Culture – Daily News Egypt https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Tue, 24 Dec 2019 23:25:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Videos showing blue whales in North Coast likely to be fabricated, Environment Ministry  https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/23/videos-showing-blue-whales-in-north-coast-likely-to-be-fabricated-environment-ministry/ Mon, 23 Dec 2019 05:30:50 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=717162 Whale sounds at such a low frequencies that humans can barely hear

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The Ministry of Environment denied the appearance of whales at the Egyptian north coast, but  stressed at the same time that the presence of whales in the sea is a good sign for the environmental state of the Mediterranean.

Many videos were circulated on social media users with sounds that seem similar to that of the blue whales.

The ministry also clarified that these videos might have been fabricated, stressing that there were no blue whales sighted in the any the north coast cities.

“It is likely that these clips were deliberately fabricated by installing the sound, and the Ministry of Environment confirms that the sounds accompanying the videos contradict the sounds produced by whales to communicate with each other underwater,” the ministry’s statement said. 

The statement further explained that the sounds of a blue whale are at such a low frequency that they are difficult for humans to hear without audio devices.

According to the statement, many local and international exerted efforts in the past few years in order to conserve the whales, owing to their important role in keeping ecological balance.  

The ministry called on citizens not to harm or disturb whales if they saw them, saying that all whales in the Egyptian coasts are not harmful. 

Blue whales are the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth. These magnificent marine mammals rule the oceans at up to 100 feet long and upwards of 200 tonnes, according to National Geographic.

The blue whale’s tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant, and their hearts, as much as an automobile.

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Khaled Anany: the minister behind the world’s Egyptomania https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/22/khaled-anany-the-minister-behind-the-worlds-egyptomania/ Sun, 22 Dec 2019 16:43:15 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=717139 Anany to takeover the ministry of tourism beside the ministry of antiquities

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Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany was appointed on Sunday as the Minister of Antiquities and Tourism. Anany, 48, has been holding the position of minister of Antiquities for over three years since he was appointed in 23 March 2016.

Anany graduated from the faculty of tourism guidance and received his phD in Egyptology.

The ministry witnessed a noticeable flourish following Anany’s adopted policy, which mainly focused on increasing international attraction towards Egypt’s antiquities, through a number of temporary exhibits abroad, as well as activating Egyptian excavation missions work which led to a number of remarkable discoveries in the past two years.

Soon after Anany was appointed, Egypt witnessed the largest number of temporary exhibitions ever taken place at one time. This includes the most famed Tutankhamun belongings’ exhibition which triggered people’s Egyptomania in every country it visited, breaking records in some of them like France that listed it as the most visited cultural event in the country’s history.

There were a number of other temporary exhibitions like the Egyptian Sunken Secrets Exhibition that roamed three countries, and The Golden Treasures of the Pharaohs exhibition which also witnessed a huge success in the countries it visited over the past two years.

In a number of speeches, Anany explained his focus in reviving antiquities tourism, asserting that these exhibitions are the way of promoting tourism in Egypt and inviting people into exploring more of Egypt’s glorious ancient civilisation.

He further stressed several times that the on-display relics are Egypt’s message of safety, and peace to the world. Through his international visits and exhibition inaugurations, he highlighted that Egypt’s antiquities are the soft power that is capable of fighting terrorism. 

The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), which witnessed a jump in establishment at Anany’s three-year charge, is also expected to play a prominent role in tourism sector within the next few years. The museum, which is planned to open to the public in 2020, will host the complete collection of young Pharaoh Tutankhamun, some of which were never on display before.

The international travel guide book, Lonely Planet, named Cairo as the third top city that tourists should visit in 2020 due to the GEM’s inauguration. 

Anany previously mentioned that the GEM is to be a key player in the revival of Egyptian tourism, especially through its planned gala opening celebration that the world’s leading presidents are to attend.

Through his years as Egypt’s minister of Antiquities, Anany also focused on renovating touristic sites that have been closed for decades due to their almost collapsing conditions. This includes the Bent Pyramid, which has been closed for 84 years, as well as Baron Empain palace after being closed for decades.

He also brought back the work of Egyptian excavation mission. For two years, 25 missions of all Egyptian archaeologists have been digging throughout various excavation seasons all across Egypt. As a result, the missions unearthed dozens of relics from different eras. Years 2018 and 2019 were dubbed the lucky years of the ministry as almost no week passed without the ministry announcing a new discovery, most of which were uncovered antiquities through Egyptian missions. 

As the former director of the Egyptian Museum and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), Anany also advocates inaugurating new museums in governorates and districts that never had one before. This includes Hurghada and Sharm EL-Sheikh Museums that are planned to open in 2020, as well as reopening Tanta Museum after 19 years of closure.

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Netflix’s Klaus viewed 30 million times within first month https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/21/netflixs-klaus-viewed-30-million-times-within-first-month/ Sat, 21 Dec 2019 17:15:13 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=717026 The animation film takes viewer in the journey of Santa’s origin, and how the character saw the light. The film was written and directed by the Spanish animator and “Despicable Me” creator Sergio Pablos.

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As the holiday season is across the corner, world’s leading media-services provider and production company, Netflix stated that its production “Klaus” has been viewed by nearly 30 million viewers during its first month of screening.

The animation film takes viewer in the journey of Santa’s origin, and how the character saw the light. The film was written and directed by the Spanish animator and “Despicable Me” creator Sergio Pablos.

The film is Netflix’s first animation production. It tells the story of a desperate postman who inadvertently brings about the genesis of Santa Claus. As the selfish postman and a reclusive toymaker who form an unlikely friendship, the plot goes around the first Santa ever.

Driven by the urge to document the start of the world’s most famous Christmas character, Pablos expressed his shock that he never found any documentary of Santa Claus.

“How is it possible there’s no story about the origin of Santa Claus? He’s one of the most well-known and loved characters in the world!” Pablos said. “We felt this was a story that needed to be told and that there was no better way than with animation.”

According to a statement by Netflix, “Klaus  has attracted high repeat viewing that is not included in the nearly 30 million figure. The number reflects viewership over the first 28 days since its Nov. 15 debut.”

The film, which genres under the family programme theme, is mainly made by hand-drawn animations.

Netflix previously stated that it “blends traditional and modern animation and includes many innovative techniques including complex, interactive lighting and the use of advanced texturing capabilities.”

Netflix’s Vice President of original animation Melissa Cobb told Reuters that the film is not the last animation show to be dedicated to families.

“The company plans to release several animated films for kids and families next year,” said Cobb, “They include the comedy “The Willoughbys,” an adaptation of a children’s book, and musical “Over the Moon,” according to Reuters.

    

Netflix  previously announced that its live-action movie “Tall Girl” was watched by more than 40 million accounts during its first four weeks, while Indian animated series “Mighty Little Bheem” has been viewed by 27 million.

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Statue of Horus unearthed at Temple of Amenhotep III https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/21/statue-of-horus-unearthed-at-temple-of-amenhotep-iii/ Sat, 21 Dec 2019 15:19:33 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=717006 The broken arms and legs statue is in good condition, it brings a complete perspective of the temple that fell apart due to an earthquake that hit it; says mission head

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Centuries after the civilisation came to an end, Ancient Egypt’s kings keep fascinating the world with heart-capturing statues that silently speak the aptitude of their craftsmen and the glory of their depicted Pharaohs. An Egyptian-German mission unearthed on Thursday the bust of a statue of god Horus. The unearthed statue was found at the hypostyle hall of the Funerary Temple of Amenhotep III at Kom Al-Hettan, Luxor’s West Bank, according to a statement published by the Ministry of Antiquities.

The statue features the god of kingship and the sky standing with a head of falcon while wearing the divine pleated short skirt. The 1,85 metre granite colossus was found with broken legs and arms, yet in an extremely well-preserved condition.

The German mission’s head Hourig Sourouzian stated that the discovery comes as a part of the temple of Amenhotep III’s restoration project which started in 1998 under the supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, and the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo.

“The statue was found in good condition, and it brings a high artistic and scientific value as it helps in presenting the complete perspective of the temple that fell apart due to an earthquake that hit it,” Sourouzian said. The earthquake that led into the temple’s collapse is known to be the most famous, strong ones that occurred at history of ancient Egyptian civilisation in the 18th Dynasty.

He added that the temple was built at the Ramesside period out of limestones and mud bricks. The Ramesside era is a part of the New Kingdom. It took place from the 19th to 20th Dynasties. It was named after the 11 Ramses pharaohs that ruled Egypt after Ramses I, who founded the 19th Dynasty. The era that lasted for over two centuries, witnessed some of Egypt’s most draining wars which lasted for several decades. The Battle of Djahy and the Battle of the Delta are the two most famous battles of the time, in which pharaohs brawled to protect against seaside invasion.

The restoration of the temple aims to rebuild it and save its remains. Sourouzian explained that the excavation for the remains of the olossus will continue as a part of the temple’s renovation project.

The mission also uncovered the lower part of a seated goddess and the head of a god, both in granodiorite. The god is wearing a tripartite wig, and a wide collar adorns his chest, according to state-run media outlet, Al-Ahram Online.

The discovery is not the first of its kind at the temple; over the years, the mission unearthed a number of giant statues for several ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses, as well as colossus for the  Amenhotep III and his wife Tiye.

In 2011, the mission found two statues of Amenhotep III at his temple in Luxor. One of them was a 2.5-metre alabaster head of the 18th dynastic king that was also well preserved and found in perfect shape as his almond shaped eyes was detected outlined with cosmetic bands, while the other was a 13.5 metre statue that is made of coloured quartzite. It is composed of several large pieces that once put together will depict the king as standing.

Amenhotep III ruled from 1390-1352 BC.  He is the grandfather of the famed boy-pharaoh Tutankhamun

The mission also found through its excavation at the archaeological site a number of statues for Sekhmet, the war goddess that was believed to be the deity of healing, the protector of the pharaohs that led them in warfare.

It its believed that Amenhotep III built his funeral temple that hosted a large number of deities’ statues, especially Sekhmet’s statues seeking her protection for the temple and the king himself.

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Egypt launches exhibition displaying antiquities unearthed by French archaeologists https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/21/egypt-launches-exhibition-displaying-antiquities-unearthed-by-french-archaeologists/ Sat, 21 Dec 2019 10:25:01 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716989 The exhibition, titled “French excavations in Egypt: Research, Cooperation, and Innovation,” takes place at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square. Set to run for two months, the exhibition is organised by the Ministry of Antiquities in cooperation with the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology (IFAO).

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Chronicling decades of excavations that saw the light with the help of French archaeologists, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities inaugurated on Wednesday a temporary exhibition displaying several rare, astonishing relics that were unearthed by French archaeological missions in Egypt over the years.

The exhibition, titled “French excavations in Egypt: Research, Cooperation, and Innovation,” takes place at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square. Set to run for two months, the exhibition is organised by the Ministry of Antiquities in cooperation with the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology (IFAO).

The exhibition is part of the Egyptian-French cultural activities. It displays 100 antiquities; some of which are among the country’s most distinguished discoveries including a large collection of papyrus that belong to the Khufu’s era, the second king of the 4th Dynasty. The papyrus collection is considered the oldest ever discovered of its kind in the Egyptian history.

The showcased antiquities date back to different ancient ears starting from the old kingdom. It also includes the rare limestone of Teti, the first pharaoh of the 6th Dynasty.

The French embassy in Cairo stated in a press release that the exhibition highlights the French active steps in the field of Egyptian archaeology, focusing on the current excavation plans and missions.

The exhibition spotlights the French mission’s status quo in exploring the unearthed artefacts.

Noteworthy, France has established three permanent research centres in Egypt; IFAO, which will soon celebrate its 140th anniversary, the French-Egyptian Center for the Study of the Temples of Karnak (CFEETK), and the Centre d’Études Alexandrines (CEAlex). This is in addition to about 50 annual excavation missions launched in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

   

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Date palm’s journey to join UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/21/date-palms-journey-to-join-unesco-intangible-cultural-heritage/ Sat, 21 Dec 2019 09:34:57 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716986 The large number of Arab countries participating in the bid was an obstacle, yet the step shows the importance of date palm to the Arab’s heritage, says Al Kaabi

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) listed last week date palm on its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, to be the first-ever listed heritage combining 14 countries from the Middle East. The flourishing palm was admitted as a unique element of the Arab region, that brought together the cultural ties of the neighbour countries.

The listing came at the 14th gathering of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which took place in Colombia from 9 to 14 December. The date palm was accredited to be one of the elements that help in deepening the relations between Arab countries and its populations.

The file was admitted to the committee by Saeed Hamad Al Kaabi, director of the Intangible Heritage at the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), in cooperation with Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen.

Daily News Egypt interviewed Al-Kaabi to explore the details behind the bid, the challenges they faced throughout the process, and the cooperation between the participating countries.

What made you interested in bidding to list date palm in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage?

Our bid for adding date palm to the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on behalf of 14 Arab countries was based on the existence of the date palm in most Arab countries, which constitutes a pan Arab cultural component, and its importance for Arab economy as a source of food and raw materials for many traditional handicrafts that met the daily needs of Arab families.

Moreover, it was based on the social and cultural connotations of the date palm in the Arab society where it is the inspiration for many customs, traditions, and oral history.

How long have you been preparing the bid, and what are the listing elements?

A call was made to prepare a joint Arab date palm bid by the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO). Thus, two meetings were held between the member countries, the first in Sudan’s Khartoum and the second in Luxor in Egypt from 16 to 18 December 2018, ending with the mandate of the United Arab Emirates to be the coordinating country for the bid.

As for the included elements, they were mainly the required criteria in the nomination process, including the names given to the date palm in different Arab countries, its spread in the Arab world, a brief description of its history, the bearers and practitioners of the economic activities related to the date palm, methods of preserving the date palm, ans its cultural and social connotations.

What were the challenges that you faced while preparing the bid?

The large number of Arab countries participating in the bid, which were 14, was the biggest obstacle which delayed the submission of the required documents. However, the well-management of the team and the long experience of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism in preparing such bids for UNESCO overcame all challenges.

What was the contribution of the other 13 countries participating in the bid?

The participating Arab countries submitted their respective bids in addition to other required documents. Afterwards, a committee was formed to coordinate the bids and prepare it as one.

Then, the Arab file drafting committee represented all countries involved, and produced the file according to required standards.

These steps were followed by presenting the bid in its final form to the participating countries to obtain their approval, and finally the bid was submitted to the UAE’s Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, which in turn sent it in to the Arab League and then to UNESCO.

 

How would the date palm’s joining of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list increase its popularity?

Joining the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list sheds light on the date palm and its cultural and heritage importance in the Arab world through research, studies, books, and publications. It appreciates the efforts being made to develop different breeds of date palm, methods of preserving it, and develop products made from them.

As the Arab countries participating in the bid shared their experiences in the field of date palm cultivation, developing new breeds, and ways to benefit from its products, the bid also highlighted common cultural and heritage elements in the Arab world that must be preserved and nominated to UNESCO in the future.

How do you plan to use this step in promoting tourism in Arab countries?

We aim to highlight the aesthetic aspects of date palm plantations and their impact on the environment, and hold festivals, exhibitions and competitions related to the date palm. This is mainly through organising tourist visits to the industrial areas associated with the processing of date palm products.

As for the industries relying on it, we aim to devise new methods to fully benefit from the date palm in modern industries. Moreover, we are currently preparing promotional documentaries about the date palm.

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Two Egyptian novelists shortlisted for the Arab Booker award https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/18/two-egyptian-novelists-shortlisted-for-the-arab-booker-award/ Wed, 18 Dec 2019 09:00:47 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716812 Youssef Zidan’s Fardeqan and Rasha Adly’s The Last Days of the Pasha compete with other 15 novels for the prize

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The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) revealed on Tuesday the shortlist of its annual award including two Egyptian novelists Youssef Zidan and Rasha Adly. The award, dubbed the Arab Booker, announced 16 fiction titles competing to win the first place.

These two are neck and neck for first place from a list of 14 other books that “depict the destinies of entire cities such as Aleppo, Algiers, and Rabat, and of individuals trying to live their lives in the midst of war and chaos,” according to the IPAF’s statement.

Adly competes with her historical novel “Akher Ayam El-Pasha” (The Last Days of the Pasha) in which she documents the ruling era of Mohammed Ali Pasha, one of the more controversial kings to rule Egypt.

Adly previously stated in one of her interviews that, through her novel, she aims to present mainstream facts about the late king in a way never before seen.

Zidan, who previously won the Arab Booker for his novel Azazil in 2009, competes with his latest work Fardeqan (The Detention of the Great Sheikh) in which he tells the story of Ibn Sina and his arrest seizure at the Iranian’s Fardeqan castle. Zidan’s novel previously won several international awards.

   

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Indonesia: World’s oldest known artwork found https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/17/indonesia-worlds-oldest-known-artwork-found/ Tue, 17 Dec 2019 15:00:22 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716763 A new study published on Thursday has found that 44,000-year-old cave paintings in Indonesia may not only be the oldest figurative artwork, but also the oldest example of pictorial storytelling.

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A new study by archaeologists working on the Sulawesi cave painting says it is also the world’s oldest example of storytelling. The painting reveals an artistically advanced society with its own folklore and spirituality.

A new study published on Thursday has found that 44,000-year-old cave paintings in Indonesia may not only be the oldest figurative artwork, but also the oldest example of pictorial storytelling.

The paintings, depicting human-like figures using spears and ropes to hunt wild boar, were discovered in 2017 on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. A team of Australian and Indonesian researchers have now published their initial findings in the journal Nature.

“The portrayal of multiple hunters confronting at least two separate prey species possibly suggests a game drive, a communal hunt in which animals are indiscriminately flushed from cover and directed towards waiting hunters,” the scientists wrote.

The hunters in question appear to be therianthropes, or humans with animal characteristics. Until now, the oldest piece of art thought to depict these characteristics is a 40,000-year-old ivory figure found in a cave in Germany that includes a human body with a feline head.

“Therianthropes occur in folklore or narrative fiction of almost every modern society and they are perceived as gods, spirits, or ancestral beings in many religions worldwide,” said study co-author Adam Brumm, an archaeologist at Australia’s Griffith University.

Indonesian discoveries challenge Euro-centric art history

Since the 1950s, hundreds of sites of cave paintings have been found in the Indonesian regions of Sulawesi and Borneo, challenging the idea that the painting originated in Europe. For comparison, the famous cave paintings in Lascaux, France, are only 17,000 years old.

Although the Sulawesi painting is in poor condition, the researchers were able to determine that it reveals an artistically advanced culture with its own folklore and spiritual beliefs.

 “(The scene) may be regarded not only as the earliest dated figurative art in the world but also as the oldest evidence of communication of a narrative in Palaeolithic art,” they said.

“This is noteworthy, given that the ability to invent fictional stories may have been the last and most crucial stage in the evolutionary history of human language and the development of modern-like patterns of cognition.”

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Art Jameel launches new programme promoting Egyptian handicrafts https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/17/art-jameel-launches-new-programme-promoting-egyptian-handicrafts/ Tue, 17 Dec 2019 14:30:55 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716760 The programme is divided into two main sections, the inaugural Atelier Cairo winter fair, a bazaar of traditional and contemporary works of craft and design for sale, while the second part is a series of workshops covering business planning and financial literacy, tailored to the craft sector.

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Aiming to boost the handicraft market in Egypt, support artisans, and create a platform of art entrepreneurship, Art Jameel inaugurated on Sunday a programme to support the unique handmade industry in the country.

The programme is divided into two main sections, the inaugural Atelier Cairo winter fair, a bazaar of traditional and contemporary works of craft and design for sale, while the second part is a series of workshops covering business planning and financial literacy, tailored to the craft sector.

The programme takes place in collaboration with Bab Rizk Jameel, an initiative aiming to provide loans to productive families across the governorates

The winter fair takes place under the umbrella of Atelier Cairo Art Jameel, which is a platform launched by Art Jameel to support Egyptian entrepreneurship, artisanship, and design, and includes the institution’s alumni who organise and run the planned programmes.

“The programme aims to enhance real-world skills and opportunities for designers and entrepreneurs engaged in the revival and development of traditional artisanal crafts,” Art Jameel stated in a press release.

“Since its launch in February of this year, Atelier Cairo Art Jameel has built on the foundations set by the Jameel House of Traditional Arts in Cairo and the many other institutions active in the revival of Egypt’s traditional crafts, to empower local artisans to start or expand their businesses,” said  George Richards, head of Heritage Programmes, Art Jameel.

“We are delighted to be working with Darb 1718 – an organisation dedicated to supporting emerging artists and designers – on our collective goals of strengthening and nourishing the contemporary design and traditional craft community,” he added.

The fair showcases a various collection of Egyptian design and craft, including jewellery, ceramics, veneer woodwork, and home furnishings and décor, and winter seasonal gifts, all crafted by the students of the Jameel House of Traditional Arts.

The Jameel House of Traditional Arts provides Egyptians with classes in traditional Islamic geometry, drawing, colour harmony, and arabesque studies, as well as specialised training in ceramics, glass and gypsum, metalwork, and woodwork. It is a collaboration between Art Jameel, the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts and the Cultural Development Fund.

At Zamalek’s Atelier Cairo Art Jameel, the fair runs until 19 December and the programme of workshops will run until 30 December.

Art Jameel is an independent organisation which fosters and promotes contemporary art, cultural heritage protection, and creative entrepreneurship across the Middle East and North Africa.

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El-Leila El-Kebira puppet operetta participates in Tunisia’s 34th Festival Neapolis https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/17/el-leila-el-kebira-puppet-operetta-participates-in-tunisias-34th-festival-neapolis/ Tue, 17 Dec 2019 14:00:10 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716757 The festival, which takes place on 15-22 December, hosts several puppet shows from across the world, and Egypt’s only representation comes through its popular show whose fame never faded.

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Since it first saw light over half a century ago, Egypt’s iconic, most famed puppet show El-Leila El-Kebira (The Grand Night) still represents the country’s puppet art at international festivals, the latest was the 34th Neapolis International Festival Kid’s Theatre in Tunisia.

The festival, which takes place on 15-22 December, hosts several puppet shows from across the world, and Egypt’s only representation comes through its popular show whose fame never faded.

Under the theme of “Eshra Baynatna” (The Time Between Us), the seven-day festival kicked off on Sunday with a carnival that roamed the streets of the Tunisian city, Neapolis.

The 34th edition takes place in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). This year’s festival also celebrates the 30th Convention on the Rights of the Child. Twelve countries participated within this year’s shows including Palestine, Sudan, Algeria, Bahrain, and Morocco.

The Neapolis International Festival for Kids Theatre aims to boost cultural ties among participating countries throughout theatre shows, meetings, symposiums, roundtables, workshops, and training sessions.

El-Leila El-Kebira is a main pillar at Egypt’s puppet art that showcases a side of the country’s culture that has never been depicted before; the Mouled celebrations. They are annual gatherings for celebrating the birth of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed or preachers buried in shrines across Egypt. Through musical shows performed by the puppet characters, El-Leila El-Kebira depicts all the celebration aspects of a Mouled’s biggest main night.

The top hitting theatre play was produced for the first time in 1960, created by renowned late Puppeteer Nagy Shaker, the songs were written by Salah Jahin, music by Sayed Mekawy, scenography by Mostafa Kamel, and direction by Salah El-Sakka.

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Royal Sphinx found in Minya’s famed Tuna El-Gebel archaeological site https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/16/royal-sphinx-found-in-minyas-famed-tuna-el-gebel-archaeological-site/ Mon, 16 Dec 2019 10:00:04 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716646 The mission also unearthed a number of blue amulets that depict Bes, the ancient Egyptian God of protecting households

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While the most famed, giant Sphinx gloriously stands still at the Giza Plateau, attracting all the astonishment, and fighting for decades to remain as close to one of the world’s seven wonders, hundreds of miniature sphinx statues remain as fascinating as the giant one is, and only waiting to see the light. A limestone royal Sphinx was unearthed on Saturday at Tuna El-Gebel archaeological area in Minya governorate, Upper Egypt.

The uncovered Sphinx is 35cm in height and 55cm in width. The sharply engraved statue was found through an Egyptian excavation mission working in an area of in which digging is not yet complete.   

Director General of the Antiquities of Middle Egypt Gamal El-Samastawy said in a statement that the statue is well carved and shows very clear and beautiful facial features.

“This reflects the professionalism of the ancient Egyptian artists,” he added.

The archaeological site, Tuna El-Gebel, was previously the necropolis of Egypt’s 15th nome during the late new kingdom and the beginning of the new intermediate period.

The mission also unearthed a number of blue amulets that depict Bes, the ancient Egyptian god of protecting households, mothers, children, and childbirth. Bes is the male counterpart of highly worshipped goddess Beset. Bes was usually portrayed in carvings and inscriptions as a lion rearing up on its hind legs.

Despite not announcing the date in which the Sphinx belongs, Bes was often worn as amulets after the Third Intermediate Period of ancient Egyptian civilisation. Bes amulets were usually worn to fight off evil. He was believed to take actions in pushing away evil spirit through killing snakes, fighting off evil spirits, watching after children, and aiding women in labour.

The mission also discovered a number of pottery vessels different in sizes and shapes buried along the Sphinx and amulets, as well as an alabaster pot.

The royal Sphinx was found at one of the most extremely enriching archaeological sites in Egypt that revealed dozens of astonishing relics and proves to still hold unearthed antiquities.. For three years in a row, the Tuna El Gebel archaeological site surprises the world with astonishing discoveries.

One of the ministry’s biggest discoveries this year, took place at Tuna El Gebel archaeological site where an Egyptian mission unearthed 40 Ptolemaic-era mummies that were found inside cemeteries, of which 10 belonged to children, while the remaining 30 belonged to both men and women.

In 2017, the archaeological site also surprised the world with an uncovered cemetery that dates back to the late period, containing 17 non-royal mummies buried inside, which were discovered at the beginning of the digging process before finding the rest of the cemetery. At their excavation process, the team also found a number of Roman funerary houses carved in clay, in which they also found a collection of different coins, lamps, and other domestic unearthed collections.

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AUC’s Center for Translation Studies celebrates its 10th anniversary with compiled testimonies book https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/16/aucs-center-for-translation-studies-celebrates-its-10th-anniversary-with-compiled-testimonies-book/ Mon, 16 Dec 2019 09:00:58 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716645 The book titled, “In the Shoes of the Other: Interdisciplinary Essays in Translation from Cairo,” is edited by the veteran translator Samia Mehrez, the founding director of the Center for Translation Studies at AUC.

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Celebrating ten years of enriching the translation world with some of the most remarkable publications, lectures, and discussion panels, the American University in Cairos (AUC) Center for Translation Studies at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences published an anthology book last week.

The book titled,In the Shoes of the Other: Interdisciplinary Essays in Translation from Cairo,is edited by the veteran translator Samia Mehrez, the founding director of the Center for Translation Studies at AUC.

In her book, Mehrez chronicles the centres decade journey through which she firstly fought for its establishment, until the place where it currently stands as one of Egypts most leading pillars in Egypts translation scene.

Ten years seemed like an appropriate moment to celebrate its accomplishments and to honour the lecturers who sustained its life for the past ten years. This anthology of interdisciplinary essays in translation studies is precisely that,Mehrez said in the books introduction.

The book launching witnessed the participation of many of the professors whose lives were touched by the lectures given at the centre, as well as a number of veteran translators including Emad Abou Ghazi, professor of archival studies, Cairo University and former minister of culture; Mona Baker, professor of translation studies and director of the Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies, University of Manchester; England; Humphrey Davies, translator of Arabic fiction, historical and classical texts; Anwar Moghith, professor of philosophy, Helwan University and director of National Center for Translation and Ferial Ghazoul, professor of English and comparative literature.

In her speech, Mehrez expressed the affect the 25 January Revolution had on the centre, stating that the revolutional energy that accompanied the early years at the centre infused it with a determination to resist and persist despite institutional and budgetary constraints. In doing so, it has opened up uncharted territory beyond the confines of academic programmes and has widened the parameters of its engagement with translation, as well as its regional and global networks.

The book is a compilation of the testimonies, essays, and personal noted by scholars, practitioners, activists, and artists from Egypt and the world who focus on Arabic and translation who were also lecturers at the centre.

Mehrez explained throughout the chapters that, the contributors explore problems of translation including Arabization and Egyptianization of texts, as well as the challenges, constraints, and opportunities provided through their creative adaptation within the target context. Problems of translating for the stage, Arabic renditions of Ibsens plays, Shakespeare in colloquial Egyptian Arabic, and translations of Walt Disney films and lyrics are among the topics discussed in this section.

The book is divided into six chapters: The Translator: Memories, Testimonies and Reflections; Translation, Migration, and Identity; Literary Translation: Challenges and Opportunities; On Carrying Across: Languages, Cultures, and Registers; Translation Across Disciplines; The Stage, the Screen, and the Languages In Between.

Despite focusing on separate topics under the umbrella of translation, each clusters writers wrap their experience relating to a theme.

The essays included in each cluster make sense together because they focus on a broadly defined theme but, as readers engage with the anthology, they will also find important connections and interrelated issues across the different clusters,Mehrez explained.

Denys Johnson-Davies, late renowned translator of Naguib Mahfouz and Tayeb Salehs works is among the writers of the book   

     

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Ministry of Antiquities witnesses a weekend of discoveries https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/15/ministry-of-antiquities-witnesses-a-weekend-of-discoveries/ Sun, 15 Dec 2019 06:30:26 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716524 The ministry of antiquities unearthed a Ramses II rare granite statue, and a seized number of relics at a Kidney dialysis centre

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Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities witnessed a fortuitous weekend, discovering rare red granite Ramses II statue and seizing 135 relics in a Kidney dialysis centre.

The ministry announced on Thursday unearthing a unique, big, red granite statue of king Ramses II, at a privately owned land in Mit Rahina, near Saqqara. The discovery came few days after the ministry discovered 19 giant granite blocks that are believed to be a part of ancient Egyptian god of craftsmen Ptah’s temple at the same place.

The ministry started the excavation in the land after its owner was caught digging deep in search of the antiquities.

The statue was found decorated with the shape of “Ka”, an ancient symbol representing power, life force and spirit.

The excavation revealed only the upper part of the statue, and the remains are believed to be still buried under ground water.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said in a press release that the statue is extremely unique and rare, explaining that the only discovered statue showcasing a king with the “Ka” symbol belonged to a 13th Dynasty King named Hor Awibre, and it is currently on display at the Egyptian Museum.

The unearthed bust is 105 cm tall, 55 cm wide, and 45 cm thick. It depicts King Ramses II with a wig, while its back is engraved with the words “The Beloved of Maat’s strong bull.

The statue, along with the pink granite blocks which were unearthed last week depicting Ptah, the demiurge of Memphis, while performing Sed Festival rituals, were transformed to Mit Rahina Open Museum for restoration. The studies indicate that, so far, the blocks are the remains of the Ptah royal temple.

Only a day later, the Ministry of Health managed to seize 135 antiquities hidden at a Kidney dialysis centre in Beni Suef governorate.

The ministry stumbled upon the relics in a field visit to the centre. Waziri said that the found relics are not a part of the Ministry of Antiquities’ listed artefacts of the museums or storages. “So, most likely they come as a result of illegal digging,” he added.

The antiquities include 122 coins dating back to various eras, as well as a number of badly preserved statues that were found in a bad condition. The statue mostly depicted human faces, and was made of mud bricks. A separated wooden box was also found. However, its existence date was not yet detected.

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Date palm listed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/15/date-palm-listed-on-unescos-intangible-cultural-heritage-of-humanity/ Sun, 15 Dec 2019 06:00:16 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716523 The file, submitted by 14 Arab countries, including Egypt, was approved by the committee, internationally accrediting the date palm as a living pillar for the nations.

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Just like a nation’s identity, the palm tree is considered a fighter. Penetrating deep into the soil to deepen its root, adapting to different situations, and bearing equally with canicular days, and cold spells; palm trees are the identification of the Arab World. As an inseparable part of the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) integrity, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) listed Date Palm on its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The listing came at the 14th gathering of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which took place in Colombia from 9 to 14 December.

The file, submitted by 14 Arab countries, including Egypt, was approved by the committee, internationally accrediting the date palm as a living pillar for the nations.

In the statement published by UNESCO, the committee explained that date palm “has been connected to the regional population of the submitting states for centuries, serving both as the source of numerous associated crafts, professions, and social and cultural traditions, customs and practices, and as a key form of nutrition.”

The submitting countries included Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Over the six-day gathering, the 24 members of the committee discussed 42 applied files from various regions, in order to determine the authentic human heritage that the date palm still presents its nation.

When it comes to the date palm, the committee saw that it is one of the elements that help in deepening the relations between Arab countries and its populations.

“The Date palm, knowledge, skills, traditions, and practices have played a pivotal role in strengthening the connection between people and the land in the Arab region, helping them face the challenges of the harsh desert environment. This historic relationship in the region and the element has produced a rich cultural heritage of related practices between people in the region, knowledge, and skills maintained to this day,” the statement read.

According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the date palm is probably the most ancient cultivated tree.

It is further considered one of the main sources of income for the countries which mainly rely on it and oil trade.

The date palm also plays a significant role in the region’s economies, which includes the top 10 date-producing countries, representing 90% of the global date production. Egypt is ranked first in the top five date –producing countries in the world, with a production of 1,465,030 tonnes in 2014, according to the FAO.

Other than date production, palm trees are the source of one of the barely surviving handicrafts in Egypt, Palm leaf boxes.

With more than 11 million date palms in Egypt, making palm boxes has been, like every other handmade craft, inherited throughout generations from ancestors. Most of the families working in this field are Bedouins. In the old days, it used to be their constant source of income, as the one common feature across different areas of the desert.

Unlike other similar crafts, technology has not found its way into palm box production. With limited sources of income, manufacturers cannot use any machines in cutting or shaping the palm leaves. This leaves them with no other option but their hands to cut the palms and to use sharp knives to shape them.

A large sector of Egyptian handicrafts in Upper Egypt still earn their living from the making of palm boxes. With hope, they currently seek for their crafts to flourish, now that it is internationally accredited.     

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#ThisHappened: Twitter sums up 2019 trends https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/12/thishappened-twitter-sums-up-2019-trends/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 14:43:30 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716380 Mo Salah tops most mentioned footballers in tweets, Game of Thrones most tweeted about TV Show

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As 2019 comes to a close, Twitter announced on Wednesday the year’s top trends. The leading online communication platform revealed the most used hashtags, events, and even most active celebrities summing up the year’s highlights.

Veteran actor Nabil El-Halafawy tops the most mentioned Egyptian actors on Twitter. El-Halfawy is known for his striking political and social tweets. Actor Salah Abdullah, comedian Mohamed Henedi, and former footballer and young actor Ahmed Salah follow right behind El-Halafawy.

While the four actors are the most mentioned Egyptian celebrities over the year, the blue platform still witnesses new entries of veteran artists who still pave their way in the world of virtual communication, including veteran actress Nadia El-Gendy, who marked her debut at Twitter earlier this year.

As usual, the holy month of Ramadan still tops event-related hashtag. As for the most tweeted about TV Show, Game of Thrones, whose 8th season took people by storm earlier this year, takes the lead by a landslide. 

Football superstar Mohamed Salah is the most tweeted about player in football, followed by Al Ahly footballer Ahmed Fathi and Zamalek star Shikabala.

Al-Ahly remains the top trending sports club over the year, followed by Zamalek and Al Ittihad Alexandria Club. 

 

When it comes to trends and challenges, the platform announced that 2019’s top celebrity challenge moments was the #10YearsChallenge. Large number of celebrities included pictures of themselves from a decade ago in Tweets such as actor and singer Mohamed Attia, actor Edward Fouad, Yemeni-Egyptian singer Arwa, actress Menna Fadali, and actor Hassan El Raddad.

Celebrating the end of the year, Twitter launched the hashtag of #ThisHappened in which it launched its annual emoji on 10 December which unlocks when using the hashtag.

  

  

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IMEU’2O kicks off at Hilton Pyramids Golf https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/12/imeu2o-kicks-off-at-hilton-pyramids-golf/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:42:56 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716467 The event kicked off with a speech by Ahmed Mabrouk, financial researcher at Forbes Middle East.

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The International Model of the European Union (IMEU), under the supervision of the faculty of economics and political science at Cairo University, held their soft opening on Saturday, 7th of December at Hilton Pyramids Golf.

Sponsored by Forbes Middle East and Careem, the event was attended by Egyptian Actresses Hala Sedki and Mariam El-Khosht, along with Claudio Margottini the scientific and technological attaché at the Italian embassy in Cairo.

The event kicked off with a speech by Ahmed Mabrouk, financial researcher at Forbes Middle East.

He spoke about his journey from being a graduate of the faculty of Economics and Political Science, before working in Forbes magazine which is one of the most globally recognised economics magazines in the world. He encouraged and inspired college students to grab on to their dreams and build their own start-ups, adding that many billionaires now who are under thirty.

Up next was Margottini who talked about his work in Bamiyan, Afghanistan where he took part in the conservation of the giant Buddha statue which is an important heritage site. He also talked about a competition between his team and a German team in which his team won by a humane approach. He also mentioned how important it is to know when to lead and when to humbly follow.

Following Margottini was Hala sedki who talked about her own journey to stardom. She recalled how she wasn’t affected by the people who rejected her career choice and how confidence really mattered in sticking to one’s decision.

She also asked the audience to learn from their failures and study their mistakes for a better outcome in the future.

At the end of the night,  El-Khosht gave the audience some great tips on how to handle anxiety, self-doubt, and the difference between negative and positive criticism.

She stressed on believing in one’s choices and what people stand for. On that note, she shared her experience with being a vegan for five years as an objection of animal cruelty and products tested on animals.

Overall, it was a new experience for everyone involved.

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Egyptian authorities seize 72 ancient coins during a smuggling attempt  https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/11/egyptian-authorities-seize-72-ancient-coins-during-a-smuggling-attempt/ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:30:53 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716293 Coins date back to Greco-roman era and Muhammad Ali Pasha era

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Egypt’s Central Administration of Seized Antiquities Units managed to seize 72 ancient coins on Tuesday from a smuggling attempt at Safaga Port. The coins date back to the Greco-roman era, while 16 of them are from the Muhammad Ali Pasha era. 

The coins were hidden among the belongings of a passenger who was trying to leave from Safaga. However, the Ministry of Antiquities did not announce the destination of the passenger. According to a statement published by the ministry, the port’s customs authorities formed an urgent committee upon the coins’ seizure, which quickly confirmed their authenticity. 

It is not the first time for Safaga Port to witness illegal smuggling attempts. In 2017, the archaeological unit at Safaga successfully prevented an attempt of illegally smuggling 204 coins coming to Egypt from Dubai. The unit seized 17 coins also dating back to the Greco-Roman era, one from the Umayyad period, two from the Ottoman period, and ten from Mohamed Ali Pasha’s reign as well.

 

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Veteran Egyptian director Samir Seif dies at 72 https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/11/veteran-egyptian-director-samir-seif-dies-at-72/ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 08:00:55 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716283 The late director passed away after suffering a heart attack

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Samir Seif, an Egyptian film and TV director who rose to prominence in the early 1980s and 1990s, passed away on Monday at 72, according to the Head of the Egyptian Artist Syndicate Ashraf Zaki

Seif passed away after a heart attack.

Minister of Culture Enas Abdel Dayem mourned the death of Seif. In a statement, Abdel Dayem said that the deceased artist was a good teacher for the younger generation and several creative directors.

He graduated from the High Cinema Institute, and entered the cinematic scene right after. He went off to direct films, series, and work with local film festivals as a juror and a director

Seif started his career as a script writer and then went on to direct very popular action and drama films with Adel Imam, Ahmed Zaki, and Nour El-Sherif.

His death is a great loss for the cinematic profession in Egypt and the Arab world, the minister added.

Sief was nominated for the Golden Pyramid Award at the Cairo International Film Festival twice, in 1999 and 2002. His directorial debut came in 1977 with the film Ota Ala Nar (A cat on Fire).

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Now United global band searching for a Middle Eastern golden fleece https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/10/now-united-global-band-searching-for-a-middle-eastern-golden-fleece/ Tue, 10 Dec 2019 15:43:17 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716213 “The music, the dance, and the fashion of the Middle East are warm, sophisticated, and intensely exotic,” says band founder

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The screaming enthusiast fans who travelled from different areas to attend the Now United’s concert in Dubai last month, had no idea that one of them might soon join the 14-member young pop troupe.

Now United has announced earlier that another member from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) could find space amid the diverse group of young pop talents. Now United is the world’s first global pop group which presents songs based on diversified inputs from across the world.

The campaign, kicked off earlier this month, called for talented youth to send samples of their performance online. The campaign comes in partnership with Pepsi.

“Finding a member from the Middle East will bring so much to our group. The fact that this region is the connection between East and West means it brings a fascinating and exotic cultural mix. The music, the dance, and the fashion of the Middle East are warm, sophisticated, and intensely exotic. We will gain so much from all these new influences,” Simon Fuller, the founder of Now United told Daily News Egypt.

The pop music icon explained that having a Middle Eastern member in his band is his current “top priority” as the founder of the world band.

With members from India, Brazil, UK, Mexico, Philippines, Finland, South Korea, Senegal, China, Japan, Germany, Russia, Canada, and US, the Middle East seems to be the missing element to complete the miscellany grid. 

Since establishing the group two years ago, Simon worked on absorbing the diversity of the regions presented in the music, aiming to make everyone in the band find a piece of himself in the final track.

Now United is the vision of Simon Fuller, one of the most respected and successful music entrepreneurs of all time, who has been responsible for over 500 Number One hits worldwide, and who inspired the careers of Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse, Annie Lennox, Kelly Clarkson, and Carrie Underwood.

When it comes to music, Fuller believes that adding a member from the Middle East only comes to add the diversity of the music, which is one of the most remarkable elements of the Now United.

“The beauty and uniqueness of Now United is that because of all of the different cultural influences and the authenticity of our message and sound, it means we can make any style of music. We are not limited to one sound or one beat. We are positive, dynamic, and heartfelt with all that we do. We have a sound of optimism and celebration and have a connective sound that can touch any person from anywhere in the world. There is nothing we can’t do!” he added.

Hundreds of the band’s 40-million fan base across the world have sent audition videos online to be the MENA representative in the group, in what was described by Fuller as “an overwhelming extent of the number of interactions.”

While believing the music is the world’s common language, the band creator still finds the Middle Eastern music splendiferous, which leaves him with fascination towards its artists.

“I have been incredibly impressed by the music scene in the Middle East. There is a confidence and excitement about the music scene in this region that I haven’t seen before. Young people are exploring music and dance in so many new ways. It is creating a strong local sound and at the same time embracing sounds from other countries. There has never been a better time to be connecting to the young people of the Middle East. It is exciting, people seem happy and very receptive to the joys of positive uplifting entertainment,” Fuller concluded.

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Irrigation Ministry launches Africa Cultural Centre in Aswan https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/10/irrigation-ministry-launches-africa-cultural-centre-in-aswan/ Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:30:46 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716152 The centre includes an open theatre that can accommodate 2500 individuals, located behind the Aswan Reservoir

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Egypt’s Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation announced on Monday, developing the Nile Museum in Aswan, which is affiliated to the ministry, to include an African Cultural Centre, in addition to launching a library attached to the centre that includes the most important books on African nations.

The ministry has also communicated with a number of African countries to support the centre with some holdings and memorabilia to display civilisations and cultures from these nations.

In March, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi directed the ministry during the activities of the Arab-African Youth Forum, which was held in Aswan from 16 to 18 March 2019, to establish such a centre to showcase the varying cultures that the continent has to offer.

The centre includes an open theatre that can accommodate 2500 individuals and is located behind the Aswan Reservoir. The establishment of the theatre was constructed with the natural materials available in Aswan, and it is expected to be used when holding international forums and conferences, major celebrations, festivals, and theatrical performances that express African cultures.

The Aswan Reservoir is also equipped with environmentally friendly lighting that add an aesthetic touch that attracts the eyes of visitors to the centre and Aswan.

Furthermore, the centre includes paintings of all African countries, as the continent was divided into five sectors according to the geographical and climatic nature of each region, in addition to a sector describing the rivers of the continent. 

These paintings are characterised by the use of an expressive background with African colours and shapes, to define the nature and environment of each African region, in addition to displaying photos of the capital, currency, and the most important rivers, tribes, and tourist regions in each country separately.

The library of documentaries and the information centre contain many books, documents and important historical manuscripts about Africa.

The centre also has a museum corner that includes many archaeological collections that record the flow of the Nile River from its source to the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Egypt retrieves a rare Mamluk era manuscript https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/09/egypt-retrieves-a-rare-mamluk-era-manuscript/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 07:30:07 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716007 The manuscript is one of the rarest documentations of the era

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The Ministry of Culture announced on Sunday the return of an ancient Quran manuscript after being offered at the UK’s Chiswick Auctions house. 

The manuscript includes the 16th part of the Quran, written by Sultan Al-Ashraf Qansuh Al-Ghuri one of the rulers during the Mamluk era. The over 500-page manuscript was smuggled from Egypt. 

Egypt’s Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem stated in a press release that retrieving the manuscript is a part of the ministry’s plan to preserve Egyptian identity and return “what has been lost and stolen.”

The manuscript is one of the rarest documentations of the era. 

The Chairperson of Egyptian National Library and Archives Hisham Azmy said that this one of a kind document was planned to be “sold secretly last October, as the auction house did not announce selling it publicly.”

He further added that after providing the proper documents that prove Egypt’s authority over the manuscript, the house approved returning the authentic document to its homeland.

Abdel Dayem added that the manuscript is considered the fourth document Egypt retrieves within a year. 

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Parts of Ancient Egyptian temple accidently discovered in Mit Rahina https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/08/parts-of-ancient-egyptian-temple-accidently-discovered-in-mit-rahina/ Sun, 08 Dec 2019 13:00:17 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=715930 The excavation took place on land personally belonging to a civilian who was caught digging deep in search of blocks.

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The Ministry of Antiquities announced unearthing 19 giant granite blocks that are believed to be a part of ancient Egyptian god of craftsmen Ptah’s temple in Mit Rahina near Saqqara, according to a press statement published by the ministry.

The excavation took place at a land personally belonging to a civilian who was caught digging deep in search of the blocks.

The unearthed blocks were found covered with underground water. Ayman Ashmawi, the head of the Egyptian antiquities sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, stated in the statement that the preliminary examination showcased the blocks engraved with heliography.

The pink granite blocks depict Ptah, the demiurge of Memphis, while performing Sed Festival rituals.  The studies indicate that, so far, the blocks are the remains of the temple.

“The inscriptions engraved on the blocks indicate the glory and beauty of the temple’s architecture,” Ashmawi stated.

The excavation will continue on the area to discover the rest of the temple which is probably totally covered with ground water. The unearthed parts are to undergo restoration and will be showcased at the open museum of Mit Rahina

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Beyond Borders: a platform where refugees can present their colourful homelands and overcoming adversity https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/08/beyond-borders-a-platform-where-refugees-can-present-their-colourful-homelands-and-overcoming-adversity/ Sun, 08 Dec 2019 12:30:56 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=715927 Exhibition launched by UNHCR targets opening a gate for 22 artists from five countries to step into the art world in Egypt

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While dozens of refugees escaped the brutality of life in their homelands, running after aslym in Egypt, some left behind a life in which enriching colours only took place in their art and paintings. Settling on the land of the Pharaohs, their main target was to fit in society, finding an appropriate source of living and starting over, letting go of a life that was mainly destroyed by armed conflicts. Little did they know that their passion for art is to see the light again with the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’s (UNHCR) Beyond Borders exhibition.

The Beyond Borders project is an art exhibition for refugee artists. In its second year, the exhibition offers a platform for refugee artists to express themselves, introduce their homelands to public and depict the journey they had to go through in order to reach the place they currently stand at.

This year’s edition took place at Maadi’s Art Cafe. For three weeks, the exhibition opened a window for the general public to come and gain perspective on the world of 22 refugees from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, and South Sudan.

“Our main target is giving talented artists the chance to promote their name and art pieces, get an opportunity to sell their work and find other opportunities, other than selling paintings, such a teaching or making other artistic products, in addition to expanding their opportunities to generate income,” said Christine Beshay, UNHCR’s Communications Officer told Daily News Egypt.

She explained that the main struggle facing refugee artists in Egypt, is to place a footprint in Egypt’s world of art, elaborating that “they don’t know how to enter the market in Egypt or to promote for their art works. [That is why] Since last year, we decided to support those who have talent and skills and to facilitate their access in the market. We were keen on forming a network of refugee artists, along with some Egyptian artist, also, creating a space for experiencing exchange.”

Throughout the platform, the commissioner seeks to create a network of connections for the artists through which they get to “improve and expand their work, as well as gain access to the market and promote their artworks.”

Throughout the 72 showcased paintings, one gets to see through the artists’ hearts. Capturing their homelands in colourful, bright pigments, showcasing scenes of dancing and celebrations; the portraits left nothing but contentment in one’s heart, which soon turns sore after seeing the darkness overcome the portraits representing another side of their lives.

“Most of the paintings were about the artists’ cultural backgrounds, expressing their feelings about their journeys, and outstanding scenerios from their home countries,” Beshay stated.

The prominent artists presented the culture of their homelands not only in colours and shapes, but also through food and music in order to fully introduce their culture to visitors, and let them see the beauty of the land away from the destruction and warfare they are introduced to through media outlets.

Beshay explained that through the exhibition, the UNHCR focused on professional artists, especially the ones with “educational background in the field of arts, or professionals with years of experience.”

“Some of those artists are already active, exhibiting their work in different exhibitions, others don’t have any access to the market and face many difficulties displaying them. This year we have targeted to give them a chance to display their pieces in an already well known exhibition space, where famous artists exhibit their work, to support the continuation of the scaling up of professionalism,” she explained.

A month before the start of the exhibition, the commissioner collaborated with Art Cafe in order to train the artists in a one-day workshop on how to prepare a portfolio, tips on how to get access to the market and promote their artworks.

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Several Royal belongings unearthed in Matariya https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/05/several-royal-belongings-unearthed-in-matariya/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 05:30:59 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=715777 The blocks include a giant mud brick with engravings dating back to the New Kingdom. The mission is directed by the Ministry of Antiquities, the Georg Steindorff Egyptian Museum of the University of Leipzig, and the Applied Sciences Mainz University.

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Among the unearthed antiquities were also a number of moulds for shaping Amulets, as well as blocks made of brick that were most likely a workshop of brewery and the residential area of its workers.

The ancient royal gems of the working-class district of Matariya, refuses to be buried away from people’s eyes, even when covered for centuries with layers of sand and mud. An Egyptian-German archeological mission managed to unearth a number of blocks from the royal colossi at the Heliopolis Temple, according to state owned media outlet, Al-Ahram Online.

The blocks include a giant mud brick with engravings dating back to the New Kingdom. The mission is directed by the Ministry of Antiquities, the Georg Steindorff Egyptian Museum of the University of Leipzig, and the Applied Sciences Mainz University.

The whole district of Matariya is known to be one of the most extremely rich archaeological sites in Egypt, filled with thousands of royal antiquities that date back to various dynasties from the Old and New Kingdom.

Ayman Ashmawi, the head of the ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department at the Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement that the discovery is a part of the mission’s 13th excavation season, in which they dig in the temple southern the industrial workshops.

Throughout the excavation, the mission found a graveyard buried one metre beneath the ground water which is known for covering the whole area.

Ashmawi asserted that the mission found a number of New Kingdom pottery vessels, and a number of Hellenistic period pits that included a number of inscriptions depicting Ramses II. A large brick was found inside a pit with engravings showcasing the pharaoh kneeling in front of the sun god Ra-Horakhty, known as the great god, lord of the sky, and ruler of Heliopolis. 

Numerous temples dedicated to Egypt’s sun gods, particularly the chief god Ra, were built in ancient Heliopolis. But little remains of what were once the ancient Egyptians most sacred cities since much of the stone used in the construction of the temples was later plundered. The area, close to the modern districts of Ain Shams and Matariya, is now covered with residential neighborhoods.

A group of brown quartz royal statues were also unearthed in the site. One of the statues was found buried in another pit presenting King Seti II (1200 – 1194 BC). The second discovered statue belonged to goddess Isis, the queen of Ramses II. The red granite statue was found well conserved.

Among the unearthed antiquities were also a number of moulds for shaping Amulets, as well as blocks made of brick that were most likely a workshop of a brewery and the residential area of its workers.

According to Al-Ahram Online, the mission also managed to unearth large debris close to an enclosure wall from the New Kingdom containing fragments of a Middle Kingdom royal statuary as well as a variety of moulds for the manufacturing of faience amulets and fragments of reused capitals of palm columns dating back to the Old Kingdom.

“It came as a surprise that these layers directly overlay a stratum of the prehistoric settlement of Heliopolis,” Ashmawi told Ahram Online.

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First Egyptology conference in Munich tackles Ramesside era military system https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/03/first-egyptology-conference-in-munich-tackles-ramesside-era-military-system/ Tue, 03 Dec 2019 11:00:47 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=715538 The inscriptions of Egypt’s most famous wars cover the walls of various temples including Karnak and Luxor, says researcher

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As part of Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities plan to promote tourism in Egypt, Germany is to witness the first Egyptology conference in May, in which a number of Egyptian scientists are to tackle the military wars of Ancient Egypt.

Under the name of “Perspectives on the Ramesside Era Military System in Ancient Egypt”, the conference will take place at the Egyptian Art Museum in Munich.

The Director General of Scientific Research at Alexandria Antiquity Area Mohamed Raafat Abbas told the Middle East News Agency (MENA) that he is the first Egyptian professor to be granted the Fritz Thyssen Foundation scholarship in organising scientific conferences, through which he, in cooperation with the German Egyptologist professor Friedhelm Hoffmann at Ludwig-Maximilians University, will organise the conference.

The conference is to focus on the military system and the wars that took place during the   Ramesside Era, which, according to Raafat, is “one of the golden eras when it comes to soldiery at the ancient Egyptian civilisation.”

The Egyptologist also explained that the conference will include interactions from researchers from all over Europe to disclose several scientific studies and research papers on Egypt’s military backgrounds during that era.

The Ramesside Era is a part of the New Kingdom. It took place from the 19th to 20th Dynasties. It was named after the 11 Ramses pharaohs that ruled Egypt after Ramses I, who founded the 19th Dynasty. The era that lasted for over two centuries, witnessed some of Egypt’s most draining wars which lasted for several decades. The Battle of Djahy and the Battle of the Delta are the two most famous battles of the time, in which pharaohs brawled to protect against seaside invasion.

Raafat explained that this era is one of the most enriching periods in the documentation of the military preparations and wars, adding that the historical chronicle of wars Egypt went through at that era is rich and various.

“The inscriptions of Egypt’s most famous wars cover the walls of various temples including Karnak and Luxor,” Raafat told MENA.

The devoted researcher has published a number of papers on the topic of Ramesside wars and the preservation of the antiquities depicting them.

Among his in focus topics, was the cities in which the wars have taken place.

According to one of Raafat’s researches, “the Canaanite town was very remarkable in the war scenes and texts of the Ramesside Period, where it has been depicted and mentioned in some of the most important Ramesside military historical sources; as the northern war scenes of Sety I at Karnak, the First Beth-Shan stela of Sety I, and the triumph hymn of Merenptah.”

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Sharm El-Sheikh Museum receives first few on-display antiquities https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/30/sharm-el-sheikh-museum-receives-first-few-on-display-antiquities/ Sat, 30 Nov 2019 19:04:49 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=715355 Among the transferals, three giant pink granite pieces belong to the head of a statue that depicts the goddess Hathor, along with a huge red granite statue featuring a lion.

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Preparing for its soft opening planned to take place earlier next year, Sharm El-Sheikh museum received on Saturday few antiquities pieces to be displayed, the Ministry of Antiquities stated in a press release.

Among the transferals, three giant pink granite pieces belong to the head of a statue that depicts the goddess Hathor, along with a huge red granite statue featuring a lion.

Mo’men Othman, the head of the Museum section at the Ministry of Antiquities said that the relics are being transferred among the displayed items of the museum, which are planned and finalised by the supreme committee of the scenario museum exhibition.

Othamn added that the antiquities are to be transferred based on their permanent on-display locations inside the museum, explaining that the pieces that were transferred are the ones showcased on the museum’s entrance.

The museum is the first and only antiquities museum in the beach city. It is planned to showcase the daily activities of the ancient Egyptians, where the relics represent different aspects of civilisations in each dynasty starting from the old kingdom.

It also includes relics presenting the ways ancient Egyptians dealt with wildlife, reflecting the relationships they had with animals and insects. Among the planned on-display relics are mummified animals and birds which were discovered throughout different eras.

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Baron Palace receives a facelift https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/28/baron-palace-receives-a-facelift/ Thu, 28 Nov 2019 11:00:55 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=715207 95% of the palace’s renovation was completed with a budget of over EGP 100m

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Only a few weeks separate us from the grand opening of the iconic Baron Palace, planned to open its doors to the public by the end of this year.

Pictures of the palace after renovation went viral on social media, displaying the renovations of the once almost collapsing palace. The Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany visited the site earlier this week to follow up on the restoration.

The palace is planned to have a museum that displays antiquities as a sort of documentation to the elite neighbourhood it was built in, Heliopolis. A museum is to be opened at the palace to document pictures, documents, and archived blueprints of the palace since its establishment.

About 95% of the palace’s renovation was completed with allocated budget of over EGP 100m.

The restoration of the palace started in 2017. So far, the ministry successfully renovated the ceiling of the building, and dilapidated front edifice.

The palace is considered one of the most famous and remarkable landmarks of Heliopolis, if not all of Egypt. It was designed by French architect Alexandre Marcel.

Baron Empain had a major role in designing the upper-class Heliopolis neighbourhood in Cairo, from the time he arrived in Egypt in 1904.

He established his own business, which was called Heliopolis Oasis Company, and bought a large space of desert from the colonial forces turning it into what is currently known as Heliopolis.

He died in 1929, and was buried under the Basilica Church in Heliopolis, which was linked to the Baron palace by an underground tunnel.

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3 wooden coffins unearthed in Egypt’s Luxor https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/28/3-wooden-coffins-unearthed-in-egypts-luxor/ Thu, 28 Nov 2019 06:00:48 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=715180 "The three coffins date back to the 18th Dynasty, and are in a good condition of preservation," said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the ministry's Supreme Council of Antiquities.

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 A French archaeological mission has discovered three wooden coffins in the courtyard of a cemetery located in the upper Egypt’s province of Luxor, the country’s ministry of antiquities said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The three coffins date back to the 18th Dynasty, and are in a good condition of preservation,” said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the ministry’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.

He added the coffins were depicted with some colored decorations and hieroglyphic inscriptions.

Fathi Yassin, director-general of West Bank Antiquities in Luxor, pointed out that the first 195-cm long coffin, decorated with colorful inscriptions, belonged to a woman named “T Abu.”

Meanwhile, the second one, about 190-cm long, was painted yellow, with columns of hieroglyphic inscriptions on a white background. It’s for a woman called “Rao.”

The 180-cm long third coffin was covered by a plaster layer in white and brown colors without writings, Yassin added.

Egypt has witnessed several large-scale archeological discoveries this year in different parts of the country, including Pharaonic tombs, statues, coffins and mummies.

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UNICEF celebrates 30th Convention on the Rights of the Child by turning Pyramids blue https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/27/unicef-celebrates-30th-convention-on-the-rights-of-the-child-by-turning-pyramids-blue/ Wed, 27 Nov 2019 13:00:37 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=715091 The event witnessed joining the global movement “Go Blue for every child” by turning the Great Pyramid, the Pyramid of Khufu, a wonder of the Ancient and the Modern times, into blue as a symbolic stand for child rights.

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Overlooking the newly blue Pyramids, UNICEF celebrated on Monday Egypt’s 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, highlighting the country’s achievements has made in terms of child protection rights.

The celebration was attended by Tarek Shawki Minister of Education and Technical Education, and Azza El Ashmawy, the Secretary General of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood. This is along Ivan Surkoš, Head of the European Union Delegation to Egypt, and actress and Singer Donia Samir Ghanem, UNICEF Egypt’s Ambassador.

The event witnessed joining the global movement “Go Blue for every child” by turning the Great Pyramid, the Pyramid of Khufu, a wonder of the Ancient and the Modern times, into blue as a symbolic stand for child rights.

Maes, in a speech about the efforts his organization made for Egyptian youth over the years, said “Between 1992 and 2014, the neonatal mortality rate has decreased by 58% and the under-five mortality rate by 68%. In terms of nutrition, the use of improved drinking water sources has increased by 11%.”

For his side, Surkoš highlighted the role the EU has played in empowering children and standing against all sort of cultural beliefs that deprive them from their rights.

“The EU has cooperated with Egypt over the past years to support children’s rights to education, health, participation, protection from violence and equality. Especially gender equality, he said, adding “the EU is one of the main supporters of the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation, the right of children to education, and stopping child labour.”

He added that such “efforts reflect a strong commitment on our part, and we are keen on working together with the Egyptian government, development partners, and civil society to promote children’s rights.”

The event witnessed the inauguration of an exhibition for some of the children’s paintings and handicrafts, as well as musical and theatrical performances.

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Dawwie: a women’s empowerment initiative through cultural activities https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/27/dawwie-a-womens-empowerment-initiative-through-cultural-activities/ Wed, 27 Nov 2019 12:30:54 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=715088 This imitative is all about developing skills of girls to empower them in the society, especially for those in villages, says UNICEF Representative in Egypt

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In a community where poverty is the common denominator for the population, education is a privilege provided to the luckiest, usually males, and basic living conditions have become more of a luxury, while girls’ rights are deprived and their voices are mostly muted. With tremendous efforts to change the status quo, and with the aim to give young girls a voice to speak their minds. The Dawwie initiative kicked off earlier this year, seeing its first results last week at the first governorate of operation in Fayoum.

Dawwie, which means in Arabic the echoed voice, mainly aims to empower female adolescents through several activities that provide them with the chance to speak out about their dreams, struggles, and beliefs.

Fayoum was the first governorate to fully apply the initiative. Daily News Egypt accompanied the delegation that headed to Dawwie’s centre in Shakshok village, Fayoum to follow up on the process.

Through a number of activities provided to children between 10-16 years old, the national campaign aims to spread the awareness of girls’ education and the danger of child marriage, and to develop their skills in communication and wellbeing.

The activities provided to both boys and girls include digital literacy, self-expression, participation, inter-generational dialogue, and community theatre in safe and culture-sensitive spaces, such as the Civic Education Centres.

“In our village, the female who reaches 18 is considered a spinster. She is then left with no option but to marry an older man who is probably a widower in his forties or fifties to raise his children,” said one of the girls participating in the campaign with tearful eyes during a storytelling circle which takes place at the centre to encourage ladies to express themselves.

“But this is not the life I want for myself. I want to have access to education, complete my studies, and have a source of income through which I can count on myself,” she added.

The various storytelling circles divide children upon ages and genders, in order to make sure most of the participating members share similar minds and personalities.

“This initiative is all about developing the skills, services, and voice of girls, with the basic goal of empowering them, especially the most vulnerable ones in some villages,” Bruno Maes, the UNICEF Representative in Egypt, told Daily News Egypt

Maes added that the imitative is growing “especially with the participation of communities and institutions that show interest in joining this collation.”

Dawwie is currently launched in five governorates across Egypt, with the plan to expand into a wider range of communities in order to combat culturally known challenges facing women including Female Genital Mutilation, child marriage, education, skills development and employment.

As UNICEF technically and financially supports the cause, Maes expressed the organisation’s awareness that such a change in the cultural mindset takes time and effort, “yet that does not stop us from what we are doing as we are seeing a real effect on the ground.”

It was launched by the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), in partnership with the National Council for Women (NCW), the Ministry of Education and Technical Education, the Ministry Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Health and Population, the Ministry of Social Solidarity, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Communication, the Ministry of Information and Technology, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Italian Cooperation Agency in Egypt, and other civil society campaigns.

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