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Bringing international literature to the blind

  /  August 20, 2014  /  Culture  /  2 Comments

The nonprofit online magazine Albawtaka Review is translating and recording English audio books into Arabic for Egypt’s blind

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Ministry of Endowments vows to confront extremism, atheism

  /  August 18, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  2 Comments

Endowments and culture ministers say confronting terrorist organisations is common goal

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Enrique Iglesias’s secret to success: ‘I love what I do’

  /  August 7, 2014  /  Culture  /  1 Comment

Daily News Egypt caught up with the superstar Enrique Iglesias at the Mawazine World Rhythms Festival in Rabat, Morocco.

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Viral video shines light on animal abuse at Giza Zoo

  /  August 6, 2014  /  Culture  /  1 Comment

Lack of hygiene, inexperienced staff and a shortage of equipment are only some of the problems at the Giza Zoo, which activists compare to a “concentration camp”

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Egyptian feminists raise awareness of women’s cultural and political role

  /  August 6, 2014  /  Culture  /  No Comments

Feminist groups like the National Council for Women (NCW) are trying to reach their goal by initiating projects to empower women in society and support women in politics.

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Nailed it

  /  August 5, 2014  /  Culture  /  No Comments

Salah, an architect, started constructing artwork with nails after quitting her job three years ago to take care of her newborn boy.

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In Pictures: Playtime in the mausoleum

  /  August 3, 2014  /  Culture  /  1 Comment

Cairo-based nonprofit Al-Athar Lina converts abandoned historical buildings in into community venues that house art, drama, storytelling and English classes for children in poor neighborhoods

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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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Made in Prison

  /  July 24, 2014  /  Lifestyle  /  2 Comments

A dental student arrested during anti-coup protests at Al-Azhar University is making and selling handbags from prison

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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  /  1 Comment

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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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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Exhibit celebrates mobile phone photography

  /  July 16, 2014  /  Culture  /  1 Comment

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

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

  /  July 13, 2014  /  Culture  /  12 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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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  /  5 Comments

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

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Travelling exhibition celebrates prayer, religious tolerance

  /  July 8, 2014  /  Culture  /  4 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  /  11 Comments

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

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Once-leading Red Sea oceanography institute now lifeless

  /  July 2, 2014  /  Tourism  /  8 Comments

Tourism restrictions, legal dispute keep visitors from discovering mermaid mysteries and underwater secrets

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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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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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Ramadan TV series: Political power and control

  /  June 24, 2014  /  Culture  /  No Comments

Two private TV channels decide to ban a TV series criticising a police officer, after showing promos

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Al-Nour chairman accuses culture minister of contradicting constitution

  /  June 22, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  7 Comments

Makhioun condemns culture minister’s statements regarding screening of the movie Noah

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