Culture – Daily News Egypt https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Mon, 08 Apr 2019 17:49:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Climbing out of darkness: initiative supports visually impaired to climb mountains https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/08/climbing-out-of-darkness-initiative-supports-visually-impaired-to-climb-mountains/ Mon, 08 Apr 2019 13:30:48 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695338 After reaching furthest planned stop, one of participants insisted to climb over 20 more metres, says organiser

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“I want to climb the tallest mountain in the world, now that I have known what a dessert feels like, and what it is like to climb a mountain, I can see it, and most importantly, feel it. There is nothing I cannot do in this world,” a visually impaired woman told Reham Abu Bakr, an Egyptian traveller, while laughingly running down the Wadi Degla Protectorate.

Fifteen visually impaired women spent their day on Friday climbing the Wady Degla mountain, with the help of 25 volunteers, as a part of Abu Bakr’s initiative, ‘Donate a Journey’. The event was held by Rahalah Organization for Sustainable Development (ROSD), an NGO aiming to empower local underprivileged citizens through eight programmes, each enhancing a part of their lives, and developing both their knowledge and living circumstances. 

Passionate about the desert and a champion hiker, Abu Bakr’s lifelong dream was to make other people, who might be looked at as less fortunate, to enjoy the things she loves the most and visits places she believes worth visiting and inspired by.

“Everyone believes that in order to enjoy the peace of the desert you have to see it. However, it is all about sensing it,” Abu Bakr told Daily News Egypt, adding “being deprived from eyesight does not mean one cannot see what is beyond the surface of the visual impairment. These women can sense, feel, and flow with the dessert just like all of us if not more!”

The journey started with Abu Bakr explaining the meaning of a dessert, and what to expect from it.

“I explained the wideness of the protectorate, referred to the spaces they are familiar with, and the rocky slippery ground through things they already know, in order to help them draw a picture of the place that is closest to the real one,” she said.

Unlike predictions that women will not enjoy something that is hard to achieve by the visually impaired, the women rocked the mountain reaching up until 30 metres high with the help of the volunteers.

“I was told that it is not only that they are blind, they haven’t even had a single visit to any desert before. So most likely they will not enjoy it, and it will only increase their feelings of not being able to fit in,” Abu Bakr remembered the talk she had with the supervisor when she was explaining the trip’s idea for the first time.

She admits that there were some challenges, but she had faith in the capabilities of those underprivileged, who are just like anyone else, and she overcame the challenges, leading her to make up her mind, and persevere in her path of studying the means of encouraging them to climb.

Thirty metres high is considered an achievement for a first-time climber, however, that was not even enough for some of the participants.

“After reaching the furthest planned stop, one of the women stood up stating that she does not want to stop there and wants to go further,” Abu Bakr recalls. Amid thrills, fast heart beats, and excitement, two of the volunteers accompanied her “to over 50 metres high.”

Usually the volunteers help the visual impaired climber in explaining the places of the surrounding rocks and the spaces.

“However, when the spectacular woman was descending from the mountain, she refused their help, saying ‘I memorised the steps and the places of the holes and the rocks of the mountain by heart, I can go down on my own’ in a tone of voice that no one could argue with,” Abu Bakr added.

The hours both the volunteers and the visually impaired women spent at the protectorate were enough to change both of their aspects toward life.

“For the climbers, they all confirmed they never imagined they would have such an entertaining time, and we left them with heartache as they begged for further trips like this,” Abu Bakr related.

“For me, I now know for certain that there is not a single thing in the world no one can do. This has been my dream for a long time, and I made it come true, with no plans to stop it,” Abu Bakr concluded.

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Cycling for commemorating Gandhi’s life principles https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/08/cycling-for-commemorating-gandhis-life-principles/ Mon, 08 Apr 2019 13:30:42 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695347 Event is one of cultural series held by Indian embassy to spread late activist’s ethics

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Throughout his life, the Indian philosopher and activist Mahatma Gandhi wondered if the world after his death will follow his quote in which he assured that “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” However, he never imagined that decades later, people would still passionately follow his lead.

Celebrating his 150th birth anniversary, the Indian embassy in Egypt organised a cycling event in Zamalek and Dokki districts with the help of Cairo Cycling Geckos, a team of female cyclists in Cairo, and distributed food and other supplies over the less privileged.

The tour aims to spread the Gandhian messages of the need for a healthy and environment friendly lifestyle as well as compassion towards the poor.

It is one of a series of cultural events held by the embassy to commemorate Gandhi’s life and ethics.

“We have been organising many events to celebrate his life and ideas. Gandhi supported compassion and women empowerment. Through this event, we celebrated his principles through this female cycling team who are used to do charity in their events, and distribute food over the needy people,” said Kshitij Tygai, political secretary at the embassy.

“Today we accomplished our great mission for the 150th anniversary of Gandhi! 50 families in Boulaq [in Giza] received food supplies this morning by our amazing volunteers!” the official Facebook page of the cycling team stated.

Earlier this year, the Indian ambassador in Egypt, Rahul Kulshreshth, handed Reem Ezz El-Din, an Egyptian singer, a gratitude letter from the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, in appreciation of her efforts in commemorating Gandhi’s 150th anniversary.

Ezz El-Din was one of the artists who revived Gandhi’s memory through singing his favourite song, Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye, (A Good Person) written by the Hindi poet Narsimha Mehta, alongside 123 other singers from all over the globe in a musical contribution dedicated to the Indian icon.

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Ptolemaic-era tomb of nobleman, his musician wife, accidentally unearthed in Sohag https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/07/ptolemaic-era-tomb-of-nobleman-his-musician-wife-accidentally-unearthed-in-sohag/ Sun, 07 Apr 2019 10:00:50 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695227 Extraordinary colours, inscriptions, found on tomb’s walls

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A well-preserved Ptolemaic burial chamber was discovered at Al-Dayabat archaeological site in Sohag governorate on Friday when police forces thwarted an illegal excavation attempt by a local gang in the area.

The tomb belongs to a nobleman called Toutou and his wife who was a musician for goddess Hathor. The police accidentally stumbled upon the tomb while they were trying to prevent a gang from digging in a nearby area.

After the tourism and antiquities police completed its investigation into the case, a mission headed by the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, immediately started excavating the tomb. He found out that it consists of two small rooms containing two limestone sarcophagi as well as a mummy that is still unidentified.

The extraordinary tomb was in good shape and the mummies were well-persevered, as the mission only needed to remove the layers of dirt to reveal the bright paintings covering the walls of the two-room tomb.

The discovery is considered one of the biggest and most unique ancient tombs in Sohag. The tomb’s extraordinary colours and the inscriptions on its walls depict many scenes, including its owners. One of the scenes at the entrance of the tomb features Toutou being welcomed by the god Anubis, and another one depicting his wife also being welcomed by the same god.

Another scenery shows Toutou while being judged by the god with his two daughters, aside portrayals for the Ancient Egyptians’ most beloved blossom, the sunflower.

The tomb has many inscriptions as well as some names of the couple’s families.

A number of mummified animals was also found in a very good shape inside the tomb, including falcons, shrews, cats, and eagles.

Waziri told a state-owned media outlet that shrews can see very good at night which was believed to be a cure for blindness at that time.

The tomb is believed to be used as an animal cemetery later after the couple died.

The discovery is not the first that accidentally saw the light. Last week, the ministry of antiquities discovered a limestone sarcophagus containing two mummies, and a part of an Old Kingdom cemetery in the Quweisna quarries in Menoufiya, a few days after stumbling upon an ancient palace belonging to Ramses II, which was attached to his temple in Abydos, Sohag.

The cemetery was proven to be used over the years and various eras, up until the Ptolemaic era, going through the New Kingdom, as it contained a number of relics including three statuettes depicting three of the four sons of the god Horus. However, they were discovered in a totally damaged state.

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Donna Leon: 'I admire countries that have remained sane' https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/07/donna-leon-i-admire-countries-that-have-remained-sane/ Sun, 07 Apr 2019 09:59:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695269 The post Donna Leon: 'I admire countries that have remained sane' appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Donna Leon, one of the doyennes of crime writing, is visiting the island of Usedom to read in a literary program with the title “Thinking of Germany.” DW took the opportunity to ask her about her own thoughts.You are here on a visit to one of Germany's sunniest spots, the island of Usedom on the Baltic Sea, to read to an audience at the "Usedom Literature Days." Sunshine, the sound of the waves, birds chirping — would this be the ideal kind of place for you to write?

It's an ideal place to be because of the presence of the sea and the beach. I don't have to be in a particular place in order to write, so long as I can be there for at least ten days with no need to travel. I need a room, a desk, and my computer, and the rest can be anywhere it wants to be.

This year's theme of the "Usedom Literature Days" is "Thinking of Germany." One of Heinrich Heine's most famous lines, many Germans might carry on the sentence in their heads with the line: "If I think of Germany at night, I am robbed of my sleep." What are your thoughts on Germany these days?

Because I am a citizen of a country that seems, at least to me, to be in a state of ever-renewed chaos and spent many years living in Italy, which seems to be in a similar state, I can but admire countries that have remained sane, Germany among them. It is concerned with the environment and has tried for years to expand its alternative energy supply. Because I am an environmental fanatic, I can only praise it. It also has a leader who is serious, as opposed to the leaders of the forenamed countries.

You will read from your latest novel "Unto Us a Son Is Given," of which the German translation will only appear in a couple of weeks. Can you tell us a bit about what Commissario Brunetti gets himself into this time?

I will read chiefly from the previous book, "The Forgiveness of Temptation," and will read only briefly from the not-yet-published book, in which Brunetti is asked to stop an old family friend from making a decision his friends consider to be foolish.

Your crime novels are beloved all over the world but foremost in Germany. What is your guess as to why people in Germany have, for many years, anxiously awaited the next one?

Germans have always admired Italy and the many positive virtues of the Italians. They especially like Venice, and so books which give a vision of Venetian life that is calm and realistic might be interesting to them. The books are not tourist guides but accounts of what daily life, real life is about.

Have you ever seen one of the very popular German TV-movies based on your novels?

I've seen two of them.

Do you read many crime novels yourself?

No.

What books are waiting for you next to your favorite armchair?

The "Letters of Pliny the Younger," Balzac's "Lost Illusions," and "The Poems" of John Donne.

Nowadays you spend much of your time in Switzerland. How often do you still get back to Venice?

I go once a month, for about a week.

Do you need the charm of the city on the lagoon to write?

No. I have a very clear memory of the city as I first encountered it in the late '60s.

Music is very important to you, especially baroque music. You used to support an orchestra. Are you still doing it?

Yes, I work with Il Pomo d'Oro and will spend most of May with them, when they rehearse, record, and then go on tour with Handel's Agrippina.

What about baroque music is so fascinating for you?

I find that it is very cheerful music, and God knows, we need a bit of cheerfulness, always. My academic work was in the literature of the 18th century, so I am already fond of the orderliness of the times.

Do you play an instrument yourself?

No, nor can I read musical notation.

Returning to this year's theme "Thinking of…" What do you think of if I substitute "Germany" with "my homeland"?

I seldom think about it; it's a bit too embarrassing to read what people say, even worse to listen to them when they speak. But it will pass, and things will perhaps improve.

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Cairo’s flower exhibition colours grey city https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/04/cairos-flower-exhibition-colours-grey-city/ Thu, 04 Apr 2019 12:00:25 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695018   With vibrant colours and fresh breeze full of perfumed scents, the Flower Exhibition kicked off a few days ago, invading the pungent smoky weather of Greater Cairo and declaring the start of spring. Inside one of Giza’s most mesmerizing gardens, Orman, the fascination of blossoms took over visitors’ souls taking them into a trip …

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With vibrant colours and fresh breeze full of perfumed scents, the Flower Exhibition kicked off a few days ago, invading the pungent smoky weather of Greater Cairo and declaring the start of spring.

Inside one of Giza’s most mesmerizing gardens, Orman, the fascination of blossoms took over visitors’ souls taking them into a trip inside a land of cultivated plants. The 86th round of the exhibition started with 180 exhibitors.

Thousands of flowers in different sizes, shapes, smells, and colours filled the Orman Garden in a heart touching scenery. From lavender through various types of Daisy Family to lilly’s, the exhibition is a perfect homeland to flowers from various regions across the world. With prices, ranging from EGP 7 to EGP 5,000, almost all sorts of flowers exist at the exhibition.

   

Egypt’s Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Ezz El-Din Abu Steit, said at the beginning of the exhibition that the ministry targets reaching a million visitors this year, in order to raise people’s awareness about the importance of greenery environment.

The exhibition also offers all the chemicals and the required fertilizer needed for the gardens. The Flowers Exhibition is opened until 4 May.

All photos taken by Mahmoud Fekry

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Two mummies accidentally discovered in Menoufiya https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/03/two-mummies-accidentally-discovered-in-menoufiya/ Wed, 03 Apr 2019 12:30:42 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694893 Unearthed mummy was covering another one beneath it in sarcophagus

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The week of accidental discoveries that came to reveal details of previous eras is not over yet. The Ministry of Antiquities announced discovering a limestone sarcophagus containing two mummies in Quweisna quarries in Menoufiya.

The discovery was unearthed through the excavation work of an Egyptian mission, headed by Moustafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. The mummies were found in a bad condition, with one covering the other at the sarcophagus.

The mission accidentally stumbled upon the sarcophagus while they were digging at the northeast side of the archaeological site. Waziri stated in a press release that the sarcophagus is two metres long and 60cm in width and in a good condition, despite the status of the mummies inside of it. 

Gilded coins and fragments were also found inside the sarcophagus covering the top mummy. The whole discovery was sent to be restored in Kafr El-Sheikh’s storage gallery.

The two mummies were not discovered until the tomb reached the restoration lab, and found that one is covering the other. Both the mummies and sarcophagus are currently under renovation by the experts who are taking precautions for the antiquities to be fully restored.

Moreover, Ayman Ashmawy, the head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department, further added that the mission accidently discovered a part of an Old Kingdom cemetery in Quesna, in Menoufiya.

The cemetery was proven to be used over the years and various eras, up until the Ptolemaic era, going through the New Kingdom.

The burial chamber was found containing various burial methods on different levels and layers.

The cemetery contained a number of relics including three statuettes depicting three of the four sons of the God Horus. However, they were found to be totally damaged.

Among the discovered antiquities were also scarabs carved in gold, and bronze coins from the Ptolemaic era, which were all transferred to the Egyptian Museum for display.

This comes as the second unexpected discovery in Upper Egypt.

Few days ago, the ministry also announced accidentally discovering an ancient palace belonging to Ramses II, which was attached to his temple in Abydos, Sohag.

The palace is considered to be highly important as it also adds a new aspect into the knowledge people have about architecture, and the shapes of the temples and their attached parts at the Ramesside period.

The location of Ramses II’s palace is parallel to the temple of Ramses II’s father Seti I in Abydos, some 300 metres to the south.

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Egypt’s Invisible Map reveals country’s unspotted gems https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/03/egypts-invisible-map-reveals-countrys-unspotted-gems/ Wed, 03 Apr 2019 12:00:27 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694882 Project aims to inform tourists on Egypt’s eco-friendly places, activities, required budget

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“When I told my family and friends I am coming to Egypt, everyone said I should visit Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan. No one mentioned any other place which I should visit. When I used to inform people that I am looking for a green place to spend my vacation in Egypt, silence was the only response I received. Therefore, I decided to come and look myself,” an Italian tourist told the team of Egypt’s Invisible Map, while they were introducing him to eco-friendly tourism in Egypt.

Egypt’s Invisible Map is a graduation project of 12 students with specialisations in mass-communications. It encompasses a marketing section through which they aim to promote Egypt’s 16 eco-friendly places that few people know about.

Noteworthy, the graduation project aims to shed light on Egypt’s hidden treasures, which are usually forgotten when addressing tourists.

“We kept on digging in the advertising campaigns which target foreigners who are interested in coming and visiting Egypt. We found them to be very successful and unique, yet all of them evolve around the same points and ideas,” Aliaa El Ramlawy, a team member, told Daily News Egypt.

Throughout their research, the young team found that all the advertising campaigns promoting tourism evolve around the Pyramids, the Pharaohs legacy, as well as Luxor and Aswan. “Meanwhile, there are thousands of other activities tourists can enjoy in Egypt, yet they are not spoken about or highlighted,” El Ramwlawy added.

Egypt’s Invisible Map aims to highlight the 16 eco-friendly areas in Egypt, including the White Desert, Siwa Oasis, Dahab, Makadi Bay, Nuweiba, Marsa Allam, as well as Halayeb and Shalateen. The areas are accredited and listed at the UNICEF and the UNDP’s lists of eco-friendly tourism areas. Nonetheless, they are not publicised as places which do not harm the surrounding environment.

“Before we started our project, we did a research asking 200 foreigners who are interested in traveling what they know about Egypt and whether they are aware of having such places in the country. All of the foreigners were completely astonished of having such areas in Egypt,” she explained.

The research which the team conducted revealed that tourists only know about the Pyramids and the antiquities in Egypt, with no further knowledge regarding any other places.

“What is so unique in here is that we have three eco-friendly places: the green, blue, and yellow; all are just waiting to be properly introduced to tourists,” she pointed out.

Through a set of ads, listed info, and publications, the project aims to inform tourists about the eco-friendly places in Egypt, the activities that can be done in it, how to reach there, and the required budget in order to enjoy the place the most.

Within few days from the start of the project, the team was showered with hundreds of messages from tourists stating that they have been looking for such a thing in Egypt, but failed to do so.

“This country is unbelievably beautiful, and it has magical combinations that are not elsewhere in the world, we just need to unwrap these hidden treasures,” El Ramlawy explained.

Among the things the team found while looking at the blue eco-friendly area over the Red Sea, is that Egypt has undersea living creatures that do not live elsewhere.

“Once we published that, several people sent us wondering how to get there and where to stay in order to see such creatures, and that was only few days after we started the project,” she stated.

Egypt’s Invisible Map’s team is looking up into expanding to more than just a graduation project, and take it into a higher level of creating a hub for all those who are interested into knowing all about the eco-friendly tourism in Egypt.

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Bottle Shock: Thailand's Unlikely Emergence as a Wine Destination https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/04/01/bottle-shock-thailands-unlikely-emergence-as-a-wine-destination/ Mon, 01 Apr 2019 12:40:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=694788 The post Bottle Shock: Thailand's Unlikely Emergence as a Wine Destination appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Maverick Thai winemakers are proving this tropical country’s ability to produce quality wine, breaking all the rules along the way – aided by a little German inspiration.Visooth Lohitnavy is willing to call it fate. Like many Thai students of the 1960s sent abroad for their university education – most often to the Philippines or the US – Lohitnavy found himself coming-of-age far from home. In his case it was to be Munich and Stuttgart.

"Most students were drawn to the Bavarian beer halls, but this never interested me," he laughs, sipping from a glass of sparkling wine. "I was searching for something else, something more natural. I discovered great wine. You could say that time has in a way, come to define my life and career ever since."

Better known as the glistening heartland of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, Stuttgart sits at the confluence of two of Germany's major wine regions, with Baden to the south and Württemberg to the north. The Neckar River cuts through some of Germany's most traditional wine country – including the Zabergäu – beyond where it unites with the Rhine: a river speckled with mythical castle ruins and, of course, its fabled terraces of Riesling.

Lohitnavy found himself enamored with the fruits of this region and eventually returned to Thailand with a bold, if not somewhat improbable, ambition: to plant wine grapes in Thai soil and produce quality wine. It was an ambition he would finally fulfil in 2001.

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A three-hour drive north east of Bangkok, the Khao Yai wine region – situated in the sprawling and wild Nakhon Ratchasima province – is as alluring as it is bucolic: seemingly a universe away from the opaque smog and humidity of the Chao Phraya Delta to the south. Limestone hills buck skywards from the crimson terra rossa soils, dotted with stone farmhouses and trellised grapevines that resemble – at a glimpse – a quintessential Tuscan vista.

This is the sultry heart of the tropics, where wild elephants roam amidst the thicket of longan and jackfruit trees, the air is charged with the perfume of frangipani and roadside stalls sell fresh papaya salad in the shadows of resplendent Buddhist temples.

Situated around 350 meters (1148 ft.) above sea level and rising to over 500 in some vineyards, the Khao Yai wine region enjoys a milder climate than much of the country: its dramatic monsoon summers bookended by a dry and comparatively cool winter that Lohitnavy recognized for its gentle ripening potential. In 1999 he purchased an old cashew and corn plantation in the Asoke Valley and began the painstaking transformation to what today is known as GranMonte: a 'Euro-fied' translation of Khao Yai, which means 'big mountain'.

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Today the handsome 40-acre site is neatly lined with trellised vines bound with totemic European varieties including Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Verdelho and Viognier. In the winery Lohitnavy's oenologist daughter Nikki is busily overseeing the sorting and pressing of Chenin Blanc grapes, which were harvested overnight when the weather is at its coolest.

By afternoon, however, a sudden and unexpected storm strikes – threatening both the harvest schedule and the grapes, ever vulnerable to mildew and berry splitting. Volatility is a fact of life in tropical winemaking – or 'New Latitude' wines – according to Nikki Lohitnavy, who was trained in Australia and has worked across Europe and South America.

"Viticulture in the tropics is extremely labor intensive," she explains. "This means that Thai wines are expensive to make, which puts them at a disadvantage to other regions – that also enjoy tax incentives and a lot of government support. But we are convinced by the potential of Thai wine, especially in Khao Yai. People were initially shocked by the idea of Thai wine, but this is rapidly changing."

Rising to the Challenge

Thailand is leading the tropical wine revolution, fortified by India, Brazil, China and Vietnam, who are all equally determined to shift both the somatic and metaphysical frontiers of viticulture. It has been an uphill battle. Tropical vines undergo no winter dormancy period and instead experience two distinct vegetation seasons: meaning consistent annual pruning and vine management to both reduce the dense canopy and ensure just one annual harvest to maximize concentration.

Equally, many traditional winemakers and enthusiasts have questioned the possibility of balancing acidity and sugar in such extreme conditions – and cited the detrimental effects of humidity and absence of cool weather, when wine grapes typically develop their complex aromatics. Recent global manifestations of climate change, however, have smashed convention – casting erratic temperatures and conditions across traditional wine-growing regions such as Italy, Spain and France and demanding a radical new approach.

"Khao Yai demonstrates what is possible," Visooth Lohitnavy suggests, adding that winemakers from across the globe are now frequenting the region to learn of its adaptive and progressive practices both in the vineyard and winery.

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Khao Yai has become one of three distinct wine regions in Thailand: the others being Pattaya and the Hua Hin Hills both to the south. Khao Yai, however, is emerging as the fledgling epicenter of Thailand's wine culture and an emerging tourist destination: the birthplace of the Thai Wine Association and also home to enchanting haunts such as Village Farm. "We now have a long history and it's time to share it with others," Village Farm's founder Viravat Cholvanich says, enjoying a glass of his inky yet elegant 2006 La Fleur cuvee of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon (which retails for around 100€/113$), from the terrace of his estate nestled in the enchanting hills of Wang Nam Khieo.

GranMonte has become the leading ambassador for Thai wine both at home and abroad: converting locals – traditionally beer and spirit drinkers – to the elixir, as well as exporting into Asia, Europe and beyond. The label's red wines have been highly awarded internationally, including both the 2009 Asoke Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which, between them, have taken out three Golds at the prestigious Austrian Wine Challenge in Vienna.

At the nearby Prime 19 restaurant celebrated Thai chef Somchai Chaivanich is responsible for the wine cellar beneath his cavernous yet stylish restaurant: racks filled with wines from France, the United States, Italy, Australia and beyond. He comes to the modest Thai section and reaches for a bottle: "This is the beginning of something important," he says. "Thai wine belongs here besides the other great wine regions of the world."

While Thailand remains the ultimate exotic beach destination for many international travelers, Khao Yai's enigmatic and organic appeal is seeing visitor numbers grow annually – with wine complemening the "back to nature" allure, according to local restauranteur Panchana Vatanasathien, of a region celebrated for its local rustic cuisine (a delectable intersection between Thai, Laos and Khmer cuisine) and crowned by the Khao Yai National Park: with its endemic elephants, gibbons and resplendent hornbills. "This is the taste of Khao Yai and the taste of Thailand," Vatanasathien concludes, raising her glass of alluring GranMonte rosé at her bustling Penlaos restaurant. "It is the taste of our future."

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Ramses II’s palace discovered near his temple in Sohag https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/31/ramses-iis-palace-discovered-near-his-temple-in-sohag/ Sun, 31 Mar 2019 06:00:43 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694480 Among the rarest discovered elements were stones used for establishing temple, says mission’s head

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Centuries after building temples, burial chambers, and palaces that commemorate the pharaohs who once lived and died there, the remains of those buildings are what form the details of history and survive in modern days. The ministry of antiquities announced the discovery of an ancient palace belongs to Ramses II, which was attached to his temple in Abydos, Sohag.

The discovery was made by researchers from the New York University that was on excavation mission to study the temple area in order to know more about its architectural design.

Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), Mostafa Waziri, stated in a press release, that the discovery “changes the map of the temple [as we know it] since its discovery 160 years ago.”

He added that the unearthed palace is highly important as it also adds a new aspect into the knowledge people have about architecture, and shapes of the temples and their attached parts at the Ramesside period.

The location and layout of Ramses II’s palace is positioned parallel to the temple of Ramses II’s father Seti I in Abydos some 300 metres to the south.

The 19th dynasty king is known for having some of the largest, most detailed giant granite statues depicting several aspects of his life.

Moreover, Ayman Ashmawy, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department, said that some of the walls of the palace’s lobby were made of limestones and bricks, while the ground is made of limestones only.

Ashmawy further explained the details of the discovery, saying that the temple’s second hall has a sandstone column base and lintels with inscriptions of the king. The mission also accidentally discovered that mud bricks with remains of star decorations which were used to speck the ceiling of the palace.

The mission was headed by professor Sameh Iskander who explained the details of the discovery.

“While the mission was excavating the south part of the temple, we stumbled upon a brick stone walkway that led us into a building for the first time with Ramses II inscriptions on its walls,” Iskander recounted.

Furthermore, Iskander added that among the rarest discovered elements were the first few stones of establishing the temple which were carved on the royal cartouches of the young king.

He further explained, according to the press release, that the cartouches appear on all four corners of the temple, showing Ramses II’s important days in golden colour. The inscriptions include the days on which he was born and the day of his coronation.

Ashmawy also told state-owned media outlet, Ahram Online, that the cartouches are surmounted with double feathers with a sun disk in between, and beneath them there is a decorative gold sign.

Ramses II’s most giant statue was transferred at the beginning of 2018 to the Grand Egyptian Museum to settle in its atrium, where it is going to be permanently showcased. The colossus is the first statue to be displayed at the museum. It was already being preserved at another location in the museum since its transfer from its namesake Ramses Square in 2006.

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Nadine Labaki to head Un Certain Regard Jury https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/30/nadine-labaki-to-head-un-certain-regard-jury/ Sat, 30 Mar 2019 10:00:05 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694398 Lebanese director Nadine Labaki has been appointed as the president of the Un Certain Regard Jury at the Cannes International Film Festival, in its 2019 edition. Nadine Labaki’s three feature films catapulted her to international fame, from the Cannes’ red carpet to the Oscars ceremony a few months ago. The director, actress and screenwriter’s career …

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Lebanese director Nadine Labaki has been appointed as the president of the Un Certain Regard Jury at the Cannes International Film Festival, in its 2019 edition.

Nadine Labaki’s three feature films catapulted her to international fame, from the Cannes’ red carpet to the Oscars ceremony a few months ago.

The director, actress and screenwriter’s career was first launched in Cannes, and it is there that all her films have been unveiled.

“I remember back when I used to come to Cannes as a film student, I was so excited to experience the world’s most prestigious festival,” she told the festival.

Adding that, “Back then, it seemed so out of reach to me. I remember getting up early in the morning and the endless queues to get a ticket. It seems like yesterday, but it was fifteen years ago that I filled in the Cannes Film Festival’ Cinéfondation registration form, my heart full of hope and my hand shaking.”

In 2018, Nadine Labaki was selected for Competition with her powerfully moving Capernaum, a poignant manifesto on damaged childhood, refugees and the cracks in a society which turns its back on humanity.

The film, at the time, sent shockwaves around the Croisette. Nadine Labaki won the Jury Prize, that year chaired by Cate Blanchett, and gave an unforgettable speech accompanied by young actor and Syrian refugee, Zain Al Rafeea.

Nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Capernaum made its Lebanese director the first woman from the Arabic-speaking world to be nominated in this category.

Capharnaüm tells the story of a boy who files a lawsuit against his parents for bringing him to the world, while they cannot afford to take good care of him.

The film stars Labaki, along with Zain Al Rafeea, Fadi Yousef, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawthar Al Haddad, and Yordanos Shiferaw.

“Today, I am the president of the Un Certain Regard Jury, which just goes to show that sometimes life can be even better than your dreams. I can’t wait to see the films in the selection. I can’t wait to debate and discuss, to be shaken up, to find inspiration in other artists’ work,” Labaki added.

After graduating a degree in audiovisual studies from the University of Beirut, she directed adverts and music videos that frequently won awards.

In 2004, she embarked on Cannes Festival Cinéfondation Residency to write and develop Caramel, her first feature film, shot two years later and showcased at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2007. This joyous, rebellious ode to female camaraderie was distributed worldwide and became the most successful Lebanese film export of all time.

Afterwards, Nadine Labaki continued to explore the female condition and religious tensions in its film, Where Do We Go Now?, a bold, universal fable on tolerance that premiered at Un Certain Regard in 2011.

The Un Certain Regard screenings will kick off on May 15 with an introduction of the Jury in the evening, a day after the opening of the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival on May 14.

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Ancient port used for transferring bricks, rocks discovered in Aswan    https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/27/ancient-port-used-for-transferring-bricks-rocks-discovered-in-aswan/ Wed, 27 Mar 2019 20:49:27 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694284 The Ministry of Antiquities announced on Tuesday the discovery of the main port in Aswan which was used to transfer giant rocks and bricks used in building temples across the Nile. The discovery was unearthed by an Egyptian mission working in Gebel El-Silsila’s archaeological area. The announcement came a day after the Minister of Antiquities, …

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The Ministry of Antiquities announced on Tuesday the discovery of the main port in Aswan which was used to transfer giant rocks and bricks used in building temples across the Nile. The discovery was unearthed by an Egyptian mission working in Gebel El-Silsila’s archaeological area.

The announcement came a day after the Minister of Antiquities, Kahled Al-Anany, stated the completion of lowering the underground water in Kom Ombo.

Moustafa Waziri, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, stated in a press release that the unearthed 100-metre long port is located on the eastern side of the Nile shore, only 200 metres away from the biggest quarry in Gebel El-Silsila.

Waziri added that the port was covered with tons of Nile mud and grass, explaining that once the mission removed the covering layers, carvings and inscriptions were revealed on the spots where the ships were tied.

The quarries of Gebel El-Silsila were the main source of all sorts of rocks that were used in building the most famous temples including Al-Karnak, and the Temple of Horus at Edfu. The quarries are being used from the early 18th Dynasty, up until the modern civilisation.   

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Eighth D-CAF kicks off with women-dominated art performances https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/26/eighth-d-caf-kicks-off-with-women-dominated-art-performances/ Tue, 26 Mar 2019 11:00:21 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694060 Festival distributed around 2,000 tickets for street children, refugees, people with disabilities

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A few days separate Cairo’s citizens from the biggest private contemporary art festival which will shake Downtown, adding more fascination, charm, and beauty to what the area is already full of. The Downtown Contemporary Art Festival (D-CAF) is to kick off its 8th edition on 29 March, amid a warm welcome by the those who have a passion for the arts in the city.

The details of the 8th D-CAF were announced on Sunday during a press conference held by Ahmed El Attar, D-CAF’s artistic director and performing arts curator, and Reem Allam, D-CAF’s executive manager.

For eight years in a row, the festival has been a hub for some of the world’s most unique talents, young artists, and inventive creators.

“Every year, we try to bring modern artistic experiences that interest people and make them admire those types of art. For us, it is not only about the number of visitors who show up, but it is more about their reactions toward those art shows,” Al-Attar said at the press conference.

He added that over the past years, D-CAF has presented more than 500 artists, and reached out to more than 8,000 people with one-of-a-kind performances.

With a prevailing number of female performances at this year’s edition, Al-Attar believes that this year is also about women’s empowerment.

“The majority of this event’s lead organisers are women, so how could the performances not to be full of women!” he cheerfully told Daily News Egypt.

He further explained that it was not intentional for women to take over the artistic scene of the festival, however, it happened as they are the most qualified and unique talents who applied.

Noteworthy, not only does the festival open a hub for people to explore high-quality international performances, but it also allows this art to be explored by all community members through the Art for Everyone Initiative.

Through the initiative, D-CAF communicates with local NGOs and foundations in order to distribute free tickets to large numbers of less fortunate people who would not easily be able to reach such shows, whether due to financial or social reasons.

The festival distributed around 2,000 tickets for street children, refugees, and people with disabilities.

This year’s edition, which runs until 21 April, brings artists from 12 countries to perform 41 events, 30 of which are art performances. These events are to take place at 12 venues in Downtown, while some of those locations have been under renovation by Al Ismailia for Real Estate Investment, the main partner of the festival.

“One of the main targets of D-CAF is also to let people discover the hidden gems of Downtown, which is more of a city inside the city. Every year, we discover a new place inside this city and we aim to make people discover it along. That is why every year, we aim to present a show at a new place that has been renovated by Al Ismailia,” he asserted.

He added that among these buildings is the Tamara building, which was a forgotten venue, and is expected to reattract attention through hosting one of this year’s performances. La Viennoise is another venue, which dates back to the era when Cairo’s architecture was influenced by Europe’s belle époque.

When asked about the reason of not expanding outside Cairo into other governorates which have precious heritage as Downtown does, AL-Attar told Daily News Egypt that in order to do so, the festival needs to arrange with partners in these governorates in order to facilitate the organisation od these art events which are to take place within the same timeframe as Cairo.

“We are currently discussing that and aiming to apply it, but it needs partners who would allow us to organise it well in order not to allow this to affect the quality of the show,” he explained.

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Thousands of visitors line up to explore Tutankhamun’s life https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/25/thousands-of-visitors-line-up-to-explore-tutankhamuns-life/ Mon, 25 Mar 2019 06:30:02 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693929 Anticipation, thrill, life, and excitement took over the long lines of people waiting to get inside the Grande Halle de La Villette’s gates in France to explore the world of Egypt’s young pharaoh through his displayed belongings. Over 5,000 visitors lined during at the first two days of Tutankhamun’s exhibition which kicked off on Saturday …

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Anticipation, thrill, life, and excitement took over the long lines of people waiting to get inside the Grande Halle de La Villette’s gates in France to explore the world of Egypt’s young pharaoh through his displayed belongings. Over 5,000 visitors lined during at the first two days of Tutankhamun’s exhibition which kicked off on Saturday to the public.

Over 180,000 tickets have been sold so far from the temporary exhibition titled ‘King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh’, of which 130,000 tickets were presold from the inauguration of the exhibition, according to the state-run media outlet, Al-Ahram.

The exhibition displays 150 antiquities from the pharaoh’s personal belongings, including the world’s most famous gold mask, the gilded wooden bed-which was fashioned especially for his funeral with carved lion feet-golden coffins, and 3D models which the museum prepared in order to take the visitors through time and place within the glories of the Egyptian civilisation.

The last time the exhibition was inaugurated in France was in 1967, where 1.2 million visitors expressed their interest in exploring the history of the young king, according to the museum’s official website, while the former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities stated that the number of visitors reached 1.5 million, according to the state-owned Al-Ahram Online.

The exhibition will last until 15 September 2019, before it starts another journey in six other countries, including Australia and South Korea, where it will be held in 10 cities. The tour will last until the end of 2022. After the tour comes to an end, the relics are to return back to the Grand Egyptian Museum, where they will join the rest of the 5,000 relics found at the king’s burial chamber in 1922.

  

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Two smuggled statues retrieved from Switzerland https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/25/two-smuggled-statues-retrieved-from-switzerland/ Mon, 25 Mar 2019 06:00:58 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693925 Relics depict Horus as falcon, Tadibast III as cat

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After a year of continuous efforts to preserve the Egyptian civilisation’s legacy, the Egyptian embassy in Bern, Switzerland, received on Saturday two antiquities that were seized by Swiss authorities in a smuggling attempt last year.

The ministry announced on Sunday that the Egyptian authorities received two statues, one depicting a god, and the other a goddess from different periods.

The first received relic showcases goddess Tadibast III dating back to the Third Intermediate Period. The wooden statue features the Egyptian queen as a cat. Meanwhile, the other statue depicts Horus, Egypt’s God of sun. The pink granite statue showcases the god as a falcon, the same way he has been known over the years.

Shaaban AbdelGawad, the director general of the Department of Recovered Antiquities, stated in a press release that retrieving these antiquities comes after a year of non-stop efforts from the Egyptian side.

The efforts received a payback after intensive follow-up from Egypt’s embassy in Switzerland, the Foreign Cultural Relationships Sector at the ministry of foreign affairs, the Repatriation Department at the ministry of antiquities, and the Customs Department in Geneva, where the antiquities were detected and seized. 

For his side, Egypt’s ambassador to Switzerland, Hisham Seif El-Din, added that Egypt appreciates the efforts provided by the Swiss authorities “which effectively led into retrieving the relics.”

He added that Egypt’s continuous efforts extend into bringing some antiquities from the concerned authorities in Switzerland.

   

This comes a month after Egypt retrieved a gilded coffin that was smuggled from Egypt in 2011 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York. The coffin belongs to Nedjemankh, who was the priest of the ram-god Heryshef, called the ruler of the riverbank.

The museum bought the coffin from someone who showed them an antiquities trading licence in 1971, when relics’ trade was authorised. However, it discovered that his license was proven to be fake.

Abdel Gawad previously stated that in the last two years, Egypt has retrieved over 1,000 smuggled artefacts, from several countries in the past, including 586 items that were returned in 2017.

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AUC features Dame Minouche Shafik as acclaimed guest speaker at Nadia Younes’ annual Memorial Lecture https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/21/auc-features-dame-minouche-shafik-as-acclaimed-guest-speaker-at-nadia-younes-annual-memorial-lecture/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/21/auc-features-dame-minouche-shafik-as-acclaimed-guest-speaker-at-nadia-younes-annual-memorial-lecture/#respond Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:42:26 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693618 Egyptian economy could be 60% larger if gender equality in labour market is achieved, says Shafik

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The American University in Cairo (AUC) celebrated on Wednesday the 16th memory of Nadia Younes at its Greek Campus. Younes was an Egyptian woman who spent her career of over 30 years working at the UN and the World Health Organization (WHO), occupying high-level positions in both, and died tragically during the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003. 

The acclaimed guest speaker at the event this year was the Egyptian leading economist, Dame Minouche Shafik, who is currently the director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Minouche delivered the Nadia Younes Memorial Lecture and tackled several economic issues in Egypt, including the nature of social mobility in the Egyptian society, the changing situation of the middle class, unemployment and its relation to the available public sector jobs, and gender equality in the labour market.

On the topic of less discrimination against women in the modern world and integrating more female elements into the local economy, Shafik said that the Egyptian economy could be 60% larger than its current size, if gender equality is achieved in the local market.

Former speakers at the Nadia Younes Memorial Lecture included Amr Moussa, Egypt’s former foreign minister; Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general; Michael Moller, the director-general of the UN office at Geneva, and Nabil El Araby, the former Egyptian Foreign Minister who was also present at this year’s celebration, among others. 

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Witness to War and Peace: Egypt, the October War, and Beyond: English memoir of Al-Sadat’s Cabinet  https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/20/witness-to-war-and-peace-egypt-the-october-war-and-beyond-english-memoir-of-al-sadats-cabinet/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/20/witness-to-war-and-peace-egypt-the-october-war-and-beyond-english-memoir-of-al-sadats-cabinet/#respond Wed, 20 Mar 2019 11:16:37 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693494 Aboul Gheit takes readers back in time to very critical moment, 5 October 1973, one day before war

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“This is not a story about my journey, this is a book about Anwar El-Sadat’s epic in heroism and wisdom,” said Egypt’s veteran politician Ahmed Aboul Gheit at the introduction of his translated English book, Witness to War and Peace: Egypt, the October War and Beyond, which is published by the American University in Cairo’s (AUC) Press. 

After years of the published Arabic version, which takes readers behind the scenes of Al-Sadat’s decision of the 1973 War, and the subsequent Camp David Accords, the AUC Press decided to give English readers a chance to dig into Egypt’s recent history which reshaped its status and played a significant role of where it currently stands on the international map.   

Aboul Gheit is a veteran diplomat. From a very young age, he worked in critical positions which allowed him to witness each and every political communication between Egypt and other foreign countries. A few years later, he was elected as the secretary general of the Arab League. He previously served as Egypt’s ambassador to Italy and as Egypt’s permanent representative to the UN. In 2004, he was appointed as Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs–a post he held until 2011.

In his memories, Aboul Gheit takes readers back in time to a very critical moment which starts on 5 October 1973, one day before the huge warfare, when he was working at the National Security Consultancy.

“This book is not just about chronicling the history by a member who personally witnessed all the negotiations’ details, read all the official documents exchanged between Egypt and the concerned countries, and furthermore took a part in writing them, it is more about honouring the figures involved during that era, who passed away before having the chance to document it,” Aboul Gheit said in his speech.

“This is not just a good book, it is an important book that tells the details of Al-Sadat’s decision of the war and the peace treaty afterwards,” said AUC’s President Francis J Ricciardone.

Speaking of the having the AUC Press publish the book, Ricciardone told Daily News Egypt that as a former colleague to Aboul Gheit, when they discussed the offer, it was met with warm welcomes from the AUC’s side in order to open a window for those who do not speak fluent Arabic to learn and know about Egypt’s history, especially regarding such a critical matter like the 1973 War and the peace treaty afterwards.

“I think for anyone around the world who deals with Egypt, whether scholars, businesspersons or even particularly diplomats who need to understand this country, they need to have access to authentic living Egyptian witnesses to Egyptian decision-making. [That includes] how Egypt sees the world, [views] modern history, and then explains this decision-making,” Ricciardone said.

The AUC president further explained that the reasons behind publishing the book in English by the AUC Press were that the 1967 period, until the 1973 War was a transformative era of war and peace in the history of the whole region that is described in “too little writings by Egyptians in English.”

“There are several memoirs in Arabic, but for most foreigners, to have it in English with really good translation makes really important information available,” he added. 

The book is divided into two main sections: a witness to the war, and a witness to the peace. Throughout these sections, the meetings’ details which were held by the high board of the armed forces are mentioned. It portrays an image which includes the reader, making him feel like one of the attendees.

“I am blessed with a very strong memory, I rarely forget anything. In this book, I mentioned 95% of the details which occurred at the time, while the one thing that kept me from sharing the other 5% is that they cannot be shared with the public,” Aboul Gheit declared.

Throughout the sections of the book, Aboul Gheit recalls Al-Sadat’s decision of the 1973 War, quite aware that Egypt’s army is not well-equipped, and as others clearly declared, “much weaker than the Israeli one.”

“He took the war decision in one meeting, while depicting the exact war steps, the Egyptian army could do nothing more. These steps included taking them over via a surprise element by destroying the Bar Lev Line, possessing the first attack against the enemy, waiting for their response, and immediately stopping the line of fire,” he added.

Aboul Gheit added that in his book, he portrays how the man of peace and war was quite aware of the steps of the war, and they were previously delineated in detail by the armed forces.

Despite the huge risk at the time, he asserted that if Al-Sadat had not taken that risk, Sinai would have been probably like the Golan Heights nowadays, adding that these actions included the peace treaty which was met with a mass wave of anger and accusations of betrayal and wasting the blood of Egyptian soldiers who died in the war.

“Forty years later, I still sometimes wonder if Al-Sadat had not done what he did-putting in mind everything that politically happened afterwards-it leads me to believe that Egypt would otherwise not have regained control over its lands,” Aboul Gheit explained.

Despite declaring that the US was with the Israeli side during the war, Aboul Gheit clearly stated that not a single word was changed from the book while being translated from the Arabic version into the English one.

The book is the start of the AUC Press’ publishing series of Aboul Gheit’s memoirs. He announced in his speech that his second book, Shahadty (My Testimony) is to also become published in English by the end of this year. Throughout his second book, he will recall his journey as Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Tyson starts shooting Egyptian film, co-starring Amr Saad https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/19/tyson-starts-shooting-egyptian-film-co-starring-amr-saad/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/19/tyson-starts-shooting-egyptian-film-co-starring-amr-saad/#respond Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:30:39 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693340 Heavyweight boxer was accompanied by film crew on his tour to Giza Plateau

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Impromptu moments of him riding a camel while roaming the pyramids holding his wife Kiki close by, with the sphinx’s giant bricks in the background–these were some of the pictures which introduced legendary Mike Tyson’s trip to Cairo.

The famous boxer landed in Egypt earlier this week, but it was not until Sunday night when the pictures were published announcing his arrival. 

Tyson came to participate in the Egyptian film ‘Hamlet Pharon’ (A Pharaoh’s Campaign), produced by Mohamed El Sobky, in which he will co-star alongside Amr Saad, and the young radiant female actress Ruby.

Shooting is scheduled to start on Tuesday. The film is written by Karim Hassan Bashir, and will be directed by Raouf Abd El Aziz.

‘Hamlet Pharon’ tells the story of Yehia (Amr Saad) who owns the largest, and most widespread assassins’ network in Egypt. Known as ‘Pharon’ (The Pharaoh), Yehia finds himself stuck in a long journey from Egypt to Syria in order to free his lover.

Tyson, 52, is a former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. He joined the international records when he won the record of the youngest boxer to hold the title of a heavyweight at 20-years-old.

Nicknamed ‘The Iron Man’, Tyson took part in a total of 58 fights in his professional career. Fifty of those he won, 44 being by knockout. In the fights he did not win, he officially lost six, and two fell into the category of no contest.

The heavyweight boxer was accompanied by some of the film crew on his tour to the Giza Plateau which was the first outing he started his short visit in Egypt with.

The film’s shooting period was not clearly announced. The film witnesses Tyson’s first participation ever in an Egyptian film. He also participated in few Hollywood films, including The Hangover, (2009), Ip Man 3, (2015,) and The Hangover Part II, (2011).

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Eighth D-CAF Festival to colour greyness of Cairo’s streets https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/19/eighth-d-caf-festival-to-colour-greyness-of-cairos-streets/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/19/eighth-d-caf-festival-to-colour-greyness-of-cairos-streets/#respond Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:00:41 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693331 Cultural festival will present first fully Egyptian street dance performance

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For eight years in a row, the Downtown Contemporary Art Festival (D-CAF) is about to rock Egypt with its one-of-a-kind performances, bringing joy, fascination, and excitement from their homelands to their passionate followers in Egypt. 

With extreme selection of the performing troupes and individuals, D-CAF comes every year to present alternative theatrical productions, revolutionising the art scene with the performers’ work. This year’s edition runs from 29 March until 21 April.

Troupes from Hungary, Germany, France, the UK, and Egypt will come to take part in the international art festival with 10 performances spread over the days of the festival.

The programme will start with a sand and paint animation show by Quartzbox, with its members Daniel Cako and Aron Hidvegi from Hungary. The show will be presented at Maq’ad of Sultan Qaitbey, according to a press release published by D-CAF.

As for Danish art, it is presented through Dust, a play which won the Danish Art Council’s award in 2016. It combines adult puppetry design, performance, opera, and other genres.

France will fly over the borders to participate with the Assembly of Dreams, a performance by Duncan Ivennou, which will be presented on Rawabet Theatre from 3-4 April.

Egypt will have a surprising and a breathtaking participation through a street dance performance, which will take place at El-Sharefein street by contemporary dancer Shaymaa Shoukry. The dance is planned to take part on 12 April. Noteworthy, this is the first Egyptian dance show to be performed by people with disabilities.

This will be the first “100% Egyptian [performance],” Ahmed ElAttar, D-CAF’s artistic director, stated in the press release, explaining that “Usually, the shows which include people with disabilities used to be choreographed by foreign coaches, but this time, all the participants are Egyptian.”

The Egyptian participation continues with Without Damage, an interactive dance performance by Mohamed Fouad, who took part at the festival twice, with this being the second year in a row.

Without Damage is an interactive play, where the audience are asked to join the stage at various points of the play. Daily News Egypt attended one of its shows last year, wondering how the Egyptian audience would receive such an art which they are not used to–or even anything close to it. Surprisingly, it was received incredibly well, with attendees participating in the different parts of the show and some of the audience lined up to watch Without Damage on its second day, which was sold out, so people waited for the break to see if someone would leave so they could join.

For dance lovers, another remarkable experience with Dancer Casa by Mourad Merzouki and Kader Atto, who was appointed as ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur’ (Knight of the French Legion of Honour) in 2015.

The dancing piece conveys the burning desire of its young dancers. Featuring captivating music and breathtaking choreographies, the performance captures every aspect of humanity, with its contradictions and complexities, through an infectious and an overwhelming lust for life. The vital energy delivered to the audience is the intense emotion of Moroccan youth. Dancer Casa will be performed at the Falaki Theatre, according to the press release.

Crazy but True is another interactive installation performance by the Bessie-award winners, Ant Hampton, which will be performed at the Tamara Building. Attar noted that this performance is “a very unique experience for an interactive performance as it does not take place in a traditional setting and it features local children talking to an adult audience in total flexibility where the audience moves freely.”

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Egyptian Museum celebrates women’s month by displaying two rare statues https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/19/egyptian-museum-celebrates-womens-month-by-displaying-two-rare-statues/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/19/egyptian-museum-celebrates-womens-month-by-displaying-two-rare-statues/#respond Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:30:07 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693336 Statues depict Shepenwepet II, daughter of King Piye, who was called ‘God's wife of Amun’

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The start of the week marks two newly showcased artefacts at the currently most visited antiquities hub–Tahrir’s Egyptian Museum. This week’s displayed relics celebrate women’s empowerment month through the statues of Shepenwepet II, a high ranked female from the 25th Dynasty.

The statues, depicting Shepenwepet II, are displayed as a part of the Minister of Antiquities’, Khaled Anany’s plan to feature two of the major relics stored at the museum on a weekly basis. This comes after the transfer of a large number of antiquities into the Grand Egyptian Museum.

Shepenwepet II was the daughter of King Piye. She was called ‘God’s wife of Amun,’ which was a high position during the late period, according to a press release published by the ministry of antiquities on Sunday.

The daughter of the king, who lived from 743-712 BC, is currently being showcased at the entrance of the museum for a week.

The first statue was found in the mortuary temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu in Luxor. The gilded schist statue presents the lady Shepenwepet II standing proudly. Meanwhile the second statue is a basalt forepart of a sphinx of Shepenwepet II holding a ram-headed vase. It was found in a Karnak cachette and excavated by Georges Legrain for the Egyptian Antiquities Service in 1904.

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Paris dresses up for ancient Egypt’s young king https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/18/paris-dresses-up-for-ancient-egypts-young-king/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/18/paris-dresses-up-for-ancient-egypts-young-king/#respond Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:00:42 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693177 After 50 years of absence, Tutankhamen’s belongings revisit Paris in exhibition on 21 March

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While the world is finalising the preparations for Mother’s Day, Paris is busy with preparing for another long-awaited event: the inauguration of Tutankhamun’s temporary exhibition that will showcase dozens of the young king’s belongings, which will take place at the Grande Halle de La Villette.

After 50 years of absence, since the last time the exhibition was held at the city, the charming centre of art, beauty, and fashion, is covered up with Egyptian civilisation banners, pictures of the king’s golden masks, and posters of the soon-to-be showcased belongings that captured people’s minds and souls. Meanwhile, as one of the most beloved pharaohs abroad, he took over the front page of most of the city’s most read publications.

The exhibition, named King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, is to open its doors on 21 March, showcasing “150 fascinating original objects found in 1922 in the tomb of the most famous pharaohs, the majority of which have never left Egypt before,” according to the Paris official website of the convention and visitors bureau.

So far, the museum announced the pre-selling of 130,000 tickets for the public, who are welcomed to visit the exhibition from 23 March. Pre-selling large numbers of tickets is not something unusual for the exhibition. In fact, it is what has become expected after the Golden Pharaoh’s journey in several countries.

Tutankhamun’s previous stop was in Los Angeles, California. In the United States, all 3,500 tickets of the exhibition were sold out before the official opening and nearly 100,000 tickets were issued and sold out during the opening weekend, which led the California Science Centre to extend its opening time for three additional hours after official working hours, as regulations forbid hosting over 100 persons inside the museum at a time.

Egypt is supporting this exhibition with 50 artefacts that will leave the country for the first time to follow their peers in order to join the list of displayed items. The displayed items include the world’s most famous gold mask, the gilded wooden bed-which was fashioned especially for his funeral with carved lion feet- golden coffins, and 3D models the museum prepared to take visitors through time and place within the glories of the Egyptian civilisation.    

The last time the exhibition was inaugurated in France was in 1967, where 1.2 million visitors expressed their interest in exploring the history of the young king, according to the museum’s official website, while the former Egyptian minister of antiquities stated that the number of visitors reached 1.5 million, according to state-owned Al-Ahram Online.

King Tutankhamun’s showcased belongings were originally transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The relics include alabaster pots, wooden boxes, and statues of the pharaoh.

The exhibition will last until 15 September 2019, before it starts another journey including six other countries: Australia, and South Korea, where it is to be on display in 10 cities. The tour will last until the end of 2022. After the tour finds an end, the relics are to return back to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), where they will join the rest of the 5,000 relics found at the king’s burial chamber in 1922.

The GEM’s director previously told Daily News Egypt that 4,500 of Tutankhamen’s antiquities were successfully transferred to the museum, and the rest will soon join them after the official inauguration, stating that the overseas monuments are to return home where their display spots are saved and numbered.

The temporary exhibition witnessed a huge success in the US. Local media previously reported that it attracted more than 500 million visitors since it opened in March. 

The increase in the temporary exhibitions abroad is an effort on the part of the Minister of Antiquities, Khaled Anany, to revive tourism in Egypt, and create a source of income for the ministry.

Local media reported that the ministry’s income from the past LA exhibition reached $5m, with $4 going to the ministry on every ticket sold.

Anany explained the reason behind choosing Tutankhamen’s belongings to tour across Europe is that people have a love story with the young pharaoh.

The first exhibition showcasing Egyptian artefacts in a foreign country, as part of the minster’s new policy, kicked off in Toronto, Canada, last year, and displayed the heritage and monuments of the Egyptian Fatimid era. The ministry also highlighted other Egyptian eras through foreign exhibitions. After the first exhibition, another demonstrated the artefacts of the cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus – which were accidentally discovered under water after being lost for 1,000 years – whereas a third exhibition will soon be inaugurated for jewellery from ancient Egyptian eras.

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With paintings featuring peaceful eyes, direct gazes that penetrate into one’s soul and capture hearts, and warm smiles from the mesmerizing portrayed ladies, people are welcomed into the latest Egyptian visual art exhibition of Helmi El-Touni.

Inside Zamalek’s Picasso Art Gallery, the veteran artist held his exhibition, Lel Nesaa’ Wojooh, (Women have Faces) which reflects his four-decade journey in portraying women, with his several ideologies adopted throughout his life, presented in the displayed artwork.

El-Touni is one of the pioneers of the visual art schools that features only women. When he started his journey about forty years ago, he found himself only presenting women in his work. With a very limited number of men introduced in his oodles portraits, they are always portrayed in a mocked-off form.

“Ever since I started my journey in painting, I found myself attracted toward presenting women in my work. They are always aggrieved, treated as a minority when it comes to rights even if they technically half of the society,” El-Touni told Daily News Egypt.

For a person who always stood for the rights of the minorities and those whose rights are always lost, he could not find himself featuring anything but the beauty of women in his work.

“Women fight for their basic rights in society, and as a folk artist, I find myself incapable of not supporting them by featuring their beauty,” he commented.

El-Touni further explained that he presents his own aspect of featuring the motherland through portraying the simplicity of a rural-area female.

“Home is identified in the rights these simple women have in their lives, and through featuring them, I capture the life of Egypt in a simple, beautiful way,” he pointed out.

In his exhibition, El-Touni chronicles his perspective of women throughout his lifetime’s artwork.

In forty portraits, in which he drew after digging deep into his soul to mirror his constantly changing perspective towards them, El-Touni spent the last few months reviving these different implementations of women in his paintings.

Each of the paintings presented the way El-Touni saw women and featured them over the years, which was the reason behind choosing the name, “Women have Faces”.

The prominent artist said that in this exhibition, he wanted to showcase how one artist can exhibit women in various characteristics, features, and looks as years pass by. He spent the last year remembering how in every part of his life, he used to depict the beauty of women, and reproduce similar work of that period’s ideology.

He further explained that Women have Faces proves that one artist can differently portray women in a totally different way over several years.

“At a younger age, when I started my career as an artist, I always drew women with eastern features. It’s what we were always subjected to back in college years, and how we were taught, and how we subconsciously adopted. But after a few years, I realised that I am following the path of millions of other artists, who walked the exact same road,” El-Touni said, explaining, “that is when I started looking for my own identity, as an Egyptian artist!”

For years, the veteran artist has been digging into the history of Egyptian civilisation in order to find his own style, which he eventually reached after years of intense research.

“I found that being a folklore artist is what evokes art inside me,” El-Touni stated.

Reading about the pharaonic civilisation, the Mamluks, the Islamic conquest, and Coptic art led El-Touni to believe that eastern beauty can be captured in folkloric scenes.

In most of his paintings, El-Touni presents the heritage side of women in rural areas, or from early ages, like featuring a woman dancing in a traditional cultural wedding, or women wearing the traditional Egyptian burqa, enveloping outer garment worn by women in some Islamic traditions.

Women are constantly captured with calm gazes, covering their face with peaceful looks and angelic smiles. Despite chronicling periods which witnessed women’s liberation, the females in El-Touni’s work never reflected rebellious looks or fierce features, “because strength has nothing to do with anger. Women are beautiful in all ways and looks.”

Despite featuring women in different eras, El-Touni stated that his pharaonic depiction is the least to be liked and demanded from people.

“Surprisingly, people are the furthest nowadays from their ancient Egyptian civilisation. They are turned off to those themed portraits which are the least from all of my paintings compared to modern history and civilised heritage,” El-Touni added.

When asked about his most inspiring era, the veteran artist confidently said it was the Coptic period in the 7th century.

“It’s the time in which art galvanises me the most. It’s one of the eras in which Egypt witnessed the largest boom in the fields of carvings and arabesque patterns, which is one of the things that had a huge impact on me and can clearly be sensed in my artwork,” he explained.

Furthermore, he stated that other eras’ impact is not as strong as the Coptic’s on his work.

El-Touni’s portraits are unique, vibrant, and colourful, despite the peaceful looks always featured in his drawn women.

“Amid all the darkness, phases of loss, and turmoil we are living in, art is made to make people feel better, and takes them out of their reality. That is what I aim to deliver with my strong, bright colours. The beauty of art is that it makes the chaos of the world less chaotic,” he asserted.

As for the contrasting colours always applied in his portraits, he explained that they strengthen the message sent from his work.

Cheer and beauty are the exhibition’s main theme, which is open to the public until 21 March. For these feelings, El-Touni said he keeps working.

“I enjoy my work, so as to let people find the joy in it!” he concluded.

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15th Alexandria International Book Fair kicks off on 25 March https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/13/15th-alexandria-international-book-fair-kicks-off-on-25-march/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/13/15th-alexandria-international-book-fair-kicks-off-on-25-march/#respond Wed, 13 Mar 2019 18:57:32 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=692901 Book fair will host more than 50 publishing houses from across country

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The Bibliotheca Alexandrina announced on Wednesday the inauguration of the 15th Alexandria International Book Fair from 25 March 25 – 7 April.

The Director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Mustafa el-Feky, stated in a press release that the book fair will host more than 50 publishing houses from across the country.

El-Feky stated that the book fair will host extensions for four Arab countries, including Kuwait, the UAE, Syria, and Palestine.

The fair will also host sections for several governmental institutions, including the ministry of antiquities, the National Council for Mental Health, and the National Centre for Translation.

Moreover, El-Feky added that the fair will create a platform of several cultural activities for all family members.

“It will be more of a cultural festival for literature lovers, not only in Alexandria in particular, but also Egypt and the Middle East,” he stated, according to state owned media newspaper, Al-Ahram.

The cultural programme contains 14 workshops for children throughout the fair days, including telling stories, painting, and writing workshops.

As for the seminars, the fair will organise a special lecture presented by former Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni.

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Hawas presents booklet of Tutankhamun’s GEM displayed relics  https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/12/hawas-presents-booklet-of-tutankhamuns-gem-displayed-relics/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/12/hawas-presents-booklet-of-tutankhamuns-gem-displayed-relics/#respond Tue, 12 Mar 2019 17:02:15 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=692735 The GEM is planned to have the whole collection of Tutankhamun’s monuments

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In preparation for the Grand Egyptian Museum’s (GEM) huge opening, planned to take place next year, Zahi Hawas handed the Minister of Antiquities, Khaled Anany, the catalogue of Tutankhamun’s hall, which contain the details of the 5,000 showcased relics belonging to the young king.

Hawas met with the minister and Atef Meftah, the general director of GEM on Tuesday to give them the booklet he has been working on for six months, according to a press release published by the ministry of antiquities.

Hawas had presented the booklet as a personal gift to the project he started when he was the minister of antiquities back in 2002.

The GEM is planned to have the whole collection of Tutankhamun’s monuments which were discovered in his burial chamber in 1912 and were never displayed before.

Furthermore, Hawas also discussed during the meeting the details of the opening ceremony opera, which is planned to be about the life of the young king.

The renowned Egyptologist was the one who wrote the play ‘Tutankhamun’ which depicts the life of Tutankhamun as the younger pharaoh and king to rule Egypt, focusing on the dramatic events that changed his life from an early age until his death.

For over a year, the ministry of antiquities has been transferring the king’s belongings from museums all over Egypt preparing for the GEM’s opening. So far, nearly 4,500 monuments of the total collection have been safely transferred into the GEM’s restoration labs and have already received treatment.

The opera, according to a previous statement by Hawas, recites the historical timeline of the young pharaoh, since he was a little child who was born and raised by his step-mother Nefertiti. It also tells the story of Nefertiti, the jealous step-mother who does not want Tutankhamun to rule after his father, to the extent of requesting one of Egypt’s enemies to kill him.

Hawas added in his statement that the king is not the only star of the play, as it highlights the roles of Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Horemheb, and Ay, along with other important figures who helped shape history as we currently know it.

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Ministry of Antiquities revamps worn archaeological sites https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/12/ministry-of-antiquities-revamps-worn-archaeological-sites/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/12/ministry-of-antiquities-revamps-worn-archaeological-sites/#respond Tue, 12 Mar 2019 11:00:22 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=692616 Restoration part of ministry’s latest plan to renovate abandoned archaeological sites

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While the Ministry of Antiquities keeps astonishing the world with new discoveries that indicate that the legacy of the Egyptian civilization is far from ending, it also keeps on heavily revamping the archaeological sites and restoring them in an attempt to re-attract tourism.

Since the start of the new year, the ministry announced three main renovation projects:  Philae temple in Aswan, the Graeco-Roman Museum in Alexandria, and the New Valley museum, as well as a big number of other historical sites.

The restoration is part of the ministry’s latest plan in renovating abandoned archaeological sites, seeking to direct more attention toward them.

When it comes to Aswan’s most captivating temple, Philae, the restoration project included providing it with several required services. The main added service for tourists was having large air-conditioned gates with the space of 4×8 metres. Six kiosks for resting are also in the process of being built for tourists to charge their phones and get a chance to have a break from touring the place.

The ministry is working on organising tourists’ visits through 15 alleys and directional signs for visitors to follow and pass by every place in the area, in addition to signs written in different languages to properly introduce the temple to visitors.

Waad Allah Abu El-Ella, the head of the Projects Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, said earlier this week in a press release that the development works also included removing of all the unpleasant grass, as well as upgrading the entrance gate and the dock overlooking the Nile. Informative signboards have been also installed in several locations in the archaeological site.

He added that repairing and upgrading the bathrooms in the site, installing modern security systems connected with a control room were also provided onsite.

For his part, Abdel Monaem Saeed, the head of Aswan Antiquities, further explained that the ministry has completed the conservation and cleaning of the temple’s walls and columns and removed all bird spots.

The restoration is supported by the National Bank of Egypt within the signed protocol between both the bank and the ministry to implement services as a part of renovating archaeological sites, as well as the UNESCO.

Within the same geographical frame, the ministry announced on Monday completing the restoration of the Dendera Temple complex in Qena, which resulted turning it into an open museum.

The project was established with the help of the French mission working in the area, to showcase the 145 stored relics. Mostafa Waziri, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, stated that the Roman-Greek monuments date back to both the Old and New Kingdom.

The museum is planned to be opened in two phases; the first was announced to be launched. The ministry stated that the second phase will include a giant pink granite tomb, with carvings of Roman inscriptions, mainly the lotus flower, and depicting king Thutmose III.

As for the New Valley museum, it has been renovated to include a permanent exhibition among its displayed items.

The new permanent exhibition includes showcasing the belongings of the Dabasheya cemetery, which was discovered a couple of decades ago.

The restoration included setting a place for the new exhibition and renovating unearthed relics. The antiquities on display belong to a person called ‘Mes Wy’ who was one of the nobles in the Greek-Roman era. The cemetery was unearthed in 1994. Seventeen of the burial belongings were restored and are currently showcased at the museum. Among the displayed monuments are statues for Osiris, and a mummy of the tomb’s owner.

The restoration included making a miniature of the burial chamber in which the relics were found.

Earlier last week, the ministry announced a close follow-up to the Graeco-Roman museum’s restoration process.

The renovation started in 2018 and it is planned to be finalised by this year.

Hisham Samir, the minister of antiquities’ adviser for projects, told the state-run media outlet, Al-Ahram Online, that the restoration is almost half way through.

So far, 48% of the work has been completed. This includes the restoration of the western and eastern façades, the inner walls and 90% of the building’s metal frame, as well as the consolidation of the museum’s ground floor, the exhibition halls and the administrative building,” Samir said, according to Al-Ahram online.

The museum is planned to have 30 galleries in order to showcase the currently restored relics, which are more than 20,000 artefacts.

While the ministry follows-up with improving the archaeological sites, it constantly announces the success of its restoration plans. 

The ministry also announced earlier last week, the complete restoration of Kom El-Shoqafa archaeological site in Alexandria, which included lowering underground water that was threatening the relics in the tombs.

The restoration was conducted with the help of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Authority for Potable Water and Sewerage. The USAID granted the renovation a total of $5.7m in order to facilitate the process and shorten its required time.

The site is also planned to be reopened as an open museum. It will be divided into four sections. The first will be dedicated to funeral architecture and is planned to contain 34 tombs with detailed signs revealing the description and era of each of them. While the second part of the museum will be dedicated to religious architecture where several statues are to be displayed including those of sphinx figures.

The third part will display civil architecture, specifically the remains of unearthed structures including building columns. The fourth extension will be dedicated to artefacts the committee expects to be discovered throughout the restoration process.

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Second stage of 240 km El Gouna Rally launched on Friday in heart of Eastern Desert https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/11/second-stage-of-240-km-el-gouna-rally-launched-on-friday-in-heart-of-eastern-desert/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/11/second-stage-of-240-km-el-gouna-rally-launched-on-friday-in-heart-of-eastern-desert/#respond Mon, 11 Mar 2019 15:00:31 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=692573 Rahhala Racing, the winner of the El Gouna Rally for the last five years, won first place in the first phase of the eighth edition of the El Gouna Rally on Friday, led by Hani Omar as the pilot, and Co-Pilot Hany Madbouly, despite the team’s start in a very late position. While HammerHead Racing …

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Rahhala Racing, the winner of the El Gouna Rally for the last five years, won first place in the first phase of the eighth edition of the El Gouna Rally on Friday, led by Hani Omar as the pilot, and Co-Pilot Hany Madbouly, despite the team’s start in a very late position.

While HammerHead Racing came in second, led by Sherif Abdel Azim and Co-Pilot Ahmed El-Mehi. The third place was secured by Trax, led by Khalid Sobhi and Hady Makhlouf.

Early Saturday morning, the teams started from El Gouna to the starting line of the second phase, which will extend 240 km in the heart of the Eastern Desert, and will take about 4 hours.

Tamer Bashir, the Sahara Racing Team’s main driver, said the first round of the El Gouna Rally was tough, as the team tried to preserve the cars to withstand the second round, the largest and most difficult 240 km.

He also stressed that the team developed a strategy to protect each other’s team cars during the second phase, as cars were launched behind each other to maintain the safety of all team members and assist each one of them in case of emergency.

The captain of the TMT team, Mohamed Al-Entebli, explained that the team had achieved very good timing in the first stage.

Mohammed Al-Gayyar, the team’s co-pilot, confirmed that they had made great tours and praised the performance of Al-Entebli.

Noteworthy, this is the first rally to be played by captain Al-Entebli after a break from the rally world for 6 years.

El Gouna Rally will witness the participation of the 4×4 Challenge, which was introduced for the first time in Egypt at Sahl Hashish Rally in 2017.

The rally is supported by the Red Sea governorate, the ministries of defence, interior, tourism, environment, and the Automobile and Touring Club of Egypt, according to Rally Egypt’s official Facebook page.

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Art exhibition reviving Darwish’s music through rare revolution pictures https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/11/art-exhibition-reviving-darwishs-music-through-rare-revolution-pictures/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/11/art-exhibition-reviving-darwishs-music-through-rare-revolution-pictures/#respond Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:30:50 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=692565 The AUC’s 1919 Revolution’s celebration also witnessed an art exhibition, held by the graphic design students who presented their vision of the revolution and Sayed Darwish’s songs in modern and digitised photographs taken for the marches which were saved among the authentic documents at the Rare Books and Special Collection Library. The students were assigned …

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The AUC’s 1919 Revolution’s celebration also witnessed an art exhibition, held by the graphic design students who presented their vision of the revolution and Sayed Darwish’s songs in modern and digitised photographs taken for the marches which were saved among the authentic documents at the Rare Books and Special Collection Library.

The students were assigned to listen to Darwish’s 23 main songs which featured the social conditions, to present a different angle on each of them.

Mariam Ismail, a senior graphic design student, portrayed Darwish’s women empowering song Aho Da Elly Sar “This is What has come to be”, through a picture of women’s protests supporting Saad Zaghloul.

Through the black and while picture, visually effected by the warm colours of the sun, Ismail portrayed how the veteran artist’s song played a huge role in depicting women’s liberation during the era.    

“Listening to the songs of Sayed Darwish and looking at the archived pictures, I could not help but notice that hope was the only thing that kept Egyptians going in such a chaotic and hard time. So that is what I wanted to focus on with my art,” Ismail told Daily News Egypt.

With the use of warm bright colours, Ismail highlighted the hopeful words of Darwish’s songs in her featured photographs.

“Darwish’s songs had lyrics which revoked hope, even if they have nothing to do with the theme of the song, so that is what I wanted to highlight.” she asserted.     

Each of the students worked for half a semester to bring out 23 artworks for each song, in order to include each song’s tackled angle in the exhibition.

Naglaa Samir, the AUC’s associate professor of practice at the Department of the Arts, stated that she never believed that she will have to choose a number from the 230 artworks which she was handed.

“The moment I saw them, I came to decide that we must showcase such creative work at an exhibition,” she said, adding, “each of the students tackled the heritage from a different angle, to finally launch an exhibition tackling almost all aspects of the 1919 Revolution.”

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In a crowded Eurovision field, standouts emerge https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/11/in-a-crowded-eurovision-field-standouts-emerge/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/11/in-a-crowded-eurovision-field-standouts-emerge/#respond Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:07:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=692691 The post In a crowded Eurovision field, standouts emerge appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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This past weekend saw the last of the national finals, so now all of the contestants for the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv are known. Some are already making waves. Here’s our rundown.The host country announced last: representing Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) is Kobi Marimi (top photo), with a ballad named "Home." The contrast to last year's quirky entry by Israeli winner Netta couldn't be greater.

The evening before saw the climax of Sweden's elaborate selection process, the Melodifestivalen. Coming out on top: 36-year-old John Lundvik. The recipe for his song, "Too Late For Love," is rather similar to that cooked up by Austria's wildly successful entry last year: sexy singer, powerpop ballad and gospel backup chorus. Lundvik is also in the songwriter team for Great Britain's entry, Michael Rice. The 21-year-old YouTube star sings about youth mobbing.

A pattern emerges: Ballads warbled by attractive young men are actually quite frequent this year in entries from both eastern and western Europe. But be they delivered by male or female artists, such ditties frequently emerge in the same cookie-cutter pattern, starting slowly and releasing pent-up tension in the refrain.

Songs with promise

The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest isn't likely to go down in history for musical surprises, but some entries have been drawing attention.

The Netherlands, for instance: 24-year-old Duncan Laurence, a not very well known artist, has been delighting both female and male fans with his gentle ballad "Arcade." With Luca Hänni, Switzerland is sending a similar act to Tel Aviv.

Italy's entry, Mahmoud, targeted for not very friendly remarks on social media by his country's minister of the interior, sings "Soldi," a song in Italian that includes lines of text in Arabic. The singer's style of delivery is very Italian however, and the refrain quickly nestles into memory. All bets are on him doing well.

Bilal Hassani has also had to face hostility in his homeland, France. Of Moroccan descent, he makes no bones about his homosexuality, and "Roi" (King) is his triumphant statement of self-affirmation.

Lake Malawi's "Friend of a Friend" is a flawless, happy soul pop number that sounds as though it's been freshly excavated from the 80s. As last year, the Czech Republic is contributing a fresh face, fun music and dance.

The standouts

Reminiscent of arias by the Queen of the Night in Mozart's "The Magic Flute," the song "Zero Gravity" from Australia already has a following, even though it challenges the listener with a variety of tempos and styles. In presentations of the song thus far, singer Kate Miller-Heidke has been seen perched atop a mountain of a dress, an attire so unusual that it's hard to find words for a proper description.

Poland's entry, "Pali sie," by a female quartet named Tulia, is three minutes of shrill screaming. The song material is intrinsically Polish, a genre sometimes called "white song," and the piece is an interesting composition and arrangement, but the voices take some getting used to.

And what's coming from Portugal? His name is Conan Osiris, he's 30 years old, and his song is a fusion of fado, techno and Arab influences with elements of modern dance added for good measure. In fact, to describe this sound collage it would be easier to list what elements it lacks. "Telemoveis" (Cell Phone) is a courageous and inventive number that leaves the listener awash and adrift in multitonalities for the first minute, while in the video, the eye is occupied by the singer and a male dancer in their white feathered garb. Whether the worldwide television audience at the finale on May 18 is enthused or aghast remains to be seen.

Several countries this year considered boycotting the song contest out of protest of Israeli policies; Iceland was among them. Ultimately selected for the competition, the band Hatari is offering "Hatrid mun sigra" (Hate Will Sin), a headbanging number critical not of Israel but of capitalism, with the band and dancers in black leather and plenty of spikes and studs. The band already challenged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanjahu to a duel but will now have to hold back on political statements so as not to be disqualified.

Read more: Israeli pop queen Netta says Eurovision about music, not politics

No tear machines required

Spain is sending a happy merengue uptempo number which probably doesn't stand much of a chance but is refreshing to the ear nonetheless. As is Latvia's entry, "That Night" by Carousel, a wonderfully poised, gentle acoustic pop song that soothes the spirit in a field of many overproduced ESC songs.

Denmark's dreams of triumph are placed in a pop song delivered by a saucy woman's voice that sounds quite a lot like any female pop singer with a saucy voice sound at the moment. Sung in English and French with lines of text in German and Danish thrown in for good measure, Leonora's "Love is Forever" is sugar-candied fare calculated to reach as many ESC fans as possible. And it probably will.

Finland is delegating Darude, one of its best known pop exports. In the late 1990s, the electro duo was the source of "Sandstorm," an unforgotten techno classic. They've aged however, so rather than some respectable noise, they are sending a dance number worthy of radio play in "Look Away."

As though in an effort to minimize risk, Norway is sending Keiino and "Spirit in the Sky," seemingly an amalgamation of every hackneyed Eurovision style and mannerism ever employed. That is a feat in itself.

Not a wisp of a chance

The tiny country of San Marino just won't give up. After competing at Eurovision in Stockholm in 2016, music business veteran Serhat is back, this time with a dance floor number named "Say Na na na," an entry so cheap that not even his charismatic voice can rescue it.

No one knows how Germany's S!sters will stand up to the competition. Betting agencies currently rank the duo in the lower third, but this long before the competition, such indications have little predictive value.

Point of contention

Ukraine had delighted fans with interesting acts at the national final level, and "Siren Song" by Maruv was a promising entry. In late February however, the country withdrew: Maruv was asked to sign a contract agreeing to henceforth never perform in Russia again. And once again, the ESC was fought over by enemy nations. Two years ago, Ukraine had blocked Russia's candidate from entering the country, leading Russia to cancel.

Finally, to Russia and to its superstar, Sergey Lazarev, who placed third at the ESC in Stockholm in 2016 with a breathtaking performance. Re-entering Lazarev in 2019, the Russian delegation kept his song under wraps until only very recently, thus maximizing expectations. And in fact, betting agencies have his song, "Scream," at the top of the list. Lazarev is comfortable in his two-octave vocal range, and at the very least, his song offers the right material for the requisite Eurovision wind machines.

In general, special effects will probably stage a comeback this year. After simplicity was the catchword in 2018 in Lisbon, look forward to more dazzle. Which will probably be needed to beef up all those warbling ballads.

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AUC brings 1919 Revolution’s art work back to life https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/11/auc-brings-1919-revolutions-art-work-back-to-life/ https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/11/auc-brings-1919-revolutions-art-work-back-to-life/#respond Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:00:48 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=692555 In two hours, Mahgoub, Eskenderella captured hearts of audience, took them back in time to revolution’s original songs

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When hundreds of thousands of Egyptians filled the streets a century ago demanding freedom from the English colonisation, they were not aware that each footstep they took on every street carved the history of Egypt’s recent history, through the country’s biggest and most effective revolution in 1919.

Commemorating the golden days, when marches were united under the umbrella of seeking freedom, the American University in Cairo (AUC) held a cultural celebration where the revolutionary artists’ and their work was revived.

The event, which was held on Saturday, witnessed a musical concert in which the prestigious university’s professors revived the songs of the revolution’s icon, Sayed Darwish, in their original forms and exactly how they were performed, and held a discussion panel in which the speakers talked about the details of the revolution. This came besides an art exhibition featuring the work of the AUC’s graphic design students in which they documented the 1919 Revolution through the visual effects they added on some of the rare pictures which are kept at the university’s Rare Books and Special Collection Library.

The celebration comes in light of the AUC’s centennial celebrations which started from early February.

“We have been preparing this project for 10 months. Art was the only tool that the occupation could not control or invade,” said Alaa Eldin Edris, the AUC’s associate provost for research, innovation and creativity.

Edris explained that focusing on bringing Sayed Dawrish’s songs back to life the way they were originally written and performed is the AUC’s way of reviving his legacy and depicting the main tool the masses fought the occupation with.

“At the time, British soldiers killed every person walking down the street who was calling the name of Saad Zaghloul [the revolution’s icon], but they could not shoot any of the people who were marching while singing Sayed Darwish’s songs, even the ones referring to him. We focused on art, as it was the Egyptians’ main tool of fighting the situation,” he added.

The concert was performed by Eskenderella with its lead singer Hazem Shaheen, and the AUC Ferqa with lead singer Nesma Mahgoub.

In two hours, Mahgoub and Eskenderella captured the audience’s hearts, and took them back in time to the previous centenary through some of Sayed Darwish’s most famous songs featuring the 1919 Revolution.

Darwish is a veteran artist, who is known to be the only art icon of the 1919 Revolution, and the one whose songs played a remarkable role in sparking the revolutionary anger inside Egyptians at the time.

“For six months, we have been digging to find the original notes of Darwish’s revolutionary songs, which were extremely hard to find due to rare written documentation of musicals at the time,” said Wael El Mahalawi, an associate professor at the AUC’s Department of the Arts.

El Mahalawi explained that the difficulty was in finding the songs’ original notes, and how they were originally performed without the additions and amendments that occurred over the years with every artist who performed the songs after.

“The way we listen to songs nowadays is much different that the way they were originally played. Documenting musical notes through writing them only started few years ago. Before that, it only relied on listening and practicing them. To find the notes of a song which was performed over 100 years ago, was impossible,” he added.

Searching at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and the Cairo Opera House, the team could only find the national songs through gramophone vinyls.

“We kept on listening to the 23 songs and writing the notes ourselves in order to perform them the exact way they were played with, before any amendments,” El Mahalawi pointed out.    

The project focused particularly on Sayed Darwish’s songs, because Darwish was the singer who chronicled the journey of the nation in every stage through his songs. 

Through her angelic voice, Mahgoub revived Shed El-Hezam (Buckle up), Oum Ya Masry (Egyptian, Rise), and Aho Da Elly Sar (This is what has come to be)

The event also witnessed a discussion in which Mohamed Abou El-Ghar, the professor of gynaecology at Cairo University and political activist recalled the memories of the revolution, and  Mostafa El Feki, the director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina discussed how it affected Egypt’s foreign  political scene, and  Sania Sharawi, novelist and the granddaughter of the feminist and women’s rights activist Huda Sharawi discussed  the impactful role of women at the 1919 revolution

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Within few days, Egypt’s various governorates’ cultural hubs are to be filled with people coming from all sides and corners to attend the country’s biggest foreign cultural festival, India By the Nile in its seventh edition.

The cultural fiesta kicked off on Tuesday, running until 17 March. The festival presents diversified art forms, as it is organised by the embassy of India in Cairo, and the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture, in partnership with the Egyptian ministries of culture, and tourism, El Sawy Culture Wheel, and the Cairo Opera House, as well as Teamwork Arts, a pioneering entertainment company in India.

The festival writes a new chapter in the tale of India’s culture invasion into the Egyptian society, and the huge attraction it grabs through millions of loyal fans. Through musical performances, theatre plays, films, yoga, food, and workshops, the 7th India by the Nile is to shine at the sky of Egypt’s cultural scene in March.

The festival is brought to the people with the support of Teamwork Arts’ production, which supports the festival in boosting the performances to bring them to a higher level of professionalism and energy.

In its seventh edition, the festival lands on Egyptian land with alluring shows for the first time, including the Grammy Award-winning performance, Vikku Vinayakram, representing three generations of percussionists with the grandfather, the father, and the grandson all participating together in one show, thereby bringing wider aspects of different generations performing together.

In his first India by the Nile festival as India’s ambassador to Egypt, Rahul Kulshreshth stated that the cultural festival has been grabbing his attention ever since he was in New Delhi. “India by the Nile encapsulates India’s animated cultural matrix like no other international festival in Egypt. The festival has received immense appreciation from audiences in Egypt over the past seven years,” Kulshreshth said at the press conference which was held on Tuesday.

He added, “it is indeed due to the love for India, that is why India by the Nile is considered one of the biggest foreign cultural festivals in Egypt.”

In addition to Cairo, the festival runs in two other governorates, which are Alexandria and Port Said that will both witness the cultural performances at various venues in the governorates. 

“We are proud to present the 7th edition of India by the Nile and, as before, bring the vibrant, colourful, and diverse facets of India’s artistic traditions in celebration of the historical and civilizational bonds between our peoples. This year, the festival is going to be even wider in its grasp and activities!”  Kulshreshth added.

This year’s edition brings India’s Gilles Chuyen, a well-known Bollywood choreographer, who will provide a Bollywood dance experience through multiple workshops in Cairo and Alexandria.

It also brings a three-day film festival, catering to several age-groups, and will feature special screenings of popular Bollywood films. The festival will also organise workshops on the art and techniques of yoga, as well as the ancient science of Ayurveda and well-being.

A food fiesta will also be held for five days at the Intercontinental Cairo Semiramis. Moreover, the festival will commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th anniversary. This will be done through a puppet theatre which will bring Gandhi’s message on non-violence to Egypt, through the hands of Dadi Pudumjee’s Ishara’s non-verbal performance using puppets, which is titled Images of Truth.

The seventh edition sees the light under the direction of Sanjoy K Roy, the managing director of Teamwork Arts. Roy expressed his thrill over the event which will strengthen the ties between the two cultures.

“It is wonderful to bring India’s vast cultural medley back and communicate through the universal language of the arts, and we look toward the future as nothing but friendship and art last in posterity,’ Roy said at the press conference.

According to Joy, India by the Nile is one of 26 annual festivals which India holds in 41 countries, including Australia, and the US. The ministry of culture’s representative at the press conference said that Egypt is currently studying launching a similar cultural festival called Egypt by the Ganges, which is planned to be launched by 2020.

For her side, Ila Gupta, one of the festival’s organisers, stressed on the fact that the shared art which results from such festival is what really bring nations together, more than politics and formed economic ties.

“These are the connections that require no common language. It is a communication that needs nothing, but our senses to feel and become touched with,” Gupta told Daily News Egypt.

She added that Egyptians are more into watching musical shows performed at such festivals, justifying that the Indian dance art is one of the things which attract Egyptians the most.

“We make sure to bring to Egypt different dance genres every year, and various artists in order for Egyptians to explore all aspects of Indian culture,” she asserted, adding, “we aim to present India in all its different forms.”

Both Joy and Kulshreshth added that they are targeting to increase the number of art exhibitions of young Indian artists in Egypt. 

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Are traditional books and booksellers facing an existential crisis? How does one attract more readers? DW asked Alexander Skipis, the CEO of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, about the future of books.German book readers are spoiled. Order a book at your local bookstore, and expect it to be ready for pick-up the very next day. The insolvency of Koch, Neff & Volckmar (KNV), Germany's largest book distributor, however, may slow down that service for customers, and pose a problem for small publishing companies.

Along with copyright laws, the German Book Prize and fixed prices for books in Germany, the issue is just one of many faced by Alexander Skipis, the director of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association.

Deutsche Welle: With a turnover of roughly €10 billion ($11.4 billion) the German book industry is stronger than the music business, film industry, computers and video put together. Does the book trade face problems in Germany at all?

Alexander Skipis: Generally speaking, no, sales have in fact increased slightly over then past 14 years, even in the face of smart phones and other media competition, which is quite a feat by publishers, writers and booksellers. But the strong competition has left its mark. Studies show that we have lost a significant number of readers. That means that people who used to buy books are now turning away from them.

Fewer readers buy more books, so sales basically haven't dropped — isn't that reassuring?

No, it isn't, even if turnover increased a bit last year — distorting the perspective a bit — and that's due to the fact that books cost more.

That's why we launched a survey among people who stopped buying books. We found out that all of these people love books and love to read, but that they are often stressed because social media takes up their time and they don't manage to do anything else.

We should make people understand that they should take the time again to sit down with a book, let the book take them on a journey. I think we stand a chance to win those book buyers back.

The book cosmos is huge. Germany's biggest distributor, KNV, has just announced insolvency. But how do the books, CDs, DVDs and games created by more than 5,000 publishers find their way to the bookstores?

The same as before, insolvency doesn't mean business operations have folded. The bankruptcy administrator has a vested interest in continuing the company's business. He can guarantee that publishers who supply books will be paid back.

But it is not clear whether publishers will be paid for the books they supplied at the end of last year?

That's right. The fact that the invoices for the 2018 Christmas sales that are due round about now but can't be processed on account of the bankruptcy is a big problem, in particular for small and medium-sized publishing companies. For the time being, the publishers won't be paid for those past shipments. That can turn into a huge problem unless a solution is found.

Would that also have an effect on bookstores?

If many publishers were to disappear from the book market that would have a significant effect on bookstores, fewer books would be for sale. The German book market stands for quality and an enormous variety — the envy of people worldwide.

The number of bookstores in Germany is shrinking. What can booksellers do to ensure their survival?

That's a difficult question. Many are already tackling the problem on their own, but there are also things that are difficult for lone booksellers. City centers are becoming less and less attractive. The pedestrian traffic in shopping streets is diminishing. That's something affecting the entire retail sector. There's also the problem that rents in top locations are very expensive. Bookstores have a hard time paying high rents, because the returns are relatively low.

Do we maybe need more book cafes in the country?

Indeed we do. This is a good example of what bookstore owners themselves can do. Today it's not enough to stock your shelves with books, open the door and wait for people to come. You have to make an attractive offer, make it an experience, with spaces where people would gladly spend their time.

Are events, like poetry slams, swap-meets, or inviting storytellers and regional poets the kid of things that need to be looked at?

Exactly, but going even beyond that. Bookstores can also be venues for discussions or debates. You have to think about what attracts people.

Is there a growing threat from online sellers, like Amazon, shutting out the storefront retailers?

That competition has to be taken very seriously. It's hard to say if the threat is growing. Bookstores have one huge advantage: Normally you get the book you want straight away, not a couple of days later. And nearly every bookstore has an online shop as well.

The market for e-books grew massively in 2018, almost 13 percent. Is digitalization a danger for the stationary bookstore?

E-books aren't necessarily a threat to traditional booksellers. Of course it's relatively easy to download an e-book from the web, and even from the websites of bookstores. By buying from the site of a traditional store, you retain the customer service element; and that's a big plus over shopping purely online. It comes down to combining the advantages of the digital world with the advantages of shopping in a traditional store. That's an important thing for bookstores to do.

Are bookstores currently missing the big titles? Harry Potter or Elena Ferrante — do these books dramatically improve the bottom line? Or do people who buy books anyway steer away from the bestsellers and look for other titles?

The bestsellers definitely do boost turnover. But one can see an interesting development. Earlier, a title was called a bestseller if it sold 4, 5, or 600,000 copies. Nowadays, a book is a best-seller if 100,000 copies are sold. There aren't really so many titles that dominate the market in such a way any more. But we still need new best-sellers, to to push up turnover.

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