Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, many people and countries as a whole have been taking drastic measures to help keep the virus at bay and their people safe. At first, we haven’t imagined the magnitude of the virus and how badly it would affect things and people on a global scale.
It started out with talk of a few football leagues and matches “maybe” getting postponed for the time being. That alone had left football maniacs who were looking forward to such events quite angry and worried. Regardless, they hadn’t thought of things getting worse and claimed that it was just a vague idea being proposed.
A week later and everything had gone up in flames. One by one, it had been confirmed that these leagues and matches are postponed and some even cancelled unfortunately. On the long run, the countries were forced to shut down all public domains that could help gather people around and make the virus spread even worse.
Schools and Universities were also shut down to be thoroughly quarantined ans steralized giving people the privilege of working from home . From there, things had began going haywire. Everything was being shut down for sanitation and people were sent home to break the chain.
What was uncertain about being postponed was the 2020 Olympic Games that people were seriously looking forward to. This is one of the most important sports in history and people from various countries travel the globe to watch such an event. This is exactly why it has officially been decided that the Olympics is being postponed till 2021. What?
In regards to the millions of people who were going to show up in Tokyo to watch the games take place, this event had to be postponed for countless reasons. First of all, there are currently no flights or airlines that are working because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Secondly, the athletes might be physically prepared to compete but mentally they are extremely stressed and worried leaving them unfit to participate. Lastly, many athletes have been infected with the virus which means that the teams would be uneven thus the scores would be unfair.
“Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty has been extremely challenging for them.”- Australian Chief
At first, both Australia and Canada had already decided to not compete and withdraw from the Olympics this year due to safety reasons. After some serious reconsidering, it was decided altogether that the games would be postponed till next year.
It was announced as of Sunday that 5,683 cases have been confirmed in the UK leaving at least 281 dead. Do you guys expect that in the health state the world is in, it’s fit to go on with initiating the Olympic games? No way.
It’ll jut be a year away, it’s not like it’s permanently getting cancelled. We’d rather be safe than sorry.
Ministry of Culture x Cairo Opera House Making Sure You Stay Home Entertained
As part of the efforts exerted in encouraging people to stay at home, the Ministry of Culture has launched the online initiative “Stay at home … Culture is between your hands.”
The initiative is launched in collaboration with Cairo Opera House, which will provide the audience with plays, musical performances, ballets, and even films available for streaming online.
“The initiative aims to broadcast anecdotes about the archives of national, contemporary and traditional creativity on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Culture and its different social media accounts.” Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem said.
With that being said, expect the following this week!
Fine Arts Museum displays its holdings online
The Fine Arts Museum will “will bring the museum right to your doorstep” through their official Facebook page.
“My Heritage Visual Arts” contest
Art enthusiasts will still be able to apply for the fifth edition of “My Heritage” contest for photography and plastic arts, which highlights the architectural and urban elements of Cairo.
“Read with us” initiative
The Supreme Council of Culture, headed by Hisham Azmy, will also organize several online cultural events, including a series of Arab cultural episodes entitled “Read with us.”
Omar Khairat Concert
As for the concerts that will be held! It was just announced that the legendary pianist Omar Khairat will perform live on Thursday the 26th at 9:00 PM. The online concert will be held on the official YouTube channel of the Ministry of Culture.
An Umm Kulthum’s Hologram Concert was held online last night and you can still stream it on their YouTube channel.
Expect more plays and concerts to be announced soon, all for you to stay safe and stay home.
Ramses II Opening Postponed Due to the Pandemic
For the time being, Egypt has been working on several new campaigns as well as initiatives to make our country a stronger and better place. The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is currently in the process of completing the restoration of Ramses II statue that is located on the West side of the Luxor Temple.
This was to be a great achievement for the Egyptian citizens but unfortunately for us, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, things were forced to change directions. At first, the initial date of the opening was to be on April 18th, but throughout the process, people wondered whether or not the virus will take a toll on this.
The statue is around 7 meters high and weigh 65 tons which is pretty huge, which is why people were quite excited for the opening. Besides that, Egyptology is an amazing thing to marvel at as well as study, our land has a rich cultural background s well as history.
Ahmed Orabi, the Director of the Luxor Temple at the Ministry of Antiquities, has recently told the press that the assembly as well as restoration of Ramses the second is almost finished but has warned people prior that the date may be postponed due to the health catastrophe that is currently going on.
.“We are continuing with the restoration work that is 99 percent complete, to prepare the statue for the opening date that was initially set on April 18, or the new date, depending on the sudden change in plans,” stated Orabi.
Orabi has also explained that the method used to restore are of the most recent scientific methods. He also added that both Karnak and Luxor temples had undergone several changes as well to commence greeting visitors with pride.
Believe it or not, they have started working on Ramses II in September 2019 after Khaled el Anani, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, has decided to fully support the Egyptian archealogical mission that is led by Mostafa Waziri, the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The Egyptian citizens will just have to wait patiently until the health crisis simmers down a bit and makes it safer for people to come visit.
Met Gala Postponed for the First Time Ever
For those of you who are fashion freaks, we are sad to announce that the Met Gala, known for its buzziest fashion society, has been postponed until further notice. On Monday evening, it was announced by the museum that all programs and events will be cancelled or postponed until May 15th.
This decision has been made in order to avoid large gatherings of more than 50 people as we have learned from the health guidance outbreak for the Coronavirus. Other programmes that have been cancelled in light of the pandemic includes the annual fundraising party. Bummer!
The Met Gala which is normally hosted and chaired by Anna Wintour, is a party that people look forward to all year! Millions of people tune in on social media to watch how the guests out dress one another. It’s a very creative way to get people in on the latest fashion ordeals!
In last years Met Gala, the exhibit “Camp: Notes on Fashion” was capable of raising $15 million from only 550 guests! Can you believe that? To secure a table at this event, you’ll need around $200,000 and the ticket itself for one individual costs around $35, 000 and can only be purchased by invite.
This year’s gala co-hosts were supposed to include Louis Vuitton Nicolas Ghesquiere , Emma Stone (Louis Vuitton’s brand ambassador), and much more important people. Some such as Meryl Streep, were to attend the Gala for their first time ever! Unfortunately for them, this year they’ll just have to wait and see how things unravel.
Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Billy Porter had played an important role in last year’s event where they had stood out with their creative attires! This year, the theme of the event was supposed to back fire and stand out even more but looks like things will play out differently.
Not only will the Met Gala not be capable of raising the money they needed this year, but also people won’t be able to make a grand entrance and show off the creative clothes they have had specifically made for this year! It is well known as the biggest night in Fashion, even more important than the red carpet!
Ms.Wintour had posted on the Vogue website claiming that it was out of her hands. The situation is both responsible and unavoidable. She’s filled with grief since this is the first time in 18 years that the event is postponed. Aside from that, Ms.Wintour has promised to release this year’s planned exhibition in May’s issue of Vogue since a lot of hard work and thought has been exerted into this!
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