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What Went On During This Year’s Earth Hour

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You probably heard and witnessed Earth Hour yesterday, and for those who are yet not fully aware of this initiative, let me break it down for you. Earth Hour started back in 2007 as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney, and has now become the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.

It is organized yearly by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and is now a symbol of everyone’s commitment to the Earth, and over the years, the Earth Hour has grown its inception and over 180 countries and territories has participated last year.

“We live in an interconnected world. Every action we take impacts life around us, and increasingly those impacts are harmful. Our ever-growing demand for food, water, and energy is changing the climate faster than predicted—and it comes at a cost for wildlife, wild places, and people everywhere,” WWF writes on why Earth Hour matters.

Participants show their support for climate, rivers, wildlife, for forests and oceans, by taking part in the event and switching off the lights for one hour. Each of these issues have been massively affected by the human neglect and evolution, and surely deserved our attention to help rescue what can be saved.

Over the years, landmarks and historic sites like Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building, and Buckingham Palace have gone dark to mark the hour. And this year has been no exception.

Did you spot the Pyramids?

This year theme for the Earth Hour was #Connect2Earth. The campaign aims at building mass awareness on why its crucial for us to turn our attention to the nature and help create an unstoppable movement, similar to this one.

Let us be clear on one thing, and that is participating in a one-day event doesn’t put an end to climate change, or any other environmental crises that we are facing, but it merely grasps our attention to the problem at hand. So what should be done, is a year long plan, of how to help be part of solving this issue. You can start by doing your own research, and find out what can be done on your behalf.

Tower Bridge goes dark during Earth Hour, UK.

Twin Towers go dark during Earth Hour, Malaysia.

Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House during Earth Hour

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THE GOLDEN PARADE

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In a spectacular display of cultural revitalization and preservation, Egypt stunned the world with her Golden Parade. The royal procession rivaled those of  centuries past in extravagance and the awe it left in its wake. The official transference of 22 mummies, 18 pharaohs and four queens from The Egyptian museum in heart of Cairo to the next nucleus of Egyptian history and culture, The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. This momentous event came to being after a year long preparation in which the efforts of key individuals led to an unparalleled display which captivated millions across the globe. The colossal effort behind the scenes owe its thanks to several companies and individuals.

The phenomenal production by Kokoro Agency heads Production Designer and Art Director Mohamed Attia and partner Shady Ezz, oversaw the process to ensure the visually distinct nature of the Golden Parade. Following the event Mohamed Attia “The happiness and pride of the people come from how we as Egyptians are capable. That we’re capable of meeting the international standard, with it being accomplished yesterday before the eyes of every Egyptian and the world.” This substantial work stands as an example of Egyptian creativity and attention to detail which Shady Ezz remarked “after a year and a half worth of preparation, I’m delighted with the domestic and international reception”. Having successfully captured the grandiosity and awe inspiring spectacle of the Ancient Egyptians Kokoro and everyone involved in the production of the Parade have forged work that has earned the pride of Egyptians everywhere.

The visual journey that was embarked upon by every viewer who witnessed the parade was one guided by the hand of DOP and Director Mazen El Motagawel. Responsible for the vision of the event, his efforts ensured a spectacle that offered viewers a unique glimpse into the past, which he says “will never be repeated in a lifetime”. Through intricate rehearsals and preparation, he ensured that every second that was viewed on air deserved to be cemented in the minds and hearts of Egyptians. The parade necessitated a delicate touch and a carefully orchestrated sequence of events, which presented substantial challenges which required an unmatched creativity to ensure such a vision comes to fruition. He stated that “the lighting design was extremely technically demanding regarding how to manage lighting on such a grand scale, especially the coordination between the parade and the visual elements”. Mazen El Motagawel’s work was complemented by Ahmed El Morsi’s remarkable directing and filming the retelling of ancient Egyptian history by prominent Egyptian actors as well as the official anthem by the acclaimed artist Mohamed Mounir. All theses elements came together to mark a new chapter in modern Egyptian history in which it solidifies its identity. One that embraces the legacy of its past and its optimistic path towards achieving its potential.

 

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The Christmas Bazars and Festivities to Catch This Holiday

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Christmas festivities has already invaded most parts of Cairo and it’s our favorite season for a good reason! Anywhere you go, you can spot the festive decorations and stunning Christmas lights.

If Christmas IS your favorite holiday and you’re looking to make the best out of it, here are the best places to celebrate the holidays in! The following are the bazars to catch and the places with the most stunning winter vibes.

Walk of Cairo

Walk of Cairo is Zayed’s newest addition and it has it all! It has the vibes and the best entertainment anyone can ask for. They have Egypt’s first Museum of Illusions, so get ready to have your mind blown away. They have the nicest, massive decorations and they have lots of fun games!

Mall of Arabia

Mall of Arabia has done a wonderful job upping their game! The Park at Mall of Arabia has everything you need, from fun rides to carnival games during the weekdays and on weekends too. Just passing by the mall, you will be blinded with magnificent Christmas lights, so you can only imagine how it looks from the inside!

Downtown Katameya

Enjoy plenty of activities at Downtown Katameya including foam clouds that you can indeed float on! VR competitions with a number of of IRL prizes, and a selfie booth where you can have your picture taken on their Christmas tree!

Arkan Plaza

Arkan Plaza in Sheikh Zayed gives you the ultimate dining experience with the best decorations and a huge Christmas tree! Catch the festivities there while dining at one of their top notch restaurants.

Zed Park

It’s all about Christmas at Zed Park plus the fun games and rides that you most certainly don’t want to miss!

Let the festivities begin and the good time roll! Happy holidays everyone.

 

 

 

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Christmas Concerts to be Held at Cairo and Alexandria Opera Houses

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Both Cairo and Alexandria Opera Houses are set to celebrate Christmas with three concerts and ballet shows to be held on the 10th, 13th and 14th of December.

The concerts will be all about festivities and Christmas spirit, by presenting a selection of well-known musicals and international songs that are being presented for the very first time. They’re being prepared by Amir Awad, Osama Ali, and Imad Adel, under the supervision of Magdy Saber.

The Cairo Opera Troupe will present three concerts and ballet shows designed by Armenia Kamel, supervised by art director Iman Mostafa and directed by Abdullah Saad.

Cairo Opera Orchestra and the Cairo Opera Choir will also participate in the concerts, also with the participation of art shows performed by members of the Cairo Opera Ballet.

The concerts in Cairo will be held at the Cairo Opera’s Grand Theater and the third concert will take place in the Sayed Darwish Theater at Alexandria Opera.

 

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