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What You Need to Know About this Year’s Gouna Film Festival

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The 2019 edition of El Gouna Film Festival is just around the corner and we can’t wait to see the diverse selection of films, killer looks and witness the development of cinema in the Arab world! Here is what to expect from this edition and what has been revealed so far!

The Festival, which will be held in the Red Sea resort town of El Gouna, is taking place from 19 to 27 September.

Sawsan Badr announced on her official Instagram account that she will be among the jury members for the feature film category, Mona Zaki and filmmaker Ana Urushadze are also among the jurors.

As for the awards announced, comedian legend Mohamed Henedy and Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri will take home the Career Achievement Award.

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Charming the masses with his quick wit and jokes that always land, this year we honour the Egyptian comedic legend Mohamed Henedy @henedythereal , recipient of a #GFF19 Career Achievement Award. Stay tuned for more reveals about #GFF19! صاحب النكات التي اضحكتنا، والكلمات الفكاهية التي علقت في أذهاننا وحس الدعابة الذي نتذكره دائما، نحن سعداء أن نعلن أن النجم المصري محمد هنيدي سيحل ضيفًا على مهرجان الجونة السينمائي ويتسلم جائزة الإنجاز الإبداعي عن مجمل أعماله. انتظروا المزيد من التفاصيل عن الدورة الثالثة لمهرجان الجونة السينمائي.

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Receiving a Career Achievement Award this year at #GFF19 is Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri, a storyteller that has told captivating and gripping stories throughout the years. The director has tackled all sorts of vital subject matter, and has become an acclaimed, award-winning film icon. Stay tuned for more reveals about #GFF19! جائزة الإنجاز الإبداعي عن مجمل الأعمال هذا العام في مهرجان الجونة السينمائي ستحصل عليها المخرجة الفلسطينية مي مصري، التي استطاعت أن تحكي وتروي القصص من خلال أعمالها التي حصدت عدد من الجوائز. انتظروا المزيد من التفاصيل عن الدورة الثالثة من مهرجان الجونة السينمائي.

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El Gouna Film Festival will  feature and play movies, with works spanning from Brazil, Lebanon, Russia, Denmark and more.

If you’re eager to know more of what the festival will hold, click on this link and enjoy a quick stroll!

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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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