Tuesday 24 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 03/12/18)
Filmmakers in Egypt are defying a largely conservative society with television series and movies that deal with modern relationships between men and women and the empowerment of the young. In its heyday between the 1950s and the 1970s, Egypt had one of the largest and most dynamic movie industries in the world. The golden age of Egyptian cinema starred fiery, determined women and love scenes that rivalled those of Western movies at the time. "Things started to change in the 1980s" as social freedoms regressed and society grew more puritanical, leading Arab film critic Tarek El Shenawi told AFP. Under the growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood group and Arab Gulf countries...
(AFP (eng) 03/09/18)
A thousand artists from over 50 countries will gather in Ivory Coast on Saturday for a week-long festival of African music, theatre, dance, comedy, slam poetry and storytelling. The 10th edition of the biannual Market for African Performing Arts, known by its French initials as MASA, will mark the 25th anniversary of the event. This year's crop of artists come from all over Africa and the African diaspora in Japan, Haiti and Canada, performing in the economic capital Abidjan and five other cities, the organisers said. Artists include Ivorian jazz fusion drummer Paco Sery, traditionalist Malian singers P-Pentatonique and Cape Verde's Maria de Barros. MASA was launched in 1993 by the International Organisation of La Francophonie, which represents French-speaking countries...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/18)
An Egyptian court sentenced pop star Sherine to six months in prison on Tuesday for suggesting drinking from the Nile River leads to illness, although she will remain free pending an appeal. Sherine Abdel Wahab, known simply as Sherine, had apologised after being caught on tape joking with concert goers that Nile water could give them parasites. The Cairo misdemeanour court convicted her of having spread "false news". Judicial officials said she would remain free on bail pending an appeal...
(AFP (eng) 02/19/18)
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo has put on display the "Screaming Mummy" of the son of a pharaoh who may have been hanged for plotting his father's murder. Dubbed "the unknown man E", the mummy which is not usually exhibited appears to be of a man who died an agonising death. Egypt's antiquities ministry has said DNA analysis confirmed the mummy was a son of Ramses III, who ruled between 1186 BC and 1155 BC. It showed signs that the...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/18)
Egyptian archaeologists on Saturday unveiled the tomb of an Old Kingdom priestess adorned with well-preserved and rare wall paintings. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany told reporters that the tomb on the Giza plateau near Cairo was built for Hetpet, a priestess to Hathor, the goddess of fertility, who assisted women in childbirth. The tomb was found during excavation work in Giza's western cemetery by a team of Egyptian archaeologists led by Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities...
(AFP (eng) 01/25/18)
Egypt on Thursday shifted a colossal statue of legendary Pharoah Ramses II into place at the entrance to a new museum in Cairo that officials hope can help win back tourists. The iconic 3,200-year-old monument will begin welcoming visitors to the Grand Egyptian Museum by the Giza pyramids when it is scheduled to open partially within the next 12 months, after years of delays. A military band played as the 83-tonne statue was slowly driven some 400 metres (yards) into...
(Jeune Afrique 12/13/17)
Un tribunal du Caire a condamné mardi une jeune chanteuse égyptienne à deux ans de prison pour "incitation à la débauche", après son apparition dans un clip particulièrement suggestif. L’histoire a commencé par un simple clip musical. Shyma, chanteuse de 21 ans, apparaît dans le clip de sa chanson « Andy Zoroof » (« J’ai des problèmes »), en multipliant les postures lascives dans ce qui semble être une salle de classe. Elle est ensuite arrêtée le 18 novembre après...
(AFP (eng) 12/13/17)
A court in Cairo on Tuesday sentenced an Egyptian pop singer to two years in prison for "inciting debauchery" over a racy music video clip, a judicial source said. Shyma, a little-known 21-year-old singer, was also fined 10,000 pounds ($560). The director of the clip, Mohamed Gamal, received the same sentence. Both can appeal the ruling. Shyma was arrested on November 18, police said, following complaints about the video for her song "I Have Issues". In the video, she appears...
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a mummy in one of two previously unexplored tombs across the Nile from the southern city of Luxor, the antiquities ministry said Saturday. The tombs were found in the 1990s by German archaeologist Frederica Kampp, though she had only reached the entrance gate "but never entered", the ministry said. It said that both tombs, which were given numbers by Kampp, were likely to date back to dynasties of the New Kingdom, which lasted several centuries until...
(AFP (eng) 12/04/17)
An Egyptian-European mission has discovered 27 fragmented statues of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet across the Nile from Egypt's southern city of Luxor, the antiquities ministry said on Sunday. The statues of the goddess, known as The Lady of War, were found in the ground at the Colossi of Memnon area on the city's west bank, which used to be a capital for ancient Egypt, the ministry said in a statement. Sekhmet had the body of a woman and the head...
(AFP (eng) 11/22/17)
Egyptian prosecutors have detained a satirist known for his ribald humour on suspicion of joining an "illegal group", his lawyer told AFP on Tuesday. Islam al-Rifai, who has more than 70,000 followers on Twitter were he posts lewd jokes and pictures, was arrested last Thursday, his lawyer Gamal Eid said. Eid said Rifai, who also designs websites, had been lured into being arrested after receiving a phone call from someone who claimed he wanted his help with a website. Prosecutors...
(AFP (eng) 11/14/17)
A Russian archaeological team has discovered a well-preserved mummy from the Greco-Roman period in a wooden coffin south of Cairo, Egypt's antiquities ministry said Tuesday. The discovery was made near New Fayoum city, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the Egyptian capital, the ministry said in a statement. The team "found inside the coffin a well-preserved mummy, wrapped in linen, with its face covered by a human mask with drawings in blue and gold," it said. While mummification is mostly associated with ancient Egypt, the practice continued into the Greco-Roman era. The Russian team made its discovery near a monastery in the village of Qalamshah.
(AFP (eng) 11/06/17)
Egypt has recovered 354 archaeological objects that were seized by authorities in the United Arab Emirates, the antiquities ministry in Cairo said. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed al-Qasimi, ruler of the emirate of Sharjah, had ordered the pieces returned to Egypt after police captured them, the ministry said Saturday. It did not provide any details on where or how the pieces were recovered, or from whom. Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany inspected the pieces at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on Saturday,...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/17)
In movie theatres, concert halls or out on the streets, culture in Egypt is faced with increasing curbs as the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expands censorship, critics say. Hossam Fazulla of the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) said artists were being subjected to increasing limitations. "What the government is trying to do is... to create a model of an obedient citizen who is tame, who is very convenient for this regime," said Fazulla. The curbs have wiped out some art forms, especially street events, which were starting to flourish after the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, he said. In the turmoil that followed, ex-army chief Sisi led the 2013...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/17)
Paintings by top Egyptian artists shared wall space with hieroglyphs and Pharaonic relics at Cairo's Egyptian Museum this week in an exhibition highlighting ancient influences on contemporary art. Artists, intellectuals and ambassadors from around the world attended the Saturday night opening of "A night with Art at the Egyptian Museum", organised by the private Art D'Egypte organisation. The exhibition, at the museum on Cairo's iconic Tahrir square, will be open to the public until Tuesday. "We wanted to highlight the...
(Xinhuanet 09/25/17)
Egypt's El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) aspires to be a destination of Arab and international movie stars and filmmakers, GFF Director Intishal al-Tamimi said in an interview with Xinhua. Scheduled for Sept. 22-29 at the Red Sea resort town of El-Gouna under the slogan of "Cinema for Humanity," the GFF screens some 69 films from around 40 countries, including 16 feature films, 18 short films and 12 long documentaries, in addition to 19 films outside the official competition and four...
(Egyptian Streets 09/15/17)
Egypt’s minister of antiquities Khaled Al-Anany participated in a ceremony organized by Egypt’s embassy in Paris to celebrate the 200th anniversary of discovering Abu Simbel Temples. The celebration took place at Petit Palais Palace in Paris. They also celebrated the 50th anniversary of its relocation. The monuments of Abu Simbel temples had to be relocated in the past century as a part of a campaign to save the monuments of Nubia in the 1960s. Al-Anany expressed his appreciation for the...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/17)
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tomb of a prominent goldsmith who lived more than 3,000 years ago, unearthing statues, mummies and jewelry in the latest major find near the Nile city of Luxor. Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said on Saturday the tomb dated back to Egypt’s 18th dynasty New Kingdom era -- around 15th century B.C. “The work did not finish yet and we’re continuing and working to find more objects and more tombs,” he told Reuters at...
(Egyptian Streets 08/28/17)
El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) is set to take place from the 22 to 29 September in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of El Gouna. Egyptian business tycoon Naguib Sawiris shared his ambitions behind launching the festival to “put itself on the international map”, during the press conference of the festival on Sunday. “I love cinema, which is the primary motive behind starting this [festival]. Another reason is that I felt El-Gouna needs to be put on the map...

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