CAIRO: The Cairo Opera House will host a celebration of Egyptian art Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Grand Theater. After a hiatus of 33 years by the Arts Syndicates Federation, the event has been organized once again and will be headed by musician Hani Muhanna.
Interim President Adly Mansour plans to attend, along with a number of ministers, politicians, and artists, the ceremony director Ahmed el-Sayed told The Cairo Post, adding that there will be many surprises in the ceremony.
Sayed said that previous governments have contributed to the marginalization of the role of art. “There were several attempts over the past 33 years to restore this celebration, but they were all ignored by the state,” he said.
The Egyptian art celebration had been canceled since 1981, when President Anwar Sadat did not attend and sent on his behalf Hosni Mubarak (vice-president at the time). The president’s absence caused a rift among the art syndicates, and they agreed to discontinue the celebration.
“We do our best to present a strong and distinctive ceremony expressing the importance of Egyptian art,” Sayed said, adding that the event would take place in every governorate.
Hany Shaker and Angham will sing at the celebration, Hani Muhanna announced during a press conference held Thursday, and there will be a 45-minute play written by Youssef Maaty that follows the developments that have taken place in the contemporary art world over the past years.
Cairo Opera Hous, March 13, 8 p.m.
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