12 November 2019 09:09 AM

Serbia Book Fair celebrates Egyptian culture

Sunday، 20 October 2019 - 11:46 AM

Abdel Dayem has headed an Egyptian delegation of 60 creators to participate in Belgrade International Book Fair in Serbia, in which Egypt is a guest of honor of its 64th edition.

Dr. Inas Abdel Dayem, Minister of Culture, went to the Serbian capital Belgrade, accompanied by a delegation of 60 artists, writers and intellectuals. She will be received by the Ambassador of Egypt to Serbia to participate in the events held from 20 to 27 October, this book fair hosts a pavilion of the Egyptian General Book Organization, headed by Dr. Haitham El-Haj. The Egyptian pavilion includes 535 titles of the organization’s publications and of the publications of the various sectors of the Ministry of Culture, in addition to presenting intellectual and artistic activities and highlighting the unique Egyptian identity and creative movement in the Egyptian society.

Abdel Dayem affirmed that Egypt's participation, as a guest of honor in the International Fair, one of the oldest specialized exhibitions in Europe, reflects the influential role of soft power in communicating with nations and it comes within the State's efforts to consolidate the bonds of friendship and  love, as it strengthens the relations with the nations of the world. This participation is also considered as a new gate opened in the field of knowledge and exchanging cultures, as the Book Organization issued three new titles in Serbian language to open new horizons to introduce the Egyptian creativity.

On his part, the Head of the Book Organization said that the Egyptian pavilion was designed to reflect the Egyptian civilization on an area of 200 meters. It also organizes a number of activities including:- book signing ceremonies, seminars, screening films produced by the National Cinema Center, Concerts for Cairo Opera Ballet, various art workshops, Arabic calligraphy  exhibitions and cartoon show for children, performances of Arajose and musical and poetry evenings . All these activities will be held in cooperation with the  Egyptian creators:- Mohamed Salmawy, Mohamed Baghdadi, Hani Shams, Hassan Zaki, Mai Khaled, Mansoura Ezz El-Din, Salwa Bakr, Sherif Bakr, Dr. Tarek El Taher, Dr. Mamdouh El Damaty, Dr. Anwar Mogheith-Head of The National Center for Translation-  Artist Khaled Galal- Head of The Cultural Production Sector, Dr. Ahmed Awwad- Head of The Culture Palaces Organization and others.

The program of The Egyptian mission also includes holding a meeting between Dr. Enas Abdel Dayem,The Egyptian Minister of Culture with her Serbian counterpart Valdan Vuko Saveljevic in the Serbian headquarters of The Ministry of Culture And Information, in addition to organizing  a visit to the National Museum in Belgrade, followed by organizing a press conference, as well as visits to the institutions participating in “  The European Capital of Culture – 2021” . In addition to holding a  meeting with Igor Morovic, head of the government of the autonomous region of Vojvodina , the mayor of Novi Sad and The head of Novi Sad Foundation.

It is noteworthy that Egypt's first participation in Belgrade International Book Fair came in the last 63 Edition, during which a cooperation protocol was signed between Cairo International Book Fair and Belgrade Fair. It was also agreed on the participation of Egypt as the guest of honor of the 64th Edition, which will be  attended by a number of sectors of The Ministry of Culture including:-  Cairo Opera House, The  National Center for Translation, The National Organization of Books And Documents,  The General Organization of  Culture Palaces , Cultural Development Fund , The  National Cinema Center.

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