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Alexandria International Song Festival to kick off on October 13

Thursday 12/October/2017 - 04:59 PM
Sada El Balad
Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh

Alexandria International Song Festival 14th session will kick off with Medhat Saleh’s and Angham’s concert on October 13، at Bibliotheca Alexandrina Theater، under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism.

It is scheduled for a number of celebrities of the Arab world to attend the concert.

The festival will be concluded with Diva Samira Said's concert on October 20.

The Alexandria Song Festival is a singing competition with a selected International Jury، according to the Alexandria International Song Festival website.

The Festival first session had kicked off from 25th till 29th in June 2003.

Noteworthy، the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a major library and cultural center located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. It is both a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity، and an attempt to rekindle something of the brilliance that this earlier center of study and erudition represented.

The idea of reviving the old library dates back to 1974، when a committee set up by Alexandria University selected a plot of land for its new library، between the campus and the seafront، close to where the ancient library once stood. 

The notion of recreating the ancient library was adopted by other individuals and agencies. One leading supporter of the project was former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak; UNESCO was also quick to embrace the concept of endowing the Mediterranean region with a center of cultural and scientific excellence. 

An architectural design competition was organized by UNESCO in 1988 to choose a design worthy of the site and its heritage. The competition was won by Snøhetta، a Norwegian architectural office، from among more than 1،400 entries. The first pledges were made for funding the project at a conference held in 1990 in Aswan: USD $65 million، mostly from the Arab states. Construction work began in 1995 and، after some USD $220 million had been spent، the complex was officially inaugurated on 16 October 2002.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is trilingual، containing books in Arabic، English، and French. In 2010، the library received a donation of 500،000 books from the National Library of France، Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). The gift makes the Bibliotheca Alexandrina the sixth-largest Francophone library in the world. 

The BA also is now the largest depository of French books in the Arab world، surpassing those of Tunisia، Algeria and Morocco، in addition to being the main French library in Africa.

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