the scene between happiness and grief, and vice versa, through flamenco movements.

The performance is colored with an array of creative flamenco movements, tango and rumba music, alongside Arab Flamenco dancing that will be conducted by the Mont Cairo Music troupe led by maestro Sherif Nour.

The flamenco dance will also be performed on a unique collection of Egyptian classics, including “Tayer ya Hawa” (Flying Love) and “Habeby Ya Nour El Ein” (My lover, the Apple of My Eye).



Ballet Flamenco De Madrid was established in 2001 as an independent troupe and later turned into an official foundation in 2009 aiming to preserve the classic Spanish artistic heritage, according to a press release by the Cairo Opera House.

Comprised of over 200 performers and 50 musicians, the troupe has performed in several countries and participated in various festivals. They were also awarded and honored by the Chinese Ministry of Culture in 2001 and received a certification of appreciation from the Egyptian Culture Ministry in 2005.

Ballet season recently kicked off with the Italian ballet “Le Corsaire” displayed at the Cairo Opera House from September 29 to October 2. This year’s ballet season will be featuring more performances in the upcoming period and throughout 2018 including, “The Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake,” and “La Bayadere;” a ballet performance that will be introduced in the repertoire for the first time.



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10/10/2017 4:24:05 PM
<![CDATA[Tutankhamun burial chamber open for free visits next week]]>
The General Secretariat of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa al-Wazeery, has stated in a press release at the ministry that this is a part of the ministry’s vision of reviving tourism.

The ministry has chosen this specific chamber for free visiting invitations because it is admired by many foreign archeologists and Egyptian amateurs.

Tutankhamun was the Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty during the historical New Kingdom era or the New Empire Period. He was also named King Tut.
10/10/2017 4:10:53 PM
<![CDATA[Mawazine festival to kick off in June 2018 ]]>
The last edition took place in different theatres of Rabat and Salé, where a large number of singing stars in the Arab and the European world participated;including the great French singer Charles Aznavour, who performed the first concert of the festival.

Aznavour is considered one of the greatest French singers. In 1998, CNN dubbed Aznavour the “artist of the century.”

Mawazine is a worldwide music festival that takes place annually in the Moroccan city of Rabat.

Many international artists patriciate in the festival every year, that’s why it is considered the second biggest music festival in the world; Donauinselfest in Vienna being the biggest.

The festival is headed by MounirMajidi, the personal secretary of the Moroccan king Mohammed VI.
10/10/2017 3:51:51 PM
<![CDATA[CIFF to kick off November 4]]>
Thisyear's edition will focus on several factors; the most important of which arethe development and promotion of Arab and African films through the promotion of competitions.

This year’s edition will also focus on the restoration of the official competition for documentaries, doubling the financial awards, and highlighting innovative cinematic experiences.

The festival will intensively promoteAsian and Latin American cinemas, which are considered amongthe most influential cinemas in the world.

The Carthage International Film Festival management has chosen “Ketaba ala Thalg” (Writing on Snow) to be the opening film of the 28th edition.

The film is an attempt to deal with ideological, political, and geographic divisions in Palestine and the Arab world by portraying people who believe they know the truth, while rejecting the idea of coexisting despite the differences.

These characters believe that coexistence would neutralize all segments of society with their different ideologiesinto one segment with one ideology; that ideology being the one most suitable for achieving their desired gains.

“Ketaba ala Thalg,” was directed by the Palestinian director Rashid Masharawi, and stars actors and actresses from different Arab countries, such as famous Egyptian actor Amr Waked, veteran Syrian actor GhassanMassoud, Palestinian actress Areen Omari, Palestinian actor RamziMaqdisi, Lebanese actress Yomna Marwan and others.

The Tunisian festival was launched for the first time in 1966 and is considered to be one of the oldest festivals in Africa.
10/10/2017 2:41:48 PM
<![CDATA[‘Pistol Opera’ to screen at Cimatheque]]>
The film revolves around the third best killer, Miyuki Minazuki, nicknamed "Stray Cat," who tries her best to be the top ranked assassin. She lives in a Japanese home with her grandmother and her favorite weapon is a pistol. To be the number one assassin, she was tipped that targeting the number one killer, the mysterious "Hundred Eyes,” might do the trick.

The action, drama and crime was directed by Seijun Suzuki and written by Kazunori Itô and Takeo Kimura, and was first released in 2001.

This film is part of a program curated by Donia Shohdy, as a tribute to the late filmmaker Suzuki.

Suzuki was born in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, on May 24, 1943. He enrolled in the film department at the Kamakura Academy and passed the assistant director's exam. For the next few years, he worked as an assistant director at several studios. In 1956, he directed his first film “Minato no kanpai: Shôri o waga te ni” [Victory is Mine].]]>
10/10/2017 2:37:35 PM
<![CDATA[Arab artists who fought breast cancer]]>
Classical Egyptian actress Shadia

The Egyptian iconic actress/singer Shadia had a sorrowful story with breast cancer.
While staging “Raya Wi Skina” [Rayah and Skina] the play, she felt pain and illness attacking her. Undertaking the necessary medical examinations; Shadia was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She started the process of medical treatment after finishing her performance in the play. A part of her treatment processforced her to remove one of her breasts.

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Successful Egyptian actress Madiha Kamel suffered from cancer.
However, Kamel refused to succumb easily, and took cancer as a chance to reshape her life. She began medical treatment by removing the tumor, and subsequently quit a number of unhealthy habits such as smoking,which helped cure her.

Shortly, she was viciously attacked again by cancer,this time encouraging her to partake in a spiritual life. Unfortunately, she passed awayin the last days of Ramadan.

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Nahedal-Sherif is an Egyptian actress who had a tragic story with the illness. Sherif travelled abroad to pursue medical treatment, but due to the expensive costs of medication, came back to Egypt to continue working.

Because of the viciousness of the illness, she could not act or participate in any artistic works. Refusing to help her with the medication costs, Sherif’s husband left her to battle her illness alone, which led her to die in 1981 due to the lack of treatment.

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Fayza Ahmed

Fayza Ahmed is one of the most beautiful voices in Arabic music history. A tenacious woman; she did not allow her illness to stand in the way of her music.
Ahmed heavily relied on painkillers to continue singing and recording her songs;but in 1983, she finally succumbed to breast cancer.

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Rim Banna

A Palestinian singer who faces the Israeli occupation and cancer with her astonishing voice, Rim Banna is one of the current feminine symbols of strength and resistance.

Her body was attacked by the illness twice. She was cured the first time, but unfortunately is currently being treated for its reoccurrence.

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Zahra al-Kharji

Kuwaiti renowned actress Zahra al-Kharaji had breast cancer in 2005, and she travelled to London to start her road of treament with her husband and family’s support.

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The famous Egyptian journalist and interviewer Basma Wahba had a strong battle against cancer. She started her cure path in Paris and managed to defeat it.

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Nora Rahal

The prominently beautiful Syrian voice Nora Rahaal had a battle with cancer in 2007. The early discovery of the illness helped in treating it.

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10/10/2017 2:30:47 PM
<![CDATA[Busan film festival ready for action despite turmoil]]>
The annual festival, which has long championed independent Asian cinema, is determined to "preserve its identity" despite being embroiled in high drama of its own for the past three years, said founder Kim Dong-Ho.

Kim, 80, was brought back to help run BIFF in 2015 after previous festival boss Lee Yong-kwan was charged with fraud and removed from his post.

That scandal came after the festival decided in 2014 to stick with the screening of a contentious documentary despite pressure from Busan Mayor Suh Byung-Soo to withdraw it from the programme.

The film in question, "Diving Bell: The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol", was critical of the South Korean government's handling of the Sewol ferry disaster that year which claimed around 300 lives.

Government funding cuts followed and then boycotts by leading Korean cinema groups such as the Directors' Guild of Korea, which pointed a finger at political meddling.

"Although this year's festival is still facing unsolved problems, we are determined to encourage up-and-coming Asian directors, support new Asian films and further our role in the film industry," said Kim.

Industry insiders had questioned whether BIFF could repair the damage to its reputation -- a point raised by festival staff earlier this year when they demanded Kim and festival director Kang Soo-Yeon resign over lack of action on the various troubles.

The pair have since acquiesced to those demands and will hand over the reins at the end of this year's edition of the festival, which runs from October 12 to 21.

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Amid the turmoil, BIFF's programmers have still managed to line up around 300 films and 100 world premieres for this year's festival, which will open against a backdrop of unprecedented growth across Asian film markets.

While Hollywood has suffered a summer that saw box office receipts drop by some 16 percent, a series of domestic hits has driven the Chinese market up by 10 percent, while South Korea is on target for a record 2017.

BIFF has this year attracted international guests including two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, who will head the jury for the festival's main New Currents award for first- or second-time Asian directors.

Fellow Hollywood A-lister Darren Aronofsky will also make an appearance as he tours the festival circuit with his horror "Mother!" and Hong Kong action maestro John Woo will bring his latest thriller "Manhunt" to the Korean port city.

Other notables flying in from across the region include Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda and China's Jia Zhangke.

BIFF opens Thursday with the premiere of Korean director Shin Su-Won's revenge thriller "Glass Garden".

It will close with the historical drama "Love Education" from Taiwanese director Sylvia Chang ?- the first time female directors have book-ended the festival.

Other highlights include the world premiere of Jeon Jae-Eun's "Butterfly Sleep" starring Japanese superstar Miho Nakayama, as well as a new award for rising Asian directors in memory of BIFF co-founder Kim Ji-Seok, who passed away while attending the Cannes festival in May.

Rising Korean filmmakers will be showcased in the 27-film Korean Cinema Today section while this year's New Currents features 10 films representing Asian nations, with much interest surrounding the Chinese comedy "One Night on the Wharf" by acclaimed artist-turned-filmmaker Han Dong.

There will be politics at play as always in the festival's Wide Angle documentary section with productions in competition including one that looks at the controversial THAAD missile defence deployment in South Korea -- the Park Baeil-directed "Soseongri".

"After some hard times we still believe that highlighting and focusing on young Korean and Asian talent, and discovering and supporting them, is what we do best and is the future for BIFF," said festival programmer Kim Young-Woo.]]>
10/10/2017 1:05:06 PM
<![CDATA[Joon Moon, finding a vintage soul in rock]]>
The French-American trio, whose members hail from different musical backgrounds, has pulled together their influences in an album that is at once open in approach, tight in production and smoky in texture.

While crafted as pop songs, Joon Moon's debut album, "Moonshine Corner," takes an unusual instrumental approach with songs that are guided by double-bass, feature no keyboards manufactured after the 1970s, and bring in occasional Latin percussion and Middle Eastern lutes.

Songwriter Julien Decoret -- who has performed in classical orchestras, produced house music and played string bass in globe-trotting French bossa nova cover band Nouvelle Vague -- said Joon Moon became a laboratory for studio experimentation.

"It isn't just a detail, it was like a dogma we had -- steering our influences and merging them together in a way that felt personal," Decoret told AFP before a recent show in New York to launch "Moonshine Corner."

"People all have automatic reflexes. But for this, we just tried to respond to whatever pleased us," he said.

Joon Moon -- the name, which could be mistaken for Korean, comes from a typographical error in original moniker "June Moon" which the band decided to keep -- brings Decoret together with his sometime collaborator Raphael Chassin, best known as the drummer for French pop star Vanessa Paradis.

Chassin built rhythms around Decoret's compositions on piano, an experience he found exciting after working in more electronic-driven music.

"This was completely the reverse. There were songs and we figured out how to dress them up," he said.

- Getting right 'I Might Be Wrong' -

Defining the sound of Joon Moon is singer Krystle Warren, whose deep, rich voice brings to the songs a soulful, lounge feel.

The Kansas City native, who has notably sung with the neo-disco duo Hercules and Love Affair, grew up both with African American church music and loving The Beatles.

To the surprise of Chassin and Decoret, she also had a love of French pop which she would find on import. She voiced regret that music nowadays is more global.

"I quite like that golden period where this was the song in this territory and this was the song in that territory, so we all had our own experiences with the same artist," she said.

The most striking musical interpretation on the album is a cover of Radiohead's "I Might Be Wrong" which keeps the dreaminess of the original but with a sharply different approach.

While "I Might Be Wrong" was one of the most guitar-driven tracks on the British experimental rockers' 2001 album "Amnesiac," Joon Moon recreates the song on piano, turning down the tempo for a jazz feel.

Another difference: The cover is in French. Decoret wanted to record the entire album in English but blessed the idea by Warren, who speaks little French herself but rewrote the lyrics with the help of her wife, a French teacher.

Decoret felt that the song, much like Joon Moon, was about musical open-mindedness. "I think the version of Radiohead is on the North Pole and we are on the South Pole," he said.]]>
10/10/2017 1:00:44 PM
<![CDATA[I.Coast's African art museum gets new lease of life]]>
But Ivory Coast's Museum of Civilisations is now back, and determined to recover its place as one of the richest museums of African art in the world -- a place of "incomparable wealth," as Senegal's late poet-president Leopold Sedar Senghor said in a 1971 visit.

Looted four decades later during a political and military showdown, the museum shut its doors for a two-year refurbishment, reopening in July with redecorated rooms, modern lighting and a new conference centre, restaurant and garden.

The first exhibition since the renovation is rightfully called "Renaissance."

It places the spotlight on a selection of a hundred of the museum's finest pieces, from the palaeolithic era to contemporary art.

"We can consider ourselves lucky to have such a beautiful collection," museum director Silvie Memel Kassi told AFP.

"It's an asset -- a collection of 15,000 pieces from across every region."

But she still mourns the pillage that occurred in 2011, during a post-electoral time of anarchy in the Ivorian economic capital, Abidjan, that claimed some 3,000 lives.

"That really left us with a bitter taste in the mouth," she said. "The items that were looted (120 items) were major works: sacred pieces, objects made of wax... Our estimate is that almost four billion CFA francs (six million euros)" were lost, Memel Kassi said.

- 'Phantom collection' -

In the coming months, the museum plans to put on a "ghost collection" exhibition to keep the memory of the vanished pieces alive and to promote recognition of illicit trafficking in historical objects, which circulate in a market financed by many private collectors who are often not overly troubled by origins.

Founded in 1942 when France was the colonial power in much of west Africa, the museum is itself a work of art with 20 columns finely sculpted in wood.

The renovated premises give special place to contemporary artists with a hall set aside for people like Ivorian sculptor Jems Koko Bi, while the garden displays recent work.

"We deliberately speak of the museum of civilisations," the director said.

"We wanted to show that the artists whose creations are today regarded as 'ancient works' are the very same as Africans producing contemporary work.

"We're living through a renaissance even at national level with cultural and artistic development... We have the ancient aspect in the museum collections and the contemporary work in the creations of young sculptors."

The museum is also planning an exhibition to highlight ties between Picasso and Ivorian sculpture on the heels of a "Primitive Picasso" show at the Quai Branly, the Paris museum dedicated to the indigenous art and cultures of Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas, which opened in 2006.

More than 10,000 people have visited the museum in Abidjan since it reopened, but the curator hopes to raise this figure tenfold over the course of the year, since tourists are returning to the country.

Engaging students and schoolchildren in the collection is also a priority.

"The museum is also the memory of a people," Memel Kassi observed. "It's important to see it discovered by the Ivorians."]]>
10/10/2017 12:58:51 PM
<![CDATA[Wire: New 'Star Wars' trailer: a hint at Leia's fate?]]>
The footage from the eighth installment in the blockbuster space opera, due for release on December 15, dropped during ESPN's Monday Night Football halftime show.

The 154-second clip follows a trailer released in April which teased Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) teaching Rey the ways of the Force.

This time around more plot was unveiled, with Luke telling Rey (Daisy Ridley) he'd only seen power like hers once before -- and while it didn't scare him enough then, it does now.

Fans speculated on social media that he could be talking about his nephew and Rey's nemesis Kylo Ren, who is seen in a TIE fighter with his mother General Leia Organa in his sights, his eyes welling up as he prepares to open fire.

Carrie Fisher -- who has played the character since she was known simply as Princess Leia in the original 1977-83 trilogy -- died in December, having already wrapped her scenes for "The Last Jedi."

Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy has said Fisher will not appear in the as-yet untitled ninth episode, due for release in 2019 -- leading some observers to conclude that the new trailer was showing her final moments.

Elsewhere Poe Dameron and Finn are shown battling the evil First Order and then there is a glimpse of Rey, apparently a prisoner of Supreme Leader Snoke, asking Kylo to "show me my place in all this" as -- shock, horror -- he offers her his hand.

The marketing around the film has been controversial, with director Rian Johnson ("Looper," "Brick") recently warning fans via Twitter that those wanting to go into the theater "clean" should "absolutely avoid" watching the new clip.

He appeared to have softened his stance by the time the footage dropped, however, tweeting: "FORGET EVERYTHING I SAID AND WATCH IT WATCH IT WATCH IT."

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It had almost half a million views and more than 21,000 comments on YouTube within two hours of being posted, with #TheLastJedi quickly becoming the top trending hashtag worldwide on Twitter.
The reaction among critics was effusive, with Ryan Parker, a film writer for the The Hollywood Reporter, enthusing that he was "blown away."

"I don't think I have ever been so hyped for a 'Star Wars' film than I am right now. It was the perfect mix of everything I was hoping it would be," he said.

"We got more Luke, but not too much, some looks at Leia that really hurt my heart and some more insight into where this all is going."

For Rolling Stone's Sean Collins, the "hints at a heel turn from Rey with those grim fourth-wall-breaking shots of Carrie Fisher's warrior princess on the verge of death, at the hands of her own son no less" presaged a movie strong in the dark side of the Force.

"The Last Jedi" -- filmed on the west coast of Ireland and at Pinewood Studios near London -- sees the return of the characters introduced in 2015's seventh installment.

Introducing the cast at a fan event earlier this year Johnson unveiled a new star, Kelly Marie Tran, who plays Rose, a maintenance worker who is part of the Resistance.

The actress revealed that she had told her family she was doing "an indie movie in Canada" -- such has been the secrecy surrounding the film.

Hamill tweeted on Monday that he was racing home to watch the trailer but told fans he was "not sure if I'll make the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs!!!" -- a reference to a famous line from the original "Star Wars."]]>
10/10/2017 12:09:22 PM
<![CDATA[Star-crossed 'Don Quixote' actor Rochefort dies aged 87]]>
Rochefort was a French national treasure who had scored a major international hit in 1990 with "The Hairdresser's Husband" when he was cast to play Don Quixote in 1998 by the former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam, who dreamed of bringing the "unfilmable" Cervantes novel to the big screen.

But things soon began to go wrong with the wildly ambitious project, in which Johnny Depp was to play a marketing executive sent back in time whom the elderly knight mistakes for his squire, Sancho Panza.

The veteran actor was struck by a prostate infection on the first day of shooting in Spain which left him in agony on the back of his half-starved horse.

Then on the second day a flash flood washed away the sets. Four days later the production collapsed when Rochefort had to be airlifted to hospital for surgery for a double hernia.

Over the next two decades Gilliam failed seven times to again get the project off the ground, and his doomed efforts to revive it became the subject of an acclaimed documentary, "Lost in La Mancha".

But last year Amazon agreed to fund the film, and "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" is expected to be released next year.

- Tensions with Gilliam -

Rochefort was withering about working with Gilliam, telling French television in 2014 that the American director had starved his horse before shooting began to make it look haggard.

An experienced horseman, Rochefort said he was shocked to see "the people around me had apples tied to their backs" so the horse would follow them.

He said the horse died the day after he left the set.

But that did not stop Gilliam, who is in the final stages of editing the film, from being effusive in his tributes to Rochefort.

"He was a great actor... brave and determined to continue shooting despite being in severe pain," he wrote on Facebook.

"His was the face and spirit of The Knight of the Mournful Countenance. I imagined that, like Quixote, he was capable of living forever."

Rochefort was a mainstay of the French film industry for more than half a century, appearing in comedies and popular blockbusters as well as in art films.

He won three Cesars -- the French equivalent of the Oscars -- the first for Bertrand Tavernier's 1975 film "Let Joy Reign Supreme" and another three years later for "Le Crabe-Tambour" (Drummer Crab). A lifetime's achievement award followed in 1999.

Famous for his wit and self-deprecating humour, he later joked: "I am part of (French) national heritage. There is Bayonne ham, (Philippe) Noiret, (Jean-Pierre) Marielle and me," in reference to two other well-known ageing actors.

- Dinner with the Queen -

Born in Paris to prosperous parents, Rochefort claimed to have had a deadly dull childhood in the western city of Nantes. "Lord, I was bored as a child," he said.

His movie breakthrough did not come till he was nearly 30.

Yves Robert began casting him on a regular basis, starting with "Le Grand Blond avec une Chaussure Noire" (The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe) in 1972, before he enjoyed a long partnership with Patrice Leconte on "The Hairdresser's Husband", "Ridicule" (1996) and "Man on the Train" (2002).

He formally retired after starring in his last film "Floride" (Florida) in 2015, playing a former industrialist who appears to be suffering from Alzheimer's disease. "I do not want to make horror films, so I had better stop," he said.

Leconte said Rochefort was a "great laugher" and they would often call each other to share jokes. "Who I am I going to call to now?" he said.

Rochefort had a passion for horses and owned a stud farm west of Paris.

He was once invited by the French president to dine with Queen Elizabeth II, and accepted, thinking he would be one among hundreds. In fact there were eight guests, including former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger.

Rochefort found himself seated directly across from the queen but rose to the occasion, managing to make small talk about her daughter Princess Anne, a keen equestrian, the weather, and even blacksmithing.

"I have been told you still practise cold shoeing in Hampshire," he asked in reference to a waning method of protecting horses' hooves.

"No, less and less," the queen replied.]]>
10/10/2017 12:08:00 PM
<![CDATA[Daniel Johnston, rock outsider, closes out with friends]]>
In between stints in psychiatric care for severe manic depression, Johnston has given a new meaning to lo-fi with decades worth of homemade recordings in which he pours out stories of personal pain and unrequited love set to classic, Beatles-inspired pop.

The 56-year-old, who lives with care of his family in the small town of Waller in eastern Texas, has embarked on a tour that Dick Johnston, his brother and manager, describes as Daniel's last.

The songwriter, who composes on piano and has traditionally performed on guitar, has put aside instruments for the tour and sings with bands that have taken inspiration from him and picked out setlists from Johnston's 121-song repertoire.

Johnston closes the tour next month in Seattle and Vancouver with members of Built to Spill, the guitar-swirling alternative rockers, and earlier in Washington performed with artists from Fugazi, who helped define the late hardcore US punk scene.

In New York on Saturday night, Johnston was backed up by members of two art pop bands, Beirut and Cibo Matto, who brought a new texture to his songs with string interludes and thunderous drums.

Johnston -- a world away from Waller, Texas at a theater in bustling Times Square -- took the stage to a standing ovation after a screening of "The Devil and Daniel Johnston," the award-winning 2005 documentary on his troubled but prodigiously creative life.

- Nervous and rawly earnest -
His typical unruly mop of hair now gray and cropped short, Johnston clenched the microphone with both hands and his arms shook incessantly out of apparent nervousness.

He belted out 14 songs in a little under 45 minutes, his voice as ever clear and robust in the high ranges, but with little traditional sense of keeping in-tune.
Staring down at notes on his stand, Johnston offered only cursory greetings and did not make even a moment of eye contact with the audience -- who nonetheless applauded enthusiastically and quickly recognized his tunes, including the muffled snippet of home-cassette noise that presages the organ on his early song "Walking the Cow."

The back-up band helped the solitary songwriter build the moods around his music -- "Speeding Motorcycle" took on an apt rock feel, while "Like a Monkey in the Zoo" brought in a touch of the blues.

High-profile guests are not new for Johnston, whose songs have been covered by an array of artists such as Pearl Jam, Tom Waits and Beck.

His career enjoyed a major boost when the late Kurt Cobain appeared on MTV in one of Johnston's T-shirts, leading to a surge of interest in the outsider artist who at the height of Nirvana's fame was institutionalized.

Before the announced retirement from touring, Johnston had appeared to be in improving health and in the 2000s traveled to play in Europe and Japan.

A prolific sketcher, he has also found growing interest in his paintings with the latest exhibition taking place this month in Tokyo.

Johnston's supposedly final New York performance was significantly less eventful than his first major trip to the metropolis in 1988.

Invited to record with alternative rockers Sonic Youth, Johnston punched the band's drummer Steve Shelley and was forced into a hospital -- only to escape and show up as an opening act at famed underground club CBGB.]]>
10/10/2017 12:04:17 PM
<![CDATA[UK actress felt 'violated' after Weinstein encounter]]>
Garai, best known for her role in "Atonement", said she had already been hired for a part but was told to audition privately with the Hollywood mogul because "you had to be personally approved by him."

"Like every other woman in the industry, I've had an 'audition' with Harvey Weinstein," she told the paper.

"So I had to go to his hotel room in the Savoy and he answered the door in his bathrobe. I was only 18. I felt violated by it," the 35-year-old actress added.

Garai said that once she was in the room the two had a brief discussion about film but she felt "belittled" by his "abuse of power."

"The point was that he could get a young woman to do that, that I didn't have a choice, that it was humiliating for me and that he had the power."

She said she had not previously raised the incident because film business insiders would be "shocked I even thought it was an issue."

Weinstein was fired on Sunday from his own film studio, three days after a bombshell New York Times report alleged that the Oscar-winning executive producer behind such hits as "The King's Speech" and "The Artist" had preyed on young women hoping to break into the industry.

Weinstein's accusers -- who reportedly include celebrities such as Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd -- say the 65-year-old tycoon had promised to help advance their careers in exchange for sexual favours, pressuring them to massage him and watch him naked.

Weinstein has expressed regret for his behaviour towards women, saying: "I own my mistakes."

Movie legends Meryl Streep and Judi Dench led a chorus of outrage including from actors Seth Rogan, Lena Dunham and Patricia Arquette, director James Gunn and fellow producer Judd Apatow.]]>
10/10/2017 12:03:07 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Nayer returns to cinema after 6-year absence]]>
Mohamed Emam asked him to write a film that fuses action and comedy, hence Nayer wrote “Sun and Moon,” which will be starring Emam and Yasmine Sabri.

Since his last movie “Broadcasting Love” in 2011, Nayer has only written one other film since; “Misunderstanding” in 2015, which was directed by Ahmed Samir Farag. He pointed out that the movie “Misunderstanding” was not for the common audience, and was only displayed in Egypt for two weeks.

The last TV series he wrote was “The Caesar” in 2016.

Nayer was born in 1982 in Netherlands. He debuted his career as a scenarist with the film “Best Friends” in 2009, and TV series “Citizen X” in 2011.

10/10/2017 11:33:54 AM
<![CDATA[500 artists celebrate 29th anniversary of Cairo Opera House]]>
Cairo Symphony Orchestra will perform great classical works such asEdward Elgar’s“Pomp and Circumstance March no.1" and Carl Orff’s“Carmina Burana,”and "O Fortuna."

A Cappella Choir, Arabic Music Ensemble,Cairo Opera Ballet Company,among many other bands will also perform in the ceremony, led by the head of Cairo Opera House,Inas Abdel Dayem.

During the program, a documentary film and archive photos about the most important artists and bands that have visited Cairo Opera House over the last 29 years, will be presented.

With the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Cairo Opera House was inaugurated on October 10, 1988.

Other than dance and music shows, Cairo Opera House houses a number of galleries, museums and quarters for educational programs. On the other hand, the Opera House's Main Hall, designed to seat 1,300 spectators, lends its stage to symphonic concerts and performances. The Small Hall (350 seats) and Open Air Theater present recitals, light music concerts, cinema clubs, artistic salons and special performances, according to Ahram Online.
10/10/2017 11:13:20 AM
<![CDATA[Al Fan Al Asil to perform at El Sawy Culture Wheel ]]>
The ensemble will introduce a number of classic music selections such as operettas, and poetry recitals.

Al Fan Al Asil is an Egyptian ensemble that aims to promote the musical heritage of Egypt.

The ensemble includes singers of all ages who believe music is their first passion.

They have performed many times at El Sawy Culture Wheel.
10/9/2017 5:52:34 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian actor Hussein Fahmy urges production of state-supported films]]>
During the seminar, Fahmy has stressed the importance of operating cinema not only as art but also as a business. Filmmakers operating in the industry should understand the economy of filmmaking he stated, according to a statement by the festival’s media office.

“I have participated in several documentaries and advertorials when I traveled to the U.S. after the defeat of 1967 and only hoped that I could work with major filmmakers and directors such as Youssef Shahin who encouraged me to collaborate in one of his films at the time,” he added during the seminar.

The anticipated

33rd Alexandria Film Festival

has been inaugurated at Bibliotheca Alexandria on Saturday entitled, “Cinema and Illegal Immigration,” featuring an array of films from different angles.

This edition is carrying the name of the renowned Egyptian actor Hussein Fahmy who has long contributed to Egyptian cinema and has been honored in the opening ceremony.
10/9/2017 5:52:33 PM
<![CDATA[Meet Islamic Civilization Glory at Museum of Islamic Ceramics ]]>Prince Amr Helmy Palace was constructed in 1923 and includes different architectural styles such as Moroccan and Turkish, as well as being influenced by modern European style.

The main hall contains a glass collection of many colorful windows that decorate the Main Hall dome.

Decorating windows, walls, corners and doors with accurate and artistic decorations is a main feature in the prestigious Islamic arts.

Environment influenced the Muslim artists, who employed decorations taken from nature.

They also designed detailed geometric designs and calligraphy.
Beside the Main Hall, the museum contains a number of halls, each displaying features of a certain period in the history of Islamic art.

The Main Hall (photo: State Information Service)
Fatimid Hall
Displaying artifacts dating back to the Fatimid era is the main aim of the hall.
The walls of the hall are divided into two parts. Half of the walls are designed in the Turkish style. White and blue Turkish ceramics organize together to form a certain geometric shape.

The other half was designed in the Arabesque style, combined with paintings of plants.
A dining table is centered in the hall. It is an original piece of the palace furniture.
19 pieces are displayed on the table, and all of them date back to the Fatimid era.
74 displayed artifacts include pots, plates, rings and flasks. All pieces are decorated with rare Islamic designs.
Turkish Style Hall
This hall is characterized by unique calligraphies on the walls, and it has 12 showcases.
Pots, plates, dishes, bowls, cups and lanterns are displayed in the hall.

Artifact (Photo: Wikipedia)
Egyptian Style Hall
It has many artifacts dating back to the Mamluk, Ayyubid, Ottoman and Umayyad periods.
36 pieces are exhibited in different sized showcases. The walls were decorated with rectangular designs.
Pieces of modern furniture were added to the hall for hosting seminars and cultural events.
Prince’s Hall
It is the richest hall in the palace. The dome of it was decorated with a model of the golden sun.
The hall contains the original furniture of Amr Helmy’s Palace.

Artifact (Photo: Wikimedia)
Iranian Hall
It exhibits many artifacts that show the quality and features of Iranian art.

The Building ]]>
10/9/2017 5:35:18 PM
<![CDATA[Screening of award-winning film ‘It’s Not the Time of My Life’ ]]>
Directed by Szabolcs Hajdú, “It’s Not the Time of My Life” was released in 2016. The film is about a family who attempts to seek a better life and decides to migrate out of their homeland.

“It’s Not the Time of My Life” examines a conflict between two families who live in completely different circumstances and how they try to resolve their issues in order to live in real harmony.

The film received several nominations and awards, including the Audience Award at Jameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film Festival in 2016 and the Best Actor and Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2016.

The director and actor, Hajdú, is mostly known for his iconic films “Bibliothèque Pascal”, “White Palms” and “It's Not the Time of My Life”.

Hajdú has been awarded various awards, including the Cinema Prize for Feature Film at Avanca Film Festival in 2005, Best Actor in Gijón International Film Festival in 1994, Film Critics Awards at the Hungarian Film Critics Awards in 2002, and the Golden Reel Award in Tiburon International Film Festival in 2011.

10/9/2017 5:23:52 PM
<![CDATA[Jazz band Oscarisma Studio performs at El Sawy Culture Wheel]]>
Gathering independent artists and art amateurs, the group formed Oscarisma Studio, which has several affiliates including a music band and theatrical performers.

The studio also hosts composing, writing, acting, fine arts and graphics workshops. The artists are also known for performing mime art. The band aims to criticize negative societal behavior through music, lyrics, compositions, and performances, according to their official Facebook page.

Inspired by Arab and international artists such as Micheal Jackson, Fayrouz, William Shakespeare, Bob Marely, and Greek Theater among others, Oscarisma Studio seeks to lead an artistic revolution in cooperation with independent artists to develop the Egyptian culture scene.

The band previously performed in the annual

35th French Festival

held in Al Azhar Park in June, which was organized by the Institut Français d'Égypte (French Institute in Egypt) in cooperation with the Swiss embassy.

The crowds marched along with the band, who played well-known songs such as “C’est la Vie” by Cheb Khaled and jazz music mixed with oriental beats. The multi-disciplinary music festival features 20 artists from different cultural backgrounds. ]]>
10/9/2017 4:57:31 PM
<![CDATA[Tarbi'a to perform at El-Sawy Culture Wheel ]]>
Tarbi'a was formed in 2015. It mixes different musical genres and tastes together, including oriental sounds, Latin tunes and folk.

The band is consisted of Mohamed Sakr on acoustic guitar and vocals, Sameh Kaso on bass guitar, Serag Essam on guitar and qanoun, Shady Ibrahim on oud, Fady Farag on keyboard, and Amr Mounir and Ahmed Araby on percussion.

This year, Tarbi'a held a number of concerts, including their concerts at BA Arts Center and Janaklees for Visual Arts.
10/9/2017 4:14:24 PM
<![CDATA[Come and See’ to screen at ADEF ]]>
The film retraces the story of a boy who finds an old rifle and decides to join the Soviet resistance movement against the ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.

Released in 1985, “Come and See” is directed by Elem Klimov and written by Ales Adamovich.

It stars Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova and Liubomiras Laucevicius.

The film participated in the Moscow International Film Festival in 1985, The film won with FIPRESCI Prize and Golden Prize. ]]>
10/9/2017 3:10:03 PM
<![CDATA[Black Theama to perform at El Sawy Culture Wheel]]>
Founded in 2014, Black Theama consists of three members; Amir Salahuddin, Ahmed Bahr and Mohammed Abdo. Before formally becoming a band, the group had their first debut on the stage of El Sawy Culture Wheel in 2004.

The band introduced different types of music such as reggae, blues, jazz, rap, and hip hop into the local music scene. The trio became loved by many because of their different styles.

In addition to their dynamic range in genres, the lyrics of their music reflect the thoughts of the Egyptian population making their music relevant and relatable.

In 2010, the band released their first album “Ba7ar” (Sailor) which included 12 songs. In addition to that, Black Theama have also produced songs featured in films and television series such as "Bab Al-Dunya" and "Guaya" for the film “Alf Mabrouk” (A Thousand Congratulations) starring Ahmed Helmy.

Black Theama have also won several awards such as the Middle East Music Award, Akhbar El Youm Award, and Akhbar El Nogoum Award.
10/9/2017 3:02:06 PM
<![CDATA[Father-daughter duo, the Edgars at El Sawy Culture Wheel]]>
The pianist David Edgar has performed countless concerts around the world including Russia, Germany, Hungary, Estonia, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

After studying at the School of Talented Children with Professor Khalatove, David Edgar switched to the Conservatoire and started working with the pianist Professor Tcngis Amizaeljibi.

David Edgar co-founded and played with the Georgian Music Society; a trio of pianists in 1982. The band presented various music types and styles. After 12 years, David Edgar moved to Egypt and started working with Cairo Conservatoire, Russian Cultural Center and the Cairo Opera House.

Ballet dancer, Nino David expressed interest in dancing at a young age. She first completed a course in Waiid Aouni’s Modern Dance School in 2008 for two years.

After the completion of her course, Nino David joined Cairo Ballet Institute making her the first foreign student to join the institute.

Upon her graduation, Nino David joined Cairo Opera Ballet Company and has participated in various roles.
10/9/2017 2:46:19 PM
<![CDATA[Alphabet’ to screen at Tahrir Lounge]]>

Directed by Erwin Wagenhofer, the documentary film was released in 2013. It examines the modern day educational system and its impact on children. The film argues that the system restricts creativity and limits children’s imagination.

"Alphabet" was nominated for the Austrian Film Award and Golden Film Award at the German Film Awards in 2014.

Wagenhofer debuted his film-making career in 1981 with his first film titled, "End Station Normal." He is most known for "We Feed the World," and "Let’s Make Money."

His film "We Feed the World" won Best Documentary at Guild of German Art House Cinemas in 2005, and Amnesty International Award and FIPRESCI Prize at Motovun Film Festival in 2005.

"Let’s Make Money" was also nominated at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008.
10/9/2017 2:00:53 PM
<![CDATA[Africairo duo Asia Madani, Ahmed Omar at El-Genaina Theater]]>
Madani came to Egypt in 2001 with a strong intention to spread Sudanese culture and music around the world. Her first step was to move across the border to neighboring Egypt.

As she strived to spread her message to an even bigger audience, Madani participated in cultural awareness initiatives such as the AfriCairo Project and the Nile Project.

Born to an Eritrean father and an Egyptian mother, Omar has grown up into a mix of African-Egyptian culture. This extraordinary mix reflects in his creative work. Naturally, Omar started looking for other African music pioneers.

Founded in 2012, AfriCairo focuses on how Africans living in Cairo communicate and mix with Egyptian society through art and music. Although Egypt is itself a country in Africa, its culture is vastly different from that of other African countries.

The project was undertaken to raise awareness of African culture in Egypt and aimed to “create a dialogue between diverse cultures, customs and traditions.” Along with Omar and Madani, the repertoire consists of three other members.
10/9/2017 12:47:35 PM
<![CDATA[Yehia El-Fakharany to return to drama ]]>
The series will be produced by Mona Qotb, written by Mohamed Ragaa, and directed by Hala Khalil. Till now, the series entitled “Be al-Hagm al-Aa’ely” [Family Size].

Qotb stated to the press that the series discusses a social issue that will grab the attention of the audience. She added that Fakharany selects the topics of his works accurately; this is one of the reasons why Fakharany is a number one actor in Egyptian Drama.

Ibrahim Hamouda the director of Fakharany’s new series production agency announced that the company is preparing for another series, in addition to Fakharany’s series.

The latest series of Fakharany was “Wanoos,” which aired in 2016. It examined the relationship between man and devil.
The series was influenced by Dante’s divine comedy, “Goethe Faust,” and Christopher Marlow’s “Doctor Faustus.”
10/9/2017 12:31:02 PM
<![CDATA[Tom Petty returns near top of chart after death]]>
Petty's 1993 "Greatest Hits" compilation was in second place on the Billboard chart for the week through Thursday, with sales jumping 2,231 percent from a week earlier, tracking service Nielsen Music said.

But he still came below Canadian country star Shania Twain whose first album in 15 years, "Now," debuted at number one.

Twain, who was the one of the most successful artists of the 1990s, wrote an album with themes of personal restoration after a rough spell that included a high-profile divorce and struggles with her voice.

She far outpaced one of the other prominent releases of the week -- "Younger Now" by Miley Cyrus, a return to country roots by the singer who has become better known for her provocative stage persona.

Petty -- an often dark, Southern-influenced rocker whose hits included "I Won't Back Down," "American Girl" and "Free Fallin'" -- died of a cardiac arrest on October 2, a week after he completed a tour for the 40th anniversary of his band The Heartbreakers.]]>
10/9/2017 12:17:35 PM
<![CDATA[Legendary ‘Carmina Burana’ ballet to show at Cairo Opera House ]]>
Born in 2001, Ballet Flamenco de Madrid is an independent theater company that contributed in improving the artistic frame work of Spanish dance.

It established its independent training workshops and school. The repertoire of it contains a number of iconic international performances such as “Carmen” by Georges Bizet and “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff.

Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Orff in 1935 and 1936.

It is based on 24 poems written in Latin from the medieval collection “Carmina Burana,” which means in English “Songs of Beuern.”
10/9/2017 12:07:53 PM
<![CDATA[Dalida tribute band to perform at Institut Français d'Égypte]]>
The tribute band consists of Mariam Mounir, Wagdy al-Fiwy, Mohamed Wave, Mohamed Kennesh, and Abdallah al-Asabgy.

Dalida was famous for singing in multiple languages, including Arabic, Italian, English, Hebrew, Greek, and most importantly French. The restaurant's DJ acknowledges Dalida's role in adding the flavor of the Arab culture to France’s mainstream, as reported by the National Emirati website.

Dalida is a highly recognized music icon, especially in France. There is a street in Paris named after her in the neighborhood where she used to live. With her impressive repertoire of songs in many languages, Dalida remains to be a widely acclaimed and cherished singer.

“She is still very popular and famous in France and there are talent shows such as "Star Academy" and "The Voice" that still do Dalida songs,” said Anne, the French singer who commemorated Dalida by singing her songs during the homage.

Also, in 2016, a French movie called "Dalida" was produced to commemorate her success with music and her personal life.
10/9/2017 12:05:37 PM