<![CDATA[rss-Arts & Culture]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Arts & Culture]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[6 facts you may not know about legendary Faten Hamama]]>
She starred in a number of films and TV shows which made her a celebrated pioneer in the Egyptian film industry, both as a woman and an indisputable talent who maintained her poise throughout her career.

Born in 1931 in the Egyptian delta city of Mansoura, she went on to star in nearly 100 films, and a number of popular TV shows. Due to her stardom, she was honored with the nickname "Lady of the Screen”.

"Hamama made a comeback during the 1990s with the TV show “Dameer Abla Hekmat” (The Conscience of Ms. Hekmat) and at the start of the millennium, when she starred in the television mini-series Wajh al-Qamar (Face of the Moon).

She was also well known for her marriage with another famous Egyptian movie star, the internationally renowned Omar Sharif. Sharif and Hamama married in 1955 and divorced in 1974. Sharif was her second marriage as she had wed Ezzeldine Zulficar in 1947 in a marriage that ended in 1954.

The cause of death has not yet been announced, but Hamama's son Tarek Sharif has confirmed that his mother had passed away as a result of health problems. Hamama is survived by her son Tarek Sharif, daughter Nadia Zulficar, and third husband Mohammad Abdel Wahab Mahmoud.


Egypt Today commemorates the death anniversary of Faten Hamama by presenting six facts you may not know about the late great actress.

1- Hamama made her debut as an actress at the young age of seven, when she starred in “Youm Saeed” (Happy Day) alongside legendary singer Mohamed Abdel Wehab. She was named at that time “Egypt’s own Shirley Temple”.

2- The Top 100 Egyptian Films list compiled by the Supreme Council of Culture in Cairo’s cinema committee contains 8 movies of Hamama.

3- Faten Hamama’s artistic career reached its peak in the 1950s that is why she was chosen to participate in an American movie called “Cairo” in 1963.

4- The love story of Hamama and Sherif started when they worked together in Youssef Chahine’s movie “Sra’a fe El Wady” (Struggle in the Valley). He converted to Islam to marry her but they divorced 20 years later.

5- She was named “Star of the Century” by the Egyptian Writers and Critics organization at the Alexandria International Film Festival in 2001.

6- She strongly supported the 1952 Revolution. Between 1966 and 1971, Hamama lived outside of Egypt because she had refused to cooperate with the Egyptian Intelligence Agency. The agency was full of corruption at that time and its head Salah Nasr was forcing Egyptian actresses to cooperate with them. When she moved back, she often selected roles that delivered a pro-democracy message or criticized Egypt's laws.
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1/17/2020 12:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Recording Academy puts chief executive on leave days ahead of Grammys]]>
The action was taken “in light of concerns raised to the board of trustees, including a formal allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the Recording Academy team,” the organisation said in an email statement.

Board chairman Harvey Mason Jr. will serve as interim president and chief executive until the investigation is complete, it said, adding that two independent third-party investigators had been retained to look into the accusations.

Dugan took the helm on Aug. 1 as the organisation’s first female president and chief executive.

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1/17/2020 11:38:39 AM
<![CDATA[ Egyptian soprano Fatma Said signs with Warner Classics]]>
Warner Classics is the home of iconic recordings , cooperating with great international stars such as the late opera icon Maria Callas, Jacqueline du Pré, Karajan and other legends.


Said wrote on her Facebook account that she felt “lucky and blessed” to have a supportive team working with her on her album.

“Welcome to the Warner Classics family, @FatmaSaid! The Egyptian soprano, who in 2016 was named a BBC New Generation Artist, studied at the Hanns Eisler School of Music and Accademia del Teatro alla Scala. Her debut album will release later this year” Warner Classics announced on its official Twitter acount.



At the age of 14 Said enrolled at the vocal studio of Neveen Allouba.

After finishing her high school in Egypt, Said traveled to Germany to study music and joined Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin, where she studied under Renate Faltin.

Said won a number of prominient international awards. The international Egyptian soprano won the 8th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in Dublin.

In 2011, Said won the second award at the 16th International Schuman Lied Contest, as well as the Grand Award at the Giulio Peroti International Opera Contest. In 2012, she won both first prize and the audience prize at the 7th Leyla Gencer Voice Competition that took place in Istanbul, Turkey.

After Said applied for a scholarship at the La Scala Academy in Milan. After four rounds of screenings, the academy chose Said from thousands of applicants, among a group of 11 young talents.

She was the first Egyptian singer to be accepted to La Scala Academy , and went on to perform there in Mozart's Magic Flute.

Said was also one of six musicians selected by BBC Radio 3 to take part in its New Generation Artist Scheme from 2016 to 2018.


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1/17/2020 11:35:33 AM
<![CDATA[Numerous cultural, artistic events to be held on Jan. 16]]>
The Italian Cultural Institute's theater hosts the 2010 movie "Marriages and Other Disasters" (Matrimoni e altri Disastri) at 7 p.m.

Clegg Gallery of Art is organizing the eighth exhibition of male and female artists in the studio of painting, pastel and coal at 7p.m. The exhibition is held under the title "Forum of Friends of the Eighth Studio". The exhibition runs daily from 10 a.m.until 6 p.m.

Additionally, the Supreme Council of Culture will conclude the fifth Cairo International Forum for Arabic Poetry, which takes place over four consecutive days from January 13 to January 16, with the participation of more than 100 poets and critics from 15 countries.

The closing ceremony will be held on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Cairo Opera House's Hanager Center for Art to announce the winner of the forum’s fifth edition. It is worth noting that Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem raised the award to LE 200,000 rather than LE 100,000.

Moreover, film screenings of the Arab School of Film and Television will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Hanager Cinema.

Also, a concert by Yasser Anwar and his band will take place at Prince Bashtak Palace at 7:30 p.m.

The National Center for Child Culture also organized a seminar titled "The Art of Traditional Puppets, Future Visions" to be held at 5 p.m.






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1/16/2020 6:01:43 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Tourism & Antiquities participate in “Salon De Plongée” diving exhibition in Paris]]>
The participation came within the framework of the Ministry’s plan to promote tourism products that abound in the Egyptian tourist destination, especially those related to diving.

Head of the Egyptian General Authority for the Promotion of Tourism Ahmed Youssef explained that Salon De Plongée is one of the most important mass tourism exhibitions held in France, due to the French fondness for diving, stressing that the Ministry's participation this year in the exhibition comes in light of the interest in tourism promotion in the French market, which is witnessing a noticeable increase in French tourists coming to Egypt recently.

Because of its distinctive geographical location on the Red Sea Coast, Egypt is a pioneer in this type of tourism because of its comparative and competitive advantage, with the availability of the suitable infrastructure for diving tourism, where diving and water-sports centers are abundantly located in tourist resorts in Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Safaga and Taba, which organizes training courses to learn recreational diving in addition to organizing daily and weekly trips to visit diving sites near the various coasts and/or islands of Egypt.

The Egyptian pavilion at the diving exhibition witnessed a high turnout of diving enthusiasts, in addition to tourist agents, tourism companies and diving clubs interested in the Egyptian tourist destination in the French market.

A cocktail party was also organized in the Egyptian pavilion. In addition, the Red Sea Diving Safari Center organized a competition whose awards were trips for the winners to Marsa Alam. Several other gifts were distributed to the visitors of the Egyptian pavilion as well. The staff at the Egyptian pavilion also responded to the visitor’s inquiries regarding travel to Egypt and distributed tourist flyers to them.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities participated in this exhibition with a 30 square meter pavilion, an increase of 12 square meters over last year due to the high turnout by Egyptian participants at the exhibition.

The Egyptian pavilion this year presented a number of diving centers in the Red Sea region and tourism companies specialized in ship tourism and cruises, in addition to Egypt’s national aviation company Egypt Air.

It is worth noting that this year more than 413 exhibitors participated in an area of 13,000 cubic meters of tourism companies, tourist offices and diving centers from various countries of the world.

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1/16/2020 4:58:37 PM
<![CDATA[Eyewitness to horror: New York museum opens exhibit of art by Holocaust victims]]>
“It was a light bulb moment,” said Morris, who put together an exhibit of art created by some of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazi regime.

“Rendering Witness: Holocaust-Era Art as Testimony,” which opens this week at the lower Manhattan museum, comes at a time when U.S. anti-Semitic hate crimes have spiked and memories of the horrors of the Holocaust are fading.

“This exhibition stands against and educates about the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism, bigotry of any kind,” said Morris, describing the 21 powerful depictions of the Holocaust, mostly by Jewish prisoners.

It all started with another institution’s request to borrow some of the pieces in the museum’s collection. As Morris reviewed the dozens of works in its vaults, he knew immediately that it was high time for the museum to mount an exhibition of its own.

“Behind the statistics, and behind the numbers and behind the scenes where we see hundreds of thousands of people in concentration camps, these are actual people who had multi-faceted lives,” Morris said.

Among them was a 12-year-old girl, Helga Weissova, who brought art supplies with her when she was sent to Terezin Ghetto and concentration camp, about 30 miles (48 km) north of Prague in the Czech Republic, in October 1944. Before Weissova was deported from Terezin to Auschwitz, the infamous slave-labor camp in southern Poland, she gave her drawings to her uncle, a fellow prisoner who hid them behind a wall.

The show features her 1943 work in colored pencil on paper, “Transport Leaving Terezin,” which shows gun-toting guards ushering a huddled group of prisoners carrying suitcases.

Weissova is now in her 90s and living in Prague, but many of the artists never made it out of the deadly camps.

Peter Loewenstein of Czechoslovakia was deported in 1941 to Terezin. He gave the 70 drawings to his mother before he was then deported in 1944 to the notorious Auschwitz camp.

His mother and sister would soon be deported to Auschwitz as well, but not before turning over the art to a family friend.

His sister, the only family member who survived the camp, recovered the portfolio after the war, including “Eight Men in Coats with Stars,” a 1944 ink on paper depiction of Jews forced to wear identification badges.

Equally powerful is a watercolor by Marvin Halye, a member of the 104th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, who liberated Nordhausen concentration camp in Germany in 1945.

After seeing the few surviving prisoners tending to thousands of bodies, he rushed to paint “Liberation of Nordhausen, Civilians Covering Corpses.”

The show, which runs Jan. 16 through July 5, opens amid a spike in anti-Semitic hate crimes across the United States and particularly in New York City, home to the largest Jewish community outside of Israel.

Anti-Jewish hate crimes in New York in 2019 were at a 28-year high, according to professor Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

In the most recent attack, a machete-wielding man wounded five people gathered last month for a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s home in the New York City suburb of Monsey.

Just weeks earlier, a shooting at a kosher supermarket in nearby Jersey City, New Jersey left two Hasidic Jews dead.

Hate crimes are escalating at a time when many American adults lack basic knowledge of the Holocaust.

The greatest gaps in understanding are among U.S. millennials - people in their 20s and 30s. Two-thirds of them do not know what Auschwitz is, said a recent survey by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.]]>
1/16/2020 4:05:02 PM
<![CDATA[Magda el-Sabahy dies at 88]]>
Sabahy presented to the Egyptian cinema a number of the most important social, religious and national films, of which a number was listed among the 100 most important films in the history of cinema.

The late artist bears some features of the characters that she presented on the screen. Her family was a very prominent family in the governorate of Menoufia. Her father was one of the prominent members working at the Ministry of Transportation.

Her real name was Afaf Ali Kamel Ahmed Abdel Rahman el-Sabahy and achieved her education in the French schools.

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1/16/2020 2:59:07 PM
<![CDATA[Min.: Celebrations of Khedive Opera confirm Egypt’s cultural leadership]]>
Egypt is the first country in the Arab region and Africa to ever establish an opera house. Abdel Dayem noted that the Khedive Opera remained the first and only cultural beacon in the Middle East for more than a century until a fire burned it down in 1971, and that Egypt was and will remain a focal point for interaction between the countries of the world and a center of thought and culture.

The Egyptian Academy of Arts in Rome, in cooperation with the Egyptian Opera House organized an artistic evening that was attended by Egyptian Ambassador to Italy Hisham Badr, Head of the Arab League Mission in Rome Inas Mekawi, and a selection of Arab and African diplomats and prominent individuals in the Italian community.
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The celebrations included the screening of a documentary film about the art of opera in Egypt since the opening of the Khedive Opera, followed by a selection of the most famous classical international operas, performed by group of Cairo opera stars, including Iman Mustafa, Mona Rafla, Laila Ibrahim, Amr Ahmed and Adel Sabry.
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It is worth noting that the Khedive Opera House or the Royal Opera House opened on November 1, 1869, and burned down on October 28, 1971. It was considered the first opera house in Africa and the Middle East. The opera house was built as per Khedive Ismail's order to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal. It was made of wood and had a capacity of 850 seats.

The Royal Opera was located between Azbakeya area and Ismailia Square (presently Tahrir Square) in the capital of Egypt.


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1/16/2020 2:42:28 PM
<![CDATA[Nancy Ajram’s husband officially charged with ‘intentional murder’]]>
On January 5, the deceased, who reportedly worker previously as a farmer in Ajram’s house, tried to infiltrate the house of Ajram, but he was shot dead by her husband, allegedly using the right of self-defense.



Ajram’s lawyer said that charging Hashem with deliberate murder a “natural path” for the case. The legitimate intentional killing with the aim of self-defense is punishable by Article 547 with a jail penalty of 15 to 20 years, The public prosecutor, however, referred the case to Article 229 of the Lebanese Penal Code, which exempt the defendant from punishment if self-defense motive was proven, Al-Arabiya reported.

Article 229 of the Lebanese Penal Code stipulates that the perpetrator shall not be punished for a necessary act by which he aimed to defend himself or someone or his property or someone’s property against imminent and extreme danger, which he did not cause intentionally, provided that the act and the danger are proportionate.

The alleged robber’s wife earlier denied her husband aimed to rob Ajram’s house, saying that even if her murdered husband was a thief, robbing the star and her husband would not affect them monetarily in any way.

She confirmed that her husband was a very religious person and never thought of stealing. The wife went on to say that on the day of his murder, her husband took the toy gun of his child Hassan, stressing that anyone would easily tell the gun was not real.



Since the unfortunate incident happened in Agram’s villa on Jan. 5, numerous rumors revolving around the villa slain have been circulating. Fady el-Hachem and Agram have been eager to clarify all the rumors in an attempt to expose the truth. Concerned individuals following the case are in constant confusion since incompatible information emerges from time to time.
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1/15/2020 9:10:52 PM
<![CDATA[Preparations for transfer of 22 royal mummies finalized]]>CAIRO - 15 January 2020: The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is preparing to transfer the royal mummies from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat.

The mummies will be transferred in an international ceremony and under high security measures. The transfer process will be treated as an important event, no less in importance in the previous transfer of Ramses statue that was transferred to the main lobby of the Grand Egyptian Museum.

In total, 22 royal mummies will be transferred to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat.

General Manager of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Sabah Abdel-Razek explained that currently 22 royal mummies are being prepared to be transferred to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.

A committee composed of specialists from the Tahrir Museum and the National Research Center of the Ministry of Antiquities, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization and the Grand Egyptian Museum are maintaining and sterilizing the mummies.

Abdel Razek further clarified that the mummies- after being documented- will be transferred in special containers to protect them from any shocks or damages.

Abdel Razek added that a rehearsal of the transfer took place on Jan. 14. Special cars will be used for the transport of the 22 mummies, to prevent any harm or damages.

For his part, veteran archaeologist Zahi Hawass told the press the transfer event will be broadcast globally, covering the mummies' departure from the Egyptian Museum and their arrival at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat.

The number of mummies and coffins to be transported is 22 royal mummies and 17 royal coffins, dating back to the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th Dynasties. 18 of the mummies are for kings, while 4 are the mummies of queens.

Among the mummies transferred are mummies for King Ramses II, King Seqenenre Tao, King Tuthmosis III, King Seti I, Queen Hatshepsut, and Queen Meritamen; the wife of King Amenhotep I, and Queen Ahmose Nefertari, the wife of King Ahmose I.

The royal mummies will be transferred to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in a large march, in preparation for the opening of three halls that include the central exhibition hall and the mummies hall.


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1/15/2020 5:12:33 PM
<![CDATA[Syrian journalist threatens to kill Agram’s entire family]]>
The Syrian who recorded the video is named Waseem Zakkour. The uploaded video was titled: “A Direct Threat from a Syrian ISIS Member to Kill Agram’s Entire Family.”

In the video, Zakkour said that the people in the village of the deceased have no option but to avenge his murder. And this will be by killing Agram, her husband, or her daughters. The man went on to say that the man who died is not an insect. He is a human. Zakkour warned Agram that she has a month to decide which of her family members should die in return.

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1/15/2020 4:42:05 PM
<![CDATA[New information emerge on Agram’s villa slain]]>
The document is a Lebanese temporary residency permit for a Syrian refugee. The date on the residency permit revealed that it had been invalid since September 2019. This indicates that the deceased robber’s stay in Lebanon was illegal, and that it would be impossible for him to be working in Agram’s villa as her husband would not allow that to happen since his residency permit was outdated.

This document caused havoc on social media platforms because it indicated that the deceased was staying illegally in Lebanon, especially after the Lebanese Government tightened the procedures for granting residency permits for Syrian refugees. Social media users mentioned that this by itself is proof that the deceased was not working in Agram’s villa, defying all claims that said otherwise.

The “leaking” of this document comes after the controversial statements made by the victim's wife on Jan. 14, saying that even if her murdered husband "was a thief,'' robbing the star and her husband would not affect them monetarily in any way, confirming that he was a very religious person and never thought of stealing. The wife went on to say that on the day of his murder, her husband took the toy gun of his child Hassan, stressing that anyone would easily tell the gun was not real.

Since the unfortunate incident happened in Agram’s villa on Jan. 5, numerous rumors revolving around the villa slain have been circulating. Fady el-Hachem and Agram have been eager to clarify all the rumors in an attempt to expose the truth. Concerned individuals following the case are in constant confusion since incompatible information emerges from time to time.





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1/15/2020 4:38:35 PM
<![CDATA[People with special needs, martyr’s children exempted from entry fee of 51st CIBF]]>
The book fair will be held from Jan. 22 to Feb. 4, 2020 in Egypt International Exhibitions Center.

For his part, Head of the General Egyptian Book organization Haitham el-Hag said that, based on the decision of the minister of culture, the halls hosting the book fair activities were provided with equipment and paths designed especially for people with special needs, to facilitate their tour and provide them with all the necessary services to achieve maximum benefit from the visit.

It is noteworthy that the 51st Cairo International Book Fair includes 808 booths. A total of 38 countries and 900 Arab and foreign publishing houses and official entities will participate, including three publishing houses specializing in publications related to individuals with special needs.

Some 41 Azbakiya Wall libraries will be among the participating entities in the book fair. The book fair will also host 3,502 cultural and artistic events.

Senegal will be the book fair’s guest of honor, while late writer Gamal Hemdan will be the fair’s personality. Hemdan’s special hall will be hosting discussion seminars focusing on three axise.

It is worth mentioning that the General Egyptian Book Organization, in cooperation with Dar al-Hilal, published the encyclopedia "The Personality of Egypt" by great late writer Gamal Hemdan, to be exhibited in the book fair's family library. The encyclopedia consists of four parts.

The General Egyptian Book Organization will also cooperate with Dar al-Hilal to publish 8 books for the late writer, including “Colonization and Liberation strategy” and “Colonization and Liberation in the Arab world”.

It is worth noting that the General Egyptian Book Organization has closed the door for applying for the First Book Award for youth under the age of 35, valued at L.E 5,000; the Heritage Award, which is awarded by the Book Authority and Dar al-Ketab; the awards for the Best Translated Book and the Best Translated Book for Children, awarded by the General Egyptian Book Organization and the National Center for Translation; and the award for the Best Publishing House which is granted by the General Egyptian Book Organization and the Egyptian Publishers Association.

For the first time, a digital app will be launched for the book fair, containing all the information related to the publications and their locations in the different halls.

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1/15/2020 3:49:56 PM
<![CDATA[Berlinale Shorts Presents its Programme and the International Short Film Jury 2020]]>
“The short form enjoys a special freedom, it sets its own rules,” says Henckel-Donnersmarck. “It operates outside the conventional distribution chains and doesn’t need to please the expectations of a market. Its special magic unfolds once established viewing habits are left behind. We are very much looking forward to sharing this magic with the audience.”

The total of 24 films from 18 countries flow through a broad spectrum of topics and aesthetics. They invite to reflect, inspire and discuss:

In 1988, Gabriele Stötzer took the liberty and asked her friends in the East German city of Erfurt to dance in ecstasy at self-chosen locations (Veitstanz/Feixtanz). Some 22 years later, virtual soldiers try to desert within a computer game and thus undermine the social rules of gaming and war (How to Disappear). Both small and large moments of refusal (HaMa'azin, Filipiñana, Girl and Body, So We live, Inflorescence) are searched for as well as the concrete feeling of freedom that was taken away by a prison sentence (Huntsville Station).

Death and disappearance are also themes that run throughout the programme (Gumnaam Din, À l'entrée de la nuit). Idiosyncratic mourning rituals provide comfort and create a sense of community (T, Playback. Ensayo de una despedida, Écume) as well as constitute a form of confrontation with the present (Union County, Atkūrimas) and past (Cause of Death) of our society.

And then there are all of the cinematic worlds that lift the veil of reality (Genius Loci, Celle qui porte la pluie) or create their own universes (It Wasn't the Right Mountain, Mohammad, Stump the Guesser, My Galactic Twin Galaction).

Setting one’s own aesthetic rules opens up cinematic spaces of thought (2008, Aletsch Negative, A Demonstration). A form of freedom that can be bliss.

Films of the Berlinale Shorts 2020:

2008, Blake Williams, Canada, 12’ (IP)
À l'entrée de la nuit, Anton Bialas, France, 19’ (WP)
Aletsch Negative, Laurence Bonvin, Switzerland, 12’ (IP)
Atkūrimas, Laurynas Bareisa, Lithuania, 13’ (WP)
Cause of Death, Jyoti Mistry, South Africa / Austria, 19’ (WP)
Celle qui porte la pluie, Marianne Métivier, Canada, 17’ (IP)
A Demonstration, Sasha Litvintseva, Beny Wagner, Germany / Netherlands / United Kingdom, 25’ (WP)
Écume, Omar Elhamy, Canada, 28’ (WP)
Filipiñana, Rafael Manuel, Philippines / United Kingdom, 24’ (WP)
Genius Loci, Adrien Mérigeau, France, 16’ (IP)
Girl and Body, Charlotte Mars, Australia, 19’ (IP)
Gumnaam Din, Ekta Mittal, India, 29’ (IP)
HaMa'azin, Omer Sterenberg, Israel, 11’ (IP)
How to Disappear, Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf, Austria, 21’ (WP)
Huntsville Station, Chris Filippone, Jamie Meltzer, USA, 14’ (WP)
Inflorescence, Nicolaas Schmidt, Germany, 8’ (WP)
It Wasn't the Right Mountain, Mohammad, Mili Pecherer, France, 29’ (WP)
My Galactic Twin Galaction, Sasha Svirsky, Russian Federation, 7’ (WP)
Playback. Ensayo de una despedida, Agustina Comedi, Argentina, 14’ (IP)
So We Live, Rand Abou Fakher, Belgium, 16’ (WP)
Stump the Guesser, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Canada, 19’ (WP)
T, Keisha Rae Witherspoon, USA, 14’ (IP)
Union County, Adam Meeks, USA, 14’ (WP)
Veitstanz/Feixtanz, Gabriele Stötzer, GDR, 25’, 1988 (out of competition).

The Berlinale was founded 70 years ago as a “Showcase of the Free World”. What does freedom look like today? How do you preserve your freedom to be free? This is one of the reoccurring questions of the Berlinale Shorts competition 2020.


The International Short Film Jury

Réka Bucsi’s (Hungary) magical-surreal animated films Symphony no. 42, LOVE and Solar Walk celebrated their premieres at the Berlinale Shorts, were shown at festivals worldwide (Sundance, SXSW, Annecy, Pictoplasma, etc.) and won over 50 prizes. For Solar Walk, she received the Audi Short Film Award 2018 at the Berlinale. This film is based on a 45-minute film symphony, a work which she realised on behalf of and in collaboration with the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra. Bucsi received both a BA and a MA from Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. Her clients include Adult Swim, FX Networks or Cartoon Network. She lives and works in Budapest.

Fatma Çolakoğlu (Turkey) has been a curator for exhibitions as well as for film and video art for 15 years now. In 2005, she established the film department of the Istanbul Modern - Museum of Contemporary Art. Subsequently, she was responsible for the film and video programme of Pera Film and headed the communications department of the Pera Museum in Istanbul. Today, Çolakoğlu is associate director for research and programming at SALT in Istanbul. Çolakoğlu received her BA in film history and production from Emerson College in the USA and her MA in Theatre Directing from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese is a filmmaker and artist from Lesotho, currently based in Berlin. He works also as an author, director and cinematographer. His award-winning short films and video art works have been presented internationally. Mosese’s long film essay Mother, I am Suffocating. This is My Last Film About You. celebrated its premiere in 2019 at the Berlinale Forum. His feature film This Is Not A Burial, It's A Resurrection was screened at the International Film Festivals in Venice and Rotterdam, the Museum of Modern Art “MOMA” as well as at the Sundance Film Festival.

Mosese is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents (2012) and was a participant of the “Focus Features Africa First”, the “Realness Screenwriter’s Residency”, the “Final Cut Venice” and “Venice Biennale Cinema College” as well as “Cannes L’Atelier”.

The International Short Film Jury awards the following Prizes:

Golden Bear for Best Short Film
(The winner of the Golden Bear qualifies for being eligible for next year's short film Oscar)
Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film)
Audi Short Film Award, endowed with 20,000 €
The Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards
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1/15/2020 2:12:44 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel Dayem to launch Farouk Hosny Art Exhibition on Jan. 21]]>
It is the first prize that the foundation has launched since its establishment at the end of September 2019.

On this occasion, Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem will open an art exhibition that includes works at the final stage of the competition at the Gezira Arts Center in Zamalek.

The ceremony includes a speech by former Minister of Culture and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the foundation Farouk Hosny, in addition to a screening of a short documentary film on Farouk Hosny Foundation for Culture and Arts directed by Hany Abul Hassan.

The ceremony will also include a speech from the judging panel, where the winning photography artwork of the first award worth of LE 50,000 will be announced. The foundation will also award nine other artworks certificates of appreciation.

“The foundation seeks to build the Egyptian person by supporting creative youth in various fields,” said Hosny.

“This year, we started with photography and we will work in the coming years to organize other competitions in the various branches of arts and culture,” concluded Hosny.

Hosny expressed his admiration of the artwork submitted to the competition which demonstrates the ability of Egyptian youth to be creative, saying: “There is a lot of talent that needs to be supported. This is our main goal in the foundation. The foundation does not only offer a financial prize, but will also help artists in marketing their works, through displaying them in a group art exhibition.”

The foundation announced its first photography competition on the sidelines of its launch in September 2019. The foundation accepted 453 artworks from young artists aging from 18 to 35 years. Seventy one artworks were selected by the judging panel to participate in a group art exhibition that runs until January 31.

The contest's jury included Alia Abdul Hadi, Ashraf Reda, Hussain el-Shabouri, Samir Fouad and Ehab el-Labban.

It is noteworthy that Farouk Hosny Foundation for Culture and Arts is an independent institution, based in Zamalek. Established at the end of 2019 and bearing the publicity number 872 of 2019 from the Ministry of Social Solidarity, it aims to support young people in various branches of arts, culture and creativity to be able to participate in the development of society.




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1/14/2020 7:15:23 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: 1160 parts extracted from Khufu’s ship]]>
It is expected that the team will finish lifting the wooden pieces from the hole and completing the initial restoration and documentation of all the pieces in mid 2020.

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Yoshimura clarified that the number of pieces of wood in Khufu’s second ship is about 1260 pieces. Some 1160 pieces were extracted by the team; 1030 artifacts have been restored, and 942 artifacts have been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum to date. The team will begin to develop a special study to assemble the boat inside the Grand Egyptian Museum.

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Director of restoration at Khufu's second ship project Issa Zidan added that once the artifacts are extracted, they are documented using 3D imaging technology. This method of documentation gives very precise and clear details. All parts will be scanned to computers before re-assembling, to avoid any possible mistakes.

Zidan further indicated that after the initial restoration and documentation, the pieces will be transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum, where a special hall have been provided to exhibit Khufu’s ships, noting that approximately two large pieces of the lower part of the ship are extracted daily.






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1/14/2020 6:10:32 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: 1st picture book in history discovered in Egypt]]>
The discovered book is more than 4,000 years old and may be the oldest version of a book ever present. The book is considered as a "Book of Two Ways", known as the texts of the coffins.

The ancient book contains more than a thousand talismans and scriptures which were written on coffins during the Middle Kingdom (2055-1795 BC). Its purpose was to ensure survival in the afterlife. Many of these talismans are derived from the texts of the pyramids, while some of them are the original talismans of "The Book of the Dead," which dates back to the Modern state.

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It consists of a set of ancient Egyptian funerary texts/scripts, which began to appear on the coffins at the beginning of the first Decay Period. These texts were drawn from the texts of the pyramids that were for royal use only.

However, some of the words have been replaced to be used by the general public, as it became possible for some ordinary Egyptians to own coffins with inscriptions of funerary texts. That is, the right to the afterlife is no longer restricted to the pharaoh.

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Most of these texts date back to the Middle Kingdom. Sometimes these texts were inscribed on the walls of tombs, obelisks, papyri, and even on mummy masks. The content of these texts are drawn from many different areas of religious life, like myths about deities, chants, and magic spells, as was the case with the pyramid texts.

However, the texts of the coffins are not concerned with fusing content in a theological theory. Rather, its apparent character is the tendency to confirm its magic effect in the service of the dead.

These texts were designed for the use of commoners, and were not restricted to kings. Every person can, after death, be transformed into the god Osiris, thereby obtaining a better life in the community of deities. However, this process is not automatic, like what was believed to be the case with deceased kings; the dead here must appear before the court of the dead. The value of his/her life will be judged according to their moral behavior during their lifetime on earth.


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1/14/2020 5:34:30 PM
<![CDATA['Yellow Days' represents Egypt in 2nd Arab Theater Festival]]>
The play is written by Daniela Janich, prepared by Omar Tawfik and directed by Ashraf Sanad.

This course is not a competition of any sort, as the Ruler of Sharjah Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad al-Qasimi Award for Best Theatrical Work of 2019 will be awarded for the second course shows.

The Arab Theater Festival’s second edition will run from Jan. 10 - Jan. 16. The judging panel is headed by veteran theater director Khaled Galal and includes Shatha Salem from Iraq, Lina Khoury from Lebanon, Adel al-Harbi from Sudan and Ihab Zahida from Palestine.

A total of 380 Arab theatrical shows will be participating in the festival’s second edition, under the slogan "The Theater’s Questions Lab and the Renovation Operator”. Fifteen Arab plays from eight Arab countries will be presented, six of which come within the first course and do not compete for Al Qasimi Award for Best Theatrical Show. Nine shows are presented within the second course and compete for Al-Qasimi Best Theatrical Work of 2019.
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1/14/2020 3:50:59 PM
<![CDATA[7 Egyptian films screen at Cine Brasília]]>
The films include "The Factory Girl", "Before the Summer Crowds", "Diamond Dust", "Kiss Me Not", "Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim", "The Giraffe", and "Les Petits Chats."

The Egyptian Contemporary Cinema section is dedicated to screening Egyptian films at Cine Brasília, a cinema and entertainment venue for cultural events located in the Brazilian capital.

The first edition of the Egyptian Contemporary Cinema, which was held in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in 2017, was dedicated to films by late director Mohamed Khan.

"The Factory Girl"

The film follows a year in the life of Hayam, played by Yasmin Raeis, a young woman working in one of Cairo’s textile factories. Searching for an escape from her dominating stepfather, Hayam dreams of tying the knot with the handsome Salah (Hany Adel), a factory supervisor who enjoys her attention and starts to be more intimate with her.

But when a positive pregnancy test is discovered in the factory’s garbage, Hayam's co-workers and family assume that she is a fallen woman. Her decision not to defend herself costs her dearly, as society refuses to accept independent women.

Released commercially in March 2014, the film was a box office hit, bringing in LE 1 million in just three weeks.
The film is directed by late great director Mohamed Khan.

"Before the Summer Crowds"

Set in a seaside resort, the film tracks a group of people who meet each other by the beginning of the summer.
Directed by Mohamed Khan and co-written by Ghada Shahbandar and Nura el-Sheikh, who also participated in the screenwriting, the film stars Maged el-Kedwany, Hana Shiha, Ahmed Dawood, Lana Mushtaq and Hany el-Metennawy. MAD Solutions handles the film's distribution in the Arab world as well as its international distribution.

"Diamond Dust"

The movie is based on Ahmed Mourad's novel of the same name. The plot revolves around Taha, who works for a pharmaceutical company and lives an extremely boring life with his disabled father. Taha’s life is turned upside down after a mysterious murder reveals many secrets, dragging Taha into the world of crime and corruption.

The film stars Asser Yassin, Menna Shalaby, Maged el-Kedwany, Shereen Reda, Eyad Nassar, and Mohamed Mamdouh. "Diamond Dust" is directed by Marwan Hamed.

"Kiss Me Not"

Directed by Ahmed Amer and starring Yasmin Raeis, Mohamed Mahran, Salwa Mohamed Ali, and Sawsan Badr, the film revolves around a backstage setting, where a film director is facing challenges in dealing with the protagonist and the producer. All three of them are dragged in arguments due to their different points of view.

Released on Feb. 1, 2018, this satirical comedy is shot in the style of a documentary which follows a young film-maker's attempts to adapt the script of a great writer who recently passed away, only to find that his inexperience prevents him from dealing with a rather odd and embarrassing situation.

The film has been featured in international festivals including the Arab Film Festival in Paris, the Shanghai International Film Festival, the 14th Dubai International Film Festival, and Tripoli Film Festival.

"The Giraffe"

Directed by Ahmed Magdy, the film tells the story of Ahmed, a young Egyptian man who is lost and depleted of faith.

One night he finds himself saving a girl he does not know by getting her enough money to have an abortion.

Ahmed gets swallowed into the madness of the city and gets involved with an eccentric group of young people led by an enigmatic girl who is trying to uncover the mystery behind the giraffe hidden at the zoo.

"The Giraffe" premiered at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival, which was followed by its first international participation at the 17th Marrakech International Film Festival.

Written and directed by Ahmed Magdy, "The Giraffe" stars Amr Hosny, Shaza Moharam, Haydi Koussa, Salma Hassan, Rasha Magdy, Mohammed El Badawy, and Osama Gawish.

The film is co-produced by Garage Art Production, Utaco Digital Film and Fig Leaf Studio. It was awarded the AFAC Production Grant and the SANAD Development Grant from the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

"Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim"

"Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim" revolves around the main character, Ali, who loves a goat named Nada and talks to it. Many people criticize him for this behavior until his mother forces him to go to a psychological and spiritual healer, where he meets Ibrahim.

Ibrahim suffers from depression and listens to sounds from another world, yet he is incapable of understanding what those messages mean.

Together, they embark on a journey of self-discovery and friendship across Egypt.

The movie’s first worldwide screening was at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (FIFF) in Belgium. It participated at the Rendezvous French Cinema in Paris, and was also a participant at the Cannes Film Festival Junior screening. "Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim" won three postproduction awards at Final Cut in Venice workshop.

It is worth mentioning that Ali Sobhi won the Muhr Feature Award for best actor for playing the role of Ali, the goat.

"Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim" was written by Ahmed Amer and Ibrahim el-Batout. It was produced by Movie Clinic, Transit movies, Arizona productions, and distributed by MAD Solutions, Film Clinic-Indie Distribution (FCID), and Loco Films. The film stars Ali Sobhi, Ahmed Magdy, Salwa Mohamed Ali, Nahed el-Sebai and others.
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1/13/2020 7:34:53 PM
<![CDATA[GEM will be Sisi’s 'gift to humanity': ex min. Farouk Hosny]]> During inspecting tour - ET
During Inspecting tour - ET

Hosny was accompanied by Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Anani. Hosny affirmed that once completed, the Grand Egyptian Museum will be President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s gift to humanity.

Moreover, Hosny was accompanied by Egyptian archaeologist and former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawas and Mostafa el-Feky, the director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
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Hawass, Hosny in GEM - ET

Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Anany was keen to explain the latest construction works of the museum, which is expected to be the largest archaeological museum in the world.
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Hosny touring GEM - ET

“Imagination became a reality,'' posted Hosny on his official Facebook page. “I was pleased to visit the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is a dream come true. This museum is a testament to the history of humanity and the work in progress is carried out rapidly and efficiently. Greetings, appreciation and respect for President Sisi for the special attention he attaches to following up the daily work of this eternal edifice,” continued Hosny in his Facebook post.

Hosny also thanked Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Anany for his valuable contributions to making this museum a reality, and General Supervisor of the museum Atef Muftah.

The former minister of culture concluded his post by thanking all those who are working on the completion of the museum, describing what they do as a reason for great pride.




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1/13/2020 7:27:37 PM
<![CDATA[51st CIBF to launch digital application]]>
The new application allows its users to:

-Search the database of books displayed in the exhibition and view book prices and general information.

-Browse the publishing houses and get to know their exact locations inside the exhibition.

- Choose a set of books to prepare for purchase and know their total cost prior to the purchase.

-Display all exhibition activities, venues, participating public figures and speakers.

-The application will be available on both Android and IOS devices.

Team Leader of Application Programmers Shaheer Shaheen said that the development work on the application has been completed and new features will be added, adding that publishers are still uploading their books. This process will be completed days before the fair.

A trial version of the app has been launched and the app will be launched in its final version before the official inauguration of the Cairo International Book Fair 2020, which will kick off on Jan. 22, 2020.

The trial app version can be tried using the following link:

‏https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gebobookfair.app&fbclid=IwAR3G1MVZhI2gI6KbIKrOA9QIQCagZ6i8uPd2FwMxZJwcJncIj-br_Kt11fc

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1/13/2020 5:07:21 PM
<![CDATA[CIBF hosts Yousra, Farag, Nassar, Lebleba, Yassin, Shabaan ]]>
The guests of the CIBF cinema hall include Yousra, Mohamed Farag, Eyad Nassar, Lebleba, Asser Yassin, Mostafa Shabaan, and scriptwriter Abdel Rehim Kamal.

The cinema hall will screen a number of short movies, animation movies, documentaries and feature films such as "El Kenz", "El-Feel el-Azr’aa" ( The Blue Elephant), "The Knight and The Princess", among others.

The General Book Authority announced the number of publishing houses taking part in the 51st Cairo International Book Fair, which is set to run from Jan. 22 to Feb. 4.

Senegal will be the guest of honor of the book fair, while Gamal Hemdan will be the book fair’s main personality. The fair will be held under the slogan “Egypt ... Africa: A Culture of Diversity”.

- The number of pavilions at the fair is 808, with an increase of 86 pavilions.

- The number of publishers, as well as Egyptian and Foreign entities participating are 900, with an increase of 153 publishers and entities compared to the fair’s 50th edition.

- The number of Egyptian publishers is 398.

- The number of Egyptian publishers of children's books is 75.

- The number of Egyptian publishers of Islamic heritage books is 121.

- The number of participating Azbakeya wall libraries is 41.

- The number of publishers of audio and electronic books is 7.

- The number of participating Arab publishing houses is 255.

Thus, the total number is 900 publishing houses, 99 agencies, 925 activities, the number of participants in the activities is 3502 participants and 38 participating countries.



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1/13/2020 5:04:18 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel Dayem: 5th Arab Poetry Forum’s Award raised to L.E 200K]]>
One hundred poets and critics from 15 countries will participate in the forum which is set to run from Jan. 13 to Jan. 16 in the Supreme Council of Culture at the Opera House.

The winner of the Fifth Cairo Arabic Poetry Forum Award will be announced at the closing ceremony set to be attended by Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Culture Hisham Azmy, former Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour, poet Mohamed Abdul Muttalib, and critic Salah Fadl.

The Higher Committee of the forum, headed by Mohamed Abdul Muttalib, chose "Poetry and Culture of the Era" as the main theme of the forum’s fifth edition. The committee also decided that this edition of the forum will bear the name of the two veteran poets Ibrahim Nagy and Badr Shaker al-Sayyab.

Abdel Dayem stated that poetry expresses the position of the Arabs and that poetry has evolved with the development of people, whether in content or style. Abdel Dayem further referred to the ministry’s goal to develop and keep abreast the variables of poetry, and from this perspective the minister of culture announced increasing the forum’s award to L.E 200,000 from L.E 100,000.

Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Culture Hisham Azmy expressed his happiness to host the forum’s fifth edition in Cairo, welcoming all the forum's Arab guests. Azmy described Egypt as the the permanent host and supporter of Arab culture throughout history.

Azmy further stated that the Arabic Poetry Forum is one of the most important cultural events for poetry in the Arab world. The forum hosts a group of significant poets that came to Egypt from various Arab countries, including Palestine, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Lebanon and Yemen.

The secretary general of the supreme council of culture added, "This year’s edition of the forum is characterized by an active participation of more than a hundred Arab poets and critics representing more than fifteen countries, where the forum discusses over a period of four days and through four scientific sessions a number of papers covering four main axes:

- Poetry and the Culture of the Era.

- Poetry and the changes of the Arab societies.

- Poetry and Technology.

- Poetry and Criticism."

Two round table discussions focusing on the poetry of Badr Shaker al-Sayyab and Ibrahim Nagy will be held during the forum’s activities. The forum will also witness the organization of seven poetry evenings with the participation of 65 poets.

In the same context, Azmy expressed his gratitude for the minister of culture's continuous support.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the forum Mohamed Abdel Muttalib stated that the forum was prepared in five months, and apologized to those who were not invited to attend the forum.


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1/13/2020 5:03:01 PM
<![CDATA['Joker' leads Oscar nominations with 11]]>
The Warner Bros (T.N) film will compete for the top prize with race car drama “Ford v Ferrari,” Netflix (NFLX.O) gangster movie “The Irishman,” Nazi satire “Jojo Rabbit,” classic novel “Little Women,” domestic drama “Marriage Story,” World War One film “1917,” nostalgic “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and South Korean movie “Parasite.”

“The Irishman,” “1917” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” got 10 nods each.

The Oscars, the highest awards in the movie industry, will be handed out at a ceremony in Hollywood on Feb. 9.]]>
1/13/2020 4:22:29 PM
<![CDATA[Commemorating the death anniversary of the iconic Madiha Kamel]]>CAIRO - 13 January 2019: Today is the death anniversary of the late great Egyptian star Madiha Kamel.

She is one of the iconic actresses in Egyptian cinema, her charming beauty and great talent were merely unforgettable.

Kamel was born in Alexandria on August 3, 1946. she moved from Alexandria to Cairo in the early 1960s, where she debuted her modelling career.

Kamel from the beginning had great interest in the entertainment industry.

On the other hands her parents wanted her to finish her education before fully diving into the movie industry, so honoring their wish she studied at Ain Shams University.

While studying in the university Kamel participated in student theatre and radio plays.
Her cinematic debut came in the mid-1960s, through movies like ‘’ Talteen Youm Fe el Segn’’ (30 Days in Prison), in which she starred alongside Farid Shawqi.

n the 1970s she participated in the successful TV series ‘’El Bashayer’’.

Kamel acted in both Egyptian and Lebanese movies, such as ‘’Love and Pride’’.

In 1978 Kamel stardom reached its peak after the release of her successful spy movie ‘’ El So’ood lel Hawia’’ (Climbing to the Bottom) performing the role of the Egyptian spy Heba Selim who betrayed her Egypt by spying to Israel.

The movie garnered great success placing Kamel in the forefront of the great Egyptian stars.


In general her fame reached its peak in the 1970s, performing a number of successful roles at that time.

Kamel’s career spanned for about three decades, before she died in 1997 after she had a severe battle with breast cancer.

Throughout her career, she worked with famous Egyptian names including Mahmoud Yassin , Najla Fathi, Farid Shawky, Adel Emam, Kamal el Shenawy among others.

She was married three times, and had one daughter. In 1992 kamel decided to retire to take care of her daughter and her sick mother.

She suffered from breast cancer, however, she 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 away in the last days of Ramadan in 1997.
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1/13/2020 2:42:59 PM
<![CDATA[Box Office: '1917' Defeats 'Star Wars' With $36.5 Million Weekend]]>
Universal and DreamWorks’ World War I drama also defeated Disney’s “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker,” the final chapter in the sequel trilogy that has ruled box office charts since debuting in late December. The tentpole slid to second place, generating another $15 million for a domestic haul of $478 million.

“1917” is undoubtedly capitalizing on awards season attention, a promising sign on the eve of Oscar nominations. In a surprise Golden Globes victory last Sunday, the film beat odds-on favorites “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story” to take home the statue for best motion picture - drama. Mendes also nabbed the best director prize. Amblin Partners and New Republic backed the $90 million film, which has enjoyed critical raves.

To movie theater owners and studio executives, “1917” is emblematic of the kind of experience ticket buyers can only get on the big-screen. The slice-of-life war epic unspools to look like one unbroken shot, resulting in an edge-of-your-seat journey that makes audiences feel like they, too, are in the trenches. Moviegoers, most of whom were older males, appear enthusiastic about the film, awarding it with an A- CinemaScore.

Another Oscar hopeful, Warner Bros.’ legal drama “Just Mercy,” also expanded nationwide this weekend, picking up $10 million from 2,375 venues. The film scored a rare A+ CinemaScore from audiences, signaling word of mouth could be strong moving in coming weeks, especially if it sees any Academy Award love come Monday morning. So far, the awards prospects of “Just Mercy” have been limited to a SAG nomination for Jamie Foxx for his portrayal of a wrongfully convicted man on death row. Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson also star in the drama, which cost $25 million.

“Just Mercy” is in a close race with fellow new release, Paramount’s R-rated comedy “Like a Boss” for fourth place on box office charts. Some rival studios are projecting “Just Mercy” debuts to $9.8 million, which would allow “Like a Boss” to pull ahead if those estimates hold.

Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne star in “Like a Boss,” a film that’s been more embraced by audiences than critics. It pulled in $10 million from 3,078 locations, a modest result but one that could point to profitability given its $29 million price tag. Miguel Arteta directed the film about two best friends struggling to run their own cosmetics company.

Meanwhile, “Underwater,” a sci-fi thriller starring Kirsten Stewart, tanked after debuting with $6.9 million from 2,791 screens. That’s a catastrophic result given its $50 million budget. “Underwater” is the latest dud from Fox, which has saddled Disney with a series of disappointments since the companies merged last spring. However, Disney is only distributing “Underwater,” limiting its exposure. “Underwater” was produced by Chernin Entertainment and financed by TSG.]]>
1/13/2020 11:12:54 AM
<![CDATA[28 lawyers announced their solidarity with Ajram’s villa slain]]>
The lawyers went to Lebanon to defend him and transfer the case to the International Court.

The number of volunteer lawyers reached 28 lawyers, including 14 Syrian lawyers living in US, 4 Moroccan lawyers, 3 Egyptian lawyers, and 7 others from Syria and Lebanon.

The forensic pathologist report revealed that the man who entered Lebanese singer Nancy Agram’s villa for theft was killed by 17 bullets, one shot in the right forearm, two shots in the left shoulder, one shot under the left armpit, three shots in the chest, two shots in the abdomen, seven shots in the back, and one shot in the left thigh.

“Thanks God for saving me and my family from this catastrophe that took place at my residence. I hope that no one would ever have to go through this misery,” Ajram previously wrote on her twitter account.

In an interview on OTV channel, the Lebanese star said: “My husband’s reaction to the killer was after intense threatening that took place for almost 6 to 7 minutes. The man was threatening my husband and asking for the place of his wife and children. To all those who criticized my husband, what would you do if you were in Fadi’s shoes?”

Lebanese Prosecutor Ghada Aoun released Nancy Ajram’s husband, Lebanese dentist Fadi al-Hachim, after listening to his testimony and banned him from travelling outside Lebanon.

Some Syrian media outlets claimed that the deceased Syrian thief was a gardener who used to work in Ajram’s villa and came to take his financial receivables, the matter that was completely refuted by Hachim's brother.

Ajram’s husband was earlier transferred to the hospital, according to sources that revealed that Hachim had a breakdown after the accident.

Lebanese newspapers explained that the thief got 16 bullets, and it was later revealed that the thief had a fake pistol, but Hachim did not realize that. Some sources said that one of the employees at Nancy Ajram's house was involved in the case and that he helped the thief enter the secured villa.

On January 5, Hachim shot dead a Syrian named Mohamed Hassan Moussa who entered the Lebanese singer’s villa at dawn in New Sheileh region for theft. Ajram got a minor injury in her right leg, but her daughters are safe. Lebanese security forces arrived at the star's villa at once and launched investigations into the accident.


The Lebanese diva is always eager to post pictures on her official social media platforms with her children and husband, unlike many celebrities in the Arab World who prefer not to expose their family members to the public.

Ajram was born in May 1983 in Achrafieh, Lebanon. When Ajram was 15 years old she released her debut studio album "Mihtagalak" (I need you) produced by EMI. The following year, she released her second album "Sheel Oyoonak Anni" (2001) (Take your eyes off me).

She was exceptionally accepted to the Syndicate of Professional Artists in Lebanon despite being under the legal age.

Her career boosted in 2003, and in 2007 she sold over 2 million records, ranking third best-selling female artist in Lebanese history. According to her website, she was described on the Oprah Winfrey Show as one of the most influential personalities of the Middle East.

Ajram was announced the best-selling Middle Eastern female singer of the decade (2000–2009).

Ajram does not shy away from diversity in her songs; her albums usually draw on many dialects, including Egyptian, Lebanese or Khaleeji (Gulf). She is also one of the judges in "The Voice Kids" airing on MBC Masr.

Throughout her career, Ajram has released a number of studio albums, including two dedicated for children, and numerous chart toppers such as the Lebanese hits "Yay", "Ehsas Jdeed" (New feeling); the Egyptian hits "Ya Tabtab", "Mo'egaba" (I'm in love), "Ibn El-Giran" (Neighbors' son), "Fi Hagat", "Ma Tegi Hena" (come here); and the Khaleeji hit of "Ya Kether".
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1/12/2020 8:34:11 PM
<![CDATA[GEM restoration labs complete work on 47K artifacts]]>
The Grand Egyptian Museum is set to be officially inaugurated during the late months of 2020. The Ministry of Antiquities has completed 90 percent of the interior and exterior work of the museum.

For the first time, a 7000-square-meter hall will be dedicated to display the holdings of the Golden King Tutankhamun.

The Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism has also finished restoring approximately 47,000 items in the restoration center of the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is one of the largest restoration centers in the world.

The restoration center includes 19 laboratories. Seven laboratories are specialized in restoring heavy monuments and are divided according to the various archaeological materials they restore, including wood, stone, organic, and inorganic materials. There is also a laboratory for tests, analysis and damage evaluation.

“We succeeded in saving over $770 million of the estimated cost of $1.6 billion, as the final cost of the third phase of the museum project will reach $380 million, with an increase of only LE 30 million, where the total works were estimated to cost of $800 million in 2011,” said Atef Moftah, the general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum project.

As for the opening ceremony of the Grand Egyptian Museum, Moftah explained that there is a committee headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly to examine the various suggested scenarios for the opening ceremony. The inaugural ceremony is scheduled to run for 12 days.

Moftah pointed out that all offers from international companies are being studied to achieve the maximum gains from the event. Sponsors will also be brought in for all the aspects of the event.



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1/12/2020 4:06:16 PM
<![CDATA[900 publishing houses to participate in 51st CIBF]]>CAIRO - 12 January 2020: The General Egyptian Book Organization announced the number of publishing houses taking part in the 51st Cairo International Book Fair, which is set to run from Jan. 22 to Feb. 4.

Senegal will be the guest of honor of the book fair, while Gamal Hemdan will be the book fair’s main personality. The fair will be held under the slogan “Egypt ... Africa: A Culture of Diversity”.

- The number of pavilions at the fair is 808, with an increase of 86 pavilions.

- The number of publishers, as well as Egyptian and Foreign entities participating are 900, with an increase of 153 publishers and entities compared to the fair’s 50th edition.

- The number of Egyptian publishers is 398.

- The number of Egyptian publishers of children's books is 75.

- The number of Egyptian publishers of Islamic heritage books is 121.

- The number of participating Azbakeya wall libraries is 41.

- The number of publishers of audio and electronic books is 7.

- The number of participating Arab publishing houses is 255.

Thus, the total number is 900 publishing houses, 99 agencies, 925 activities, the number of participants in the activities is 3502 participants and 38 participating countries.

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1/12/2020 3:46:17 PM
<![CDATA[Amr Diab to perform at Dubai Media City Amphitheater on Jan.24]]>
Diab participated in MDL Beast Festival that kicked off on December 19-21 in Saudi Arabia.

Diab recently was featured by Spotify on a massive billboard in the heart of Times Square with the tagline “This is Amr Diab”.

In 2016, Diab became the first Egyptian and Arab artist to break a Guinness World Record for the number of World Music Awards he achieved.

It is worth mentioning that Diab performed live in Jeddah at King Abdullah Sports City on June 10 and performed a massive concert recently at Riyadh season.

Also, Diab, famed British singer James Arthur and famed Turkish record producer Mahmut Oran performed in the grand ceremony of the American University in Cairo's centennial anniversary.

Diab was the most listened to singer on Anghami in 2018; his album “Kol Hayati” (All My Life) was listened to a record number of times. Diab adopted a new marketing strategy to promote his albums where he releases a new song almost every week.


Diab collaborated with several poets, composers and distributers in his recent albums, including Tarek Madkour, Ayman Bahgat Amar, Nader Hamdy, Amr Mostafa and Ahmed el-Malky, Tamer Hussein among others.

He is a Guinness world record holder, best selling middle eastern artist, 7 times winner of world music awards, 5 platinum record awards and 6 African music awards.


Born in 1961 in Port Said, Diab has risen to fame over the past two decades in the Arab world and continues to break sale records, according to a BBC report and his official Facebook page.

His most famous album, “Nour el-Ain” (Our Eyes Beam), brought him international recognition and earned him the title of “The Father of Mediterranean Music” for his style of blending Egyptian and western rhythms.

The mega star, who founded the record company Mediterranean Music, had his songs translated into seven different languages.

Diab received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Big Apple Music Awards in 2009. At the 2014 World Music Awards, Diab was also awarded Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist and World Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.

Diab’s first album, “Ya Tareeq” (The Path), was released in 1983. His album “Meaddy El-Nas” (Surpassing People) was released in July 2017, following a major viral promotion campaign across Cairo sponsored by Egypt Linx.

Diab has established himself as an acclaimed recording artist in most Mediterranean countries. According to a research by Michael Frishkopf, he has created his style termed as "Mediterranean Music", a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms.
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1/12/2020 3:40:19 PM
<![CDATA[Haggar to perform at ‎Bibliotheca Alexandrina on Jan.30]]>
Haggar received the 2019 Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature in November 2019, to be the first Egyptian singer to receive such prestigious award. The Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature is an annual award that is granted to Omanis and Arabs.

Moreover, Haggar and famed Egyptian singer Riham Abdel-Hakim performed at Alexandria Opera House on November 12 in the closing of the Arab Music Festival.

The renowned Egyptian singer celebrated his 65th birthday in one of the major hotels in Cairo on April 19 in the presence of a large number of celebrities and public figures.

He has recently launched the song "Laih el-Tareeq" (Why that path?) on his official channel on YouTube. The song is written by Michael Adel and composed by Shadi Moines. The video has amassed a high number of views since its upload.

The iconic singer released his latest album entitled "Ma Takhdy Balek” (Pay attention) which included the songs “GowaHodny” (Within my arms), “MeenFeena mesh Mehtag?” (Who is not needy?), “Dari Gamalek” (Hide your beauty), among others. The album achieved great success.

Haggar graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1979 and was influenced by late Egyptian music legend Baligh Hamdy, who trained Haggar, Mohamed Mounir and Mohamed el-Helw in a band called el-Takht, which was formed in the Arabic Music Institution.

Inspired by poet, cartoonist, and painter Salah Jaheen, Haggar always wanted to sing Jahin's sonnets; he grew popular after singing them in the 1980s. Around the same time, he also began blending authentic Arabic music with modern technology and sound effects.

In addition to his prolific album releases, Haggar also performed in several theatrical plays, movies, and TV series.

His musical repertoire includes popular hits such as “Hona al-Qahera” (Here is Cairo), “A’m Batata” (Uncle Batata), and “Dehket al-Masagen” (The Prisoners’ Laughter).

Throughout his career, Haggar has performed a number of duets with prominent singers such as "Beladi" and "Khan el-Anadeel" with Mohammed el-Helw,"El-Likaa El-Tany" and "El-Mal we El-Banoon" with HananMady and "Bent we Walad" with Hoda Ammar.

He also participated with Angham in the musical "Rosasa Fel Qalb"(A bullet in the heart). Another important phase in Haggar's career was his first collaboration with his brother, composer and singer Ahmed el-Haggar in 1978, when Ahmed el-Haggar composed his brother’s hit "Ozoriny" (Excuse me).
The success that this song achieved sparked Haggar's singing career. The Haggar brothers cooperated in many other songs; Ahmed el-Haggar as a composer and Ali el-Haggar as a vocalist.

Among these songs are "Bahebek" (I love you), "Ana Biki Ya Samra Akon", "El-Ahlam", "Kont Faker", "Tesaaliny", "Lama el-Shetayedo’oel-Biban", "Ma Tekdebish", "Ergaaily" (Come back), "Lessa El-Kalam", and recently "YaMasria".

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1/12/2020 2:56:23 PM
<![CDATA[Anany: Egyptian government cares about heritage of all religions]]>
During the inauguration of the synagogue Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Anany said that Egypt has unique cultural and civilizational diversity.

Anany further added that the opening of the Jewish synagogue in Alexandria after its restoration is a message to the whole world that the Egyptian government cares about the Egyptian heritage of all religions.

Egyptian veteran archaeologist Zahi Hawass said that the Jewish temples are important part of Egypt's rich heritage.

Hawass added that when he was the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in 2002, the Jewish temples were neglected and destroyed.

The renowned Egyptian archaeologist and former antiquities minister said that the Egyptian government is keen to preserve all the Pharaonic, Jewish, Coptic and Islamic antiquities.

Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anany inaugurated on Friday the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria after its renovation.





The renovation was performed by the antiquities ministry and the Armed Forces Engineering Authority.

The restoration of the synagogue highlights the tourism ministry’s view that Jewish antiquities are an integral part of Egyptian heritage, archaeological expert Abdel-Rahim Rayhan told MENA.

Rayhan added that the Jewish temples in Egypt symbolise the religious tolerance of the country.

The ministry of antiquities has 11 registered Jewish houses of worship, nine in Cairo and two in Alexandria.

Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue was established in the 1850s. The original building, which dated back to the 1300s, was badly damaged in the late 18th century during the French invasion of Egypt.

The ministry of antiquities announced that the renovations included the structural reinforcement of the synagogue, the restoration of its main facade, decorative walls, and brass and wooden objects, and the development of its security and lighting systems.

The renovation aimed at revamping the synagogue’s architecture and fine decorative elements, as well as the lighting and security systems.

With room for approximately 700 worshipers, it is the larger of the two synagogues remaining in Alexandria. The restoration work of Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue cost EGP 64 million.




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1/11/2020 4:45:03 PM
<![CDATA[Rami Malek,new face of Saint Laurent]]>
Ramy appeared in a photoshoot reminiscent of noir-style photography to promote to the French luxury brand.

Last December the company that produced the new James Bond movie titled “No Time To Die”, unveiled a new snapshot of international actor Rami Malek, who embodies the role of the villain, appearing with a deformed face.

"No Time to Die" is starring Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Leah Siddox, Rami Malik, Ralph Vines, Christoph Waltz, Naomi Harris, Billy Magnusson, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Wishaw, Lashana Lynch, Rory Kinnear, David Denisek, Ahmed Bakir, Lourdes Fabrice.

The new movie is set after Bond leaves active service and enjoy a quiet life in Jamaica. However, the quietness of his life does not last long; as his old friend Felix Liter of the CIA comes to seek help.

Hence, it turned out that the mission of rescuing a kidnapped scientist was more treacherous than expected.

As a result, Bond reaches a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.



Malek was nominated to Golden Globe awards for 2020. He was nominated to Best Actor TV Series – Drama for his role in the famous American drama thriller television series ‘’Mr. Robot’’.

The final season of ‘’Mr. Robot’’ was premiered Sunday, Oct. 6, on USA Network.

Malik, is an Egyptian-American actor, who was born in Los Angeles in May 12, 1981, to Egyptian immigrant parents who are Saeed Malek and Nelly Abdel Malek.

His parents who are from Samalut city located at Minya governorate in Upper Egypt immigrated to US in the 1970s.

The journey of the Samalut origin guy from Upper Egypt to Golden Globe stage was both difficult and interesting.

The 38-year-old actor grabbed the award after tough competition with acclaimed stars who are Bradley Cooper for "A Star is Born," Willem Dafoe for "At Eternity's Gate", John David Washington for "BlacKkKlansman" and Lucas Hedges for "Boy Erased".


Malek has been nominated before for a Golden Globe for best actor for his performance in "Mr. Robot."

Malek's win, along with the ‘’ Bohemian Rhapsody’’ win of Best Motion Picture Drama, were the most tweeted-about incidents at the previous Golden Globe.
“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime," Malek said at the Golden Globe stage. "I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.” He added dedicating his great win to the legendary singer.

Malek elaborated that he drew personal connections with Mercury after depicting him.

“I tried to find the humanity in him,” he said during a press room speech after the film's win.

“I related it to him being an immigrant struggling to discover his identity," he added. "I tried to take everything he was struggling with, his complication, his chaos, his turmoil and this beauty inside of him. He lifted me up to be everything I could be in this film.”

Two of the Queen's members who are lead guitarist Brian May and lead drummer Roger Taylor approved and praised Malek performing Mercury’s role.
May previously announced that they wouldn't have been on board with the movie if it didn’t house the suitable cast.

Malek now has just became Hollywood's breakout star, the same as Sharif was after ‘’Doctor Zhivago’’ as if history is once again repeating itself.

Bohemian Rhapsody was actually what the Egyptian-American actor needed to makethe shift from acclaimed actor to established movie star.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ also winning Best Drama, stabilised more Malek's outstanding performance in the movie that succeeded both critically and commercially, yielding over $700 million, making it the highest grossing biopic of all-time.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ movie makes an intense spotlight on Malek, who is as strongly private as Freddie Mercury.

In October, a fan got to see just how private Malek is when he approached him on the street, asking him to record a video for his friend.

This video went quickly viral, getting over 3 million views in less than one week.

"I am who I am and people can interpret that how they want, but I love the fans, I wouldn't be here without my fans and I try to take as much time as possible," he said to E news commenting on the video. "Sometimes, when you've been traveling around the earth a couple times, you try to just be protective of your time as a human being. And I'm finding it quite funny."

He talked about the video in Vanity Fair saying "I just want to be aware of what people are doing in the moment. When someone films you automatically, it's a bit intrusive."

Malek has accounts on Twitter and Instagram, he doesn't post much and when he does, it's usually related to one of his films or political issues when it comes to Twitter.

There are just three photos on his Instagram account two with Stephen Colbert in 2016 and 2017, and the third with Ellen DeGeneres on November 2018. He has 1.7 million followers on his Instagram account, he's not following anyone.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Malek said that he didn’t prefer to document his life on social media. "Something about it is not right and a bit unsettling" he stated describing his feeling towards social media.

Malek becoming the first non-white actor to take home the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series in over 18 years in 2016 for his role in ‘’ Mr Robot’’.

After receiving the Emmy he said"I play a young man who I think is, like so many of us, profoundly alienated and the unfortunate thing is I don't know how many of us would want to hang out with a guy like Elliot."

He then said, "There's a little bit of Elliot in all of us."

His work on the drama was so impressive that even Robert Downey Jr. was praised him.
"Everyone should be studying this guy," Robert Downey Jr. said about Malek to GQ.
Malek eyes, which have been described as menacing and captivating are now his main signature.

"I never think about it. I just try to experience things and when I get riled up I know that they can do some pretty involuntary things, or get very menacing at times," he told GQ of his eyes. "Even my mom comments on it quite a bit, You don't look like my son anymore.' I think it's like they say: the eyes are windows to the soul’’ Malek added.

Given Malek's the golden chance to perform the role of the iconic entertainer Mercury was a responsibility he took very seriously.






"I was very cognizant of the work it was going to take to get anywhere close to becoming Freddy Mercury. I flew myself to London and put myself up and just got hammering away," Malek explained to E News his preparations for the role.

"Piano lessons and worked with a movement coach and singing lessons—everything I could possibly do. And then I watched copious amounts of Freddie Mercury performances’’ he added.

Malek is now dating his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton, who plays Mary Austin, Mercury's first fiancée.

Malek and Bonyton, 24, had never talked about their relationship in public until recently, with Malek confirmed their relation at the Palm Springs International Film Festival when he accepted the Breakthrough Performance Award.


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

Malek's full acceptance speech

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

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

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

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

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




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


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

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




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1/11/2020 4:30:31 PM
<![CDATA[The first edition of Toronto Arab Film Festival to kick off on April 23]]>
The festival is tailor made to shed light on the works of Arab and/or Arab-Canadian filmmakers. The festival is founded by the non-profit organisation Toronto Arab Film.

The festival organisers said that the aim of both Toronto Arab Film and the festival is to encourage interconnectedness between Arab filmmakers in Toronto and foster filmmakers.

‘’ We endeavour to do through the Shabaka initiative, where we support emerging talents through hosting networking events and running filmmaking workshops throughout the year" the festival organisers announced.

The film submissions have been closed and the festival's management is yet to announce the festival's line-up of the films that have been completed after 1 January 2018.

TAFF will hold two competitive segments: for feature fiction and documentary Arab films; and the competition for short films, fiction, documentary, and experimental Arab films.

The awards will also include the Jury Award for Best Arab-Canadian Short Film and the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film. The festival is an extension of Toronto Arab Film activities.

In the recent years Toronto Arab Film organised numerous events introducing Arab cinema to Toronto audiences.

In 2019 Toronto Arab Film inaugurated the first edition of ''Layali El Cinema'' (The Nights of Cinema) which is tailor made to screen Arab films.

The film screened during the inaugural event was Meryam Joobeur's short titled ‘’Brotherhood’’, a film that is shortlisted for the Best Live Action Short Film for the 2020 Oscars.

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1/11/2020 2:50:29 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform at Cairo Opera House on January 12,13]]>
Khairat performed at Alula city in Saudi Arabia as part of Winter at Tantora Festival on December 27.

Winter at Tantora offers a number of diverse concerts to match every interest. The festival runs each weekend from December 19, 2019 until March 7, 2020.

Khairat performed two concerts at the Cairo Opera House on December 16, 17.

Khairat has recently performed at El Sawy Cultural Wheel on November 19. He also participated in the Arab Music Festival by performing at Cairo Opera House on November 9.

Additionally, Khairat performed at the closing ceremony of the Citadel Music Festival on September 1. The Citadel Music Festival kicked off on August 18 under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Cairo Opera House.

Khairat was a member of the Egyptian band Les Petits Chats, founded in 1967. They presented Italian, French, and English songs. The band was immensely popular in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.

Khairat is influenced by different genres of music such as Arabic, European classical, Egyptian, African, Jazz, Pop, and Blues. He won the Best Musician Award in 1989 from the Egyptian Society for Cinema.

Khairat is a composer that can blend the style of international symphonies with Egyptian music masterfully. He has composed many successful music pieces such as “Dameer Abla Hikmat” (Abla Hikmat’s Conscience), “Wagh el-Kamar” (The Moon's Face) and “Leilet el-Kabd ala Fatma” (The Night Fatma was Arrested), among others.

Khairat performed an unforgettable concert at Al-Ula Saudi city, where he dazzled the attendees with his music as part of the Winter Tantoura Festival on January 11.

It is worth mentioning that Khairat performed his first concert in London at the Concert hall in St. John’s Smith Square on December 1, 2017. This concert aimed to collect donations for charity and raise public awareness about street kids and orphans in Egypt.

The Egyptian virtuoso musician also performed a dazzling concert at the Mariinsky Theatre in the cultural city of Saint Petersburg on June 18, 2018, in celebration of the Egyptian national football team’s participation in the World Cup after 28 years of absence.

The concert was also organized to boost tourism and spread awareness about Egyptian culture.

Omar Khairat composed the soundtrack of “El-Mamar” (The Passage), which illustrates one of the most heroic battles ever fought by Egyptian soldiers. The movie was released in Eid el-Fitr.

Cairo Egypt opera Omar Khairat Winter at Tantora Festival
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1/11/2020 2:40:00 PM
<![CDATA[Man who entered Agram’s villa for theft was killed by 17 bullets]]>
One shot in the right forearm, two shots in the left shoulder, one shot under the left armpit, three shots in the chest, two shots in the abdomen, seven shots in the back, and one shot in the left thigh.

“Thanks God for saving me and my family from this catastrophe that took place at my residence. I hope that no one would ever have to go through this misery,” Ajram previously wrote on her twitter account.

In an interview with the Lebanese star on OTV channel, she said: “My husband’s reaction to the killer was after intense threatening that took place for almost 6 to 7 minutes. The man was threatening my husband asking for the place of his wife and children. To all those who criticized my husband, what would you do if you were in Fadi’s shoes?”

Lebanese Prosecutor Ghada Aoun released Nancy Ajram’s husband, Lebanese dentist Fadi al-Hachim, after listening to his testimony and banned him from travelling outside Lebanon.

Some Syrian media outlets claimed that the deceased Syrian thief was a gardener who used to work in Ajram’s villa and came to take his financial receivables, the matter that was completely refuted by Hachim's brother.

Ajram’ s husband was transferred to the hospital on Monday, according to sources that revealed that Hachim had a breakdown after the accident.

Lebanese newspapers explained that the thief that was killed in the house of Ajram got 16 bullets, and it was later revealed that the thief had a fake pistol, but Hachim did not realize that.

Some sources said that one of the employees at Nancy Ajram's house was involved in the case and that he helped the thief enter the secured villa.

On January 5, Hachim shot dead a Syrian named Mohamed Hassan Moussa who entered the Lebanese singer’s villa at dawn in New Sheileh region for theft.

Ajram got a minor injury in her right leg, but her daughters are safe. Lebanese security forces arrived at the star's villa at once and launched investigations into the accident.

Lebanese Prosecutor, Ghada Aoun, issued an arrest warrant against Hachim in order to take the legal measures.

The Lebanese diva is always eager to post pictures on her official social media platforms with her children and husband, unlike many celebrities in the Arab World who prefer not to expose their family members to the public.

Ajram was born in May 1983 in Achrafieh, Lebanon. When Ajram was 15 years old she released her debut studio album "Mihtagalak" (I need you) produced by EMI. The following year, she released her second album "Sheel Oyoonak Anni" (2001) (Take your eyes off me).

She was exceptionally accepted to the Syndicate of Professional Artists in Lebanon despite being under the legal age.

Her career boosted in 2003, and in 2007 she sold over 2 million records, ranking third best-selling female artist in Lebanese history. According to her website, she was described on the Oprah Winfrey Show as one of the most influential personalities of the Middle East.

Ajram was announced the best-selling Middle Eastern female singer of the decade (2000–2009).

Ajram does not shy away from diversity in her songs; her albums usually draw on many dialects, including Egyptian, Lebanese or Khaleeji (Gulf). She is also one of the judges in "The Voice Kids" airing on MBC Masr.

Throughout her career, Ajram has released a number of studio albums, including two dedicated for children, and numerous chart toppers such as the Lebanese hits "Yay", "Ehsas Jdeed" (New feeling); the Egyptian hits "Ya Tabtab", "Mo'egaba" (I'm in love), "Ibn El-Giran" (Neighbors' son), "Fi Hagat", "Ma Tegi Hena" (come here); and the Khaleeji hit of "Ya Kether".




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1/10/2020 7:46:03 PM
<![CDATA['Ras El Sana' to be released in Egyptian cinemas on Feb.5]]>

The movie had its world premiere at the 18th Marrakech International Film Festival.

Ras El Sana takes place over the course of one night in a coastal resort town where the crème de la crème celebrate the New Year in 2009. As the celebrations are underway, relationships grow more complex, and secrets are uncovered, changing the way they see themselves and those around them forever.

Written by writer/producer Mohamed Hefzy, Ras El Sana is the debut film for director Sakr and stars Eyad Nassar, Ahmed Malek, Basma, Shereen Reda, Ingy El Mokadem, Huda El Mufti, and Ali Kassem.

It is worth mentioning that Hefzy along with Megastar Yousra, and acclaimed director Amr Salama were chose as members to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

"I am honored to be invited as a member to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences... Now I not only have to watch the Oscars, I actually have to watch the films and vote,"Hefzy previously wrote on Facebook.

Born in 1975, Hefzy is an Egyptian film producer and screenwriter. He is the founder of the Film Clinic that is now considered one of the leading production companies in Egypt and the Arab world.

Hefzy is also a film activist who gives workshops and training programs conducted in cooperation with acclaimed international organizations and institutes.

In 2013, Hefzy was named by Screen International as the only Arab among 30 future leaders in film production. In 2016, he was chosen by Variety on top of a list of Ten Names You Need to Know in the Arab Film Industry.

His films have participated widely in numerous prominent film festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, and Toronto, and have won more than 80 international awards.

In 2016, one of his productions "Clash" was chosen as the opening film of the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes Film Festival.

In 2011, Hefzy was a jury member at several local and Arab festivals such as the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival.

Hefzy is a former director of the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts, has been a board member of the Egyptian Chamber of Cinema since 2013, and continues to represent and lobby for independent filmmakers in Egypt and throughout the Arab world.

In 2018, Hefzy was appointed president of the 40th edition of CIFF, becoming the youngest to ever be appointed for this post. He was also selected as a jury member of the Horizons section at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.

Hefzy produces films that receive critical and audience acclaim alike, such as "Yomeddine", which world premiered at Cannes International Film Festival and was Egypt's official submission to Oscars Award for Best Foreign-Language Film.

The film marked the third time in a row that a film produced by Hefzy gets submitted to the Academy Awards after "Clash" and "Sheikh Jackson".

Moreover, Hefzy was on The 100 Most Important Names in the #Arab Film Industry list at Cannes Festival.

It is worth mentioning that the Arab Cinema Center has previously chosen Hefzy, to be the Arab Cinema Personality of the Year. The award was presented by the Hollywood reporter.

Hefzy was selected to serve as a jury member for the Official Competition at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival (October 2-13).]]>
1/10/2020 4:16:37 PM
<![CDATA[Hawass: Jewish temples part of heritage]]>
Hawass added that when he was the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in 2002, the Jewish temples were neglected and destroyed.

The renowned Egyptian archaeologist and former antiquities minister said that the Egyptian government is keen to preserve all the Pharaonic, Jewish, Coptic and Islamic antiquities.

Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anany inaugurated on Friday the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria after its renovation.

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The renovation was performed by the antiquities ministry and the Armed Forces Engineering Authority.

The restoration of the synagogue highlights the tourism ministry’s view that Jewish antiquities are an integral part of Egyptian heritage, archaeological expert Abdel-Rahim Rayhan told MENA.

Rayhan added that the Jewish temples in Egypt symbolise the religious tolerance of the country.

The ministry of antiquities has 11 registered Jewish houses of worship, nine in Cairo and two in Alexandria.

Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue was established in the 1850s. The original building, which dated back to the 1300s, was badly damaged in the late 18th century during the French invasion of Egypt.

The ministry of antiquities announced that the renovations included the structural reinforcement of the synagogue, the restoration of its main facade, decorative walls, and brass and wooden objects, and the development of its security and lighting systems.

The renovation aimed at revamping the synagogue’s architecture and fine decorative elements, as well as the lighting and security systems.

With room for approximately 700 worshipers, it is the larger of the two synagogues remaining in Alexandria. The restoration work of Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue cost EGP 64 million.


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1/10/2020 4:04:17 PM
<![CDATA[NCW contacted google to stop ‘Salmonella’ song]]>
Youness released his song on YouTube, which is owned by Google, on January 1 2020.

The NCW criticised the song and described it in its statement with as being despicable.
‘’The song is a major breach of the media charter of ethics and the code of professional conduct of 2017, which is all media professionals and outlets should follow" the National Council for Women stated in its statement.

The media charter of ethics and the code of professional conduct of 2017 pledges respect for people dignity and bans degrade to any segment of the society.

The National Council for Women added in its statement that '’Salmonella'’ song encourages harassment and abuse towards women.

The statement mentioned as well that the song contains words and phrases that are against public morality and violate all Egyptian laws against insulting and defamation.
NCW said in its statement that whatever the intentions of Younees the song makes fun of a dangerous phenomenon.

The National Council for Women added that violence against women is an imperious social phenomena that the state is working hard to combat, and it is not proper to make fun of it.

Youness appeared in the song as a provoking man who insults a woman who rejected him.

'’Salmonella'’ stirred a lot of controversy directly after its releases yet garnered millions of views on YouTube.

People were divided, some accused Younees of encouraging harassment while others defended him by saying that the song is just a satirical.

From his side Youness posted a video on Facebook where he said that the song was a satirical one that is tailor made to condemn violence against women and highlight some men's failure to rightly deal with women rejection.

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1/10/2020 2:32:18 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to perform in Jeddah on Jan.11]]>
Hosny performed a successful concert in Kuwait on January 9. TikTok platform announced its partnership with megastar Tamer Hosny on New Year Eve.

Hosny posted his first TikTok video wishing his fans health and success as part of the #2020MakeAWish challenge and pledged to bring another level of style and diversity to his content in 2020.

Hosny also wished everyone a Happy New Year through a TikTok video message screened on the Burj Khalifa.


Megastars Tamer Hosny and Sherine Abdel Wahab will perform together in a concert entitled “ Law Kont Nesset” ( If you Have Forgotten) at Al Manara Arena in January 2020.

The concert is organized by Egyptian producer Walid Mansour and the tickets for the concert will be available on Tazkarti.
Hosny celebrated New Year's Eve in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi with a huge concert on Al Maryah Island.

Hosny performed on December 27 with Ramy Gamal at Al Manara Arena.

On Dec. 6 he sang a song he composed on the occasion of the UAE’s Year of Tolerance at Abu Dabi's Marina Mall.

Hosny’s audience took part in this event and Hosny broke a Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a bulletin board. The fans were allowed to leave appreciation notes for him.



Presentation Company headed by acclaimed marketing expert Montasser el- Nabarawy chose Hosny to perform at the closing ceremony of U-23 African Cup of Nations that took place on Friday, November 22.

Hosny’s latest movie ‘’ El Feloos’’ (The Money) was released in Egyptian cinemas on December 25 achieving booming success.

The movie stars Zeina, Khaled el-Sawy, Aicha Ben Ahmed, Ahmed Fathy, and Mohamed Sarwat. Written by Mohamed Abdel Maty and directed by Said el-Marouk, the movie was originally titled "Kol Sana W Enta Tayeb".

Additionally, Hosny performed a massive concert in Egypt’s North Coast on August 30 along with the famed Gipsy Kings.

On April 6, Hosny received the Murex D’or award in Lebanon for the best male Arab singer.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny's latest song “Naseny Laih” amassed 50 million views on his official YouTube channel. The song is written by Tamer Hussain, distributed by Tamer Ali and Wesam Abdel Moneim. Hosny chose the idea of the song’s video clip which is directed by Said al-Marouk.

Hosny's most recent album "Aish Beshouak" achieved great success.

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

His movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved revenues that exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

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

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube. "Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2, 2018.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

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

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

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

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

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

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.

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1/10/2020 11:15:31 AM
<![CDATA[Madame Tussauds removes waxworks of Harry and Meghan from royal family display]]>
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on Wednesday that they intend to divide their time between North America and the UK to carve out a “progressive new role” and step back from their senior positions.

Senior members of the royal family were disappointed by the move, a royal source said.

Madame Tussauds, which contains more than 250 wax models of celebrities, said the two figures will go in a separate section, away from that which includes Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Prince William and his wife Kate.

“Alongside the rest of the world, we are reacting to the surprising news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be stepping back as senior Royals,” said general manager Steve Davies.

He added in a statement: “As two of our most popular and well-loved figures, they will of course remain an important feature at Madame Tussauds London as we watch to see what the next chapter holds for them.”



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1/10/2020 11:11:34 AM
<![CDATA[Jan. 9 marks Aswan's High Dam establishment anniversary]]>
In 1953, the project was submitted to the Revolutionary Command Council. This time, it received great attention from the revolutionary leadership. Wing leader Gamal Salem, a member of the Revolutionary Command Council, was assigned the responsibility of the project, along with technicians in specialized councils and entities that conducted research and case study.

This is what was mentioned in the book "Years and Days with Gamal Abdel Nasser," a testimony of Sami Sharaf, director of Abdel Nasser’s office at the time.

Jan. 9 marks the day Gamal Abdel Nasser laid the foundation stone for the construction of the High Dam after the Soviet Union lent the Egyptian Government at the time an amount of $100 million, while the World Bank refused to finance the construction of the dam.

In the coming lines, ET reviews information about the dam, according to Sami Sharaf:

جمال عبدالناصر يزف بشرى انتهاء العمل في السد العالي

خطاب لجمال عبدالناصر في يناير 1970 بمناسبة انتهاء العمل بالسد العالي




* Thinking of the project started at the end of 1952 - by Greek-Egyptian engineer Daninius.

* The project started on January 9, 1960.

* The first phase ended in mid-May 1964 with the diversion of the river's water into the diversion channel.

* In mid-October 1967, the dam's body rose to a level of 172 meters. The first spark was launched from the High Dam power station on January 9, 1969, by running three turbines.

* In July 1970, the project was completed with 12 turbines.

* The cost of building the High Dam reached L.E 400 million.

* The high dam is made of granite, marble, sand and silt with a silky clay from Aswan.

* The dam closes the course of the river on a 7-kilometer stretch to the south of the old Aswan Dam diverting the water into a new course which is an open channel with six tunnels connected to a power station equipped with 12 units.

* Lake Nasser has a capacity of 164 billion cubic meters, of which 30 billion cubic meters accommodate the tonnage after its sediment accumulated for several centuries, 37 billion cubic meters face high floods, and 97 billion cubic meters represent the live capacity of the tank, which includes a fixed annual disposal amount, 84 billion cubic meters. From this amount, 55.5 billion cubic meters belong to Egypt, 18.5 billion cubic meters belong to Sudan, and the remaining 10 billion cubic meters are estimated to be lost from the reservoir basin through evaporation and leakage.

* The width of the river course at the site of the dam is 520 meters.

* The length of the dam at the peak point is 3820 meters.

* The maximum height of the dam is 111 meters.

* The dam's base width is 980 meters.

* The width of the road over the dam is 40 meters.



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1/9/2020 4:44:25 PM
<![CDATA[Will having a lead female defense attorney help Harvey Weinstein? The jury is out]]>
Rotunno took the case in June 2019, two years after dozens of allegations against Weinstein fueled the #MeToo movement, in which hundreds of women accused powerful men in business and politics of sexual harassment or assault. Millions of people used the hashtag “#MeToo” to share their stories on social media and Hollywood celebrities began the “Times Up” campaign to fight sexual misconduct in the workplace.

“In a case where multiple women will be taking the stand to testify, it’s a different dynamic when you have a female involved in the defense,” Rotunno told Reuters.

Legal experts and Rotunno herself said her gender might prompt jurors to view her more favorably when she cross-examines Weinstein’s accusers.

“She may be able to question the witness in a way that comes across as more empathetic, while a male lawyer may come across as cold,” said defense lawyer Steven Greenberg, who said he has known Rotunno for roughly two decades.

Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting two women in New York and faces a two month jury trial. With jury selection underway in Manhattan this week, Rotunno has appeared each day at Weinstein’s side, unflinching in the face of flashing cameras.

Rotunno said she can be tougher in cross-examination than a male attorney without coming across as a “bully,” and that factor could be an advantage.

She said, however, her tactic is not to intimidate, and her gender is just one strength she brings to the defense.

“I don’t raise my voice,” she said. “I’m not there to embarrass anyone, I’m not there to shame anyone.”

Some critics disagree.

Rosanna Arquette, an actress who has said she resisted unwanted sexual advances by Weinstein, accused Rotunno of blaming victims after Rotunno said in an ABC News interview last month that women should take responsibility for their actions.

“If you don’t want to be a victim, don’t go to the hotel room,” Rotunno told ABC News.

In court on Monday, assistant district attorney Joan Illuzzi accused Rotunno of “degrading and humiliating” one of the prosecution’s witnesses in an interview with CNN earlier this month. Rotunno said that was not her intent.

If the jury perceives Rotunno as aggressive, it could hurt Weinstein’s case, said defense attorney Michael Bachner.

“Just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you can beat up in a way the jury finds offensive,” he said, adding that an attorney’s skill and character will matter more to jurors than gender.

A former prosecutor, Rotunno has represented some 40 defendants accused of sexual assault since she opened her own firm in Chicago in 2005, she said.

Weinstein has cycled through several high-profile lawyers since his indictment in 2018, and one said Weinstein’s behavior made the job “unreasonably difficult.” Rotunno, the first woman to lead his defense, said she finds Weinstein “very easy to work with.”

Her clients have included Senegalese fashion designer Elhadji Gueye and Stanley Stallworth, a former partner at Chicago law firm Sidley Austin, who were both accused of rape and acquitted.

Rotunno said she does not support the #MeToo movement because it can unfairly sway public opinion against defendants.

Her belief that unproven allegations and media scrutiny had eroded Weinstein’s right to a fair trial motivated her to take the case, she said.

“I knew that being a woman at this sort of crossroads in history with MeToo and Times Up, I knew that my role in it would be different than that of a male lawyer,” Rotunno told Reuters. “People say well wait, you’re going against your gender or how dare you. But to me, there’s something bigger than our gender and that’s our rights.”]]>
1/9/2020 4:28:22 PM
<![CDATA[Manasterly Palace hosts musical evening on Jan. 17]]>
Artists Salma Sadik and Yasser Mukhtar will present a joint musical performance blending the tunes of the piano and violin.

Sadik and Mukhtar will present several compositions of two of the most important musicians of the romantic era: Clara Shuman and Robert Shuman, in addition to the world-famous musician Johannes Brahms' compositions.

Sadik studied the violin Cairo Conservatoire and graduated with honors in 1990. A year later, she was appointed as an assistant teacher at the Academy of Arts. She then completed her graduate studies at the University of Frankfurt, Germany, and participated in the most important orchestras in Germany and Egypt, presenting successful performances. Sadik later became the head of the violin department at the German University Orchestra in Neuss.

Mukhtar is an Egyptian native and holds the German citizenship. He started his artistic career in Cairo, then went to Moscow before finally settling in Berlin. He participated in the most important German orchestras as a pianist presenting a distinct style.

Manasterly Palace is an architectural masterpiece built on an area of 1000 square meters on the island of Al-Rawda in Cairo. It is the remainder of a group of buildings created by Hasan Fouad el-Manasterly Pasha in the year 1851. Hasan Fouad el-Manasterly Pasha comes from Macedonian descent.
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1/9/2020 4:21:47 PM
<![CDATA[Abou Najem explains truth behind Ajram’s circulating photo]]>
Abou Najem clarified that the man appearing in the picture with Ajram and her husband is actually himself, commenting on his Twitter account: “Some people are circulating this picture and claiming that it shows Ajram and her husband with the deceased man who attempted to rob their villa. The truth is the man appearing in the picture is me, as I am the media official in the office of Nancy Ajram and a friend of the family.

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In turn, Ajram confirmed his words by reposting the tweet on her official social media accounts.

“Thanks God for saving me and my family from this catastrophe that took place at my residence. I hope that no one would ever have to go through this misery,” said Ajram.

In an interview with the Lebanese star on OTV channel, she said: “My husband’s reaction to the killer was after intense threatening that took place for almost 6 to 7 minutes. The man was threatening my husband asking for the place of his wife and children. To all those who criticized my husband, what would you do if you were in Fadi’s shoes?”
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1/9/2020 4:19:16 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House to resume NY Metropolitan Performances' broadcasting]]>CAIRO - 9 January 2019: The Egyptian Opera House will resume its live broadcasting of the American Metropolitan Opera performances from New York.

On Jan. 11 at 8 p.m., "Opera Futsick" by Austrian author Alban Berg will be broadcast at the Small Theater. The opera is a social drama that tells the story of the soldier Futsick, whose passion and jealousy force him to kill his wife and then commit suicide.

Opera Futsick is considered one of the most important works written by Alban Berg between 1914 and 1922, drawing inspiration from a dramatic theatrical text of the same title written by the German George Buchner.

The renewal of the exclusive and live broadcasting license for the American Metropolitan shows comes in the framework of joint communication and cooperation, with the aim of creating a state of art and cultural boom in Egypt, in addition to introducing the world’s different cultures through the Opera House's plan to enrich the artistic life in Egypt.

Cairo Opera House uses high-quality sound systems and a huge display for the live broadcasting in the Small Theater. The Opera House sticks to international specifications in the live broadcasting to ensure quality.
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1/9/2020 3:54:05 PM
<![CDATA[Karnak Temples' Rams transfer process launched]]>
It was equipped and restored from the first courtyard "Hall of Celebrations" at Karnak to move towards the capital to decorate Tahrir Square during the coming period, precisely around the ancient obelisk set to be transferred from San el-Hagar region in Sharkia Governorate.

This is based on the instructions of the Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Anani and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri.

Sources at the Karnak Temples revealed that over the past period, the four statues that were chosen have been raised and transported from the inside of the celebration hall area, and were located far from the sight of the tourists visiting the Karnak Temples. It was lifted from its position under the supervision and leadership of leaders and workers.

The four statues were completely raised with huge winches to store and restore in a preserved manner during the transportation process, that already started in the afternoon of Jan. 8, resuming into Thursday, Jan. 9.

On the evening hours of Dec. 26, 2019, initial works of lifting and preparing the Ram statues from Karnak Temples began, where officials at the Ministry of Antiquities clarified that the Ram statues being transferred are not among the Rams located in the famed Kebbash Road (Avenue of Sphinxes) that ties Luxor Temple with Karnak Temples, and that it is not among the Ram statues located at the Karnak Temples façade.

The Ministry of Antiquities further clarified that the Rams that are being prepared for transferring are among the ones located in the first courtyard at Karnak Temples, which is located behind the first edifice of the temple.

Prior to the transfer process, the Rams were carefully inspected and restored.

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The transfer process form Karnak Temples in Luxor - ET

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1/8/2020 6:22:03 PM
<![CDATA[51st CIBF press conference to be held on Jan. 12]]>
The press conference will be held in the presence of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, Chairman of the General Egyptian Book Organization Haitham al-Haj Ali, President of the Egyptian Publishers Association Said Abdo and Mohamed Rashad the President of the Arab Publishers Union.

The Cairo International Book Fair is scheduled to start its 51st edition on Jan. 22 and running to Feb. 4, under the slogan “Egypt Africa .. A Culture of Diversity”. Senegal will be the book fair’s guest of honor, while late writer Gamal Hemdan will be the fair’s personality.

It is worth mentioning that the General Egyptian Book Organization, in cooperation with Dar al-Hilal, published the encyclopedia "The Personality of Egypt" by the great late writer Gamal Hemdan, the main personality of the Cairo International Book Fair in its 51st edition. The encyclopedia consists of 4 parts. The encyclopedia will be exhibited in the book fair’s family library.

The General Egyptian Book Organization will also cooperate with Dar al-Hilal to publish 8 books for the late writer Hemdan, including “Colonization and liberation strategy” and “Colonization and liberation in the Arab world”.

It is worth noting that the General Egyptian Book Organization has closed the door for applying for the First Book Award for youth under the age of 35, valued at L.E 5,000, and The Heritage Award which is awarded by the Book Authority equally with Dar al-Ketab, the awards for the Best Translated Book and the Best Translated Book for Children, which is awarded by the General Egyptian Book Organization equally with the National Center for Translation, in addition to the award for the Best Publishing House which is granted equally by General Egyptian Book Organization and the Egyptian Publishers Association.
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1/8/2020 4:38:09 PM
<![CDATA[ERFCS to publish Hussain Abdel Bassir's book]]>
Abdel Bassir is the director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) Antiquities Museum. This comes in preparation for the book's participating in the Cairo International Book Fair, which is scheduled to start on January 22, 2020.

“This book comes at a very important time to answer many important questions that attempt to challenge the great ancient Egyptian civilization. It also explains the magic, beauty, secrets of and treasures of Pharaonic Egypt that enchanted and still enchants the whole world, especially the secrets of the golden Pharaoh Tutankhamun, the great Egyptian pyramids and the charming Egyptian mummies,” said Chairman of the Egyptian-Russian Foundation for Culture and Science Hussein el-Shafei.

“The discovery of Pharaonic Egypt came through the discovery of the Rosetta Stone. The discovery of the Rosetta Stone is one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the history of humanity throughout its glorious ages, and an important key to uncovering the ancient Egyptian language secrets. It is considered as a luminous window, enabling the whole world to observe the charm of ancient Egypt and enjoy its endless beauty,” said Abdel Bassir.

“By discovering the Rosetta Stone and deciphering the ancient Egyptian language, it became clear to the whole world that Egypt is the cradle and land of civilizations. In Egypt, history and human civilization were born thousands of years ago. Wherever you go, you will definitely find a part of the history of Egypt as well as part of the history of the world. Therefore, we will not be wrong if we say that Egypt and history are identical twins in everything. The story of the discovery of Pharaonic Egypt and the deciphering of the secrets of the Pharaohs civilization was the moment when humanity learned its ancient glory; when science prevailed and human civilization manifested itself in the most wonderful forms represented in ancient Egypt. The magic of Pharaonic Egypt still captures our eyes, fascinates our minds and lights our way. All love and appreciation to ancient Egypt, its eternal civilization, and the ancient Egyptians, the owners of the first civilization that taught the world, and was truly the dawn of the human conscience in the whole world." concluded Abdel-Bassir.

It is worth noting that Abdel-Bassir is an archaeologist and novelist. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in ancient Egyptian antiquities at the Faculty of Archeology, Cairo University, and received his master's and doctorate degrees in ancient Egyptian archeology and history and archeology of the ancient Near East at Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Abdel Bassir has written a number of books, scientific articles and novels. He held many positions inside and outside Egypt, and was a supervisor and director of the archaeological work at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Great Pyramids Antiquities Area in Giza, UNESCO, the Department of Scientific Publishing, Ministry of Antiquities, among others.

Abdel Bassir recently received the honor of the German Institute of Archeology in Cairo and was granted permanent membership of the institute, a proof he is one of the most important archaeologists in Egypt and the world.
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1/8/2020 4:23:54 PM
<![CDATA[6th Alexandria Short Film Festival judging panel revealed]]>
The judging panel will be observing the feature and documentary films during the activities of the sixth edition of the festival.

The panel consists of a group of Egyptian and Arab experts, including Egyptian actor Amro Abed, Egyptian editor Heba Othman, film critic Ahmed Shawky, director of the Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam Roche Abdel-Fattah and Tunisian actress Maryam Ferjani.

The judging panel in-depth

Amro Abed: An Egyptian actor and filmmaker. Abed began his cinematic career with costarring in a successful set of films. The films focused on youth, their struggles and fears. He appeared in a cinematic work for the first time in 2006 in the movie “Awqat-Faragh”. A year later, Abed co-starred in the film “Magic”. Abed starred in “Aylet Mekki” in 2010, “Farsh we Ghata” in 2013 and “Leil Khargy” in 2018.

After his cinematic participations, Abed embarked on a successful drama career, landing a role in the series “Abwad el-Khof”, “Ma'a Sabq el-Esrar”, “La Totfe’ el-Shams”, among others.

Heba Othman: An Egyptian editor who graduated from the Higher Cinema Institute. She first worked as an assistant editor in several films, including “Wahed Sefr”, “El-Wa’d”, and “Ramadan Mabrouk Abul Alamain Hamouda”, among others.

Ahmed Shawky: Egyptian film critic, programmer and screenplay supervisor. Shawky has written numerous critic articles since 2009. He publishes weekly articles in the newspaper "Al-Kahera" and the website FilFan. Shawky published six books on Egyptian cinema. Currently, Shawky is the art director of the Cairo International Film Festival, secretary general of the Egyptian Film Critics Association, member of the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Critics (Febrice), among others. Shawky participated as a judging panel member in numerous festivals, including the festivals of Locarno, Malmö, Shanghai, Eurasia, Transylvania, Macau, Tetouan, Oran, Luxor, Tripoli, Rotterdam and Muscat.

Roche Abdel-Fattah: Director and manager of the Arab Film Festival in Holland. He was born in 1982 in Syria. His relationship with the artistic field has started since his childhood, as he was part of a theater group in the city of Hasaka. After moving to the Netherlands in 1999, he pursued his artistic dream, working with Dutch theater groups, where he participated in several plays and art performances. His passion for the audiovisual field made him work with several Dutch and Arab channels since 2001, something that pushed him to enter the artistic academy of Saint-Joest, where he studied audiovisual design engineering in Breda, the Netherlands, and started to produce several short films, and documentaries that were displayed in several countries including Germany, Britain, Russia, Bosnia, China, Qatar and Morocco. Abdel-Fattah joined the Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam since its inception and became the artistic director of the festival in 2011.

Maryam Ferjani: Actress, film director, and Tunisian visual artist. She had her first acting experience in the movie "Layla Bouzid" in 2010, where she was still studying at the Faculty of Medicine in Tunisia. She moved to Italy after that and graduated from the Film Institute Loccino Visconti in Milan, Department of Directing. She also studied acting at the Institute of Theater Paolo Grassi Milano. Ferjani held her first exhibition as a visual artist in Paris in 2016. Ferjani received several international awards including the Critics Award from the Arab Cinema Center.




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1/8/2020 3:55:48 PM
<![CDATA[First MEME kicks off on Jan. 9 ]]>
A number of underground music bands and singers will participate in the festival’s first edition.

The activities of the first day include concerts for the Egyptian bands Hawas and Massar Egbari and for the Jordanian bands Akher Zapheer and Autostrad. The first day of the festival will also present a concert for Egyptian singer Balqeis and Swedish band Tarabband.

Concerts for the Egyptian bands Do’Souqa, Wust el-Balad, Sharmoofers, and Lekhfa as well as Egyptian rapper Marwan Pablo will stage on the second day. This is in addition to concerts for the Jordanian bands Jadal and Ayloul.

During the third and last day of the festival, the Nubian band High Dam will perform, in addition to Almena, Shabjdeed and Al Nather, Kahareb and Dina el-Wedidi and Jordanian star Aziz Maraka.

It is worth noting that the Egyptian band Sharmoofers has been recently granted the English Boisdale Music Award for Best International Group presented by the international British musician, artist and broadcaster Jools Holland.

Sharmoofers duo, Ahmed Baha and Mo el-Arqan, received the award during the official ceremony held in the British capital, London.

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1/8/2020 2:56:37 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanese general prosecutor releases Hachim, bans him from travelling]]>
Some Syrian media outlets claimed that the deceased Syrian thief was a gardener who used to work in Ajram’s villa and came to take his financial receivables, the matter that was completely refuted by Hachim's brother.

Ajram’ s husband was transferred to the hospital on Monday, according to sources that revealed that Hachim had a breakdown after the accident.

Lebanese newspapers explained that the thief that was killed in the house of Ajram got 16 bullets, and it was later revealed that the thief had a fake pistol, but Hachim did not realize that.

Some sources said that one of the employees at Nancy Ajram's house was involved in the case and that he helped the thief enter the secured villa.

On January 5, Hachim shot dead a Syrian named Mohamed Hassan Moussa who entered the Lebanese singer’s villa at dawn in New Sheileh region for theft.

Ajram got a minor injury in her right leg, but her daughters are safe. Lebanese security forces arrived at the star's villa at once and launched investigations into the accident.

Lebanese Prosecutor, Ghada Aoun, issued an arrest warrant against Hachim in order to take the legal measures.

The Lebanese diva is always eager to post pictures on her official social media platforms with her children and husband, unlike many celebrities in the Arab World who prefer not to expose their family members to the public.

Ajram was born in May 1983 in Achrafieh, Lebanon. When Ajram was 15 years old she released her debut studio album "Mihtagalak" (I need you) produced by EMI. The following year, she released her second album "Sheel Oyoonak Anni" (2001) (Take your eyes off me).

She was exceptionally accepted to the Syndicate of Professional Artists in Lebanon despite being under the legal age.

Her career boosted in 2003, and in 2007 she sold over 2 million records, ranking third best-selling female artist in Lebanese history. According to her website, she was described on the Oprah Winfrey Show as one of the most influential personalities of the Middle East.

Ajram was announced the best-selling Middle Eastern female singer of the decade (2000–2009).

Ajram does not shy away from diversity in her songs; her albums usually draw on many dialects, including Egyptian, Lebanese or Khaleeji (Gulf). She is also one of the judges in "The Voice Kids" airing on MBC Masr.

Throughout her career, Ajram has released a number of studio albums, including two dedicated for children, and numerous chart toppers such as the Lebanese hits "Yay", "Ehsas Jdeed" (New feeling); the Egyptian hits "Ya Tabtab", "Mo'egaba" (I'm in love), "Ibn El-Giran" (Neighbors' son), "Fi Hagat", "Ma Tegi Hena" (come here); and the Khaleeji hit of "Ya Kether".


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1/7/2020 7:01:01 PM
<![CDATA[5 Ptolemaic limestone blocks discovered in Sohag]]>
Head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that the uncovered blocks were transferred to the recently discovered Ptolemy IV Temple located in El-Souq area of the same village.

The restorers, who conducted the first examination of the limestone blocks, indicate that the blocks belong to a shrine of the god Osiris, and that they date back to the era of King Ptolemy I.

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The first block is irregular in shape and bears decorative units representing the facade of the palace, while the second block is rectangular and features two scenes. The right scene shows King Ptolemy providing clothes to Osiris, who sits on the throne, and the left scene shows King Ptolemy presenting another type of clothing to the god Osiris, who sits on the throne.

The third block is also rectangular and depicts King Ptolemy presenting a necklace to Osiris who sits on the throne, with his sister Isis behind him.

The Fourth block contains three rows of scenes representing King Ptolemy in front of Osiris, who sits on the throne, and behind Osiris stands a goddess. The upper row is completely lost, leaving only the legs of the king, the base of the throne of Osiris, and the feet of the deity standing behind him.

As for the middle row, it contains a preserved scene of King Ptolemy giving two windings to god Osiris, who sits on the throne, while the goddess Nephthys stands behind him. The two windings may contain green eye lacquer.

The upper end of the lower row of the fifth block is the only thing remaining; it holds a scene depicting King Ptolemy in front of Osiris sitting on the throne and the god Horus standing behind him.

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1/7/2020 4:48:01 PM
<![CDATA['Les Baghdad' trailer amasses more than 3 million views ]]>


‘’ Les Baghdad’’ will be released in Egyptian cinemas on January 15.

Les Baghdad” starring Egyptian star Mohamed Imam, Fathy Abdel Wahab, Yasmin Rais, Amina Khalil, Mohamed Abdel Rahman, Salah Abdullah, Ahmed Rizk, among others.
The movie is written by Tamer Ibrahim and produced by Synergy Film Productions.
Imam embodies a character called Youssef el-Rawi, a man looking for a lost treasure in a comedy adventure.

Imam also unveiled his new look for the film on his official Instagram account, announcing that it includes dangerous action scenes.


It is worth mentioning that Imam latesr series "Hogan" that was screened last Ramadan, achieved booming success.

The series starred Reyad el-Khouly, Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Os Os, Salah Abdullah, Aida Riad, Myrna Noureldin, Hagar Ahmed and a number of other stars; it was written by Mohamed Salah el Azab, directed by Sherine Adel, and produced by Synergy.

"Hogan" is a social/action series that revolved around a tough young man that comes from a shabby neighborhood, gifted with numerous talents and skills. Hogan is able to chew glass and pull a car using his teeth.
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1/7/2020 4:16:20 PM
<![CDATA[Ancient statue damaged by MB restored, exhibited in Malawi Museum]]>
The museum's management announced that the winning piece is a double limestone statue dating back to the Old Kingdom's Sixth Dynasty. The artifact will be displayed in Malawi Museum until the end of January.

The statue was discovered in Mir region and is 87 cm in height. It was restored after the unfortunate events that hit the museum in 2013 at the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Malawi Museum was established on June 23, 1962 in Minya during the era of late President Gamal Abdel Nasser. It consisted of two floors with four halls showing Pharaonic, Greek, Roman and Coptic artifacts, in addition to the artifacts of Tuna el-Gabal, the Asmunites, Tel Amarna, and Medieval Egypt.

The museum was subjected to unfortunate violence and theft, after the dispersal of Rab’a and Nahda sit-ins in 2013.

It took more than 3 years to restore and develop the museum. It now contains 944 artifacts, including 441 old exhibits, and 503 new ones from the Bahnasah, Ashmounin and Minya stores.

The total cost of the museum's development project reached LE 11 million distributed between Minya Governorate, which provided LE 1,150,000 of the governorate's funds; and an Italian grant worth LE 4 million in the form of display cases for the museum's exhibition halls. The grant comes within the framework of the debt swap project.

The exhibiting scenario inside the museum was changed, beginning with a statue of a family, representing an important pillar in any community.

The museum consists of only three exhibition halls. The fourth hall has been converted into a place for children's educational activities, in addition to a library for scientific research to serve university students in Minya and Assiut.

A lecture hall was added, as the museum's new administration found that the communal role of the museum should be revitalized. Malawi Museum was reopened on September 22, 2017.

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1/7/2020 4:15:52 PM
<![CDATA[Ramadan arrives in Hurghada to perform in 2019 CAF Best on Jan. 7]]> ramadan arrive in hurghada
Ramadan arrived in Hurghada Int. Airport on Jan.7- ET

Ramadan arrived in Hurghada's Sahl Hasheesh to perform a concert in celebration of the best player in Africa.

The source confirmed that Hurghada International Airport welcomes the guests of the ceremony, with flowers, stressing that the concert will be a great tourist promotion for the Red Sea region and Egypt in general.

Entrepreneur Kamel Abu Ali, the host of the CAF Awards in Hurghada, confirmed that Cameroon national team player and former Barcelona Club player Samuel Eto will present the ceremony, along with famous Moroccan presenter Fayrouz al-Karwani and Egyptian presenter Maryam Amin.

Abu Ali added in a statement that the concert will include entertainment shows, as two world-famous bands and an Egyptian band were chosen to perform. Currently, preparations are being finalized for the ceremony.

The Red Sea Governorate announced a state of high alert ahead of the most prominent African sporting event, CAF Best 2019, which will take place on Jan. 7 in Sahl-Hasheesh, Hurghada.

Guests and contestants flocked to the city to attend the ceremony of the most important sporting awards in Africa. The players competing for the Best Player Award are Egyptian Mohamed Salah, Senegalese Sadio Mane and Algerian Riyad Mahrez.

In the ceremony, awards for Best Coach, Best Team and Best Player will be announced.

The ceremony, which is being held for the first time in Egypt, will be attended by the most famous athletes in Africa and the world, in addition to President of the African Football Confederation Ahmed Ahmed.

Ahmed Ahmed held several meetings with Abu Ali to review the details of the ceremony, and confirmed his confidence that the concert will witness an unprecedented success.


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1/7/2020 4:11:55 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about renovating Sakakini Palace]]>
In 1961, the Health Education Museum was moved from Abdeen to the Sakakini Palace. The museum was then moved from the palace, for the palace to become eventually under the auspices of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. The council is currently examining the studies submitted by the consultant in preparation for the launch of the palace's comprehensive restoration project.
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This was confirmed by Mahmoud Abdel Basset, director of the Historic Cairo Development Project. Abdel Basset said that studies of the advisory office for the restoration of Sakakini Palace will be examined soon. New files are also added regarding the re-usage of the palace according to its construction nature.

The director of the Historic Cairo Development Project further explained that after studying the submitted proposals, the restoration project of the 119-year-old palace will be assigned to a company, under the supervision of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

Head of the Projects Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities Waad Abul Ela revealed that additional restoration works are currently taking place in the palace. The palace is scheduled to open in 2020.
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The palace includes a collection of unique artifacts, including "Dorat el-Tag” girl statue, as well as the remains of a statue of a crocodile. The palace is decorated with figures of girls and children and statues made of marble. It contains more than fifty rooms and up to five floors. The palace has more than 400 windows and doors and 300 statues, including a half-statue of Habib Pasha el-Sakakini at the top of the main entrance to the palace.

The palace also contains a basement; its pillars are surrounded by four towers, each with a small dome on top. The basement has three spacious halls, four toilets, two rooms. It is devoid of decorations, and was made for servants and kitchens.

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1/7/2020 2:00:03 PM
<![CDATA[Min. to transfer 22 mummies, 17 royal coffins to Fustat Museum]]>
The transfer process will start during the upcoming period, as preparations are being made for a global-scale transport procession befitting the ancient Egyptian civilization. A total of 22 mummies and 17 royal coffins are set to be transported.
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The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is also working on broadcasting the event on a wide range of local and international media outlets.

The transportation of 22 mummies and 17 royal coffins from their current location site at the Tahrir Museum to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat will take place within the next 3 months.
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It is worth noting that the second n meeting held to discuss the procedures of transporting the royal mummies and coffins took place in August 2019, in the presence of representatives from the ministries of defense, interior, tourism, Cairo Governorate, security authorities, and the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
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During the meeting, many topics were discussed, including the path to be used for transporting the mummies, raising the efficiency of roads from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, the places of exit and entry of the vehicles that will carry out the transfer and setting the pathway that will be used within the museum after arrival.





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1/7/2020 1:55:12 PM
<![CDATA[Ajram’s husband transferred to the hospital]]>
Lebanese newspapers revealed that the thief that was killed in the house of Ajram got 16 bullets, and it was later revealed that the thief had an unreal pistol, but her husband did not realize that.

Some sources said that one of the employees at Nancy Ajram's house was involved in the case and that he helped the thief enter the secured villa.

On January 5, Hachem shot dead a Syrian named Mohamed Hassan Moussa who entered the Lebanese singer’s villa at dawn in New Sheileh region for theft.

Ajram got a minor injury in her right leg, but her daughters are safe. Lebanese Security forces went to the star's villa at once and launched investigations into the accident.
Lebanese Prosecutor, Ghada Aoun, issued an arrest warrant against Hachem in order to take the legal measures.

The Lebanese diva is always eager to post pictures on her official social media platforms with her children and husband, unlike many celebrities in the Arab World who prefer not to expose their family members to the public.

Ajram was born in May 1983 in Achrafieh, Lebanon. When Ajram was 15 years old she released her debut studio album "Mihtagalak" (I need you) produced by EMI. The following year, she released her second album "Sheel Oyoonak Anni" (2001) (Take your eyes off me).

She was exceptionally accepted to the Syndicate of Professional Artists in Lebanon despite being under the legal age.

Her career boosted in 2003, and in 2007 she sold over 2 million records, ranking third best-selling female artist in Lebanese history. According to her website, she was described on the Oprah Winfrey Show as one of the most influential personalities of the Middle East.

Ajram was announced the best-selling Middle Eastern female singer of the decade (2000–2009).

Ajram does not shy away from diversity in her songs; her albums usually draw on many dialects, including Egyptian, Lebanese or Khaleeji (Gulf). She is also one of the judges in "The Voice Kids" airing on MBC Masr.

Throughout her career, Ajram has released a number of studio albums, including two dedicated for children, and numerous chart toppers such as the Lebanese hits "Yay", "Ehsas Jdeed" (New feeling); the Egyptian hits "Ya Tabtab", "Mo'egaba" (I'm in love), "Ibn El-Giran" (Neighbors' son), "Fi Hagat", "Ma Tegi Hena" (come here); and the Khaleeji hit of "Ya Kether".
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1/7/2020 11:46:47 AM
<![CDATA[Assala performs 2 concerts on Jan. 10, 17]]>
The first concert will be held on Jan. 10 and is a charity concert dedicated to cancer patients, while the second concert will be held on Jan. 17 at the main stage in Dubai International Village.

Assala posted a comment on her official Instagram account, stating: “Good morning ... With great regret and sorrow, I announce a permanent separation from the father of my sons (Adam and Ali), and I wish no one intervenes in the details. As usual, I will strive to shoulder my responsibility for my children, and nothing will discourage me from carrying out my duty towards them. As long as your kind hearts are with me providing the support I need so much, I will always remain loyal to my small and big families. I will do my best when it comes to my career, to match your expectations.”

Assala had spoken on more than one occasion about the rumors of separation from Eryan, but in a way that does not confirm or deny them, asking the media to stay away from her personal life.

At the same time, her daughter Sham has been uploading songs about betrayal on her accounts on social media, which reinforced the idea that her mother separated from her husband.

On Jan. 4, Assala, accompanied by Kuwaiti singer Mutref al-Mutref, performed a concert in Kuwait’s international Festival Expo, titled "A Night of a lifetime".
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1/6/2020 5:58:10 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Key Moments to look at in the 77th Golden Globe ]]>
Key Moments we have to look at in Golden Globe 2020. Hildur Guðnadóttir won the Golden Globe for best original film score for her work on “Joker” to be the the first woman to do so as a solo composer in the history of the Globes.

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Awkwafina has won the best actress in a musical or comedy award for her performance in “The Farewell” as Billi. It’s the first time a performer of Asian descent has won a lead actress Golden Globe Award for a film.

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Succession took best TV drama series, Phoebe Waller-Bridge picked up a big acting award for Fleabag, and the brilliant Parasite unsurprisingly won best foreign language film.



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Stellan Skarsgård won best supporting actor award for his role in Chernobyl.

Best performance by an actor in a television series — Drama went to Brian Cox, while Carol Burnett Award for Achievement in Television went to Ellen DeGeneres.

Best performance by an actor in a limited series or a motion picture made for television went to Russell Crowe.Tarantino wins best screenplay for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

‘’If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world and accept your little award” said acclaimed comedian Ricky Gervais.
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Tom Hanks has been awarded the Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award

‘’It's those moments as an actor where everyone I've worked with has helped me get to that place, sometimes it's three in the morning and sometimes it's at 11 o'clock at night, where you have to somehow put it all together” Tom Hanks said in his speech.

Brad Pitt won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in ‘’Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’’.




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Egyptian American actor Ramy Youssef won the 2020 TV musical or comedy actor Golden Globe for his role in the self-titled, semi-autobiographical Hulu comedy “Ramy,” which he also created, writes, produces and directs.



“I would like to thank my god, Allahu Akbar, and Hulu. I know you guys haven’t seen my show. Everyone is like, ‘is this an editor?'’ Youssef added.

“Allahu akbar” is a normal phrase for Muslims all over the world. From my point of view Youssef said that to send a political message or some sort of protest against the ways non-Muslims have been programmed to believe “Allahu akbar” is merely a war cry.
Saying that on stage beside acclaimed Hollywood stars like Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, was his attempt to thrust his uncompromised identity into the Hollywood fancy word.


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‘’Egyptians love Michael Douglas, I don’t know if you know this’’ Youssef said on stage joking that his mother was rooting for Douglas.

“We made a very special show about an Arab Muslim family living in New Jersey and this means a lot, to be recognized on this level” Youssef said after receiving the award.
Youssef is an American stand-up comedian and writer of Egyptian orgins. Ramy Hassan role in the Hulu comedy series ‘’Ramy’’ was turning point in his career.

Youssef was born in Queens to Egyptian parents. Youssef attended Rutherford High School.

He performed sketch comedy while studying political science and economics in college. While there, Youssef served as a camp counselor for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in New Jersey. He left Rutgers when he was 20 and moved to Hollywood to enroll in acting school.

Youssef made his acting debut on the Nick at Nite sitcom See Dad Run in which he had a main role. During the run of the show, Youssef shadowed the writers' room, an experience Youssef would bring to his own show in 2019.

In 2017, Youssef appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where he performed his stand-up routine.

His television series Ramy debuted on Hulu on April 19, 2019, with 10 episodes.[10] The show, in which Youssef plays the title character, tells the story of a millennial Muslim who is a second-generation American born to immigrant parents in the United States.[11][12] Soon after its first season debuted, Hulu renewed it for a second season with an expected premiere date in 2020.

Also after the debut of Ramy, Youssef signed an overall television production deal with A24. He currently has two shows in development, one for Apple TV+ and one for Netflix. He received a Golden Globe in 2020 for this role.

Youssef isn’t the first Muslim or even the first actor with Egyptian Orgins to win a Golden Globe, but this award is unique because of how he celebrated. He’s currently working on Season Two of Ramy for Hulu, with help from another Muslim who won a Golden Globe, Mahershala Ali.




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<![CDATA[Ramy Youssef: The Egyptian American who made it to the Golden Globe]]>


“I would like to thank my god, Allahu Akbar, and Hulu. I know you guys haven’t seen my show. Everyone is like, ‘is this an editor?'’ Youssef added. “Allahu akbar” is a normal phrase for Muslims all over the world.

Youssef said this phrase to send a political message or some sort of protest against the ways non-Muslims have been programmed to believe “Allahu akbar” is merely a war cry.

Saying that on stage beside acclaimed Hollywood stars like Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, was his attempt to thrust his uncompromised identity into the Hollywood fancy word.

‘’Egyptians love Michael Douglas, I don’t know if you know this’’ Youssef said on stage joking that his mother was rooting for Douglas.

“We made a very special show about an Arab Muslim family living in New Jersey and this means a lot, to be recognized on this level” Youssef said after receiving the award.

Youssef is an American stand-up comedian and writer of Egyptian orgins. Ramy Hassan role in the Hulu comedy series ‘’Ramy’’ was turning point in his career.
Youssef was born in Queens to Egyptian parents.

Youssef attended Rutherford High School. He performed sketch comedy while studying political science and economics in college.

While there, Youssef served as a camp counselor for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in New Jersey. He left Rutgers when he was 20 and moved to Hollywood to enroll in acting school.

Youssef made his acting debut on the Nick at Nite sitcom See Dad Run in which he had a main role. During the run of the show, Youssef shadowed the writers' room, an experience Youssef would bring to his own show in 2019.

In 2017, Youssef appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where he performed his stand-up routine.

His television series Ramy debuted on Hulu on April 19, 2019, with 10 episodes.
The show, in which Youssef plays the title character, tells the story of a millennial Muslim who is a second-generation American born to immigrant parents in the United States.
Soon after its first season debuted, Hulu renewed it for a second season with an expected premiere date in 2020.

Also after the debut of Ramy, Youssef signed an overall television production deal with A24. He currently has two shows in development, one for Apple TV+ and one for Netflix.He received a Golden Globe in 2020 for this role.

Youssef isn’t the first Muslim or even the first actor with Egyptian Origins to win a Golden Globe, but this award is unique because of how he celebrated.

He’s currently working on Season Two of Ramy for Hulu, with help from another Muslim who won a Golden Globe, Mahershala Ali.
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1/6/2020 1:08:44 PM
<![CDATA[Who are the Golden Globe 2020 winners? ]]>
Egypt Today presents to its readers the full list of the Golden Globes winners:

Best Motion Picture -- Drama
• 1917

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Drama
• Renée Zellweger, Judy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama
• Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy
• Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy
• Awkwafina, The Farewell

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy
• Taron Egerton, Rocketman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
• Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Original Score -- Motion Picture

• Joker - Hildur Guðnadóttir

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television
• Chernobyl

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television
• Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Best Director -- Motion Picture
• Sam Mendes, 1917
• Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series -- Drama
• Olivia Colman, The Crown

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television

• Patricia Arquette, The Act
Best Original Song -- Motion Picture

• "I'm Gonna Love Me Again," Rocketman - Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Bernie Taupin

Best Television Series -- Musical or Comedy


• Fleabag
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

• Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Best Motion Picture -- Animated
• Missing Link

Best Screenplay -- Motion Picture
• Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Quentin Tarantino

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series -- Drama
• Brian Cox, Succession

Best Motion Picture -- Foreign Language
• Parasite

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series -- Musical or Comedy

• Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Best Television Series -- Drama
• Succession

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television

• Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television
• Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice


Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series -- Musical or Comedy
• Ramy Youssef, Ramy
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1/6/2020 12:46:48 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Al-Fateh Mosque restoration works cost L.E 16M]]>
The officials followed up the latest developments in the mosque in preparation for its opening next week, in the presence of Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri; Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Engineering Affairs Hisham Samir; Head of the Islamic, Coptic and Judaic Antiquities Sector Gamal Mostafa and Head of the ministry's Projects Sector Abdullah Abul Ela.

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Royal Mosque of Al-Fateh in Abdeen after being restored- press photo


The head of the Projects Sector indicated that the project cost nearly L.E 16 million.

According to Gamal Mostafa, the mosque consists of a main square for performing prayers upon which a dome is located. Three blocks of buildings with hallways and rooms that serve the various purposes of the mosque were attached to the prayer’s square from its western, southern and eastern sides.

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Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Anani, Minister of Awqaf Mukhtar Goma, and Governor of Cairo Khaled Abdel-Al, visited Sunday the Royal Mosque of Al-Fateh in Abdeen, Cairo.- press photo


The main facade of the mosque is located on its western side, and overlooks the garden of Abdeen Palace. Its height is 15.70 meters. The west facade is in the middle of the royal entrance to the mosque, and the minaret of the mosque is located in the southeastern corner.

The mosque consists of an equilateral square surrounded by four huge red granite columns. The mihrab, which is located in the center of the qibla wall, has been decorated with an unparalleled type of colored marble in the form of bars. The minbar is decorated with floral inscriptions deeply carved and painted with gold.

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Royal Mosque of Al-Fateh in Abdeen after being restored- press photo


The mosque is located on Abdeen Street and occupies the eastern part of Abdeen Palace. It was established by Abdeen el-Amir Bey. Adjacent to his palace, is a small mosque known as Al-Fateh Mosque.

Abdeen Bey worked to renew the mosque, so the mosque was named after him, Abdeen Mosque. The mosque dates back to the era of King Fouad I 1338 AH / 1918, where King Fouad ordered the renewal of the Mosque. The old entrance and minaret were preserved. It was set up in the style of Ottoman mosques, and its space has been doubled.
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1/5/2020 8:10:26 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Sharjah ruler returns 425 rare artifacts to Egypt]]>
The artifacts are returned to Egypt in a touch of love and appreciation from the new ruler of Sharjah to Egypt, which has played and still plays an active and vital educational and enlightening role in the Arab countries.

The history of the artifacts that reached Cairo coming from Sharjah, dates back to different time periods from the pre-fourth millennium B.C. ages, and different Pharaonic eras; The Ptolemaic Era from the fourth century to the first century BC, the Roman period from the first century BC to the second century AD and the Coptic era from the fourth to the sixth century AD.

The artifacts also include vitrified stone, porcelain, wood and bronze sculptures representing ancient Egyptian deities, in addition to wooden coffins decorated with colors, in addition to human and animal mummies; birds, fish, and necklaces and bracelets of precious stones. The artifacts also contain pendants, and animal models of hawks and fish made from alabaster and timber.

Sheikh Al-Qasimi, the ruler of Sharjah, is considered one of the biggest enthusiasts in Arab heritage and its preservation, believing in its historical importance and great value in enriching the heritage of all humanity.

Qasimi, upon his arrival at Cairo Airport in 2017, returned to Egypt a total of 354 artifacts that were seized and confiscated by the customs officers at Sharjah International Airport. It is a group of confiscated artifacts of great importance in their archaeological and historical value dating back to the Pharaonic period and some Islamic eras. The pieces included boxes containing pieces that have varied in its material, some of which were made of diorite stone, while other pieces were made of limestone, in addition to a group of copper and wooden artifacts.

Among the 354 artifacts returned to Egypt in 2017, were limestone slabs and a number of stone obelisks of various sizes containing hieroglyphic drawings and writings, in addition to black diorite statues, one of them resembling the famous Sphinx, and numerous Ushabtis , which were carved as servants of the deceased in their after-life journey, according to the prevailing belief in that period. The materials of the Ushabti statues varied, ranging from green faience, wood and pottery.

A large group of copper-encrusted eyes seized at Sharjah International Airport were also returned, in addition to a group of golden fingers and textile remains with pharaonic drawings. As for the Egyptian-Islamic artifacts, were two stone tablets and a glass disc bearing Islamic inscriptions.

Al-Qasimi was keen that the process of handing over the historical artifacts must be carried out under his personal supervision. It was received from the Egyptian side by representatives of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities who were present at Cairo International Airport upon his arrival on the afternoon of Jan. 5.




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1/5/2020 6:10:57 PM
<![CDATA[Unique artifact discovered in Tutankhamen’s tomb]]>
This discovery was announced in a documentary film titled "Secrets of the Valley of the Kings in Egypt" broadcast on the English Channel 5, according to the Express newspaper in the UK.

Tutankhamen is the last member of his ruling family at the end of the 19th Dynasty during the era of the New Kingdom. He inherited the reign of Egypt at the age of 9 and mysteriously died very young.
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Howard Carter with the Golden King - Press photo

In 1922, Howard Carter discovered KV62 in the Valley of the Kings, the tomb of the Golden King that still remains a major achievement.

The British newspaper stated that in 1922, the British archaeologist Howard Carter found more than 5,000 artifacts, in the tomb of King Tut, all of which are expected to be displayed in the LE 700 million Grand Egyptian Museum.

The newspaper further clarified that 300 miles south of the city of Luxor, Eisa Zidan, an Egyptian archaeologist, tried to transport 122 artifacts from the tomb of King Tut to the Grand Egyptian Museum.

During the transportation process, the archaeological team discovered one of the original boxes that Howard Carter used to transport Tut's treasures from the grave, placed on the side of the storage pit. Inside the box, the archaeologists discovered a precious piece of Tutankhamen’s belongings.

The newly discovered artifact is a piece of wood, which is believed to be part of a group of model ships Carter discovered in Tutankhamen’s grave. The British newspaper explained that Tut’s ships were placed in his tomb because Egyptians believed they will be used by the deceased to embark on the journey of the afterlife.



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1/5/2020 5:51:39 PM
<![CDATA[Ragheb Alama performs Valentine’s Day concert in Paris]]>
The concert is expected to be attended by numerous public figures and members of the Arab community in France.

Alama will be performing a wide selection of his old and new songs during the concert, including “Eli Ba’na”, “Ma Bahazarsh”, “Terkini Lahali”, “Naseni el-Donia”, among others.

It is worth mentioning that the Lebanese star performed New Year’s Eve concert in one of the major hotels in the Jordanian city Amman, amid a high turnout of fans who cheered and sang along.

Alama is expected to soon release a video clip of his newest song “Kan Ghairak Ashtar”, written by Khaled el-Marikhi and composed by Talal.

“Sahebat el-Sa’ada” program for Isaad Younis, aired on DMC channel, celebrated New Year’s Eve in the presence of Alama, in which he performed numerous songs and spoke about the launch of his career, that embarked with the song “Albi Eshekha”. Alama stated that the song’s video clip was the first ever in the Arab world, before singing “Eli Ba’na” along with Younis.

It is worth noting that Alama recently uploaded his most recent song “Sodfa” on YouTube, achieving high numbers of viewership.
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1/5/2020 5:04:11 PM
<![CDATA[Giant of Hebrew Studies Ibrahim el-Bahrawy passed away on Jan. 5]]>
El-Bahrawy received his doctorate in contemporary Israeli war literature from Ain Shams University in 1972 with honors, and a Master’s Degree in Jewish Religious Thought at Ain Shams University in 1969 with honors.

The late professor was granted the State Award for Excellence in Social Sciences from the Supreme Council of Culture in 1999, in addition to the State Appreciation Award in Literature from the Supreme Council of Culture in 2009.

Bahrawy was one of the most famous professors of Israeli studies. He interrogated the Israeli prisoners between 1967 and 1973. He issued a study on the attitudes and feelings of Israeli prisoners of war through conducting interviews in the Egyptian Military Prison during the wars of 1967 and 1973. He also issued a study of the conflicting currents of religious and secular thoughts in Israeli society through contemporary Hebrew literature.

The late professor also participated and lectured in specialized scientific seminars at the Middle East Research Center, Nasser Military Academy, Al-Ahram Center for Strategic Studies, the Arab Center for Strategic Studies in Cairo, the Arab League and the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In a condolence message uploaded on his official page, Tarik Fahmy, a professor of political science, commented: "I remember your last words: Protect Egypt and do not overlook the other side."





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1/5/2020 4:42:10 PM
<![CDATA[Nancy Ajram's husband kills Syrian who entered their villa for theft]]>
Ajram got a minor injury in her right leg, but her daughters and the rest of her family were safe. Lebanese Security forces went to the star's villa at once and opened investigations into the accident.
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Ajram's injury after the theft attempt - ET

Lebanon Prosecutor, Judge Ghada Aoun, issued an arrest warrant for Al-Hachem in order to take legal measures.
Ajram’s latest clip is a new national song entitled "Ragel Ibn Ragel", written by Malak Adel, composed by Walid Saad and directed by Batoul Arafa.
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The thief after getting shot by Ajram's husband - ET

The Lebanese diva is always eager to post pictures on her official social media platforms with her children and husband, unlike many celebrities in the Arab World who prefer not to expose their family members to the public.

Ajram was born in May 1983 in in Achrafieh, Lebanon. When Ajram was 15 years old she released her debut studio album "Mihtagalak" (I need you) produced by EMI. The following year, she released her second album "Sheel Oyoonak Anni" (2001) (Take your eyes off me).

She was exceptionally accepted to the Syndicate of Professional Artists in Lebanon despite being under the legal age.

Her career boosted in 2003, and in 2007 she sold over two million records, ranking third best-selling female artist in Lebanese history. According to her website, she was described on the Oprah Winfrey Show as one of the most influential personalities of the Middle East.

Ajram was announced the best-selling Middle Eastern female singer of the decade (2000–2009).

She has a strong bond with her manager, Jiji Lamara, who helped her get to the top. They have worked together since the start of her career.

Lamara believed in Nancy’s talent and has supported her from the beginning. Today she is a superstar in the Arab world.

Ajram does not shy away from diversity in her songs; her albums usually draw on many dialects, including Egyptian, Lebanese or “Khaligi” (Gulf). She is also one of the judges in the hit show The Voice Kids airing on MBC Masr. She began performing as a child and appeared on several television shows in her early years with the support of her father.

Throughout her career, Ajram has released a number of studio albums, including two dedicated for children, and numerous chart toppers such as the Lebanese hits of "Yay", "Ehsas Jdeed" (New feeling) and Egyptian hits of "Ya Tabtab", "Mo'egaba" (I'm in love), "Ibn El-Giran" (Neighbors' son), "Fi Hagat", "Ma Tegi Hena" (come here) and the Khaleeji hit of "Ya Kether".

Ajram is the first and only female spokesperson of Coca-Cola in the Arab world, releasing several promotional anthems that became instant smash-hits, such as "Oul Tani Keda" (Say it again), "El-Dounya Helwa" (The world is nice), "Noss El-Kawn" and "Shaggaa Bi Alamak".

Ajram has made the list of Most Powerful Arabs on Arabian Business several times, and was similarly listed by Newsweek as one of the most influential Arabs.

Since 2013, Ajram has served as a judge on MBC's talent show "Arab Idol". She also began serving as a coach on "The Voice Kids Arabia" in 2016.

Nancy Ajram’s latest clip “Badna Newalee El-Jaw” (We want to get the party started) witnessed high viewership on YouTube.

The clip reached over 25 million views on YouTube. That is no surprise as most of Ajram’s songs amass a high number of views on various social media platforms.

The song is directed by Samir Saryati, composed by Samir Nakhleh and written by Joseph Guha.


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1/5/2020 3:27:56 PM
<![CDATA[Ali el-Haggar to perform at Cairo Opera House on Jan. 16]]>
Haggar received the 2019 Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature in November 2019, to be the first Egyptian singer to receive such prestigious award.

The Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature is an annual award that is granted to Omanis and Arabs.

Moreover, Haggar and famed Egyptian singer Riham Abdel-Hakim performed at Alexandria Opera House on November 12 in the closing of the Arab Music Festival.

The renowned Egyptian singer celebrated his 65th birthday in one of the major hotels in Cairo on April 19 in the presence of a large number of celebrities and public figures.

He has recently launched the song "Laih el-Tareeq" (Why that path?) on his official channel on YouTube. The song is written by Michael Adel and composed by Shadi Moines. The video has amassed a high number of views since its upload.

The iconic singer released his latest album entitled "Ma Takhdy Balek” (Pay attention) which included the songs “GowaHodny” (Within my arms), “MeenFeena mesh Mehtag?” (Who is not needy?), “Dari Gamalek” (Hide your beauty), among others. The album achieved great success.

Haggar graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1979 and was influenced by late Egyptian music legend Baligh Hamdy, who trained Haggar, Mohamed Mounir and Mohamed el-Helw in a band called el-Takht, which was formed in the Arabic Music Institution.

Inspired by poet, cartoonist, and painter Salah Jaheen, Haggar always wanted to sing Jahin's sonnets; he grew popular after singing them in the 1980s. Around the same time, he also began blending authentic Arabic music with modern technology and sound effects.

In addition to his prolific album releases, Haggar also performed in several theatrical plays, movies, and TV series.

His musical repertoire includes popular hits such as “Hona al-Qahera” (Here is Cairo), “A’m Batata” (Uncle Batata), and “Dehket al-Masagen” (The Prisoners’ Laughter).

Throughout his career, Haggar has performed a number of duets with prominent singers such as "Beladi" and "Khan el-Anadeel" with Mohammed el-Helw,"El-Likaa El-Tany" and "El-Mal we El-Banoon" with HananMady and "Bent we Walad" with Hoda Ammar.

He also participated with Angham in the musical "Rosasa Fel Qalb"(A bullet in the heart). Another important phase in Haggar's career was his first collaboration with his brother, composer and singer Ahmed el-Haggar in 1978, when Ahmed el-Haggar composed his brother’s hit "Ozoriny" (Excuse me).

The success that this song achieved sparked Haggar's singing career. The Haggar brothers cooperated in many other songs; Ahmed el-Haggar as a composer and Ali el-Haggar as a vocalist.

Among these songs are "Bahebek" (I love you), "Ana Biki Ya Samra Akon", "El-Ahlam", "Kont Faker", "Tesaaliny", "Lama el-Shetayedo’oel-Biban", "Ma Tekdebish", "Ergaaily" (Come back), "Lessa El-Kalam", and recently "YaMasria".



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1/5/2020 3:00:34 PM
<![CDATA[ 90 percent of GEM work is finished]]>
The inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum is one of the main events that Egypt and the whole world is waiting for in 2020.

About 49,603 artifacts were moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum so far.

One of the most important transferred artifacts were the statues of King Ramses II, Sekhmet and Seti, in addition to a huge pink-granite portray of Ramses VI, and another distinguished set of statues that express the mastery of ancient Egyptian art.

Also a statue of King Khafra made of alabaster and a statue of the priest Kay made of colored limestone, depicting the priest sitting on a seat with a half backrest, beside his left foot is a small statue of his wife and a sarcophagus of king Senusert I was transferred to GEM.

On October 19 ministry of antiquities announced the discovery of the largest cache in the cemetery of El-Assasif by the Egyptian archaeological mission. A total of 30 coffins spanning back to the 22nd Pharaonic Dynasty were discovered and placed in a warehouse to protect them from thievery.

The 30 archaeological coffins have been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The cache was buried one meter from the surface of the ground. The first row consisted of 18 coffins and the second consisted of 12 coffins for men, women, and 3 children.

For the first time GEM will display Tutankhmaum treasures in one place. The total number of antiquities belonging to King Tutankhamen is 5398. Among king Tut’s artefacts that was transferred is his coffin.

The transferred coffin is one of the three coffins of Tutankhmaum, portraying the golden king as God Osiris. The coffin was discovered in King Tut’s burial chamber in 1922. The outer ark is made of gilded wood.

The hands are clipped with gold foil, crossed across the chest, while holding royal decals inlaid with blue and red glass beads. It is 223.5 cm in length, 86.8 cm in diameter, while its height is 105.5 cm. The ark contains silver handles on both sides that were used to move the lid.

Minister of Antiquities announced that 50000 artifacts will be displayed in the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The Grand Egyptian Museum will be the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization only; the dazzling ancient Egyptian civilization.


GEM will include a children's museum, an educational center, a handicraft center, educational classes and a museum dedicated to sun boats, in addition to the first field for a hanging obelisk.



The Grand Egyptian Museum will turn Egypt to a main worldwide hub for Pharonic artifacts and a must-visit place for both tourists and Egyptologists.

This great museum is tailor made to benefit from the diversity of Egypt's monuments and artifacts to be displayed in one place and one location to maintain and preserve this one of a kind heritage.


GEM site is only 2km from the Giza Pyramids, located between the ancient Great Pyramids and the modern city of Cairo, at the junction between dry desert and the fertile floodplain, the Grand Museum is a portal to the past.

The Giza Pyramids and its Necropolis nominated by UNESCO among the world Cultural Heritage Sites as it houses unique monuments from the dazzling Egyptian civilization.

The Grand Egyptian Museum complex is built on a plot of land of approximately 117 feddans, about 480,000 square meters.

GEM opening will be attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as well as kings, princes, presidents, heads of international organizations, and senior officials from all around the world.
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1/5/2020 1:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to perform in Kuwait on Jan.9]]>
CAIRO –5 January 2019: Egyptian megastar Tamer Hosny will perform in Kuwait on January 9.

TikTok platform announced its partnership with megastar Tamer Hosny on New Year Eve.

Hosny posted his first TikTok video wishing his fans health and success as part of the #2020MakeAWish challenge and pledged to bring another level of style and diversity to his content in 2020.

Hosny also wished everyone a Happy New Year through a TikTok video message screened on the Burj Khalifa.


Megastars Tamer Hosny and Sherine Abdel Wahab will perform together in a concert entitled “ Law Kont Nesset” ( If you Have Forgotten) at Al Manara Arena in January 2020.

The concert is organized by Egyptian producer Walid Mansour and the tickets for the concert will be available on Tazkarti.
Hosny celebrated New Year's Eve in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi with a huge concert on Al Maryah Island.

Hosny performed on December 27 with Ramy Gamal at Al Manara Arena.

On Dec. 6 he sang a song he composed on the occasion of the UAE’s Year of Tolerance at Abu Dabi's Marina Mall.

Hosny’s audience took part in this event and Hosny broke a Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a bulletin board. The fans were allowed to leave appreciation notes for him.



Presentation Company headed by acclaimed marketing expert Montasser el- Nabarawy chose Hosny to perform at the closing ceremony of U-23 African Cup of Nations that took place on Friday, November 22.

Hosny’s latest movie ‘’ El Feloos’’ (The Money) was released in Egyptian cinemas on December 25 achieving booming success.

The movie stars Zeina, Khaled el-Sawy, Aicha Ben Ahmed, Ahmed Fathy, and Mohamed Sarwat. Written by Mohamed Abdel Maty and directed by Said el-Marouk, the movie was originally titled "Kol Sana W Enta Tayeb".

Additionally, Hosny performed a massive concert in Egypt’s North Coast on August 30 along with the famed Gipsy Kings.

On April 6, Hosny received the Murex D’or award in Lebanon for the best male Arab singer.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny's latest song “Naseny Laih” amassed 50 million views on his official YouTube channel. The song is written by Tamer Hussain, distributed by Tamer Ali and Wesam Abdel Moneim. Hosny chose the idea of the song’s video clip which is directed by Said al-Marouk.

Hosny's most recent album "Aish Beshouak" achieved great success.

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

His movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved revenues that exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

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

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube. "Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2, 2018.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

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

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

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

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

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

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.
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1/5/2020 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Who are the 77th Golden Globe Awards' nominees? ]]>
Few hours before announcing the winners Egypt Today will provide its readers with the full list of the 77th Golden Globe Awards' nominees:

FILM
BEST MOTION PICTURE — DRAMA
The Two Popes
1917
The Irishman
Joker
Marriage Story

BEST MOTION PICTURE — COMEDY
Dolemite Is My Name
Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Rocketman

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE — DRAMA
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE — DRAMA
Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE — MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Ana De Armas, Knives Out
Awkwafina, The Farewell
Cate Blanchett, Where’d You Go Bernadette
Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart
Emma Thompson, Late Night

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE — MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name
Daniel Craig, Knives Out

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS — MOTION PICTURE
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Annette Bening, The Report
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR — MOTION PICTURE
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

BEST DIRECTOR — MOTION PICTURE
Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Todd Phillips, Joker
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

BEST SCREENPLAY — MOTION PICTURE
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won, Parasite
Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Steven Zaillian, The Irishman

BEST MOTION PICTURE — ANIMATED
Frozen 2
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The Lion King
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

BEST MOTION PICTURE — FOREIGN
Les Misérables
Pain and Glory
Parasite
Portrait of Lady on Fire
The Farewell

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE — MOTION PICTURE
Daniel Pemberton, Motherless Brooklyn
Alexandre Desplat, Little Women
Hildur Gudnadottir, Joker
Randy Newman, Marriage Story
Thomas Newman, 1917

BEST ORIGINAL SONG — MOTION PICTURE
“Beautiful Ghosts,” Cats
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman
“Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2
“Spirit,” The Lion King
“Stand Up,” Harriet

TELEVISION
BEST TELEVISION SERIES — DRAMA
Big Little Lies
The Crown
Killing Eve
The Morning Show
Succession

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Barry
Fleabag
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Politician

BEST LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
The Loudest Voice
Unbelievable
Catch-22
Chernobyl
Fosse/Verdon

BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable
Joey King, The Act
Helen Mirren, Catherine the Great
Merritt Wever, Unbelievable
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon
Christopher Abbott, Catch-22
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Spy
Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Tobias Menzies, The Crown
Billy Porter, Pose
Brian Cox, Succession
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Ramy Youssef, Ramy
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Ben Platt, The Politician
Paul Rudd, Living With Yourself

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Patricia Arquette, The Act
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Emily Watson, Chernobyl

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Andrew Scott, Fleabag
Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl
Henry Winkler, Barry

CECIL B. DEMILLE AWARD
Tom Hanks

CAROL BURNETT AWARD
Ellen DeGeneres

Scarlett Johansson, Rami Malek and Dakota Fanning will present at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards scheduled to take place on Sunday, January 5.

In addition to Johansson and Malek there are some additional high-profile presenters for the upcoming Golden Globe including Chris Evans, Margot Robbie, Nick Jonas , Salma Hayek, Amy Poehler and Pierce Brosnan.

Egyptian-American stars Rami Malek and Ramy Youssef are nominated to Golden Globe awards for 2020.

Youssef is nominated to Best Actor TV Comedy/Musical award for his role as Ramy Hassan on the Hulu comedy series ‘’Ramy’’ , while Malek is nominated for Best Actor TV Series – Drama for his role in the famous American drama thriller television series ‘’Mr. Robot’’.

The final season of ‘’Mr. Robot’’ was premiered Sunday, Oct. 6, on USA Network.
Malik, is an Egyptian-American actor, who was born in Los Angeles in May 12, 1981, to Egyptian immigrant parents who are Saeed Malek and Nelly Abdel Malek.]]>
1/4/2020 3:57:30 PM
<![CDATA[Al Khalifa condemns the transfer of the sphinxes from Karnak Temple to Tahrir square]]>
CAIRO –4 January 2019: Chair of the Arab Regional Center for World Heritage, Shaikha Mai bint Mohammad Al Khalifa, has condemned the transfer of the four sphinxes from Luxor’s Karnak Temple will be placed in Tahrir Square.

Al Khalifa sent an official statement to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities stating that any changes to a site of this importance must be preceded by consulting the UNESCO World Heritage Center, and prresenting reports that evaluate the impact on the site itself, and other issues stipulated in the operational guidelines of the World Heritage Convention.”

Al Khalifa suggested that experts from the Center and Egypt have to meet and find an alternative solution to this decision.
On December 27, Head of Karnak Antiquities Mostafa el Sagheer announced that four sphinxes from Luxor’s Karnak Temple will be placed in Tahrir Square in Cairo alongside an obelisk which was recently moved to Tahrir Square to decorate it.

This obelisk was transferred to Tahrir square from San El-Haggar archaeological site in Zagazig two months ago.

The transferred sphinxes were taken from behind the temple’s first pylon, not from the famous avenue of sphinxes known as Kebbash Road that once connected Karnak and Luxor temples, they are from the first courtyard behind Karnak’s first pylon.

That courtyard contains 30 pairs of sphinxes that once decorated the temple’s second pylon.

During the 22nd, 25th and 30th dynasties, the sphinxes were removed to the temple’s first courtyard, in order to free the second pylon for the construction and installation of the Taharqa column and a group of shrines.


More than 90 percent of Kebbash road has been restored and developed, and will inaugurated soon.

The Pharaonic Kebbash Road is to become the longest gangway and open museum in the world.

The renovation of the Pharaonic Kebbash Road is considered a monumental moment for Luxor, as the project will bring the great road to life again.

Its new design is set to change Luxor’s position on the touristic map, as it will become the longest gangway and open museum in the world.

It is expected that the new makeover of Kebbash Road will attract tourists the world over and play a vital role in pushing the Egyptian tourism forward.

Kebbash Road will be reopened after its renovation.

In Ancient Egypt, Kebbash Road connected the Karnak Temple Complex with the Luxor Temple.

During the time of the Pharaohs, the road was one of the most important, as it hosted ceremonies and festivals.

The road was opened to the public in March 2013 by the Minister of Tourism.

Although Kebbash Road is 2.7 kilometers long, a walk through it is enjoyable as there are around 1,200 statues lining one side of the road, each resembling the Sphinx (where the head is that of a ram and the body is that of a lion) and sculpted from sandstone.

This meaningful decoration is dedicated to Amun, as the head of the statues are in the form of the god’s while the rest of the statue — the body of a lion — is a means of protecting the temples from looters.
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1/4/2020 2:37:59 PM
<![CDATA[Medhat Saleh to perform at Cairo Opera House on Jan. 6]]>CAIRO - 4 January 2019: Renowned Egyptian singer Medhat Saleh will perform at Cairo Opera House on January 6.

Saleh was born in 1960 in Cairo's Shobra district. He started his musical career directly after he graduated from Cairo University.

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

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

Throughout his career that extended for more than 30 years, Saleh has been famous for performing the songs of the most successful movies such as "Habiby Ya Ashek" in “Short w Fanla w Cap” (Shorts, a T-shirt and a Hat) movie, "El Nour Makano Fel Qoloob" (Light Belongs to the Hearts) from “Amir el Zalam” (The Prince of Darkness) movie, and “La Hatakhod Eih” (What Will You Gain?) from the movie "Mafia", among others.
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1/4/2020 1:00:00 PM
<![CDATA['Les Baghdad' movie to be released on Jan.15 ]]>
Les Baghdad” starring Egyptian star Mohamed Imam, Fathy Abdel Wahab, Yasmin Rais, Amina Khalil, Mohamed Abdel Rahman, Salah Abdullah, Ahmed Rizk, among others.
The movie is written by Tamer Ibrahim and produced by Synergy Film Productions.
Imam embodies a character called Youssef el-Rawi, a man looking for a lost treasure in a comedy adventure.

Imam also unveiled his new look for the film on his official Instagram account, announcing that it includes dangerous action scenes.


It is worth mentioning that Imam latesr series "Hogan" that was screened last Ramadan, achieved booming success.

The series starred Reyad el-Khouly, Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Os Os, Salah Abdullah, Aida Riad, Myrna Noureldin, Hagar Ahmed and a number of other stars; it was written by Mohamed Salah el Azab, directed by Sherine Adel, and produced by Synergy.

"Hogan" is a social/action series that revolved around a tough young man that comes from a shabby neighborhood, gifted with numerous talents and skills. Hogan is able to chew glass and pull a car using his teeth.
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1/4/2020 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Assala to perform at charity concert dedicated to cancer patients on Jan .10]]>CAIRO – 4 January 2019: Famed singer Assala Nasri will perform at charity concert on January 10 at Hilton Heliopolis, Cairo.

The yields of the concert will be dedicated to cancer patients. Assala performed in the closing ceremony of the Arab Music Festival at Cairo Opera House on November 12.

Also, the famed singer participated in one of the biggest concerts that took place in Saudi Arabia on November 5 as part of Riyadh Season. The massive concert hosted a notable group of big stars alongside Assala such as Majid al-Muhandis, Oumaima Taleb, Rabeh Saqr and Ismail Mubarak.

It is worth mentioning that Assala performed in a massive concert in London alongside Muhandis on August 13.

She released her latest album entitled ‘’Fe Orbak’’ in August and participated in "Welad Rezk Part 2" as a guest of honour in her first acting experience.

The sequel stars Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed Dawood, Ahmed el-Fishawi, Mohammed Mamdouh and Karim Qasim. It is written by Salah al-Jehini, directed by Tarek el-Erian, and produced by Raw Production Company.

Nasri’s song "Bent Akaber" achieved millions of views on YouTube.

Assala was born on May 15, 1969 in Damascus, Syria to a middle class couple. Mostafa Nasri, Assala's father, was a revered composer and singer. She began her musical career by performing patriotic, religious and children's songs when she was 4 years old.

In 1986, Mostafa Nasri died after suffering from internal bleeding caused by a car accident. Aged 17, Assala helped care for her siblings, Reem, Amani, Ayman and Ayham with her mother.

Her musical career started in 1991 with an album that included four songs. In 1993, she became famous after releasing her album "If You Know".

The album had four Egyptian songs of the oriental classic Egyptian tarab style. The album was an instant hit in Egypt back at that time with heart-breaking songs like "Ya Sabra Yana" and "Samehtak Ketir".

She quickly cemented her presence in the Arab world's growing industry brimming with singers like Angham, Najwa Karam, Latifa, and Abdel Majeed Abdullah.

Nasri, 50-years-old, is one of the most popular singers in the Arab world and is famous for her strong, melodious voice. Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil war in 2011, Nasri supported the Syrian rebels and strongly opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Nasri released numerous successful songs throughout her career, such as “Ya Magnoon” (Oh Madman), “Shakhsya Aneeda” (Stubborn person), and “Tasawar” (Imagine), among others. She is married to famous Egyptian director and producer Tarek el-Erian.

The famous Syrian singer won the Best Arab Singer award from Dear Guest Awards. Nasri received the award on her album “Mohtama bel Tafaseel” (Concerned with Details), released in 2017.
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1/4/2020 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[The uncover of 370 ancient coins at monastery of Saint Fana in Minya]]>
Head of Islamic, Coptic and Jewish antiquities sector Gamal Mostafa announced that 341 coins are dating back to the Islamic era and 29 coins are dating back to the Roman era.

The Monastery of Saint Fana is a Coptic Orthodox monastery, located in Minya Governorate about 300 km south of Cairo, northwest of Hermopolis around 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the village of Qasr Hur and east of the village of Beni Khaled.

It is named after Saint Fana, also known as Bane (c. 354–395), Coptic Christian hermit. The monastery is sometimes called the Monastery of Abu Fanah and is also known as the Monastery of the Cross, due to the presence of many beautifully decorated crosses inside its church.


The monastery was most likely built around the burial site of Saint Fana. His tomb was found during excavations of an international team representing seven European academic institutions and led by Austrian scholar Prof. Dr. Helmut Buschhausen in 1992.
The 12th-century historian Abu al-Makarim mentions the church of Saint Fana, which was restored by al-Rashid Abu Fadl.
Egyptian historian of the 14th–15th century al-Maqrizi wrote about the monastery's fine architecture.

The history of the Patriarchs of Alexandria mentions the monastery of Saint Fana twice, first in relation to the election of Pope Theodosius III of Alexandria of the Coptic Orthodox Church, 1294–1300 and second to the childhood of Pope Matthew I of Alexandria, 1378–1408.

In pre-Islamic times, the monastery reportedly numbered some 1000 monks. The monastery's numbers had drastically dwindled before the arrival of Islam in the seventh century.

Al-Maqrizi reports that during his day, the monastery held only two monks.

The French Jesuit priest Father Michel Marie Jullien (1827–1911) reported that the priest of the neighboring village Qasr Hur had cleared the church of debris and used the church for the Divine Liturgy.

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1/3/2020 5:51:28 PM
<![CDATA[Angham to perform at the Riyadh Oud Festival on Jan.5]]>
Angham along with famed Lebanese singer Nawal al-Zoghaby and Iraqi singer Waleed al-Shami performed in Saudi Arabia on December 5 as part of the Riyadh season.

The Egyptian star performed in Kuwait along with renowned Lebanese singer Wael Gassar on November 14 and participated in the Arab Music Festival with a concert on November 6.

The first massive concert Angham performed in Saudi Arabia took place on September 22 on the occasion of the Saudi Arabian National Day.

It is worth mentioning that the ninth edition of Beirut International Awards Festival (BIAF) honoured Angham on June 29, 2018. Also, Murex D’or announced Angham the best Arab singer; she received her award at the Murex D’or ceremony that took place on April 6 in Lebanon.

Angham celebrated the release of her latest album "Hala Khasa Gedan” (A very special case) on March 17 in one of Alexandria's biggest hotels; this was Angham's first concert after the release of her new album on Feb. 21.

“Hala Khasa Gedan” consists of 14 songs, including “Ya Raitak Fahemni” (I wish you can understand me), “Habayebna” (Our loved ones), “Baol Nasiak" (I say I forgot you), “Metamena” (I am calm), “Leila”, and "Hala Khasa".

Angham officially announced her marriage to music distributor Ahmed Ibrahim. The star had to announce the marriage after a letter she sent to Ibrahim on his birthday was leaked.

Angham is an Egyptian singer, record producer and actress. She comes from an artistic family and was born in 1972. Her father is veteran musician and composer Mohamed Ali Soliman.

Angham is a popular Egyptian singer who started her artistic career in 1987 under the guidance of her father.

Following her divorce from Magdy Aref in 2000, Angham took much more control over her image and musical style. After that "Leih Sebtaha" (Why Did You Leave Her?) record established her into a strong position amid the constant emerge of new voices in the Middle Eastern music scene.

After a highly publicized feud between Alam El-Phan Music Records' president Mohsen Gaber and the artist, she moved to another record company, Rotana.

In 2005, she released the album "Bahibbik Wahashteeny" (I Love You, I Miss You) which was critically acclaimed, but did not achieve the expected commercial success.

In 2007, Angham returned to the forefront of Arabic pop music scene with her album "Kol ma N'arrab" (Whenever We Come Closer) which sold more than 500,000 copies across the Middle East in less than three months and was awarded a platinum certification.

She presented a group of successful songs such as "Etegah Wahed" (One Direction), "Toul Ma Enta Be'eid" (As Long As You Are Far), "Akteblak Ta3ahod" (I Pledge to You), and "Mahzoma" (Defeated), among other popular songs.

Profits made by Angham's albums during the past two decades remain the highest among other Egyptian singers of her category. It is worth noting that the star’s fans and critics in the industry named her “Egypt’s No. 1”.

Angham was the best-selling female pop artist in 2003. She is famous for her wide vocal range and romantic style.

Angham’s album “Rah Tethkerni” (You’ll Remember Me) gained great success at the time of its release. Angham cooperated with numerous Arab musicians and poets in the album such as Ahmad al-Sane’e, Khaled al-Awadhi, and Turki Al-Sheikh.

Angham's latest song "Bakhaf Afrah" (I am Afraid of Being Happy) hit million views on YouTube. "Bakhaf Afrah" is written by Turki Al-Sheikh and composed by Khaled Ezz.
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1/3/2020 4:25:51 PM
<![CDATA[Scarlett Johansson, Rami Malek to present at the 77th Golden Globe]]>
In addition to Johansson and Malek there are some additional high-profile presenters for the upcoming Golden Globe including Chris Evans, Margot Robbie, Nick Jonas , Salma Hayek, Amy Poehler and Pierce Brosnan.
Egyptian-American stars Rami Malek and Ramy Youssef are nominated to Golden Globe awards for 2020.

Youssef is nominated to Best Actor TV Comedy/Musical award for his role as Ramy Hassan on the Hulu comedy series ‘’Ramy’’ , while Malek is nominated for Best Actor TV Series – Drama for his role in the famous American drama thriller television series ‘’Mr. Robot’’.

The final season of ‘’Mr. Robot’’ was premiered Sunday, Oct. 6, on USA Network.
Malik, is an Egyptian-American actor, who was born in Los Angeles in May 12, 1981, to Egyptian immigrant parents who are Saeed Malek and Nelly Abdel Malek.

His parents who are from Samalut city located at Minya governorate in Upper Egypt immigrated to US in the 1970s.

The journey of the Samalut origin guy from Upper Egypt to Golden Globe stage was both difficult and interesting.

The 38-year-old actor grabbed the award after tough competition with acclaimed stars who are Bradley Cooper for "A Star is Born," Willem Dafoe for "At Eternity's Gate", John David Washington for "BlacKkKlansman" and Lucas Hedges for "Boy Erased".


Malek has been nominated before for a Golden Globe for best actor for his performance in "Mr. Robot."

Malek's win, along with the ‘’ Bohemian Rhapsody’’ win of Best Motion Picture Drama, were the most tweeted-about incidents at the previous Golden Globe.
“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime," Malek said at the Golden Globe stage. "I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.” He added dedicating his great win to the legendary singer.

Malek elaborated that he drew personal connections with Mercury after depicting him.

“I tried to find the humanity in him,” he said during a press room speech after the film's win.

“I related it to him being an immigrant struggling to discover his identity," he added. "I tried to take everything he was struggling with, his complication, his chaos, his turmoil and this beauty inside of him. He lifted me up to be everything I could be in this film.”

Two of the Queen's members who are lead guitarist Brian May and lead drummer Roger Taylor approved and praised Malek performing Mercury’s role.
May previously announced that they wouldn't have been on board with the movie if it didn’t house the suitable cast.

Malek now has just became Hollywood's breakout star, the same as Sharif was after ‘’Doctor Zhivago’’ as if history is once again repeating itself.

Bohemian Rhapsody was actually what the Egyptian-American actor needed to makethe shift from acclaimed actor to established movie star.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ also winning Best Drama, stabilised more Malek's outstanding performance in the movie that succeeded both critically and commercially, yielding over $700 million, making it the highest grossing biopic of all-time.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ movie makes an intense spotlight on Malek, who is as strongly private as Freddie Mercury.

In October, a fan got to see just how private Malek is when he approached him on the street, asking him to record a video for his friend.

This video went quickly viral, getting over 3 million views in less than one week.

"I am who I am and people can interpret that how they want, but I love the fans, I wouldn't be here without my fans and I try to take as much time as possible," he said to E news commenting on the video. "Sometimes, when you've been traveling around the earth a couple times, you try to just be protective of your time as a human being. And I'm finding it quite funny."

He talked about the video in Vanity Fair saying "I just want to be aware of what people are doing in the moment. When someone films you automatically, it's a bit intrusive."

Malek has accounts on Twitter and Instagram, he doesn't post much and when he does, it's usually related to one of his films or political issues when it comes to Twitter.

There are just three photos on his Instagram account two with Stephen Colbert in 2016 and 2017, and the third with Ellen DeGeneres on November 2018. He has 1.7 million followers on his Instagram account, he's not following anyone.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Malek said that he didn’t prefer to document his life on social media. "Something about it is not right and a bit unsettling" he stated describing his feeling towards social media.

Malek becoming the first non-white actor to take home the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series in over 18 years in 2016 for his role in ‘’ Mr Robot’’.

After receiving the Emmy he said"I play a young man who I think is, like so many of us, profoundly alienated and the unfortunate thing is I don't know how many of us would want to hang out with a guy like Elliot."

He then said, "There's a little bit of Elliot in all of us."

His work on the drama was so impressive that even Robert Downey Jr. was praised him.
"Everyone should be studying this guy," Robert Downey Jr. said about Malek to GQ.
Malek eyes, which have been described as menacing and captivating are now his main signature.

"I never think about it. I just try to experience things and when I get riled up I know that they can do some pretty involuntary things, or get very menacing at times," he told GQ of his eyes. "Even my mom comments on it quite a bit, You don't look like my son anymore.' I think it's like they say: the eyes are windows to the soul’’ Malek added.

Given Malek's the golden chance to perform the role of the iconic entertainer Mercury was a responsibility he took very seriously.






"I was very cognizant of the work it was going to take to get anywhere close to becoming Freddy Mercury. I flew myself to London and put myself up and just got hammering away," Malek explained to E News his preparations for the role.

"Piano lessons and worked with a movement coach and singing lessons—everything I could possibly do. And then I watched copious amounts of Freddie Mercury performances’’ he added.

Malek is now dating his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton, who plays Mary Austin, Mercury's first fiancée.

Malek and Bonyton, 24, had never talked about their relationship in public until recently, with Malek confirmed their relation at the Palm Springs International Film Festival when he accepted the Breakthrough Performance Award.


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

Malek's full acceptance speech

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

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

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

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

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




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


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

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


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1/3/2020 2:23:32 PM
<![CDATA[Justin Bieber to chronicle comeback in YouTube documentary series]]>
YouTube announced on Tuesday that Bieber’s first ever documentary series, “Justin Bieber: Seasons,” will launch on the video platform on Jan. 27.

It will chronicle the making of the Canadian singer’s first album in four years, as well as giving fans glimpses of his private life with new wife, model Hailey Baldwin, and other family members.

Bieber, who first found fame on YouTube as a baby-faced 13 year-old in 2007, abruptly pulled out of his “Purpose” world tour in 2017, citing the need for rest.

In the past year, he has written a series of Instagram postings to his 124 million followers talking about his struggles with depression, drug abuse and fame and crediting religion and childhood sweetheart Baldwin for his recovery.

Earlier in December, Bieber, 25, announced that in 2020 he would release his first album in four years, and embark on a North American tour. “Yummy,” the first single from the as-yet untitled album, will land on Friday.

“Maybe by watching this, people will kind of get a glimpse into his world,” Baldwin said in a trailer for the documentary series released on Tuesday.

Bieber said partnering with YouTube for the series felt like coming full circle.

“When I was getting started, YouTube provided me with a platform and a community where I could share music, experiences and moments with my fans,” the Canadian singer said in a statement.

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1/3/2020 9:17:34 AM
<![CDATA[Female directors reached record highs in 2019 Hollywood]]>
Women made up 10.6% of directors of the top movies last year, more than double the percentage in 2018 and the highest percentage of female directors in the past decade, a study by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California found.

They comprised 20% of all directors, writers, producers, editors and cinematographers on the top 100 grossing films of 2019, up from 16% in 2018, according to a second report by the Center for the study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

“This is the first time we have seen a shift in hiring practices for female directors in 13 years,” said Annenberg study author Stacy L. Smith.

Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” and Olivia Wilde’s “Booksmart” also helped propel the record numbers.

The push for more diversity in directing and producing roles has been a major topic in Hollywood for more than a decade, and was given extra impetus by the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, fueled by the sexual harassment scandal that has roiled the entertainment industry.

Yet only one woman - Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker” in 2010 - has ever won a best director Oscar, and only four women have been nominated for Hollywood’s top awards since 2008, including the Oscars, Golden Globes, Directors Guild Awards, and Critics Choice Awards.

No women were included in the director nominees for the 2020 Golden Globe awards which take place on Sunday, and both Smith and Martha Lauzen in San Diego said more work needed to be done.

“Men continue to outnumber women 4 to 1 in key behind-the-scenes roles. It’s odd to talk about reaching historic highs when women remains so far from parity,” Lauzen said in a statement.

“We won’t know if 2019 was a single good year or the beginning of an upward trend until we see the numbers for 2020 and 2021,” Lauzen added.

2020 is already off to a good start with four of the year’s most anticipated blockbusters - “Mulan,” Wonder Woman 1984,” “Black Widow” and “Eternals” - directed by women.

Smith singled out Netflix Inc for praise, saying that 20% of the streaming platform’s 2019 directors of U.S. fictional films were women.

“Legacy studios must recognize that the world and the talent pipeline looks vastly different from their hiring practices and act to reflect that reality,” she said.

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1/3/2020 9:05:29 AM
<![CDATA[Motivated by #MeToo? Vetting jurors in Weinstein case will be a challenge, experts say]]>
Once one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers, Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting two women in New York, one in 2006 and the other in 2013.

In all, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct dating back decades.

Those accusations helped fuel the #MeToo movement, in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, politics, the news media and entertainment of sexual harassment or assault. Weinstein has denied the allegations and said any sexual encounters were consensual.

Jury selection is expected to begin on Monday.

Selecting impartial jurors to decide the fate of a celebrity whose alleged abuse fueled the #MeToo movement presents unique challenges, experts said, as potential jurors may try to mask their bias to advance a larger cause.

“They may think, ‘I want to be the one to make sure he goes to jail. I want to be the one to do justice,’” said Roy Futterman, a New York jury consultant.

On the other hand, Futterman said, people who believe that #MeToo has gone too far and ruined the lives of innocent men, may attempt to hide their bias so they can exonerate Weinstein.

Weinstein faces up to life in prison if convicted on the top counts, predatory sexual assault.

One of his lawyers, Donna Rotunno, said the defense team will be looking at potential jurors’ social media use and responses to jury selection questions, and said she is confident that will uncover biased candidates.

“Obviously this case has a lot more notoriety and press involved with it, but that’s a concern in any case,” Rotunno said in a phone interview. “Once 12 people are put on that bench and they realize the gravity of it, they really want to be fair.”

The office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, which is prosecuting the case, declined to comment.

Weinstein in October lost a bid to move the trial to suburban Long Island or to Albany, New York state’s capital. He had said intense media scrutiny made it impossible for jurors to give him a fair trial in Manhattan.

“The question ... will be not whether they’ve heard of the Weinstein case and the allegations against him, but whether that publicity has made it impossible for someone to be a fair and impartial juror,” said Deborah Tuerkheimer, a Northwestern University law professor and former prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

Jury selection is expected to last two weeks. Experts say both sides will likely question potential jurors about their knowledge and opinion of the case, their work history and whether they have been victims of sexual misconduct.

Legal teams in high-profile trials often spend hundreds of hours building databases of potential jurors’ activity on social media such as Facebook and Twitter that might reveal bias, said Jeffrey Frederick, director of Jury Research Services at the National Legal Research Group Inc in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“It’s almost legal malpractice not to do this,” he said. “You will find people in your jury pool where you will go, ‘Whoa, this is particularly good or particularly bad for me.’”

ELIMINATING JURORS

Lawyers can excuse an unlimited number of potential jurors if they show bias for or against Weinstein. Each side can typically use “peremptory” challenges to eliminate up to three potential jurors they believe will be unsympathetic, without providing a reason.

The #MeToo movement has prompted more people who have experienced sexual assault or workplace harassment to come forward, which is likely to complicate the vetting process, Tuerkheimer said.

According to a 2018 Pew Research study, about 60% of women surveyed said they had been subjected to unwanted sexual advances or sexual harassment in their lifetime, and more than half of those reported being harassed in the workplace.

Some, but not all, of those people might be biased, Tuerkheimer said.

Experts said the prosecution may seek to eliminate jurors who say they have been falsely accused of harassment, out of fear they might sympathize with Weinstein, while the defense might excuse people who appear to be activists or favor liberal causes.

Paul Callan, a former prosecutor, said lawyers also will want to avoid potential jurors seeking to cash in on the experience.

“If books are written after the trial, that could result in a reversal,” Callan said.]]>
1/2/2020 3:50:58 PM
<![CDATA[‘The Voice Kids’ third season launches on Jan. 4]]>
The journey to discover young talents will begin on Jan. 4, and the new season will witness a change in the coaches, where Nancy Ajram is joined by Asi el-Hellani and Mohamed Hamaki.

The first episodes of the program begin with the six-week "Voice Only" stage, followed by two episodes of "confrontations", and a final confrontation episode. This is followed by the closing event where one young contestant will be crowned with the third season’s title, in succession to the winners of the first and second seasons: Lyn Hayek from Lebanon and Hamza Labid from Morocco.

The Voice Kids' third season will be broadcast on MBC Masr at 8:30 p.m.

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1/2/2020 3:43:39 PM
<![CDATA[Hamaki releases 'Tearaf Bahebak Leh?' on YouTube]]>
Hamaki performed a concert on New Year’s Eve in one of the major hotels in the Fifth Settlement District. During the concert, the star performed a wide selection of his most popular hits, including “Ahla Haga Feki”, “Ya Sattar”, “Mel Bedaya”, “Odam el-Nas”, “Yezalzel”, among others.

Recently, Hamaki released a new song titled “Rasmak Fe Khayali”, which comes among the songs of his newest album “Ko Youm Men Dah”. The song is written by Amir Teima, composed by Mohamed el-Nadi, distributed by Tamim, and the video clip is directed by Mostafa Amer.

Tearaf Bahebak Leh / OPPO X Hamaki / تعرف بحبك ليه

OPPO's New Year Surprise is finally here! Hamaki is showing everyone what the OPPO Reno2 F can do with its Quad Camera through his new single that will get you off your feet singing and dancing! #OPPOxHamaki #OPPOReno2F الكلمات: خليني قدام عينيك ودّيني أبعد مكان يا حبيبي وأنا بين إيديك هتلاقي الفرق بان لالالالالا..




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1/2/2020 3:25:32 PM
<![CDATA[3rd edition of Salah Montaser’s book on Nasser's era published]]>
In this book, Montaser reveals the outcome of the July Revolution. Alaa Abdel Hadi, the editor of the book, said that the first edition of the book had been sold out as soon as it was published and a number of senior politicians, writers, journalists and media workers celebrated it.

Some have agreed with Montaser regarding his testimony on the era of Abdel Nasser, and others disagreed, but almost everyone referred to the importance of the book, praising the author’s neutral position while stating facts.

Abdel Hadi also pointed out that a second print of the book had been sold out; therefore, a third edition will be published, with a full chapter devoted to the responses of these writers and politicians, so that the book remains documentation of history.

The chapter includes leading writers and politicians' responses and comments on the testimony of Montaser, including Ahmed Abdel-Moaty Hegazy, Hala Mostafa, Farouk Gwaida, Muhammad Salmawi, Abdel-Moneim Al-Saeed, Abdo Mubasher, Abbas el-Tarabili, Ezzat el-Saadani, Suleiman Gouda.

Furthermore, the book consists of five chapters. The first chapter focuses on the beginning of the July movement, the formation of the Free Officers Organization, the end of King Farouk’s reign and the proclamation of the republic, in addition to the agrarian reform movement, the elimination of feudalism and the dissolution of parties.

The author also writes about the years following the 1952 Revolution, affirming that Gamal Abdel Nasser needed four years to be able to completely grasp his power and appear internationally. His election for the first time as President of the Republic in a referendum was held on June 24, 1956.

During these four years, Nasser went through a series of unending battles against the former politicians, especially against President Mohamed Naguib, who was allegedly blamed for wanting to monopolize power.

Moreover, in the second chapter the author sheds light on the July Revolution and its relationship with the Americans to solve the Palestinian issue and end the Arab-Israeli conflicts, in an attempt to achieve peace between the two parties. However, Montaser confirms that Nasser rejected the Americans' attempts in fear that his leadership image would be affected.

In the third chapter, Montaser writes about the unity of Egypt and Syria. The author also sheds light on the problems and conspiracies that Nasser faced after the unity and until the separation took place in 1961.

In the fourth chapter, the author lists the details of the Arab conflicts in the sixties, considered the beginning of the road to the defeat against Israel in June 5, 1967, starting with the war in Yemen and the immediate recognition of the Yemen coup. Cairo did not have enough information about what was happening in Yemen as there were no reliable sources for information.

The author also focuses on Egypt's relationship with Saudi Arabia during the aforementioned period, especially after the unity between Egypt and Syria, where Saudi Arabia accused the Egyptian state of conspiring against it, and the relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia worsened because of the Egyptian approach to the Yemeni cause.

In the last chapter of the book, the author focuses on the harvest of Nasser’s revolution and confirms that before the unity with Syria Nasser was the president of Egypt and that he became the leader of all Arabs after the unity, which exposed him to oppositions from Saudi Arabia.

At the end of his book, Montaser asserts that Nasser and his colleagues did not have true intentions to establish a healthy democratic life.
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1/2/2020 3:22:57 PM
<![CDATA[CIBF presents rare symposium for legendary Nizar Qabbani]]>The announcement was made on the book fair’s official page on Facebook.

The rare symposium of the late poet will be available in three parts, the first will be available today (Jan. 1) at 6m on the book fair’s official channel on YouTube, while the remaining two parts will be available on the same channel at 6 pm on Jan. 5 and 6.

It is worth noting that the Cairo International Book Fair 2020, in its 51st edition, will hold its activities from January 22nd, and will run until February 4th, at Egypt International Exhibition Centre, located at Al-Mosher Tantawy axis in Fifth Settlement.

The book fair’s 51st edition will be held under the slogan: “Egypt, Africa..A Culture of Diversity.” The personality for the upcoming edition is the late great scientist and thinker Gamal Hemdan.

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1/1/2020 4:32:41 PM
<![CDATA[“Otl Fani” to stage in KSA on Jan. 8]]>
“We are ready for the play “Otl Fani” from Jan. 8 to 12 in KSA. We will be waiting for you on Bakr al-Shdi stage!” said Akram Hosny on Twitter.

The play comes as Akram Hosni, Hisham Maged and Sheiko's first experience on stage, after presenting a number of comedy films and shows during the past years. Akram Hosni had previously agreed with director Magdy el-Hawary to present a play called "The Obscene City" written by Hatem Hussein; however, the deal was broken for some reason.

In a similar context, Hosni is working on a new movie entitled "El Ameel Sefr" with director Mohamed Sami. The rising comedian is also taking part in the screenplay “Timon and Bomba” written by Ayman Watar, directed by Ahmed el-Gendy and produced by Synergy. It will be broadcast in Ramadan 2020.

Also, Hisham Maged and Sheiko are preparing for their upcoming series entitled “Al Le’ba” set to be broadcast during Ramadan 2020.

The series is co-starring Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Tharwat, Mai Kassab, Duaa Ragab, Mirna Gameel, Sami Maghawry and Arefah Abdel-Rasoul and is directed by Moataz al-Tuni.

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1/1/2020 4:30:37 PM
<![CDATA[Former Min. of Culture visits Bahgoury’s Art Gallery in Zamalek]]>
Hosny was accompanied by Bahgoury. The art exhibition is scheduled to run until January 2. The Bahgoury Art Gallery presents a variety of artworks for the artist throughout his artistic career, ranging from oil paintings, sketches, potholes and carpets.
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Farouk Hosny touring the art gallery - ET
It is noteworthy that the international artist is a satirical cartoonist. He was born in 1932 in the governorate of Qena, near a village in the outskirts of Nagaa Hammadi, famous for planting reeds and palms, called Bahgoura.

Bahgoury graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo, studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Paris, Department of Photography and worked as a cartoonist from 1953 until 1975 in the magazines of Rose Al-Youssef and Sabah Al-Khair. Bahgoury resided in Paris in 1975, before returning back to Cairo in the 1990s.

The artist presented dozens of exhibitions all over the world. He also won many awards, including the first international prize in caricature in Rome in 1985 and 1987 in addition to numerous international awards.

Bahgoury has many official holdings, including the Egyptian Museum of Modern Art in Cairo, the Musée de France in France, El-Shona Art Centre & Museums, and the Museum of Modern Art - Amman, in addition to special collections at the Egyptian Embassy, and also various holdings at the Library of Alexandria.



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1/1/2020 4:27:41 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny appears on Burj Khalifa on New Year’s Eve]]>
Hosny’s fans turned their eyesight on Burj Khalifa on New Year’s Eve, as it was decorated with a portrait of the star.

The story started with Hosny launching a global challenge in cooperation with the application "Tik Tok", after being chosen by the management of the social media global platform, as the best Arab persona to carry out the first Arab and international challenge in order to fulfill 5 wishes for his fans.

The launch of the challenge came through a video clip, shown on Burj Khalifa, in conjunction with the start of the new year 2020.

Regarding his wishes, Hosny expressed his dream is not to see any wars and that peace prevail the whole world. His second wish was the wellbeing of his mother, wife and children.

The star’s final wish was to make a movie that wins an Oscar, he launched a hashtag titled "2020 Make A Wish".

تامر حسنى يطلق تحديا عالميا بفيديو على برج خليفة

شاهد تامر حسنى يطلق تحديا عالميا بفيديو على برج خليفة - فيديو Dailymotion - youm7 على dailymotion




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1/1/2020 4:23:55 PM
<![CDATA[January: The Gateway month in ancient Rome]]>
In ancient Rome, Romans called January “Mensis Ianuarius”. They derived the name from the name of their pagan lord "Ianuarius". He is the deity of the Roman gods and his name means the Lord of lords. Additional meanings of his name is “The Entry” or the “Gateway”, which refers to entering a new year.

Furthermore, the ancient Romans believed that the god Ianus Ianuarius is the god of beginnings and endings. The pagan deity with a double head was believed to control the farming year and the fertility of the lands. He has two heads because he sees the future and the past according to Roman religions.

The ancient Romans held celebrations for him, presenting tributes, offering food and abstaining from cultivating and plowing the land for the first 12 days of January, then returning to work on the 13th.

The Romans spread their beliefs in their colonies. These celebrations were inherited in the Roman colonized lands, including the Principality of Numidia in North Africa (eastern Algeria). The inhabitants of the Roman colonies practiced the same rituals, whether in Spain or North Africa.

Furthermore, the people of Saxony named Ianuarius the “Wolf Month”, while Charles the Great named it the “Winter Month”. In the Japanese calendar it is called Mutsuki. In Finnish, it is called “Tamiko month”, which means oak month.



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1/1/2020 4:20:34 PM
<![CDATA[Mena Massoud: My hard work finally paid off in 2019]]>
For Massoud, the year 2019 was crowned with his famous movie "Aladdin", which achieved great success around the world and reaching millions of dollars in revenues.

“2019 has been an incredible year ... A lot of hard work from the past few years has come to fruition as we come to the end of the decade!” commented Massoud on his official Instagram account.

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The movie “Aladdin” generated revenues at the global movie box office, amounting to $ 874 million worldwide, to record the highest revenue in Will Smith's cinematic career, prompting Smith to thank to all his fans around the world in all languages. He said thanks in Arabic, Russian, French and other languages.

The film, which is a remake of the famous cartoon movie “Aladdin” in a live cinema version, which was released commercially in 1992, achieved revenues that exceed its budget 3 times, estimated at $ 183 million.

The movie Aladdin is co-starring Egyptian actor Mina Masoud, who played the voice over of the character "Aladdin", Naomi Scott as "Jasmine" -Aladdin's lover- and Will Smith who played the role of the Gene.

The work combines many factors of success, such as the thrilling nature of the movie, the dance and singing performances, as well as the stardom of Will Smith.
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1/1/2020 4:18:09 PM
<![CDATA[Min. takes needed security measures while transporting artifacts to Tahrir Square]]>
“The transfer is 100 percent secure. Artifacts are subject to protection and all precautions are taken," commented Waziri in a phone call to “El-Hayat el-Yom” program aired on El-Hayat channel.

Waziri further clarified that all the necessary precautions are followed to prevent tampering with the statues once they are placed in their new location, as it has been known in the past that some people like to carve their names on the artifacts.

The Ministry of Antiquities currently focuses on restoring and documenting monuments. This comes within the framework of the ministry’s comprehensive plan to restore and study the statues of Karnak temples, after the approval of the Egyptian Permanent Committee for Antiquities.

It is worth noting that the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has completed more than 90 percent of the Kebbash Road (Avenue of Sphinxes) restoration and revitalization project. The Avenue of Sphinxes is set to re-open for visitors in the year 2020.

Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly inspected on Dec. 31 the work of developing Tahrir Square, accompanied by the ministers of antiquities and tourism, local development, housing, utilities and urban communities, and the governor of Cairo.

During the tour, the prime minister followed up the development works handled by the Arab Contractors Company.


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12/31/2019 6:46:38 PM
<![CDATA[Battana Cultural Foundation hosts “Ayam Morsi” book signing]]>
The ceremony will be attended by researcher and the director of the Egyptian Center for Thought and Strategic Studies Khaled Okasha, and novelist and media writer Amira Bahy el-Din.

The book illustrates in depth the reign of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, highlighting the betrayals he committed against the Egyptian people and the reason behind his ouster along with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Furthermore, the book is looked at by many as a public trial for the now deceased president or as the author describes him "the greatest traitor", for his consecutive conspiracies and his allegiance to the Muslim Brotherhood at the expense of the nation’s interest, and his battles against state institutions in an attempt to control it, not to mention his defamation of the judicial institution in Egypt, and excluding all political parties.

Baz considers “Ayam Morsi" as a testimony that he is responsible for, considering that he was close to the events of that dark reign. He believes that it is a sin to conceal his testimony of the various details and facts related to Morsi's crimes during his rule. The author acquired documents and evidence that condemn the deceased president, and will publish them for the first time.

“This is an attempt to document an important part of the history of Egypt, a part that means a great deal to Egyptians, because they worked to liberate their country from a terrorist group and a president who was only a representative of the Guidance Bureau of the Muslim Brotherhood at the Presidential Palace," stated Baz in his book’s introduction.





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12/31/2019 6:45:13 PM
<![CDATA[How will you spend New Year's Eve in Egypt?]]>
Sphinx

The Sphinx/Pyramids of Giza

There is no way to be in Cairo and not visit the mighty Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza. Trust me this will be a very memorable trip, enjoying the golden sand dunes and taking pictures with such a breathtaking background of one of the wonders of the world!

Bonfire dance
Bonfire Dance

Love to dance as much as Egyptians do? Then your best bet is to arrange to go to a bonfire dance or belly dance, where you will enjoy watching professional dancers dancing around a golden fire. Who knows, you might join in and get to know and meet a lot of people who you might share something special in common!


Dahab

Dahab

Do you like scuba diving? Do you like dazzling coral reefs and exotic sea creatures? Then head to Dahab! This is considered by many as God’s heaven on Earth. Enjoy the beautiful weather of Dahab at this time of the year, and enjoy the wide plethora of water sports available for visitors!

WHite desert

Explore the White Desert

Love to explore magical white sand dunes and natural beauty? Why not take a peek at the beautiful desert located not far from Cairo. There you will witness first hand, the creations of centuries of sand storms and corrosion, along with many abstract sculptures. The white desert also houses the chalk-rock museum, and tons of bizarre calcium rock formations.


NIle Cruise
Nile Cruise

No one would visit Egypt without taking a nice tour on the river Nile. There are tons of boats and hotels around that area that organizes daily nile cruise programs. The scenery is breath-taking, the people are very friendly, so why not go and spend a memorable night with a delicious cuisine and an awe-causing scenery of the river Nile?


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Islamic Cairo

Does history interest you? Then there is nothing better than visiting sites of Historical Cairo. There you can see a lot of interesting locations such as Bab-Zuweila, Bab el-Fotouh, Medieval Cairo, Mosques and numerous monuments. You can also have a walk and dinner in the famed market “Khan el-Khalili” where a visitor can find many souvenirs and meet people from all around the world. Just make sure you wear a jacket and you are good to go, because you never know when it can get chilly!



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12/31/2019 5:08:53 PM
<![CDATA[5 concerts to stage at Opera theaters on Dec. 31]]>
The Grand Theater will host a concert performed by the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Ahmed Al-Saidi, in participation with French soprano Maria Pierre with Coral Acapella, led by Maya Gaviria. This concert will be presented again on Jan. 1 at Sayed Darwish Theater in Alexandria Opera.

On Gomhoreya Theater, Glass Onion band will present a selection of The Beatles, who appeared during the 1960s and early 1970s. The singer Rehab Omar and her band will also present a selection of works of the golden era on the stage of the Arab Music Institute.

On Sayed Darwish Theatre in Alexandria Opera House, Ala Mar el-Agyal band that consists of a group of promising young stars, including Yasser Saeed, Mohamed Metwally, and Mohamed el-Khouly will present a number of masterpieces of the Arab music.

On the Damanhur Opera Theater, singer Ahmed Nasser and his band will present a group of heritage and contemporary songs.

The president of the Opera stressed that New Year's Eve concerts are witnessing a huge turnout from Egyptian, Arab and foreign art enthusiasts who are always keen to celebrate this occasion in the Opera.
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12/31/2019 4:21:17 PM
<![CDATA[Watch most expensive paintings of 2019]]>CAIRO - 31 December 2019: 2019 was a very important year for global auctions. Sotheby's Auction House saw a record drop in artist Claude Monet's paintings this year, whereas, the “dynamic harp” painting of 1890, achieved a new record as it was sold for $ 110.7 million.

Sotheby's World Auction House revealed the most important artistic paintings that were sold at high prices during 2019.

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Sothbey’s Auction House sold Francis Bacon’s painting in 1952 for £50,380,00. The artist was known to be a horror artist because he provided portraits of tortured people or individuals appearing as ghosts. His works were successfully exhibited in the major capitals of the world.

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Mark Rothko's painting “The Untitled Portrait” was completed in 1960, a decade before his death. It was sold for an astounding sum of £50,095,00. It is noteworthy that Mark Rothko is a painter and professor from the United States of America, born in Daugavpils. One of his paintings joined the list of the 20 most expensive oil paintings in the world and sold for $75.1 million dollars.

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Willem de Kooning painting entitled "The Twenty-Second Unit," was sold for $30,105,00. Artist Willem de Kooning was born in Rotterdam (1904 - 1997). He is an artist, painter, sculptor and professor (university professor) from the United States of America and the Netherlands.

Under the contemporary art, the painting “Blue and Red” was sold by Mark Rothko (1903 - 1970) at £ 26,461,00. The painting was completed in 1953.
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12/31/2019 3:54:45 PM
<![CDATA[Gamal Hemdan, CIBF's main charachter in 2020]]>
Hemdan is an Egyptian writer, researcher and geographer born in Qalyubia Governorate on February 2, 1928.

Hemdan joined Tawfiqiyya secondary school, where he started to realize his passion for geography. He then joined the Department of Geography at the Faculty of Arts in Cairo University.




At the age of 20, he obtained his B.A. with distinction and was soon appointed as staff member in the Faculty of Arts, to be granted a scholarship at the University of Reading, UK to obtain his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.

In the UK, Hemdan was a student of the eminent English geographer Austen Miller.
Hemdan’s geographical contributions formed the majority of the Egyptian geographical school, pertaining to Egypt’s identity and history that it is characterized by its magnanimity and singularity.

Hemdan’s work depended on encompassing geography with history, sociology, politics and culture.

Hemdan’s writings were knowledgably rich, showing clearly how Egypt was his ultimate passion. His love to Egypt was unique, a passion that influenced all his writings.

Hemdan's masterpiece "The Personality of Egypt" delineated and interpreted the Egyptian personality as influenced by history and geographical considerations.

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Hemdan left behind a rich legacy of both Arabic and English books, about seventeen books in Arabic and eight in English, in addition to numerous articles in Arabic, published in different newspapers, magazines and media outlets.

Hemdan's deep vision made him a smart predictor as he anticipated several events which, he thought, were compatible with geographical facts, the most famous of which is his prediction of the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

Hemdan announced that “The Personality of Egypt” was the product of ten years of dedicated efforts and researches, in which he used 245 Arabic and 691 foreign reference books.

In his masterpiece, he extensively explained the factors making-up the Egyptian personality since the early days of the Pharaohs. For Hemdan, Egypt was the main chapter of the geography book.

“The Personality of Egypt” will remain an unprecedented scientific masterpiece on Egypt.

"The Personality of Egypt" along with "Studies on the Arab World" and "The Contemporary Islamic World's Geography" formed a trilogy on Egypt's natural, economic, political and cultural character and its position in the world.

Hemdan was the first to refute the lie stating that the current Jews are descendants of the Israelites.

Hemdan won several scientific prizes and merit awards including: the State Incentive Prize for Arts and Letters, the State Merit Prize for Social Science, the Scientific Criticism Award by the State of Kuwait, and Order of Merit of the First Class for Science and Arts.

Hemdan died on April 17, 1993, where the lower half of his body was found burned. The doctor's report showed Hemdan didn't die of burns.

People close to Hamdan discovered the disappearance of drafts of some of the books he was writing such as "Judaism and Zionism" that consisted of 1,000 pages.

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12/31/2019 3:20:49 PM
<![CDATA[George Wassouf to release song in Egyptian dialect]]>
The song is written by Malak Adel and composed by Mohamed Yehya. The single is set to be released in the summer of 2020.

The song’s distributor Zizo Farouk commented to the press that he is very happy to collaborate for the first time with superstar George Wassouf, who will appear in a totally different style. Farouk further stated that the song inflicts optimism and holds a romantic theme.

Furthermore, Wassouf performed a concert in the Syrian city of Latakia on Dec. 25, despite the devastating events the city is going through. The Syrian mega-star performed a wide number of his most popular hits, including “Youm el-Wada’”, “Enta Ghairhom”, among others.

Lately, a rumor had spread regarding the death of the veteran Syrian singer, which caused a state of havoc among his fans. The rumor made Wassouf deny it himself on his official Instagram account, using a sarcastic caricature and comment.


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12/31/2019 2:08:22 PM
<![CDATA[A look back at the Egyptian artistic, cultural scene in 2019 ( Part 4)]]>
139- Opera Aida" was back after a hiatus of more than two decades at Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor on Oct. 26 and 27.



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140- On October 14, Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem represented Egypt as the only Arab country at the Entertainment Industry Conference organized by the General Authority for Entertainment in Saudi Arabia. The conference bears the name “Entertainment and Building the Economy” and will be attended by a number of ministers and officials of the kingdom.

141- On October 12 Inas Abdel Dayem, and Dr. Ashraf Zaki, inaugurated the first phase of a number of educational institutes and inspected the new established buildings in the courtyard of the Academy of Arts in Al- Haram District. In addition, they opened the first phase of :-the Art School building and The Center for Languages and Translation.

142- On October 12 Cairo Opera House broadcasted live American Metropolitan Opera Shows after renewing the contract for the tenth year in a row.

143- The 35th Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries headed by critic El-Amir Abaza kicked off on Oct. 8. This year’s edition carried the name of iconic actress Nabila Obeid who was honoured. Obeid’s honoring included the publication of a book about her artistic career and biography, prepared by Sherine Abdel Khalek.

144- Veteran Comedian Talaat Zakaria passed away on October 8.

145- On Oct. 10, 11, Cairo Opera House celebrated the 31st anniversary of its opening in an artistic ceremony at the Main Hall.

146- Successful Egyptian movie “El-Mamar” ( The passage) topped the Twitter trend after its first TV screening on ON TV channel On October 6. People interacted with the patriotic movie, especially that it screened as part of the celebrations of the glorious victory of October 6.


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147- YouTube granted the famed leading production company, Synergy, the Gold Creator Award after its YouTube channel surpassed 1 million subscribers. The award was received by Synergy CEO Tamer Mursi.

148- CIFF head Mohamed Hefzy was selected to serve as a jury member for the Official Competition at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival (October 2-13).


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149- Malmo Arab Film Festival kicked off from October 4-8.

150- On October 2, Ministry of Culture announced the establishment a workshop for playwriting and dramaturgy targeting young, ambitious playwrights in the Egyptian towns and villages.

151- An exhibition of sunken Egyptian antiquities dating back to different historical periods was launched in California on October 5.

152- The Ministry of Antiquities displayed the golden sarcophagus of the Pharaonic priest, Nedjemankh, upon its retrieval from the United States. The golden sarcophagus was illegally smuggled out of the country during the 2011 unrest, and was sold through forged documents to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for $4 million.
153- The 37th edition of World Theater Festival , organized by the Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts kicked off from Sept. 29 to Oct.5.

154-El Gouna Film Festival kicked off from September 19-27. The third edition concluded its events with a closing ceremony held at the Marina Theater, where the award-winning films were announced, with total award value at US $224,000.

The winners were as follows:

Feature Narrative Competition

El Gouna Golden Star for Narrative Film (Trophy, certificate, and US $50,000) went to You Will Die at Twenty by Amjad Abu Alala.

El Gouna Silver Star for Narrative Film (Trophy, certificate, and US $25,000) went to Corpus Christi by Jan Komasa.

El Gouna Bronze Star for Narrative Film (Trophy, certificate, and US $15,000) went to
Adam by Maryam Touzani.

El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Narrative Film (Trophy, certificate, and US $20,000) went to Papicha by Mounia Meddour.

El Gouna Star for the Best Actor (Trophy, certificate) went to Bartosz Bielenia by Corpus Christi.

El Gouna Star for the Best Actress (Trophy, certificate) went to Hend Sabry for her role in Noura’s Dream.

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Feature Documentary Competition

El Gouna Golden Star for Documentary Film (Trophy, certificate, and US $30,000) went to Talking About Trees by Suhaib Gasmelbari.

El Gouna Silver Star for Documentary Film (Trophy, certificate, and US $15,000) went to 143 Sahara Street by Hassen Ferhani.

El Gouna Bronze Star for Documentary Film (Trophy, certificate, and US $7,500) went to Kabul, City in the Wind by Aboozar Amini
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El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Documentary Film (Trophy, certificate, and US $10,000) went to Ibrahim: A Fate to Define by Lina Alabed.

Short Film Competition

El Gouna Golden Star for Short Film (Trophy, certificate, and US $15,000) went to Exam by Sonia K. Haddad

El Gouna Silver Star for Short Film (Trophy, certificate, and US $7,500) went to Ome by Wassim Geagea

El Gouna Bronze Star for Short Film (Trophy, certificate, and US $4,000) went to Flesh by Camila Kater.

El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Short Film (Trophy, certificate, and US $5,000) Give Up the Ghost by Zain Duraie.

Special Jury Mention for 16 December movie by Álvaro Gago Díaz.

Cinema for Humanity Audience Award

The Festival’s Audience Award for a film exemplifying humanitarian themes (Trophy, certificate, and US $20,000) went to Les Misérables by Ladj Ly.

NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film went to Kabul, City in the Wind by Aboozar Amini
FIPRESCI Award went to 1982 by Oualid Mouaness. The Egyptian recipient of this year’s Career Achievement Award was the one and only comedian Mohamed Henedy and Palestinian director Mai Masry. The American science fiction film "Ad Astra" was the opening movie of the third edition of El Gouna Film Festival. Famed Egyptian-Canadian star Mena Massoud was the international star of GFF opening ceremony.



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155- Watch It obtained the exclusive digital broadcasting rights of the Egyptian Premier Soccer League for four consecutive seasons. Also, the digital platform also obtained the digital rights to broadcasting the most popular screenplays.

156-Africa was the guest of honor of the 12th edition of the International Samaa’ Festival for Spiritual Music and Chanting that kicked off on September 21.

157-In the first time in the history of Egyptian cinema, the movie “Blue ELephant P II) starring Karim Abdel Aziz exceeds the LE 100 M mark in revenues since its screening in cinemas on July 25.

158-On September 18, the Immigration Ministry has chosen Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud as an ambassador for the “Etkallem Masry” (speak Egyptian) initiative, which promotes the national identity among Egyptians abroad.

159-The 26th edition of Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre (CIFCET) kicked off on Tuesday, Sept. 10 with a comprehensive program. The festival's opening witnessed the display of the American musical "The Fantasticks" following a ceremony that was held at the Main Hall of the Cairo Opera House. The festival concluded its activities on Sept. 19 at Cairo Opera House.

160- Egyptian Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, arrived in the Angolan capital Luanda on Sept. 17, accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister for African Affairs Hamdi Sanad and Director of the National Academy for Training and Rehabilitation of Youth Rasha Ragheb. The Egyptian delegation travelled to Luanda to participate in the Biennale of Luanda - Pan-African Forum For the Culture of Peace.

161-The Board of Directors of the Egyptian Writers Union announced on Wednesday Sept. 18 the names of the winners of this year's awards.The Union stated that the prizes are estimated at LE 10,000.

The Classical Poetry Award was granted to the poet Mohamed Mohamed EIssa, the Literary Criticism Award was won by Abdel Hakam Alami, Short Story Award was granted to Azza Badr, the Folk Poetry Award won by the poet Sahar Sami, the Science Fiction Award won by Salah Maati and the Children's Literature Award was won by Eman Sanad.

162-Head of the Cultural Production Affairs Sector, famed Egyptian director Khaled Galal, and South Korean Ambassador to Egypt Yoon Yeocheol inaugurated the Korean Movie Nights on September 15 at Cairo Opera House's Hanager Cinema.

163-On September 17, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat received a group of antiquities dedicated by the American University in Cairo to the Ministry of Antiquities.

164-The Ministry of Culture has decided to organize an open competition among Egyptian architects to select the project representing Egypt at the 17th Venice Biennale, which will launch on May 23, 2020.

165-Cairo Opera House headed by Magdy Saber hosted a celebration of the Mexican Independence Day, which was held in cooperation with the Mexican Embassy in Cairo on Sept. 16.

166-Greater Cairo Public Library, affiliated with the Cultural Production Affairs Sector, organized a cultural day to celebrate the International Day of Islamic Art on Sept. 18 at the library’s headquarters in Zamalek.

167- Egyptian rising star Ahmed Malek co-star veteran actor, David Wenham in the Australian movie “The Furnace”. The adventure movie is directed by Roderick MacKay, and produced by Timothy White. ‘’ The Furnace’’ incidents take place in Western Australia’s 1890s.


168- Cairo was chosen as the capital of Islamic culture in 2020.

169- Famed Egyptian singer Mostafa Hagag was nominated to the best African artist in North Africa award for his song “Khatwa” ( Step).

170- The 12th edition of the Festival of Traditional Crafts was held from October 20 - 24 in Mahmoud Mokhtar Cultural Center.

171- Famed Egyptian-Tunisian star Hend Sabry was awarded Starlight Cinema Award from Venice International Film Festival to be the first Arab actress to win such prestigious award.
172- Egypt nominated ‘’ Ward Masmoum’’ (Poisonous Roses) movie for acting in the best foreign film competition at the upcoming Academy Awards (Oscars) scheduled to take place in 2020.

173- The Fine Artists Syndicate organised a ceremony honoring the winners of the State Awards in Arts: "Nile Award - Excellence Award - Encouragement Award". The ceremony was held on Sept. 4 at the Syndicate’s headquarters in the Cairo Opera House.

The recipients of the Nile Award are Mostafa el-Razzaz in 2018 and Ahmed Nawar in 2019. The winners of the Excellence Award are Said Badr in 2018 and Ibrahim Desouky in 2019 will also be honored. The recipients of the Encouragement Awards Fatima Abdel Rahman in 2018, Mohamed Banawi in 2018, Mohamed Naguib in 2019 and Asma al-Nawawi in 2019 will also be among the honorees.

174- The president of the Polish delegation visited the special wing of the Egyptian General Book Organization located in the Moscow International Book Fair. During her visit, the head of the Polish delegation called on Egypt to participate in the Poland International Book Fair.

175- On September 1, Minister of CuIture Inas Abdel Dayem attended the closing concert of the 28th Edition of Salah El-Din Citadel Festival of Music and Singing organized by the Egyptian Opera House headed by Magdy Saber. The Citadel Music Festival kicked off on August 18, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Cairo Opera House.

176- The management of the All Africa Music Awards nominated Tamer Hussein for the Best African Poet of the Year Award for the song “Naseny Laih'' ( Why You Forget Me) nby Tamer Hosny.

177- Egypt is preparing to open an archaeological museum in the New Administrative Capital in the upcoming months to tell the history of Egyptian capitals in different eras. The museum will tell the history behind the Egyptian capitals from prehistoric eras to modern times to clarify why the New Administrative Capital of Egypt was created.
178- The Supreme Council for Media Regulation, headed by Makram Mohamed Ahmed, on August 28 issued a decree banning controversial TV presenter Riham Saeed from appearing in media for a year over "insulting" fat Egyptian women.
179- Iconic singer Afaf Radi returns to performing concerts after a long hiatus. Radi was the first Egyptian singer to perform on the stage of Damascus Opera House on August 31.
180- Egypt’s first Festival of Nature Local Cultures at Wadi Degla Protected Area in Cairo came to an end on Saturday. Aug. 24. The three-day festival aimed at promoting ecotourism and nature reserves, showing folklore products, arts and diversified Egyptian cuisines from Sinai, St. Catherine, Red Sea, Fayoum, Siwa, Halaib, Shalateen and Nubia.

181- On August 22, A picture of a sculpture for veteran actor Hassan Hosny went viral on Twitter, with numerous praising the work of young sculptor Mahmoud Fouad.
182- The Egyptian film “El-fakh" (The trap) directed by Egyptian director Nada Riad was selected to participate in the official competition of Toronto International Film Festival's 44th session. The film came to worldwide recognition after its world premiere in the official competition of the critics week at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019.

183- Akhenaton Museum is currently being renovated. It is the third largest museum in Egypt and the largest in Upper Egypt.

184- Popular singer Mostafa Kamar announced uploading his new album “Dehket Leya” (She smiled at me) on YouTube on Aug. 18.

185- The 12th edition of National Egyptian Theater Festival headed by veteran Egyptian artist Ahmed Abdel Aziz kicked off from August 17-30. The festival honored veteran comedian Lotfy Labib.

186-Super star Tamer Hosny performed a massive concert for the first time in Oman on August 20.

187-Famed Egyptian singer Hany Shaker performed live at the second edition of Festival international de Siliana, in Tunisia, on August 15.

188-The Egyptian film “Be Elm el-Wosool” (Certified Mail) by Hisham Saqr participated in Toronto International Film Festival, being the first Egyptian film to participate in an international film festival since the beginning of 2019.

189- An exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of Czech’s work in Egyptology opened in in Carolinum, Prague, Czech Republic in August. The exhibition, held in Prague and Cairo and sheds light on the 20th century work of Czech in Egyptology and the works of the Czech Institute of Egyptology (CIE). It also showcases Czech's excavations in Egypt and Sudan.

190-Welad Rizk (Sons of Rizk) Part 2 revenues totalled LE 8,401,929 million on Saturday, recording the highest-earning Egyptian movie per day in the history of Egyptian cinema.

191-The Ministry of Antiquities announced the completion of developing and restoring Tanta Museum and re-opened it on August 31.

192- For the first time the two megastars Ahmed Ezz and Karim Abdel Aziz will participate together in the film "Kira w el Gen". The film is based on Ahmed Mourad's novel ‘’1919’’; it will be directed by famed Egyptian director Marwan Hamed and produced by Synergy Films.

193- Jennifer Lopez, one of Hollywood’s most successful performers and Hip-hop icons performed her first-ever concert in Egypt’s North Coast on August 9. Large number of audience attended this long awaited concert. Egyptian celebrities such as Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Hussein Fahmy, Mostafa Fahmy, Egypt's Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr, Egyptian minister of finance Mohamed Maait, Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris, Bushra, Mahmoud el Essily among others.

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194- Egyptian singer Haitham Shaker made a strong comeback this summer, with his latest album ‘’ Marefa Adema’’.

195- In cooperation with Maulana Azad Center, Egypt’s Public Library is organizing an Indian Cultural Day under the title "India Day" on Aug. 8.

196-Yasmine Sabry has been named as one of the nominees of the top 100 most beautiful faces in the world for 2019 by tccandler.

197- Egyptian Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem called on Brunei’s minister of culture and youth on Aug. 6 to boost cultural and artistic cooperation between the two countries. Abdel Dayem said, during the meeting held on the sidelines of the visit of Sultan of Brunei to Egypt, that the soft power plays an important and influential role in consolidating the friendship between Egypt and the various countries of the world.

198- Al-Mena band represented Egypt in the sixth edition of Visa For Music Festival which was hosted by the Moroccan capital, Rabat, on November 20.

199- Russell Vitale performed a huge successful concert in Egypt for the first time at New Alamein city on August 2. The famed American Rapper visited Giza Pyramids on August 5 along with his wife and expressed his great admiration with it.

200- On August 5, after a long hiatus, popular singer Hisham Abbas surprised his fans with the release of his newest solo titled “Shary Bel Ghaly”.The song was released in the form of a lyrical video clip.

201- The sixteenth edition of Alexandria International Song Festival kicked off on August 22-26. The festival started its events with a concert to the Lebanese megastar Nawal al Zoghbi on August 22.

202- Alexandria Summer Book Fair kicked off from August 1-8. The fair presented daily puppet shows which impressed the children attending the fair.

203- The Cultural Production Affairs Sector, headed by Khaled Galal, celebrated the 1050-year anniversary of the establishment of Cairo on August 1.

204- Egyptian star Mohamed Ramadan's "Mafia" amassed 140 million views on YouTube 7 months after its release.

205- Egypt was the guest of honor at the Belgrade International Book Fair which ran from October 22-28.

206- Famed star Assala Nasri participated in "Welad Rezk Part 2" as a guest of honour in her first acting experience.

207- Famed Egyptian-Tunisian star Hend Sabry was chosen as a jury member of the debut work competition at the 76th edition of Venice Film Festival. Sabry is the first female Arab filmmaker to fill this post.

208- After 17 years of absence Egyptian superstar Mohamed Mounir participated in Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts on July 27.

209- Award-winning Greek composer and maestro Yanni performed at Mountain View North Coast on July 26.


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210- Prominent Egyptian singer Angham received Middle East Music Awards ( MEMA) for the best female singer.

211- On July 23, the Sohag Folk Art Ensemble gained the admiration of the audience in Bulgarian cities; the band performed a number of dancing tabloids illustrating the culture of Upper Egypt.

212- Hamsa International Festival of Arts and Literature honoured Mostafa Khater as the best actor for his role in the series "Talqet Haz".

213- On July 25, veteran actor Farouk el-Fishawy died at the age of 67 after a struggle with cancer disease.

214- Mohamed Mounir performed at Family Park on the Cairo-Suez road on March 1 to celebrate the release of his latest album "Watan" (Homeland).

215- Famed Egyptian star Mohamed Ramadan performed his first concert in Saudi Arabia at Jeddah on August.

216- Director Khalid Khaled launched his new play "Cinema Masr" (Cinema Egypt) on July 15. The play stars the second batch of graduates of the department of acting in the Center of Artistic Creativity. The play tells the history of the Egyptian cinema through different scenes from the most prominent Egyptian films. The scenes featured artists with multiple talents in acting, singing, dancing and performing arts.

217- The 17th International Summer Festival kicked off on July 26 at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The festival offered numerous concerts and workshops as well as distinguished seminars and lectures on music, singing, theater and independent cinema.

218- The 16th edition of Alexandria International Song Festival kicked off from August 22 to 26.

219- On July 14, Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem inaugurated Naguib Mahfouz Museum. The minister praised the construction of the two-storey museum to honor the iconic Egyptian writer and shed light on his great history and works.

220- On July 12Acclaimed Cinema critic and Cairo International Film Festival artistic director Youssef Sherif Rizqallah died on Friday at the age of 77.

221-Acclaimed Egyptian architect and International Ambassador of Design, Dalia Sadany, was awarded the “Golden Award” at the international A’ Design Award and Competition in Italy for her project entitled “The Cyber Security Museum’’.

222-The Ministry of Antiquities announced that the visitors of the Egyptian museums and archaeological sites will be allowed to take photos using cell phones for free starting from August 1.

223-The 6th edition of the International Forum of Caricature kicked off on Sunday, July 7.
224-Megastar Yousra, famed producer and head of Cairo International Film Festival Mohamed Hefzy and acclaimed director Amr Salama were chose as members to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

225-Veteran Egyptian star Ezzat Abu Auf died on July 1 at the age of 71 after a long struggle with disease.

226- Acclaimed Egyptian tabla (drum) player Said el-Artist performed his first concert in Paris's Hall de la Chansonon on June 29.

227- Egyptian sculptor Kamal el-Feki participated in a summer showcase in New York's Agora Gallery's Summer Idyll from June 27 to July 17.

228- Veteran Egyptian star Mohamed Henedy will make a new stand-up comedy show entitled 'Henedy Live,' which will be staged in a number of acclaimed theaters in 20 different countries. Henedy live will last for 6 months. ''Henedy live will kick off on Beacon Theatre at New York's Madison Square Garden.

229- The successful play "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel" (Three Days in North Coast) was displayed on Saudi Arabia from July 3- 6.

230- The Supreme Council of Culture named former Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour, painter Ahmed Nawwar, and former Minister of Higher Education Mofeed Shehab as winners of the Nile Award.

231- On June 22 Egypt won the membership of the UNESCO Scientific Committee on Underwater Cultural Heritage.

232- Cairo Orchestra Symphony performed at Cairo Opera House on June 22 to celebrate World Music Day.

233- A new path tailor made for visually impaired was inaugurated in Egyptian Museum in Tahrir on June 20.









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12/31/2019 1:31:07 PM
<![CDATA[Happy birthday 'Star of the East']]>
Egypt Today is remembering the iconic singer on her birthday ; the "Star of the East" is considered one of the greatest singers in Arab history.

More than three decades after her death, Umm Kulthum remains beloved in the Arab world. Umm Kulthum's voice was quickly identified as unique, strong and vibrant and instantly recognizable.

Her famous songs include: “Enta Omri” (You are the love of my life), “Al-Atlal” (The ruins), “El-Hobb Kolloh” (all the love), “Ya Zalemeny” (You were unjust to me), “Ya Mes-harany” (You keep me awake all night), “Hayart Albi Ma’ak” (You confused my heart) amongst others.

In 1944, Umm Kulthum was granted the highest level of Order of the Virtues, ‘Nishan el-Kamal,’ by King Farouk. After Egypt’s 1952 Revolution, the new military leadership attempted to prevent her from singing because of the award, but Gamal Abdel Nasser, a fan of Umm Kulthum, intervened and reversed the decision.

After the 1967 War, in which Israel occupied parts of Egypt, Umm Kulthum composed a series of nationalistic songs that fueled nationalism and pan-Arab sentiment. She also gave many performances in various Arab countries to raise money for the Egyptian army.


Umm Kulthum still lives on in the hearts of all her fans and her brilliant voice still rings in their ears. Her fans gave her the title "Kawakab Al-Sharq" (Star of the East). Umm Kulthum was considered the greatest Arab singer of the 20th century.

Her valuable belongings and old records and tapes were moved to the Umm Kulthum Museum at Manasterli palace in December 2001. The museum is a wonderful tribute to the singer's life.

Umm Kulthum’s spirit is felt in every corner of the museum. People have reported hearing her voice in the museum despite none of her songs being played at the time. Only there, can one know the story of this dazzling Egyptian woman sticking to her silk scarf, which she could never do without during performances.

Umm Kulthum died on February 3, 1975, after more than a decade of health problems.

Baalbeck International Festival, the oldest and most prominent cultural festival in the Middle East, honored legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum in its opening ceremony that took place on July 20, 2018 at the Roman Temple of Bacchus, Lebanon.

The opening ceremony titled “Baalbeck Remembers Umm Kulthum” honored the Arab world's greatest singer through a 90-minute combination of her most famous songs presented by renowned Egyptian composer and conductor Hisham Gabr.

The collection included "Seerat El-Hob" (Love’s Name), "Enta Omry" (You Are My Life), "Fakkarouni" (They Reminded Me), "Hayyart Albi" (You Confused My Heart), "Alf Laila Wa Laila" (One Thousand and One Nights), and "Aghadan Alkak" (Am I Going To Meet You Tomorrow?).

Also, a massive concert using hologram for late legendary Egyptian artist Umm Kulthum was held on Al-Ula Saudi city on Friday, January 25. The concert achieved great success.

Famed Egyptian actress Sabreen, who embodied Umm Kulthum role in the popular 1999 eponymous TV ­series bearing the same name acted as a body double for the singer during the creation process.
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<![CDATA[Ramadan, Lamjarred to perform in Dubai on Jan. 10]]>
Lamjarred uploaded the concert’s flyer on his official Instagram account, commenting: “Dubai, we are coming!”

The concerts bring back the duo after performing together the song “Ensay”, which achieved great success and a high number of views on YouTube.

Two weeks ago, Lamjarred performed a huge concert in Mohamed Abdou Theater at Riyad’s Boulevard, after a 3-year hiatus.

Ramadan recently participated in the activities of the green march in Morocco. The Egyptian star also completed filming his latest series “El-Prince”, which is scheduled to be broadcast in the upcoming Ramada.

The series stars Nour, Abdel Aziz Makhyoun, Ahmed Zahir, Rogina, Naglaa Badr, Edward, Donia Abdel Aziz, Salwa Othman, Reem Samy, Mohamed Alaa, Ahlam el-Girtili, Mohamed Alaa, Ahmed Dash, and others.

Ramadan also expressed his happiness for exceeding the 2 billion mark of views on his official YouTube channel, commenting: “Thank God, I surpassed 2 billions views on my official YouTube channel.”

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12/30/2019 6:09:11 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about renovating Tahrir Square]]>
After the revolutions of January 25 and June 30, the government started cultivating palm and olive trees in the area surrounding the square, in addition to removing signs that undermine the beauty of the buildings.

During the following lines, ET reveals information about the Tahrir Square development project and transferring the Luxor rams to their new location.

What does the project aim to develop?

The development project aims at preparing the square to receive the Egyptian obelisk. This is in addition to painting the façades of shops and buildings to match the artistic value of the historical area. The square will also include a new fountain, water works and lights. The prime minister inspected the development works on top of the Tahrir garage.

What is the truth about relocating statues from the Avenue of Sphinxes in Luxor to Tahrir Square?

Four statues from the first courtyard at the Karnak Temples, located behind the first edifice of the temple in Luxor Governorate, will be transferred to Cairo to be eventually placed in Tahrir Square.

Which statues were removed from the Karnak Temples in Luxor?

The rams that are currently being transferred do not belong to the Rams Road (Avenue of the Sphinxes) that connects the Luxor Temple to Karnak or the rams of the Karnak temple façade. They come from the rams of the first courtyard located behind the temple and built of mud bricks.

Which statues were chosen to be placed in Tahrir Square?

Four very special rams were chosen to be moved from Karnak Temple to Cairo to decorate Tahrir Square. Each of the four statues weighs approximately 5.5 tons. The rams will be placed around the obelisk that has been moved from San el-Hagar in Sharkia Governorate. These rams have the body of a lion and a ram's head. It is a sacred symbol of the famous god Amun Ra. Two of the statues have already been transferred from the courtyard to the temple. The two remaining statues are being transferred to the same site, in preparation for taking new preservation measures before the transfer to the capital.

What is the state of the statues that are set to be placed in Tahrir Square?

The rams to be moved from the first pylon or the first courtyard are in a very good state, with no damages or scratches, unlike the ones located in the famed Avenue of the Sphinxes tying the Karnak Temples with Luxor Temple.





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12/30/2019 6:06:35 PM
<![CDATA[Reda calls on officials to issue Animal Rights law]]>
“An appeal to the officials, please consider issuing the animal welfare law, locating them in a shelter, feeding them, and preventing their harm. Animal welfare is a very sensitive humanitarian concept. We must think about the creatures that cannot express their misery, pain, or hunger,” commented Reda on her official Twitter account.

In November, Reda launched a sharp attack on the Veterinary Medicine Authority, and later apologized to the authority. She said in her comment, “If describing you as Nazi Butchers hurts you, please do accept my apology, but?”

Reda’s last participation was in the movie “El-Deif” (The Guest) starring Khaled el-Sawy, Ahmed Malek and Gamila Awad. Maged el-Kedwany, Mohamed Mamdouh, and Mahmoud el-Laithy participated as guests of honor. The film is written by Ibrahim Issa.

The actress also participated as a guest of honor in ‘El-Fel el-Azra’” (Blue Elephant P II) starring Karim Abdel Aziz, Nelly Karim and Hend Sabry.


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12/30/2019 4:00:18 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt amazes the world with 2019 archaeological discoveries (P2)]]>
1- On November 17, a 2,200-year-old temple was uncovered in Sohag in Egypt. It is believed to belong to Ptolemy IV Philopator of the Ptolemaic Kingdom. The structure of the ancient cemetery was found by chance as excavators supplied sewage lines to the village of Kom Ashqaw in the city of Tama, north of Sohag, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities' post on its official Facebook page


2- On November 7 a multi-layered cemetery dating back to the Roman, Greek and pre-dynastic eras was uncovered in Ismailia. Head of Egyptian Antiquities Sector Ayman Ashmawy explained that the discovered part is a multi-layered cemetery, whose upper layers consist of mass graves of mud-bricks from the Greek and Roman eras. The lower layers of the cemetery consist of burials from the pre-dynastic era.

3- On November 5,the Ministry of Antiquities announced the discovery of an archaeological cemetery in Saqqara. It is the first discovered cemetery from the Roman era in this region. During the last excavation season, a joint Egyptian-Japanese archaeological mission in North Saqqara succeeded in uncovering a Roman catacomb tomb, spanning back to the first and second centuries AD.

4- On November 1, acclaimed Egyptian Egyptologist Zahi Hawass announced in London on the side-lines of Tutankhamun exhibition that Queen Nefertiti could be one of the mummies discovered at the Valley of Kings. Hawass added that using the modern DNA techniques" we can now if Queen Nefertiti is one of the mummies discovered in the Valley of the Kings.

5- On November 1, the "Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" exhibition was inaugurated in London. The exhibition houses more than 150 original artifacts from the golden pharaoh tomb, 60 of which are travelling out of Egypt for the first and the last time before they return for permanent display in the Grand Egyptian Museum. Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany, Ambassador in London Tarek Adel and Hawass participated in the official opening ceremony, also attended by many British officials, public figures, foreign ambassadors, Egyptologists, academics. Anany gave a lecture in the Egyptian Cultural center in London about the latest archaeological discoveries, projects and museums in Egypt. This lecture came on the side-lines of Anany visit to London to witness the opening of King Tut exhibition which moved to the British capital, London, on November 1, in its third stop after Paris and Los Angeles.
London's main streets, squares, metro and train stations are decorated with pictures of the Golden King's face and some of his belongings. Walls of shops, buildings and telephone booths are also adorned with banners about Tutankhamun's exhibition, which is now in London after an absence of nearly 12 years, as the last exhibition of King Tut's possessions took place in London was in 2007.

6- On October 19, thirty intact, sealed and painted anthropoid coffins of a group of 22nd Dynasty priests and priestesses of Luxor’s deities Amun and Khonsu were discovered in Asasif necropolis in Luxor. Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany announced this important discovery at a press conference at Hatshepsut Temple. This is the first cachette of coffins to be uncovered in Luxor since the end of the 19th century.

7- On October 10, renowned archaeologist Zahi Hawass said that the Egyptian expedition which he is heading in Luxor managed to discover two new archaeological discoveries. The first discovery as recounted by Hawass was in the West Valley, also known as the Valley of the Monkeys, and the second one was in the East Valley, which houses the famed pharaonic tombs. Hawass said that the Egyptian expedition has uncovered “an industrial area” for the first time ever in the location. The Expedition has been working in the Valley of the Monkeys since December 2017.

He further added that the area houses an oven tailor made for making clay products, and a water storage tank used by workmen. The findings discovered at the site include: a scarab ring and hundreds of inlay beads and golden objects which were used to decorate royal coffins. Some of the discovered inlays are decorated with the wings of Horus. Hawass announced that the excavation in the West Valley is searching for the tombs of Nefertiti and Ankhsenamun, her daughter and the widow of Tutankhamun.

He said that he thinks that the wide valley between the tomb of Amenhotep III and Ay could be the place that houses the tombs of the Amarna family. Hawss announced as well that the discovery of 30 workshops is very important. They are comprised of storage buildings and buildings for the cleaning of the funerary furniture, and contained many pottery finds dated to the eighteenth dynasty. The Egyptian expedition has also discovered a royal tomb, labelled KV 65. They found inside it tools used for tomb construction.

Hawass said that the expedition that is working in the East Valley is the largest excavation which has taken place since the time of Howard Carter. It is searching for tombs that have never been found before, as well as those of the wives and sons of the kings of the eighteenth dynasty buried in the Valley of the Kings, since the Valley of the Queens did not start taking on burials until the beginning of that dynasty. The expedition is working near the tomb of Ramses VII, the tomb of Hatshepsut, the tomb of Ramses III and behind the tomb of Merenptah, the son of Ramses II. The expedition also excavated the surroundings of Tutankhamun tomb. It found many important objects. Hawass announced all the details pertaining to these important discoveries during a press conference on Luxor’s West Bank on October 10, which was attended by Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri.

8- On September 29, Hawass travelled to the Italian city of Noto to give a lecture to promote Egyptian antiquities.

9- On September 29,The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced that remains of a temple that belongs to the fourth pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt ,Ptolemy IV (221 – 204 BC), were discovered in Kom Shakau village in Tama township in northern Sohag. Secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that the ruins include parts of the temple's walls with engravings and inscriptions holding the name of Ptolemy IV, as well as limestone walls and floors.

Waziri recounted that drilling works have been stopped to recover the temple remains. He further added that an archaeological mission has been assigned with recovering the ruins.

10- The exhibition "Tutankhamun: The Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" came to an end in Paris on the evening of Sept. 22, breaking the record in the history of cultural exhibitions in France. The exhibition was visited by 1,423,170 visitors in the past six months since it was opened by the Minister of Antiquities on March 23, 2019 at the Grand Hall de la Villette. In 1967, when France hosted the Tutankhamun exhibition for the first time, it attracted 1,240,975 visitors. Today, 52 years later, the Golden King's exhibition attracted more than 1.4 million visitors, which indicates how passionate the French people and visitors of France are towards the ancient Egyptian civilization.

11- On September 16, Acclaimed Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass said in an interview with Italia 1 Channel that the DNA tests will reveal a lot of information about the death of Tutankhamun and that he will announce to the whole world in 2020 how the golden king died.


12- On September 11, An ancient temple dating back to the Ptolemaic era was uncovered in a house in Sohag Governorate. Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mustafa Waziri said that the stones that were found in the village of Kom Ashqaw in the center of Tama, north of Sohag , is formed of limestone. The limestone was discovered during the work of a contracting company to complete the sewage project in the village.

13- On September 9, Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass inaugurated the Museum of Archeological Models of King Tutankhamun, which was held in Curitiba, Brazil.
The inauguration was attended by Mayor of the city and Egyptian Commercial Advisor Mohammed al-Khatib, in addition to many of the city's cultural and political figures, and thousands of citizens. The museum contains archaeological models purchased from the workshops of the Ministry of Antiquities that reflect the story of the golden pharaoh Tutankhamun. Hawass supervised the establishment of the museum. The museum has models of military wheels, king's throne, cabin and canopic pots.

14- On September 2, Hawass gave an important lecture at the Italian university of Perugia. He tackled in his lecture issues pertaining to the royal mummies, the story of King Tutankhamen’s death and the harem conspiracy. The veteran archaeologist discussed as well the latest archaeological discoveries and excavations in the Valley of the Kings. Hawass added that archaeology requires study and research, revealing that only 30 percent of the Egyptian antiquities has been discovered so far.
"I am currently searching for the tomb of king Tutankhamen’s wife and Queen Nefertiti in the Valley of the Apes,"Hawass revealed during the lecture. Hawass stated that the discovery of King Khufu papyri in 2013 at Wadi El-Jarf port, 119 km south of Suez governorate, is considered the most important discovery in the 21st century, because it revealed the details of the construction of the Great Pyramid of Cheops, as well as the names of the construction workers, which is proof of the strong administrative system that existed during the king's reign. The papyri were uncovered by a Franco-Egyptian mission led by French Egyptologist Pierre Tallet and Egyptian Egyptologist Sayed Mahfouz. "Tutankhamen was not murdered;he died due to an unknown reason at the age of 19,"Hawass asserted. Following the first CT scan of Tutankhamen's mummy, the laboratory test didn’t find any evidence to support the theory of King Tutankhamen’s murder.

15- On December 28, Grand Egyptian Museum witnessed a celebration of breaking a new record at Guinness world Record by drawing a portrait of King Tutankhamun's mask made from 7260 coffee cups on Saturday, December 28.

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16- On December 19, an Egyptian-German archaeological mission discovered a large part of a granodiorite colossus of a standing falcon-headed god Horus.

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17- A small royal statue of a sphinx was uncovered in Tuna El-Gebel archaeological area in Minya governorate, Upper Egypt, on Saturday, December 14. The newly discovered sphinx which is made of limestone was uncovered by Egyptian Archaeological Mission headed by Sayed Abdel-Malek.

18- A unique royal bust of King Ramses II made of red granite was unearthed on a private land in Mit Rahina village in Giza by an Egyptian archaeological mission from the Ministry of Antiquities on Wednesday, December 11.


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19- On November 27, The French archaeological mission headed by Frederic Colin succeeded in discovering three wooden coffins in the external courtyard of cemetery No. 33.


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<![CDATA[A look back at the Egyptian artistic, cultural scene in 2019 ( Part 3)]]>
70- Egyptian megastar Amr Diab and veteran comedian Mohamed Henedy participated in MDL Beast Festival that took place from December 19-21 in Saudi Arabia.

71- Amr Diab was featured by Spotify on a massive billboard in the heart of Times Square with the tagline “This is Amr Diab”.

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72- The second edition of World Youth Forum Theater was inaugurated on Friday, December 13 under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. President Sisi and Egypt’s First Lady Entissar al-Sisi attended the WYF theater inauguration ceremony. Acclaimed Italian Sand artist Fatmir Mura presented a sand drawing show at the inauguration of the World Youth Forum Theater on Friday, December 13.



73-Renowned director Samir Seif passed away on the evening of Dec.9 at the age of 72 due to a sudden cardiac arrest.

74-Synergy company headed by veteran producer Tamer Mursi receives two prominent awards from Bea World Awards.These awards are considered the most two important awards in the world in the field of sports events. Synergy claimed the second rank in World Sports Events , as well as receiving People’s Choice award. The leading production company was granted these two prestigious awards because of the outstanding organisation of African Cup of Nations 2019. Synergy performed a dazzling organisation to the AFCON opening and closing, following the latest techniques that weren't executed before in any other tournaments.

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75-“ El Feloos” (Money) movie by director Said El Marouk and starring superstar Tamer Hosny was released in theatres across the Arab world on December 25. The movie features caricatures a notable cast beside Hosny such as Khaled Elsawy, Zeina, Aicha Ben Ahmed, and Mohamed Sallam surrounded by fire, flying cash and luxurious towers in Cairo and other cities around the world, which preparing the audience for a thrilling game.The film features Seif, a scammer who helps the rich beauty Hala to restore her money from another scammer. In an endless series of games and deception, the concepts of love, friendship and life are no longer clear.Money is scripted by Mohamed Abdelmoati,based on a concept by Tamer Hosny.


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76-The General Authority of Culture Palaces, headed by Ahmed Awad, launched the activities of the Literary Conference of Egypt at its thirty-fourth edition in Port Said Governorate, from December 9 to 12. The conference came under the title “Cultural Mobility and the Awareness Crisis ... Creativity and Reception” and bears the name of renowned late poet Bayram al-Tunisi.


77-The Egyptian General Book Organization, headed by Haitham al-Hag Ali, participates in the book fair held by the American University in Cairo. The book fair launched on Dec. 15 on the sidelines of the third conference on Arabic and Linguistics "Heritage and Renewal". The conference was attended by Head of the authority's central marketing department Mohamed el-Fiqi. This comes as part of the expansion plan of book fairs directed by Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem for reaching all segments of society.


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78-Port Said Governorate was chosen as the capital of Egyptian culture in 2020. Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem and Head of the General Organization of Culture Palaces Ahmed Awwad met with Governor of Port Said Adel al-Ghadban to discuss ways to intensify the creative activities in the governorate. Furthermore, ways to promote cultural activities and enhance the mechanisms of discovering and nurturing talented people from the governorate through the Talent Development Center at the Cultural Palace were discussed.

79- Egyptian-American stars Rami Malek and Ramy Youssef are nominated to Golden Globe awards for 2020.Youssef is nominated to Best Actor TV Comedy/Musical award for his role as Ramy Hassan on the Hulu comedy series ‘’Ramy’’ , while Malek is nominated for Best Actor TV Series – Drama for his role in the famous American drama thriller television series ‘’Mr. Robot’’.



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80- Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem announced the restoration of the 16th part of the Qur'an manuscript of Sultan Al-Ashraf Qansuh al-Ghuri (1446- 1516) that was offered for sale at Chiswick English Auctions House. Abdel Dayem referred to the historical artifacts as part of Egypt’s identity.

81-Archaeology Magazine chose Khuwy tomb which was uncovered in Saqqara as one of the most ten important discoveries in the world in 2019. Khuwy tomb is a unique located in Saqqara area. The tomb belongs to a man named Khuwy who was one of the nobles living in the era of the fifth dynasty in the Old Kingdom.

82- Famed Egyptian-Candian star Mena Massoud latest series ‘’Reprisal’’ was screened for the first time on Hulu Network on December 6. Revenge is the main theme of the series.Reprisal revolves around a relentless woman who decided to revenge after being left for dead by a bombastic gang of gearheads. Beside Massoud the series stars Abigail Spencer, Rodrigo Santoro, Madison Davenport, among others.

83-UNAIDS MENA applauds the HIV women’s rights champion Nicolas Mouawad for his strong activism fighting against HIV and gender based violence. This came in honor of World AIDS Day.

84-Veteran actor and head of Actors Syndicate Ashraf Zaki was elected as head of the Academy of Arts. Zaki has been the temporary head of the Academy of Arts since 2018, succeeding Ahlam Younis, who reached the legal age of retirement.

85- Ahmed Ezz’s new play “Aladdin” was staged in KSA on December 23 within the activities of Riyadh Season. “Aladdin” stars beside Ezz, Mohamed Tharwat, Hisham Ismail, Karim Afifi, Islam Ibrahim and Tara Emad. It is written by a workshop including Hassan el-Mahdi, Mohamed Galal, Mohamed Talaat, Ahmed Sheko and Diaa Mohamed. It is directed by Magdy el-Hawari.

86- General Supervisor of the Recovered Antiquities Department Shaaban Abdul Gawad revealed that the National Commission for Recovered Antiquities could stop the sale of an important archaeological painting held by a merchant in New York. The merchant acquired a forged export permit in 1970. The painting will return to Egypt after completing the necessary investigations and procedures.

87- The comedy series "Heshmat in the White House," starring Bayoumi Fouad, was broadcasted exclusively on the digital platform WATCHiT on Dec. 4. “Heshmat Fel Bait El-Abyad” (Heshmat in the White House) revolves around a man of Egyptian origins named Heshmat, who decides to run for presidency in the US. Heshmat (embodied by Bayoumi Fouad) wins the elections and becomes the first American president of Egyptian origins to ever enter the White House. “Heshmat Fel Bait El-Abyad” is directed by Mostafa Fekri. “Heshmat Fel Bait El-Abyad” stars Bayoumi Fouad, Inaam Salousa, Badriya Tolba, Hamdy el-Merghany, Islam Gamal, Heba Abdel Ghany, Rania Mallah, Ahmed Gamal Said, Ahmed Raafat, and Asmaa Galal, as well as a large group of guests of honor.

88- The Italian agency ANSA praised the artistic dialogues between Egypt and Italy after the Ministry of Culture launched the activities of the new season of the Egyptian Academy of Arts in Rome. The season is held under the title "Egypt and Italy: Dialogues of Art and Creativity."

89- Egyptian megastar Tamer Hosny performed on Dec. 6 a song he composed on the occasion of the UAE’s Year of Tolerance at Abu Dabi's Marina Mall and will receive an award for his achievements. Hosny broke a Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a bulletin board on this event.

90- On December 3, famed Egyptian folk singer Shaaban Abdel Rahim passed away at the age of 62 at Maadi Military Hospital after a struggle with disease. Abdel Rahim, also known as Shaabola, is an Egyptian (Sha'abi) singer who is famous for his songs with political themes. The reason behind Abdel Rahim's success was the simplicity of both his songs and character which made him very close to Sha’abi people. His humble language and bold lyrics have made him very popular.

91- Egyptian movie "Egyptian Jeanne d'Arc" was screened at the 27th African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) in New York that kicked off from November 29 -December 5.

92- After a hiatus of two years, veteran comedian Samir Ghanem announced that he will return to theater with the play “El-Zahr Lama Yelaab”.According to Ghanem, the new play is scheduled to be staged in one of the new theaters in Cairo once the rest of the cast is decided upon. Ghanem’s latest theatrical show was titled “Sebouni Aghani”.

93- On Tuesday 3 December Egyptian minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, , Governor of Alexandria Mohamed El Sherif, Director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina Dr. Mostafa El Feky, and head of the Academy of Arts Dr. Ashraf Zaki, inaugurated the first edition of Alexandria Arab Theater Festival for Institutes and Colleges ,headed by Dr. Alaa Abdel Aziz Suleiman ,drama professor at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts. This edition celebrated the great theatrical director Galal El Sharkawy with the participation of 7 countries: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Lebanon.

94- On November 23, Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, Abu Dhabi Art 2019 has come to a close, concluding a successful 11th edition of the leading art fair which welcomed scores of art lovers and industry insiders to its wide array of exhibits and programming on Saadiyat Island and in Al Ain. The international art fair witnessed a fruitful collaboration between Art D’Egypte and Karim Francis gallery to present some of the best works by a number of Egypt’s stellar contemporary artists.

95- Cairo International Film Festival kicked off on November 20. This edition housed a lot of surprises, seminars, panels and workshops executed by its creative filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy, acting artistic director Ahmed Shawky and its executive director Omar Kassem. This edition honoured renowned Egyptian filmmakers Sherif Arafa at the festival opening ceremony. The visionary and Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam was honoured as well with a Faten Hamama Award. Gilliam received the accolade during the opening ceremony of the festival at the Cairo Opera House. “The Irishman” was the festival opening movie and Mexico was chosen to be the country in focus of this edition. Cairo International Film Festival becomes the first Arab festival and second African to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, joining this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018. The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency, during its 42nd edition in November 2020.

Egyptian star Sherine Reda was a jury member in Best Arab Film Award, famed Egyptian actress Hanan Motawie was a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and Egyptian Hearthrob actress Hana Shiha was a jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition. The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival was dedicated to the festival artistic director the late great film critic Youssef Sherif Rizakallah. The festival prepared screened a documentary about Rizakallah entitled ‘’ Rizk el Cinema’’ to honour his long fruitful cinematic career that enriched Egyptian cinema.

DMC channels aired Cairo International Film Festival's 41st edition opening and closing. During the period from Nov. 21 to 26, the festival held the second edition of Cairo Industry Days, which provided professionals with opportunities for partnership and networking with the international film community, in addition to attending seminars, workshops and discussion panels.

Valuable prizes was awarded to winning film projects in the development and post-production stages, which are valued up at $200,000. Mexico was chosen to be the country in focus of this edition. CIFF granted famed American actor Billy Zane Special Tribute Award on Wednesday, November 26. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has awarded the festival the OSCAR qualifying film festival status.



The Festival concluded its events on Friday, November 29. Famed English actress Nathalie Emmanuel came on stage and gave Youssef Sherif Rizkallah award ( the audience award) to the Egyptian director Marianne Khoury on her documentary “Let’s Talk”. The 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival honoured famed Lebanese director Nadine Labaki at its closing ceremony. CIFF head Mohamed Hefzy gave acclaimed Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro his honouring award in the closing ceremony as well.

96- The Egyptian Jewelleries Festival kicked off on Friday, November 29 in New Cairo. This was the first Egyptian jewelleries festival from 11 years ago, The matter that reflects the great enhancement in the Egyptian economic status. The Egyptian Jewelleries Festival witnessed the participation of a number of prominent fashion designers, jewelleries makers, artists and gold merchants.

97- Egyptian minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem inaugurated the retrospective Exhibition of Eminent 3rd Generation Artist, Fatma Arargi entitled ''Man, Place, and Time,a seven Decades Journey'', on Sunday December 1. The exhibition displayed almost 51 paints of the Artist innovated in 70 years long. The works features her different body of works on: People & life, 1956 aggression, Luxor and Nubia, working class, 1967 war, post war and populist surrealism on Man & Universe and walls of time. This Exhibition is considered the first solo exhibition for the Artist in Thirty years.

98- On November 26, at an international celebration in Belgrade, Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass was presented the Golden Medal of the Carrick Foundation, in the presence of 500 intellectuals and politicians in Serbia.
99-Egyptian minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem and head of Cairo International Film Festival Mohamed Hefzy inaugurated ''Cairo.. I Love You'' exhibition on November 23. This exhibition is tailor made to highlight Cairo's rich cinematic origins. Cairo which houses one of the oldest film industries in the world.

100- A play entitled "Fengan Qahwa” (A Cup of Coffee) directed by Khaled Galal is currently being prepared by the Theater Art House. The play brings back veteran theatrical actress Samiha Ayoub to the theatrical scene after years of hiatus. The play comes as a manifestation of joint Arab cooperation, where the writer of the play is Iraqi and the director is Egyptian. Veteran actor Abdel Raham Abou Zahra will co-star alongside Ayoub.

101- The Cinema Palace, headed by Egyptian actor Tamer Abdel Moneim honoured the great star Nabila Ebeid on Nov. 24, granting her a certificate of appreciation.

102- Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem gave a speech on November 19 e at the Forum of Ministers of Culture. The forum comes within the framework of the 40th edition of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), based in Paris, France, and is attended by culture ministers and representatives of 120 countries. Abdel Dayem discussed the issue of culture in public squares, and the catalyst of social and cultural transformation.

103- On November 17, the successful historical series “Mamalek el-Nar” ( Kingdoms of Fire) was first screened on MBC Masr channel. The series interweaves the political aspects with the social ones in a fabulous artistic work, where Egyptian author Mohamed Soliman Abdel Malik combined historical accuracy and fiction in many of the screenplay’s events. The series told in 14 episodes the story of the Ottoman-Mamluk conflict and the occupation of Egypt and Sham (now Syria) by the Ottoman Sultan Selim I, in addition to the hanging of Tuman Bay, the last Mamluk sultan at Bab Zuweila. The series also illustrates the end of the Mamluk State because of betrayal. “Mamalek el-Nar” is directed by three directors: Syrian director Azzam Fouq el-Ada, the Spanish director Alejandro Toledo and the British director Peter Webber. A large number of Arab stars play roles in the series, including Khaled el-Nabawy in the role of Tuman Bay, the Syrian Rashid Assaf in the role of Qansuh al-Ghuri, Syrian actor Mahmoud Nasr in the role of Sultan Selim I, Syrian actor Abdel Moneim Amayri in the role of Bayazid, Syrian actress Kinda Hanna in the role of Tuman Bay’s lover, and Mona Wassef as a guest of honor.


104- The International Theater Without Fund Festival which was held in Alexandria honored renowned actor Ahmed Abdel Aziz in its closing ceremony on Nov. 22. The festival kicked off on Nov. 17 under the patronage of the Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem took place at the theaters of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Beyram el Tunisi Theater and El-Anfoushy Cultural Palace.

105- On November 17, Egyptian director Rami Emam posted a video on his Instagram account for his father, Egyptian megastar Adel Emam from behind the scenes of his upcoming Ramadan series ‘’Valentino’’. The video showed the veteran star reviewing some of the scenes from his role in the series while smoking a cigarette. This was the first video to Emam after his death rumors.‘’ Look who is beside me now’’ Rami captioned the video.


106- Veteran Egyptian singer Ali el Haggar received the 2019 Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature, to be the first Egyptian artist to receive this award. The Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature is an annual award that is granted to Omanis and Arabs.

107- Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) announced Egyptian DOP Ahmad Al Morsy, as the winner of the Silver Award in the Feature Films category for his work in ''Turab el Mass'' (Diamond Dust) movie and the Gold Award in the Documentary Films category for ''Point of Convergence''.

108- The second Academy of Arts Youth Forum headed by Ashraf Zaki ran from Nov. 16-21. The forum was held under the slogan "Youth and the Dialogue of Creativity". All students of the academy participated in the forum's events. The main objective of the forum was the Integration of arts, where students gather to work on a single artwork that embodies their creativity and talents.

109- On November 12 famed Egyptian singer Ramy Gamal announced that he is suffering from vitiligo, after white spots appeared in areas of his body.The singer was not able to provide a cure for his skin disease. Gamal decided to share the matter with his fans, in order to help him take one of two decisions: either retire singing or be accepted by the public. Gamal’s fans supported him, revealing that they love him and accept him the way he are.

110- On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Khedive Opera, a grand ceremony was held at Cairo Opera House on Thursday, Nov. 14. During the ceremony, the Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem will honored 12 personalities of the first-generation ballet dancers of the Egyptian Opera, among others.

111- On Nov. 12, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Culture Hisham Azmy inaugurated the Egyptian Fine Art Exhibition. The inauguration was held at the headquarters of the Supreme Council of Culture at Cairo Opera House. About fifty artists from Egypt and all African countries participated in the exhibition.
112- Egypt participates with a documentary film produced by Saint Films
in the activities of the World Tolerance Summit in Dubai on Nov. 13-14.
113- A a press conference was held on Nov. 15. at El-Manasterly Palace to announce the inauguration of the International Center of Arts.

114- On November 7, Egypt participated as a guest of honor at the 21st edition of the Corsica International Music Festival in France. Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem announced that such participation reflected Egypt's strong soft power and its cultural stance.

115- Egyptian Film ‘’Leil Khargy’’ (Exterior/ Night) competed in the official competition of Festival des Cinémas d'Afrique du Pays d'Apt –( FCAPA) in Paris which kicked off from November 8-13.

116- The famed international Egyptian mezzo-soprano Farrah el-Dibany received the Hassan Kamy award from Manial Palace Festival on November 9. El Dibany is the first ever to receive this award. She took it after giving a recital with Egyptian pianist Seif Mohie at the festival. El Dibany is the first Egyptian to win the “Prix Lyrique de l’AROP”, the best opera singer award from the Paris Opera House, according to Opera de Paris. This important annual international award is tailor made to uprising opera singers and is granted to one female and one male soprano.

117- On November 8, America Abroad Media (AAM) honored Egyptian superstar Yousra at its seventh annual Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. AAM honors outstanding leaders whose work meets international standards and exemplifies the power of media to inform, educate and empower. AAM believes that Yousra’s collective work provides American audiences with a glimpse into the history of the Egyptian entertainment industry.

118- The French edition of Mohamed Abdel Nabi’s novel “Fe Ghorfat al- Ankabut” (La Chambre De L'Araignée) was awarded the Arab Literature Award presented by the Arab Institute in Paris.
119- On November 7, Egyptian actor Haitham Ahmed Zaki, 35, son of late iconic actor Ahmed Zaki (1949 – 2005) and late actress Hala Fouad (1958 - 1993), died in his apartment in Sheikh Zayed City, Giza, early on Thursday after suffering a sudden circulatory collapse.
120- Panorama European Film kicked off from November 6-12 at Zawya Cinema in downtown Cairo, Zamalek cinema and a number of film theaters in various Egyptian governorates. The panorama’s program includes the screening of more than 75 feature, documentary and short films from more than 30 countries.
121- The Egyptian Armed Forces Symphonic Band presented another distinguished performance during the sixth International Nanchang Military Music Festival. The band’s notable performance was aired on various Chinese media outlets.

122- On October 28, The Manial Palace Festival's second edition headed by prince Abbas Helmy kicked off under the auspices of the European Union and the ministries of antiquities and culture. The event was attended by the Spanish ambassador and a number of diplomats and public figures.

123- Mohamed Ramadan managed to break a new record by becoming the “most viewed” celebrity in the Middle East. Ramadan’s official YouTube channel surpassed 2 billion views, easily placing him on the throne of the most viewed artists of the Middle East.

124- Famed Egyptian star Sherine Abdel Wahab announced that she will play her first leading role in a romantic, musical and suspense movie. This movie is expected to be Sherine's strong comeback after 16 years of hiatus. Sherine participated in one movie along with the Egyptian mega star Ahmed Helmy titled “Mido Mashakel” (Mido always makes problems).

125- As part of the 38th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair,Laila Eloui and Ahmed Mourad took part in a discussion session on Nov. 5 titled "Books and the Film Industry".

126- The management of Caftan Bladi Moroccan Festival's first edition held in Barcelona, Spain honored Egyptian star Somaya el-Khashab.
127-Tunisian-Egyptian star Hend Sabry won the Best actress Award at Carthage Film Festival for her in "Helm Noura" (Noura's Dream).

128- The 28th edition of the Arab Music festival kicked off at Cairo Opera House from November 1-12. This edition witnessed the participation of a notable group of stars such as the king Mohamed Mounir, Medhat Saleh, Omar Khairat, Assala, Mohamed el Sharnouby among others.

129-In October, American star Katy Perry visited number of Egyptian tourist attractions such as Siwa Oasis, White Dessert , Giza Pyramids among others, celebrating her 35th birthday.
130-Tazkarti Company headed by acclaimed marketing expert Montasser Al Nabarawy will organise a group of massive concerts to megastar Sherine Abdel Wahab. The first concert took place on December 20 at Al Manara Theater. Abdel Wahab presented in the concert a number of her successful songs. During this concert Abdel Wahab sang for the first time new songs from her upcoming album.Abdel Wahab preferred to make her comeback on stage with Tazkarti Company which managed to make a huge name in the Egyptian marketing sector.

131-Egyptian poet Fawzi Khedr won the first edition of Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal International Prize for Arabic Poetry in the theatrical poetry section for his play "Sheikh President Ibn Sina.

132-Sharjah International Book Fair's 39th edition displayed a rare book which features numerous archaeological sites in Egypt. It is priced at £ 300,000. The book was written by photographer Maxime du Camp, and is titled "Egypt, Nubia, Palestine and Syria." The book includes photographs collected during the years 1849, 1850 and 1851.
133- Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, Founder of Art D` Egypte Foundation stated during a press conference that the “Reimagined Narratives” exhibition launched on Oct. 17 comes with the 40th anniversary of UNESCO's selection of Al-Moez Street as one of the most important heritage sites in the world.

134-The famed Egyptian band Sharmoofers has dug its name in the global music scene by winning the British Boisdale Music Award as the Best Youth Band in the world in 2019.
135- At the conclusion of its 207th session, the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the resolution submitted by Egypt. The Egyptian resolution is entitled “Promote the Implementation of the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.” It deals with the sales of antiquities in some international auction houses and their practices that contradict with the convention.
136- Netflix announced that Egyptian actor Ahmed Amin will play the lead role in Netflix's first Egyptian series "Paranormal". Set in Egypt in the 1960s, "Paranormal" sees Dr. Refaat Ismail plunged into a series of supernatural events as he attempts to unravel the mysteries behind each unique and unusual case. Egyptian actor and writer Amin will play the lead role of Refaat Ismail. The series, which went into production in November is directed by Egyptian director Amr Salama joined by the Emirati director Majid al-Ansari. The series is based on the late Ahmed Khaled Tawfik’s books that sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, "Paranormal" is Netflix's first foray into Egyptian drama." Paranormal" will be produced by Mohamed Hefzy, and Amr Salama. The series will also bring to life the supernatural, using powerful post production and visual effects (VFX) techniques to complement cast performances.

137- The fourth Afro-Chinese Arts & Folklore Festival kicked off from October 27-31 in Philae Temple in celebration of naming Aswan the capital of African youth.

138- Mega star Ahmed Helmy’s name was placed in the celebrity corridor in Dubai, making him the first Arab actor to receive a star in the corridor, along with his wife, famed actress Mona Zaki.




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12/30/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[SITFY honors late writer Ahmed Sakhsoukh in its 5th edition]]>
The festival’s fifth edition will be held from April 1-7, 2020. The award will be granted to the late writer for his endless critical writings and contributions to the Egyptian and Arabic Theater.

Ahmed Sakhsoukh is a theater and academic writer. He was born in 1947 and graduated from the High Institute for Theatrical Arts, Department of Drama and Theater Criticism in 1975.

He traveled at his own expense to Austria and studied at the Institute of Dramatic Sciences at the University of Vienna. He is also a critic who specializes in drama.

Sakhsoukh was a professor of drama at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Art. The late writer was former head of the Drama and Critic Department and a former dean of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Art at the Egyptian Academy of Arts.

“This award aims to encourage the Egyptian and Arab theater writing movement among young writers. Many directors and theatrical troupes suffer from lack of new texts. Therefore, this award aims to produce theatrical texts with new youthful ideas that express their problems and concerns. At the same time, it gives them an opportunity to appear and implement their creative achievements,” stated Mazen el-Gharabawy.

Sharm el-Sheikh International Theater Festival for Youth will take place in Sharm el-Sheikh, the city of peace, and is chaired by veteran actress Samiha Ayoub.

The president of the supreme committee of the festival is the veteran artist Mohamed Sobhi.

The festival will be managed by Angy el-Bastawi and is held under the auspices of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobi, Minister of Antiquities and Tourism Khaled el-Anani, South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda and the Tourism Promotion Authority headed by Ahmed Youssef.

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12/29/2019 4:31:21 PM
<![CDATA[MUST University hosts Carol Samaha’s concert on Jan. 24]]>
The university said in a press release issued on Dec. 29 that star of the Arabic song, Carole Samaha, will perform the first concert of the university's 2020 art program.

The concert will be held on January 24 at the stage of Misr University for Science and Technology. During the concert, Samaha is expected to present her most popular hits.

The theater administration has finished preparing the artistic program under the supervision of Chairman of the Board of Trustees Khaled el-Toukhy, to present a group of concerts for singing stars from Egypt and Arab countries.

Samaha’s latest song “Insha’Allah” achieved a high number of views on YouTube. The Lebanese star also participated in her first cinematic experience in the film “Bel Sodfa”. The film was released in Beirut and Dubai. It co-starred Badi Abu Shakra, Pamela el-Keck and Munir Ma’asry. The film is directed by Bassem Christo.

It is worth noting that the administration of Misr University for Science and Technology started promoting for Samaha’s concert on social media platforms, proceeding from its societal role, which aims primarily to enrich the singing scene with a group of concerts at the university's theater that can accommodate 1,200 viewers.
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12/29/2019 3:26:25 PM
<![CDATA[Wehbe, Safinar to perform New Year’s Eve concert]]>
Wehbe will not be the only diva to perform in a concert on Tuesday, Dec 31 in one of the major hotels in Cairo. She will be accompanied by Armenian beauty Safinar, whose fans enjoy her oriental and western dances. Safinar managed to become one of the most popular non-Egyptian dancers in Egypt in the past few years.

In a different context, the Lebanese beauty Wehbe is filming her new movie “Ashbah Europa”. The film is co-starring Ahmed el-Fishawy, Mostafa Khater, Arwa Gouda and Abbas Abul-Hassan. The film is written by Karim Farouk and directed by singer Mohamed Hamaki in his first directing experience.

Wehbe returns to the cinematic spotlight with the movie “Ashbah-Europa” after a 5-year hiatus, since presenting her latest movie “Halawet Rouh” directed by Sameh Abdel Aziz.

Wehbe also appeared as a guest of honor in the movie “Khair Wa Baraka” starring Ali Rabei and Mohamed Abdel Rahman.

The Lebanese diva also participated as a guest of honor in two episodes of the screenplay “El Wad Sayed El Shahat” starring Ahmed Fahmy and Hana el-Zahed and aired last Ramadan.

Furthermore, the Lebanese star cooperated with poet Amr el-Masry in two songs that will be released in 2020. The first song is titled “Mesh Bada’f” and the second is titled “Nekadeya”.

Masry presents Wehbe in a new style that may be a great surprise for her fans.
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12/29/2019 3:23:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt amazes the world with its discoveries in 2019 ( part 1)]]>

1- On August, the director of Antiquities Museum at Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the supervisor of Zahi Hawass center for Egyptology Hussein Abdel Baseer revealed that the famed ancient Egyptian Queen Hatsheput died because of cancer at the age of 50 and was a diabetes patient as well. Abdel Baseer announced that in a lecture entitled ‘’Egyptian Queens..Drama of Love and Power’’ at Zahi Hawass center for Egyptology. Hatshepsut the eldest of two daughters was born to King Thutmose and Queen Ahmse. After her father’s death, Hatshepsut married her half brother Thutmose ll.

2- On August 14, An exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of Czech’s work in Egyptology opened in in Carolinum, Prague, Czech Republic.
The exhibition, held in Prague and Cairo, sheds light on the 20th century work of Czech in Egyptology and the works of the Czech Institute of Egyptology (CIE). It also showcases Czech's excavations in Egypt and Sudan.

3- On July 17, The Ministry of Antiquities said that the first restoration works of King Tut’s golden coffin started after it was transferred from the cemetery to the Grand Egyptian Museum. The Ministry of Antiquities began the restoration works of the wooden coffin of King Tutankhamen, which was transferred from the tomb of the King to the Grand Egyptian Museum a few days ago in preparation of presenting it in the Golden King Collection.

4- After 54 years Egyptian minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany inaugurated the Bent Pyramid of the Pharaoh King Sneferu and Alkaa Dogmatic pyramid in Giza’s Dahshur archaeology area on July 13. Anany said in his speech that now the two pyramids are opened for public for the first time since 1965. The inauguration ceremony was attended by a notable group of foreign ambassadors and representatives from UNESCO.

5- On July 13,the Ministry of Antiquities managed to discover an ancient winding wall that extends about 60 meters to the east of Amenemhat II pyramid. This wall is considered an important architectural element that dates back to the Middle kingdom era. A number of stone, pottery and wooden coffins were also found, some of which had mummies which were uncovered in good condition, in addition to a number of wooden masks some of them are incomplete and a set of tools that were used in cutting and polishing.

6- On June 28, The Ministry of Antiquities inaugurated the first royal cemetery dates back to the Middle Kingdom at the pyramid of Senusert II known as El-Lahun Pyramid located at Fayoum governorate. The inaugurated tomb is made of granite tomb and contains a granite coffin. It is accessed through a 15-meter-deep pathway below the earth's surface.

7- On May 30, the remains of an ancient house that was part of a residential complex from the Ptolemaic period was uncovered in Tuna el Gebel archaeological site.

8- On May 14, An Egyptian archaeological mission working at the Tell El-Kedwa site in North Sinai has uncovered the ruins of the north-eastern and south-eastern towers of a military fortress from ancient Egypt's 26th Dynasty. The uncovered fortress is made of mud brick, and was found during excavation work carried out by an Egyptian mission as part of the Sinai development project.

9- On May 9, an Egyptian archaeological mission which works in Wadi Abu Subeira, has discovered early royal inscriptions in the Eastern Desert northeast of Aswan. The inscriptions date back to the Neolithic period. Thousands of stone inscriptions from the Neolithic period were uncovered in a semi-enclosed circular valley, depicting scenes featuring animals that were living in the area at that time, such as giraffes, elephants and crocodiles.

10- On May 4, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany announced the discovery of an Old Kingdom cemetery at Giza Plateau. The area where the cemetery was found neighbours the pyramid-builders’ cemetery, which is a very important site.The discovery of the pyramid-builders’ cemetery shows to the whole world that the pyramids were not built by slaves, but that their builders built their own tombs beside their king’s.

11- On April 23, An Egyptian-Italian archaeological mission working at the Aga Khan Mausoleum area in Aswan has discovered a rock-cut tomb dating back to the late Pharaonic Graeco-Roman period. The mission found inside the tomb parts of a painted wooden coffin. The mission also discovered fragments of another coffin adorned with a complete text that mentioned the name of the tomb owner, his name is Tjt, and an invocation to the gods of the First Cataract; Khnum, Satet and Anuket, as well as Hapy, the Nile god.

12-On April 18, Ministry of Antiquities announced the discovery of a new saff tomb in the Draa Abul Naga necropolis on the West Bank of Luxor. It is the biggest 'saff' tomb to be ever discovered in the Theban necropolis. This discovery was “very important” because it changed the archaeological and historical map of the site as well as providing a new explanation of the architecture and design of individuals’ tombs in Draa Abul Naga.

13- On April 8, Egypt has unveiled the 2,500-year-old mummy of a high priest at an ancient cemetery south of Cairo. The sarcophagus of the ancient Egyptian high priest was opened on live TV by experts working with the Discovery Channel. The mummy was found beside a “mysterious wax head,” its features were so detailed. Hawass and an Egyptian team opened three sealed sarcophagi from the 26th Dynasty. The first one housed the well-preserved mummy of a powerful priest, wrapped in linen and decorated with a golden figure depicting Isis, an ancient Egyptian goddess. While the two other sarcophagi, one containing a female mummy decorated with blue beads and another with a father in a family tomb.

14- On April 5, a well-painted Ptolemaic-era tomb was discovered at Al-Dayabat archaeological site in Sohag governorate. The discovered tomb was to a nobleman called Toutou and his wife, a musician. It is a very small tomb from the Ptolemaic period, that is painted with beautiful scenes.


well painted

15-On April 2, An Egyptian archaeological mission has discovered the tomb of a Fifth Dynasty dignitary named Khuwy at south Saqqara. The tomb consists of a superstructure with an L-shaped offering chamber, which was once decorated with reliefs. Only the bottom part of this decoration is preserved, as the white limestone blocks of the other parts were re-used in the construction of other buildings in antiquity.
16- On April 1, an Egyptian archaeological mission discovered a limestone sarcophagus containing two mummies. The uncovered sarcophagus is two metres tall and 60cm wide and was found in good condition. The two discovered mummies inside were on top of each other, and were found in poor condition.


khuwy tomb

17- On March 29, New York University mission discovered a temple palace belonging to the 19th Dynasty king at Ramses II’s temple in Abydos, Sohag. This discovery was important because it contributed to the understanding of the development of the temple palaces during the Ramesside period.

18-- On March 21, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany officially inaugurated the Tutankhamun, the Treasures of the Pharaoh exhibition in Paris.

19-- On February 26, a Swedish-Egyptian mission has discovered a New Kingdom sandstone workshop and several sculptures during excavations carried out at Gebel El-Silsila archaeological site in Aswan. The mission discovered among the debris in the workshop a large criosphinx (ram-headed sphinx) statue.

20- On February 21, the Egyptian embassy in Australia has received the last of four pieces of an ancient relief that had been smuggled out of Egypt in the 1990s.
21- On February 17, The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have succeeded in recovering an anthropoid gilded coffin of Nedjemankh, priest of the ram-god Heryshef, previously smuggled out of Egypt. The gilded coffin was purchased by the Metropolitan Museum in New York through an antiquities trader.
22- On February 13, Egyptian mission discovered the remains of a limestone building that was once a workshop for the construction and repair of boats and vessels during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods.

23- On February 2, a joint mission from the Egyptian ministry of antiquities and the Research Centre for Archaeological Studies at Minya University discovered a collection of Ptolemaic-era rock burial chambers, filled with a large number of mummies of different sizes and genders at Tuna El-Gebel necropolis in Minya governorate.

24-- On January 21, The English Archaeological Mission of the University of Birmingham working on Hawa Dome project in Aswan uncovered six tombs of different sizes dating back to the Old Kingdom. Head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziry explained that the discovered tombs range in dimensions between 190 x285 cm and 352 x 635 cm. Two of the tombs have entrances carved into the rock, while the third one has a complete entrance that is closed with stones; the entrance to its burial chamber is carefully closed by a brick wall. Despite all of the previous, it has been looted in ancient times by thieves who broke into the tomb through the back wall.



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12/29/2019 2:33:48 PM
<![CDATA[A look back at 2019's Egyptian artistic, cultural scene (P2)]]>
38- The Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) ran from March 29 -April 21 at different venues in Downtown Cairo.


d caf

39- Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts concluded its 21st edition on April 16.

40- Google honored acclaimed late Egyptian painter and feminist Inji Aflatoun on April 16 with a Google doodle to celebrate what would have been her 95th birthday.

aflatoun

41- The Ministry of Antiquities organised the third edition of the Egyptian Heritage Festival in the Egyptian Textile Museum on April 18 which coincides with the International Heritage Day.

42- Famed international rapper and singer French Montana performed for the first time in Egypt on April 12.

french montana

43- Veteran actor Mahmoud el-Gendi passed away on April 11.

44- Cairo Steps performed in Berlin on April 17.
cairo steps

45- On April, In a live streaming on Discovery Channel, Egyptian director of photography Ahmad al Morsy joined a team of archaeologists in unearthing a Pharaonic tomb.Led by renowned adventurer Josh Gates and TV personality Chris Jacobs, the live broadcast was premiered under the title "Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live" and tracked the digging into an archaeological site in Minya governorate, Egypt. The rare incident was joined by renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mustafa Waziri.

46- Famed Lebanese singer Carole Samaha performed in a concert titled Helm (Dream), alongside late Egyptian iconic singer Abdel-Halim Hafez using hologram on 19 April at Manara Hall in New Cairo. This was the first hologram concert to be held in Egypt, and the first in the world to feature Abdel-Halim Hafez.

47- Egyptian mega star Amr Diab, famed British singer James Arthur and famed Turkish record producer Mahmut Oran performed in the grand ceremony of the American University in Cairo's centennial on April 19.

Amr Diab-Facebook Official Page

48- Prominent Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny received the Murex D’or award for best male Arab singer on April 6 in Lebanon.


Tamer Hosny - Egypt Today

49- The fifth edition of Alexandria Short Film Festival kicked off from April 3-8.
50- The Supreme Council of Culture organized a Women's Forum in celebration of the International Women's Day and the Egyptian Women's Day on April 2 at Cairo Opera House.

51- American actor and basketball player John Salley arrived in Cairo for a three-day visit. The American star gave a speech at the Creativity Industry Forum held from March 26-27.

52- The exhibition "Tutankhamun: The Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" was inaugurated in Paris on March 23.

53- Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab has officially been outlawed from singing for insulting her home country in a concert performance, the Musicians Syndicate announced in a statement released on March 21.
Egyptian lawyer Samir Sabry submitted a complaint against the Egyptian super star to the Egyptian general prosecutor accusing her of insulting Egypt .‘’ I can talk here with complete freedom, in Egypt anyone who talks freely is going to be jailed’’ said Abdel Wahab during her concert in Bahrain.

54- The eighth edition of Luxor African Film Festival was held from March 10 to 21, and bears the name of Burkinabé filmmaker Idrissa Ouédraogo. While paying a special tribute to Tunisian cinema, LAFF honoured a number of renowned African filmmakers including Egyptian actress Lebleba, Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Egyptian actor Asser Yassin, Burkinabé director Fanta Régina Nacro, Egyptian director Omar Abdel-Aziz and Sudanese singer Faiza Amseeb, Tunisian producer Dorra Bouchoucha, Malmö Arab Film Festival director Mohamed Qabalawy, and others, in addition to a special tribute for Egyptian actor Mohamed Sobhi and a celebration of late Egyptian-Greek musician Andre Ryder.

55- On March 20, Google Doodle celebrates the life and legacy of Egyptian poet and essayist Gamila el-Alaily on the occasion of her birthday anniversary.

56- Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem announced on March 17 the launch of the first Artistic Excellence Award, in cooperation with the Academy of Arts in Cairo, headed by Ashraf Zaky and the Academy of Arts in Rome. The award aims to encourage young talents and stress the importance of supporting them.

57- Alexandria International Book Fair kicked off on March 25.

58- Famed Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny, Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi and Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne were chosen to perform the opening anthem of the 2019 Olympics set to be held in the UAE.

59- The Embassy of India in Egypt, in collaboration with Teamwork Arts, presents the seventh edition of India by the Nile Festival (IBN). This annual cultural festival, supported by TCI Sanmar, kicked off on March 5 and will run until March 17 in Cairo, Alexandria and Port Said.

60- The American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers performed for the first time in Egypt at Giza's Pyramids on March 15.

61- Sharm el Sheikh International Theater festival kicked off on April 1.

62- The Upper Egyptian -American star Rami Malek has made it to the Oscars and received Best Actor award after his brilliant portrayal of Queen's main vocalist, the legendary Freddie Mercury, in "Bohemian Rhapsody" movie.
rami malek oscar 2

63- Aswan International Women’s Film Festival's third edition will kick off on Wednesday, Feb. 20 and will run until Feb. 26. Thirty two films will compete in the festival’s long and short film competition.

64- On February, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced that it will return a valuable artifact to Egypt after discovering that it was stolen from the country in 2011. The prized artifact is the gilded Coffin of Nedjemankh who was a high-ranking priest of the ram-god Heryshef in the first century BC.

65- The three Egyptian Soap Operas “Tayea”, “Ekhtefa” (Disappearance) and ‘’Khalsana Beshyaka’’ (Elegantly Ended) were featured on Netflix in February.
66- The 67th Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival announced its awards during the closing ceremony on Friday, February 15.

67- President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated the Cairo International Book Fair''s 50th edition on Jan. 22.

68- Veteran actor Saeed Abdel Ghany passed away on January 18.

69- Arab Theater Festival came to an end on January 16.









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12/29/2019 1:23:25 PM
<![CDATA[A look back at the Egyptian artistic, cultural scene in 2019 ( Part 1) ]]>
1- Cairo Opera House celebrated on June 24 the anniversary of the entry of the Holy Family into the land of Egypt on the stage of Al-Manara Conference Center in the Fifth Settlement. The celebration was attended by Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark Tawadros in addition to a number of ministers and public figures.

2- Egyptian movie “Eyar Nary” (Gunshot) represented Egypt in Tripoli Film Festival’s official competition.

Eyar

3- Egyptian music band participated in Al-Balad Music Festival in Amman.

4- On June 16, the Gayer-Anderson Museum completed the preparation of explanatory cards using Braille tactile system in to be used in its exhibition halls. This came within the framework of the Ministry of Antiquities’ plan to develop museums and archaeological sites to serve the visually impaired.




5- On June, for the first time, famed Egyptian actress Dina el Sherbiny spoke to the media about her love affair with mega star Amr Diab. Sherbiny said during her interview on "El Hekaya" program that Diab is her biggest personal and professional supporter, announcing that he is over the moon with the success of her latest series "Zay el Shams" ( Like the sun). She further added that he exerted a lot of effort in this series and he generated positive energy to all the series cast.

6- El-Feel el-Azraa’’ (The Blue Elephant) part one was screened on Netflix.

7- On June, Egyptian Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem included 207 Egyptian films in the Egyptian Cinematic archive which houses National cinematic heritage.

8- The Egyptian film “Leil Khargy” (Exterior/ Night) was screen at the first edition of Meknes International Cinema Festival, which kicked off on June 14.

9- Egyptian artist Ahmed el-Badry won the Cairo International Biennale Award, which is worth LE 150,000.

10- Watch iT digital platform opened a pop-up designated for documentaries



watch it

11- The Egyptian film “Ben-Bahrain” (Between two seas) won two awards in the official competition of the Brooklyn Film Festival.

12- After 8 years cut off , Cairo International Biennale was back again to life . Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem inaugurated the 13 Edition of Cairo International Biennale under the slogan "Toward the East" on June 10, in Museum of Modern Egyptian Art and Art Complex in Zamalek and it lasted to August 10.

13- Acclaimed Japanese violinist Ryu Goto participated alongside Maestro Ahmed Saidi, conductor of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, in performances at Cairo Opera House and Alexandria Opera House on June 15 and 17.

14- The ninth edition of Dokki Book fair organized by Microphone Group,was launched from July 4 to July 8.

15- The Legislative Assembly of Ontario approved the celebration of the Egyptian civilization and heritage month in Canada every year in July.

16- On the films official Facebook page, United Bros. Studios posted a 4-minute recap video, featuring the highlights of the first part of ‘’ El Kenz’’ ( The treasure), for the first time in Egypt and the Arab world, following the steps of Hollywood's largest production companies such as Marvel Studios and DC that release recap videos for the previous parts of their film productions.

17- On June 5, prominent comedian Mohamed Negm died on Wednesday at the age of 75 after a battle with illness.

18- The Opera Summer Festival kicked off from June 12 to 20.

19- On June 4, the Musicians Syndicate cancelled its previous decision pertaining to banning famed Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab from singing.

20- On June 2, the Coptic Museum organised a temporary exhibition under the title "Holy Journey" on the occasion of the anniversary of the arrival of the Holy family to Egypt.

21- Famed Syrian singer Faia Younan sang for the first time in the Bedouin dialect in her new song "Kholhalha" (Her Anklet).

22- Numerous film screenings were held on the Vision Forum for Youth Cinema's third edition held by the National Center for Cinema on May 26.

23- On May, the National Media Authority announced signing a protocol, allowing video streaming app Watch iT to commercialize the archives of the Egyptian television.

24- Google celebrated on Sunday, May 26 the discovery of the Khufu ship in 1954 with a Google Doodle.

25- Google Doodle honors Omar Khayyam

26- American star Will Smith congratulated the Arab and Islamic nations on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan on his official Instagram account.

27- The Egyptian Embassy in Berlin launched a cultural blog to preserve and digitalize the Egyptian heritage.

28- On May 7 veteran actress Mohsena Tawfik passed away at 80.

29- On the occasion of Africa Day, the Egyptian Cultural Center in Paris held a puppet show at the UNESCO headquarters on May 25.

30- Ambassador of Egypt in Rome Hisham Badr inaugurated a fine arts exhibition entitled "Colors of Egypt" in Rome under the auspices of cultural attaché Hajar Seif el-Nasr and in the presence of a number of Egyptian and foreign diplomats.The exhibition presents the works of four Egyptian artists: Farida Darwish, Dina Fahmy, Farida al-Koni and Rasha Ghaleb.

31- Music distributor Islam Chipsy participated in the opening of Kunsten Festival Des Arts' 24th edition, hosted by the Belgian capital Brussels on May 10.

32- Christie’s hosted a panel discussion on Egypt’s Creative Journey: Ancient, Modern and Contemporary, featuring Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, founder of Art D’Egypte; Omniya el Barr, researcher at the V&A; and Ramzy Dalloul, collector and founder of Dalloul Art Foundation. Supported by the British Council, on Tuesday, May 7, at Christie’s, King Street, London.

33- The founder of MAAT for Contemporary Art, the outstanding dancer, choreographer and dance educator Karima Mansour has been selected by the Executive Council of the International Theater Institute ITI, in partnership with the ITI dance committee and the World Dance Alliance, to write the International Dance Day message for 2019.

34- Famed Egyptian/American actor Sayed Badreya ‘co-stars megastar Jackie Chan in ’Vanguard’’ movie. The film will be premiered in 2020.

35- The 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) honoured late great Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine. The festival was held between June 28 and July 6 in Karlovy Vary in Czech Republic.

36- Egyptian actress Yasmine Sabri was named Ambassador of African Women on Tuesday, April 23 during the Arab African Conference on Women's Empowerment in the presence of ministers and dignitaries from across the Arab region and the African continent.

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37- A huge parade was hosted in Al-Muizz Street on April 21, as part of the International Festival of Drums and Traditional Arts' seventh edition.


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12/28/2019 4:31:18 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt breaks a Guinness Record with a portrait of Tut's mask made from 7260 coffee cups]]>CAIRO – 28 December 2019: Grand Egyptian Museum witnessed a celebration of breaking a new record at Guinness world Record by drawing a portrait of King Tutankhamun's mask made from 7260 coffee cups on Saturday, December 28.

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Deputy of Minister of Antiquities and Tourism Ghada Shalaby: This event is very important to highlight the importance of the Egyptian antiquities and promote tourism

Head of Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziry: This is an international event that is hosted by the Grand Egyptian Museum, the largest and most prestigious cultural building in the world.


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Country Manager - MENA at Guinness World Record ,Talal Omar : I am happy to witness this important event ,for the largest coffee cups painting for King Tut in this museum that combines history and modern architecture

In an atmosphere of enthusiasm and joy, a group of young Egyptians implemented the design of King Tutankhamun's mask on an area of 60 square meters, in the area leading to the open restaurants location at the Grand Egyptian Museum.

At the end of the event Guinness Book of Records recorded Tutankhamun portrait as the biggest painting to be executed with the largest number of coffee cups.


The inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum is one of the main events that Egypt and the whole world is waiting for in 2020.

On December 19, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Anany announced on a meeting held with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli that about 94.5 percent of GEM work was finalized.

He noted that about 49,603 artifacts were moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum so far.

One of the most important transferred artifacts were the statues of King Ramses II, Sekhmet and Seti, in addition to a huge pink-granite portray of Ramses VI, and another distinguished set of statues that express the mastery of ancient Egyptian art.

Also a statue of King Khafra made of alabaster and a statue of the priest Kay made of colored limestone, depicting the priest sitting on a seat with a half backrest, beside his left foot is a small statue of his wife and a sarcophagus of king Senusert I was transferred to GEM.

On October 19 ministry of antiquities announced the discovery of the largest cache in the cemetery of El-Assasif by the Egyptian archaeological mission. A total of 30 coffins spanning back to the 22nd Pharaonic Dynasty were discovered and placed in a warehouse to protect them from thievery.

The 30 archaeological coffins have been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The cache was buried one meter from the surface of the ground. The first row consisted of 18 coffins and the second consisted of 12 coffins for men, women, and 3 children.

For the first time GEM will display Tutankhmaum treasures in one place. The total number of antiquities belonging to King Tutankhamen is 5398. Among king Tut’s artefacts that was transferred is his coffin.

The transferred coffin is one of the three coffins of Tutankhmaum, portraying the golden king as God Osiris. The coffin was discovered in King Tut’s burial chamber in 1922. The outer ark is made of gilded wood.

The hands are clipped with gold foil, crossed across the chest, while holding royal decals inlaid with blue and red glass beads. It is 223.5 cm in length, 86.8 cm in diameter, while its height is 105.5 cm. The ark contains silver handles on both sides that were used to move the lid.

Minister of Antiquities announced that 50000 artifacts were transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum so far.

The Grand Egyptian Museum will be the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization only; the dazzling ancient Egyptian civilization.


GEM will include a children's museum, an educational center, a handicraft center, educational classes and a museum dedicated to sun boats, in addition to the first field for a hanging obelisk.



The Grand Egyptian Museum will turn Egypt to a main worldwide hub for Pharonic artifacts and a must-visit place for both tourists and Egyptologists.

This great museum is tailor made to benefit from the diversity of Egypt's monuments and artifacts to be displayed in one place and one location to maintain and preserve this one of a kind heritage.


GEM site is only 2km from the Giza Pyramids, located between the ancient Great Pyramids and the modern city of Cairo, at the junction between dry desert and the fertile floodplain, the Grand Museum is a portal to the past.

The Giza Pyramids and its Necropolis nominated by UNESCO among the world Cultural Heritage Sites as it houses unique monuments from the dazzling Egyptian civilization.

The Grand Egyptian Museum complex is built on a plot of land of approximately 117 feddans, about 480,000 square meters.

GEM opening will be attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as well as kings, princes, presidents, heads of international organizations, and senior officials from all around the world.



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12/28/2019 4:11:33 PM
<![CDATA[Hurghada Museum to be inaugurated on Jan.2020]]>
Hurghada Museum had been designed in accordance with world-class museum standards to display the aesthetic and luxury side of the Egyptian civilization throughout the ages.

The museum will also display manifestations of sports activities, such as river fishing and hunting, as well as music and dance events, as of the Pharaonic era up top modern times, in a bid to draw a relation between different civilizations.

The number of artifacts to be displayed in the museum will be 1000 pieces in order to attract tourists to visit the museum.

Hurghada Museum's lighting and security systems, were implemented in accordance with the ministry of antiquities requirements and in coordination with the Ministry of Interior to secure the museum with modern equipment and highly qualified personnel.

This is in addition to training the staff to professionally deal with and assist visitors of the museum.

The museum is set to encourage holidaymakers to visit museums during their stroll in the coastal areas and will contribute to the promotion of tourism in Egypt.

Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany directed the museum officials to hold a meeting with tourism companies in Hurghada before the opening to discuss the marketing methods that can benefit both parties.



Hurghada Museum is one of the most prominent projects implemented by the Ministry of Antiquities in partnership with the private sector, which provided the museum's building.
This will be the first museum to be opened in partnership with the private sector.

The Ministry of Antiquities will be the only entity managing and supervising the museum.

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12/28/2019 2:25:55 PM
<![CDATA[What are the most 10 successful movies in 2019?]]>
No one can deny that 2019 was very special year for the Egyptian cinema, as it witnessed huge progress in the cinema industry as whole.

Some films this year managed to make records that wasn’t performed before in the Egyptian cinema history. Egypt today will present to its reader the most 10 successful movies in 2019 based on their revenues.

1- El Feel-el Azra’a' (The Blue Elephant) part 2 ( L.E 103,175,940)


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In the first time in the history of Egyptian cinema, the movie “Blue Elephant P II) starring Karim Abdel Aziz exceeds the LE 100 M mark in revenues since its screening in cinemas on July 25.

The "Blue Elephant PII" has been able to achieve the difficult equation since its release in cinemas 8 weeks ago, which has reaped huge revenues at the box office, and at the same time met with great success and popularity on the level of critics and the public.

This is an achievement several films have been unable to achieve in years. This is due to the use of the most important elements behind the camera while providing all necessary means for success the film needs in terms of productivity until it finally came out in this distinctive form.

The makers of the Egyptian movie will present part 3 from the movie; this was clear from the open ending of part 2.

The film promo has recorded more than 9 million views directly after its release. Famed Egyptian actor Karim Abdel Aziz appeared in the promo fighting with beloved star Nelly Karim, stirring a lot of curiosity about the events of the new movie.




Part 2 stars the same cast of the first movie, led by director Marwan Hamed and author Ahmed Mourad. Tunisian actress Hend Sabry joins the cast, along with Jordanian actor Eyad Nassar who joins as a guest of honor.

Produced by Synergy, the sequel follows the huge success of the first part, which grossed more than LE 35 million when released in 2014, a record number in the last decade in Egyptian cinema.

The first movie tells the story of Yehia, a psychiatrist who returns to Al-Abbasiya mental hospital after 5 years of self-imposed isolation, where he meets an old friend with a dark past and uncovers many surprises that turn his life upside down.

The events develop in a drama, horror, mystery context. Part 2 takes place 5 years later, as Dr. Yehia has married Lobna, played by Karim.

The events of "Blue Elephant P II" begin 5 years after the events of the first part, where Dr. Yahya Rashed is summoned to the Dangerous Cases Section.

There he meets those who manipulate his life and that of his family. This pushes Yahya to try the ‘blue elephant’ pill (a form of Ecstasy or MDMA) in an attempt from him to deal with the mysteries he finds himself facing.

The films are adapted from Ahmed Mourad's best-selling book of the same name that was released in 2012. The book was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2014.

2- "Welad Rezk" (Rezk Sons Part 2) – ( L.E 99,523,169 )



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The Egyptian movie "Welad Rezk" (Rezk Sons Part 2) achieved booming success, generating the highest daily income in the history of Egyptian cinema.

Written by Salah el-Geheiny, directed by Tarek el-Arian and produced by Raw Production Company, the sequel achieved significantly high revenues and recorded the highest single-day revenues in the history of Egyptian cinema.


Part 1 was released in 2014 and achieved great success; it revolved around four brothers who lead a life of crime, each with a special character, with Ahmed Ezz as the mastermind.

Part II is a mind-twisting film, even more than the first part which achieved great success.

The sequel starts with a powerful action scene, where the four sons (played by Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed El-Fishawy and Karim Kassem) are plotting a new con when they are attacked.

Their friend Atef, played by Ahmed Dawoud, is kidnapped by Kamal, dubbed "El Khawaga" played by Khaled el-Sawy.

A flashback narrative takes us through the developments of the events that culminated in this opening scene. In this part, Rezk’s sons cooperate with the corrupt officer Raouf, played by Mohamed Mamdouh, to carry out a series of robberies, which puts them in conflict with El-Khawaga.

Famed star Assala Nasri participated in "Welad Rezk Part 2" as a guest of honour in her first acting experience.


3- ‘’ Casablanca’’( L.E 79,156,808 )#

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Starring mega star Amir Karara, "Casablanca" topped Eid El-Fitr season films, achieving the highest revenues in the history of Egyptian cinema at that time.

“Casablanca” achieved the highest daily income in the history of Egyptian cinema at that time, achieving LE 6,721,308 and surpassing the rest of the competing films by far; in addition to the records achieved on the level of Arab cinema revenues, as the film is being screened in Arab and Gulf theaters.

The movie is starring a large group of stars led by Amir Karara, Ghada Adel, Eyad Nassar, Amr Abdul Jalil, Lebleba, Mahmoud el-Bezzawi and Ahmed Dash.

The film is the joint production of Talent Media, Synergy Films and Tahir Media Production. It is directed by Peter Mimi and written by Hisham Hilal.

The action movie revolves around Omar El-Mor (Amir Karara) and an adventure in Casablanca.
The plot tackles the life of three Alexandrian men who despite being pirates, have a touch of humanity.

The three performed nautical theft, where El-Mor was arrested but refused to inform the police about his partners, who are Oraby ( Amr Abdel Gelil) and Rasheed ( Eyad Nassar).

On the aftermath of his release he discovered that Orabi betrayed them and travelled to Morocco to start a new life there and changed his name to Haroun and kidnapped El-Mor’s brother Zakaria ( Ahmed Dash), so El-Mor and Rasheed decided to cooperate together to grab their right from Oraby and return Zakaria back.

Casablanca is a different type of action movie because it is shot across different cities such as Marrakech, Casablanca, Safaga and Alexandria, so it contains different pictures on screen that were executed with the latest cinematic techniques.

4- El Mamar ( The Passage) – (74,495,223 L.E)


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The film revolves around the role of the heroic Egyptian Commandos during the War of Attrition. The film is inspired by the brave patriotic operations performed by Group 39 in the Egyptian army headed by martyr Ibrahim al-Rifai.

The massive production discusses the time period from the 1967 war to the early days of the War of Attrition.

"El-Mamar", directed by Sherif Arafa and written by Arafa and Amir Teima, stars Ahmed Ezz, , Hend Sabry, Ahmed Rezk, Asma Abul Yazid, Eyad Nassar, Sherif Mounir, Mohamed Farag, Ahmed Falawkas and Enaam Salousa, among others.

Veteran musician Omar Khairat composed the movie’s soundtrack. El-Mamar” topped the Twitter trend after its first TV screening on ON TV channel on October 6.

The film was screened as part of the celebrations of the 46th anniversary of 6th of October War victory.


People interacted with the patriotic movie, especially that it screened as part of the celebrations of the glorious victory of October 6.

Egyptians were keen to watch the important patriotic movie which achieved booming success.

It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Culture represented by the Cultural Production Sector headed by veteran director Khaled Galal honoured ''El Mamar'' movie makers on Tuesday, October 29.

5- El Badla ( The Suit) – ( L.E 67,085,009)



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“El Badla”, which was released in Eid el-Adha in 2018, achieved high revenues, claiming the first rank in the Egyptian box office at that time.
Hosny plays in the movie the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny and Mai Kassab among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl.

“El Badla” was screened in Saudi Arabia starting on September 2018. It was the first Arabic movie to be screened in the kingdom’s history.

6- “Nadi el-Regal el-Seri” (The Secret Men's Club) (L.E 59,719,314)

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The film is starring Karim Abdel Aziz, Ghada Adel, and Maged el-Kedwany, among others. It is written by Ayman Wattar.

In the movie, Karim Abdel Aziz plays the role of a dentist named “Adham” who has been married for ten years. However, a huge gap develops in their marriage which forces his wife to watch her husband all the time in a comic way.

Abdel Aziz returned to cinema with this movie after a hiatus of 4 years, since the screening of "The Blue Elephant" part one in 2014.

7- Khayal Maata ( Scarecrow) (L.E 38,078,597)

The Egyptian movie “Khayal Maata”, starring notable group of Egyptian stars such as Ahmed Helmy, Mena Shalaby, Khaled el Sawy, Hassan Hosni, Intisar, Lotfi Labib among others. The film is written by Abdel Rahim Kamal and directed by Khaled Marei.

The film's name has been changed from “El-Shebak el-Azraq” (Blue window) to “Khayal Maata” (Scarecrow). The film's events take place in the 1960s, and focus on a decorator named Zizo, a paranoid man who suspects everyone around him.

The events begin with the character of an old man ( played by Helmy) who lives in the new millennium, narrating his story and his memories as a young man, and the sufferings he encountered. Helmi also tells the story of how he met his love, Pakinam, revealing the methods he used to marry his beloved.


8- Sabaa El-Boromba (The Brave) (L.E 35,082,656)

The prank shows star Egyptian comedian Ramez Galal manged to achieve a strong cinematic comeback this year through his latest movie Sabaa El-Boromba.

In this comedy film, a young man plays a police officer role to make a girl fall in love with him.

The movie Starring beside Galal, Bayoumi Fouad, Mohamed Tharwat, Mohamed Abdelrahman, Gamila Awad. Sabaa El-Boromba is directed by Mahmoud Karim.

9- 122 movie ( L.E 24,808,161)
122 poster - Egypt Today.

122 movie achieved high revenues that amounted to over LE 15 million in 3 weeks from its release on January 3, claiming the first rank in the Egyptian box office at that time.

The Egyptian horror movie was screened in Vox cinemas at mall of the Emirates in Dubai on Thursday, January 10.

The movie is directed by Iraqi director Yasser el-Yassery and stars Amina Khalil, Tarek Lotfy, Ahmed el-Fishawy, Mamdooh Mohammed, Gihan Khalil, and Ahmed Dawood.

The movie revolves around a couple that faces a catastrophe inside what appears to be a hospital. They try to escape and run for their lives, but that won’t be easy as they face a lot of obstacles along the way.

“122” is written by Salah el-Johainy. Johainy previously wrote “Al-Khaleya” (The Cell) and “Awlad Rezk” (Rezk’s Sons); both movies gained great success at the time of their release.

“122” is the first Egyptian film to use the 4DX technology, which allows the audience to literally live the film while watching as it combines many sensory factors.

Egyptian Ambassador in Pakistan Ahmed Fadel Yachoub honoured "122" cast as it was the first Arabic movie to screen in Pakistan dubbed in Urdu.

10- Hamlet Pharon (The Pharaoh’s Campaign) ( L.E 18,088,000)


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The Egyptian action movie Hamlet Pharon witnessed the renowned American boxer Mike Tyson and Icelandic professional strongman and actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson . first participation in the Egyptian cinema alongside Egyptian star Amr Saad.

The movie is about a young Egyptian man named Yehia (Amr Saad) who is the leader of one of the biggest assassination gangs. A turn of events forces Yehia to travel to Syria to rescue the girl he loves.

Starring alongside the international greats is a notable cast of actors including Ruby, Mahmoud Abdel Moghny, Hamdy el-Marghany, Ramez Amir and Mohamed Lotfy, among others. The film is written by Karim Hassan Beshir and directed by Raouf Abdel Aziz.








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12/28/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Four sphinxes to be transferred from Karnak Temple to Tahrir Square]]>
This obelisk was transferred to Tahrir square from San El-Haggar archaeological site in Zagazig two months ago.

The transferred sphinxes were taken from behind the temple’s first pylon, not from the famous avenue of sphinxes known as Kebbash Road that once connected Karnak and Luxor temples, they are from the first courtyard behind Karnak’s first pylon.

That courtyard contains 30 pairs of sphinxes that once decorated the temple’s second pylon.

During the 22nd, 25th and 30th dynasties, the sphinxes were removed to the temple’s first courtyard, in order to free the second pylon for the construction and installation of the Taharqa column and a group of shrines.


More than 90 percent of Kebbash road has been restored and developed, and will inaugurated soon.

The Pharaonic Kebbash Road is to become the longest gangway and open museum in the world.

The renovation of the Pharaonic Kebbash Road is considered a monumental moment for Luxor, as the project will bring the great road to life again.

Its new design is set to change Luxor’s position on the touristic map, as it will become the longest gangway and open museum in the world.

It is expected that the new makeover of Kebbash Road will attract tourists the world over and play a vital role in pushing the Egyptian tourism forward.

Kebbash Road will be reopened after its renovation.

In Ancient Egypt, Kebbash Road connected the Karnak Temple Complex with the Luxor Temple.

During the time of the Pharaohs, the road was one of the most important, as it hosted ceremonies and festivals.

The road was opened to the public in March 2013 by the Minister of Tourism.

Although Kebbash Road is 2.7 kilometers long, a walk through it is enjoyable as there are around 1,200 statues lining one side of the road, each resembling the Sphinx (where the head is that of a ram and the body is that of a lion) and sculpted from sandstone.

This meaningful decoration is dedicated to Amun, as the head of the statues are in the form of the god’s while the rest of the statue — the body of a lion — is a means of protecting the temples from looters. ]]>
12/27/2019 7:55:18 PM
<![CDATA[ET list for the most popular books in 2019]]>
1-“Kohl Wa Habahan” (Eye Liner and Cardamom)

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In this successful novel heartthrob writer Omar Taher explores the enjoyment of using food and smells to write the life story of an ordinary man. The novel’s protagonist claims that there is always “a taste and smell” for every feeling, life stage and status.

Taher brilliantly uses taste and smell to discuss the different stages of an ordinary man's life.

The novel focuses on a set of themes such as adolescence, love, alienation, loneliness, marriage, friendship, failure and success, where the protagonist believes that each feeling has a unique smell and taste."Kohl w Habhan" was published by El-Karma publishing house on December 26th, 2018.


Moreover, the song "Astwat" was released to promote this successful novel. The song is written by Omar Taher, sung by Wael el-Fashny, and composed by Mahmoued Hussein Kamel.


2- “Animal Farm”

This novel is written by George Orwell and Russell Baker

The Animal Farm novel tackles the tale of a farm that has been taken over by its overworked, mishandled animals.

The suffered animals target was to build their heaven, where progress, justice, and equality prevail. The fairy tale explains that transferring from a revolution against despotism to totalitarianism is a disastrous thing.


The novel written by George Orwell and Russell Baker reflects the garish idealism and inspirational slogans.

When “Animal Farm” was first published, Stalinist Russia was regarded as its main target.

The clarity and comical style of Animal Farm has a meaning and message that will live for a long time.






3- “La Beta’m el-Flamenco” (No in Flamenco Flavor)


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“La Beta’m el-Flamenco” novel is written by the acclaimed best seller writer and psychiatrist Mohamed Taha.

Taha in this book highlighted the fact that ‘’change” is the biggest challenge a human could face during his whole life. According to “La Beta’m el-Flamenco” changing a person can be faced by two obstacles.

The first one is that the person who will change will be similar to a new born baby, who is facing society for the first time, carrying both his/her fears and opportunities. He/she will be rediscovering him/herself and people again.

The second obstacle is that change has its own price and sometimes this price is unbearable.

This book summarises how a person can change in addition to how to overcome the change obstacles and to start a new life, abandoning the past’s decisions and make new future decisions.

4- “Elaqat Khatra” (Dangerous Relations)


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“Elaqat Khatra” is another best seller book written by Mohamed Taha. The book reflects that sometimes our human relations could be the most difficult thing in our life.

Sometimes human relations could be toxic and dangerous, it could be also a source of misery, sadness and hurt. Other types of relationships could be a source of happiness, hope and pride



In this book, Taha shed light on the different types of relationships among humans, how to tackle social problems and how to deal with hardships caused by numerous relationships. The book also focuses on how to cherish great relationships.

“Elaqat Khatra” is a highly important guide to understand the different kinds of human relationships.

The author uses several social studies conducted by Harvard University to back up his claims.

5- ‘’ Mosem Sayed el Gozlan’’ (Deer-hunting Season)


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The famed Egyptian novelist and scriptwriter Ahmed Mourad takes us smoothly in his science-fiction novel “Deer-hunting Season’’, into the anonymous future revealing what would be our predestined destiny.

The novel carries a group of well-calculated political, societal and humanitarian assumptions that can dazzle anyone who reads the novel, proving that we are in front of a brilliant writer who knows quite well how to use his tools.

Mourad highlighted through “Deer-hunting Season’’ how our emotions become cold , after our human relations are technologized , a matter that created long and solid distances between people
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Mourad showed us a live-stream going on in the protagonist’s head, “Nadim”. The popular writer has so masterfully drew all the novel characters, you will feel that all these characters are familiar as if you know them.

6-“Tholatheyat Ghurnata” (Trilogy of Granada)


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“Granada Trilogy” is written by the late great Egyptian writer Radwa Ashour. The famous trilogy dating back to the period of La Convivencia in Spain, during the era where Christians, Muslims and Jews lived alongside one another. “Granada” was chosen to be among the 105 best Arabic novels of the 20th century by the Arabic Writers’ Union.

The events of the trilogy occurs in the Kingdom of Granada after the fall of all Islamic kingdoms in Andalusia. The story starts in 1491, the year Granada fell by declaring a treaty whereby the last king of Granada conceded to King of Castile and Aragon.

7- Turab el Mass ( Diamond Dust)

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Another bestseller novel in 2019 is Turab el Mass by Ahmed Mourad. The novel revolves around Taha, who works for a pharmaceutical company and lives an extremely boring life with his disabled father.

Taha’s life is turned upside down after a mysterious murder reveals many secrets, dragging Taha into the world of crime and corruption.

In 2018 this novel was turned to a successful movie bearing the same name, staring Asser Yassin, Menna Shalaby, Maged el-Kidwany, Ezzat al-Alayly, Mohamed Mamdouh, Khaled al-Sawy, Sawsan Badr, Sherine Reda among others. The movie was directed by Marwan Hamed.

8- Rofaka’ el Leil ( Night Companions)





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Rofaka’ el Leil is the last and the latest group of stories written by the one and only Ahmed Khaled Tawfik. The book was published by Al-Karma Publishing House and was released in 2019. ‘’ Rofaka’ el Leil’’ houses 11 stories, the main theme is a combination of excitement and thrill, that kind that the iconic writer used to master the most.

9- Tazkara Waheeda lel Kahera ( One Ticket only to Cairo)

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Popular Egyptian writer Ashraf el Ashmawy tackles the journey of a Nubian guy named Ageeba who was living in the 1940s in his novel Tazkara Waheeda lel Kahera.
His compulsory journey starts from Aswan in the far south after the destruction of his Nubian village on the aftermath of raising Aswan Dam water, in addition to his father death in an accident along with the British engineer who designed the dam.
Ageeba travelled to Cairo to work with one of his relatives in the aristocratic Gezira club in Zamalek, to discover another world that he knows nothing about and live an exciting adventure in this club.
This novel does not only talk about the Nubians tragedy as a result of the successive displacements, but goes beyond all that to shed light on the lives of these marginalized people in the heart of Cairo.

10-El Maskoot Ano Fe el Tarekh ( what we don’t talk about in history)


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This book is written by the acclaimed writer Wassim el Sisi , despite it was released from a short period of time it managed to be one of the best seller books in 2019. El Maskoot Ano Fe el TarekhIt tackles the most important historical events in the history of ancient and contemporary Egypt, which the majority don’t talk about despite its importance.













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12/27/2019 6:35:53 PM
<![CDATA[After 15 years of hiatus, Hosny, Sherine to perform together on Jan. 2020]]>
The concert is organized by Egyptian producer Walid Mansour and the tickets for the concert will be available on Tazkarti.

Tazkarti headed by acclaimed marketing expert Montasser Al Nabarawy previously announced that it will organize a group of massive concerts to Abdel Wahab.

The first concert took place on December 20 at Al Manara Theater. Abdel Wahab presented in the concert a number of her successful songs. During this concert, Abdel Wahab sang for the first time new songs from her upcoming album.

Abdel Wahab preferred to make her comeback on stage with Tazkarti Company which managed to make a huge name.

This concert came in the framework of Tazakarti's efforts to provide entertainment service at the highest level for the Egyptian audience.

The huge success of Tazkarti attracted many stars from the Arab world to cooperate with the company to make successful huge concerts, which will take the quality of concerts in Egypt to the highest level in terms of organization and technical efficiency.

Tazkarti entered into the field of organizing concerts with a concert to famed band Cairokee, besides organizing big sports events and tournaments.

Hosny will perform on December 27 with Ramy Gamal at Al Manara Arena.

On Dec. 6 he sang a song he composed on the occasion of the UAE’s Year of Tolerance at Abu Dabi's Marina Mall.

Hosny’s audience took part in this event and Hosny broke a Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a bulletin board. The fans were allowed to leave appreciation notes for him.

Hosny will celebrate New Year's Eve in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi with a huge concert on Al Maryah Island.

Presentation Company headed by acclaimed marketing expert Montasser el- Nabarawy chose Hosny to perform at the closing ceremony of U-23 African Cup of Nations that took place on Friday, November 22.

Hosny’s latest movie ‘’ El Feloos’’ (The Money) was released in Egyptian cinemas on December 25.

The movie stars Zeina, Khaled el-Sawy, Aicha Ben Ahmed, Ahmed Fathy, and Mohamed Sarwat. Written by Mohamed Abdel Maty and directed by Said el-Marouk, the movie was originally titled "Kol Sana W Enta Tayeb".

Additionally, Hosny performed a massive concert in Egypt’s North Coast on August 30 along with the famed Gipsy Kings.

On April 6, Hosny received the Murex D’or award in Lebanon for the best male Arab singer.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny's latest song “Naseny Laih” amassed 50 million views on his official YouTube channel. The song is written by Tamer Hussain, distributed by Tamer Ali and Wesam Abdel Moneim. Hosny chose the idea of the song’s video clip which is directed by Said al-Marouk.

Hosny's most recent album "Aish Beshouak" achieved great success.

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

His movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved revenues that exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

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

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube. "Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2, 2018.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

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

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

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

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

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

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.]]>
12/27/2019 1:19:43 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform at Winter at Tantora Festival in KSA on Dec.27]]>
Winter at Tantora offers a number of diverse concerts to match every interest. The festival runs each weekend from December 19, 2019 until March 7, 2020.

Khairat performed two concerts at the Cairo Opera House on December 16, 17.

Khairat has recently performed at El Sawy Cultural Wheel on November 19. He also participated in the Arab Music Festival by performing at Cairo Opera House on November 9.

Additionally, Khairat performed at the closing ceremony of the Citadel Music Festival on September 1. The Citadel Music Festival kicked off on August 18 under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Cairo Opera House.

Khairat was a member of the Egyptian band Les Petits Chats, founded in 1967. They presented Italian, French, and English songs. The band was immensely popular in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.

Khairat is influenced by different genres of music such as Arabic, European classical, Egyptian, African, Jazz, Pop, and Blues. He won the Best Musician Award in 1989 from the Egyptian Society for Cinema.

Khairat is a composer that can blend the style of international symphonies with Egyptian music masterfully. He has composed many successful music pieces such as “Dameer Abla Hikmat” (Abla Hikmat’s Conscience), “Wagh el-Kamar” (The Moon's Face) and “Leilet el-Kabd ala Fatma” (The Night Fatma was Arrested), among others.

Khairat performed an unforgettable concert at Al-Ula Saudi city, where he dazzled the attendees with his music as part of the Winter Tantoura Festival on January 11.

It is worth mentioning that Khairat performed his first concert in London at the Concert hall in St. John’s Smith Square on December 1, 2017. This concert aimed to collect donations for charity and raise public awareness about street kids and orphans in Egypt.

The Egyptian virtuoso musician also performed a dazzling concert at the Mariinsky Theatre in the cultural city of Saint Petersburg on June 18, 2018, in celebration of the Egyptian national football team’s participation in the World Cup after 28 years of absence.

The concert was also organized to boost tourism and spread awareness about Egyptian culture.

Omar Khairat composed the soundtrack of “El-Mamar” (The Passage), which illustrates one of the most heroic battles ever fought by Egyptian soldiers. The movie was released in Eid el-Fitr.]]>
12/27/2019 1:17:11 PM
<![CDATA[Kylie invites politics-weary Brits to 'call on your friends in Australia']]>
Britain, which is responsible for the fourth largest number of tourists to Australia, has had a tumultuous political year with deep rancor over Brexit and its first December election in almost a century.

“We can turn off the news, you can kick off your shoes,” Minogue sings in the advertisement.

It first aired just ahead of the Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas address and is part of a new A$15 million ($10 million) Tourism Australia campaign - the largest investment the organization has made in Britain in more than a decade.

Minogue is joined in the campaign, called “Matesong”, by several fellow Australian celebrities who are well known in Britain, including comedian Adam Hills and former cricketer Shane Warne.

While not referring directly to Brexit, the advertisement mentions a “tough and confusing” year, with Hills saying “negotiating tricky trade deals is a shocker”, and Minogue suggesting a cute quokka is good distraction.

Quokkas are a small marsupial found in only a few parts of Australia that are known for their friendly and inquisitive nature.

The ad shows beautiful Australian beaches and stunning scenery, a sharp contrast to pictures appearing in news bulletins around the world this month of ferocious bushfires sweeping parts of Australia.

The country has been gripped by severe drought and a bushfire season that has been both earlier and more intense then usual.

There is no immediate data available on whether the fires, which have devastated wildlife in some areas, have been putting off tourists.]]>
12/26/2019 3:56:08 PM
<![CDATA['El-Floos' surpasses LE 1M in revenues on 1st day in theaters]]>
It is expected that its revenues will increase in the coming days, especially with the mid-year vacation coming up in the month of January.

A special screening of the film was held on Dec. 24, and was attended by the film’s cast Tamer Hosni, Zina, Khaled el-Sawi, Aisha bin Ahmed, director Saeed al-Marouk, and the dancer Gawhara, in addition to a large number of celebrities including Ali Rabei, Hana el-Zahed, Pousy Shalaby, Ahmed Gamal Saeed, Yehya Hamza, Hala Shiha, Hakim, Akram Hosni, Hisham Maged, Omar al-Saeed, Mina Ata, Galal el-Zaki, Yasmine el-Beshbishi, the author Mohamed Abdel Moti and his wife Farah Ali, among others.

The film revolves around Seif, a professional scammer, a beautiful and rich girl named Hala turns to seif to help her retain her money from another scammer, using a series of tricks in which the concepts of love, life and friendship are mixed.

"El-Floos" is based on Tamer Hosni's story, and the script and dialogue are written by Mohamed Abdel Moti. Directed by Saeed al-Marouk, the film also stars Khaled el-Sawy, Zeina, Mohamed Salam, Aisha bin Ahmed, and others, in addition to a number of stars appearing as guests of honor, such as Ahmed el-Sakka and Mai Ezz El-Din.

The film production company launched the second and official promo on Dec. 15 after it launched the first promo several months ago. Hosni also released the movie's theme song on Dec. 19, titled "Helw el-Makan", written by Ahmed el-Malki, composed by Mohamed Yehya and distributed by Amadeo.
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12/26/2019 3:38:04 PM
<![CDATA[“The Nutcracker” Ballet to be staged in 6 concerts in celebration of Christmas, New Year]]>
Directed by Abdel Moneim Kamel and re-directed by Armenia Kamel, One day-time and six evening concerts will be presented at the Opera House’s Grand Theater from Dec. 25-29 at 8 p.m. and on Dec. 29 at 11 a.m.

Depicting the ability of love to change destinies and influence the course of events in life, "The Nutcracker" has been associated with Christmas and New Year's celebrations. The show depends on dazzling artistic elements and visual tricks used to match the story of the show.

It revolves around the dreams of a little girl named Clara on Christmas Eve after she receives the nutcracker bride from her family friend as a gift for the New Year.

Clara admires the nutcracker bride but unfortunately it was destroyed by her brother Fritz inadvertently. Tearful and sad, Clara goes to sleep only to see the bride has returned to its original state. The nutcracker turns into a handsome prince and a series of dreamy tales take place between Clara and her prince.

It is known that "The Nutcracker" Ballet was composed by Russian musician Tchaikovsky in 1891, drawing inspiration from the story of a French writer named Alexander.


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12/26/2019 3:33:07 PM
<![CDATA[Hassan Hosny honored by Theatrical Professions Syndicate]]>
The honoring was held at the Theatrical Professions Syndicate in Qasr al-Ainy street.

Ihab Fahmy presented the ceremony, explaining that the idea of honoring Hosny this year was brought up to the syndicate’s Council, where all its members agreed without any hesitation, stressing that Hosny is one of the icons of Egyptian art.

Hosny, accompanied by the two stars, Mohammed Saad and Mohamed Henedy, got on the stage and were welcomed by Head of Theatrical Professions Syndicate Ashraf Zaki, Salah Abdallah, Suleiman Eid, Ahmed Shafiq, Os Os and Ihab Famy. A song, made especially for the veteran actor was played, followed by a screening of a short documentary filmed in Hosny’s house, where he spoke briefly about his artistic career.

Famed actor Henedy spoke about how he was raised looking up to the work of the veteran actor, and that he learnt a lot about acting from Hosny, stressing that all those who attended the honoring ceremony were there out of love and not just because they were doing their job.

حسن حسنى يصعد على المسرح فى حفل تكريمه بصحبة محمد سعد وهنيدى

حفل تكريم النجم الكبير حسن حسنى ضمن فعاليات مهرجان نقابة المهن التمثيلية المسرحى فى دورته الرابعة المقام فى مسرح نقابة الممثلين.




The honoring ceremony was attended by a number of artists, including Ihab Fahmy, Mohsen Mansour, director Amr Abdin, Amr Abdel Aziz, Azouz Adel, Soliman Eid, Menna Badr Tayseer, Hassan Abdel Fattah, Yousra el-Masoudi, Yousra Wagih, Martina Adel, director Mostafa Fekry, Mohamed el-Sawy, Mustafa Mansour, Hossam el-Gendy and his wife, Manal el-Hamrouchi, and Fatima.

It is worth mentioning that the Theatrical Professions Syndicate Festival's fourth edition is headed by head of the Syndicate Ashraf Zaki, and managed by director Sameh Basyouni.

Ten theatrical performances will take part in this edition of the festival. The jury will be chaired by Sameh Mahran, former president of the Academy of Arts.

Hosny lately participated in the film “Khayal Ma’ata” (Scarecrow) starring Ahmed Helmy, Menna Shalabi, Inaam Salousa and Tawfik Rashwan. The film is written by Abdul Rahim Kamal and directed by Khaled Marei.

The veteran actor also participated in “Qahwet Borset Masr” which has been recently released.
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12/26/2019 2:07:02 PM
<![CDATA[Guinness Records celebrates Tutankhamun’s coffee-cups portrait on Dec. 28]]>
The celebration takes place in the external lobby of the Grand Egyptian Museum in front of the glass pyramid, with the participation of numerous stakeholders and local and international media outlets.

The Grand Egyptian Museum is considered the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization; the ancient Egyptian civilization. It includes antiquities from prehistoric times to the Greek era. It is scheduled to officially launch at the end of 2020.

For the first time in history and in one place, the personal belongings of King Tutankhamun will be exhibited in two halls of the museum covering an area of 7200 square meters.

Tutankhamun’s belongings that will be exhibited in the museum exceeds 5,000 pieces, in addition to displaying the outer sarcophagus of the golden king.

The outer sarcophagus remained in his grave since its discovery in 1922, until it was transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum in 2019, to be displayed for the first time with Tut’s other three sarcophaguses in one place.

Two of the sarcophaguses were displayed in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, while the third was exhibited in his cemetery in the Western mainland in Luxor.



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12/25/2019 7:21:03 PM
<![CDATA[Celebrating 115th anniversary of Museum of Islamic Art]]>
This is in cooperation with the Department of Cultural Development and Community Communication and the Cultural Palaces Authority.

Head of the museums sector Moamen Othman said that the Museum of Islamic Art is the largest Islamic museum in the world. It includes a variety of Islamic arts from India, China, Arabia, the Levant, Egypt, North Africa and Andalusia. It is one of the most important Egyptian museums.

Othman further explained that the celebrations include many activities for different age groups, in addition to a number of educational workshops for children, including a workshop to form solid models from Aswan clay, and a workshop to implement the decorations of ceramic tiles through the museum's holdings, and another workshop to teach children Arabic calligraphy and finally an artistic show for puppets presented by the artist Rahma Mahgoub with the educational department team.

Othman further indicated that the celebration includes the opening of two temporary exhibitions; the first exhibition is of Islamic antiquities, entitled "From the Museum's Memory", which presents the most important and oldest artifacts in the museum, followed by the opening of the Forum of Artists of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in its second edition, in cooperation with the Department of Cultural Development and Community Communication.

For her part, Director of the Department of Cultural Development and Community Communication Rasha Kamal said that the Forum of Artists of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities sheds light on the various artistic talents within the ministry, which range from plastic arts to literary works, playing and singing. It will be attended by 45 artists, and includes 100 artworks in various fields. It is scheduled to continue for 10 days and a group of workshops and lectures will be held on the sidelines of the exhibition. The celebration also includes an artistic presentation of the Nile Ensemble for Folklore Instruments, a Tanoura Dance, a theatrical show of puppets designed by Olla Bashir, depicting different Islamic characters of various eras.
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12/25/2019 5:42:23 PM
<![CDATA[Art D’Égypte organizes a multi-artist gallery in Jan. 2020]]>
Among the most prominent portraits that were presented by Youssef Nabil and sold, was a painting of famed dancer Fifi Abdo in 2010, and was sold for $91,300.

A painting by an artist called Ihsan was also sold in 2011. The painting goes back to the year 1993. It was sold for $ 74,500. Another picture of the artist Ihsan -appearing tearful- was sold in 2012, for $64,900.

Ahmed Farid has presented many artworks at auctions. “The Magic City” painting made $18,750 when it was sold at Christie's Auction House despite being initially priced at $4,000 to $6,000. The subject of the painting revolves around the slums, however, it was rather presented in a way that reflects optimism about the future and life. The most characteristic description of the painting is that it came in a different technique that carries multiple layers and colors.

As for the artist Ahmed Asqalani, he exhibited his paintings in Al-Mashrabiya Gallery in downtown on November 2011, and at Art Sawa Gallery - Dubai - UAE, September 2014, another exhibition in Al-Mashrabiya Hall in downtown on March 2016, and the exhibition (Asqalanious Persons) in Egypt Gallery in Zamalek February 2017, and (Monagat Gallery) in March 2018.

Moreover, the artist Farouk Wahba presented many exhibitions, including one at the Goethe Institute in Alexandria 1994, the Tuvelies Gallery in Vienna - Austria 1997, Ratib Sadik Hall, Cairo Atelier on March 2008, Alexandria Atelier in 2009, The Nile Art Gallery, Zamalek on January 2015, and exhibition at Alexandria Atelier on February 2016.

In addition, the artist Mohamed Abla presented many exhibitions, including (Visit to India) exhibition at the Indian Cultural Center on August 2015, (On the Silk Road Exhibition) at the Horizon Hall, Museum of Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil and his Wife on November 2016, A Glimpse of Heritage Exhibition at Safar Khan Hall in Zamalek on January 2017, Cairo… People and Streets Exhibition at Boushehri Art Gallery in Kuwait on March 2017, Luxor My Love Exhibition on the sidelines of the activities of the Luxor African Film Festival in March 2017, The Cave of Ali Baba Exhibition at the Greek Campus Gallery in the Greek Cultural Club in Cairo on December 2017, Silk Road Exhibition in Hamed Owais Hall at the Museum of Fine Arts in Alexandria in February 2018, Barah el-Kadar Exhibition in Egypt's Gallery in Zamalek on April 2018, and Travel Exhibition in Safar Khan Gallery in January 2019.

Art D’Égypte is a privately owned Egyptian multidisciplinary company that provides art consultancy services. It provides services to institutions, corporations and private collectors.

Art D’Égypte works closely with curators to provide curatorial services to artists, auction houses, art centers and foundations, art projects, public spaces, museums and art appreciators. The team has a strong background and extensive experience in the Egyptian art market. The company aims to promote Egyptian artists and the art scene locally, regionally and internationally.

Through raising funds, Art D’Égypte aims to support young artists that acquire scarce funds in publishing their work. The company also sets itself the target of bridging the gap between the Egyptian artists and the world.

The company works towards filming documentaries on modern Egyptian artists starting with Alexandria. Cataloguing Egypt’s modern and contemporary art heritage is a further goal of the company.

Art D’Égypte is working on organizing yearly pop up shows in historical spaces for the first time in Egypt. The shows will allow the world to experience Egypt and its visual arts from a new angle. The objective is to raise awareness and aid NGOs to raise funds to revive its heritage, which is considered a world heritage.



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12/25/2019 4:58:59 PM
<![CDATA[ET commemorates late Salah Issa]]>
Issa participated in the establishment and management of a number of newspapers and magazines. He was also appointed chief-in-editor of Al-Qahera newspaper. Issa was detained in 1966 because of his political views. He was detained again in the years 1968, 1972 and 1975.

He started his life as a short story writer and then in 1962 he went on to write about history, political and social thoughts. Issa has published 20 books on history, political, social thought and literature.

The late journalist Salah Issa, was able to convey the facts of the "Raya and Sakina" case under the title "Raya and Sakina’s men: A political view & a social biography" issued in 2003, in a precise journalistic way.

In the book, Issa came out to highlight the mind-boggling case of Raya and Sakina in a distinctive manner, dealing with the event realistically, and not like how it was previously transmitted; in a comical, tragic, dramatic and action manner. He covered the topic by mixing the press work with creativity.
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12/25/2019 4:53:55 PM
<![CDATA[Academy of Arts celebrates Suez Canal’s 150th anniversary]]>
In celebrations, an exhibition entitled "The Suez Canal: Past - Present - Future" will be held. The exhibition comes under the auspices of the Egyptian Culture Minister, Inas Abdel Dayem, and will be attended by Osama Rabie, head of the Suez Canal Authority. The exhibition will run from Dec. 26 - Jan. 9.

It is worth noting that the Syndicate of Theatrical Professions -headed by Ashraf Zaki- honors the great artist Hassan Hosni for his rich artistic career, on Al-Nahar Theater on Dec. 25.

The two stars Ahmed Helmy and Mohamed Saad are supposed to attend, as they will be granting the honorary shield to the veteran actor Hosni within the activities of the fourth edition of the Theatrical Professions Syndicate Festival.

The Theatrical Professions Syndicate Festival is also presided by Ashraf Zaki and managed by director Sameh Basiouny. Ten theatrical performances will be participating within the festival’s activities.

The judging committee is chaired by Sameh Mahran, former president of the Academy of Arts, and the membership of Ahmed Shafik, Mohamed Suleiman Abdel-Malik, Hala Fakher, Sobhi el-Sayed, Mazen el-Gharabawy, Mohamed Morsi, Mostafa Fikry and Marcos Adel.

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12/25/2019 4:48:40 PM
<![CDATA[89th anniversary of Salah Jahin, today]]>
Jahin was a multi talented man; (a poet, cartoonist, and journalist) and many other arts that distinguished Jahin among any crowd. The late poet also discovered numerous talents and adopted many other artistic talents. However, the man knew that despite his multi talents, the world will always remember him for his poetry.

According to the book “Khareg el-Seyaq” (Out of context) by Ahmed Megahed, Jahin said to his son Bahaa one day, “if history remembers me, it will remember me as a poet, especially for my Quartets.”

Bahaa recounts that the birth of the Quartets took place by chance, as Jahin was on his usual daily walk to “Sabah el-Khair” Magazine (Good Morning), four lines of poetry persisted on his mind.

After Jahin arrived to the magazine, he informed his friend at the time Ahmed Bahaa el-Din, the editor-in-chief, the four lines of poetry stuck to his mind all morning. It appealed to Bahaa very much, and asked him to write four of them every week for publication in the magazine.

The lines of poetry that gave birth to Jahin’s Quartets are:

-Despite Humans are made of mud.
-And Leave their houses everyday with closed eyes.
-You find some nice and some evil.

In Arabic, though, it rhymes quite well.

Jahin started writing and publishing the Quartets weekly in 1959 and appeared in a collection of poems for the first time in 1963. Although readers followed it periodically in the magazine, his quartets combined together made a surprise in the literature community in Egypt at the time.

Yehya Hakki referred to this in a lengthy study on the Quartets with his book (The scent of loved ones) saying “Jahine himself, and everyone else in the literarture segment of society were dazzled when the quartets was published in a book, not exceeding the size of a child’s palm”.

Jahin will always be remembered in the minds and hearts of Egyptians and the entire Arab World.
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12/25/2019 4:35:22 PM
<![CDATA[No Christmas mass at Notre-Dame for the first time since Napoleon]]>
“There won’t be a midnight mass at Notre-Dame. The last time this happened was during the French Revolution. Since 1803, there have always been Christmas masses at Notre-Dame,” a Paris diocese spokeswoman told Reuters.

The April 15 fire caused the roof and spire to collapse although the main bell towers and the outer walls were saved, along with religious relics and priceless works of art.

“It’s painful because we would have liked to celebrate Christmas at Notre-Dame but, at the same time, there is also hope: we’re pressing ahead with the rebuilding, for example this huge crane which will help remove this damn scaffolding,” said Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, the cathedral’s senior administrative cleric.

He was referring to the metal scaffolding, erected before the blaze for maintenance work, that melted in the fire and had to be disentangled from the cathedral’s structure before it could be removed.

“Christmas is the celebration of hope. Let’s be patient, four more years”, Chauvet added, inviting those who used to come to Notre-Dame for Christmas to go to nearby Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois, one of the oldest churches in Paris.

Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit, who would normally say Christmas mass in Notre-Dame, will this year officiate at the Grüss Circus in the Bois de Boulogne, the diocese said.

Notre-Dame, which dates back to the 12th century, features in Victor Hugo’s novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”. It was also there that Napoleon was crowned Emperor in 1804.]]>
12/25/2019 4:27:25 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera Ensemble celebrates Christmas with 4 concerts]]>
The Opera Ensemble will present 4 performances, to be held on Dec. 25, and Dec. 26 at the Arab Music Institute, directed by Hazem Tayel.

Two more concerts directed by Sherif Ramadan will be held on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 at the Small Theater.

The concert’s program includes a collection of the most famous Christmas and New Year songs, including “Lela Sameta”, “Ya Laha Men Lela Moqadasa”, “El Christmas El Abyad”, and “Mary Hal Ta’lamin?”.

The songs will be performed by Iman Mustafa, Tahia Shams el-Din, Mona Rafla, Reda el-Wakeel, Mostafa Mohamed, Abdel Wahab el-Sayed, Emad Adel, Jolly Fethy, Walid Karim, Dalia Farouk, Jihan Fayed, Jacqueline Rafiq, Amr Medhat, Ezzat Ghanem, Ibrahim Nagy, Laila Ibrahim, Norsta el-Marghani, Osama Ali, Osama Gamal, Anja Mohsen, Hisham el-Gendi, Elhami Amin, Tamer Tawfiq and Burhanuddin Farooq.
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12/24/2019 5:48:09 PM
<![CDATA[148 years since establishment of Opera Aida]]>
Opera Aida is a musical drama with a lyrical dialogue. It is a theatrical piece that includes scenes and dancing tabloids interspersed with music and divided into four chapters that embody the struggle between duty and passion. It tells the love story that arose between the Ethiopian prisoner Aida and Radames, the commander of the Egyptian army.

Opera Aida manuscripts were discovered by the French archaeologist Auguste Marietta in the Nile Valley. A manuscript is a 4-page story. Liberto was written by Gisella Nazzoni, and after getting translated and documented, it was composed by the Italian musician Verdi.

Opera Aida was written at the request of Khedive Ismail. Verdi composed the music for the opera for 150,000 francs of gold. The decor and costumes for the opera were designed in Paris at a cost of 250,000 francs.

Opera Aida was performed for the first time in 1871 at the old stage of the Khedive Opera House; however, Verdi was not able to attend. It was presented in Europe for the first time at the La Scala Theater in Italy in February of 1872.





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12/24/2019 4:20:12 PM
<![CDATA[Culture Min. celebrates 60th anniversary of Reda Folklore Band]]>
The honoring will take place during the grand celebration organized on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the group, which extends for two consecutive weeks.

The celebration starts on Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. at the Balloon Theater. It is directed by artist Khaled Galal, head of the cultural production sector, and will be attended by Adel Abdo, head of the Artistic House of Folk and Performing Arts.

The celebration begins with the screening of a documentary film on the enriching career of Reda Band and its tours inside and outside the country.

The minister of culture will then grant the honorary shield to the founders of the band; Mahmoud Reda, Farida Fahmy, Ali Reda, Ali Ismail, Hassan Afifi, Nabil Mabrouk, Hassan al-Sobki, Hamada Hossam el-Din, El-Geddawi Ramadan, among others.

After the honoring, the band will present a number of their most popular performances.

It is worth noting that Reda Band was founded by artist Mahmoud Reda in association with the first dancer, designer and music composer of the band Ali Reda and the first female dancer Farida Fahmy with the support of Engineering professor Hassan Fahmy. The band’s first performance was held in August 1959.

In 1961, the band became state-owned and was managed by the brothers Mahmoud and Ali Reda. Music composer Ali Ismail formed an orchestra for the band under his leadership and composed the band’s most famous performances.

The group starred in three cinematic films that were met with wide public success; “Agazet Nos el-Sana”, “Gharam Fel Karnak, and “Harami el-Waraqa”. The band roamed the world and represented Egypt in various festivals.

Reda Band presented more than 3,000 performances in the most important and prestigious stages of the world.
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12/24/2019 3:58:06 PM
<![CDATA['Cinema Masr' play to stage on New Year’s Eve]]>
The play will stage in the Artistic Creativity Center Theatre every day except Wednesdays for a new season.

It is worth mentioning that Galal had suspended the play because of his preoccupation with directing the new play "El-Mohakma” (The Trial), which he presented before President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in the last World Youth Forum. During the forum, the president honored Galal.

"Cinema Masr" is the graduation play for the graduates of the second batch of the Acting Department at the Artistic Creativity Center, in which Galal depicts the cinematic history in Egypt through different scenes from the Egyptian masterpieces. These scenes are presented by young artists with multiple talents in acting, singing, dancing and all performing arts.

The play is the vision of Khaled Galal; the play's poems are written by Imad Abdel Mohsen, and music is composed by Manar el-Shazly and is executively directed by Ola Fahmy. "Cinema Masr" is produced by the Cultural Development Fund.

“Cinema Masr” is starring Iman Ghoneim, Ghada Talaat, Amr Kamal, Badir, Basma Maher, Rabab al-Qa’id, Rabia Rafia, Maya Maher, Reham el-Shanawani, Shaima Abbas, Mohammad Abdo, Hala Marzouq, Ahmed Fawzi, Marwa Eid, Baher al-Nweihi, Norhan el-Marhoumi, and Nehal Fahmy, among others.
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12/24/2019 2:15:06 PM
<![CDATA[The Netflix decade: How one company changed the way we watch TV]]>
Fast forward to 2019, when media and tech companies are subverting that schedule and the majority of viewers using U.S. TV streaming services watch an average of four hours of content in one sitting, according to Deloitte.

To understand how we got here, look at Netflix (NFLX.O).

At the start of the decade, binge watching involved VHS tapes, DVD box sets or long nights glued to a DVR. TV cable hits included “Homeland” and “The Wire” - hour-long dramas with complicated plot lines that needed to be watched sequentially.

Watching “Saturday Night Live” on a Sunday became normal, and viewers started to lose track of the broadcast schedule.

In November 2010, Hulu, which debuted in 2008 as an ad-supported streaming video site, launched its subscription service, including full seasons of certain shows.

Around the same time that the broadcast TV schedule was losing its hold on viewers, Netflix was beginning to invest in original content.

In 2011, it struck a deal for its first original show, the political thriller “House of Cards.” It released all 13 episodes of the show’s first season on Feb. 1, 2013. That July it followed with the entire first season of “Orange is the New Black.”

Viewers were hooked, and the cultural shift accelerated. “Binge-watch” was a runner-up to “selfie” for the Oxford Dictionary’s 2013 word of the year.

Netflix championed this new kind of consumption, commissioning a survey to determine how many people binge-watch, and why.

“Our viewing data shows that the majority of streamers would actually prefer to have a whole season of a show available to watch at their own pace,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos at the time.

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While some say the decade technically ends a year from now, the end of this year will be marked by many as the conclusion of the second decade of the 21st century. And as the new decade begins, the trend may start to reverse.

AT&T’s (T.N) forthcoming HBO Max streaming service will debut one new episode of its original series per week. Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N) Disney+ is releasing episodes weekly for new series including the Star Wars-related “The Mandalorian.” Apple (AAPL.O) released three episodes at the same time for dramas “The Morning Show” and “See” - and is doing so for most other Apple series - followed by one episode per week.

Media companies are hoping a longer release schedule will generate buzz and create more of a shared experience among viewers.

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12/24/2019 2:14:43 PM
<![CDATA[More on Min. of Antiquities’ achievements in 2019]]>
ET sheds light on the newly inaugurated museums and archaeological sites in 2019 in the following lines.

January 28, 2019: Two obelisks from Tanis City in Sharqiyah Governorate were relocated at the new City of Culture and Arts in the New Administrative Capital.

March 3, 2019: Groundwater Reduction Project in Kom el Shoqafa.

March 3, 2019: Completion of the Wardian Cemetery restoration project in Alexandria.

March 25, 2019: Groundwater Reduction Project in Kom Ombo.

April 5, 2019: Abydos Archaeological Zone Development Project in Sohag.

April 5, 2019: Groundwater Reduction Project for the Osirians in Sohag.

April 5, 2019: Restoration and re-raising of the King Ramses II statue in the monuments of Akhmim in Sohag Governorate.

April 18, 2019: The facade of Luxor Temple was completed after completing the restoration of the third and final statue of King Ramses II in front of the first edifice of the temple.

April 19, 2019: Opet Temple at Karnak opens for visitors after restoration.

May 2, 2019: Fatima Al Shaqraa Mosque is opened in Darb Al Ahmar area in Cairo after the restoration process was completed.

May 3, 2019: Opening of Al-Kashef and Al-Mujahideen mosques in Asyut Governorate.

May 9, 2019: The completion of the first phase of Saint Catherine's Monastery development project, which included the restoration of the library and the Transfiguration Church.

June 28, 2019: The Pyramid of Senusret II of Fayoum opened for visit for the first time since its discovery in 1889.

June 28, 2019: Khun Aslbay Mosque in Fayoum is opened after the completion of its restoration - the mosque has been closed since 2013.

July 11, 2019: Development of the Tree of the virgin (Mary) area begins.

July 12, 2019: The sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun moved from the tomb in Luxor to the Grand Egyptian Museum, and underwent restoration for the first time since the tomb was discovered.

July 13, 2019: The Bent Pyramid of King Snefru and the Elka Ideological Pyramid in Dahshur opened for visits.

July 14, 2019: Opening of the Naguib Mahfouz Museum, affiliated to the Ministry of Culture, in Tekeyet Abul Dahab in Al-Azhar.

August 8, 2019: Relocation of the Andalusia Garden obelisk in Zamalek and its installment in the new city of El Alamein.

August 31, 2019: The Antiquities Museum in Tanta opened for visit after its development - the museum has been closed since 2000.

September 8, 2019: Two tombs (TT159 and TT286) were restored in Draa Abul Naga necropolis in Luxor.

September 29, 2019: Opening of Prince Yousef Kamal Palace in Nagaa Hammadi after its restoration.

September 29, 2019: Restoration of the Badaba Monastery in Nagaa Hammadi.

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CAIRO - 22 December 2019: The year 2019 was full of archaeological discoveries in various regions of Egypt. The number of discoveries reached about 19 important discoveries, celebrated inside and outside of Egypt.












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12/23/2019 7:29:11 PM
<![CDATA['Abla Fahita' series to be broadcast on NETFLIX in 2020]]>CAIRO - 23 December 2019: Netflix has announced cooperation with Abla Fahita to produce its second Egyptian series. The series is scheduled to be broadcast during 2020. “Abla Fahita” series is the production of OKWRD in cooperation with ASAP Productions.

It is noteworthy that the series "Abla Fahita" shows the human side of the doll in socio-comic attire with a lot of excitement and mystery.

The episodes revolve around the adventures of Abla Fahita, but her situation was turned upside down after she found herself a victim of justice and society.

The series is Abla Fahita's first work in the world of drama, after presenting a very successful TV show.

"We are very excited to cooperate with Abla Fahita, one of the most prominent comic characters in Egypt and the Arab region," commented Ahmed al- Sharkawi, Netflix Middle East’s original business manager.

“We also look forward to cooperating with Abla Fahita to present a creative vision that brings comedy to our Arab and international audiences," resumed Sharkawi.

For her part, Abla Fahita commented in her usual sarcastic attire saying, “Oh God! I was hardly able to present TV shows; now they want me to do a series! I accepted because the series will be presented in 20 different languages and will screen in over 190 countries! I always have said that Egyptian humor is one of the best things we can export to get hard currency! After long thread cotton of course! As you all can see drama and grief are all over the world now and the best cure for this drama is to present our Egyptian humor worldwide!”
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12/23/2019 7:09:45 PM
<![CDATA[National Cinema Center commemorates Naguib Mahfouz ]]>
The celebration takes place over the course of three days, starting from Tuesday, Dec. 24 to Thursday, Dec. 26 at Tharwat Okasha Cultural Center in the Arts City at 6 p.m. under the supervision of Mohammed Mustafa Hass.

During the ceremony, a film screening and a cinema seminar will be presented to discuss Mahfouz’s prominent works.

On Dec. 24, the movie “Qasr el-Shouq” will screen, followed by a symposium led by critic Nader Adly. On Dec. 25, the movie "El Seman Wal Khareef" will screen, followed by a symposium led by journalist and writer Sayed Mahmoud

The activities will conclude on Dec. 26 with the screening of the film "Zo’a el-Madaq”" that will be followed by a seminar moderated by cinematic critic Tareq el-Shennawi.

Naguib Mahfouz was born on December 11, 1911 and died August 30, 2006. He is the first Egyptian to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Mahfouz’s enriching career started during the 1930’s and kept going strong until the year 2004.

Mahfouz wrote 55 books, 35 novels, 223 stories, 19 short- story collections, 7 plays, and 26 scripts. All his novels are set in Egyptian alleys, illustrating the entire world and types of characters found in societies.

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12/23/2019 6:56:47 PM
<![CDATA[Participating project in Venice Biennale of Architecture announced]]>
The competition officially will launch on May 26, 2020 and will run until November 29, 2020.

The project representing Egypt in the architectural biennale is presented by Mostafa Rabie Abdel Baset (Team Leader), with the participation of Riyad al-Halabi, Amr Ahmed Allam and Ahmed Essam Saad.

Abu Saada explained that a certificate of appreciation was awarded for the distinguished project submitted by Laila Amr Badawi, Alaa Ibrahim, Nada Sameh, Lubna Ahmed, Nuran Mohsen, Hazem Matar, and Nouran el-Watedi.

Encouragement certificates were also awarded to six distinguished projects submitted by Salahuddin Ismail and his team, Ahmed Abu Bakr and his team, Ola Ahmed and her team, Muhammad Hassan Ali and his team, Muhammad Shukri el-Khouli and his team, Bilal Muhammad el-Samman and his team.

This was based on the recommendation of the jury composed of Basel Kamel, professor of Architecture - Faculty of Science and Engineering at the American University in Cairo; Alia Abdel Hady, professor of Interior Architecture and the Faculty of Fine Arts at Helwan University; Sherif Mohamed el-Fiqi, professor of Architecture; Ali Gabr, professor of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University, among others.

It is worth noting that this course bears the idea of designing and implementing an architectural project that fulfills the theme of the exhibition for the 2020 session, which is "How will we live together?"
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12/23/2019 6:37:50 PM
<![CDATA[Rami Malek, a villain in 'No Time To Die']]>
"No Time to Die" is starring Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Leah Siddox, Rami Malik, Ralph Vines, Christoph Waltz, Naomi Harris, Billy Magnusson, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Wishaw, Lashana Lynch, Rory Kinnear, David Denisek, Ahmed Bakir, Lourdes Fabrice.

The new movie is set after Bond leaves active service and enjoy a quiet life in Jamaica. However, the quietness of his life does not last long; as his old friend Felix Liter of the CIA comes to seek help.

Hence, it turned out that the mission of rescuing a kidnapped scientist was more treacherous than expected.

As a result, Bond reaches a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.




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12/23/2019 5:48:33 PM
<![CDATA[ 7 stars who died young]]>
Death news of young stars strikes the artistic community putting it in a state of shock that continues to resonate for months and even years at times.

The latest shocking news of that nature was related to Haitham Ahmed Zaki’s death, who died suddenly in his residence in 6 October City, due to a sudden circulatory collapse. Zaki’s death brought back sad memories as it reminded the public of the death of his late mother Hala Fouad while she was only in her thirties.

ET sheds light on some celebrities who departed our world in a young age:

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Omar Khorshid

The late musician Omar Khorshid passed away at the age of 36. He presented many musical works and composed the most famous songs of his time. Suddenly, on his way back from one of his errands, he had a terrible car accident at the end of Al Haram Street. His Lebanese wife Dina was accompanying him, in addition to the star Madiha Kamel. His death caused a great shock in the artistic community in Egypt as he passed away at the peak of his success and at a very young age.


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Alaa Waley el-Din

The great comedian Alaa Waley el-Din died at the age of 40 at the peak of his artistic success where he presented a series of cinematic works that achieved fantastic revenues. During his participation in the film “Arabi Ta’refa”, he passed away on the first day of Eid al-Adha due to complications from his diabetes.

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Hala Fouad

Hala Fouad, Haitham Ahmad Zaki’s mother also passed away at a very young age, precisely at the age of 35. In the late 1990s, she narrowly escaped from complications from a difficult birth for her second son, Rami, where she suffered strokes in her leg and was about to die. Shortly after she retired, she had breast cancer and started a long treatment trip between France and Cairo. She passed away on May 10, 1993.

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Amro Samir

Samir started acting at 10 years old and worked as a presenter. He studied at the Faculty of Media, and after graduation he worked in Dream Channel and presented the successful youth program "Shababek". After a while, Samir worked in OTV channel and presented a program on his own. The late actor and presenter participated in Abla Kamel’s film “Awdat el-Nadla”, which was a turning point is his artistic career. Samir passed away at the age of 33 in one of the hotels in Spain due to a sudden circulatory collapse.

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Maher Essam

The star Maher Essam has worked in the artistic community since his childhood. He passed away at the age of 39, where he suddenly fell into a coma. Essam died at dawn on June 17, 2018 after being agitated while watching the Egypt-Uruguay match at the World Cup.

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Mirna el-Mohandes

Mohandes has passed away at the age of 39. She has a proven track record of cinematic and television works. However, she suffered from colon cancer for a lengthy period of time, battling it to no avail. She passed away on Aug. 5, 2018







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12/22/2019 7:26:45 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: The miraculous transfer of Abu Simbel Temple in 1968]]>
The temple resembles a memorial of King Ramses II him and Queen Nefertari and it commemorates the king's victory in the Battle of Kadesh.

It consists of two temples; the largest is dedicated to three deities of Egypt at that time, Re-Hor-achti, Ptah, and Amun. Four large statues of Ramses II are featured on the façade, and the smaller temple is dedicated to the Godess Hathor.

The Temple of Abu Simbel was forgotten until 1813, when the Swiss orientalist J.L Burckhardt found the main temple promenade. He spoke about this discovery with Italian explorer, Giovanni Pellonzi, and travelled together to the site. However, they could not dig the entrance to the temple.

Pellonzi returned in 1817, but this time he successfully entered the temple, taking every valuable object he could carry with him.

In 1960, the temple was completely moved to another location on an artificial hill of a dome-like structure above the High Dam reservoir in Aswan. It was necessary to move the temples to avoid their drowning during the construction of Lake Nasser and the formation of a huge artificial water tank after building the High Dam in Aswan on the Nile River.

Furthermore, an international fundraising campaign to save the temple began in 1964. The cost of this process totaled up to $40 million, between 1964 and 1968. The whole site was cut into large blocks (up to 30 tons and on average 20 tons). It was dismantled and reinstalled in a new location at a height of 65 m and 200 m above the river level.

The transfer process is considered by many as a miraculous archaeological engineering move.

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12/22/2019 7:15:12 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Antiquities' discoveries of 2019]]>
In the following lines, ET sheds light on the numerous discoveries made during 2019:

Jan 15, 2019: The mission of the Ministry of Antiquities operating in Bir Shaghala in the Dakhla Oasis succeeded in uncovering two ancient tombs from the Roman era.

Feb 1, 2019: The discovery of three wells, where a large number of mummies were buried in Tuna el-Gebel region in Minya Governorate during the excavations of the mission of the Ministry of Antiquities and the Research Center for Archaeological Studies at Minya University.

Feb 26, 2019: The mission of the Ministry of Antiquities and the Swedish Lund University in the Gebel al-Silsilah region of Aswan discovered a workshop for the manufacture of architectural elements dating back to the era of the modern state.

March 28, 2019: The mission of the American University of New York in Abydos discovered the lobby of Ramses II Palace, attached to his temple in Abydos, along with the stones to inaugurate and establish the temple.

April 1, 2019: The Ministry of Antiquities mission in Quesna region, Menoufia discovered a limestone sarcophagus with a mummy and golden flakes.

April 5, 2019: A cemetery from the Ptolemaic period for a man and his wife containing human remains and a group of burials of birds and animals in Al-Diabat area, Sohag Governorate were uncovered.

April 13, 2019: The mission of the Ministry of Antiquities in Saqqara discovered the tomb of the nobleman Khuwy, which dates back to the end of the Fifth Dynasty. It was chosen among the top 10 discoveries of 2019.

April 18, 2019: The mission of the Ministry of Antiquities in Luxor discovered a cemetery in the area of Draa Abul Naja and two cemeteries in Al-Assasif region, dating back to the Ramesside era.

April 23, 2019: The mission of the Ministry of Antiquities and the University of Milan, Italy, discovered a rocky cemetery dating back to the Greco-Roman era in the Aga Khan Cemetery area, western Aswan.

May 4, 2019: The mission of the Ministry of Antiquities discovered a cemetery dating back to the Old Kingdom, with colorful coffins in the southeastern side of the Giza Pyramids monuments area.

June 28, 2019: The Ministry of Antiquities’ mission discovered a rocky cemetery, south of the Pyramid of Senusret II, in Fayoum.

July 14, 2019: The Ministry of Antiquities discovered south of the Curved Pyramid in Dahshur a number of stone, pottery and wooden coffins with mummies inside.

October 10, 2019: The Egyptian Mission to the Western Valley of the Kings discovered a funerary furniture workshop.

October 19, 2019: The Ministry of Antiquities’ mission in Al-Assasif, Luxor, discovered a cache of 30 coffins, kept in a great state of preservation and color, containing mummies for men, women, and children.

November 23, 2019: The mission of the Ministry of Antiquities in Saqqara discovered a large number of cat mummies, sacred animals, and goddess statues in the Bobcati district of Saqqara.

December 1, 2019: The Egyptian-German Mission in Al-Matareya discovered parts of royal statues and a large mud brick wall dating back to the era of the modern state.

December 10, 2019: The Egyptian Archaeological Mission unearthed a rare royal statue in the form of a K (Ancient Egyptian concept of vital essence differentiating between a dead and a live person) in Mit Rahina region of Giza Governorate.

December 14, 2019: The Egyptian Archaeological Mission discovered a small royal statue in the shape of a Sphinx in Tuna el-Gabal, Minya Governorate.

December 19, 2019: The Egyptian-German Archaeological Mission unearthed a legendary statue of the God Horus at King Amenhotep III's Temple of Millions of Years in the western mainland in Luxor.

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King Ramses' red granite statue unearthed in Mit Rahina village-ET

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Sphynx look-alike statue discovered in Tuna el-Gebel - ET

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Latest statue of Horus discovered - ET

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Well-preserved coffin unearthed in Luxor - ET
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12/22/2019 5:27:54 PM
<![CDATA[RSIFF to honor Saudi photogprapher Safouh Naamani]]>
The festival will publicly present for the first time a rare documentary made by Naamani in 1963 on the journey to Hajj, in addition to a movie compiling never before seen film footage of the city of Jeddah, taken with Naamani's personal camera between 1954 and 1968.

“The Pilgrimage to Mecca” is a 35-minute color documentary film, developed at the William Palmer laboratory in San Francisco, about the pilgrimage to Mecca, filmed during the 1963 Hajj season.

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Naamani used his extensive knowledge of the holy city of Mecca to deliver an authentic perspective. The documentary captures Mecca's inspiring landscapes and religious rituals while presenting the journey of pilgrims to Mecca. Previously, the film has screened in private or limited shows, and so will now be presented publicly for the first time.

"This discovery rewrites the history of national cinema in our country," Festival director and CEO, Mahmoud Sabbagh said. "Discovering a film that was made in 1963 and that is complete in all aspects and production adds an original element to the story of Saudi cinema."

The festival also presents for the first time a cinematic panorama of the city of Jeddah, captured by Naamani between 1954 to 1968 on his 16mm camera. The rare collection of footage documents the history of urban transformations that the city went through during the fifties and sixties.

The Red Sea International Film Foundation was able to develop and restore five reels of raw film belonging to Naamani at a film restoration lab in Munich, Germany. The restored footage has been edited into a short 30-minute film, which will debut at the 2020 festival.

Scenes from the film "Glimpses of Jeddah" range from the celebrations of the return of King Saud after receiving medical treatments abroad in 1954; as well as footage of commercial life in the port of Jeddah.

Naamani was also able to capture rare shots of the coastline along the ancient port of Punt. As well as Al-Bay'a square, the Jeddah Palace Hotel, and the Bakashab building. The film also contains rare footage of the creation of Gold Street in 1964.

Sabbagh says, "We are expanding our history with new narratives of Jeddah's metamorphoses through rare cinematic documentation captured by the late filmmaker Sufooh Namaani. It's as if Namaani knew his work would be vital for generations to come".

Naamani is one of the pioneers of photography and filmmaking in Jeddah, KSA. He started selling cameras and photography equipment in 1952 at his family-run "Al Naamani Stores" on King Abdulaziz road, before establishing "Studio Safouh" located in Abdullah Alfaisal building for portrait photography and photographic film development.

Restoring the work of Safouh Naamani and presenting it to a Saudi audience is a key component of the Red Sea Film Festival Foundation, which is tasked with reviving and preserving films.

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12/22/2019 3:19:08 PM
<![CDATA[Sabry, Jassar, Leithy to perform New Year’s Eve concert on Dec. 31]]>
Jassar has recently released his song “Eh Eli Wasalna Le Keda”, the theme song of the series “Hawadit el-Champs-Elysees” currently broadcast on ON E. The song is written by Amir Teima and composed by Walid Saad. Jassar’s New Year's concert will be attended by numerous stars and public figures.

Meanwhile, Sabry has recently released a video clip of his latest song “Webaqabel el-Nas” written by Ahmed Ali Mousa, composed by Shady Hassan and directed by Hadi el-Bagouri.

Sabry released his new album, "Farek Maak", which achieved success and a high percentage of views on YouTube. The album consists of 12 songs, including “Beta’a Banat”, “Ana Baba”, “Hawel Tensany”, “Howa Fi Keda?”, “Baqabel el-Nas”, among others.





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12/22/2019 2:47:37 PM
<![CDATA[Language sharing , what happens next?]]>
The content of the "World Arabic Day" was rich and well-planned, and many Egyptian colleagues were involved. At the beginning of the event, Alaa, a design engineer from the China state Construction Engrg.Corp.Ltd (Egypt), presented a very famous Egyptian song "Misr Ellaty Pi Khatiry" at the beginning of the event.

It is a song with national characteristics. With Alaa's superb singing skills and wonderful voice came up , It has attracted everyone's ears, especially Chinese employees. They have a new understanding of Egyptian songs. Then the Chinese- Arabic translator , Ammer, presented an Egyptian poem "Al.Lugha Al.Arabia" for everyone, and explained the meaning of this poem in Chinese.

The all kinds of cultures are the similarities essentially. The themes of different nationalities' poetry are the similarities. At the same time, Masoud, a Chinese colleague, who can speak Arabic, recited the Egyptian poem "Allugha Alarabia toniey nafsaha" with solemn and stirring, which led the activity to a climax with warm applause. Finally, Mostafa Hassan, a engineer at China state Construction Engrg.Corp.Ltd (Egypt), brought a show of Arabic calligraphy. At the invitation of many colleagues, Mostafa Hassa picked up a brush from the China and wrote Arabic with a Chinese brush.

At the end of the activity, all the employees participating in the event were interviewed on the topic of World Arabic Day. The employees from China state Construction Engrg.Corp.Ltd (Egypt) spoke freely, "I hope that friends from China can be integrated into the Arab culture. We can learn Arabic together and be good friends forever."

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12/21/2019 5:02:10 PM
<![CDATA[Adriana Lima expresses her strong admiration with Egypt, Hawass]]>
After she posted a couple of photos via her Instagram of her at the Giza Pyramids in a post that was captioned, “Exploring the pyramids and connection with the universal in a meditational phase in favor of global peace.”


On Friday, December 20 Lima posted a photo of her with acclaimed Egyptian Egyptologist Zahi Hawass at the Giza Pyramids.

‘’Since I was a child I always felt deep connection with Egypt, it always been a dream of mine to personally visit✨ I remember when the king Tutankhamun’s tomb was found and I remember watching the documentary on @natgeo , that was the first time that I saw @zahi_hawass and was so impressed with his knowledge little I knew that was going to fulfill a dream on meeting him. I am thankful to 2 wonderful friends that helped me to make the most incredible memories in my life during my stay in #egypt . My heart is full.... I am grateful @nadineabdelghaffar @omarabdelg for transforming my dream into a reality that I will carry with me for the rest of my life✨ I humbly say thank you✨’’ Lima captioned her photo with Hawass.



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12/21/2019 3:09:47 PM
<![CDATA[Lots of fur, few purrs as critics claw 'Cats' musical film]]>
From “cat-tastrophic” to “the worst thing to happen to cats since dogs”, most reviews have been far from kind, with disapproval ranging over the star-studded cast’s computer-generated furry looks, oversized sets and plot.

As of Thursday, 18% of 97 reviews collected on the Rotten Tomatoes website were positive.

Featuring Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba and James Corden, “Cats” sparked some negative reaction over the characters’ appearances when its trailer dropped in July.

Adapted from composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical and directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper, the movie shows the actors’ faces while their bodies appear to be covered in fur.

“The real issue is the distracting and disturbing ‘digital fur technology’,” Tara Brady wrote for The Irish Times. “Every time Cats settles into an admittedly avant-garde shape, an ear twitches or a tail flicks and you’re back thinking about how ghastly the actual cats look.”

Variety’s Peter Debruge called it an “outlandishly tacky interpretation”.

“From the first shot ... to the last, ‘Cats’ hurts the eyes and, yes, the ears, as nearly all the musical numbers ... have been twisted into campy, awards-grubbing cameos for big-name stars in bad-CG cat drag.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney dubbed the film “cat-tastrophic”.

“In addition to the generally off-putting appearance of the cats, the proportions are all wrong with respect to their surrounding environment,” he said. “Sometimes they go from appearing minuscule to giant-size within the same scene.”

Based on the poems by T.S. Eliot, “Cats” follows the Jellicles group of felines, who annually decide who will ascend to the Heaviside Layer. The musical opened in London in 1981, becoming one of the longest-running shows in the West End and Broadway.

Hooper, known for “The King’s Speech” and “Les Miserables”, said he worked on the characters’ feline designs after initial reaction to the trailer. At Monday’s premiere, he told Variety he had completed the movie only the previous day.

“I finished it at 8 a.m. yesterday after 36 hours in a row. I just put the finishing touches on. So, I’m very happy to be here with it fully finished,” Variety quoted Hooper saying.

Several critics praised the film’s choreography and performances.

USA Today’s Brian Truitt called “Cats” an “utterly absurd yet oddly charming movie” while Deadline’s Pete Hammond said it was a “welcome treat this holiday season”.

“The strength of this version is in its actors, and they are all perfectly chosen and deliver on all four paws,” Hammond wrote.

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12/20/2019 1:59:37 PM
<![CDATA[Netflix says 'Klaus' is a hit with nearly 30 million views worldwide]]>
“Klaus,” a story of how Santa came to be, is Netflix’s first original animated film and part of an effort to build a library of family programming as it competes with new streaming rivals including Walt Disney Co (DIS.N).

Netflix only selectively releases viewership figures for programming it considers a hit, and the numbers are not verified by a third party. The company counts a view when an account streams at least 70% of a movie.

“Klaus” has attracted high repeat viewing that is not included in the nearly 30 million figure, Netflix said. The number reflects viewership over the first 28 days since its Nov. 15 debut.

Made mainly using hand-drawn animation, the film tells the story of a selfish postman and a reclusive toymaker who form an unlikely friendship. It was written and directed by Spanish animator and “Despicable Me” creator Sergio Pablos and features the voices of J.K. Simmons and Jason Schwartzman.

The world’s largest streaming service, Netflix boasts more than 158 million subscribers around the world. But it is facing new competition, particularly from Disney, which has been removing its movies from Netflix and putting them on the Disney+ streaming service.

Netflix has disclosed other data to show the appeal of its children’s and family programming. It previously announced that live-action movie “Tall Girl” was watched by more than 40 million accounts during its first four weeks, and Indian animated series “Mighty Little Bheem” has been viewed by 27 million.

The company plans to release several animated films for kids and families next year, said Melissa Cobb, Netflix’s vice president of original animation. They include comedy “The Willoughbys,” an adaptation of a children’s book, and musical “Over the Moon.”

Executives at Netflix have said they plan to be more transparent with audience data to satisfy Hollywood producers and stars and to help viewers decide what to watch.

Earlier this month, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said that mob epic “The Irishman” was likely to hit 40 million views within its first month. Last December’s thriller “Bird Box” was streamed by more than 80 million households in its first month, Netflix said.

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12/20/2019 1:58:26 PM
<![CDATA[AIFF aims to be a game changer for the Cinema in the region]]>
The Board of AIFF is headed by Princess Rym Ali and includes: Raja Gargour, Omar Masri, Bater Kardan and Nadia Sukhtian.

The Festival is directed by Nada Doumani, while the artistic direction in the hands of Hanna Atallah and Deema Azar is heading its industry section.

Doumani has had a varied professional itinerary, working in media and communication for 30 years, first as a journalist in Switzerland, reporting mainly on Middle Eastern issues, then as a spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva and various conflict areas; she heads the Communication and Cultural Programming department at the Royal Film Commission – Jordan since 2007.
Atallah has been empowering unheard voices as a filmmaker, producer and educator as the creator of the Ramallah-based non-profit organisation Filmlab Palestine in 2014 and as the Artistic Director of Palestine Cinema Days. Azar is co-founder and managing partner at TaleBox, a Jordanian production and training company that fosters new talents in Jordan and the region; she has produced a couple of movies and had previously occupied the position of Regional Training Manager at the RFC.

Commenting on the programming of the festival, Atallah said: “It will be varied and rich in terms of content and issues. What is important is not only what we see in the movie, but the journey that it takes us through, exploring narratives from other worlds, addressed in a bold manner and in a new cinematic language embodied in debut films from the Arab region and elsewhere.
The festival will also provide an opportunity to discuss these issues with filmmakers and guests.”

Azar added: "Organising the Amman Film Industry Days (AFID), within the inaugural edition of AIFF, comes as a natural extension of the festival's mission to showcase up-and-coming talents from Jordan and the Arab World and to tackle topics that are shaping the cinema industry on the local and regional levels today.”

The AIFF will be held from 13th until 18th of April 2020 and will include three competitive Arab sections (feature-length narrative, feature length documentary, short) as well as a non-competitive international section, all focused on first-timers.

AFID will run from the 15th until the 17th with a series of talks and workshops, as well as two pitching platforms for development and post-production. Online submissions for the films in various categories and for the pitching platforms are open until 31st January 2020. Accreditation for the festival will start in February 2020.



Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film (AIFF) is aimed at debut achievements in film from all over the world, while also promoting Jordan’s up-and-coming pool of professional audiovisual sector. With a main focus on emerging filmmakers.
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12/20/2019 1:39:47 PM
<![CDATA[Sherbiny, Dawood to participate in the first Egyptian 3D movie ]]>
CAIRO – 20 December 2019: Egyptian stars Ahmed Dawood and Dina El-Sherbiny will participate in the first-ever 3D Egyptian movie entitled ‘’Youm 13.’’

Dawood announced on his official Instagram account that the movie will be released in 2020.

The movie is written, directed, and produced by Wael Abdullah and houses a notable group of stars beside Dawoud and Sherbiny such as Arwa Gouda, Mohamed Shahin, Joumana Mourad, Mahmoud Hafez and Nesreen Amin.
Dawood and Sherbiny achieved a booming success in last Ramadan marathon through their popular series '' Zay el Shams'' ( Like The Son).

Dawood participated in “122” which was the first Egyptian film to use the 4DX technology, which allows the observer to literally “live” the film while watching as it combines many sensory factors.

The Egyptian horror movie “122” was premiered in Vox cinemas at mall of the Emirates in Dubai on Thursday, January 10.

"122’’ was released in Egyptian cinemas on January 3. The movie is directed by Iraqi director Yasser el-Yassery.and stars beside Dawood Amina Khalil, Tarek Lotfy, Ahmed el-Fishawy, Mamdooh Mohammed, Gihan Khalil among others.

The movie revolves around a couple that faces a catastrophe inside what appears to be a hospital. They try to escape and run for their lives, but that won’t be easy as they face a lot of obstacles along the way.

The “122” was written by Salah el-Johainy. Johainy previously wrote “Al-Khaleya” (The Cell) and “Awlad Rezk” (Rezk’s Sons); both movies gained great success at the time of their release.
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12/20/2019 1:34:51 PM
<![CDATA[‘El Anesa Farah’ the Arabic version of ‘Jane the Virgin’ to be screened on MBC 4 on Dec.29]]>
The series will be screened on MBC 4 on December 29.


The Arabic version will feature a notable group of Egyptian stars such as Asmaa Abou El Yazeed, Rania Youssef, Ahmed Magdy, Mohamed Kelany, Arfa Abdel Rassoul, Heba Abd El Aziz,Tamer Farag, among others.


’El Anesa Farah’’ will be directed by Ahmed el Gendy and Tamer Farag and written by Mahmoud Ezzat and Amr Medhat.



‘’Jane the Virgin’’ tells the story of Jane who gets inseminated by mistake and despite being virgin she will find herself pregnant with her former crush child while being engaged to another man.

That’s why it is very courageous to make the Arabic version of this successful American drama.

The Egyptian production company S Productions took the rights to make the ‘Jane the Arabic version of the American hit drama romantic series.

Gina Rodriguez who played the main character Jane won the Golden Globe in 2015.

Jane the Virgin has won ten awards and has received 65 nominations




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12/20/2019 1:25:08 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo: Capital of Islamic Culture for 2020]]>
The announcement was made in the celebration held by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) in Tunisia.

Representatives of the Ministry of Culture, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Culture Hisham Azmy and Chairman of the General Authority for Cultural Palaces Ahmed Awad, received the torch from Minister of Cultural Affairs in Tunisia Mohamed Zain el-Abidine.

Abdel Dayem said that the program of the Capital of Islamic Culture aims to consolidate the bonds between people that share the same culture through the establishment of a creative dialogue and the promotion of intellectual communication between the sons of the Islamic nation.

This program also targets highlighting the rich heritage of Islam that calls for tolerance and coexistence, providing a true picture of the ancient Islamic civilization.

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Minister Abdel Dayem further explained that choosing Cairo as the Capital of Islamic Culture in 2020 confirms Egypt's position in the heart of the Islamic world. She added that a diversified program has been prepared to celebrate this occasion, including many activities that reflect this aspect of the unique Egyptian personality.

It is noteworthy that the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) adopted the Capital of Islamic Culture program after being launched by the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science (ALECSO).

Three ancient Islamic cities are chosen to represent the Islamic Culture in the Arab world, Africa and Asia, and the Capital of the Islamic Culture hosts the Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers, which convenes biannually.

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This is based on an agreement that was signed in 2001 in the third Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers, and it was adopted at the Fourth Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers held in Algeria in 2004.

Makkah Al-Mukarramah held the first title in 2005; then the Islamic cities traded the title. It moved to Aleppo (Syria), Fez (Morocco), Alexandria (Egypt), Kairouan (Tunisia), Tarim (Yemen), Tlemcen (Algeria), Najaf (Iraq) Medina (Saudi Arabia), Sharjah (UAE), Nizwa (Sultanate of Oman), Kuwait (Kuwait), Oman (Jordan), Manama (Bahrain), and Tunis (Tunisia), respectively, until it reached Cairo in 2020; ISESCO also chose the Uzbek capital, Bukhari, to be the Capital of Islamic Culture in Asia and Bamako, the Republic of Mali to be the Capital of Islamic Culture in Africa.



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12/19/2019 4:34:39 PM
<![CDATA[Huge statue of Horus discovered]]>
The statue was found in the remains of the Columns Hall at the Millions of Years Temple of King Amenhotep III in Kom al-Hattan area on the western mainland of Luxor.

Director General of West Luxor's Antiquities Sector Fathi Yassin explained that the discovered statue is made of black granite and is 1.85 meters long. It depicts the God Horus in the shape of a falcon standing in the kilt, with broken legs and arms.

Sorouzian said that this discovery comes within the framework of the project of the restoration of the Memnon statue and the Temple of King Amenhotep III, which started in 1998 under the supervision of the Ministry of Antiquities and the German Institute of Antiquities.

She indicated that the discovered statue is in good condition and that it possesses important artistic, scientific and archaeological value because it will contribute to enhancing the whole picture of the temple after its collapse due to a devastating earthquake in the 28th century BC.
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Stone was used to build temples and other royal statues in the Ramesside period. It is now undergoing restoration and the mission will continue to excavate to find the legs of the statue. The mission also discovered half statues of some deities.

It is worth noting that the mission previously unearthed several huge statues of deities and of king Amenhotep III and his wife Queen Ti, in addition to a large number of statues depicting Sekhmet. It is known that King Amenhotep III had built a large number of statues of the Goddess Sekhmet in his funerary temple, which he called the “Temple of Millions of Years.”

Sekhmet was famous for being a strong goddess as she was believed to sustain healing abilities, thus capable of protecting the temple and Amenhotep III from dangers and diseases.



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12/19/2019 2:57:29 PM
<![CDATA[Luxor Painting Symposium’s closing ceremony to be held Dec. 19]]>
The supreme committee of the symposium, in cooperation with Luxor Governorate, will honor plastic artist Ahmed Nawar in recognition of his contributions to the Egyptian plastic arts.

The ceremony will be attended by nine plastic artists from Egypt and nine others from Arab and European countries.

Luxor International Painting Symposium is one of the most prominent plastic arts events in the Arab region. Its supreme committee is headed by Head of the Cultural Development Fund Sector Fathy Abdel Wahab and includes Head of the Fine Arts Syndicate Hamdy Abul Maati, Head of the Fine Arts Sector Khaled Sorour, Emad Abu Zeid, Adel Tharwat, Gehane Fayez, Amal Nasr, Saleh Abdel Moty and Ibrahim el-Desouki as members.
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12/19/2019 2:02:26 PM
<![CDATA['Rise of Skywalker' reviews among most critical in 'Star Wars' galaxy]]>
“Rise of Skywalker,” which debuts in theaters around the globe on Thursday, is the final installment in a story begun in 1977, when George Lucas introduced a young hero named Luke Skywalker alongside an enchanting collection of droids and otherworldly characters.

On the Rotten Tomatoes website, 57% of 157 reviews for “Rise of Skywalker” were positive as of Tuesday morning. That ranked as the second-lowest score among the nine films, ahead of only the 53% for “The Phantom Menace.”

Reviewers who praised “Rise of Skywalker” called it a satisfying conclusion to a beloved story, while critics said the movie directed by J.J. Abrams seemed to play it safe to please longtime fans.

Jack Coyle of the Associated Press called the movie a “scattershot, impatiently paced, fan-servicing finale that repurposes so much of what came before.”

Justin Chang of The Los Angeles Times described it as “an epic failure of nerve.”

“This ‘Rise’ feels more like a retreat, a return to a zone of emotional and thematic safety,” Chang wrote.

Abrams said at the movie’s London premiere on Wednesday that he expected the movie would be divisive given the strong and diverse views held by “Star Wars” fans.

“You have to just do what you believe at every step,” he said in an interview. “And I could not be more proud of what this cast was done, and this extraordinary crew.”

“We just wanted to tell a story that feels like it was the end of these nine chapters and we just told that story,” Abrams added.

The reviewers who praised “Rise of Skywalker” said it offered a fitting and thrilling conclusion.

“Epic it indeed is, full of magnificent set pieces - sprawling space battles and incandescent lightsaber duels - gripping performances and a number of truly stunning surprises,” said Soren Andersen of The Seattle Times.

Brian Lowry of CNN.com said the movie “proves highly satisfying as an end not just to this trilogy, but a saga 42 years in the making.

“Abrams has made a ‘Star Wars’ movie aimed at the people who love it best,” he said.

Fan reactions often differ from film critics’, and box office analysts expect audiences to buy around $200 million worth of tickets to “Rise of Skywalker” in the United States and Canada over the weekend. That would earn a place among the biggest movie openings of all time.

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12/19/2019 1:44:09 PM
<![CDATA[ABBA's Bjorn sends Sweden's students SOS on fake news]]>
The musician, who together with ABBA sold more than 375 million albums and singles, said the initiative came about as he felt democratic institutions were being undermined by the spread of misinformation.

Some 111,000 copies of the book “Alternative Facts - About Knowledge and its Enemies” will be distributed. Teachers have to request them on behalf of their final year pupils and the only caveat is that they be used in some way in class.

“It’s like something that they need - in our critical thinking and the trust of our institutions which is you know being eroded - and as a Christmas gift simply,” Ulvaeus, part owner of the publishing house behind the book, told Reuters.

The book was written by professor of theoretical philosophy, Asa Wikforss, who was this year elected a member of the Swedish Academy, which chooses the Nobel Prize in Literature.

“I start with the sort of very philosophical ideas about how incredibly easy it is to undermine trust that Bjorn was talking about because knowledge, human knowledge to a large extent depends on trusting sources,” she said.

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12/19/2019 1:39:53 PM
<![CDATA[Wa’d Abul Ela appointed as head of Engineering Affairs Dept.]]>
Abul Ela will hold this position at the Supreme Council of Antiquities for a year, based on the selection of the Supreme Committee for the Selection of Leaders at the Ministry of Antiquities.

It is worth noting that Abul Ela held numerous positions in the Ministry of Antiquities, including the positions of supervisor of engineering projects in Northern and Delta regions of the country, general manager of the Egyptian Department of Antiquities and president of the projects sector in 2015.
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12/18/2019 4:08:56 PM
<![CDATA[Antiquities Min., Association of Egyptologists discuss cooperation means]]>
Windersh was keen to meet with the minister to discuss means of strengthening the cooperation between the ministry and the association.

During the meeting, Windersh expressed her admiration of the wonderful organization of the 12th edition of the International Conference of Egyptologists, which was hosted by Egypt from Nov. 3-8, 2018, describing it as “a very successful organization”.

Windersh also pointed to the policies the association will pursue during her tenure as president in order to further activate its role to serve Egyptologists and scholars and to contribute to the preservation and development of archaeological sites of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

Minister of Antiquities Anani expressed the Ministry of Antiquities' full readiness to support all aspects of fruitful and constructive cooperation with the association.

Furthermore, it was agreed to develop a road map to provide the necessary expertise in the archaeological and scientific fields through submitting special proposals that contribute to the preservation and development of archaeological sites and museums and training their workers.

This comes in light of the imminent opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum and within the framework of the Ministry of Antiquities' policy that aims at developing visitor services in archaeological sites to stimulate cultural tourism.
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12/18/2019 4:01:16 PM
<![CDATA[World celebrates International Day of Arabic Language on Dec. 18]]>
It was decided to celebrate this day after a proposal had been submitted by the Kingdom of Morocco and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the 19th session of the UNESCO Executive Council.

General Assembly Resolution No. 3190 that was issued during the 18th session in December 1973 recommended making the Arabic language an official language of the General Assembly and its subsidiaries, alongside the official languages accredited by the organization. The six official languages of the United Nations are Russian, Chinese, Spanish, English, French and Arabic.

In October 2012, UNESCO celebrated for the first time the International Day of the Arabic Language.

On October 23, 2013, the advisory body of the International Plan for the Development of Arab Culture of UNESCO decided to adopt the International Day of the Arabic Language as one of the basic elements in its annual work program.

The efforts to adopt the International Day of the Arabic Language began in the 1950s. Since 1960, UNESCO has decided to use the Arabic language in regional conferences organized in Arabic-speaking countries and to translate essential documents and publications into Arabic.

In 1966, a resolution was adopted to promote the use of the Arabic language in UNESCO.



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12/18/2019 3:00:59 PM
<![CDATA[Moustafa Amar to perform New Year’s Eve concert in Alexandria]]>
Amar is expected to perform songs from his most recent album, released a week ago, in addition to a wide selection of his old hits.

The singer’s latest album consisted of 12 songs, including “Seen Men El-Nas”, “Mo’gab” and “Dehket Leya”. Written by Tamer Hussein and composed by Mohamed Yehia, “Dehket Leya” is the main song of Amar's latest album.

It is worth mentioning that Amar is participating as a guest of honor in the film “El-Ba’d La Yazhab Lel Ma’zon Maratayn” starring Karim Abdel Aziz, Maged el-Kedwani, Mohamed Tharwat and Bayoumi Fouad.


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12/18/2019 1:30:14 PM
<![CDATA[Ismailia Fest. signs agreement with Chinese cultural Center ]]>
The activities of the 22nd edition of the festival set to be held from April 8-14 include a cinematic program, a musical celebration and performances by troupes of Chinese folklore arts.

It is worth mentioning that Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts is held annually by the National Center for Cinema in the charming city of Ismailia, Egypt to encourage the makers of documentary and short films and promote an intercultural dialogue for a deeper understanding of others through their creative works.

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12/18/2019 1:26:20 PM
<![CDATA['Aladdin' nominated for Oscars Best Original Music Score]]>
Massoud grabbed the world's attention after being chosen by director Guy Ritchie to play the title role in "Aladdin" which achieved booming success. The film’s worldwide box office revenues exceeded $724 million, which is more than three times its $183 million budget.

Massoud along with Will Smith and Naomi Scott promoted "Aladdin" which screened in Jordan on May 24.

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

Born in Egypt to Egyptian parents, and raised in Canada, Massoud worked hard to reach this opportunity.

He prepared for his role by getting more into fitness. This is clear in the photos he added to his Instagram account, showing the tough training he went through at the gym.

“I grew up in a culturally different household; my parents saw certain things differently than other people. I went to schools that had a significantly large Caucasian population and I feel very fortunate because I was able to compare that perspective with my family’s. It allowed me to create a wider world view on things. Also, at this point in my career being a visible minority in this industry still affects me,’’ recounted Massoud in his interview with Defective Geeks.

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

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

"The competition may be less, some people would say, but the amount of work is less as well.

However, I think the industry is growing more and more and starting to support actors of all cultural backgrounds," declared Massoud in his interview with Defective Geeks.

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

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


Massoud has starred in over eight movies so far: "What Happens Next", "Americanistan", "Let’s Rap", "Ordinary Days", "Masters in Crime", "Final Exam", "Aladdin" and "Strange But True".

Massoud previously posted a video on his official Facebook page in which he was speaking Arabic addressing his Arabic viewers, asking them to watch the movie. He expressed in the video how proud he is of being part of a Disney project.

The video revealed clearly how Massoud is proud of his Egyptian origins as he ended the video by saying "Long live Egypt".

Aladdin source was anonymous until French writer Antoine Galland included it into his 18th-century translation of "1001 Nights", announcing that he heard the tale from a Syrian storyteller. The original story of Aladdin was set in China, and was transformed into a Middle Eastern story by storytellers.

"Aladdin" includes new songs as well as re-recordings of the original songs written by Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

Massoud latest series"Reprisal" started its screening for the first time on Hulu Network on December 6. The series revolves around a relentless woman who decided to revenge after being left to die by a gang of gearheads.

Besides Massoud, the series stars Abigail Spencer, Rodrigo Santoro, Madison Davenport, among others.

It is worth mentioning that Massoud was the international guest of third edition of El Gouna Film Festival that kicked off on September 19-27.
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12/17/2019 4:45:09 PM
<![CDATA[2 Egyptians compete for International Prize for Arabic Fiction]]>
The list includes 16 novels that were published between July 2018 and June 2019 and were chosen from 128 novels competing for the award.

Three female and 13 male authors reached the long list. The authors are aged between 34 and 75 years and come from nine countries. The novels address issues affecting the Arab world and shed light on the history of the Arab region.

The novels depict the fate of the cities of Aleppo, Algiers, and Rabat and the fate of their people trying to live in the midst of war and ruins.

The long list was chosen by a five-member jury, chaired by Iraqi critic Mohsen Jassim al-Mousawi. Egyptian TV presenter and journalist Reem Maged is among the jury members.

It is worth mentioning that Aisha Ibrahim, Hassan Oored, Salim Barakat, Azhar Guirgis, Khalil al-Raz, Saeed Khatibi, Abdel-Wahab Issawi, Muhammad Issa al-Moadab and Alia Mamdouh made it to the long list for the first time.

The prize totals up to $50,000.

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12/17/2019 3:07:04 PM
<![CDATA[Ain Shams University honors Laila Elwi]]>
President of Ain Shams University Mahmoud el-Matiny will grant Elwi the honorary shield of the university in recognition of her artistic contributions.

The honoring will be followed by screening a film on Elwi's artistic career and a seminar at the university's Grand Conference Hall at 12 p.m. The seminar will be held under the supervision of the university's Vice President for Community Affairs Nazmi Abdel Hamid and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Commerce for Community Service Affairs Jehan Ragab.

The star will also discuss with the university students the role of art in serving society, and will answer their questions.

The symposium will be managed by Amal Othman, in the presence of a number of stars and directors that Elwi has worked with.
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12/17/2019 2:28:33 PM
<![CDATA[Esseily, Sheba, Hagag to perform New Year’s Eve concert on Dec. 31]]>
It is expected that Esseily will present a selection of his most popular hits, including “Ya Nas”, “Malayeen”, “Fe Heta Tanya”, among others.

On the other hand, Hagag’s latest works was the song “Mostafa Ya Mostafa” of his newest album. The song is written by Mostafa Hussein and composed by Bilal Sorour.

It is noteworthy that Sheba sang the official theme song for the series "Zilzal" for the star Mohamed Ramadan, titled “Sebouna Fe Halna”. The series was broadcast last Ramadan and achieved great success.

“Sebouna Fe Halna” is written by Salah Ateya and composed by Sayed Rady.

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12/17/2019 1:56:26 PM
<![CDATA[Key moments in twitter on 2019 ]]>
Through a data pull of Tweets, hashtags and handles, Twitter highlights the stories that have led the public conversation around entertainment in Egypt.



ThisHappened 2019 Infographics Egypt English-01

The most mentioned celebrities in Egypt have seen a number of changes in the rankings over the past three years. This year saw the debut of Egypt-based actors Salah Abdullah and Ahmed Salah in the top four, while actor Nabil El Halfawy ascended to the top position, with comedian Mohamed Henedy moving into the third rank.

2017
1. @MohammadChahine (Egyptian singer Mohamed Chahine)
2. @MohamedAbbas (Egyptian singer Mohamed Abbas)
3. @Rana__Samaha (Egyptian singer and actress Rana Samaha)
4. @Mina_Atta_ (Egyptian singer Mina Atta)

2018
1. @OfficialHenedy (Egyptian comedian/actor Mohamed Henedy)
2. @nabilelhalfawy (Egyptian actor Nabil El Halfawy)
3. @ElSherif (Egyptian actor Youssef El Sherif)
4. @Mohamed_Ramadan (Egyptian actor Mohamed Ramadan)

2019
1. @nabilelhalfawy (Egyptian actor Nabil El Halfawy)
2. @SalahAbdallah (Egyptian actor Salah Abdallah)
3. @OfficialHenedy (Egyptian comedian/actor Mohamed Henedy)
4. @AhmedSalahhosny (Egyptian actor Ahmed Salah)

2019 also welcomed Egyptian actress Nadia Al Gindi (@NadiaAlGindi) to the platform. While Egyptian comedian Mohamed Henedy’s (@OfficialHenedy) Tweet about the loss of talented actor Ezzat Abou Aouf was one of the top celebrity Tweets.

https://twitter.com/OfficialHenedy/status/1145538180025868288
While Ramadan continued to hold the position of top event-related hashtag (رمضان#), Game of Thrones mania swept the country, with #GameofThrones gaining the title of most Tweeted about TV show hashtag.
The most used emojis in Egypt:
1. 😂 (Face with tears of joy)
2. ❤ (Black heart)
3. 💙 (Blue heart)

Twitter Moments are a series of Tweets that are combined into one and can be found in the Explore page. These Moments are curated by Twitter’s team and tailored to different countries, including Egypt.

The top celebrity challenge Moment in Egypt:

The top celebrity challenge Moment, #10YearsChallenge, included Tweets by personalities such as actor and singer Mohamed Attia, actor Edward Fouad, Yemeni-Egyptian singer Arwa, actress Menna Fadali, and actor Hassan El Raddad.



To celebrate the year-end, Twitter launched its annual emoji on December 10. The emoji unlocked when the following English and Arabic hashtags are Tweeted:
● #ThisHappened
● حدث_في_2019#


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12/17/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Hosny, Gamal to perform at Al Manara Arena on Dec.27 ]]>
Hosny performed on Dec. 6 a song he composed on the occasion of the UAE’s Year of Tolerance at Abu Dabi's Marina Mall and received an award for his achievements.

Hosny’s audience took part in this event and broke a Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a bulletin board.

Hosny will celebrate New Year's Eve in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi with a huge concert on Al Maryah Island.

Presentation Company headed by acclaimed marketing expert Montasser el- Nabarawy chose Hosny to perform at the closing ceremony of U-23 African Cup of Nations that took place on Friday, November 22.

Hosny’s upcoming movie ‘’ El Feloos’’ (The Money) will be released in Egyptian cinemas on December 25.

The movie stars Zeina, Khaled el-Sawy, Aicha Ben Ahmed, Ahmed Fathy and Mohamed Sarwat. Written by Mohamed Abdel Maty and directed by Said el-Marouk, the movie was originally titled "Kol Sana W Enta Tayeb".

Additionally, Hosny performed a massive concert in Egypt’s North Coast on August 30 along with the famed Gipsy Kings.

On April 6, Hosny received the Murex D’or award in Lebanon for best male Arab singer.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny's latest song “Naseny Laih” amassed 50 million views on his official YouTube channel. The song is written by Tamer Hussain, distributed by Tamer Ali and Wesam Abdel Moneim. Hosny chose the idea of the song’s video clip which is directed by Said al-Marouk.

Hosny's most recent album "Aish Beshouak" achieved great success.

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

His latest movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved revenues that exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

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

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube. "Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2, 2018.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

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

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

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

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

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

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.



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12/16/2019 4:15:14 PM
<![CDATA[Access 11 graduation ceremony takes place on Dec.15]]>
The graduation ceremony was attended by Counsellor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Cairo Helen LaFave and Head of the Regional English Language Office ( RELO) Micah Risher.

The Access program provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 14- to-16 year-olds from disadvantaged populations in Egypt through after-school classes and intensive summer learning activities.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the program also gives participants the opportunity to gain an appreciation for American culture and democratic values, increasing their ability to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their countries, and improving their chances of participation in U.S. educational and exchange programs.

The program promotes tolerance to and acceptance of cultural differences. US cultural traditions and holidays are celebrated and fused with similar Egyptian events in an attempt to bridge cultural gaps. The Access program is implemented in all the Egyptian governorates


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12/16/2019 4:06:11 PM
<![CDATA[Exhibition of French excavations in Egypt to be launched on Dec. 18]]>
The exhibition will be titled "French excavations in Egypt: Research, Cooperation, Innovation," and will be held on Dec. 18, 2019.

The exhibition will be held within the activities of the Egyptian-French cultural year 2019. It will be available to the public from Dec. 19 to Feb. 18, 2020, where a selection of distinguished artifacts discovered by French archaeological missions operating in Egypt will be displayed.

The exhibition paints a current panoramic picture of French archaeological activity in Egypt, the institutions that support it and the archaeological excavations carried out by these institutions in different regions of the country.

The exhibition also reflects the richness and progress of archaeological cooperation between the two countries and its tangible results.

France is one of Egypt's most important partners in the field of archaeological work. France has established three permanent research centers in Egypt: The French Scientific Institute for Oriental Archeology (IFAO) -which will soon celebrate the 140th anniversary of its founding-, The French Egyptian Center for the Study of Karnak Temple (CFEETK) and Alexandria Study Center (CEAlex). This is in addition to about fifty annual excavation missions launched in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.


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12/16/2019 2:28:28 PM
<![CDATA[Naseer Shamma performs in El-Sawy Culture Wheel on Dec. 28, 29]]>
Shamma is one of the most prominent Arab musicians who have emerged at the end of the 20th century, and were able to enter the 21st century with steady steps based on cumulative achievements and an individual musical identity.The Iraqi musician received many awards, and performed countless concerts around the world.He founded The House of Oud to teach oud, and Oyoun group for Arab Takht music in Cairo. It is worth mentioning that Shamma has recently performed at the closing ceremony of the second edition of the Manial Palace Festival, headed by El-Amir Abbas Helmy.
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12/16/2019 1:52:20 PM
<![CDATA[Nicole Saba to perform New Year’s concert in Egypt on Dec. 31]]>
This will be Saba’s second concert since the start of the political turmoil in her country, Lebanon.

Saba's first concert after the political events in Lebanon was at a club in Nasr City in Nov. During the concert, the Lebanese diva raised the Lebanese flag in support of the revolution.
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Saba also uploaded a picture on her official Instagram account holding the Lebanese flag. She captioned the photo, “The sweetest and biggest tribute to the revolution of my country, Lebanon, from the mother of the world, Egypt. We love you, Lebanon.”

Due to the events unfolding in Lebanon, Saba refrained from performing a concert in one of the private universities in the city of Minya last October.

On a different note, Saba is set to release a number of new songs written by poet Amir Teima and composed by Mohammad Yahya, a step that her close friends and fellow artists consider a great turning point in her singing career.




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12/16/2019 1:34:50 PM
<![CDATA[Hawass: 22 Royal mummies to be transferred to NMEC on Jan.2020]]>
Renowned Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass revealed that 22 valuable mummies will be transferred to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization by a great world prade on January, 2020.


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

11- A sculpture of a young Tutankhamun





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12/16/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[GEBO participates in AUC’s Book Fair]]>
The book fair launched on Dec. 15 on the sidelines of the third conference on Arabic and Linguistics "Heritage and Renewal".

The conference was attended by Head of the authority's central marketing department Mohammed el-Fiqi. This comes as part of the expansion plan of book fairs directed by Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem for reaching all segments of society.

A group of publishers interested in the Arabic Language will also participate in the exhibition, which is set to run from Dec. 15 to 17.

The GEBO participated with the book "Lisan el-Arab" in its nine parts, and "Describing Egypt," which was reprinted in the golden jubilee of the Cairo International Book Exhibition. This is in addition to "The Book of the Seven Pillars" and other important books published by the organization.

It is noteworthy that "Lisan el Arab" by Ibn Manzoor is considered one of the most important Arabic dictionaries, if not the most important of them all, where the author relied on five important sources. Ibn Manzoor collected in his book linguistic, literary and religious materials, something that no other writer has ever done.

Ibn Manzoor’s book collected 80,000 items, and thus became one of the encyclopedic masterpieces and an important source of poetic evidence and Quranic readings, in addition to its main task as a linguistics dictionary.

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12/15/2019 4:57:31 PM
<![CDATA[Star of Folklore Arts Hassan Afifi dies at 77]]>
The minister said that the star was set to be honored in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Reda Folklore Troupe, which he co-founded.

The minister indicated that the late artist contributed to developing the concept of theatrical shows and devised works that will remain immortal in the memory and conscience of the Egyptian people.

It is noteworthy that Afifi started his artistic career with Reda Troupe and participated in several movies with them, including “Gharam Fel Karnak” (Love in Karnak Temple), “Agazat Nesf El Sana” (Mid-Year Holidays) and “Fatat el-Esterad” (Show Girl).

Afifi then retired and worked as a customs designer for plays. Afifi was famous for his riddles and numerous other theatrical and television works.

The Ministry of Culture honored Afifi at the opening of the seventh edition of Damanhur International Folklore Festival last April in the Egyptian Opera House.

Farewell, Hassan Afifi.
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12/15/2019 4:45:02 PM
<![CDATA[Karama Human Rights Film Festival concludes its 10th edition]]>
The film tells the story of the Tunisian Tawfik, who participates in the Bosnian war against Serbian forces, and is imprisoned for 6 years after returning to Tunisia. When his wife leaves him behind in Tunisia with his three daughters and travels to Bosnia, Tawfik finds himself responsible for attending to his daughters, while resisting the great urge he has to revenge those who destroyed his life.

Directors of the Syrian documentary "For Sama," Waad el-Khatib and Edward Watts, won the Karama Feather for Best Director. The film recounts the life of a young woman who has fought for love and motherhood for 5 years in Syria. Waad also documented her struggle as a journalist in the besieged city of Aleppo, where she married the last doctor in the city, and gave birth to her daughter Sama in 2015.
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Moreover, the Moroccan film "Urgent" by Hassan al-Basri was awarded the Karama Feather for best feature film. The film revolves around Idris, who travels with his wife to Casablanca, as their son needs medical care due to his inability to bear the severe migraine that has been accompanying him for weeks. The son, Ali, suffered severe depression and tried to take his own life, before being rescued and returned to the hospital once again.
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The Krama Feather for best short film was granted to the Yemeni film "The Helmet", directed by Osama Khaled, which reflects the circumstances in the war-torn Yemen. The tech-genius young man dreams of an invention to help him escape his harsh reality

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12/15/2019 3:48:44 PM
<![CDATA[Sawiris Foundation reveals annual ceremony date]]>
The ceremony will be held on Jan. 10, 2020 at Cairo Opera House's Grand Theater at 7 p.m.

The foundation confirmed in a statement that the evaluation of the submitted works is being completed by five neutral arbitration committees that include a selection of writers, poets, filmmakers, critics and drama pioneers from Egypt.

The award secretariat is currently preparing to announce on Dec. 17 the shortlist of works nominated for the Best Work Award in the areas of novel, fictional set, screenplay, and film scenario for young authors.

The Board of Trustees also announced withholding the award for "Best Professional Screenplay - First Branch" for the year 2019, since only two works were received to compete for the award.

The board stated that the competition received 719 works in its various branches, including 181 novels and anecdotal collection for the Senior Writers branch, 181 novels and stories in the Youth Writers branch, 219 scenarios for the Script branch - First Work, 102 theatrical texts for the Theater branch and 36 works for Literary Criticism .

Sawiris Foundation for Social Development is an Egyptian charity organization linked with the Sawiris Family. It is a prominent institution of economic and social aid established in 2001 in Egypt.
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12/15/2019 3:21:15 PM
<![CDATA[Amr Diab to participate in MDL Beast Festival in Saudi Arabia ]]>
Diab recently was featured by Spotify on a massive billboard in the heart of Times Square with the tagline “This is Amr Diab”.

In 2016, Diab became the first Egyptian and Arab artist to break a Guinness World Record for the number of World Music Awards he achieved.

It is worth mentioning that Diab performed live in Jeddah at King Abdullah Sports City on June 10 and performed a massive concert recently at Riyadh season.

Also, Diab, famed British singer James Arthur and famed Turkish record producer Mahmut Oran performed in the grand ceremony of the American University in Cairo's centennial anniversary.

Diab was the most listened to singer on Anghami in 2018; his most recent album “Kol Hayati” (All My Life) was listened to a record number of times. Diab adopted a new marketing strategy to promote his latest album "Kol Hayati." He released a new song each week.

Diab performed a massive concert in Nammos, a restaurant in Mykonos, Greece to promote “Kol Hayati”, where he sang some songs from his new album.

Diab collaborated with several poets, composers and distributers in “Kol Hayati” album, including Tarek Madkour, Ayman Bahgat Amar, Nader Hamdy, Amr Mostafa and Ahmed el-Malky.

Born in 1961 in Port Said, Diab has risen to fame over the past two decades in the Arab world and continues to break sale records, according to a BBC report and his official Facebook page.

His most famous album, “Nour el-Ain” (Our Eyes Beam), brought him international recognition and earned him the title of “The Father of Mediterranean Music” for his style of blending Egyptian and western rhythms.

The mega star, who founded the record company Mediterranean Music, had his songs translated into seven different languages.

Diab received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Big Apple Music Awards in 2009. At the 2014 World Music Awards, Diab was also awarded Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist and World Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.

Diab’s first album, “Ya Tareeq” (The Path), was released in 1983. His album “Meaddy El-Nas” (Surpassing People) was released in July 2017, following a major viral promotion campaign across Cairo sponsored by Egypt Linx.

Diab has established himself as an acclaimed recording artist in most Mediterranean countries. According to a research by Michael Frishkopf, he has created his style termed as "Mediterranean Music", a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms.
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12/15/2019 3:05:02 PM
<![CDATA[A small royal statue of a sphinx uncovered in Tuna El-Gebel]]>
The newly discovered sphinx which is made of limestone was uncovered by Egyptian Archaeological Mission headed by Sayed Abdel-Malek.

Director General of the Antiquities of Middle Egypt Gamal El-Samastawy said on Saturday that the sphinx measures about 35cm in height and 55cm in width.

The mission also has found collections of ancient amulets in addition to potteries of various forms and sizes.

Tuna el Gebel area in Minya governorate is among the archaeological sites that contain plenty of ancient Egyptian treasures that are not yet revealed.

Tuna el-Gebel in the city of Mallawi was the necropolis of Khmun. It contains monuments from the Greek and Roman eras, as well as the Late Middle Ages.

The area hosts the Boundary Stelae of Akhenaton, catacombs of falcons, baboons and ibises, and the tombs of Petosiris and Isadora.

Tuna el-Gebel village is famous for having many archaeological tombs, which contributed greatly to the revival of archaeological and touristic life and helped drive Arab and foreign tourists to the region once again. It is an archaeological village located in Al Minya Governorate. It has a population of more than 20,000 people.


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A unique royal bust of King Ramses II made of red granite was unearthed on a private land in Mit Rahina village in Giza by an Egyptian archaeological mission from the Ministry of Antiquities on Wednesday, December 11.
The newly discovered bust is emblazoned with the “Ka,” a symbol of power, life force and spirit.

King Ramses II bust is carved in red granite and depicts Ramses II wearing a wig with the symbol of the “Ka” over his head. The bust is 105 cm tall, 55 cm wide and 45 cm thick.



The mission discovered this unique bust during excavations on privately owned land in Giza, after the landowner was caught carrying out illegal excavation work at his land.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced that the uncovered King Ramses II bust is one of a kind because the only similar bust is one carved in wood and belongs to 13th Dynasty King Hor Awibre, which is now on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The mission has also discovered a group of huge red granite and limestone blocks engraved with scenes showing Ramses II during the Heb-Sed religious ritual, which indicates that these blocks could belong to a great temple dedicated to the worship of the deity Ptah.

The bust and the blocks have been transferred to Mit Rahina open air museum for restoration, and excavations will continue at the site.

One of the main achievements of King Ramses II is building Abu Simbel temple to impress Egypt's southern neighbors, and also to reinforce the status of the Egyptian religion in the area.

Abu Simbel was one of six rock temples erected in Nubia during the ruling period of Ramses II and its construction took 20 years from 1264 BC to 1244 BC.

Abu Simbel is made up of two temples. The smaller one was built for Queen Nefertari and has two statues of her and four pharaohs; each about 33 feet (10 meters) in height.


According to many scholars, this great temple was created to celebrate the victory of Ramses II over the Hittites at the Battle of Qadesh in 1274 BC. This means that the temple was situated on the border of the conquered lands of Nubia after many military campaigns were carried out by the Pharaoh against Nubia.

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12/14/2019 8:06:39 PM
<![CDATA[Fatmir Mura presents sand drawing show at WYF Theater]]>
The second edition of World Youth Forum Theater was inaugurated on Friday, December 13 under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

President Sisi and Egypt’s First Lady Entissar al-Sisi attended the WYF theater inauguration ceremony.

The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum management organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, Veronica and Willy will perform .

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.


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12/14/2019 5:40:55 PM
<![CDATA[WYF musicians to ET: Music unites nations together]]>
Both Welly and Veronica said that music and singing are tools to unite the whole world and that they will return back to their homelands carrying ideas and decisions that will contribute to more progress and stability.

The Russian young singer Veronica said that she is extremely happy because of her participation in the World Youth Forum, pointing out that she applied to participate in the forum last year, she was accepted but couldn’t make it because of certain circumstances, that is why she insisted to participate in the forum this year.

Veronica said to Egypt Today that she loves to communicate with people from different nations that is why she is happy with her participation in the forum.

The young Russian singer praised the dazzling organisation of the forum, explaining that she knows some Egyptian music songs but doesn’t know who are the singers.

Veronica further added that music and art are able to unite the whole world and positively influence humanity feelings.

She explained that she will participate in the upcoming editions of the forum because WYF is a big chance to assure that all youth from around the world love each other.

The young Chadi guitar player Willy Saleh said that this is his first participation in WYF, pointing out that he applied last year but he wasn’t accepted but this year he re-applied because he was keen to participate in WYF with its important messages which are ‘’ love, peace and progress.

Willy said to Egypt Today that he knows some Egyptian singers such as Mohamed Mounir and Dina el Wedidy.

Willy said that he teamed up with Veronica two years ago and they performed together three duos.

Both Willy and Veronica will perform two songs at the forum one about peace and the other holds messages to youth.

Willy explained that music unite people together more than songs because any person will not be able to understand or speak all the different languages of the world, but he/she will be influenced by music.

The Chadi Guitar player said that the world is witnessing social and political conflicts, explaining that music is a form of social inclusion.

Willy added that the World Youth Forum is executed by Egyptian and African hands that is why he is proud with.

The second edition of World Youth Forum Theater was inaugurated on Friday, December 13 under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

President Sisi and Egypt’s First Lady Entissar al-Sisi attended the WYF theater inauguration ceremony.

The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum management organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, Veronica and Willy will perform .

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.

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12/14/2019 4:44:29 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Henedy to participate in MDL Beast Festival ]]>
Henedy’s successful play "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel" (Three Days in North Coast) started its shows on Saudi Arabia from October 17-20 as part of Riyadh season.

This is the second show to the play in Saudi Arabia, the first was from July 3-6. The play is achieving booming success in Saudi Arabia, garnering huge revenues.

The Saudi Ambassador in Egypt Osama el Nokaly previously watched "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel, expressing his admiration with the play.

After a 16-year hiatus, comedy star Mohamed Henedy returns to the theatre and competes with his new play "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel."

The first show of the play was on January 10, 2019.

"Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel" houses notable cast: Ahmed Fathy, Nada Moussa, Mohamed Sarwat, Maha Abou Ouf, Bayoumi Fouad, Samia el Taraboulsi among others.The show is written by Hatem Hussein and directed by Magdy el-Hawary.

Throughout his career, acclaimed actor Mohamed Henedy achieved legendary success, confirming his talent and presence as a comedian.

He is known for his unique comical style. Henedy was born on February 1, 1965 in Giza, Egypt, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the Higher Institute of Cinema. He began his artistic career through the institute Theater, then took on small television roles.

He took on small TV roles until director Youssef Chahine gave him a role in his film ‘’Alexandria… Why?’’ in 1979 and later in Alexandria Again and Forever in 1990.

Henedy continued his career working with other prominent directors like Khairy Beshara in ‘’A Bitter Day and a Sweet Day’’ in 1988 and Atef Al Tayeb in his adaptation of Naguib Mahfouz’s masterpiece ‘’Heart of the Night’’ in 1989.

Starring in films that reaped the highest box office revenues, some of his most famous roles include those in ‘’Hamam in Amsterdam’’ in 1999, ‘’Breaking News’’ (2001), ‘’Soldiers in the Camp’’ (2003), ‘’The Great Beans of China’’ (2004), ‘’Ramadan Mabrouk Abul-Alamein Hamouda’’ (2008) and ‘’The Prince of Seas’’ (2009), among others.

He also excelled with his vocal performances in the Egyptian versions of many animated series and films including ‘’The Simpsons’’ and ‘’Monsters Inc.’’, as well as ‘’The Lion King’’.

Henedy had already become a staple name in the Egyptian cinema. He is also famous for his successful plays, some of which are considered theatrical hits in 20th century Egyptian theater.

The veteran Egyptian comedian was granted this year’s Career Achievement Award from the third edition of El Gouna Film Festival.
According to Intishal Al Timimi, Festival Director, Henedy represented a new and young generation that influenced a major change in the Egyptian cinema in the early 1990s.

“We try to select those who have the biggest influence on the industry; those whose achievements have a value that goes beyond their personal limits,” he said.

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12/14/2019 1:25:11 PM
<![CDATA[''Beyond the Raging Sea'' : A film that wasn’t meant to be made]]>
Believing that obstacles are just opportunities in disguise, Nour became the first Egyptian professional triathlete in history at the age of 31 after going through an incredible body transformation, while Samra climbed the highest mountains, and skied to both the North and South Poles, but it’s just never enough for them.

When Samra thought it was time to explore oceans, he thought of no one else better than Nour to take this thrilling adventure with him. Intrigued by the idea of completing a human-powered ocean-crossing, Nour and Samra teamed up to row across the Atlantic Ocean. They signed up for the ‘Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge’ aka ‘The World’s Toughest Row’, forming a crew titled 'Team O2'.

With little or no rowing experience and absolutely no knowledge of the ocean, Samra and Nour decided to complete the world’s toughest rowing attempt to cross the Atlantic, believing that it will make them explore new horizons and know themselves better.

Preparing for the challenge, they had to go through intense physical training and complete multiple qualifications, including a RYA Yacht-master Ocean Theory, First Aid at Sea, Sea Survival and a VHF Radio License.

Before the rowing event took place, Omar Nour and Omar Samra partnered with the UNHCR Egypt and UNDP Egypt in “#Rowing4Refugees” that aims to raise awareness of the plight of millions of refugees and asylum-seekers through a first-hand experience of the hardships and risks that refugees often endure when fleeing conflict and seeking safety across dangerous waters.

On December 14, 2017, Samra and Nour 'Team O2' started their arduous journey as the first Egyptian team to take on the challenge of rowing across the Atlantic, competing with other teams, each made up of 1-4 rowers from all over the world. The 3,000 nautical mile journey starts from the San Sebastian, La Gomera in the Spanish Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua. No outside assistance is permitted throughout the crossing; once they left the harbor they were unsupported and had only each other to rely on. Their boat was approximately 7.5m long x 1.8m wide, built of wood, fiber glass, carbon fiber and Kevlar.

After eight days at sea, Team O2 was hit by 45 knot winds that caused their boat to capsize - their boat did not self-right as it was meant to do. The Egyptian duo lived 12 hours of fear and anguish, deserted and floating in the rough seas in a small rubber raft before they got rescued by a 200m Greek-German cargo ship, which re-routed in answer to their mayday call. The ship was able to bring them onboard after 3-4 hours of rescue attempts in worsening conditions.

Sponsored by DHL, and in collaboration with UNHCR and UNDP, Team O2 dedicated their row to raising awareness of the global refugee crises. In an ironic twist, Nour and Samra faced the same dangers, terrors and decisions of those they meant to recognize and relieve.

Their survival story wasn’t meant to be made into a film, until director Marco Orsini heard about it. Orsini got so enthused to document their adventure, and only then the action-adventure documentary film Beyond the Raging Sea was made.

Featuring jaw-dropping, you-are-there footage of a remarkable ordeal and rescue at sea, Beyond the Raging Sea is the gripping account of that experience narrated by those who lived it, capturing what they endured, what they felt and what it meant. In this film, an elite adventure introduces us to extraordinary people in exceptional circumstance, navigating existential threats and grueling ordeals, fighting for survival and what comes after.

Beyond the Raging Sea had a sold out Premiere at this year’s El Gouna Film Festival and was praised by the celebrities, public figures, and media who attended its screening. The film will screen in the Egyptian Panorama section of the 41st Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) November 20-29. Beyond the Raging Sea was presented as a work in progress in the Doc Corner of the Marché du Film at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Distributed by MAD Solutions across the Arab World, Beyond the Raging Sea will be coming soon to theaters.

Beyond the Raging Sea is written and directed by Marco Orsini, who produced it in collaboration with DHL, IEFTA, UNHCR, and UNDP, with Executive Producers Omar Nour, Omar Samra, and John Giwa-Amu. The film’s original music is composed by George Acogny. MAD Solutions handles the film’s distribution and marketing in the Arab world.

Nour and Samra are world-class athletes. Omar Nour is a retired professional athlete, serial entrepreneur and motivational speaker. Nour was the first Egyptian professional triathlete in history, representing his country on the Olympic triathlon circuit from 2010-2016. Omar Samra is an adventurer, mountaineer, entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and future astronaut. He is the first Egyptian to climb Mount Everest and the 7 Summits and ski to both the Geographic South and North Pole (The Explorer's Grand Slam).

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12/14/2019 12:53:11 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi, Egypt’s First Lady inaugurate WYF Theater]]>
President Sisi and Egypt’s First Lady Entissar al-Sisi attended the WYF theater inauguration ceremony.

The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum management organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.
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12/13/2019 8:34:55 PM
<![CDATA[WYF’s youth discusses artificial intelligence applications & entrepreneurship]]>
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This pre-forum workshop discussed the applications of artificial intelligence across a variety of sectors for entrepreneurs.



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Artificial intelligence isn’t just a massive scientific discipline, it’s one of the fastest growing marketplaces in technology.

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A number of fruitful pre-forum workshops occurred on December 13 such as International Food Security: Youth’s Initiative for Action”.

This important workshop tackled and discussed the context where all people at all times have the right to physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food.

"Enabling Persons with Disabilities Towards an Inclusive World (2)" workshop took place on Friday as well.

At this important workshop the world youth engaged with their peers who live with a disability.

Youth learned how to find innovative solutions to better integrate youth with disability into society.

“Prospects of Education & Capacity Building in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Age” pre-forum workshop was organised on Friday.
This pre-forum workshop tackled how living in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will finally change not only what we do but also who we are.

Hundreds of youth participating in the third edition of the World Youth Forum wrote down their dreams and ambitions for the coming year on the new year tree. This comes in the framework of the forum New Year celebrations.


The forum management invited the WYF youth to celebrate the New Year by participating in the "New Year's Tree" event, by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on lamps illuminated by the New Year tree, so that all lamps are lit simultaneously to give an exquisite appearance and create a different spirit.

The World Youth Forum administration as well expressed its sincere wishes to people from all around the world to have a happy New Year full of joy and fulfilment of dreams.
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.

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12/13/2019 4:19:11 PM
<![CDATA[Unique bust of Ramses II uncovered in Giza]]>
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The newly discovered bust is emblazoned with the “Ka,” a symbol of power, life force and spirit.

King Ramses II bust is carved in red granite and depicts Ramses II wearing a wig with the symbol of the “Ka” over his head. The bust is 105 cm tall, 55 cm wide and 45 cm thick.



The mission discovered this unique bust during excavations on privately owned land in Giza, after the landowner was caught carrying out illegal excavation work at his land.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced that the uncovered King Ramses II bust is one of a kind because the only similar bust is one carved in wood and belongs to 13th Dynasty King Hor Awibre, which is now on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The mission has also discovered a group of huge red granite and limestone blocks engraved with scenes showing Ramses II during the Heb-Sed religious ritual, which indicates that these blocks could belong to a great temple dedicated to the worship of the deity Ptah.

The bust and the blocks have been transferred to Mit Rahina open air museum for restoration, and excavations will continue at the site.

One of the main achievements of King Ramses II is building Abu Simbel temple to impress Egypt's southern neighbors, and also to reinforce the status of the Egyptian religion in the area.

Abu Simbel was one of six rock temples erected in Nubia during the ruling period of Ramses II and its construction took 20 years from 1264 BC to 1244 BC.

Abu Simbel is made up of two temples. The smaller one was built for Queen Nefertari and has two statues of her and four pharaohs; each about 33 feet (10 meters) in height.


According to many scholars, this great temple was created to celebrate the victory of Ramses II over the Hittites at the Battle of Qadesh in 1274 BC. This means that the temple was situated on the border of the conquered lands of Nubia after many military campaigns were carried out by the Pharaoh against Nubia.



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12/13/2019 3:56:34 PM
<![CDATA[‘International Food Security: Youth’s Initiative for Action’ workshop took place at WYF on Dec.13]]>
The workshop tackled and discussed the context where all people at all times have the right to physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food.
"Enabling Persons with Disabilities Towards an Inclusive World (2)" workshop took place on Friday.
At this important workshop the world youth engaged with their peers who live with a disability.
Youth learned how to find innovative solutions to better integrate youth with disability into society.

“Prospects of Education & Capacity Building in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Age” is a pre-forum workshop that took place on Friday as well at the side-lines of the third edition of the World Youth Forum.
The pre-forum workshop tackled how living in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will finally change not only what we do but also who we are.
Hundreds of youth participating in the third edition of the World Youth Forum wrote down their dreams and ambitions for the coming year on the new year tree. This comes in the framework of the forum New Year celebrations.


The forum management invited the WYF youth to celebrate the New Year by participating in the "New Year's Tree" event, by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on lamps illuminated by the New Year tree, so that all lamps are lit simultaneously to give an exquisite appearance and create a different spirit.
The World Youth Forum administration as well expressed its sincere wishes to people from all around the world to have a happy New Year full of joy and fulfilment of dreams.
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.

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12/13/2019 2:37:35 PM
<![CDATA[WYF’ s youth discuss innovative solutions to better integrate disabled youth into society]]>
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At this important workshop the world youth engaged with their peers who live with a disability.

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Youth participating in this workshop discussed how to find innovative solutions to better integrate youth with disability into society.

“Prospects of Education & Capacity Building in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Age” is a pre-forum workshop that took place on Friday as well at the side-lines of the third edition of the World Youth Forum.

The pre-forum workshop tackled how living in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will finally change not only what we do but also who we are.

Hundreds of youth participating in the third edition of the World Youth Forum wrote down their dreams and ambitions for the coming year on the new year tree. This comes in the framework of the forum New Year celebrations.


The forum management invited the WYF youth to celebrate the New Year by participating in the "New Year's Tree" event, by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on lamps illuminated by the New Year tree, so that all lamps are lit simultaneously to give an exquisite appearance and create a different spirit.

The World Youth Forum administration as well expressed its sincere wishes to people from all around the world to have a happy New Year full of joy and fulfilment of dreams.
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.


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12/13/2019 2:10:15 PM
<![CDATA['Prospects of Education’, a pre-forum workshop that took place at WYF]]>

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The pre-forum workshop tackled how living in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will finally change not only what we do but also who we are.

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Hundreds of youth participating in the third edition of the World Youth Forum wrote down their dreams and ambitions for the coming year on the new year tree. This comes in the framework of the forum New Year celebrations.


The forum management invited the WYF youth to celebrate the New Year by participating in the "New Year's Tree" event, by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on lamps illuminated by the New Year tree, so that all lamps are lit simultaneously to give an exquisite appearance and create a different spirit.
The World Youth Forum administration as well expressed its sincere wishes to people from all around the world to have a happy New Year full of joy and fulfilment of dreams.
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.





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<![CDATA[In Pics: WYF’s youth write down their ambitions, dreams on the New Year's tree]]>
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The forum management invited the WYF youth to celebrate the New Year tonight by participating in the "New Year's Tree" event, by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on lamps illuminated by the New Year tree, so that all lamps are lit simultaneously to give an exquisite appearance and create a different spirit.

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The World Youth Forum administration as well expressed its sincere wishes to people from all around the world to have a happy New Year full of joy and fulfilment of dreams.
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

The forum mangment organised theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship will participate in the WYF as well.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA.

This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallani from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.
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12/13/2019 12:55:38 AM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Multinational students' delegation visits Fustat's Museum ]]>
This came on the sidelines of the students' visit to Egypt to attend the World Youth Forum 2019 in Sharm El-Sheikh.

General Supervisor of the museum Ahmed el-Sherbiny explained that the delegation includes students from India, Indonesia, Senegal, Cambodia, Thailand and Pakistan, and that the museum is always keen to organize such visits as part of the social and educational activities for multinational students.
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Sherbiny further stated that the museum curators took the students on a tour in the museum. The tour included the museum's various exhibition halls, which contain treasures of Egyptian crafts from different ages and that the students expressed their admiration of the museum.

It is worth noting that the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is currently finalizing the preparation of two new halls to be opened soon. These are the Royal Mummy Hall, which will receive the royal mummies in a majestic procession during the next few months from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, and the Main Exhibition Hall that spans over an area of 2300 square meters, portraying the most important features of Egyptian civilization throughout the ages, including the prehistoric, Pharaonic, Greek, Roman, Coptic, Islamic, modern and contemporary civilizations.
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Yerina Yukova, the former director-general of UNESCO, opened a temporary exhibition hall in the museum in 2017 illustrating four traditional crafts in ancient Egyptian history: Jewelry, pottery, fabric, and wood.

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12/12/2019 4:04:20 PM
<![CDATA[Ancient Egyptian headwear used for spiritual assistance in afterlife]]>
Archaeologists explained earlier that none of these helmets were found; hence, unearthing two headdresses in the ancient Egyptian city of Tel el-Amarna is an important discovery, according to sciencenews.org.
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Ancient Egyptian headwear each has its own resemblance

Archaeologist Anna Stevens from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia said the first headdress was found in the cemetery of a woman who died in her twenties. The other one was found in a cemetery that contained the skeletal remains of a body whose gender is yet to be determined. The skeletal remains appear to belong to a person that died between the age of 15 to 20.

Stevens explained that scientists expected to find the first headdress in the graves of the elite. Scientists used portable infrared and X-ray devices to study the headdress which was found to be made from beeswax.

Although some researchers speculated that the vertical cones contain animal fats or perfumed wax with a substance such as tree resin, the cones do not contain oily substances or fragrances.

It is believed that the head cone found in Amarna provides spiritual assistance in the afterlife.


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12/12/2019 3:30:02 PM
<![CDATA[Elissa to perform concert at MUST Opera House on Dec. 13]]>
The management of MUST has completed all the preparations for this concert under the guidance of Khaled el-Toukhy, chairman of the Board of Trustees.

It is worth noting that Elissa's concert comes as part of a diverse artistic program prepared by the university in a manner that satisfies all tastes and addresses all ages. A series of concerts are scheduled to be performed by the stars of Egypt and the Arab world.

MUST (Misr University for Science and Technology) has a theater accommodating up to 1200 spectators, equipped with the latest high standard sound, lighting and theater management devices.
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12/12/2019 2:37:26 PM
<![CDATA['Cairo Kabul' to be broadcast in Ramadan 2020 ]]>
The new series will be broadcast during the upcoming Ramadan season, as the filming is scheduled to start in January 2020.

The deal with the three stars to star in “Cairo Kabul” was sealed in strict secrecy.

On the other hand, director Hossam Ali continues filming the last scenes of "Shadeed el-Khotoura” (Highly Dangerous). The series will be divided into many parts, each containing seven episodes. It will be exclusively available on WatchiT! digital platform.

“Shadeed el-Khoutoura” stars Riad el-Khouly, Hady el-Gayar, Mahmoud Hegazy, Nahed Roushdy, Hamza el-Ayly, Hosni Sheta and Khaled Kamal. It is written by Mohamed Sayed Bashir and produced by Synergy.
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12/12/2019 1:22:04 PM
<![CDATA[Celebrating the 108th birthday of iconic Naguib Mahfouz]]>
Author of 34 novels, over 350 short stories, five plays and dozens of movie scripts, 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, which is a habit he developed in the 1950s.

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At the age of 82, Mahfouz was stabbed in the neck in 1994 by an extremist in an assassination attempt following a huge wave of hatred after the fatwah (Religious statement) issued by Ayat Allah Khomeini of Iran against Arab/English author Salman Rushdi over his famous book “Satanic Verses”.

The controversy came from his design of the character Gebleway a wealthy landowner and a harsh father who is negligent to his descendants, leaving them in poverty and misery, and appointing the dark son Adham to run the business instead of Idris the eldest son.

The novel relays the story of Adam and Satan, then the quarrel between Satan and God, and later mentions the story of Kane and Abel where he kills his brother and the grandfather refuses to interfere.

The stories of the prophets of the main religions, Moses, Jesus and Mohamed, continue. He changes the names brilliantly with clear hints to which religious personality he is handling in each new chapter.

He avoids the miracles and humanizes the struggles in efforts to make the story about fighting for the rights of the poor who are all sons of Gebelawi and have equal rights to wealth.

Mahfouz was blunt in expressing his ideas; he discussed politics, history, and philosophy in his novels. He covered a lot of subjects such as socialism, homosexuality, and God. Mahfouz's novels were informative and showed the development of Egypt in the 20th century.

Mahfouz’s first novel was “Khufu’s Wisdom”. He wrote 35 novels afterward and 15 collections of short stories alongside with “Echoes of an Autobiography” in 1994, according to an article by AUC Press.

The iconic writer didn’t only write novels and short stories, but also took the initiative to work on 25 film screenplays that featured specific writing techniques such as flashbacks. Egyptian cinema has created over 30 Egyptian films that were based on Mahfouz’s novels and literary works.

He also wrote weekly columns in state-owned newspapers Al-Ahram and Al-Ahram Weekly in 1971, including "Naguib Mahfouz at Sidi Gaber: Reflections of a Nobel Laureate 1994- 2001."

Mahfouz was honored by the government; he received the Egyptian State Prize twice for his writings.

Promoting great collections of Arabic narratives locally and internationally, Mahfouz received other countless awards including one from the American University in Cairo and an honorary doctorate in 1995. Also, he was 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. AUC Press became his main English language publisher and agent of all translation rights. The agreement was signed with Mahfouz prior to his death.

A total of 50 newly discovered short stories written by the Egyptian Noble Laureate Mahfouz, were published on December 11, 2018.

The newly discovered short stories were found by the late writer's daughter, Um Kulthum Naguib Mahfouz, and culture journalist Mohamed Shoair.

The short stories collection was published by Lebanese publishing house Dar Al-Saqi under the title “Hams El-Nogoom” (Whispering of the Stars). Dar Al-Saqi announced it acquired the rights to publish Mahfouz’s short stories from his daughter.]]>
12/11/2019 10:45:10 PM
<![CDATA[For 1st time, Ahlam sings in Egyptian dialect]]>
Ahlam said in statements to Oman Radio on the sidelines of her concerts at the Royal Opera House in Muscat that she communicated with many Egyptian poets to collaborate with them on the album, noting that she will hold sessions to finish the album soon.

The famed Emirati star emphasized that through her singing in the Egyptian dialect she will deliver a message describing the state of the Egyptian society, explaining that it will be a token of love for her Egyptian fans.

Ahlam has recently released the song “Ana Ma Astaghna Anak” (I Cannot Do Without You), written by Mansour al-Balawi, composed by Nasser al-Saleh and distributed by Khaled Ezz.

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12/11/2019 5:04:03 PM
<![CDATA[Iconic Arabic language scholar Mahmoud Hegazy dies on Dec. 11]]>
“Farewell to one of the most important symbols of Egyptian culture and the pride of scholars and thinkers. The one who has exerted great efforts to serve the Arabic language around the world,” said Abdel Dayem.

“He was also an ambassador for Al-Dhad language and sought for decades to confirm the Egyptian cultural leadership,” resumed the minister.

Mahmoud Fahmy Hegazy was also a member of the Arabic Language Academy and worked as a professor of linguistics at the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University. Additionally, he served as the first head of the National Library and Documentation House from 1994-1997, after it became a separate entity from the General Egyptian Book Organization.

The late iconic writer wrote numerous enriching books, including “Arabic Throughout the Centuries”, “Arabic language: Renewal Issues And Future Prospects”, “Language Political Trends”, “Language And The Contemporary World”, among others.

The late prominent writer also participated in preparing the German-Arabic dictionary. In recognition of his scientific endeavors, he was awarded a number of honors and awards, including the Federal Order of Merit of the first class from the Federal Republic of Germany in 1997, Appreciation Award from Cairo University in Humanities in 1998, State Appreciation Award for Arts in 2000, Honorary Doctorate as a Professor in the International University and International Languages from Kazakhstan in 2004, Presidential Shield from the president of Kazakhstan in 2013 and last but not least, King Faisal’s International Award for Arabic Language and Literature 2019.

Farewell, Mahmoud Fahmy Hegazy.

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12/11/2019 5:01:29 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Show Theatre to produce Mekki's 'Hazalqoum' ]]>
Director and producer Magdy el-Hawary, co-founder of Cairo Show Theatre, expressed his happiness with presenting Hazalqoum in a theatrical work, emphasizing that the character is very rich and provides a fertile material for comedy. Hawary claims the character will achieve great success on theater; the same way it succeeded in cinema and television.

“I chose the character of Hazalqoum to lead the play because it is very intriguing. This character always made me and everyone around me laugh,” commented Hawary.

The play is directed by Karim Samy, described by Hawary as one of the most successful graduates of Cairo Show Theater.

Besides Mekki, the play stars Bayoumi Fouad, Mohamed Salam and Mohamed Mahmoud.




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12/11/2019 4:42:53 PM
<![CDATA[50,000 artifacts safely placed in GEM’s store]]>
Director General of the Archaeological Affairs at the Grand Museum Al-Tayeb Abbas revealed that two more pieces will be transferred to the museum. Abbas said that the transportation of artifacts from various sites and museums will continue until the museum’s exhibition cases are full.

The Grand Egyptian Museum is the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization only; the dazzling ancient Egyptian civilization.
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Abbas further added that the museum also includes a children's museum, an educational center, a handicraft center, educational classes and a museum dedicated to sun boats, in addition to the first field for a hanging obelisk.

In its halls, the museum will display the entire treasures of King Tutankhamun for the first time in one place, in addition to breathtaking ancient Egyptian treasures all around the museum.
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One of the most important transferred artifacts were the statues of King Ramses II, Sekhmet and Seti, in addition to a huge pink-granite portray of Ramses VI, and another distinguished set of statues that express the mastery of ancient Egyptian art.

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In Pics: More astonishing artifacts transferred to GEM

CAIRO - 9 December 2019: On Dec. 9, the Grand Egyptian Museum received 309 artifacts dating back to different eras. Among them were 64 heavy artifacts transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir. The artifacts were transferred amid the tight security measures of the Tourism and Antiquities Police and the Security Forces.






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12/11/2019 3:36:32 PM
<![CDATA[Socks reveal ingenuity of ancient Egyptians]]>
Archaeologists explained that Egyptian socks date back to the third or fourth century and were found by English papyrus scientist John Johnson in the period between 1913 and 1914 in the Egyptian city of Antinoopolis, according to ancient origins website.

Archaeologists indicated that using different wavelengths, color analysis revealed that the socks were made of wool yarn of seven colors woven into a striped pattern and dyed with three natural plant dyes, including red plant leaves and yellow-colored flowers.
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The study shows how the colors were mixed to obtain the green, purple and orange shades. Also, scientists discovered that fibers of different colors were woven together and that some of the istrands have been subjected to multiple dye baths.

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Researchers believe that the discovered sock may have been worn by a child in 1700 BC, adding that the ancient Egyptians used the mono needle, which is often referred to as nalbinding, to separate the big toe from the other four toes.

The sock analysis yielded new visions of the time period in which Egypt witnessed a massive revolution that ended with the Islamic conquest of the region in the year 641 AD.

The study explained that the global events that occurred in Egypt at that time affected trade and economy. This is reflected in the artistic composition of people's clothes and the different designs they created.


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12/11/2019 3:31:10 PM