Culture – Daily News Egypt https://www.dailynewsegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Mon, 18 Feb 2019 20:33:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Egypt retrieves ancient Egyptian gilded coffin smuggled in 2011 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/18/egypt-retrieves-ancient-egyptian-gilded-coffin-smuggled-in-2011/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/18/egypt-retrieves-ancient-egyptian-gilded-coffin-smuggled-in-2011/#respond Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:00:11 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690191 Relic retrieved from Metropolitan Museum after investigation

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   Egypt announced on Sunday retrieving a gilded coffin, that was smuggled from Egypt in 2011, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York.

The coffin belongs to Nedjemankh, who was the priest of the ram-god Heryshef, dubbed the ruler of the riverbank.

Metropolitan Museum bought the coffin from someone who showed them an antiquities trading licence in 1971, when relics trade was authorised.

The relics trade was prohibited after issuing the Antiquities Protection Law in 1983.

The museum stated that the seller’s licence was found fake, prompting it to investigate the case that lasted for 20 months during which Egypt has proven its ownership of the coffin. Based on the discovered evidence, the Manhattan District Attorney proved Egypt’s ownership of the coffin and stressed on the importance of returning it.

The museum’s president and CEO, Daniel Weiss, told The New York Times, “After we learned that the museum was a victim of fraud and unwittingly participated in the illegal trade of antiquities, we worked with the District Attorney’s office for its return to Egypt. The nation of Egypt has been a strong partner of the museum’s for over a century.”

Supervisor General of Antiquities Ministry’s Antiquities Repatriation Department, Shaaban Abdel Gawad, told local media outlet, Al-Ahram Online, that “the museum’s president also sent on Saturday the museum’s apologies to the Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El-Enany, and to Egyptians.”

Once it returns home, the coffin is to be shortly displayed at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, before it will be relocated later to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) to be one of the 50,000 showcased relics.

The coffin was not the only antiquity to be smuggled from the country in 2011.

In 2016, Egypt retrieved two ancient tombs from Israel that date to the Greco-Roman era. The tombs were discovered to be smuggled from Egypt during the unrest that followed the 25th January 2011 Revolution.

Egyptian authorities received the tombs after they were informed about them by Israeli authorities, that found them in a public auction in Jerusalem. The tombs were set to be displayed at the Egyptian Museum after undergoing restoration, as Abdel Gawad told local media outlets at the time.

Abdel Gawad previously stated that in the last two years, Egypt has retrieved over 1,000 smuggled artefacts, from several countries in the past two years, including 586 items that were returned in 2017.

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People You May Know: exhibition daringly reflects Egyptian society’s relationships https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/18/people-you-may-know-exhibition-daringly-reflects-egyptian-societys-relationships/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/18/people-you-may-know-exhibition-daringly-reflects-egyptian-societys-relationships/#respond Mon, 18 Feb 2019 12:00:18 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690189 Marriage, process of objectifying women in Egypt, regardless of the life she’ll have afterwards, says artist

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“This is an exhibition about us, and the people surrounding us. There’s no way people would walk into this room without finding themselves, or at least someone they know and can get to know in it,” with these words, veteran controversial artist Waleed Ebeid welcomes his guests into his latest exhibition, People You May Know.

At Zamalek’s Art Talks Gallery, Ebeid’s portraits do more than just talk: they scream loudly the silent voice depicted in every scene he captured with his brushes and colours. From naked women with daring bedazzled gazes, to fierce looks of rebellious women. The exhibition takes people behind closed doors, revealing humans’ unrevealed emotions in relationships.

“Reflecting relationships and humans feelings in a dramatic form has been my school for a long time. I believe it is the core of art, and they way we connect to our surrounding society,” Ebeid told Daily News Egypt.

Through his 27 showcased portraits, Ebeid mostly featured the complication of the way women are viewed in Egyptian society.

In what many believe to be a daring, sometimes shocking way; nudity took a large space in Ebeid’s latest exhibitions, yet all in a sentimental, heart-touching way.

At the entrance of the hall, visitors are welcomed with the large portrait titled, Pimp, in which a women are featured seated desperately, with agonised gazes looking toward the ground, while a featureless alleged decent man is seated next to her on a couch in what seems to be a bathroom.

From Ebeid’s point of view, relationships do not appear in the same context they are in real life. He explained that such a painting does not necessarily mean the woman is a prostitute, nonetheless, she is a women under the control of a male.

“No matter how desperate a woman is showcased in any of my paintings, I make sure she does not seem a victim of her circumstances, she is always strong, even if she is broken,” he pointed out.

One of the closest portrait’s to Ebeid’s heart is Fake Love, in which he features a couple sleeping in one bed, yet each is looking at his cell phone, with a cracked wall behind them. The portrait features a normal scene of many people’s lives, presents the distorted relationships people have been living for a long time.

The virtual life people have on social media which “distorted the intimacy of the true emotions they have in real life” was the trigger that led Ebeid toward drawing this painting.

“This is the life of most couples nowadays. It’s like the intimacy escaped their daily routine when virtual life invaded. Hence, women are also the most affected partner. As seen in the portrait, the man stares aimlessly, the woman looks with pain in her eyes,” he added.

Reflecting the reality of marriage could not have been completed without digging deep into the begining of it.

Through The Highest Price Portrait, Ebeid captured a beautiful young woman being offered to a man, seducing him into paying the highest possible price to win her.

“This is the reality of marriage nowadays and no one can deny that. It’s all about whether the groom can pay more or not, regardless of his social background, personal beliefs or life goals. Marriage is a process of objectifying women in Egypt, to tolerate the life she’ll have afterwards,” he concluded.

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Authorities detain figures accused of smuggling Egyptian artefacts to Italy https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/17/authorities-detain-figures-accused-of-smuggling-egyptian-artefacts-to-italy/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/17/authorities-detain-figures-accused-of-smuggling-egyptian-artefacts-to-italy/#respond Sun, 17 Feb 2019 10:30:42 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690070 Brother of former finance minister, former Italian consul accused of smuggling 195 artefacts, 21,660 coins

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Following the case of the smuggled artefacts which Egypt retrieved last July, the Prosecutor General, Nabil Sadek, ordered the detaining of Raouf Botros Ghaly, the brother of the former Minister of Finance, Youssef Botros Ghaly, for 15 days pending investigations.

The Prosecutor General accused Ghaly, along with another diplomat, of illegally smuggling 195 artefacts, and 21,660 coins, which were not documented at the ministry of antiquities, in a diplomatic bag which was caught at Salerno Costa D’Amalfi Airport in May 2017.

Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced last May that the Egyptian Embassy in Rome was informed by the Italian authorities of the seizure of a large number of artefacts, including 118 Egyptian pieces which belong to different historical eras from the ancient Egyptian civilisation to the Islamic era.

According to the BBC, the former Italian consul in Egypt was the diplomat involved in smuggling the artefacts. Sadek also ordered freezing the assets of the consul and his wife, as evidences prove their involvement in the case.   

The Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ayman Mesharafa, met at the time with the acting Italian ambassador to Egypt, Stefano Catani, and requested the name of the passenger whom the bag was seized with. Yet, the name was never announced to the public.

Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs previously stated in a press release that the Italian authorities informed Egypt 10 months after the seize, which raised deep concerns from the Egyptian government toward the reasons.

Nonetheless, the situation was reversed when the Egyptian authorities retrieved the antiquities in July, as the ministry of antiquities expressed nothing but its deep gratitude for the help of the Italian authorities in assisting in returning the relics back to their home within a short period of time.

Moustafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told local media outlets at the time that the return of the antiquities in such a “short time period” is due to the support received from the Italian authorities, unlike the usual time spent in similar cases, which usually takes up to five years.

“The return of the artefacts was executed in an unprecedentedly short period after the Italian authorities reported the incident to the Egyptian counterparts,” Waziri told Ahram Online.

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Hepta: The Last Lecture goes international with Indian remake https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/17/hepta-the-last-lecture-goes-international-with-indian-remake/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/17/hepta-the-last-lecture-goes-international-with-indian-remake/#respond Sun, 17 Feb 2019 10:00:37 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690066 Film takes audience into seven stages of love

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Within a short period of time after its release in theaters, Hepta: The Last Lecture remained a number one hit on the silver screen for months. The film was taking over the cinema halls, leaving extremely a little competition space for other films. Yet, this was not the film’s last stage of success.

Completing a long chain of success, the film will have an international twist, as the Indian production company, Bayview Projects, has acquired the remake rights of the romantic hit from its Egyptian production company.

The film was based on a top selling novel of the same name, written by Mohammed Sadeq, and directed by Hady El-Bagoury.

Through its plot, the film takes audience into the seven stages of love, since it starts with a sparkle, going through its struggles.

“When I saw Hepta: The Last Lecture, I decided to remake the film in Indian language to share it with the Indian audience. I strongly believe that this is only the beginning and we shall soon be seeing films from Egypt and India being remade in respective language. I am sure in the years to come we shall soon have Indo-Egyptian co-productions,” said the Indian producer Boney Kapoor.

He believes that India and Egypt have been strongly influencing each other’s culture, art, and architecture since ancient times.

The Indian production company is known to be leading at producing award winning films in India and international film festivals, including Manish Jha’s Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women which won the FIPRESCI Award in the Venice International Film Festival 2003, Judaai (1997), No Entry (2005), and Wanted (2009), which broke multiple box office records in India.

Even before its remake, Hepta: The Last Lecture collected many awards in different film festivals, including 10 awards at the Arabian Cinema Awards (ACA), six awards in the 65th Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival, four awards from Dear Guest Magazine (DG Awards), and the Audience award in the Arabian Sights Film Festival in Washington.

The agreement took place on the sidelines of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.

The film’s Egyptian producer Hani Osama attributed the film’s huge success internationally to its attracting story. “Hepta, as a novel, had a certain universal appeal that gave the film its phenomenal success. The Egyptian film managed to become the highest-grossing romantic film in the history of Egyptian cinema. I’m positive that the Indian audience will like the remake,” he explained.

The agreement comes a few days after the film’s crew announced they are launching a sequel to the film.

The film’s crew included Amr Youssef, Maged El Kedwany, Ahmed Malek, Ahmed Dawood, Dina El Sherbiny, Yasmine Raeis, Jamila Awad, Hany Adel, and Ahmed Bedeir.

 

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Remembering popular Arab romance stories on Valentine’s Day https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/14/remembering-popular-arab-romance-stories-on-valentines-day/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/14/remembering-popular-arab-romance-stories-on-valentines-day/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:00:53 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689895 As Valentine’s Day knocks on the door, the world celebrates the red day with expressing their affectionate towards their partners. Decades before the love day was internationally recognised, the Arab world see iconic stories of loving couples whom endearment remained unforgettable over the years and even inherited across generations. Those love tales, which were written …

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As Valentine’s Day knocks on the door, the world celebrates the red day with expressing their affectionate towards their partners. Decades before the love day was internationally recognised, the Arab world see iconic stories of loving couples whom endearment remained unforgettable over the years and even inherited across generations. Those love tales, which were written in books, became bedtime stories, like Romeo and Juliet.

On Valentine’s Day, Daily News Egypt recalls most famous Arab romance stories, which occurred in different times and places.

Antarah and Abla

Antarah ibn Shadad was a pre-Islam Arab knight. He was known for his physical strength and courage shown in wars, however he was seen as incompatible lover of his cousin Abla. Ibn Shadad wrote several love poems for Abla, repetitively stating that his beloved princess drew him to the edge of losing his sanity, invading his soul and mind. 

Antarah’s mother, Zabūba, was told to be a princess that was took into slavery by his father at one of the wars his tribe waged on hers. Being a son of a slave, Antrah was also looked at as a slave warrior, which prevented the two lovers from getting married.

The best of Antarah’s poems were written during wars he had to join to prove his courage.

Abla’s dowry was a 100 rare bird species which forced Antarah to travel for long miles and get in several troubles across his journey. Yet, he managed to return home with the required dowry.

Antrah was named as an honourable knight after helping his tribe to win several wars that were believed to be impossible to win.

It was never told for sure if the couple has married or not. Some narratives said that Antarah’s father approved their marriage after he was declared a knight and brought the impossible dowry. Other narratives said the marriage never took place and Abla was forced to marry someone else despite her declared love to Antarah.

However, the romance of Antarah and Abla remains the most famous in the history of Arab world.

Qays and Layla

Dubbed as Layla’s Majnun (enchanted lover), Qays ibn al-Mulawwah was a poet who was born and lived at the Arab Peninsula. Since he was just a boy, Qays fell in love with Layla Al-Ameriah who was also a well-known poet at the time. Growing up together, Qays and Layla were very close and spent most of their time in cattle care. His poems showed how he fell in love with Layla from the first sight since they were little children. 

At a certain age, the young lovers were separated from each other.

Missing his times with his beloved girl, Qays started writing poems about her beauty and the time they spent together. His poems soon went viral, reaching her father.      

After spending years gathering her dowry, which was 50 rare camel species that are known to be extremely expensive, Layla’s father refused his marriage proposal as Arab traditions said a man can never marry the women he writes love poems about.

The historical love story is known for its tragedy. Layla was forced to marry another man and travelled far away.

Afterwards, Qays roamed remote areas in the Arab Peninsula, where lived in uninhabited areas with desert animals.

Until he died, Qays wrote nothing but poems about his broken heart.

  

   

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Titian's reboot of Renaissance painting in Venice https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/13/titians-reboot-of-renaissance-painting-in-venice/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/13/titians-reboot-of-renaissance-painting-in-venice/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:42:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689858 The post Titian's reboot of Renaissance painting in Venice appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Titian was initially seen as an upstart in 16th-century Venice, but today he’s considered a innovator who changed art history. An exhibition at Frankfurt’s Städel museum shows the trail he blazed and its broader impact.There are some artists who manage time and again to excite not only their viewing public but also fellow artists, both contemporary and future. Titian is one of them, with praise extending from his Venetian contemporaries to 20th century artists such as Gerhard Richter and Lucian Freud.

Today, Titian is considered an innovator in the history of painting, but in Venice of the late 15th and early 16th century, he was an ambitious upstart. He was likely born in 1477 in a Dolomite village. After arriving in Venice at the age of 10, he came under the tutelage of the era's star Venetian painter, Giovanni Bellini.

In the 16th century, Venice was overflowing with wealth. The city-state was a bustling center of commerce for traders from all over Europe and the Mediterranean, and rich Venetian nobles splashed the cash to beautify their city, often commissioning painters from well regarded artists.

Titian ascends with Assumption of the Virgin

Titian rose to prominence in 1516-18 with his spectacular altar painting in the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Measuring 24-square meters, Assumption of the Virgin features figures that are much larger-than-life: Mary looks up towards God in the heavens, while the Apostles below her watch her rise.

The altarpiece caused a commotion and set new standards in painting. Titian's contemporary, the art theorist Lodovico Dolce, praised it for "perfect coloring." Word even spread to Rome, though Titian wouldn't visit the city until 1545.

While the altar painting hangs today in the basilica for which it created, many of Titian's other works can be seen in a new exhibition. "Titian and the Renaissance in Venice," at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, features around 20 of his works. Featured alongside are works by his teacher Giovanni Bellini and his contemporaries Jacopo Tintoretto (1515-1594) and Paolo Veronese (1528-1588).

Tintoretto and Veronese, both younger than Titian, were influenced by their predecessor. Yet the three of them often found themselves in competition with one another, which drove them to excel and outperform their rivals.

The exhibition is curated into eight thematic areas that focus on specific characteristics typical of Venetian painting in the 16th century.

Charging into new artistic territory

The works by Titian include portraits and landscapes, as well as mythological and religious scenes. His versatility and readiness to experiment are highlighted particularly well by his portraits, whether they're of groups or children, magistrates or humanists, or even emperors. Titian's painting of Emperor Charles V astride a horse is considered to be one of his finest paintings, and it also helped established a new genre, the grand equestrian portrait.

Over the course of his life, Titian grew increasingly freer in his use of color, with the tones of some late works seeming almost impressionistic to a modern audience's eye. The line as a form of delineation also grew increasingly indistinct. His 1536 painting, The Venus of Urbino, which depicts a reclining nude, shows his refined ability to dissolve the contours of objects. The painting, a benchmark of art history, inspired many subsequent painters up through modernity, including notably Edouard Manet, who modeled his own portrait Olympia (1863) on Titian's work.

Portraiture becomes a distinct genre

Titian helped elevate portraiture to a genre in its own right. He was a prominent figure in Venice who hobnobbed with the rich and powerful. While his artistic predecessors and contemporaries placed great value on the realistic representation of a subject and his or her clothes, Titian limited such staging of the individual.

His motto at the time was less is more; in letting go of strict representation, artistic attention could be turned to the essential. Titian focused on human expression: the gaze, the gesture of the hand, body posture. The results are timeless works that communicate beyond the canvas.

Inventing a fresh color palette

Color takes on a special significance. Titian's red is magical, dark and regal. He was supposedly impressed by the red-dyed hair of the Venetian courtesans who served as his models. The term "Titian Red" later arose to describe such hair color.

Titian's color palette changed significantly over the course of his 80 years as a painter. Living in the great market city of Venice gave Titian access to rare color ingredients, such as lapis lazuli for brilliant blues. The mythological Roman god Bacchus and the Greek princess Ariadne appeared in blues and pinks in a 1523 painting depicting the pair, while dark, subdued tones dominated Titian's later works.

Titian painted up to the very end of his life. He died around age 89 of a plague that spread through Venice.

In Frankfurt, visitors can experience Titian not as a solitary artist but as someone embedded in the artistic landscape of his era, someone who was influenced by the people and places around him and who, in turn, went on to influence many others.

The exhibition "Titian and the Renaissance in Venice" is on show at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt from February 13 through May 26.

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Roman-Ptolemaic maintenance workshop unearthed in North Sinai https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/12/roman-ptolemaic-maintenance-workshop-unearthed-in-north-sinai/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/12/roman-ptolemaic-maintenance-workshop-unearthed-in-north-sinai/#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 18:42:20 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689693 An ancient Roman-Ptolemaic maintenance workshop which was used to repair ships during this era was discovered in Til Abu Sefi, North Sinai, the Ministry of Antiquities announced on Tuesday. The workshop was found to be built of bricks. The archaeological site used to be a well-known Roman city called Abu-Sila.  Moustafa Waziri, secretary-general of the …

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An ancient Roman-Ptolemaic maintenance workshop which was used to repair ships during this era was discovered in Til Abu Sefi, North Sinai, the Ministry of Antiquities announced on Tuesday.

The workshop was found to be built of bricks. The archaeological site used to be a well-known Roman city called Abu-Sila. 

Moustafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, stated that the workshop included several shipyards to build and maintain vessels. The biggest shipyard was located eastern the workshop. The biggest shipyard’s two walls were unearthed with a six-metre width shipyard. The aisle where the ships were used to be dragged inside to be repaired was found 25 metres long.

Nadia Khedr, head of the Central Department of Sea Antiquities, added that most of the gear bricks the workshop was built of, were ripped off their original place to be used else wise. Khedr explained that this happened ages after the Roman era, when the residents found that the marina was no longer used due to the drying of the River Nile at that era.

She added that remains of decayed wood sticks were also found, and the mission did not detect whether they belong to an ancient vessel or they were used in the maintenance process.

Bronze and steel nails were also unearthed in different sizes and shapes, which are believed to be used in repairing giant ships.

The discoveries come in the second season of the excavation mission. Among the discoveries, there were also remains of some types of fish known to live only in the Nile as it used to pass by the site at the time. Moreover, pottery pots were also found at the archaeological site, some of them were detected to be made in Egypt and others were found to be exported.

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When Dreams Call for Silence: exhibition digging into human inner peace https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/12/when-dreams-call-for-silence-exhibition-digging-into-human-inner-peace/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/12/when-dreams-call-for-silence-exhibition-digging-into-human-inner-peace/#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:00:58 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689642 ‘Artwork comes as a result of grappling with silence, for months I dug deep inside my soul, struggling to find quietness,’ says artist

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Mark Stevens once said, “One of the best things about paintings is their silence, which prompts reflection and random reverie”. Stepping inside the Margo Veillon Gallery hall at its first exhibition feels like a leap into a peaceful and a calming world, where people are only surrounded with portraits, sculptures, music, quietness, and peace. Each of the art pieces resemble a dream, and a call for silence.

When ‘Dreams Call for Silence’ is one of the two exhibitions which the Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) is welcoming its visitors with. The art collection came alive by the artist Huda Lutfi.

For the first time in 20 years, the American University in Cairo (AUC) is featuring the work of Lutfi as an artist, rather than an art professor who has been teaching at the university for nearly 25 years.

With 42 art pieces, varied between paintings, sculptures, and installations, Lutfi takes visitors into the journey of looking into one’s inner soul, and how he/she connects to the outer world.

The exhibition is a combination between Sufism, Pharaonic art, and surrealism which are reflected in the the various types of the showcased artwork.

Lutfi’s artwork cannot help but force one to dig deep into the soul, “as seeking quietness and silence never seem to find a place in the human nature,” Lutfi stated.

“This art work comes as a result of grappling with silence. For months I dug deep inside my soul, struggling to find quietness,” Lutfi told Daily News Egypt.

“I believe silence is the hardest phase anyone can reach,” Lutfi added, “Even in our sleep, supposedly the state when we are silent the most, dreams invade them with actions, movements, sounds and feelings. The moment we mostly seek to have are the quiet moments, when silence prevails.”

The portraits dig deep into people’s inner space, through touching their minds, beliefs, and ideologies. Lutfi believes that the showcased artwork takes visitors into their deepest fear, which is silence.

“We always grapple with silence because we are afraid of it. Although we love deep sleep, where silence is beautifying the present, yet we still have these dreams which interrupt the silence,” she explained.

The paintings portray the interior spaces which fill the souls of humans. The exhibition also offers a video animation, which depicts the marching figures, echoing Pharaonic imagery. From Lutfi’s point of view, the animation video is a modernised format of Sufi enchantments. The animation video is a repetitiveness of the photographs captured by her, playing religious soundtracks, made by the veteran Italian music composer, Antonio Vivaldi.

For a year and a half of work, Lufti reflected her feelings of pursuing silence and peace. “There is a stillness, a calm in the images,” Lutfi explains. “The mood is one of reflection and silent contemplation,” she said.

One of the paintings, titled the last gaze, features a human being looking heart ached and broken with empty gazes clutched towards the back.

With eyes full of tears, Lutfi could not hold her floating tears, expressing that death is all what she was thinking about when she was drawing it. In her portrait, Lutfi presented the link which connects death with peace and calmness.

“I could not help but think whether I will look the same when I have the final look before I depart. As much as death brings the always sought quietness, yet it frightens me,” she sobbingly explained.

Within the same path, was the displayed bag filled with timeworn and broken dolls, which resemble the human life circle, and the bodies’ decomposition after death.

Combining between the past and the feature, while linking them to present, was one of the most remarkable talents which attracted the exhibition curator, Shiva Balaghi, the senior advisor to the provost and the AUC President for the Arts and Cultural Programmes, into the work of Lutfi.

Balaghi states that Lutfi’s artwork shows how can someone be sitting at home with his/her own thoughts, bringing the dreams and memories of both the future and the past together, and the way it shapes the present.

When Dreams Call for Silence, along with Bent El-Nil (The Daughter of the Nile) are the two exhibitions which will be presented during the opening of the first phase of the TCC.

Balaghi recalled that moment when she had to choose an artist to showcase her art work at the opening exhibition of the TCC, which also came in parallel with AUC’s centennial celebrations, Lutfi was the one who popped in her mind, without any other competitors.

“I knew her for 15 years, we are both historians and I know how talented she is. I believe Lutfi is, currently, at the peak of her artistic creativity. She has something to say which people who live in Cairo can understand, and also the charm of delivering the same message to those who have never been to Egypt before,” Balaghi said.

She also believes that Lutfi is an artist who manages to “balance between the local and the global, which manages to get her message delivered to all humans.”

The exhibition was intended to have the least amount of words written on the walls near the portraits. Balaghi explained that as a curator, she aimed to provide each visitor with a chance to see the art, without being directed to deliver it in a certain way.

“It is meant for individuals to see and sense the featured art for themselves, each to receive a message of their own,” she finally added.

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Researchers reveal oldest fossilised traces of motility on Earth https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/11/researchers-reveal-oldest-fossilised-traces-of-motility-on-earth/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/11/researchers-reveal-oldest-fossilised-traces-of-motility-on-earth/#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 20:29:04 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689568 Deposits allowed researchers to re-date appearance of multi-cellular life on earth to 2.1bn years

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The oldest fossilised traces of motility were revealed by an international multi-disciplinary team of researchers in a new research.

According to the study published in PNAS on Monday, the new evidence is 2.1bn years old, while the previous remnants were dated to 570m years ago.

The new evidence was discovered by Abderrazak El Albani and his team at the Institut de Chimie des Milieux et Matériaux de Poitiers (CNRS/Université de Poitiers), in a fossil deposit in Gabon, where the oldest multicellular organisms have already been found.

The deposits, which were located in the Franceville Basin, allowed researchers to re-date the appearance of multi-cellular life on earth to 2.1bn years-approximately 1.5bn years earlier than previously thought (600m).

Findings of the study showed that this rich biodiversity has occurred in the same time with a peak in dioxygenation of the atmosphere, and developed in a calm and shallow marine environment.

The team revealed the existence of fossilised traces of motility in this same geological deposit next to fossilised microbial biofilms, which formed carpets between the superficial sedimentary layers. This shows that certain multicellular organisms in this primitive marine ecosystem were sophisticated enough to move through its mud, rich in organic matter.

Using the 3D with X-ray computed micro-tomography, a non-destructive imaging technique, the researchers analysed and reconstructed the traces.

“The more or less sinuous structures are tubular, of a generally consistent diameter of a few millimetres, and run through fine layers of sedimentary rock. Geometrical and chemical analysis reveals that they are biological in origin, and appeared at the same time the sediment was deposited,” according to the research.

Researchers believe that the organisms behind this phenomenon moved in search of nutritive elements and the dioxygen, both produced by cyanobacteria.

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You don’t often see cowboy boots in Berlin. But when DW’s Sertan Sanderson heard the German capital had an annual country music festival, he grabbed the chance to dust off his pair and do a little Western line dancing.Every year in February for one weekend, the northwest Berlin suburb of Wittenau becomes Germany's capital of country. Thousands of country-music fans flock to the Fontane House cultural center, where the annual Country Music Meeting (CMM) offers an exhibition area of 4,500 square meters (48,400 square feet) and four stages showcasing country music acts.

The event bills itself as "the pilgrimage site of country music in Europe" and includes musical performances covering the spectrum of country sound, including country rock, bluegrass, Cajun, and southern rock, to name a few.

It's clear that people take the CMM pretty seriously. Many wear top-of-the-line Stetson cowboy hats, real cowboy boots from the USA, leather jackets with plentiful fringe. Some of the ladies go the whole hog with frilly dresses and petticoats that seem to have jumped straight out of the 19th century.

In the maze-like corridors and passages of the Fontane House, exhibitors are selling everything from country music CDs to boots and western jewelry. There's a merchandise stand to gladden every cowboy heart and complete the perfect Wild-West outfit.

We're not in Kansas any more…

Every year, country fans come from all over Germany, and even from neighboring countries, to visit this country-music extravaganza, dance the two-step and belt along to Johnny Cash songs at the top of their lungs.

Anita Geisendorfer has come here to kick up her heels, traveling all the way from Bavaria in Germany's south. And she's certainly dressed for the occasion. I feel distinctly underdressed, my cowboy boots being my only concession to the style of the day.

"During the year we go to many similar events," says Geisendorfer, a country music convert who's spent the last ten years traveling all over Germany and meeting up with other country fans. It's obvious she's in her element. "Germany has a massive country scene," she says, as she straightens the ruffles on her dress.

"In Bavaria we're used to getting dressed up to fit with different kinds of music. We also wear dirndls," she explains, referring to a traditional dress for women that is commonly associated outside of Germany with Oktoberfest and its blaring brass bands.

Read more: Germany's Oktoberfest gets underway in Munich

Folk music on another level

On the main stage, the Swedish band Sentiment Falls is rocking the crowd with their contemporary country sounds. The audience seems to be enjoying it, some spontaneously breaking out their best line-dance moves. One could be almost be at a barn dance or a country hoedown in Alabama. But instead of spicy spare ribs and juicy steaks, the culinary offerings are limited to well-known German classics: currywurst and large doughy pretzels. At least the Jack Daniels is flowing freely.

At one of the stands outside the auditorium, a band calling themselves The Forgotten Sons of Ben Cartwright are on the stump. The group comes from Lower Saxony, but its name alludes to the 1960s American western TV show Bonanza. They play cover versions of country golden oldies to tug at audience heartstrings. The fun factor is the band's driving force, says Kay Dee Cartwright, one of the founders of the band.

"We're a country party band, and we play music that people like to dance to and to listen to when they party," he says. "In a way, country music is a form of folk music. But German folk music doesn't really speak to us, so we like to lean more towards America."

Read more: Winnetou: Why so many Germans fell in love with the unrealistic 'Indian'

'An unloved stepchild'

Marion Freier feels the same way. She's one of the organizers of the the CMM and a fully fledged country fan. The event manager and DJ has spent months planning this three-day event with her team. For the 56-year-old, country is more than just music or work; it's a complete lifestyle.

"Country music is one of the few music types that you can really listen to all day, without getting aggressive, because it's very complex," says Freier. "There are rock influences, acoustic elements, there's something fast in there, and then there's also slower moments."

Freier emphasizes that she believes country also has a legitimate home in Europe.

"Country music is also very much loved in Europe. Only a very few people know that, because the media treats the genre like an unloved stepchild," says Freier. "There are an amazing number of live music events, clubs, line-dancing clubs and courses. And that's not just in Germany but across the whole of Europe — it's very big in Scandinavia, Great Britain, the Benelux countries. One just has to know where to find it."

But, with 30-year-old country singer Kacey Musgrave recently roping the 2019 Grammy Award for album of the year, perhaps it's a sign that the genre is beginning to reach wider audiences, especially outside the US.

American Dream

Freier, who particularly enjoys the music of country superstar George Strait, admits that she has only enjoyed her American passion from the other side of the Atlantic.

"I have worked with many, many musicians from the United States here in Germany. But I haven't managed to travel over there," she says.

Next year will be the tenth year of the CMM. Maybe that will be the trigger for Freier to finally make the pilgrimage to the USA. She wants to visit the home of country music, Nashville, Tennessee, and also to travel around Texas.

But meanwhile, German country-music fans don't need a passport or a visa to live tout their American dreams. They're happy to have it all at home, surrounded by their mother tongue, and ready seasoned according to the German palate.

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The Daughter of the Nile: The TCC’s women empowering exhibition https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/11/the-daughter-of-the-nile-the-tccs-women-empowering-exhibition/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/11/the-daughter-of-the-nile-the-tccs-women-empowering-exhibition/#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:30:44 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689496 While most of the females during the middle of the 20th century cared the most about establishing a house of their own and being crowned with the social label of being a good housewife, Doria Shafik, an Egyptian poet, fought for her peers to have an equivalent life to men, including the right to vote. …

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While most of the females during the middle of the 20th century cared the most about establishing a house of their own and being crowned with the social label of being a good housewife, Doria Shafik, an Egyptian poet, fought for her peers to have an equivalent life to men, including the right to vote. Rebelling against all the social restrictions and taboos, her revolutionary fight ended with her wining what was once believed an impossible war, guaranteeing females their rights, and stating those rights in the Constitution.

In its first public art exhibition, the TCC hosted Bent El-Nil (

), an art exhibition by Sherine Guirguis which aims to honour the memory of Shafik.

The Daughter of the Nile is one of the two exhibitions which the TCC opened its doors do for its first time in order to welcome the visitors, along with ‘When Dreams Call for Silence’, by the artist Huda Lotfy.

In her first exhibitions ever taking place in Cairo, Guirguis honoured the memory of the Egyptian icon, through a number of abstract art portraits, featuring the remarkable achievements which marked Shafik’s journey, with alluring bright colours painted on a white background.

“It all started when I read Shafik’s name on a small note written in a book on feminism movements in Egypt. Digging more into her history, I discovered that Shafik revolutionised women’s status in Egypt. Nonetheless, her work was forgotten and very few people know about her,” Guirguis told DNE.

Shafik captured Guirguis’s heart with her strength, which was covered by her womanly elegance, charming look, and peaceful eyes. She was shocked with the fact that history tells few information about her, with almost scarce sources on her life.

“My passion as an artist is to dig into history, places, and people who were forgotten. That is what attracted me the most to this inspiring woman, which lead me to have my first exhibition in Egypt about her,” Guirguis added.

The artist also believes that her exhibition is a window to open a conversation about the history of feminism in Egypt and the Middle East, bringing back the shining figures who faded over the years, as people got caught in modern struggles which brought people a different aspect of the definition of  feminism.

The exhibitions showcase some of Shafik’s rare publications, chronicled at the AUC library, as well as few rare pictures of Shafik’s famous march which demanded women’s rights to vote, which are all shown in Guirguis’ drawn portraits. 

The exhibition is named after Shafik’s feminist organisation, Bent El-Nil, which was also the name of the journal she published throughout her life. 

With dozens of portraits at the exhibition, almost none of them features Shafik with her human features or looks for people to recognise her. Instead, the portraits depict various shapes of flowers, which are simply drawn and coloured with various vibrant colours.

When she was asked about it, Guirguis explained that it was due to her belief that “How we look gets in the way of what we see, which was a part of Shafik’s story.”

“There were several times when Shafik’s beauty and elegance got in the way of her accomplishments, as she was always perceived with a typical eastern look,” Guirguis explained, adding, “For me, making an exhibition about her was not about depicting her physical features. However, it was more of me honouring her work through portraits which I believe translate her poems and art work.”

As an artist, Guirguis believes that abstract art allows her to talk about people’s accomplishments in the world, regardless what they look like.

The bright colours drawn at the portraits are a combination of Guirguis’ eastern culture, where she comes from, and the Western lifestyle, as she spent almost all of her life in a western country. The portraits’ selected colours were inspired by Shafik’s life details.

“Shafik talked about the Nile River in most of her poems. She was also frequently photographed alongside it, so the colour blue was one of the most applied colours in my paintings,” Guirguis explained.

From her point of view, bright colours resemble the life of a woman who fought in public to guarantee women’s rights, yet she was never accredited for it in history.

“Unlike Huda Shaarawy, who fought for women’s right inside the house, Shafik roamed the streets. The motifs were all about the colours of public places, which are vibrant and bright,” she pointed out.

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Tahrir Cultural Centre to revive Egypt’s art scene https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/11/tahrir-cultural-centre-to-revive-egypts-art-scene/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/11/tahrir-cultural-centre-to-revive-egypts-art-scene/#respond Sun, 10 Feb 2019 22:48:11 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689490 For 100 years, The American University in Cairo (AUC) has been an educational hub which brought the world some of the most prominent intellectuals, as well as has been a home to several hardworking and world-changing figures who managed to reshape Egypt’s modern history in the different fields. The long-established university celebrated its centennial on …

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For 100 years, The American University in Cairo (AUC) has been an educational hub which brought the world some of the most prominent intellectuals, as well as has been a home to several hardworking and world-changing figures who managed to reshape Egypt’s modern history in the different fields. The long-established university celebrated its centennial on Saturday, with inaugurating the city’s most developed cultural platform with the latest modern facilities, which is the Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC).

Funded by the prominent businessperson, Naguib Sawiris, AUC’s TCC is currently Cairo’s biggest hub for cinema, theatre, music, and arts.

“This is not an investment. I invested money in the centre without expecting anything in return,” Sawiris told Daily News Egypt (DNE).

Driven by his passion for the arts, which stemmed from his visits to AUC’s Ewart Memorial Hall to watch his favourite bands playing music, and sometimes a movie, Sawiris funded the AUC’s TCC, turning it into a captivating and a well-equipped centre.

Moreover, Sawiris stressed that investment in cultural hubs is a significantly required step from non-governmental organisations. “Whether it is a donation or an investment, it is needed!” he added.

Despite stating that his work at the centre was limited to “renovating the buildings, and assigning the management of the cultural centre,” he is expecting that the TCC will revive theatre, art, and music. He explained that the TCC will also be “a hub for young and upcoming musical bands.”

During his speech at the opening ceremony of the event, Sawiris stated that funding the TCC is his way of showing gratitude for the AUC, for providing Egypt with the most qualified cadres whom his organisations instantly hire. He also stressed on the role which culture plays in shaping the younger generations as much as education does.

‘Nothing promotes a country more than its youth, and nothing can educate youth as much as culture does,” he explained.

From his side, AUC’s President, Francis J Ricciardone, stated that the AUC is dedicated to revive all the parts of arts and culture in Egypt through the establishment of the TCC. 

Noteworthy, the first phase of the TCC will have a space for six art exhibitions.

“The TCC will be a central hub and a significant establishment, not only in Cairo, but in the entire Arab world,” he added.

The centennial ceremony was presented by Jasmine Zaky, a TV presenter who is also one of the AUC’s alumni.

The celebration ceremony was attended by dozens of AUC graduates who succeeded in achieving remarkable accomplishments, including Lamis El-Hadidy, Mona El-Shazly, singer Hesham Abbas, and the adventurer Omar Samra, the first Egyptian to climb Mount Everest.   

“The AUC has been investing in the cultural scene in Egypt since its beginning. This step is definitely a bigger step toward consolidating all of the efforts under one roof, which I believe to be very exciting for those who have a passion for the art scene in Egypt,” Samra told DNE.

The Daughter of the Nile: The TCC’s women empowering exhibition

While most of the females during the middle of the 20th century cared the most about establishing a house of their own and being crowned with the social label of being a good housewife, Doria Shafik, an Egyptian poet, fought for her peers to have an equivalent life to men, including the right to vote. Rebelling against all the social restrictions and taboos, her revolutionary fight ended with her wining what was once believed an impossible war, guaranteeing females their rights, and stating those rights in the Constitution.

In its first public art exhibition, the TCC hosted Bent El-Nil (The Daughter of the Nile), an art exhibition by Sherine Guirguis which aims to honour the memory of Shafik.

The Daughter of the Nile is one of the two exhibitions which the TCC opened its doors do for its first time in order to welcome the visitors, along with ‘When Dreams Call for Silence’, by the artist Huda Lotfy.

In her first exhibitions ever taking place in Cairo, Guirguis honoured the memory of the Egyptian icon, through a number of abstract art portraits, featuring the remarkable achievements which marked Shafik’s journey, with alluring bright colours painted on a white background.

“It all started when I read Shafik’s name on a small note written in a book on feminism movements in Egypt. Digging more into her history, I discovered that Shafik revolutionised women’s status in Egypt. Nonetheless, her work was forgotten and very few people know about her,” Guirguis told DNE.

Shafik captured Guirguis’s heart with her strength, which was covered by her womanly elegance, charming look, and peaceful eyes. She was shocked with the fact that history tells few information about her, with almost scarce sources on her life.

“My passion as an artist is to dig into history, places, and people who were forgotten. That is what attracted me the most to this inspiring woman, which lead me to have my first exhibition in Egypt about her,” Guirguis added.

The artist also believes that her exhibition is a window to open a conversation about the history of feminism in Egypt and the Middle East, bringing back the shining figures who faded over the years, as people got caught in modern struggles which brought people a different aspect of the definition of  feminism.

The exhibitions showcase some of Shafik’s rare publications, chronicled at the AUC library, as well as few rare pictures of Shafik’s famous march which demanded women’s rights to vote, which are all shown in Guirguis’ drawn portraits. 

The exhibition is named after Shafik’s feminist organisation, Bent El-Nil, which was also the name of the journal she published throughout her life. 

With dozens of portraits at the exhibition, almost none of them features Shafik with her human features or looks for people to recognise her. Instead, the portraits depict various shapes of flowers, which are simply drawn and coloured with various vibrant colours.

When she was asked about it, Guirguis explained that it was due to her belief that “How we look gets in the way of what we see, which was a part of Shafik’s story.”

“There were several times when Shafik’s beauty and elegance got in the way of her accomplishments, as she was always perceived with a typical eastern look,” Guirguis explained, adding, “For me, making an exhibition about her was not about depicting her physical features. However, it was more of me honouring her work through portraits which I believe translate her poems and art work.”

As an artist, Guirguis believes that abstract art allows her to talk about people’s accomplishments in the world, regardless what they look like.

The bright colours drawn at the portraits are a combination of Guirguis’ eastern culture, where she comes from, and the Western lifestyle, as she spent almost all of her life in a western country. The portraits’ selected colours were inspired by Shafik’s life details.

“Shafik talked about the Nile River in most of her poems. She was also frequently photographed alongside it, so the colour blue was one of the most applied colours in my paintings,” Guirguis explained.

From her point of view, bright colours resemble the life of a woman who fought in public to guarantee women’s rights, yet she was never accredited for it in history.

“Unlike Huda Shaarawy, who fought for women’s right inside the house, Shafik roamed the streets. The motifs were all about the colours of public places, which are vibrant and bright,” she pointed out.

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Unseen sides of Egypt https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/10/unseen-sides-of-egypt-5/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/10/unseen-sides-of-egypt-5/#respond Sun, 10 Feb 2019 11:30:21 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689298 Top pictures posted on Instagram by amateur photographers

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Photography has always been a form of stating reality. It is the window through which people can look into the lives of others and the portrait that displays their daily life events.

While media portals are filled with pictures taken by famous photographers, many unknown talents use tools as simple as their mobile cameras to develop their passion for photography. Those, who have not found a platform on which to publish their photos seek to establish their own outlet by publishing these pictures on their social media accounts.

In an attempt to support young talent seeking a platform, Daily News Egypt publishes pictures taken by citizens displaying their daily activities.

These pictures are the best pictures posted to Instagram thoughout the holy month of Ramadan with the hashtag #DailyNewsEgypt. Each one of them reflects a unique side of Egypt—not mentioned in international media outlets—but that can be seen by the people actually living in the country.

Every month, the best pictures with the hashtag #DailyNewsEgypt will be reposted on the newspaper’s official account and published in the printed edition.

Daily News Egypt’s editorial team found that the published pictures represent the work of extremely talented young photographers. Moreover, they capture moments of pure beauty people rarely stop to enjoy amid the hurry of their daily routine.

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Classic motorcade from Sixth of October to Fifth Settlement https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/08/classic-motorcade-from-sixth-of-october-to-fifth-settlement/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/08/classic-motorcade-from-sixth-of-october-to-fifth-settlement/#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2019 17:00:33 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689259 All age groups of classic car lovers, from young children to older people, participated

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The acquisition of classic cars and bicycles is a global hobby. Clubs and groups are spread all over the world, in which everyone can be involved from billionaires to ordinary workers united in the love of these moving historical artefacts.

In Egypt, last Friday, the 12th Egyptian Classic Cruise took place, organised by Classic Cruisers in Egypt, in partnership with Vintage Wheels, represented by Mahmoud Ezz Eldin.

The motorcade began in front of a shopping mall in the Sheikh Zayed area in the Sixth of October City, passing through the 26th of July Corridor. Cars stopped to take pictures along the banks of the Nile in the Zamalek area. Then they began to move again on the Sixth of October bridge through to the Fifth Settlement. The capital and its residents enjoyed the beauty of the cars.

The motorcade was composed of tens of cars of various brands—some were fully modified, while others were in their original form.

All age groups of classic car lovers, from young children to older people, participated.

The seventh annual assembly of classic scars and motorcycles in Egypt organized by Vintage Wheels will also be held within weeks, by the beginning of March.

The annual gathering is expected to witness an increase in the number of cars and motorcycles participating, in addition to the number of visitors, especially the youth, whose presence is of great importance to instil the love of the history of the engines inside them, and to provide them with sufficient information and knowledge about this history with its exciting details.

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Egyptian mosque nominated for world architecture award https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/08/egyptian-mosque-nominated-for-world-architecture-award/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/08/egyptian-mosque-nominated-for-world-architecture-award/#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2019 16:30:06 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689258 Basuna Mosque is located in one of Sohag’s poorest villages

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Away from spacious, fancy, and luxurious mosques located in Egypt’s big cities, a small modern-designed mosque in Sohag, Upper Egypt, made it to the shortlist of the 3rd Abdullatif Al Fozan award for Mosque Architecture (AFAMA).

The recently opened Basuna Mosque captures people’s hearts with its unique architecture different than the usual Islamic design of most mosques.

The mosque’s Egyptian designer, Waled Arafa, has never imagined when he was drawing the architecture sheet of the mosque four years ago, which is located in one of the poorest villages in Upper Egypt, that it would end up in this global award’s 27-mosque shortlist.

Saudi Arabia’s AFAMA aims to document the world’s most unique, creative mosque designs, and list them in a database which detects architecture of new mosques.

The Basuna mosque was designed by the Cairo-based architecture firm, Dar Arafa Architecture. It is the first Egyptian mosque to participate at the international competition and reach the final nomination list.

The new mosque was built on the ruins of an old one built over 70 years ago and almost collapsed a few years ago.

Arafa’s design grabbed the world’s attention to the underprivileged village, attracting financial support to enhance the living conditions of the citizens there.

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She wrote radical Expressionist poetry, won the Kleist Prize and cultivated an eccentric, outsider persona in Berlin. 150 years after her birth, it’s time to rediscover German-Jewish poet and artist Else Lasker-Schüler.If you take a trip to Wuppertal's Elberfeld suburb in search of Jewish German poet and playwright Else Lasker-Schüler's place of birth (on February 11, 1869) you'll only encounter two huge, dark slabs of granite there — the house was destroyed during World War II.

The monuments portrays Lasker-Schüler with a stern facial expression contrasted with one of her most recognized poems, "Weltflucht" (Withdrawal from the World):

"I would flee into the immensity

Of myself,

Already the meadow saffron blooms

In my soul,

Perhaps — it's too late to turn back!

O, I die with you!

Since I was choked with you.

I wanted threads to encircle me —

Ending confusion!

Undeterred,

Tangled in you,

In order to escape

Into myself!"

"Withdrawal from the World" was first published in German in 1902 as part of her first collection of poetry, Styx. Today, it sounds almost like a prequel to all the themes that Else Lasker-Schüler (1869-1945) would continue to deal with in her work: loneliness, love, grief and religion.

At the time of its initial publication, many of Lasker-Schüler's contemporaries derided such "women's poetry" — and the press ripped the contents of the book apart, saying she suffered from an "overstrung nervous system."

At this point, shortly after the turn of the century, Else Lasker-Schüler had already moved to Berlin, living with her first husband, a Jewish doctor by the name of Berthold Lasker, who showed her all the excitement of Bohemian life in the city at that time. But the marriage didn't last. She divorced him and soon, in 1903, married again — this time to author, publisher, gallery-owner, musician and composer Herwarth Walden.

Her marriage to Walden, and the bohemian milieu she moved in at the time, was the subject her 1912 novel, My Heart, which was ultimately a farewell of sorts to her husband and a doomed Berlin cultural scene on the eve of war.

Read more: Else Lasker-Schüler: 'My Heart'

Yusuf, Prince of Thebes

Mysticism was all the rage during this period, dominating everything from literature to philosophy to theology. Else Lasker-Schüler found inspiration in Syrian, Egyptian, Greek, Jewish and Christian archetypes, creating a cosmos of her own imagination, portraying herself as a character called Yusuf, Prince of Thebes — which she developed through hundreds of stories, letters and poems that were likely also inspired by her own eccentric everyday life.

Having apparently spent much of her life in the thralls of romantic love, this theme was also grist for much of her poetry.

Meanwhile, Lasker-Schüler's avowedly experimental Expressionist style dismayed mainstream critics who tried to grapple with her abstract idioms. One newspaper claimed in 1910 that her brain must have been entirely mushed up. A court also delivered a judgment claiming that one of her poems lacked "any noteworthy sensibility."

Read more: ‘100 German Must-Reads:’ DW launches ambitious literary project

Celebrated yet displaced

Born Elisabeth Schüler on February 11, 1869, Else was the daughter of a Jewish banker. Eleven-years-old when her favorite brother died, at 21 she lost her mother.

Having married and divorced twice, for half of her life Lasker-Schüler had no apartment of her own and was often destitute as she moved between boarding houses and temporary lodgings. In 1927, her only son, Paul, died of tuberculosis. She never spoke about the father.

In 1932, Lasker-Schüler received the Kleist Prize, the highest German literary award at the time. After being assaulted on the street several times, she turned her back on Germany, finding support in Switzerland from the Jewish Cultural Association.

In the following years, the Jewish poet traveled to Palestine several times, before settling in Jerusalem in 1937. In the prose volume Das Hebräerland she declared Palestine a "dream of the Holy Land."

The outbreak of World War II prevented the author from returning to Switzerland and Lasker-Schüler passed away on January 22, 1945 in Jerusalem, where her last volume of poetry, Mein blaues Klavier, appeared in 1943. She was 75 years old.

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Poet and artist

Germany is once again honoring the artist with a commemorative stamp to mark her 150th birthday on February 11. The stamp depicts an excerpt from one of her drawings, for the Expressionist poet not only wrote, she was also a visual artist. Her paintings were confiscated from the Berlin National Gallery in 1937 and labeled "degenerate."

Swiss writer and painter Friedrich Dürrenmatt, on the other hand, celebrated her as the "savior of the German language in barbaric times." Poet Gottfried Benn called her "the greatest lyricist Germany has ever had."

While Franz Kafka "could not stand her," another Jewish writer Karl Kraus said she was "the most wayless phenomenon of modern Germany." In any case, the poetess was a diligent letter writer.

At least 651 of Lasker-Schüler's letters are documented. And she received the most beautiful responses from her Expressionist painter friend Franz Marc — painted postcards.

Celebrating in Wuppertal

To date, around 450 composers have set Else Lasker-Schüler's poems to music. Suhrkamp publishing house has honored her with an important complete edition. Secondary literature about the poetess appears limitless. Yet to a wider audience, she remained largely unknown — like so many writers who were banished into exile.

Many events and activities are planned for the next couple of months to mark the 150 anniversary of Lasker-Schüler's birth, including a symposium at the Bergische Universität in her birthplace of Wuppertal. Podium discussions about anti-Semitism are also on the agenda. Rappers will rock to celebrate her, while one Wuppertal theater is showing a dance performance to pay homage to her intensely imaginative work.

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El Sewedy hosts Coventry University over new branch opening in September https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/07/el-sewedy-hosts-coventry-university-over-new-branch-opening-in-september/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/07/el-sewedy-hosts-coventry-university-over-new-branch-opening-in-september/#respond Thu, 07 Feb 2019 17:41:20 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689161 El Sewedy Education hosted delegates from the Coventry University to raise awareness about their partnership and the branch campus being established in The Knowledge Hub, located in Egypt’s New Administrative Capital (NAC), last week.   The delegates highlighted the academic programmes that the Coventry University plans to offer in September 2019.   The Coventry University will …

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El Sewedy Education hosted delegates from the Coventry University to raise awareness about their partnership and the branch campus being established in The Knowledge Hub, located in Egypt’s New Administrative Capital (NAC), last week.

 

The delegates highlighted the academic programmes that the Coventry University plans to offer in September 2019.  

The Coventry University will offer the same curriculum, teaching methodologies, quality assurance, and bachelor’s degree offered in the UK.


Ihab Salama, CEO of El Sewedy Education, stated, “El Sewedy Education’s strategy for The Knowledge Hub is establishing an international institution that offers the best standards of academics, in both undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and to implement the latest technology, services, and facilities.”

 

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Sharjah ruler visits Cairo International Book Fair https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/05/sharjah-ruler-visits-cairo-international-book-fair/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/05/sharjah-ruler-visits-cairo-international-book-fair/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 17:47:32 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688992 New location of book fair presents civilised image which suits Egypt: Sheikh Sultan III

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On the last day of the jubilee round of Cairo International Book Fair, Sheikh Sultan III, the ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, the UAE visited the fair, checking his country’s publication sections among many others, according to state-run newspaper, Al-Ahram.

Minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem, and Haitham Al-Hajj, the head of General Egyptian Book Organisation, accompanied Sheikh Sultan III during his visit, along with the UAE ambassador in Egypt Jumaa Mubarak Al-Junaibi.

Throughout his visit, Sheikh Sultan III roamed several publication sections, including the ministries of defence, interior, and culture production divisions. Sultan expressed his delight with having a book fair that “presents a civilised image which suits Egypt.”

Al-Hajj said that this visit indicates the huge success the fair has achieved in its first round at the new location in the Egypt International Exhibition Centre, stating that it is the first time in many years for any of the rulers to visit the fair.

According to AL-Hajj, Sheikh Sultan III praised the new location of the book fair, explaining that chaotic book vendors dominated the book fair scene in its previous rounds.

During the course of the visit, Sheikh Sultan III said that he is a passionate about books and reading, adding that he has one of the original versions of the rare book, Wasf Masr, (Description de l’Égypte) which was written by a French mission on one of their visits to Egypt.

The 50th Cairo International Book Fair witnessed over 2.5 million visitors since it started on Jan 23 until 4 February.

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Freudenberg: A small German town but a big Instagram star https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/05/freudenberg-a-small-german-town-but-a-big-instagram-star/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/05/freudenberg-a-small-german-town-but-a-big-instagram-star/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 08:38:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689057 The post Freudenberg: A small German town but a big Instagram star appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Pictures of Freudenberg’s snow-covered, 17th century houses have drawn fans from around the world, especially visitors from Japan. DW visited the German town to find out what it’s like living in a tourist attraction.After climbing the steep stairs to reach a hilltop overlooking Freudenberg, it's easy to see why tourists from around the world come to visit the western German town, located in a rural area about a 90 minute drive away from Frankfurt am Main or Cologne.

Down below, over 80 timber-framed houses are perfectly aligned in the panoramic view from the city park. Their black and white facades and snow-covered rooves look as though they've jumped out of the pages of a fairytale.

It's wintry images like these that have made Freudenberg a star on Instagram, with the town tagged in over 11,000 posts on the photo-sharing social media platform.

The pictures of Freudenberg's old town, dubbed the Alter Flecken, have "caused an avalanche" of interest, the town's mayor Nicole Reschke told DW.

"In the past six months, the images of the Alter Flecken, with or without snow, have spread through social media and other media platforms to such an extent that interest has risen — and we've already seen more tourists," she added.

Although there's already been a boost in the number of tourists coming through the town, the full extent of Freudenberg's Instagram-boom will likely only become clear within the next three years, Reschke said.

"We are curious to see whether this will continue."

A rise in Japanese visitors

Busloads of tourists, many from Asian countries, regularly roll into Freudenberg, parking at the base of the stairs that lead up to the panoramic city views.

Besides snapping pictures from the city park, visitors also take advantage of the town's open-air stage, the Technology Museum and the local hiking trails.

Freudenberg hosts around 30,000 overnight guests a year, although the actual number of tourists is likely to be much higher.

Many groups, especially those that arrive on bus tours, only spend a few hours in town — making it difficult to get an accurate count of the people coming through Freudenberg, mayor Reschke explained.

The number of tourists from Japan in particular has spiked in the last three or four years after a report about the town was shown on television in Japan, said Bärbel Bäumer, an employee at Freudenberg's tourist information office.

"I think that Freudenberg is a now a fixed stop for tour groups," she added.

Interest has increased so much that the city had a flyer with a map of the old town translated into Japanese.

Tourism and city officials have also specifically designed new souvenirs to make them more lightweight and convenient for tourists with long flights back home.

The black and white patterns of Freudenberg's 17th century, timber-framed houses have been incorporated into modern bags, sleek keychains and decorative slate plates that also seem destined to catch the eye of Freudenberg's Instagram-savvy visitors.

Looking to the future

As more tourists make their way to Freudenberg, local officials have announced plans to improve the Kurpark, the city park that offers the best views of the old town.

The €2 million ($2.29 million) project will include improvements to the park, such as constructing either a cafe or kiosk at the top of the hill, according to mayor Reschke.

In the future, visitors will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee and piece of cake while taking in the view of the Freudenberg's Alter Flecken.

The project will also help to make the viewing platform more accessible by installing disabled parking spaces on top of the hill and improving the stairs to make the ascent less steep.

Eventually, Reschke hopes to have a small, self-driving electric bus to help ferry visitors from the town center to the viewpoint in the park but said "that most of that was still up in the air."

A balancing act

With visitors constantly snapping pictures and strolling through Freudenberg's narrow streets, especially between May and September, how do residents feel about living in a tourist attraction?

"You live with it. Many of the tourists are very sweet," said Ms. Bäumer, who lives in one of the timber-framed houses.

"If you don't like it, then you should move, but most of the residents don't have any objections," she added.

Going forward, Reschke said it will be important to balance Freudenberg's tourism industry with the needs of its 18,000 residents — the majority of whom live outside the old town.

"I think you have to be careful that it doesn't turn into a mass tourism situation, because it's not a museum — it's a residential area," she explained. "But I think we are on the right track."

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UK FCO funds new educational system with EGP 276m https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/04/uk-fco-funds-new-educational-system-with-egp-276m/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/04/uk-fco-funds-new-educational-system-with-egp-276m/#respond Mon, 04 Feb 2019 17:20:40 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688919 Allocated budget to reform educational systems in Sinai, Ismailia

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With the aim of improving the educational system and providing the less fortunate children in the remote regions with a chance to receive better education, the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has allocated a total of EGP 276m to the Integrated Education Services for Vulnerable and Marginalised Children in Egypt project, which will be applied with the help of UNICEF.

The British ambassador to Egypt, Geoffrey Adams, and UNICEF’s Representative in Egypt, Bruno Maes, signed an agreement on Sunday on the three-year project in the attendance of Tarek Shawky, the minister of education.

The project is planned to reshape the educational system in three underprivileged governorates, which are North and South Sinai, and Ismailia. The agreement comes under the umbrella of the new educational system which applied starting from the academic year 2018/19.

The system, ‘Education 2.0’, aims to enhance the educational system in Egypt through a reform process which will gradually replace the current system. According to the ministry’s plan, by 2030, Education 2.0 will be the only operating national educational system from pre-primary education up to secondary education.

“These three governorates were selected to implement the project because they are the most troubled when it comes to the educational system. That is due to their large geographical areas, and the unstable political situations in some of them,” Shawky told Daily News Egypt.

Moreover, Shawky explained that the educational services in these three areas, especially in North Sinai, are very poor, not to mention that children skip most of the semester and are required to change their schools several times due to displacement.”

He further asserted that even teachers in these areas did not have the chance to be properly trained. The project targets enhancing the provided services for 80,000 students and 12,000 teachers. It will also reach 550 schools in these three governorates.

Explaining the reasons behind the allocation, the British ambassador to Egypt, Geoffrey Adams,

told Daily News Egypt that the programme is to support Egyptian children who are disadvantaged, and who do have access to the same level of education offered in big cities. 

“We are delighted that Egypt is embarking on a really serious educational reform programme, and we support that programme from the start. Egypt will not achieve any of its ambitions for 2030 without good education, and it will reach the children who most need our help,” he said.

For his side, Maes told DNE that this project comes as part of supporting the ministry’s programme of transforming the educational system. He noted, “This project is an outcome from all the partners in order to support the schools through physical rehabilitation, and by improving schools’ teaching materials, in addition to offering trainings to the teachers themselves.”

Moreover, UNICEF’s Representative in Egypt stated that the project is still in the inception phase, and it will be effective within four months. “We are currently communicating with the ministry of education to ensure that our support reach both students and teachers,” he added. 

He pointed out in a press release, “UNICEF focuses in this project on enhancing what schools can provide, which-in addition to teaching-includes extracurricular activities and the engagement of parents and communities with their local education systems.”

Finally, Adams concluded, “The UK has long been Egypt’s partner in this field, and now we are delivering our promise to extend our partnership by supporting the government in reforming its education system. With this agreement, Egyptian students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.” 

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Dream: fiction romance tale of young couple  https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/04/dream-fiction-romance-tale-of-young-couple/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/04/dream-fiction-romance-tale-of-young-couple/#respond Mon, 04 Feb 2019 13:30:51 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688837 Novel is prequel to sequel Al-Mohandes wrote; both reveal side of story to complete whole picture of life of young life-driven, romantic male character The Cairo International Book Fair comes to provide passionate readers a chance to follow up on the latest published storied from their favourite writers, and it also allows them to explore …

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Novel is prequel to sequel Al-Mohandes wrote; both reveal side of story to complete whole picture of life of young life-driven, romantic male character

The Cairo International Book Fair comes to provide passionate readers a chance to follow up on the latest published storied from their favourite writers, and it also allows them to explore new talents and read novels from a younger generation who connect modernity with fantasy. Moustafa Al-Mohandes’s novel, AL-Helm (The Dream) is one of these novels where the writer speaks to the younger generation.

In a romance fiction novel, Al-Mohandes takes his readers into the details of a love story between two main characters, Ziad and Reem. During their honey moon, readers are taken deeply into into Ziad’s mind, as he writes his diaries recounting the details of his long love story from the very beginning.

The novel is a prequel to a sequel Al-Mohandes wrote. Both reveal a side of the story which complete the whole picture of the young life-loving, romantic male character.

A graduate from the faculty of engineering in 2017, the mid-20s writer has been passionate about writing since the age of seven.

The name, Al-Helm, adorns Al-Mohanes’s first novel which he states was more of a dream that came true. 

Jumping from one period in time to another, readers explore the start of Ziad’s admiration of Reem since he first laid eyes on her at a very young age, all while living the details of their honeymoon as adults.

Throughout the diaries, Ziad recalls the details of his heartache as Reem gets married to another man, leaving him to surrender to the circumstances preventing the main characters from being together. As readers follow the two beloved couple getting back together, Al-Mohandes flips the plot of the novel.

Waking up to find himself in a coma, with another woman as his wife, and discovering that his lifetime lover, Reem, is sill married to another man, readers get confused between the two worlds Al-Mohandes draws in his novel.

As readers struggle to reach the reality of the main character’s life, the novel jumps to the sequel which puts the puzzle pieces back together.

The sequel, planned to be published by the end of 2019, narrates Reem’s diaries, which concludes the author’s work.

   

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Tahrir Cultural Centre kicks off Wednesday with two mega exhibitions https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/04/tahrir-cultural-centre-kicks-off-wednesday-with-two-mega-exhibitions/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/04/tahrir-cultural-centre-kicks-off-wednesday-with-two-mega-exhibitions/#respond Mon, 04 Feb 2019 13:00:25 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688834 Daughter of Nile features Egyptian icon Doria Shafik 

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When eyes are directed toward it, and with great anticipation regarding what it will turn out to be like, most expect it to be largest cultural centre in Cairo to open its doors on Wednesday with two mega exhibitions.

The Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) was declared established last year, in joint cooperation between the American University in Cairo (AUC) and businessperson, Naguib Sawiris.

The cultural hub will welcome people with When Dreams Call for Silence, an exhibition for artist Huda Lutfi. For the first time in 20 years, the AUC will feature the work of Lutfi as an artist rather than an art professor who has been teaching at the university for nearly 25 years.

The TCC’s opening comes as a part of the AUC’s centennial celebration.

Lufi is a cultural, feminist historian by professional training. She began her artistic career when she was a professor at the AUC. Her art has been widely exhibited in venues all over the world, including galleries in the UAE, the US, Austria, Singapore, and Germany among others.

Huda Lutfi

Under the name of Bent El-Nil (The Daughter of the Nile), Sherine Guiruis takes part in the second exhibition. In her the first exhibitions in Egypt, Guirguis’ paintings feature Egyptian feminist, poet, and editor Doria Shafik, who was one of the main pillars of the women’s liberation movement in Egypt. Shafik is one of the women who fought to grant Egyptian females the right to vote in the Egyptian constitution.         

Guirguis is an associate professor of the Practice of Fine Art and Vice Dean of the faculty at the University of Southern California. Her art has also been displayed internationally in Dubai, Sharjah, and Venice, Italy.

The exhibitions are curated by Shiva Balaghi, the senior advisor to the President and Provost of the AUC for the Arts and Cultural Programmes.

According to a press release published by the AUC, Balaghi is a cultural historian, focusing on the visual arts of the Middle East. For nearly two decades, she taught history and art history at New York University and Brown University, becoming one of the first professors to introduce contemporary Middle Eastern art into American university curriculums.

The TCC was pronounced established, at the AUC Tahrir Campus, last September.

Sawiris previously told Daily News Egypt that he funded the cultural centre. aiming for it to become a platform for young talents to showcase all their hidden work which is seeking to find a forum through which it can be introduced to the world. The TCC is to witness all sorts of independent art varying from music, sculpture, painting, theatre plays, to cinema.

He added that the TCC is planned to be totally different from the existing cultural centres in the city. Despite funding it, the centre will be fully owned, operated, and programmed by the AUC.

At signing the agreement event, Sawiris stated that launching the TCC is a way of retrieving Egypt’s currently lost art legacy and giving a chance to millions of young talents to introduce to the world their creativity.

“I believe in the power of arts and culture in transforming communities and creating a long-lasting positive impact on youth and children, and I believe that we are in utmost need for this positive impact in today’s Egypt,” Sawiris said.

 

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Long awaited for Tutankhamun’s tomb reopened after restoration https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/03/long-awaited-for-tutankhamuns-tomb-reopened-after-restoration/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/03/long-awaited-for-tutankhamuns-tomb-reopened-after-restoration/#respond Sun, 03 Feb 2019 10:30:47 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688749 Colours of paintings were previously unclear, almost faint due to humidity, dust

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As the world passionately follows the relics of the most famous pharaoh, Tutankhamun, while roaming European countries through a temporary exhibition, the young king’s tomb is attracting more attention in its homeland. Almost a decade after it saw the light, the burial chamber of Tutankhamun was reopened for the public in the Valley of the Kings at Luxor.

The tomb was reopened after intensive restoration work by the ministry of antiquities and the Getty Conservation Institute. The renovated tomb welcomes people in a safer and brighter appearance after it was severely affected by humidity.

The burial chamber was closed in 2009 with plans to undergo restoration for five years. Nonetheless, due to the unstable political scene which took place in Egypt in 2011, the opening of the tomb was delayed.

Visitors get to see the mummy of the young king, buried in the tomb over 3,000 years ago. The restoration process included cleaning the murals depicting scenes of the young boy’s life as a ruler, and various other events of his life. Inserting an air filtration and ventilation system into the tomb were also a part of renovating the tomb which was closed due to its severely bad condition.

“It is an incredibly precious object, so it was a very stressful time to safely move the mummy,” Neville Agnew, communications director of the Los Angeles-based Getty Conservation Institute, which led the work, told Reuters.

“It was terrifying,” he said of the operation to lift the mummy and its 250 kg (550-pound) case and carrying it from the tomb by hand. “Twelve men, chanting and carrying it up the ramp. I said: if one slips, it will slide and will kill somebody. They said: ‘Don’t worry’”, according to Reuters.

The colours of the paintings were previously unclear, and almost faint due to the humidity and dust. Since the small, four-roomed tomb and its famous golden burial mask were discovered in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter, observers have noted strange brown spots marring the lavish wall paintings.

Specialists said that the paintings were affected from the carbon dioxide produced by large number of visitors.

Hussein Shaboury, an arts professor at Alexandria University told Reuters that the tomb’s bad condition reached a point of finding it hard to breath inside.   

“We had to change this and create a method by which fresh air enters the tomb, and air is circulated in a way where all the air in the tomb is changed in 30 minutes,” he said.

Over 5,000 relics belonging to the young king were unearthed along with his mummy, most of them were never displayed to the public before.

Only 1,800 artefacts from Tutankhamun’s belongings were showcased at the Egyptian Museum, and the rest will be on display at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). So far, 4,500 of the tomb’s antiquities were transferred to the GEM.

One hundred and sixty-six of Tutankhamun’s belongings will travel throughout seven European countries in 2019. The temporary exhibition named King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, will visit 10 cities in several countries including Japan, the UK, Australia, and South Korea.

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Ptolemaic-era burial chamber unearthed filled with mummies https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/03/ptolemaic-era-burial-chamber-unearthed-filled-with-mummies/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/02/03/ptolemaic-era-burial-chamber-unearthed-filled-with-mummies/#respond Sun, 03 Feb 2019 10:00:39 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688746 Forty mummies discovered well preserved, varying in burial methods

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Long after their deaths, pharaohs still fascinate the world with their treasures and legacy. Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany announced on Saturday the discovery of a number of burial chambers at Tuna el Gebel’s archaeological site in Minya governorate.

In a press conference held at the site, Anany stated that 40 mummies were unearthed inside the cemeteries, of which 10 belong to children, while the remaining 30 belong to both men and women.

The discovery was announced with the attendance of Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat and 11 ambassadors who witnessed the unearthing of the major find. The cemeteries were detected by an Egyptian mission from the ministry of antiquities, in cooperation with Research Centre for Archaeological Studies at Minya University.

Anany stated in the press conference that the cemeteries include five wells, three of them used for burial. He explained that the cemeteries belong to upper middle class ancient Egyptians, and people from different ages were buried inside the three burial rooms.

The mummies were found well-preserved and covered with layers of cardboard, beside a number of crockery. The cemeteries date back to Ptolemaic-era.

Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, stated that burial methods varied at the two cemeteries. He explained that some of the mummies found inside tombs made of brick, while others were buried inside wooden ones, and the remains were discovered laid on the ground of the burial wells.

Anany further added that for three years in a row, the Tuna Gebel archaeological site has been surprising the world with three astonishing discoveries.

The finding was revealed in the mission’s second excavation season that started at the end of November last year.

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.

Two years ago, the archaeological site surprised the world with an uncovered cemetery that dates back to the late period, containing 17 non-royal mummies buried inside, which was the beginning of the digging process to find the rest of the cemetery, according to the Anany at the time. 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.

Anany said at the 2017 discovery that the ministry believes that this archaeological site still has a lot of unrevealed secrets and crypts that we aim to discover.

For her side, Al-Mashat said that the discovery put Minya on the list of touristic places which will be focused on by the ministry of tourism to promote uncommon archaeological places. She also added that such a discovery will increase people’s passion towards the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum.

According to state-run media outlet, Al-Ahram Online, Fathi Awad, director of Tuna El-Gebel, said that “the archaeological site has several tombs, among them the tomb of Petosiris, the Isadora tomb, a sacred animal ceremony, a Roman cemetery, and two frontier reliefs of king Akhenaten.”

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Kate Connolly: How Brexit turned her world upside down https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/30/kate-connolly-how-brexit-turned-her-world-upside-down/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/30/kate-connolly-how-brexit-turned-her-world-upside-down/#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 13:11:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=688503 The post Kate Connolly: How Brexit turned her world upside down appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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New passport, new identity, new home? The Guardian’s Berlin correspondent Kate Connolly applied for German citizenship after the Brexit vote. She explains why in a new book.Kate Connolly is British. For years she has lived with her husband and two children in Potsdam on the edge of the German capital. Then the Brexit referendum turned their world upside down. It was June 23, 2016. "Even now," she admits in an interview, "it may be that tears come when I think back to that day."

But become German? Coffee instead of tea? Prussian virtue instead of British courtesy? "Unity and Justice and Freedom" instead of "God save the Queen"? Never!

Then she did it, partly in protest against her parents, who voted for (her mother) and against (her father) Britain's exit from the EU. But it is the impending Brexit, the uncertainty over the consequences, that has plunged the 47-year-old into an "identity crisis" that was mixed with anger, disappointment and self-pity.

Until she took the bull by the horns. "My own country seemed to me like a ship heading straight for an unpredictable storm," she said. "What I did here would guarantee me a place in the lifeboat, should it become necessary to get off the boat."

EU skepticism peaks in Britain

In her nearly 300-page book Exit Brexit: Wie ich Deutsche wurde (Exit Brexit: How I Became German), published by Hanser, Connolly outlines the ambivalent relationship of the United Kingdom to Europe.

She describes it as a love-hate affair, as a constant back and forth, which, not least since the end of the war and the days of Winston Churchill's government, is explained by the country's geographical location: "The feeling of being particularly advantaged by this physical separation from the rest of the world is strong in many Britons, as is their conviction that Britain is different and special, precisely because it is an island state. To this day, British skepticism about the EU culminates in Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's famous call in Brussels in 1984: "I want my money back!

A Berlin correspondent for The Guardian and The Observer, Kate Connolly usually explains Germany to the British through her work. But with her book, it seems, the journalist wants to apologize to the Germans for her compatriots. She admits that conditions in Britain have been chaotic at times. And yes, she did take on German citizenship due to Brexit.

In an interview this week with German news magazine Spiegel, she revealed what she misses: "Many things. Family and friends, of course, but also exceptional theater and humor. It's very important in everyday life in Great Britain — it's our release." For example, when the subway isn't running, the British respond with dark humor and laugh about it. They even laugh about Brexit, "which is just an expression of our identity crisis," she adds.

Mixed sense of home

Kate Connolly doesn't want to abandon her Britishness, not even in the face of Brexit. Although she now has a German passport, she writes, her deepest feelings of home are connected to where she grew up: "A sense of home lies in the strong smell of the pavement after a downpour and the smell of malt vinegar rising from a steaming portion of fish and chips." But she is also slowly developing such feelings for Germany-related experiences too, admitting that she's meanwhile well acquainted with "the smell of a sizzling bratwurst, the sharp smell of melting rubber on the brakes of the S-Bahn or the scent of quark balls at the Christmas market."

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Over one million visitors at first few days of 50th Cairo International Book Fair https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/29/over-one-million-visitors-at-first-few-days-of-50th-cairo-international-book-fair/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/29/over-one-million-visitors-at-first-few-days-of-50th-cairo-international-book-fair/#respond Tue, 29 Jan 2019 18:54:59 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688389 This year’s edition dedicated to commemorate Tharwat Okasha, Suhair al-Qalamawi

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Almost a week after it opened its doors to the public, the 50th Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) hosted over one million visitors.

Haitham Al-Hajj, the head of the General Egyptian Book Organisation, informed the local media newspaper, Al-Shorouk, that until Monday over 1,450,000 visitors attended the book fair’s Golden Jubilee, explaining that Monday witnessed the flow of 165,000 visitors into the fair.

The CIBF started on Wednesday, and will last until 5 February.

The Arab League is the guest of honour of this year’s edition, which is dedicated to commemorate the Egyptian veteran writer Tharwat Okasha, and the prominent literary figure Suhair al-Qalamawi.

The fair provides 723 exhibition halls for a total of 1,274 exhibitors. The new venue was built on an area of 24,000 square metres, of which a large area is allocated for low-price books of up to EGP 10.

The Ministry of Culture supports peoples’ commute to the book fair through seven bus lines which cover Cairo. Each line has 10 buses, with a 15-minute gap from one to another. The prices of bus tickets reach EGP 5-8.

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Berlin's classic ad columns to disappear https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/29/berlins-classic-ad-columns-to-disappear/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/29/berlins-classic-ad-columns-to-disappear/#respond Tue, 29 Jan 2019 16:10:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688442 The post Berlin's classic ad columns to disappear appeared first on Daily News Egypt.

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Omnipresent ad columns have helped during war and defied digitization. Now Berlin’s traditional “Litfasssäule” are about to disappear — only to be replaced by new ones. Here’s why they’re legendary.Berlin's cityscape won't be quite the same without them.

While they may seem trivial in our digital world, advertising columns are seen as an immutable part of many urban environments, and of Berlin in particular. But now the city has decided that the legendary posts were to be removed — 20 of them a day, until they all disappear by June 30.

Absurdly, according to the Berliner Zeitung newspaper, while the traditional ad columns will be removed, ILG, the new company from Stuttgart that has acquired the advertisement rights for the next 15 years, will build 1,500 new columns — 1,000 less than before — of a new type to replace the Berliner original ones. They will be larger and have lighting.

A Berlin classic

It was in the German capital that the poster-plastered pillars were invented in 1854. In German, the advertising columns — known in the plural as Litfasssäulen — are named for their inventor, Ernst Litfass, who was born in Berlin over 200 years ago, on February 11, 1816.

While the German capital has survived two world wars and undergone dramatic changes since Litfass's lifetime, over 3,100 traditional Litfasssäulen dotted Berlin until recently, much as they had for the last century and a half. Their likeness is found not only throughout Germany, but also abroad in cities like London and Paris.

Inventor found inspiration in a toilet

Ernst Litfass was a successful printer and publisher who earned his fortune during the industrial revolution of the mid-19th century. The Litfasssäule and the concept of public advertising behind it was inspired by a trip to Paris in 1843.

"He was completely taken by the advertising he saw there," Marlies Ebert, a historian with Berlin's City Museums, told DW. The somewhat unlikely source of his inspiration was a circular pissoir bedecked with advertisements.

Where others saw a public toilet, Litfass saw an opportunity.

"In Berlin at the time, papers, signs and political announcements were stuck all over the place, on houses, on trees, on what have you," described the historian. "It looked completely unorganized." If necessity is the mother of invention, the need was certainly present.

Paris, on the other hand, would get its own version of the ad pillars in 1868. There, they are called "colonnes Morris," named for printer Gabriel Morris who implemented an idea similar to his German counterpart's.

Orderly Berlin: Rounding up rogue ads

Litfass was a well-known do-gooder who threw parties for wounded soldiers, complete with free beer and fireworks displays, said Ebert. Although he may have liked a wild soirée, he detested Berlin's "wild advertisements," which he considered eyesores.

Fulfilling or perhaps contributing to Germany's stereotypical orderliness, Litfass dreamed up a column that would not only round up rogue advertisements but profit from them, too.

"He made an agreement with the head of the Berlin police that said he had the right to put up columns and advertising," explained Marc Bieling, director of Die Draussenwerber, the advertising firm formerly in charge of Litfasssäulen in Berlin.

"For example, if an opera company books a poster and pays for an ad, he would take the money and share it with the police department, which is the Berlin Senate today," continued Bieling. "The concept is basically the same everywhere in the world right now."

Initially, Litfasssäulen were used to advertise cultural events. To ensure that no wild ads were snuck into the mix and that all was hung in an orderly fashion, an inspector was tasked with giving the columns a daily once-over.

How an ad column can help during war

They took on a new role in 1870 when the Franco-German war broke out. Litfass convinced the city leadership to hang the latest news from the front since those in central locations were ideal for spreading crucial information.

"People could gather and read the news much quicker than in newspapers, which took longer to be printed," said Ebert.

After the World War I and II, the columns were used to hang notices for missing persons and help-wanted ads for rubble clean up, among other public advertisements.

Modern Litfasssäulen put the spotlight on concerts, performances and other events of the city's many cultural institutions.

Berlin's Litfasssäulen were uniquely spread throughout the city, from the busiest plazas to the most remote suburb. For now, the plan is to preserve 50 of the classic columns as historic monuments.

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African cultural diversity discussed at 50th CIBF https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/29/african-cultural-diversity-discussed-at-50th-cibf/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/29/african-cultural-diversity-discussed-at-50th-cibf/#respond Tue, 29 Jan 2019 11:30:23 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688310 While some focused on cultural changes, others pinpointed element Egypt plays in shaping their life paths

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As a part of the cultural activities during the golden jubilee of the Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF), the African Youth Bureau participated in the fair through a symposium discussing the cultural heritage of several African countries, and their social history under occupation.

Hassan Ghazzali

Themed ‘Young People but also Ambassadors’, ambassadors of various African countries, including Egypt, Comoros, Algeria, Chad, and South Sudan presented the culture of their countries through short speeches.

The event witnessed the attendance of Hassan Ghazzali, general coordinator of the African Youth Bureau and vice president of the Pan African Youth Union, with representatives from the participating countries.

     

Dhafer Ali from the Comoros recounted the history of his country, featuring the geographic and social changes that occurred under the French occupation in 1804. Ali recovered the forgotten heritage of the Comoros by saying “the first inhabitants of the Comoros were Arabs from Yemen, which is why the Comoros Islands were considered an Arab and Islamic country like Egypt.”

Following the same path was Doha from Algeria, who also explained in her speech the changes the French occupation yielded in her hometown, focusing on the demolishing Algerian culture. “The Arabic and French languages are spoken in Algeria because of the long French occupation, which represents a campaign to spread ignorance and annihilate the Arab culture rather than colonialism, which the Algerian people have been striving to tackle since the Algerian revolution,” she stated.   

While some focused on the cultural changes, others preferred to focus on the element Egypt plays in   shaping the paths of their lives and reintroduced them to another aspect of their heritage.

Malek Moustafa

Mohammed Ibrahim, a participating member from Chad, recalled his memories in Egypt from the moment he came only seeking education. Nonetheless, he found that Egypt offered him more cultural activities through the African Youth Bureau, at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

For Egyptian participant, Malek, he spoke of the initiative held by the bureau, explaining that

people visit African countries to learn about Africa and its cultural diversity and to contribute to the development of these countries. He pointed out that Africa is not just a continent of famine, but it is much more, stressing there are very beautiful landscapes in Africa and an evolution that matches growth such as that of Kenya.

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Amateur artist features Nubia’s alluring beauty https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/29/amateur-artist-features-nubias-alluring-beauty/ https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2019/01/29/amateur-artist-features-nubias-alluring-beauty/#respond Tue, 29 Jan 2019 11:00:33 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688301 ‘Many people believe Nubians still live in tents, with nothing but desert in faraway land’: artist

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When the young passionate artist, Mahmoud Selim, came to live in Cairo, he was hit by many people’s ignorance of his hometown, Nubia, where he was born and spent most of his life. That was when he decided to dedicate his paintings to familiarise people with the unknown charms of his land.

Selim, 28, is an affectionate artist whose love for his homeland was the inspiration behind his portraits. Selim’s paintings depict the beauty of Aswan and Nubia. In his art work, he features the colours of the buildings, the alluring Nile, and the mesmerising green beatific scenery.

“When I first came to Egypt, I could not believe the number of people who have never heard of Nubia before, or even the larger number of people who thought that it was a part of Sudan,” Selim told Daily News Egypt.

Selim publishes his portraits under the name of Art.Nubia which present a different aspect of Aswan.

“I want to introduce people to the beauty of Aswan, and I have no better way than through my paintings,” he stated delightfully.

Ignorance is not the only misconception Selim witnessed regarding Nubia, incorrect convictions about Nubians’ way of living was also a mainstream dogma he struggled to overcome.

“Other than the countless numbers of people who know nothing about Nubia, there is even a larger number who believe we [Nubians] still live in tents, and there is nothing but desert in a faraway land,” Selim explained.

By participating in several exhibitions, and through social media channels, Selim believes he managed to correct people’s wrong ideas regarding the enchanting land he calls home.

“Dozens of people send me messages wondering if the sceneries in my portraits exist in real life. They seriously ask if such alluring sceneries are real, and when I reply yes, I am always met with one response: ‘then how come we never heard of it before!’,” he joyfully exclaimed.

Selim further added that he is constantly told that his paintings were the reason behind many people’s visits to Nubia.

  

In a meeting with Aswan’s governor, Selim was honoured for presenting an ‘attractive image of Nubia’ which appealed to so many tourists and helped in the country’s larger plan of reviving tourism.   

        

The portrait of Sofitel’s legendary Old Cataract Aswan Hotel, is one of Selim’s winning cards in every exhibition he takes part in. The painted photograph is the most requested art work of Selim’s which draws people the most.

“I find unexpected support and admiration from foreigners in the exhibitions I participate in. I have met many of them who stated that Nubia is all about this amazing scenery,” he concluded.

         

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