Culture – Daily News Egypt https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Sun, 04 Aug 2019 18:52:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Ancient Roman Empire Senate unearthed near North Sinai https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/01/ancient-roman-empire-senate-unearthed-near-north-sinai/ Wed, 31 Jul 2019 23:07:50 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704137 Discovered building contain three main amphitheatres covered with marble

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A huge Roman Empire building that is believed to be the Roman Empire main senate was unearthed on Wednesday at the Pelusium archaeological site near North Sinai. The site was found by an Egyptian mission in cooperation of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The 2,500-sqm building is made of bricks and limestones. The huge rectangle-shaped building is divided into several open amphitheatres.

The building contains three main amphitheatres covered with marble. Remains of the main caveat were found at the third unearthed amphitheatre, which was made of red brick in a rectangle shape.

The discovery extended to detect streets of the city surrounding the senate.

Moustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of Supreme Council of Antiquities, stated in a press release that the building was discovered amid the geophysical exploration process that has been ongoing since 2005, as part of the project documenting the urban planning of the Tel Farma archaeological site of which Pelusium is a part of. 

Pelusium was an important city, which led it to be Roman provincial capital and Metropolitan archbishopric.

Waziri explained that the place of the building and its architecture detect that it was the city’s main Roman Senate, or the place in which the nation’s representatives used to gather to discuss the matters and the main decisions of the empire.

The building is located in the city’s main street, which was discovered earlier at the current excavation season.

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Art D’Égypte spotlights Al Mu’izz Street’s glory https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/31/art-degypte-spotlights-al-muizz-streets-glory/ Wed, 31 Jul 2019 12:29:21 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704079 For 2 weeks, hub of Fatimid era’s most luxurious mosques, to witness variety of contemporary art pieces  at open museum along street

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For three years in a row, Art D’Égypte’s targeted mission of celebrating Egypt’s unique artists, and captivating art pieces, was an inseparable part of highlighting the importance of persevering heritage sites that Egypt is known for globally.  This year, the heart-capturing beauty of Al Mu’izz street, and the timeworn glorious buildings of Old Cairo are to be spotlighted at Art D’Égypte’s third exhibition, planned to take place in October.

The exhibition hosts the work of Egypt’s most prominent artists. The alluring showcase platform comes under the supervision of Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities.

“The exhibition aims to promote Egypt’s central role in contemporary art. The activities include art talks and training workshops”, Art D’Égypte’s curator, Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, said in a press release

The press release adds that Art D’Égypte has organised a series of exhibitions over the past two years with a view of promoting Egyptian art and supporting young artists by creating cooperation opportunities with private organisations concerned with boosting arts in Egypt, and presenting contemporary creations of emerging Egyptian talents to the world. The exhibitions also aim to call attention to Egypt’s modern and contemporary art scene and linking it to the country’s glorious cultural and historical heritage while highlighting the diversity and richness of Egyptian art over the centuries.

For two weeks, the hub of the Fatimid era’s most luxurious mosques, is to witness a variety of contemporary art pieces by a diverse range of passionate local artists who will display their pieces at an open museum along the street.

“This year, we have chosen Al Mu’izz Street, which is an open museum of a magnificent range of mosques, schools and sebil (fountain) structures of impressive architectural designs. The event will feature an interesting mix of activities including art talks and training workshops for emerging talents, students, and art lovers,” Abdel Ghaffar explained.

She added that this is not the first time Art D’Égypte aims to merge contemporary art and ancient history, asserting, “In our first show ‘Eternal Light: A Night of Art at the Egyptian Museum’, works of some of Egypt’s foremost contemporary artists were displayed against the timeless backdrop of ancient artefacts at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Our aim was to connect the history of our past with the vernacular of the present and show the world that Egypt has continued to play a central role in contemporary art and the cultural landscape.”

“In addition, last year, we organised ‘Nothing Vanishes, Everything Transforms’, the second in our successful series of exhibitions. It put on view a collection of artworks by 28 contemporary artists at the Manial Palace Museum in Cairo, which it’s Andalusian, Arab, and Ottoman halls speak of the diversity of Egyptian culture and arts,” she shared.

For the past years, the exhibition succeeded in attracting over 10,000 visitors including 2,000 tourists, and received in-kind donations of preserving and upgrading historic sites where the shows took place, including the lighting systems there.

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Exhibition portrays backstage of late director Mohamed Khan films https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/31/exhibition-portrays-backstage-of-late-director-mohamed-khan-films/ Wed, 31 Jul 2019 12:22:11 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704073 Third anniversary of Khan’s departure commemorated in 30 photographs

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It was once said that people die only when they are forgotten. When speaking of an artist as glorious as late director Mohammed Khan, his name is far from being gone as his work is here to stay as far as Egyptian cinematic history shall remain. While the veteran director’s name keeps him alive, even if his body is buried, his friends keep remembering him, and he opened a window for people to explore other aspects of him, as cinematographer Said El-Shimy said.

Inside Lamasatt Art Gallery, Khan’s best friend El-Shimy takes visitors on a journey of the unexplored part of Khan’s life as a director. Through 30 photographs, the gallery’s last exhibition Khan commemorates the prominent director’s name for a third time.

In one of downtown’s authentic buildings, the exhibition showcases Khan’s captured moments backstage of some of his films, exploring some of his genuine talents in leading stars to what he wants to portray on camera.

With this exhibition, Khan’s lifetime friend El-Shimy wanted to open a window to young generations in order to dig deep into the world of Khan, knowing about is suffering, dedication, and hard work.

“He put all of his efforts in order to have his films in a final good version that people currently see. Khan suffered a lot throughout his life in order to reach the place he was at,” El-Shimy told Daily News Egypt.

He added that people only know Khan through his films, yet they do not know anything about him as a person, which is the main goal behind the exhibition.

“Younger generations know about this name through the films they see, but with the photographs, and the showcased letter, they get to know the way he dealt with big names in order to bring out of them the on screen acting,” he explained.

The exhibition also witnessed the publishing of two books by El-Shimy, in which he shared with the public the letter he exchanged with Khan about cinema and films throughout the 19 years Khan was in London.

“We discussed a number of films, cadres, and stories. Throughout 19 years, we had an open conversation regarding that art, which deserves to have the appropriate exposure,” he explained.

The exhibition is the fourth of EL-Shimy’s journey in commemorating his friend. It was held last year at the Cairo Opera House, with 40 photographs that saw the light for the first time.

Running until July 31, Lamasatt Art Gallery host 30 camera captures which EL-Shimy found to be appropriate. 

“The showcased photographs were all taken at the backstage of Khan’s most famous films with veteran artists, they were the best that resembled Khan’s relationship off camera” Nada Ahmed, the director of Lamasatt Art Gallery told Daily News Egypt.

Khan was a leading figure of the 1980s realist wave of filmmaking in Egypt, marking a significant period in the history of cinema in the region. He spearheaded the wave along with other directors, with the aim of capturing the everyday life of ordinary Egyptians on the silver screen.

Khan was also known as one of the few filmmakers who gave a voice to female characters, mirroring societal and political changes in Egypt.

Originally Pakistani, he received the Egyptian citizenship in March 2014. Khan closed his eyes for the last time on July 26, 2016.

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Art Jameel launches summer programme teaching children handicrafts https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/29/art-jameel-launches-summer-programme-teaching-children-handicrafts/ Mon, 29 Jul 2019 19:30:49 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703869 The innovative contemporary institution is organising a four-week summer programme free of charge for children in underprivileged areas to learn about Egypt’s traditional arts at the masmerising beauty of Tunis Village in Fayoum governorate.

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As most of the children in rural areas spend their summer either working to secure their school fees or staying at home because they do not afford joining sports clubs, getting enrolled in a summer activity is more of a dream that rarely come true. Learning handicrafts can be very useful to children in underprivileged areas, and Art Jameel planning aims to turns this into a reality.

The innovative contemporary institution is organising a four-week summer programme free of charge for children in underprivileged areas to learn about Egypt’s traditional arts at the masmerising beauty of Tunis Village in Fayoum governorate.

The programme is taking place with the help of Atelier Cairo Art Jameel, which is a platform launched by Art Jameel to support Egyptian entrepreneurship, artisanship, and design, and include the institution’s almuni who organise and run the planned programmes.

At the homeland of the world’s finest, most expensive, unique, and alluring artisans, the programme aims to teach children the basics of Islamic geometry, brass work, printing, pottery, and ceramics.

For four weeks, the programme will engage children in the local community with workshops focusing on the unique heritage of Fayoum, the press release reads.

The selection of Fayoum comes as it is “synonymous with one of the best-known traditions of Egyptian pottery and is a centre of the contemporary ceramics revival in Egypt. Tunis lies on the banks of Lake Moeris in the Fayoum oasis in Middle Egypt, where works of pottery, with motifs reflected in contemporary designs, have been found dating to the pharaonic period, when the modern city of Fayoum was called Crocodilopolis and later Arsinoë.”

The summer handicraft school is the Atelier’s first majot programme, that sees the light in partnership with  Expertise Consulting House (ECH), an Egyptian organisation that provides vocational and entrepreneurship training to underserved communities on behalf of intergovernmental bodies, including the European Union, the International Organisation for Migration, the International Labour Organisation and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. ECH is delivering a major programme in Fayoum under the European Union’s Joint Rural Development Programme.

The programme is not Art Jameel’s first in supporting less fortunate children. It comes the third in a row after two prgrammes that took place with local communities in Old Cairo.

It’s an organisation that seeks focusing on local community families, and improving “underserved communities and to support the preservation of Egyptian heritage.”

According to the press release, the previous two summer programmes took place in last two tears, the first at the historic districts of medieval Cairo: in Al-Khalifa in 2017, in collaboration with the Megawra; and in Al-Darb Al-Ahmar in 2018, in collaboration with Turath Conservation Group, an initiative centred around the historic Bayt Yakan and co-founded by Ola Said, a Jameel House alumna and tutor.

The programme runs until 31 August.

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Refugees in Egypt participate in clean-up of Nile  https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/29/refugees-in-egypt-participate-in-clean-up-of-nile/ Mon, 29 Jul 2019 19:30:13 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703874 Volunteers are from Syria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Yemen

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Since their first footsteps in Egypt, most of refugees consider the land of the Pharaohs more of a second home. They felt the warm feelings of Egyptians which increased their connections with the country, leading them to organise one of the biggest clean-up campaigns in the middle of July.

Dozens of refugees from five countries took part in a local initiative, Verynile, to clean Nile banks in several areas in Cairo. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) provided required equipment for volunteers who spent couple of hours collecting trash.

Veynile, kicked off at the beginning of this year, aims to limit the Nile pollution and find a permanent solution to the problem, so that it cannot be sullied again. The initiative was launched by Bassita, a click-funding initiative known for its social media awareness campaigns, in partnership with Greenish, a business aiming to implement sustainable environmental solutions.

The campaign included 50 volunteers from Syria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Yemen besides 800 Egyptians.

UNHCR quoted number of refugees, who sated that participating in social community work and enhancing the community they are currently a part of, changes the mainstream idea many people have towards them.

Omar is one of the Sudanese refugees whom were quoted by the UNHCR while removing waste from Abbas Bridge.

“It changes people’s perceptions of us,” he said, adding “Today, volunteers will go back home and tell their parents that refugees from different communities helped them clean the Nile, and this will change their understanding of us to the better,” according to the UNHCR Egypt’s official website.

Egypt houses 247,499 refugees. The 50 participating ones with the help of the other volunteers managed to remove 11.5 tonnes of trash from the Nile, and placed them at the recycling factories.

They take part of the campaign which targets revitalising the longest river in the world, and making it healthy again by removing all the trash which has made the river its home for decades, as well as to get rid of all the industrial waste stagnating in it.

The Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel Aty, previously said that plastic waste is severely affecting the marine life and the river’s eco-system. He added that Egypt annually removes 7.5m tonnes of waste from the River Nile. Abdel Aty added that the ministry has a plan to clean all the water resources by 2037, with an allocated budget of billions of Egyptian pounds.

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El-Dweika’s portable pool: children’s escape from dreadful disadvantage https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/27/el-dweikas-portable-pool-childrens-escape-from-dreadful-disadvantage/ Sat, 27 Jul 2019 06:00:15 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703623 Most of the children living in El-Dweika, one of the big cities’ most underprivileged districts, have not seen any swimming pools in their lives, until Hussein Makbool decided to change the status quo, and place the district’s first ever portable swimming pool.

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Away from the coastal cities, where people spend most of their summer days getting a tan, their feet overwhelmed with beach sand and their bodies covered with salty water, stand millions of Egyptians fighting to earn basic life needs, and having a vacation over any of the coastal cities, even the popular ones, is a far dream to achieve.

Most of the children living in El-Dweika, one of the big cities’ most underprivileged districts, have not seen any swimming pools in their lives, until Hussein Makbool decided to change the status quo, and place the district’s first ever portable swimming pool.

Out of the belief that the residents of EL-Dweika are “buried alive”, Makbool decided to let the children of his area to live the closest thing to other children who spend their summers by the pool, and decided to open what he sees to be more of a happiness gate to children in need rather than a business project.

Through a plastic portable pool, Makbool decided to have the district’s own beach over the roof of one of the buildings made of red brick.

“No one could have imagined the happiness children and families expressed when I first purchased this pool and announced it is open to public. They were over the moon!” Makbool told Daily News Egypt.

Opened every day in summer from noon till night, the pool’s fees vary from EGP 1-3, depending on the affordability of each child.

He explained that the fees required for getting into the pool depend on the children’s capabilities, and some jumps in without paying anything.

“I know that they suffer to get those EGP 2, and some of them would work hard to get them in order to spend a few hours playing in the water. So, money is not that essential for me,” he added.

Every day in the morning, Makbool empties the portable pool and refills it with water. Despite not adding any substance in order to maintain the hygiene of the water, he exerts all of his efforts to keep the water the kids play in as clean as possible.

“We live in a poverty-stricken area; considering to go on a coastal city is not even possible to most of the people living in here, and with very limited sources of entertainment, this pool is the only source of joy these people have,” Makbool asserted.

Twelve-year-old Sayed is one of the kids who regularly visits the pool.

“I have seen the sea one time in my whole life, and that was many years ago. But I come here a lot in order to play with my neighborhood friends in the water,” he said in a hurry before jumping back into the pool.

Every now and then Sayed comes with his friends for a few hours, when they have enough money.

“We usually work for that money,” he added.

All photos taken by Fadel Dawood. 

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Khufu Ship relics transferred to Grand Egyptian Museum https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/24/khufu-ship-relics-transferred-to-grand-egyptian-museum/ Wed, 24 Jul 2019 07:30:31 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703373 Antiquities to undergo restoration along with Tutankhamun’s golden coffin

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Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) received on Tuesday 10 relics of the ancient Khufu Ship to undergo restoration in preparation for displaying the antiquities during the museum’s opening in 2020.

For decades, the relics were kept in the same place where they were found near of the Grand Pyramid. The transfer of the 10 relics brings the total antiquities belonging to the ship planned to be showcased at the GEM to 852 relics.

The restoration of Khufu Ship relics will be carried out along with King Tutankhamun’s golden coffin, which was also transferred to the GEM last week.

Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany followed up the transfer process, and witnessed the start of the coffin’s restoration.

Unlike the coffin that was reported to be seriously damaged, the Khufu Ship pieces are in good shape.

The restoration of the young Pharaoh’s golden coffin would last for approximately eight months.

The coffin “suffered a lot of damage, including cracks in the golden layers of plaster and a general weakness in all golden layers,” Eissa Zidan, head of the First Aid Restoration and Transportation of Antiquities Department at the GEM, said in a press release.

A detailed report on the condition of the coffin showed all the damages before its transfer to the GEM’s restoration labs.

Tarik Tawfik, the general director of the GEM, previously told Daily News Egypt that the museum’s restoration labs are open for visits for EGP 200, with a maximum 10 people at a time to enter the lab.

Most of the antiquities planned to be on display at the GEM are currently under restoration preparing for the opening by the last quarter of 2020.

The mega museum will not only host the complete collection of Tutankhamen’s belongings for the first time in history since they were found, it will also display 20,000 antiquities that have been never on display.

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Turning iron scrap into enchanting sculptures https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/24/turning-iron-scrap-into-enchanting-sculptures/ Wed, 24 Jul 2019 07:00:08 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703370 “I used over 6,000 different nuts to portray Nefertiti,” says artist

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The alluring charm of ancient queen Nefertiti always captured the Egyptians’ hearts, and has been featured numerous times in various art works, yet having her face sculptured by iron scraps was a new method of documenting the queen’s beautiful face.

However, the mass attraction Nefertiti’s sculpture amassed, since it was highlighted on social media, opened a window to Hussein’s world which revolves around sculpture made of nothing but recyclable materials. The world Hussein dug into is all about reflecting beauty and making it shine, even if it was made out of trash.

Veteran sculptor Hossam Hussein applied a modern vision of queen Nefertiti using a thousand pieces of iron scrap that he glued together. The sculpture depicts the queen with her calm gaze and the perfectly shaped lips.

Nefertiti’s sculpture – which went viral on social media due to its fascinating detailed artistry of the crown and the queen’s appealing features – took almost four months of continuous intense daily work.

“For the famous statue of Nefertiti, I used over 6,000 sleeve nuts and different shapes of thumb nuts,” he explained.

Yet the model which brought Hussein into the spotlight was not his only captivating sculpture, but rather Hussein’s showcasing of a competitive talent that cannot be missed. 

Hussein usually spends a month or more to finish a sculpture. Yet with the human face details, it takes a longer time.

Growing up fascinated with all sorts of art, Hussein was always fond with sculptures, especially those of celebrities or historic figures.

“I believe art is all about conveying beauty through the simplest way regardless the tool used in art work,” Hussein told Daily News Egypt. Through decades, the sculptor used various materials, such as clay, wood, and finally iron scrap.

I learned iron carving online. It took me only few seconds to try using the new material in my work, he remembered.

Based in Zagazig, Sharqia governorate, Hussein is now one of a few artists in Egypt who master the art of sculpturing by melting heavy steel.

Although those materials are sold quite inexpensively, Hussein’s allocated budget for each model almost triples due to the use of welding substances and electricity.

“Each kilo of iron scraps costs me around EGP 5-7. I usually get them from wholesale traders who usually sell them to recycling factories. They need a lot of work to be used in sculpture,” he added.

Most of the artist’s sculptures are for sale, except very few he considers as “part of his soul.”

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Ministry of Antiquities to investigate video of Algerian fan ‘spiting’ on Egyptian Museum mummy https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/22/ministry-of-antiquities-to-investigate-video-of-algerian-fan-spiting-on-egyptian-museum-mummy/ Sun, 21 Jul 2019 22:42:18 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703213 Video circulated showing Algerian fan spitting on Seqenenre Tao mummy

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The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities started on Sunday an investigation concerning a video circulating on social media showing a tourist “spitting on and insulting” the Seqenenre Tao mummy, placed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The shaky, twelve-second video shows an Algerian man, who was said be a football fan coming to support his team in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament, cursing and spitting at the mummy. The video has gone viral, provoking Egyptians’ anger on social media.

The ministry clarified in a statement, which was published on local media, that they started an investigation about the incident, demanding from the Egyptian Museum to check the CCTV footage for the last 72 hours to identify the perpetrator.

Although various news agencies identified the tourist as an Algerian national, the ministry said that the identity and nationality of the tourist is yet to be identified.

The Egyptian Museum is also investigating the issue as using cameras is prohibited inside the ‘Royal Mummies Hall.’

Hundreds of Algerian fans arrived in Egypt last week to support their national team in the 2019 AFCON, which ended up winning the tournament last Friday.

Seqenenre Tao was the ruler of the ancient kingdom of Egypt in the seventeenth dynasty, about 1558 BC. He was called “the brave”, as archaeologists believe he had died in battle from the signs of the wounds present in the mummy.

The mummy was discovered in a royal cache at Deir El-Bahri in 1881, and has been displayed at the ‘Royal Mummies Hall’ since 2006.

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Romanian Empire city unearthed in Alexandria https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/20/romanian-empire-city-unearthed-in-alexandria/ Sat, 20 Jul 2019 19:29:34 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703113 Found city includes remains of small theatre, giant royal bathroom, group of 22 lecture halls  believed to be remains of ancient university

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The charming city of Alexandria keeps proving that it is far from finished with its buried treasures that are just waiting to see the light.

Large remains of a Romanian Empire city were discovered on Thursday at Kom El-Deka’s archaeological site through an Egyptian-Polish mission that follows the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Warsaw. 

The city dates back to the period from the 4th to 7th centuries AD. The unearthed remains included a number of residential houses with a number of floors covered with colourful Romanian-style mosaic. 

The mosaic reflects the shapes, designs, and colours that were mainly introduced to people at that era. Kom El-Deka is known to have been one of the most well-off residential area in Graeco-Roman times, with large numbers of villas and spacious gardens. The areas still holds a historical theatre that dates back to the Roman era. 

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in a press release that the colours and design of the discovered mosaic indicate that the houses belong to some wealthy citizens of that era.

He also said that the unearthed mosaic floors assure the widespread use of such a decorative method during the Romanian Empire. He shared that the giant discovered mosaic portrait is to be displayed at The Villa of the Birds, Egypt’s first and only mosaic floors museum, located also in the same archaeological site.

The found city also includes remains of a small theatre, a giant royal bathroom, and a group of 22 lecture halls that are believed to be the remains of an ancient university in the area.

Kom El-Deka is known to be the residential area of the elites of decades. The currently falling apart and neglected, timeworn area was the host of the world’s most prestigious community for a number of continuous eras. 

For his side, the head of the excavation mission, Grzegorz Majcherek, said that the discovered mosaic floor is one of the main, unique highlights the Romanian Empire in Egypt is known for. He further added that it was known to take place particularly at the dining rooms of the Roman houses in Alexandria.

It is made of multi-coloured mosaic that is composed of six hexagonal panels featuring lotus flowers and framed by a circular guilloche pattern. Lotus buds can also be seen in spandrels, the main mosaic floor is considered one of the most luxurious decorations of that era.

He also asserted that the composition, featuring a circle inscribed into a square, exceptionally popular in Roman Egypt, is considered one of the distinctive features of the Alexandrian housing style.

Since the mission’s excavation work started in 1960, archaeologists have been focusing on the Roman era’s still-unknown residential architecture that belongs to the first until the third centuries AD.

So far, the discovered buildings of that period in time are known to be lavishly designed with closely similar patterns to the ones that have been lately discovered.

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King Tut’s golden coffin undergoes first restoration since 1922 discovery https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/18/king-tuts-golden-coffin-undergoes-first-restoration-since-1922-discovery/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 22:12:25 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703019 The restoration is expected to take approximately eight months. Then, the coffin will be displayed among Tutankhamun’s collection at the museum set for grand opening in 2020.

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Three days after its transportation to the Grand Egypt Museum (GEM), the famous golden coffin of Egypt’s young Pharaoh Tutankhamun underwent its first ever restoration since it was discovered in 1922.

The restoration is expected to take approximately eight months. Then, the coffin will be displayed among Tutankhamun’s collection at the museum set for grand opening in 2020.

The coffin was in a serious need of renovation as it “suffered a lot of damage, including cracks in the golden layers of plaster and a general weakness in all golden layers,” Eissa Zidan, head of the First Aid Restoration and Transportation of Antiquities Department at the GEM, said in a press release.

According to the press release by the Ministry of Antiquities, a complete report on the condition of the coffin was written showing all the damages before its tranfer to the GEM’s restoration labs.

Mostafa Waziri, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said, “The transportation was made after the approval of the Permanent Committee for Ancient Egyptian Antiquities, especially because it is the first time for the coffin to undergo restoration.”

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Renovation of Egyptian Museum to include installing new lighting, display systems https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/16/renovation-of-egyptian-museum-to-include-installing-new-lighting-display-systems/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 20:10:49 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702878 The meeting comes to discuss the first phase of the museum’s renovation after the artefacts collection of King Tutankhamun were transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in preparation for its opening in 2020.

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Minister of Antiquities, Khaled Anany, met on Tuesday with the directors of the five museums participating in the renovation of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, including the Louvre, the Egyptian Museum of Turin (Museo Egizio), Egyptian Museum of Berlin, the British Museum, and the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, in addition to the French Institute for Oriental Archaeology in Cairo.

The meeting comes to discuss the first phase of the museum’s renovation after the artefacts collection of King Tutankhamun were transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in preparation for its opening in 2020.

Assistant to Minister of Antiquities, Nevine Nezar, said in a press release that the renovation plan includes installing up to date display and lighting systems.

The renovation plan aims to list the Egyptian Museum on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The operations are funded by an EU grant of €3.1m.

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Naguib Mahfouz museum: veteran novelist’s captivating life journey beneath walls of Ottoman empire building  https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/16/naguib-mahfouz-museum-veteran-novelists-captivating-life-journey-beneath-walls-of-ottoman-empire-building/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:20:39 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702837 Museum located in Al-Gamaleya district, where he lived all of his life, shaped his soul into shining dynamo that brought world irreplaceable literary treasures

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Inside a narrow, unpaved alley in Al-Gamaleya district in the heart of Old Cairo, the glamour of the timeworn, authentic building of Tkeit Abu el-Dahab, overcomes the journey one has to go through in order to reach the targeted gem of the Naguib Mahfouz Museum.

Surrounded by dozens of locals of days long gone are grocery shops, and butchers, and the place shines like a magnetic time machine taking visitors into the legacy of the Ottoman era, and the overwhelming joy of Mahfouz’s treasures.

The once known as Muhammad Bek Abu El Dahab Complex, has been officially inaugurated on Sunday as the museum of the late Nobel winner genius novelist, Naguib Mahfouz.

The antique building is listed as one of the country’s heritage buildings. With the cooperation of both the ministries of antiquities and culture, it was turned into an official museum of the late writer where all  his belongings were put on display.

The Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel-Dayem, inaugurated the museum, with the Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El-Anany, in the presence of a number of foreign ambassadors.

Abdel-Dayem said the museum adds to Egypt’s achievements, in that the displayed items tell the story of Mahfouz, who managed to attract the world’s eyes toward Egypt’s modern art.

Commemorating his name in Al-Gamaleya, the place where he lived in all of his life and which shaped his soul into the shining dynamo that brought the world irreplaceable literary treasures, the Muhammad Bek Abu El Dahab Complex was the best antiquated building to turn into the museum.

Abu El-Dahab was one of the leaders of Egypt’s Ottoman Empire. He was dubbed Abu El Dahab (The father of the Gold) for his known generosity that led him to often distribute gold to the poor and needy.

The building, which was turned into the current museum, is part of a huge complex Abu El-Dahab built, consisting of a mosque, school, a water tub for animals, and residential area like the known Ottoman and Fatimid era’s building designs.

The complex was built in 1774 AD. The process of turning the Tkeit into the museum started in 2006, right after Mahfouz’s death. It took 13 years to have a museum that matches the reputation and international image of Mahfouz. 

The museum is the “Tkeit” building of the complex, which is a three floor residential area for the homeless, and the people who came to Egypt on visits and needed a place to stay.   

For his side, El-Anany praised the museum’s location in the middle of Al-Azhar area, which reflects the true spirit of Old Cairo that stirred the beauty of Mahfouz’ writings, and produced valuable content that had an international reach.

Born, and bred in Al-Gamaleya, Mahfouz’s inspiration was always reflected in his novels, bringing the world one of its most astonishing masterpieces, that chronicled the area of Old Cairo, like Bayn El Kasrain “Between the Two Palaces”, a trilogy that chronicled Egyptian society in the 1920s.

The museum takes visitors into a tour of Mahfouz’s life journey, highlighting the main stops in separate rooms. Renovated with grey and pale navy colours to look like the original form it was built in, the place is filled with his pictures, and his most famous quotes taken from his novels. The quotes describe his perspectives on life, women, society, and art.

All the showcased belongings were gifted from Mahfouz’s daughter, Om Kalthoum, to the ministry of culture, according to Abdel-Dayem.

It contains four main libraries: Mahfouz’s personal library that has the 1,091 books he owned all of his life and spent his time roaming among them, a literary library that offers visitors 119 of the world’s most known and famous literature, a third library of Mahfouz’s 169 art masterpieces, and the fourth is a general one with 165 books in different fields. 

The museum also offers people two workshop halls dedicated to novels, script writing, short stories workshops, and other activities related to writing as well as signing books.

A hall in the museum is dedicated to the medals and awards Mahfouz received in his life, including the most important award, which is the Nobel prize in Literature in 1988.

Mahfouz is the only Arab writer to have ever won the award until this day.

The alley hall in the museum is dedicated to the novels Mahfouz wrote out of Al-Gamaleya district. In his novels, Mahfouz opened a window for readers to explore the alleys of Old Cairo, like Haret El Maqaq, Midaq Alley, Bayen Qasren, and Sugar Street. 

A film of the neighbourhood Mahfouz grew up in is also being showcased at the hall, in order to introduce people to the world Mahfouz opened his eyes to.

As for the biography hall, it welcomes visitors to introduce them to Mahfouz’s family, through a number of pictures of him and his closest siblings.

The bemoaning room holds one of the veteran writer’s most important achievements in Egypt, which is the Nile Necklace he received for enriching the literature scene in the world. 

For those who are passionate about diving deep into the place from which the captivating literature work comes, the manifestation room brings the desk and chair he sat on writing hundreds of books, with the eye glasses he always wore.

The museum also takes people to the journey of the films which were taken from the novels he wrote in the filmographia hall. It displays footage from famous films based on his writings.

The museum documents all the phases of Mahfouz’s lifetime, including his assassination attempt. At the dream of departure hall, there are the incidents of the two Islamists who stabbed him in the neck. They aimed to kill him for his controversial novel, Awlad Haretna (Children of Gebelawi). This led to a permanent disability causing him to be unable to write except for a few minutes every day. 

In 2006, Egypt bid farewell to the one of a kind novelist, as he passed away at the age of 96. 

The museum is open for a month for free.

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Exhibition chronicles contradictory media coverage of life of Egypt’s last queen, Fawzia https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/15/exhibition-chronicles-contradictory-media-coverage-of-life-of-egypts-last-queen-fawzia/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:30:04 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702743 Local press portrayed her as modern Egyptian woman, Western press presented her as a helpless woman

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Behind mesmerising gazes of Queen Fawzia Fuad, lies thousands of hidden stories that no one knew about until she closed her eyes for the last time.

The coloured, almond shaped, wide eyes of Egypt’s last official princess held the passion of a young woman’s dream of changing the world into a better place. This mirrored the power royal women had.

Over five decades after she was trooped of her place, the queen’s descending life sparked the curiosity of the Egyptian-American 10th grade student, Jana Amin, leading, with the cooperation and supervision of the American University in Cairo (AUC) into the launch of recently open exhibition, “Princess Fawzia: The Duality of Egyptian Womanhood through Western and Egyptian Eyes.”

Held at AUC’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library, the exhibition showcases the local and international media coverage the princess received throughout her life, since she was born as the youngest sister of King Fouad, until she passed away four years ago in Alexandria.

The exhibition came to life as a result of Amin’s research at Harvard, Oxford universities, the KEW National Archive in the UK, and the AUC’s Rare Books Library.

Curated by Iman Morgan, an expert at AUC’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library and one of the researchers, who helped Amin with the research for over a year, and worked on collecting all the possible journals that were published about Fawzia.

Fawzia’s life media coverage was rich in content. The young royal princess became Queen of Iran at a very young age, as she married Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Local and international newspapers and magazines closely followed the boat of the young couple as it sailed and tied political knots between Egypt and Iran.

“Growing up surrounded by strong Egyptian women, I experienced the disconnect between the women in my own life and those portrayed in the media. I felt strongly that Egyptian women ought to take control of their narrative,” 16-year old Amin said, adding “Discovering Princess Fawzia by mere accident while googling one day, sent me on a journey of discovery, uncovering the fascinating life of this princess.”

The exhibition showcases the contradictory media portrayals the late princess received. While local press portrayed her as a model of modern Egyptian womanhood, western press striped her from her agency, and presented her as a fawn.

The exhibition is divided into four themes, each presented the media coverage of a phase of her long journey; her early life, the two weddings she had; the first with Pahlavi and the second to Ismail Chirine, Egypt’s former minister of defense, and her death.

The exhibition took place on July 4, commemorating Fawzia’s fourth death anniversary, and is running until August 31.

Early life is the name tag of the first showcased timeworn papers. 

The early life section contains the announcement of her birth in the state-run newspaper, Al-Ahram, in 1921, with a number of pictures of her with her siblings playing in Al-Montazah Palace in Alexandria.

The theme also contains pictures of Fawzia with her nannies, and her first favourite teacher. Her stories are shown through a number of local magazines, such as Al-Musawar magazine, which played an essential part in documenting her four life phases.

Among the displayed documents was a letter the princess wrote to her teacher at a young age. In it, she described the love and admiration she has for her, and how she taught her everything she knows in life.

Amid their tremendous efforts in collecting all the possible pictures, and news portrayals documenting the life phases of the beloved princess, the AUC was gifted the coins of Muhammed Ali’s family up until the era she was the queen of Egypt. They were gifted by Mohammed Sadwq, an antique collector.

The second theme, was the one that attracted international media the most, which is her two weddings. Marrying the King of Iran, princess Fawzia had two weddings, one in Egypt and the other in Iran.

Dozens of publications highlighted the wedding of the year, and local magazines followed the tiniest details of the gala event. It was featured as one of the most luxurious weddings in Egypt’s recent history. 

The dedicated cabinets for the theme displayed the royal pictures of the two weddings, the souvenirs which were distributed to the elites and the royal family members, the magazine special issues that chronicled the Iranian diplomatic delegation’s visit to Egypt to request the marriage of Fawzia to the King of Iran, the preparations of the big day, and the journey to Iran where she had the second wedding.

Through the several months of the research phase, the AUC researchers team looked for the siblings of ministers hoping to find anyone who could have attended the wedding and has memories of it.

Curator Morgan believes that this era in princess Fawzia’s life held most of the media attraction despite being discreet.

“Foreign media portrayals wrote the most about her first marriage. They always portrayed her as a helpless woman striped of her agency and wrote that she was sold for political reasons. Magazines only wrote about the marriage as a diplomatic deal for which the princess paid its price, without mentioning her power or determination,” Morgan told Daily News Egypt.

Living for over a year within the stories of the late princess, Morgan believes that these stories were not correct.

“She was a humble woman, yet she was very strong, keen on making a difference in other people’s lives, and empowering women of her country. That was never displayed but in local media,” she explained.

The community work of princess Fawzia was the element that captivated the hearts of the researchers the most, leading to display it as the exhibition’s third section.

Princess Fawzia was focused on educating women in her hometown, and supporting them with the required elements to become fully empowered.

The exhibition chronicled the news of the princess who opened up a number of hospitals and closely followed the food prepared for the patients. It also puts on display a number of pictures featuring the beauty queen as a volunteer nurse in World War II with the army to help wounded soldiers.

“It was not only that she was personally engaged in society, she further encouraged other ladies to follow her footsteps and have an effective role in society,” Morgan added.

The exhibition displayed Fawzia’s dedication in a number of charities such as inaugurating schools for underprivileged young girls.

This period of time synchronised with her divorce from the king of Iran, which Amin found at the KEW National Archive in the United Kingdom.

The fourth section, which brings the last phase of her life to the public, showcased her second marriage after which she started disappearing from public life at her husband’s request.

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Late Dynasty tombs unearthed in Dahshur  https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/13/late-dynasty-tombs-unearthed-in-dahshur/ Sat, 13 Jul 2019 19:53:21 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702583 Announcement came at celebration of restoring Bent Pyramid

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The Ministry of Antiquities announced the discovery of a number of wooden and stone tombs belonging to the Middle Kingdom in Dahshur. 

The discovery was announced at the Bent Pyramid’s opening ceremony on Saturday in Dahshur after restoration.

The opening was attended by 40 foreign ambassadors and representatives of UNESCO; the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri; and the Giza Governor Ahmed Rashed.

In his speech, the Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Anany said that the ministry also discovered a number of well-preserved mummies inside some of the unearthed tombs, as well as a number of wooden masks, of which some were not completely shaped.

Anany added that the excavation mission found a 60-metre-long ancient wall that showcases the architecture of the Middle Kingdom. 

A number of cutting instruments belonging to the Late Dynasty were also discovered in the site, which tell that it was used at later eras from the mummies were buried at.

Anany said the Bent Pyramid and all the other pyramids located in Dahshur are listed at the UNESCO’s heritage list. The pyramid was built by the 4th dynasty royal Pharaoh, Sneferu, who also built two other pyramids in the area.

Waziri also stated in his speech that the restoration process included building interior and exterior stairs to facilitate the process for visitors roaming around and inside the pyramid. He added that the ministry placed a lightening network, as well as fully renovating the pharaoh’s burial chamber inside the pyramid.

He said that the mission started working in the area from August 2018 until April 2019, since they came across a number of stone and granite blocks which usually indicates having burial antiquities underneath.

He shared that the mission will keep digging in this area looking for further secrets they believe it holds. 

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Alexandria’s 17th International Summer Festival kicks off July 26 https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/10/alexandrias-17th-international-summer-festival-kicks-off-july-26/ Wed, 10 Jul 2019 20:36:28 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702402 The festival kicks off with a concert by the Jordanian young band JadaL.

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Bibliotheca Alexandrina announced the launch of the 17th International Summer Festival on July 26, with a large number of performances taking place overviewing the charming sea of the coastal city.

The long awaited, annual festival comes bringing a large number of various performances by prominent Egyptian and foreign artists.

Running for almost two months, the theatre of the Bibliotheca is to host an art show for hundreds of people, as well as workshops and lectures in numerous fields.

The festival kicks off with a concert by the Jordanian young band JadaL.

Popular Egyptian singer, Mohamed Mohsen, will also perform a concert one week after the start of the festival.

The festival will also host a concert for veteran musician, Omar Khairat, for two days at the beginning of August.

Among the Egyptian artists performing at the festival are Nesma Abdelaziz, Ali El Haggar, Medhat Saleh, Masar Egbari, and Khaled Selim.

Egyptian comedian, Ahmed Amin, will also take over the stage for two days presenting his latest play, Amin wa Shurakah (Amin and His Partners)

Islands, Maxim, and Might be Switched Off are three Egyptian fiction films that will also be screened among the annual cultural festival.

The 17th International Summer Festival runs until August 31. Tikets are sold both online and through the Bibliotheca box office.

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Sixth International Caricature Gathering revives cultural figures https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/09/sixth-international-caricature-gathering-revives-cultural-figures/ Tue, 09 Jul 2019 11:30:48 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702242 Naguib Mahfouz main character of gathering, portrayed in over 100 caricatures

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It was once said that caricatures are the putting of faces of jokes on bodies of a truth. When speaking of Egyptians, the art of ironically reflecting reality reaches its peak bringing the ultimate creativity and the beauty of illustrating figures at the Sixth International Caricature Gathering.

The exhibition of the cartoon characters kicked off on Sunday.

Among the walls of the timeworn, authentic Amir Taz Palace, overlooking the Blue Nile boat, the mansion, belonging to Egypt’s glorious era, reflected its lustre on the showcased caricatures displayed by almost 350 cartoonists from 71 countries.

The  Sixth International Caricature Gathering is organised by the Egyptian Caricature Association, The Cultural Development Fund, and Faculty of Applied Arts, Minya University, under the support of Egypt’s Ministry of Culture.

Over 420 caricatures were displayed on the walls of Amir Taz Palace’s large halls. Under the theme of culture, the participating artists all drew caricatures of the world’s most famous cultural figures including prominent writers, musicians, and artists.

In this year’s edition, over 1,800 art works were submitted to participate by artists from all over the world, yet the selection was limited due to criteria selected by a committee of veteran figures including cartoon artists Mohamed Effat, Farouq Mousa, and Amna El Hammady, as well as journalist Imad Gomaa.

Veteran Egyptian novelist, Naguib Mahfouz, was the main character of the gathering, portrayed in over 100 caricatures by large number of artists showcasing him in different forms, colours, and cartoon poses.

Kuwait is this year’s guest of honour. In his speech, the Head of Kuwait Cartoon Assembly, Muhammad Thalab, said that selecting his country to be this year’s guest of honour means a lot to the caricature scene in Kuwait leading it to be spotlighted internationally.

Thalab added that for Kuwaiti cartoonists to participate in such a gathering gives them the artistic accreditation each artist desires. He further explained that Kuwait’s active movements in developing the caricature art led the country to be one of the Gulf’s most leading countries in that field.

“For around 50 years, the cartoon art scene in Kuwait has been leaving a bright mark in the development of the caricature scene in Gulf countries,” he highlighted.

Thalab continued by stating that some of Kuwait’s most prominent artists participated in this year’s gathering.

The gathering focuses on cultural figures from across the world. On the second day of its opening, the gathering opened an exhibition of the prominent Chinese philosopher, Laozi. The exhibition is held at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Egypt.

Under the slogan of ‘Laozi through World’s Eyes’, the exhibition showcases 40 caricatures portrayed by 40 artists from across the world.

The gathering runs until July 21.

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Public libraries to teach children Heliography https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/09/public-libraries-to-teach-children-heliography/ Tue, 09 Jul 2019 11:00:31 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702240 The programme aims to revive the principles of Ancient Egyptian civilization and teach children what the culture was like, as an inseparable part of the Egyptian culture and heritage.

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Centuries after the ancient Egyptian civilization has come to an end, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities wants to revive its glory by teaching young generations all about it.

In its latest initiative, the ministry launched a teaching Heliographic language programme to children.

After the International Museum Day, the ministry cooperated with a number of public libraries in various districts in Cairo to teach young generations a language that is no longer heard, but only seen in museums.   

The programme aims to revive the principles of Ancient Egyptian civilization and teach children what the culture was like, as an inseparable part of the Egyptian culture and heritage.

Rasha Kamal, the director of cultural development department at the ministry of antiquities, stated in a press release that the programme includes a number of lectures and interactive sessions on the Ancient Egyptian civilization languages, especially Heliography.

She also added that the programme includes workshops to teach the participating children their names in Heliography, like ancient kings and queens.

Kamal explained that the programme mainly targets to develop the children’s heritage awareness, through connecting the books they find at the library with the antiquities showcased at the various museums in Egypt.

The programme, which will take place at nine different libraries across the country, also teaches children about the sports commonly practiced across the eras. This is partially alongside Egypt’s hosting of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Lasting for two months, the sessions take place at the Egypt Public Library, and the cultural centres in Heliopolis, Maadi, Shoubra, Helwan, and Sixth of October public libraries.

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Tour in State Hermitage, Russia’s first public museum  https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/07/tour-in-state-hermitage-russias-first-public-museum/ Sun, 07 Jul 2019 11:00:28 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=701977 Museum established in 1764, contains over 3m artefacts including Pharaonic ones

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St Petersburg- The State Hermitage is considered the first public museum in Russia and one of the iconic places in the city of Saint Petersburg. It contains over 3m artefacts.

Artefacts in the Hermitage include paintings, graphic works, sculptures, works of applied art, archaeological works, and numismatic objects.

The Hermitage was established in 1764 when Russian Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of works from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky. 

Extending over 233,345 sqm, the Hermitage consists of several buildings including the famous Winter Palace building. It also hosts a number of internal science and art museums, and laboratories. 

One of the most important labs in the Hermitage is the Laboratory for Scientific Restoration of Mural Painting. Olga Khakhanova, a fine art restorer of the laboratory, told Daily News Egypt that the restorers and chemists in the lab have developed a method that allowed for taking the murals which were discovered in many places safely and bringing them to the lab for further restoration. 

The laboratory has paintings that date back to the sixth and seventh century and different historical eras including paintings belonging to Pharaonic eras. One of these old paintings is a Pharaonic cover of a coffin. 

Khakhanova added that most of the pieces and paintings in the lab came from unknown source and they do not actually know the history of many of them. Answering DNE’s question about the age of the Pharaonic cover, Khakhanova said the Hermitage made its own expeditions to Egypt, but she does not know from where exactly this Pharaonic cover came from. However, she believes it dates back to the 3rd century BC.  

Another important lab is the Laboratory for Scientific Restoration of Photos (LSRP) which is the base of scientific and technical research, storage, and restoration of photographic materials of the museum. The photographic collection of the State Hermitage includes about 500m works.   

In 2011, the lab was established by the Hermitage in cooperation with the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. 

Tatyana Sayatina, the head of the laboratory, told reporters, including DNE, that the Department of Scientific Restoration and Conservation has a huge department of restoration consisting of 10 labs and employing around 130 illustrators.

“It is the newest lab in the museum as it was founded in 2011 as a result of a joint project of the Hermitage and an American programme from the United States. It was among a long list of projects lasting for five years,” Sayatina said. 

She added that according to this project the team of the laboratory is not only sponsored by the American side but also had a chance to study under leading illustrators. 

“We did not only have classes abroad but we also had experts in photo illustration who came here to the lab and taught us about the process,” Sayatina noted. The staff of the Laboratory for Scientific Restoration of Photos consists of one chemist and five illustrators, according to Sayatina.

About saving the photos, Sayatina said that the photos are fixed from the four corners with no glue used, and that all the materials have been tested to ensure that it does not cause any harm when put on photographs, and that these tests are committed to the international standards.

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Ministry of Antiquities escalates sale of Tutankhamen’s statue https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/06/ministry-of-antiquities-escalates-sale-of-tutankhamens-statue/ Sat, 06 Jul 2019 20:57:25 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=701898 Egypt claims statue illegally smuggled from country, Christies refuse to announce buyer

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Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities called for an urgent meeting on Monday, in order to discuss the escalating measure the government is to take after the sale of Tutankhamun’s statue at Christie’s Auction House, despite the country’s outrage.

The meeting will be held by the Egypt’s National Committee for the Repatriation of Stolen Antiquities, with the attendance of Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El-Anany, and Zahi Hawass, the former minister of antiquities.   

The 3,000-year-old statue was purchased last Thursday for £4,746,250 by an anonymous buyer and the auction house refused to mention his name. The five-minute auction took place despite Egypt’s statements that the statue was illegally stolen from Egypt.

Irrespective of continuous requests, Christie’s Auction House did not provide any authentication evidence of the statue, and it did not announce its provenance.

It only previously stated, according to the Financial Times, that it dates back to 1960’s “when Christie’s said it formed part of the collection of Prince Wilhelm von Thurn und Taxis, a German collector. It subsequently passed through the hands of dealers until bought by the current owners in 1985.”

Egypt claims that the statue was illegally smuggled from the country. 

“I believe that it was taken out of Egypt illegally,” Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities told Reuters news agency, adding that the auction house did not provide any official documents to prove the origin of the sold statue.

The sold statue of Egypt’s most famous pharaoh is 11 inches high and carved from brown quartzite.

Christie’s published the official results of selling the statue on its website, stating that according to London’s Head of Ancient Art & Antiquities, Laetitia Delaloye, “It is little wonder, then, that so many people have wanted to own this work of art.”

“This piece is so special because when you stand in front of it, you’re just blown away by the fact that a sculptor, over 3,000 years ago, used all his skills to create the most beautiful representation of the king,” she added.

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Celebrating AFCON, Egypt allow Africans to visit tourist attractions at local prices  https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/06/celebrating-afcon-egypt-allow-africans-to-visit-tourist-attractions-at-local-prices/ Sat, 06 Jul 2019 19:41:53 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=701889 It comes in line with Egypt’s hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), as thousands of African natives are visiting Egypt currently to support their football teams.

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The Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El-Anany, announced allowing African tourists to visit Egyptian museums and tourist attractions with the same entry fees of locals until the end of 2019, according to local media outlets.

It comes in line with Egypt’s hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), as thousands of African natives are visiting Egypt currently to support their football teams.

El-Anany expressed his pleasure with the huge number of African visitors, whom he described as “our brothers.” The African tourist inflow started since the beginning of the AFCON last month.

The minster further added that Egypt dazzled the world with the championship’s stunning opening ceremony, explaining that it was organised in the “best possible way.”

The AFCON started on 21 June and will run until 19 July, with the participation of 24 national teams from across the continent. 

At AFCON’s opening ceremony, the ministry of antiquities features a statue of the famous Egyptian king Tutankhamen, at Cairo International Stadium’s entrance, aiming to promote the ancient Egyptian civilisation.

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Roadmap to the Renaissance: a dialogue of tolerance and peace https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/03/roadmap-to-the-renaissance-a-dialogue-of-tolerance-and-peace/ Wed, 03 Jul 2019 12:00:06 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=701642 Exhibition presents 18 artists’ vision of the way they feel about their presence, their visions, and Egypt’s place under the Sun

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This summer, the founder of Darb 1718, famed Egyptian artist Moataz Nasr organized Roadmap to the Renaissance, a contemporary art exhibition showcasing emerging Egyptian talents as well as international luminaries from the United States, Switzerland, and South Korea.

Darb 1718 is a contemporary art and cultural centre, located in the Al Fustah area of Cairo, hidden amongst ateliers, artist studios, artisanal schools, and ceramic workshops. The city of Al Fustat, built by Muslim general Amr ibn Al’as in AD 641, was the very first Islamic capital of Egypt. For 6 centuries, it served as the epicentre of political power in Egypt. Today, Fustat is part of the Old Cairo neighbourhood.

In recent years, after the initial bloom of creative activities and exhibition spaces, there is suspense in the art community. Where do we go from here? The younger generation is looking for new directions. Roadmap to the Renaissance is a dialogue of tolerance and peace; we hold on for one more day of positivity and possibilities. Nasr challenges 18 artists to tell us in their own artistic mediums the way they feel about their presence, their visions, and Egypt’s place under the Sun.

Take my breath away

Mohamed Soudy (Cairo, 1981) with his fossilized female vertebrate, Yasmine Hazek’s (Cairo, 1989) Pregnant Bride and Mona Gharib’s (Cairo, 1981) Lovers in love series serve as windows to gaze into the inner psychology, challenges, and hardships women face in the second decade of the 21st century. Conservative, reactionary reproductive policy is making a comeback in multiple countries this year, is this a fade, or will this worrying trend continue to brew and develop?

Are wars always about defending your loved ones, your territory, and your values? Can war happen because of politics and profits, and even more superficial intentions, such as domination & national branding? Swiss national artist Alain Huck (Vevey, 1957) comments on these questions with his philosophical, effective films, Breath on Hemerocallis, and no see no bomb. Along with Egyptian sculptors Hebatullah El Khatib’s (Cairo, 1996), Mohamed El Gendy’s (Cairo, 1988) poetic, allegorical sculptures reflect on the consequences of physical conflict, and the price and sacrifices behind such conflicts.

Should I stay or should I go

Ibrahim Ahmed (Only the Dreamers Leave, Kuwait City, 1984) and Hana Beblawey (Hand & Hands, Cairo, 1995), Youmna El Sayed (Wide Angle, Cairo, 1997) and senior artist Wael Darwish (College of historical landmarks, Giza, 1975), tactfully and beautifully pinpointed and reminded us important issues and challenges that is plaguing our society. Under-employment, Labor rights, brain drain, and post-colonial dynamic continue to affect the lives of everyday people. These are not problems that can be solved by individuals. Maybe if we have patience and work cooperatively, we may be able to find a solution together. Sue Huang (New York, 1978) and Sherine Anis (Vienna, 1982?) cleverly highlight the interplay between immigration, adoption to the host country, and the increasing wave of xenophobia and hate crime in many global metropolises. 

Like a prayer

Mervat Allam (Something Tree, Cairo, 1982) and Mohamed El Mughraby (Geometry dictates, Cairo, 1985) offer their fellow Egyptian brothers and sisters a blueprint, optimism, and confidence that there might be salvation in science and technology, research, and development. How will advanced information technology, artificial intelligence, and cutting-edge robotics change the bodies and, more importantly, emotional and psychology of the Egyptian people? Filipino photographer MM Yu (1978, Manila) and South Korean videographer Kim Taejoong (1986, Seoul) showed us that whether you grew up in Manila, a city on the edge environmental collapse due to rapid economic development or futuristic, or 5G-powered post-capitalistic Seoul; one can always find beauty in the breakdown and should always find the time to dance and play.

Roadmap to the Renaissance opens at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, June 11th, 2019, Darb 1718. June 14th (Artist talk, Darb 1718). August 2nd (Finissage, Darb 1718). The exhibition will run for 8 weeks.

The exhibitions run until August 11.

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Meet lady whose award-winning museum design chronicled Ancient Egyptians creation of information security https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/02/meet-lady-whose-award-winning-museum-design-chronicled-ancient-egyptians-creation-of-information-security/ Tue, 02 Jul 2019 12:00:26 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=701494 Passwords, encryptions, firewalls, anti-viruses were all presented to world for 1st time 7,000 years ago by discreet Pharaohs: Saadny

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It all started as a regular designing project of the veteran award-winning architect Dalia Saadany. The timeworn building in  the heart of downtown’s AUC’s GrEEK campus held nothing for her but the authenticity of last century when it was built. When the international ambassador of design stumbled upon what she saw as a “time machine” that took her to another era, she felt others should explore it as well.

The giant theatre turning table machine, was the star of Saadany’s fairytale which she soon turned into reality.

In a few months of intensive work, Saadany turned the basement of the private international information technology company into a museum in which she displayed the information she found proving that ancient Egyptians are the origin of this knowledge. This is proof that took her six months of continuous research.

The veteran architect’s design won the Golden award in the International A’Design Award and Competition in Italy for the first qualitative museum. The award is one of the world’s largest annual juried design competition that honours best designers, architects, and design-oriented companies worldwide. A large number of designers, almost 13,000, compete in more than 105 design fields from around the world.

Daily News Egypt interviewed Saadany to delve into her long journey of creating the basement from scratch, exploring where the idea came from, and the struggles she faced until reaching the 13th international award, the transcript for which is below, lightly edited for clarity:

What inspired you to come up with a design about the ancient Egyptian civilization?

There is not a single person that can show up telling you I was inspired by a certain thing. Anyone with a career about creativity, does get a light bulb that pops into one’s head even maybe when he is asleep. But things happen, and they lead you into deciding the steps you should take in order to reach a certain design.

I was doing another design for the same company through which I was expanding the upper floor and redesigning it. When I was removing the flooring, I stumbled upon a hatch-door through which we crawled under ground to find an 80 cm height basement that has a huge 10 metre width machine. We later discovered it was a theatre turning table machine.

The moment I laid my eyes on the machine, I knew I wanted it. Discovering it, changed the whole designing plan – opening new aspects of ideas.

I decided to dig down for two metres to actually create an actual basement to expose the machinery.

Thinking that the machine is a turning table, opened a new path of thinking, of redesigning the whole building in order for the basement to be the past, the ground floor is the present, and the higher floor is the future. For me, it looked like a time machine, and I decided to actually let it take people in time and place to the past.

But why did you choose ancient Egyptian civilisation in particular? 

I have studied and taught the history of architecture for as long as I remember. The more you read about history, the more it leads you into knowing more.

I have been reading about ancient Egyptians, and I know the civilisation is one of the most discreet ones. They did not want anyone to know anything about them. They are not friendly, and they did not want anyone to know anything about their science and knowledge. Up until this day, we are trying to figure out what they were doing.

I found a connection between the information security company and the ancient Egyptian civilisation; they both have a hierarchy. Both are connected to each other with the fact that not all employees or members get an access to the same amount of information. That’s how I started gathering information about the information security on the ancient Egyptian civilisation. The research opened a whole door of knowledge that all clearly revealed that ancient Egyptians are the original creators of information security.

Would you please explain more about the connections you found between the two sides? How did you find out that ancient Egyptians were the origin of information security?

They both run the same method. Both work under the umbrella in which your class at the entity defines the amount of information you see. 

When you think of the concept of a ‘password’, it is documented that the pharaohs had rings with shapes that determine the amount of knowledge this person has access to. This is identical to the modern concept of a password that logs a certain individual into a certain amount of information, as well at the website.

When it comes to encryption, users see a number of letters and numbers no one but the people on the other side can read and transform into a set of readable useful information. Ancient Egyptians wrote on their archways holographically which is all about symbols, and within these symbols there were other drawings that, as a commoner, you cannot read. The people whom these drawings are sent to, perfectly understand the hidden sent message.

Throughout my six-month research, I’ve come to discover that the main concept of preservation of the information saw the light for the first time by the Pharaohs 7,000 years ago to save the information from real thieves, while firewalls are currently designed to save online data from hackers.

The ancient anti-virus, which is the aggressive way of stopping someone from getting inside, attack and kill them, is the same aspect of the curse of the pharaohs in which they used two chemical materials to interact with the oxygen leading to the creation of a hallucinating acid. So, they evacuated the tombs from the air, and when thieves got in the interaction of the two materials led them into seeing things attacking them.

What triggered you into reflecting the things you found, at the walls of the museum?

Throughout modern history, we have done nothing regarding our history but slightly showcasing it. We have not done much effort about it. I wanted to do something different, I wanted the world to know that modern Egyptians are as smart as the pharaohs. Finding all of this information led me to decide to take people to a trip into the history of what their company does, which is information security.

Did you get any help from sources other than research? 

Yes! I got the help from a number of Egyptologists. They made sure that all of the inscriptions I am engraving on the walls are correct, because at a certain level, changing the wedge of the ducks’ tail changes the meaning completely.

For a while, I wanted to engrave things on the ground, but they stopped me assuring that such things are sacred, and gods’ names cannot be written on the floor.

They also told me that there are some gods I cannot put next to each other because they cannot be sitting next to each other in the ancient Egyptians beliefs.

What were the main challenges facing you building a third underground floor?

Underground water of course was the biggest, most challenging factor facing us. We were digging and all of the sudden we found water floating down from everywhere, and we were walking on very thin lines, not knowing the foundation.

We also did not have any technical drawings of the building. So, we did not know to what extent we can break away from the main structure. It is so much easier to build a new place than restoring an old one. 

What is the main message you aimed to deliver with this museum? 

I wanted to put our foot down that we are not a part of history, we created history, and the west built upon that. I aimed for young people to read about their history because it tells a lot about how ancient Egyptians were the origins of several things, just like information security, astronomy, computer science, medicine, make up, and fashion. 

I wanted people to know that young generations started reading about history.

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Egyptian actor Ezzat Abu Auf dies at 71 https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/01/egyptian-actor-ezzat-abu-auf-dies-at-71/ Mon, 01 Jul 2019 20:56:04 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=701445 Funeral held for late actor at Al-Sayeda Nafeesah Mosque

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Egyptian actor and artist, Ezzat Abu Auf, died in the early hours of Monday morning, after suffering form liver and heart problems at Cairo hospital.

Ezzat Ahmed Shafiq Abu Auf, 71, had been hospitalised for a month and half until he passed away on Monday. He had been shooting a film with Egyptian actor and singer Tamer Hosny, until he became very sick and had to be transferred to the hospital.

Abu Auf was a brilliant multi-talented artist. He was an actor, musician, and head of the Cairo International Film Festival for several editions.

He managed to leave his touch in all the artistic fields he worked in.

He was born in Cairo in 1948 to a wealthy family. He received a bachelor’s degree in medicine, and he and his sisters formed a band in the early 1980s that was known as ‘The Four M.’

A funeral was held for the late artist in Al-Sayeda Nafeesah Mosque for the afternoon prayer, in attendance of his family as well as the head of the Actors’ Union, Ashraf Zaki and Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel-Dayem.

“Today, Egypt has lost one of its great landmarks. Abu Auf performed in a number of unforgettable films, and series,” said Zaki.


The ministry of culture as well as the Cairo International Film Festival mourned Abu Auf.

In 2015, Abu Auf’s health reportedly started to get worse after the death of his first wife Fatima.

The late artist left behind a legacy of more than 100 works including cinema, drama, and theater.

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Egypt publishes a catalogue of Holy Family’s trip in Egypt https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/24/egypt-publishes-a-catalogue-of-holy-familys-trip-in-egypt/ Mon, 24 Jun 2019 14:05:40 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=701001 Documentation part of ministry of antiquities’ plan to submit places into UNESCO’s Heritage sites list

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Egypt is not only the land of ancient Egyptian touristic spots, it expands as a hub for all religious tourism, and mainly Coptic ones.

The ministry of antiquities produced a catalogue of the Holy Family’s trip and main stops in Egypt, since they started from Jerusalem until they returned four years later.

 

The catalogue is published in both English and Arabic, and is divided into the main places the Holy Family visited all the way from Sinai until Upper Egypt.

Mohammed Abdullatif, a professor of Islamic antiquities at Mansoura University, stated in a press release, that he, along with a team of experts, wrote the catalogue as a part of the ministry of antiquities’ plan to document the trip in detail.

He said that the documentation is a part of a bigger plan in which the ministry aims to submit those places into UNESCO’s Heritage sites list.

The catalogue brings readers into the places with vibrant photography, alongside explanations on the location and heritage of each place. It also includes pictures and articles explaining the cultural celebrations held every year at these historic places, their route, and the traditions behind these celebrations.

Among the explained places are the Monasteries of Wadi El-Natroun, the St Mary church, and al-Muharraq Monastery in Assiut.

Abdullatif explained that the catalogue will intensively help in promoting these places nationally and internationally. Inevitably, this will have an impact in putting them on the world touristic maps.

The Holy Family did not settle in one place throughout their four-year journey. They moved from Sinai where they settled for a while in Al-Arish, Tel Basta— which is globally known for being rich with Coptic relics— and Samanoud.

They moved to Cairo afterwards, where three members settled for a while in Matareyah, Old Cairo, and Maadi, before going to Upper Egypt.

It is uncertain how long the family stayed in each city. However, stories usually say they stayed for around a week in each place. The maximum period they stayed in any place was 15 days, except for al-Muharraq Monastery where they stayed for 185 days.

The Holy Virgin Mary Monastery in Dronka, Assiut, is one of the major Christian worshipping places that receives thousands of people from August 7 to 21, annually. This is believed to be the month the Holy Family arrived in Assiut. The monastery conducts masses and baptisms daily during this period.

The Virgin Mary Monastery stands 120 metres high, giving its visitors the opportunity to enjoy a magical panoramic view over western Assiut. It is indeed a beautiful and peaceful place where one can meditate.

The Holy Family came to this place after they had escaped from Bethlehem in Palestine. They crossed the Sinai desert and passed through what is now Al-Matareyah and Heliopolis in Cairo, until they reached Mount Dronka in Assiut.

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Egypt runs country’s 1st special itinerary for visually impaired https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/24/egypt-runs-countrys-1st-special-itinerary-for-visually-impaired/ Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:18:43 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700990 The itinerary includes 12 statues from different pharaonic eras

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Take a moment to imagine the amount of art heritage, breath-taking legacy, and masterpieces visually impaired people are deprived of, just because they are not capable of seeing them.

 

In an attempt to open a window of light to those who want to climb out and discover the enticing, fulfilling ancient Egyptians legacy, the Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El-Anany, inaugurated the first special itinerary for the visually impaired at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square on Saturday.

The inauguration witnessed the attendance of the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy. This was alongside the ambassador of Italy in Cairo, Giampaolo Cantini, and a number of other ambassadors from 16 countries.

The initiative aims to allow the visually impaired a chance to read and explore some of the showcased antiquities at the museum through a route which visitors get to explore, touch statues identical to the original ones, and read about them in the braille language.

The first of its kind initiative in any Egyptian museum, has been developed by the Italian Archaeological Centre of the Italian Cultural Institute in Cairo. This is in collaboration with the Egyptian Museum and the Museo Tattile Statale Omero in Ancona, in the framework of the programme “Vivere all’Italiana” of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The itinerary includes 12 statues from different pharaonic eras including the Narmer Palette for the Early Dynastic, a Triad of King Menkaura dating to the 4th dynasty of the Old Kingdom, a Sphinx of king Amenemhat III belonging to the Middle Kingdom, and a New Kingdom’s Statue of Amenhotep son Hapu.

According to a press release published by the ministry, “every object in the path is made in very hard Egyptian stone (such as granite and greywacke) and it can be touched and acknowledged with labels in braille language and electronic audio devices.”

The itinerary also provides visitors with the chance to touch and learn about a pyramidion of the pyramid of King Amenemhat III belonging to the XII dynasty, and a seated statue of the goddess Sekhmet, and the reign of King Amenhotep III.

The development of the itinerary took place with the “expertise of the Omero Museum in Ancona, where the visually impaired enjoy art with the rest of the public,” the statement reads.

It adds that the main aim of the initiative is sharing with Egypt the Italian know-how in the field through a capacity building approach.

Italy is one of the leading countries in the field of allowing visually disabled people an equal opportunity as others to explore and enjoy the heritage of nations and the artefacts displayed in museums.

The itinerary is only the start of applying the whole idea across the whole museum, as well as number of other museums across the country. All of this is in order to allow all people an equal chance to learn about the Egyptian civilisation.

The Egyptian Museum comes as the second historical exhibit to provide people with visual disabilities to learn about the history.

Last week, the ministry of antiquities announced it is applying a new system for visually impaired visitors through printing cards with the description of the halls and the showcased relics in the museum. This new system will start on Tuesday.

Elham Salah al-Din, head of the Museums Sector at the ministry of antiquities, said in a press release that this step comes to strengthen communication among all community members.

Salah al-Din also said it is considered a part of the museums’ sustainable development plan.

The cards will follow a special needs department at the museum, and the project will start running with a number of visually impaired visitors and several NGOs supporting people with vision specific needs, added Salah al-Din.

The displayed antiquities are not only limited to the Egyptian heritage, it reaches out to display the lifestyle of a particular oriental culture, such as Syrian, Turkish, and even Chinese.

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Google Falafel doodle celebration https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/18/google-falafel-doodle-celebration/ Tue, 18 Jun 2019 17:20:50 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700666 Locally known as Ta’meya, the over 1,000 old fried balls are made of fava beans with herbs, spices, and some vegetables

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Through a doodle featuring a rolling cartoon falafel baking a bread and jumping inside it, Google celebrated one of the Middle East’s most traditional and favourite food.

 

The animated doodle showcased a tiny, active one piece of falafel baking the bread it is usually served in while applying the vegetables and tahini before jumping inside.

The funny, two-second doodle features falafel as an inseparable part of the eastern cuisine.

Which is true. It really is.

Locally known as Ta’meya, the over 1,000 old fried balls are made of fava beans with herbs, spices, and some vegetables.

Falafel, widely spread from the Levant to Morocco and Tunisia, however it differs in components from one area to another.

For example, in the Levant, it is mixed with ground chickpeas.

The origins of the falafel are not exactly known. However, stories say they were, most likely, made in Egypt for the first time, particularly Alexandria.

Since it is close to the Mediterranean, it was easily transferred as a recipe to the Levant. From there, it started the journey of spreading across the world.

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Netflix’s Jinn series provokes anger in Jordan https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/18/netflixs-jinn-series-provokes-anger-in-jordan/ Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:55:36 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700634 Jinn is Netflix’s first Arabic-language production. It is about a group of teenagers who discover an evil ghost, which is named Jinn in Arabic, at the ancient city of Petra

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A state of anger hit Jordan, a few hours after the screening of the first episode of the Arabic fantasy “Jinn” series last week, over claims that it contains “inappropriate scenes.”

Jinn is Netflix’s first Arabic-language production. It is about a group of teenagers who discover an evil ghost, which is named Jinn in Arabic, at the ancient city of Petra. Through six episodes, the plot goes around their reactions and the way they dealt with that evil they found.

 

 

Since the series premiered on Netflix, it was accused of promoting indecency as many scenes included local curses.

Many locals called for stopping the series on social media, this led the Attorney General of Amman to intervene and directed the cyber-crime unit in Jordan’s Public Security Department to take the necessary actions to stop airing the Jinn series.

“The series has inappropriate scenes, not usual in Jordan, and does not fit with our traditions and customs in the Jordanian society,” said Hussein Al-Khatib, head of Jordanian Syndicate of Artists.

Moreover, the Royal Film Commission of Jordan, the entity responsible for licensing film companies in Jordan, stated: “The series was produced by a global company and was aired on its platform. It means the series is not subject to Jordanian censorship.”

However, Netflix responded on Twitter: “We have followed the current wave of bullying against actors and staff of Jinn series and we declare that we will not tolerate any of these actions and words against the crew.

“We have been focusing on the values of diversity and inclusiveness, so we are working to provide a safe space for all series and film fans around the region,” Netflix added.

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‘Kefaya Plastic’ online campaign raises awareness on plastic pollution https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/18/kefaya-plastic-online-campaign-raises-awareness-on-plastic-pollution/ Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:51:19 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700629 “Kefaya Plastic” (Enough Plastic) is an online campaign that aims to raise awareness on the severe damage plastic waste can cause to humans and surrounding environment

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A short video went viral on Instagram featuring young star Ahmed Magdy suffocating by a plastic bag that he throws up seconds before he runs out of breath. The video shows Magdy surrounded with plastic wrap preventing him from moving while wearing empty chips bags.

The short video was shocking and came as part of a campaign that calls for reducing plastic waste.

“Kefaya Plastic” (Enough Plastic) is an online campaign that aims to raise awareness on the severe damage plastic waste can cause to humans and surrounding environment.

 

 

The initiative was launched at the beginning of June by a number of volunteers who agree on how serious actions should be taken against the tremendous increase of environmental pollution. The project saw the light simultaneously with the World Environment Day.

“We are destroying ourselves, as much as we are ruining the environment surrounding us. It’s about time we recognise that and take an action to stop throwing every single plastic bag and plastic empty bottles to save nature,” Zi, the founder of the campaign, director, and stylist, told Daily News Egypt.

The idea came to the young fashion designer as she was travelling abroad and came to learn that a number of European countries and India stopped using plastic bags and that customers who wish to use them have to pay for it.

“The scene was highlighted in my mind, leading me into the belief that we should do something to raise people’s awareness with the severe environmental destruction we have in Egypt,” she explained.

Through a number of Instagram photos and videos, the campaign presents artists wearing costumes made of plastic waste.

For years, Zi kept on imagining the style of an outfit made of plastic waste before she decided to make it an official campaign by designing an outfit for each celebrity.

The first celebrity she started with was Ahmed Magdy.

“Magdy is one of the most supporting stars for all environment friendly causes. He has a true passion towards everything related to raising people’s awareness and in making the society a better place for us to live in,” she shared.

The campaign targets reflecting the impact of plastic waste on human beings through three stages. The first stage is that it surrounds it, the second is that the human sinks in it, and the third is that plastic consumption turns into a lifestyle.

The first video and photoshoto taken by the staff refers to the first stage the campaign seeks to speak of. That stage show how plastic has become an inseparable part of society’s lifestyle.

For four months, Zi and her friends collected plastic waste. In her collection, the team focused on the things people “use without thinking, including empty snacks, plastic covers, and empty plastic bottles.”

“By the end of the four months, my room had black bags filled with plastic waste,” Zi said.

Although all the campaign members volunteered to work, “we were hoping to find support from a number of organisations for the cause. Unfortunately, we tried to make that come true, but we failed,” she said.

Since the first day of launching the campaign, it was met with a warm wave of acceptance and love as people expressed their support.

“We sensed that it touched many people’s hearts and effectively made a difference, despite only publishing the first celebrity we cooperated with.”

Kefaya Plastic is currently seeking financial support and its members are looking for partners. More people working together would be more effective in communicating such a critical message.

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KCC to launch Quiz on Korea Competition on Wednesday https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/18/kcc-to-launch-quiz-on-korea-competition-on-wednesday/ Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:28:07 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700545 Competition aims to boost Egyptians' knowledge on Korean culture, says KCC' director

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The Korean Culture Center (KCC) will host its Quiz on Korea competition on Wednesday with the participation of 16 Egyptians who are interested in the Korean culture, Director of the KCC, Yang Sang Keun, said at the event that was organised on Sunday.

The winner will have the opportunity to travel to South Korea to participate in a worldwide Quiz on Korea competition that is organised by the Korean ministry of foreign affairs while the other participants will get symbolic gifts, Yang mentioned.

The competition aims to boost Egyptians’ knowledge on Korean culture, Yang noted, adding that the competition will be organised over the golden bell system which means that participants will write their answers on a small board and the winner should correctly answer all the questions before the golden bell rings thereby announcing the winner.

“We announced the Quiz on Korea competition over social media platforms before we received many applicants to have a written test. Persons who successfully passed the test will participate in our Wednesday competition,” Yang clarified, affirming the KCC keenness to have the well-cultured persons to decently represent Egypt on the worldwide Quiz on Korea that will be organised later this year in South Korea.

Moreover, the KCC will organise the K-pop World Festival 2019 on 24 July, Yang added, noting that the final place for this competition has not been chosen yet. However, it is expected to be at the Academy of Arts.

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