Albania launches Egyptian Cultural Week – Stage & Street – Arts & Culture

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Tirana Cultural Week will take place from September 19 to 25, 2022.

A large number of Egyptian artists will present their work during a rich week of activities including music, dance, visual arts, lectures, workshops, seminars and film screenings.

The opening day (September 19) will feature a concert by artists from the Cairo Opera House with an orchestra conducted by Nayer Nagui and featuring soprano Amira Selim, on the stage of the National Opera and Ballet Theater in Tiran.

The show will include a segment of dancers from the Cairo Opera Ballet Company.

The Culture Week cinema component will feature The Blue Elephant, a 2014 film directed by Marwan Hamed (September 20 and 22), the 2009 romantic drama Cairo Time directed by Ruba Nadda (September 21) and the action film Diamond Dust by Marwan Hamed (September 24).

The “Description of Egypt” exhibition will be inaugurated on September 20 at the National Library of Albania and will continue throughout the days of the week.

The program includes lectures and seminars. Ahmed Ghobashi will speak on Egyptology on September 21 and Egyptian representations of Mediterranean culture on September 22 and 23, while novelist Ahmed Mourad will speak on Egyptian literature on September 21.

Egyptian visual artists will give a workshop showcasing contemporary art on September 23-24 with a focus on murals in a discussion held on the last day of Culture Week (September 25).

The closing day will also include a folkloric performance by the Egyptian dancers presenting the show in Skënderbej Square, a public square in the center of Tirana.

The events will take place in many venues in Tirana, targeting a wide variety of audiences.

Sites include the National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Gjirokastër Castle, the National Art Gallery, the University of Tirana, the National Center for Family Culture (Qendra Kombëtare e kultures per familie), the Institute of education, heritage and tourism, the Center for Openness and Dialogue, Ardian Klosi School, Skënderbej Square and local cinemas.

The Egyptian Culture Week is part of the cultural cooperation between the two countries, based on an agreement signed between the Egyptian and Albanian Prime Ministers in October 2021.

The agreement included three cultural cooperation documents: an executive cooperation program between the Egyptian and Albanian ministries of culture, a cooperation protocol between the Egyptian General Book Organization and the Albanian Ministry of Culture, and a agreement for cooperation in the field of museums between the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt and the National History Museum of Albania.

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