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Culture regains its role in Egypt under President Sisi reign

Wednesday 18/July/2018 - 03:44 PM
Sada El Balad
Prepared By: Yara Sameh
A society without culture، will be a chaotic world، and that what almost happened during the ruling of former president Mohamed Morsi.

Culture and art faced a rocky period during his ruling and faced many changes. 

The Egyptians have suffered from the bitterness of the Muslim Brotherhood’s living nightmare and struggled to survive under their ruling.

During their ruling، the Muslim brotherhood revealed their ugly face and destructive plan for Egypt، which included eliminating its authentic Egyptian identity، its culture، and cultural character، that spanned through time and history. 

Actors and celebrities support Sisi 

Prominent Egyptian celebrities، intellectual، and public figures were always keen to meet their presidents and show their support، such Samira Ahmed who is always keen to meet President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.

Egyptian poet، Sayed Hegab said in a press statement that culture began to regain its role under the reign of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi، because culture is now in a historical phase.

he added “Egypt needs a new culture during the coming period، explaining that culture، social justice and democracy are drying up the sources of terrorism." Hegab said during an interview with Egypt's Alghad Alarabi television channel.

On the other hand، great novelist Bahaa Taher predicted a glowing future for culture during the reign of President-elect Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.

He pointed out to the president’s interest in culture and intellectuals in all his meetings. 

Tahir explained that the change and progress of the Ministry of Culture need to provide the necessary means to enable the development of activities to keep pace with the current period، and meet intellectuals’ ambitions. 

He predicted that the Ministry of Culture will witness the emergence of new personalities.

“Egypt has talented persons capable of leading the culture towards progress.” He pointed out.

On Monday 19، 2014 during president Sisi’s first run off as a candidate for the Egyptian presidential elections، a number of prominent actors were keen to show their support.

Among them were 'The Lady of Arab Screen' Faten Hamama’، and prominent actor، ‘Al Saher’ Mahmoud Abdel Aziz، Adel Imam،Yousra، Elham Shahin، Mohamed Henedi، Nelly Karim، Ehab Tawfik، Ayman Bahgat Kamar، Karim Abdel Aziz، Ahmed El Sakka، Wahid Hamed، Mervat Amin، Sabreen ،and others.

During Sisi second run off for Egyptian presidential elections on March 26، 2018، celebrities were keen to show their support by launching support campaigns to run for a second term and to spread political awareness among citizens to urge them to participate، and to cast their votes.

celebrities were keen to cast their votes during the presidential elections، and take memorable pictures with military and policeman.

Among the celebrities who casted their votes were prominent actor Adel Imam، Hussein Fahmy، Labelba، Dina، Fifi Abdo، Rania Youssef، Hakim، Laila Elwi، Inas Nour، Ghada Ibrahim، Magdy Kamel and Maha Ahmed، Youssef Shaaban، Sabreen، Nadia El Gendy، Nabila Ebaid، Mohamed Riad، Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Aziz، Medhat Saleh، Labna Abdel Aziz، Samira Ahmed، TV anchor Maha Bahnasi، Yasser Galal، Hanan Turk، Singer Angham، singer Amina، Rania Mahmoud Yassin، singer Hany Shaker، Amal Rezk، Leqaa Sweidan، and TV anchor، Iman Al –Hosary، Khaled Salim، Wafaa Amer، Afaf Shoaib، Sameh Hussein، Hany Ramzy، Fifi Abdo، Sandy، Ahmed El Sakka، Mohamed Henidi، Samah Anwar، Sherif Mounir، Nahal Anbar، TV anchor Hala Sarhan، Wafaa Salem، Laila Ezz El Arab، Edward، Emy Talaat Zakariya، and TV host Sherif Madkour.

“Egypt-Foreign countries culture ties prosper during the reign of President Sisi”

Egypt-China
"Egypt is the first country in the region to recognize the Republic of China، and relations have been solid since the time of President Gamal Abdel Nasser. It has grown stronger during the reign of President Abdul Fattah Al Sisi.” former Minister of culture، Helmy El-Namnam said in a press statement during the kick off Second “Crafts and Cultural Industries Egypt-China” exhibition.

Chinese-Egyptian Culture Year
The 2016 Chinese-Egyptian Culture Year has enhanced the understanding and friendship between people of the two great nations، Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a congratulatory message on January 19، 2017، Xinhua reported.

Xi made the comment to the closing ceremony of the event، which was launched to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Egypt. 

"Bilateral relations have continuously progressed with concerted efforts from both sides in the 60 years and benefited the two countries and two peoples، and have become a model for China's ties with the Arab world، African countries and South-South cooperation،" Xi said. 

China and Egypt held more than 100 cultural activities in 25 provincial regions and cities in the two countries، covering literature and art، books، broadcast، film and television as well as youth and education. 

This first culture year between China and Arab countries increased people's understanding under the Belt and Road Initiative، and was a successful exchange program، Xi said. 

China is willing to work with Egypt to strengthen cultural exchanges and cooperation to lay a solid social foundation for the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership، he said. 

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi also sent a congratulatory message to the event.

Egypt-India
India's Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharya said that without the efforts of the Ministry of Culture، they would not be able to organize “India by the Nile festival”.

The festival is an occasion to bring together the traditions and the cultures of the two countries، Bhattacharya added، pointing out that it also help in promoting the cooperation between the two countries.

For the first time the festival introduce Indian fashion show and a cinema show specially as there is a huge Egyptian audience watching Indian movies so we will have cooperation in the culture relations، the ambassador assured.

This is the biggest Indian festival held in Cairo، Alexandria، and Port Said، the ambassador said.

He revealed that the Indian tourism movement to Egypt increased by 26% in 2016 while it increased by 30% in the last year.

We are working on increasing the trade exchange، the ambassador said adding:”we are looking forward to more investments specially in the Suez canal.

The trade exchange with Egypt is amounted at $ three billion، the ambassador revealed.

The mega annual cultural festival 'India by the Nile'، is organized to celebrate Indian culture and its diversity، it will focus on classical culture this year. The 12-day event will host a wide range of events and start on March 6.

Egypt-South Korean
MP Osama Haikal، President of the Commission of Culture and Information in the House of Representatives received on March 11، South Korean Ambassador to Egypt، Yoon Yeo-cheol، at the parliament headquarters. 

The Ambassador stressed on the importance to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various fileds، Haikal said. 

In statements to “Sada ElBalad” Website Haikal added that The South Korean Ambassador assured that Investment atmosphere in Egypt attracts major Korean Companies، pointing out to the importance of Egypt’s President، Abel Fattah Al-Sisi latest visit to South Korea، which pushed forward the bilateral cooperation between both countries.

In the same context، Haikal stressed the importance of enhancing cultural exchange between the two countries، noting that Korean investments in Egypt have achieved great successes. 

Egypt-France 
Presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said on June 28، that it was agreed during a meeting between Sisi with the French Foreign Minister، Jean-Yves Le Drian to establish a cultural partnership between Egypt and France.

The agreement comes in the framework of bilateral cooperation in the huge cultural projects currently being constructed by Egypt، such as the arts and culture city، International Opera in the new administrative capital، Grand Egyptian Museum، National Museum of Egyptian Civilization، and new El Alamein city museum.

Rady said in a press statement that the agreement will reflect the long-standing cultural and heritage cultural of both countries. 

France has extensive experience in the field of museums، culture and the arts، which represents a rich addition and contribution to these international projects on the land of Egypt.

UNESCO name Luxor 'Capital of Arab Culture’
Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah Al Sisi has accepted the patronage of a ceremony which held from March 15 to 18 to celebrate after UNESCO had named Luxor 'Capital of Arab Culture’ for 2017، according to the Culture Minister Inas Abdul El Dayem. 

“In cooperation with Luxor governor، the closing ceremony will mark the handover of the flame of the Arab Capital of Culture to the city of Oujda، Morocco، in the presence of Moroccan Minister of Culture Mohamed El Arag and state officials and diplomats،” Abdul El Dayem added.

Luxor celebrated earning the title ‘Capital of Arabic Culture’ for 2017، the title which is given to different Middle Eastern every year as part of an initiative from the Arab League، in collaboration with UNESCO’s Cultural Capital program. The initiative aims to promote Arab Culture internationally.

Cairo International Book Fair 49th edition
In the form of confirming the return of Egypt to the forefront of the cultural scene، the 49th edition of the Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF)، kicked off on January 26 by the Minister of Culture، Dr. Inas Abdel Dayam، at the Cairo International Convention Centre، in Nasr City، where it witnessed a high turnout from Egyptians since the very beginning. 

CIBF ran from January (26-10،) with the theme for the year is "Soft Power: How?”، and CIBF's Person of the Year is Abdel Rahman al-Sharkawi.

The late Egyptian writer Abdel Rahman al-Sharkawi was chosen as the character of this edition due to his long history of writing about Algeria. He is the scenarist of Djamila Bouhired، in addition to his hundred literary novels، as well as his journalistic long history.

The 49th edition hosted a lot of new activities for the first time، such as establishing theaters، cinema halls and fine arts halls، in addition to increasing the number of books dedicated to children.

It compromised 1194 pavilions along 117 stands to sell the books. The book fair also offered a cultural and artistic program divided into 16 official halls.

In this edition، 27 nations participated in the Book Fair، which included 15 Arab، 10 foreign and 3 African countries، with Algeria as the guest of honor of this edition.

Algeria participated in the exhibition's activities through a number of writers and writers and some 70 publishers، about 10% of Algerian publishers.

In this edition، the number of publishers had reached 867 publishers، including 367 Arab publishers، 9 foreigners، and 3 Africans، 485 Egyptian publishers (7 press organizations and 34 government institutions)

A number of public universities، public، and private institutions had participated in the book fair including Cairo University، Ain Shams University and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology، Cairo University Center for Foreign Languages and Specialized Translation، and others.

A number of organizations are also participated for the first time in the book fair including، Ministry of Education، Technical Education، Ministry of Higher Education، Arab Writers Union، and Emirates Writers Union.

The book fair paid a close attention to the children through a variety of activities offered by the General Egyptian Book Organization، General Authority for Cultural Palaces، National Center For Culture Child، the National Council for Motherhood and Childhood، which organized a daily program entitled “Bus.com”.

The book fair also set a special children's corner dedicated to the names of influential personalities، such as Baba Sharo، Abla Fadliya، Mohammed Fawzi Theater and the late children's author، Magdy Abdel Rahim، which also included artistic and cultural workshops and activities in handicrafts and waste recycling.

City of art and culture

Housing Minister، Dr. Moustafa Madbouli said during his participation in the celebration of the laying of the foundation stone of the new administrative capital، confirmed that the new administrative capital is the first project to be implemented in a timely manner according to the directives of the president to implement various developmental and urban projects with the highest quality.

The city of arts and culture will be implemented in partnership between the Ministries of Defense and Housing and is scheduled to be implemented within 30 months، Madbouli added. 

The city will include a large ballroom accommodates up to 2500 people and equipped with the latest technology، a two-story theater accommodates up to 750 people for special shows، a “pocket theater” accommodates up to 50 people، A cinema studio with satellite connection، three training rooms - a state-of-the-art sound recording studio - Opera History Museum and an open museum of modern art - a library and a central library accommodates up to 6،000 people.

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