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Museums in Egypt To Open For Free on May 18th

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Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities announced last Tuesday that all museums in Egypt will open for free on May 18th, for Egyptians and tourists all day long.

This comes in light of International Museum Day, that has been coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) since 1977.

ICOM explained in a statement on their website, that this day represents a “unique moment for the international museum community”.

“The objective of the International Museum Day (IMD) is to raise awareness of the fact that museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples,” the ICOM website stated.

This day is celebrated every year on May 18th, whereas events and activities are taken place to celebrate International Museum Day. Each year, more and more museums participate in the International Museum Day. 

According to ICOM’s website, around 37,000 museums in about 158 countries participated last year.

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Work Almost Completed at the Cairo International Airport Museum

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Head of the Museums Sector at Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities Moamen Othman inspected the ongoing work and latest preparations at Cairo International Airport Museum.

Othman looked into the progress and made sure that all artifacts were placed at the main exhibit hall of the museum according to the display scenario.

So far, the work in the galleries of the museum have been completed and all artifacts have been placed and distributed inside two display cases in accordance to the museum display scenario. Right now, the lighting and labels are being finalized.

 

According to Othman, the museum will be an asset to the Cairo International Airport and will play a role in attracting visitors, expatriates and transit travelers.

Hala Hagag , director general of the Cairo Airport Museum, said that the artifacts were carefully selected by the Supreme Committee for the Museum Display Scenario, from the storages of a number of museums, including the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, the Suez Museum and the Greco-Roman Museum, it showcases the different civilization of Ancient, Coptic and Islamic Egypt.

Moreover, the museum will display two mummies. One of them is decorated with a golden mask and colored inscriptions.

 

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Cairo International Book Fair Postponed In Light of Coronavirus Concerns

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The Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) has been postponed to June next year over coronavirus concerns, the High Committee of the CIBF said following a meeting that was held on Monday, headed by Egypt’s Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem.

The book fair was supposed to take place early next year in January and February, giving the chance to several Egyptian, Arab and even international vendors to exhibit their books. The book fair is seen as one of the Middle East’s largest annual cultural event.

According to the statement released by the committee, the new date for the 52nd CIBF is expected to be between 30 June to 15 July.

“The committee discussed the latest developments concerning the coronavirus pandemic globally, and its impact on book fairs worldwide, which led to the cancellation or postponement of international exhibitions,” the statement noted.

This decision also comes to support those who will be participating in the fair from foreign countries, in an attempt for them to be able to fly to Egypt.

Due to the same reason, the committee said that it has agreed with Greece that it will delay its participation in the exhibition as a guest of honor to the next year.

 

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Opera Book Fair Launches Today For the First Time

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To all the book worms out there who wait around every year for the Book Fair to satisfy their obsession, we’re happy to tell you that this year the Ministry of Culture is launching the very first Opera Book Fair and it kicks off today!

Egypt’s Minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem announced the launch of the Opera Book Fair for the first time, and it is set to be held in El-Hanager Art Center.

The Book Fair is organized by the General Egyptian Book Organization in cooperation with a number of sectors of the ministry. The opening will be held today at 6:00 PM in the external Opera Square.

You can still catch the book fair until November 28 with the participation of 32 publishing houses in addition to the various sectors of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, including the General Egyptian Book Organization, the General Authority for Cultural Palaces, the National Library and Archives, in addition to the participation of Dar Al Maarif.

The Minister explained that the Book Fair comes in light of the ministry’s framework of enriching the system of cultural service and supporting the publishing movement and book industry in Egypt.

Visiting hours start at 10 AM until 8 PM.

 

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