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The Apps You Need To Survive Quarantine Time

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The Apps You Need To Survive Quarantine Time

We’re currently facing a devastating but necessary quarantine but nothing shall stop us from finding ways to kill time with and ways to spend time with our friends! Luckily, technology has us covered with a number of applications that make leaving the house no longer a necessity.

From life-saving apps to ones that keep us entertained and connected, we present to you the following necessary apps to help you survive this quarantine.

Tiktok

Tiktok comes on top of the list and as much as we all might be ashamed to admit, it turns out the app is so much fun and a great time killer, we blame it on celebrities for making us so addicted.

Also, try to include your family members in some of the videos, the results are hilarious!

House Party

House party is an app that took over the entire world in just a few weeks! It is a social media app that allows you to video-chat and play games with your friends, the closest thing you will get to hanging out with your buddies!

Google Duo

A bit similar to house party minus the games, Google Duo is the highest quality video calling app, It’s simple, reliable, and works on smartphones, tablets and on the web. It will help bring all your loved ones in a group chat and it is also ideal for work conference calls. 

Down Dog

Down Dog is a great application for exercising, it will get you a brand new yoga practice every time you come to your mat! Unlike other apps that pre-record videos, this one won’t make you repeat the same workout over and over again.

AND it’s free until May the 1st! We love apps that understand what we’re currently going through.

Headspace

With everything we’re going through, meditation is truly much needed to help us pass time while simultaneously managing stress. Headspace offers courses, ranging from the basics of meditation to others that help you stay positive, like “Happiness.” Or shorter ones, like “Breathe,” that encourage you to take a quick 1-3 minutes from the day to relax. Download the app and discover the rest!

Psych

Another game that you can play with your friends online, you choose from a variety of fun categories in which each player makes up fake answers to real trivia questions. You get points for guessing the right answer, and for each other player you PSYCH! into choosing yours.

Google News and Apple News

With something new happening everyday, you need to remain caught up with what’s happening around the world and the easiest way to do so is by installing Google News and Apple News. Both also show you the biggest stories of the day from an assortment of the best news outlets, so you can always be up to date on what’s going on.

Kindle

For all the book worms out there, take advantage of the time you now have thanks to the quarantine and catch up on the latest reads through Kindle! The books cost less than the physical copy, and there are plenty of font sizes and formats to change so the book is always easy to read. It’s free for iPhone or Android.

Wordscapes

This one is for all the geeks out there who like to challenge themselves! Wordscapes is the word hunt game, it’s a perfect fit for fans of crossword or word anagram games, combining best of word find games and crossword puzzles.

Technology is indeed a life saver in a time like this but always remember that going old school can be fun too! Puzzle games, card and board games are still a great way to bond with the family and kill quarantine time. What matters the most here is for you to make the best out of your stay!

 

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Mounir to Perform at Cairo Opera House As Cultural Events Resume Mid-July

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Egypt’s cultural activities will return in min-July with a 25% capacity in all facilities, the ministry of culture announced.

The ministry has already planned out for its comeback with renowned singer Mohamed Mounir set to perform the venue’s first concert after reopening.

Cultural events will return after being suspended for three months in light of the pandemic. Now, we’re about to be entertained once again but with all precautionary measures taken.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem assured that all facilities will adhere to precautionary measures against the coronavirus.

In a statement, Abdel Dayem said that the resumption of cultural activities indicates Egypt’s ability to face challenges and cope with the virus.

She further explained that the 25% capacity will be enforced to all facilities and all measures will be taken, which includes applying social distancing and providing audiences with an educational guide to maintain public safety.

A committee will also be formed under the supervision of the ministry, to follow up on the implementation of these procedures at all cultural facilities.

The reopening decision includes all museums which are under the Ministry of Culture’s supervision, Cairo Opera House, art exhibitions, national circus shows, theatres, and cultural and intellectual evenings.

Mounir’s concert will be held on July 17th and is the artists first performance at the Cairo Opera House in 15 years!

 

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Gouna Film Festival Will Be Pushed One Month From Its Official Date

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Organizers of the Gouna Film Festival Just announced on their official Instagram page that the festival will be postponed this year for a month, in light of the pandemic.

The fourth edition of the festival which was supposed to kick off in September, has been pushed to the 23rd of October.

According to their announcement, their decision comes in response to the challenging circumstances that is facing all film festivals because of the pandemic.

The decision also comes with the intention to maintain the safety of all guests, workers and the audience.

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Stay Dreaming! Responding to the challenging circumstances that all international film festivals are facing, with the intention to support the industry in the tough times and deliver a safe festival experience to its guests… #GFF20 dates have been postponed a month later than initially planned, the 4th edition will now run from Oct. 23 to 31, 2020 in @elgounaredsea ; following the global health and safety measures. More details to be announced soon. Stay Tuned and #StayDreaming تحسبا للظروف الصعبة التي تواجهها المهرجانات السينمائية العالمية، و لغرض الإستمرار في دعم الصناعة وإقامة دورة آمنة وناجحة من أجل ضيوفنا وجماهيرنا الأعزاء، قرر مهرجان الجونة السينمائي أن يعدل مواعيد إقامة دورته الرابعة، لتصبح في الفترة ما بين 23 – 31 أكتوبر/تشرين الأول 2020 في مدينة الجونة. تابعونا لمزيد من التفاصيل.

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“Stay Dreaming! Responding to the challenging circumstances that all international film festivals are facing, with the intention to support the industry in the tough times and deliver a safe festival experience to its guests… GFF20 dates have been postponed a month later than initially planned, the 4th edition will now run from Oct. 23 to 31, 2020 in @elgounaredsea ; following the global health and safety measures. More details to be announced soon. Stay Tuned and #StayDreaming.” The announcement read.

One of the highlights of the fourth edition is that the festival will be the first public event hosted at the site of Gouna Conference and Culture Centre (GCCC), featuring an architectural design of 8000-square-meter-wide open space, providing a unique and spacious atmosphere for a new cultural and cinematic experience.

“We are in constant dialogue with the key industry players and other international film festivals to study how film festivals may adapt to the current situation and continue to play their roles in developing the industry regionally and internationally. Our team participated in the virtual Marche du Film, not only to meet sales agents and producers to source their films, but also to study the experience of a digital-only film market. Furthermore, the members of the team will be attending the Fall festivals to bring to the region the best and newest crop of films” the co-founder and COO of the festival Bushra Rozza commented.

We might have to wait a bit longer this time but we’re positive that it’ll be worth it at the end.

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Cairokee Fans’ Music Video Will Give You Guaranteed Chills

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Cairokee fans got some hidden talents! The whole thing started off with an idea to make an editorial shoot which turned into a creative and emotional music video.

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_________________ Cairokee – Ghammad Einak Remix (Music Video) For every direction you take, a pattern, unique in its own way, is formed, your true strength lies within your mind and how well you control it. . ‎.لكل اتجاه تتخذه، يتشكل نمط فريد من نوعه، قوتك فى عقلك و مدى تحكمك فيه —————————————————————————————————— Music By: @cairokee Production Services By: @myfilms.co Director/DOP: @yousseftayehphotography Creative Director/Assistant Director: @marwanfouad Talent: @ilindaalim Line Producer: @bess.franco Editor: Khaled El Morshedy Colorist: @mahmoudissam_ Cameraman: @mhmdmac Focus Puller: @omarabdelhamed Stylist: @ranalinaa Makeup Artist: @glamby_nourhan Gaffer: Mohamed Eissa Choreography: @nadamohamedomar

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“2020 felt like the year to get back to what I love most and since the pandemic is here, I guess it’ll just be an extra challenge. This shoot was a complete thrill, we had time, an amazing talented team that wanted to create something special. I wanted to do a new editorial shoot to push through and get back properly to modeling especially in Egypt as it’s been a dream to do so in my home country” says Linda.”

Currently our life situation wasn’t normal and every person was experiencing a tough moment, I called Marwan Fouad (creative director) co-founder of myfilms.co. because I wanted to do a new editorial shoot for my modelling account. I told him let’s do something indirectly regarding Covid-19 and how one’s persons life has been affected in that period. Also knowing there is curfews and would be best if we film something at home.

Marwan Fouad was the one who chose Ghamad Einak Remix specifically from Cairokee’s latest online live show as it suited the concept exactly the way he shaped it. Moving forward Marwan Fouad called Tamer Hashem regarding the project and Tamer was very supportive and excited for the idea and he talked to rest of Cairokee members and they gave us the approval! We instantly started working on how we can execute this the best way we could.

Marwan transformed the whole idea from an editorial shoot into creating a music video. The song and lyrics has put all the pieces together. Especially that the lyrics and mood of the song can relate to every persons struggles and life in their daily basis .. and I think it did touch a lot of people and even made more sense during the tough period that we’re all facing now.” Linda says. Marwan shaped the concept to match Linda’s personality perfectly. This gave her a huge push to be able to express herself and deliver what’s needed.

So with the help of her amazing talented team they got to create something special! Linda and Marwan gathered people that they knew they will add something remarkable. Everyone did his part perfectly starting from the concept Marwan Fouad to styling by Linda’s sister Ranalinaa which was a huge part of the project to be there by her side, a flawless line producer Bess Franco and Nada Mohamed Omar for the amazing choreography, making Linda able to express herself naturally and Nour Barbari with her perfect makeup.

“This wouldn’t have turned to what it is without the DOP/ directors eyes @yousseftayeh, who exactly executed the project how all imagined and even beyond! I thank the whole team pre-production, shooting day and post; for putting so much effort and time into this and turning it into a masterpiece!” Says Linda.

After the release Linda had a talk with Tamer Hashem the famous Cairokee drummer and he was very happy and content with the video and he liked the feedback from the people. ‘Cairokee’ was very welcoming and very supportive with the idea of making the music video for their masterpiece Ghamad Einak. Felt like a proud moment for all. “Am very happy and satisfied that I got the chance to co- produce and perform for one of my favorite bands” says Linda.

“The support was insane from everyone, I am forever thankful. Thank you Cairokee for supporting the idea, your song made it perfect!” Says Linda.

 

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