25 August 2019 01:40 PM

Under Auspices of President Sisi: Culture Minister Inaugurates 11th Edition of Arabic Theater Festival

Sunday، 13 January 2019 - 03:17 PM

Abdel Dayem: this  festival  announces  Egypt's celebration of Arabic  art.

The history and the pioneers of  theater attended the ceremonies of The Arabic Theater Festival.

Under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah Sisi , President of Egypt , Dr. Enas Abdel Dayem, The Minister of Culture, and Ismail Abdullah, Secretary General of the Arabic theater  Authority,  inaugurated  The 11 Edition of  The Arabic Theater Festival, which continues from 10 until 16 January , with the participation of seven Arab countries: Egypt, UAE, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraq and Kuwait. The Ceremonies were attended by members of The supreme Committee  of the festival :- artist Khalid Jalal , General Coordinator, Dr. Sameh Mahran Member of the Arabic Theater  Authority, Dr. Magdy Saber Head of The Opera House, The artist Ismail Mukhtar, head of Artistic  House of Theater, director Dr. Essam El Sayed, Dr. Youssef Eidaby, the Consultant of  the Arabic  Theater Authority and a group of Egyptian and Arab critics, artists and media figures .

At the beginning of the ceremonies, Abdel Dayem welcomed the guests in their second home Egypt , assuring that  the return of the  Arabic Theater Festival to Cairo , under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah Sisi President , confirms the appreciation the political leadership for culture and arts , as a soft tools to raise awareness and to build the individual  in order to preserve our Arabic identity. Moreover, she  added that this edition announces the celebration of Egypt's Arabic arts in various fields because it was and will remain a strong tool of safeguarding  creativity and enlightenment.

She pointed out that The Ministry of Culture and its sectors ,in cooperation with The Arabic Theater Authority and with the support of Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, member of The Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates Union and The Ruler of Sharjah ,  are seeking to achieve a new developed stage for  this festival which will include performances that   reflect the Arab world theatrical  movement .She also hoped that  the creative  young people will help  creativity to  remain and to  pump new blood and a new artistic vision to the process of  the enlightenment of the Arabic artistic movement  and  the artistic cultural scene , stressing that we need to put  our values and art in the top  of our priorities to face the surrounding  Arabic challenges and she hoped that this Edition reflects the aspirations of the Arabic nation , concluding her speech by acclaiming " Long live Egypt and long live the Arab nation"

For his part, The Secretary General of The Arab Theater Authority said that the festival activities are considered as messages of hope from Egypt to all the world , especially after holding its first Edition in Cairo ,noting that this event opens the windows of heart and mind,  during  seven days, praising the pioneers of theater for their efforts, who produced many wonderful theatrical works  , assuring that  theater is a platform for life ,saying " long life for you and for theater ".

To celebrate  the Day of the Arabic  Theater, which coincides with the opening of the festival , the great Algerian artist Sayed Ahmed Aqomy delivered a speech , saying that  he succeeded in realizing  his dream to work as a theatric actor where we find truth mingled with imagination to  change reality and he stressed that acting enabled him to be an  ambassador of human dream . Moreover,  he was honored by The Secretary General of the Arab Theater Authority , plus , The Minister of Culture gave him  the festival's shield as an  appreciation for his  efforts.

For her part, The Minister of Culture gave the Festival Memorial Shields for a group of theatrical pioneer who influenced the Arabic theater including :-  Ashraf Abdul Ghafoor, Amal Bakir, Jalal Sharkawy, Rashwan Tawfik, Samiha Ayoub, Samir Ahmed, Samir El-Asfoury, Samir Ghanem, Samira Abdul Aziz, Sana intercessor , SZ Morshedi, Abdul Rahman Abu Zahra, Ezzat Alayli, Fahmy Khouly, Kamal Eid, Lenin Ramly , received by the writer Fatima Almtl, Mahmoud Alhadiny, Mahmoud Yassin , received by his wife, , Nabil Halafawi, Nabil Mounir, Naima Ajami, Huda Wasfi , Yahya al-Fakharani .

The opening ceremony, which was directed by the artist Khaled Jalal, began with presenting a documentary film displaying a important scenes for the great stars of drama, followed by presenting a Operetta" our Biggest Nation" led by Maestro Alaa Abdulsalam , performed by  the opera stars:-  Amira Ahmed, Ghada Adam, Noha Hafez, Ayat Farouk, Nihad Fathi and Ahmed Effat .

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