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‘Where is the Queen?’

  /  July 27, 2014  /  Culture  /  No Comments

Ninth annual Hayy Festival shines light on promising and prominent Arab and African female singers

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Kids search for alternatives to omitted children shows

  /  July 27, 2014  /  Culture  /  1 Comment

After the government pulled programming, children are watching adult series that may expose them to “complex scenes they cannot process”, says AUC professor

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Keeping up with the changing Egyptian Ramadan

  /  July 27, 2014  /  Culture  /  1 Comment

Traditional handmade lanterns, the Mesaharaty, TV shows and charades have become the stuff of memories

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The art of fighting sexual harassment

  /  July 22, 2014  /  Culture  /  1 Comment

“Shout Art Loud,” an interactive web documentary produced by the international non profit “Index on Censorship”, explores how art tackles the topic of sexual harassment in Egypt

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Resurgence of Papyrus plant poses potential ecological benefits

  /  July 22, 2014  /  Culture  /  No Comments

The plant, most famed for its uses in Ancient Egypt as paper, is seeing a resurgence of late due to its environmental benefits

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A survivor of ‘restriction attempts’, Al-Fan Midan receives monthly culture ministry grant

  /  July 20, 2014  /  Culture  /  1 Comment

Just three months after festival organisers were arrested, accused of violating the Protest Law, Al-Fan Midan has secured funding from the Ministry of Culture

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Gamal Abdel Nasser museum to open in 2015

  /  July 20, 2014  /  Culture  /  No Comments

Ministry of Culture to convert former president’s residence into museum displaying furniture, military awards and draft speeches

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With no words, master mime says it all

  /  July 20, 2014  /  Culture  /  1 Comment

Nabil, Egypt’s first pantomime artist, has been ranked among the best 20 pantomime artists in the world.

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In Pictures: Behind the scenes at Khan el-Kahlili

  /  July 17, 2014  /  Culture  /  1 Comment

The streets of Khan el-Kahlili glitter with baubles – necklaces, rings, earrings, broaches – ready for bidding. Where did they come from? Some are imported from China. But others are polished, tooled and set in read the rest…

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‘As if I brought it on myself’

  /  July 16, 2014  /  Culture  /  No Comments

Egyptian women share stories of gender discrimination, harassment, and abuse on BuSSy’s new blog

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Exhibit celebrates mobile phone photography

  /  July 16, 2014  /  Culture  /  No Comments

Photopia selected the photos from more than 1,000 submitted by more than 450 contestants.

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Breaking bread together

  /  July 16, 2014  /  Culture  /  2 Comments

Christian Church is providing free dinner for fasting Muslims each Friday and Saturday during Ramadan

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Post-Revolution, blasphemy convictions increase – and get more personal

  /  July 13, 2014  /  Culture  /  3 Comments

Once reserved for public figures, blasphemy charges now levied between friends and neighbours out of “revenge” against “anyone who has different beliefs than that of the majority”, legal experts say

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Putting a face on the ‘Humans of Cairo’

  /  July 13, 2014  /  Culture  /  No Comments

The photography project is one of hundreds inspired by “Humans of New York”, a Facebook page that features portraits of New Yorkers and personal stories from their lives

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British museum’s plan to sell ancient Egyptian statue under fire

  /  July 9, 2014  /  Culture  /  2 Comments

Egyptian ambassador in London condemns the sale, calling it “unethical”

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From the scraps of violence, artist creates beauty

  /  July 9, 2014  /  Culture  /  No Comments

Ezzat Hamed, Egypt’s first scrap artist, uses ammunition collected during violent clashes between protesters and state security to make motorcycles, bikes, tanks, animals and vases

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Al- Karama Party launches Ramadan cultural salon

  /  July 9, 2014  /  Culture  /  1 Comment

By Youssef Aziz Each Thursday during Ramadan, Al-Karama Party will welcome guests to its Dokki headquarters for a cultural salon featuring Egyptian artists. “Our party is not all about politics,” said Tarek Said, head of read the rest…

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The business of death

  /  July 9, 2014  /  Culture  /  2 Comments

Book review: “Mrs Tsenhor: A Female Entrepreneur in Ancient Egypt”, by Koenraad Donker van Heel

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Anti-FGM activists compromise in the face of cultural obstacles

  /  July 8, 2014  /  Culture  /  1 Comment

72% of FGM procedures in Egypt are conducted by medical professionals, despite World Health Organization opposition

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The cost of giving a street child a home

  /  July 8, 2014  /  Culture  /  2 Comments

Following a controversial Al Masry Al Youm editorial about a Brazilian programme to kill street children, nonprofits share solutions to homelessness that don’t involve getting out the guns

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Travelling exhibition celebrates prayer, religious tolerance

  /  July 8, 2014  /  Culture  /  2 Comments

The six annual Caravan Exhibition, featuring work from 30 Egyptian artists and 18 international artists, seeks to promote religious tolerance and mutual understanding

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Photojournalist captures life in Upper Egypt’s quarries

  /  July 6, 2014  /  Culture  /  3 Comments

More than 20,000 unregistered workers risk life and limb to mine the mountain, often starting work as young as 9 years old

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Mixed media exhibit leaves history open for interpretation

  /  July 6, 2014  /  Culture  /  1 Comment

Artist Taha Belal detaches text and images from their original contexts in newspapers, magazines and books, proposing different narratives

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Landslide leads to Sohag archaeological find

  /  July 6, 2014  /  Culture  /  9 Comments

Well-preserved underground compartment features relief carvings about the first pharaoh of the Middle Kingdom, Mentuhotep II

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Attempt to smuggle pages of ‘Description de l’Égypte’ thwarted: Interior ministry

  /  July 2, 2014  /  Culture  /  No Comments

Ministry of Interior coordinated with Customs Authority to prevent smuggling some series of the book to an Arab country

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Young political cartoonists use symbols to fight ‘red lines’

  /  July 1, 2014  /  Culture  /  1 Comment

Since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, cartoonist say it has become more taboo to draw the country’s leaders in an unflattering light

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Tough topics, drawn out

  /  July 1, 2014  /  Culture  /  No Comments

Internet cartoonist Islam Gawish tackles critical public issues with satire and good humour

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Street art goes highbrow

  /  June 29, 2014  /  Culture  /  1 Comment

New downtown Cairo art space, Heytan, seeks to celebrate and propagate street art

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Picture refugee life in Egypt

  /  June 29, 2014  /  Culture  /  No Comments

New photo exhibit illustrates the daily challenges facing refugees in Egypt

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Handcrafting Ramadan

  /  June 25, 2014  /  Culture  /  No Comments

  Sunrays filter through rows of glass Ramadan lanterns, spraying colour over the narrow alley in Al-Darb Al-Ahmar. People view the displayed lanterns with admiration as they walk by, but only a few negotiations with read the rest…

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