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The Arab and African Youth Platform Forum Kicks off in Aswan

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The Arab and African Youth Platforms is founded for the youth of both regions; in order for them to share and exchange experiences. Because cooperating together will result in the developing of the countries, and the youth of both regions have proved that they are capable of coming up with a promising vision for the countries.

The Forum kicked off yesterday in Aswan with 1,500 participants, and its agenda focuses on issues related to Arabs and Africans, in addition to questions that are related to Egypt’s presidency of the African Union in 2019.

Activities will include open discussions, workshops, seminars and round table discussions that will bring together senior officials, decision-makers and a large number of young people from all over Africa.

The forum will tackle important topics such as the future of scientific research and health care, the impact of advanced technology and innovation in Africa and the Arab region.

Besides having these sessions and workshops, a number of cultural and entertainment activities will be held; through which participants will get the chance to discover the beauty of Aswan and visit its most remarkable sight seeings.

The forum’s colorful slogan is a reflection of the spirit and authenticity of the Arab and African countries.

Moreover, the forum will offer two entrepreneur workshops with the title “How to be a Successful Entrepreneur” and “Social Entrepreneur from an African Perspective”.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended this morning the opening session of the second day of the forum, in addition to Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli and a number of cabinet members and senior statesmen are attending the session.

President El Sisi included in his speech a word for the horrific incident that Muslims in New Zealand had witnessed, he expressed his deep sorrow for the loss of those Muslims, he also added that Egypt stands against any sort of terrorists acts that cause the life of innocent humans.

He then praised the efforts of the youth, and explained that in Egypt, we put them in the front so that they can lead the way to a better, more developed future.

 

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Ramadan Weekend Guide

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It looks like this year, Ramadan nights are taken quite seriously, with the number of stars performing each week at the various tents. And this weekend is no exception, from Esseily to Sharnoubi to much more! Here are the list of events you don’t want to miss out on.

This Thursday!

1- Mohamed Adaweya @Galleria 40

May 16th sees one of the weekend’s biggest events kick-off as Galleria 40’s Ramadan tent, 3altawla is hosting Mohamed Adaweya for a traditional Ramadan night.

For more reservations call 01020072134, or 01020013712, or check their Facebook

2- Oka & Ortega @ El 7ara Tent

Oka & Oretga seem to be having a full schedule this Ramadan! And this Thursday, they will perform at El 7ara Tent at Sky Executive Resort for a night of cool vibes.

For reservations call 01206555044 – 01206555066 and for more information check their Facebook.

This Friday!

3- Mohamed El Sharnouby @ Sehraya Tent

The rising superstar Sharnouby will be performing live on Friday at Sehraya Tent at Triumph luxury hotel.

For reservations call 0225410700 and for more information check their Facebook.

4- 3altawla: Oka W Ortega at Galleria 40

Like I said, busy schedule for Oka & Ortega! Another Shaabi night at Galleria 40’s Ramadan tent, 3altawla, as Oka & Ortega take on the stage on Friday.

For more information and reservations call 01020072134, or 01020013712, and for check their Facebook

5- Hisham Abbas @El 7ara Tent

Hisham Abbas is back for another fun night at El 7ara Tent at Sky Executive Resort this Friday.

For reservations call 01206555044 – 01206555066 and for more information check their Facebook.

6- Mahmoud El Esseily @Bab Al Qasr Tent

Don’t miss out on a musical night performed by the superstar Mahmoud El Esseily at Bab Al Qasr Tent at Royal Maxim Palace Kempinksi.

For reservations call 01097111151 or 01016668835 or 01094711112 and for more information check their Facebook.

This Saturday!

7- Mahmoud El Esseily @The Courtyard Maadi

In case you miss the star’s performance on Friday, he will be back at the Courtyard Maadi on Saturday.

For reservations call 01210201040 and for more information check their Facebook.

 

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The Arab Films Featured at Cannes Film Festival 2019

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The Cannes Film Festival returned yesterday with a number of anticipated premieres; bringing the best of Hollywood and European film industry to the red carpet

The prestigious festival kicked off in the South of France, the eleven-day event shows appreciation for the global cinema, and we have a lot to look forward, because a number of Arab film are to featured during the exceptional film festival.

Among the biggest draws at this year’s festival is Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in a Charles Manson-era comedy drama. Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic Rocketman is also creating a buzz, as Bong Joon-ho’s return with ParasiteKen Loach is also making a welcome comeback at the festival with his latest film, Sorry We Missed You.

Now back to the Arab Films that are giving us utter pride, here are the ones to keep an eye out for!

1-It Must Be Heaven 

Directed by the Palestinian Elia Suleiman, the movie follows the story of a traveler who journeys from his home land Palestine, all the way to the west. Feeling homesick, he seeks cities like Paris and NYC for a familiar sense of home. But he recognizes that none would make up for the land he left behind.
It is a story that questions one’s identity and sense of belonging, when trying to escape his origins.

2- Papicha

The drama film tells the story of a young student with a passion for fashion, while Algeria faces the hardship of Civil War-era. Nedjma the university student, decides to stage a fashion show, amidst these hardships to uplift the spirit of her fellow students.

Algerian filmmaker Mounia Meddour has directed five documentaries in the past, and her 2011 debut short film Edwige was selected for the Dubai International Film Festival, the Gulf Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. Papicha is her first full-length feature film.

3- Adam

The movie tells the story of two women who encounter each other in the Casablanca. Samia, a pregnant young woman, and Abla, a widow who struggles to fulfill the needs of her eight-year-old-daughter. Samia seeks refuge at Abla’s house, before her birth delivery date, and together they experience a sort of rebirth and rediscover a zest for life.

4- The Unknown Saint

Moroccan director Alaa Eddine Aljem’s comedy follows a young thief, who buries his stolen money, while escaping the police. After a decade, when the thief is released from prison, he goes back to look for his money but what he finds next was something he didn’t expect. A construction has taken place atop where he buried his money.

5- Tu Mérites un Amour

TunisianAlgerian actress Hafsia Herzi makes her first foray into directing with Tu Mérites un Amour. The film follows the break-up of a young couple, Lila and Remi. Exploring the effects that the breakup left on both of them, when they parted ways.

Best of luck to them all!

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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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