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Colloque international organisé par l’Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives, le Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée et Marseille-Provence 2013, capitale européenne de la culture
Avant-programme et intervenants pressentis sous réserve de modification Le rôle de la civilisation arabe dans la transmission de l’héritage antique à l’Occident médiéval est bien connu. En revanche, hormis pour l’Espagne où l’empreinte d’al-Andalus est considérée comme un fait majeur de civilisation, le legs de la présence arabo-musulmane au sud de l’Europe reste peu étudié et suscite encore des résistances, notamment en France, en Italie ou au Portugal, où la présence arabe fut pourtant importante et durable. Pourtant, les données récentes de l’archéologie dans le Midi de la France révèlent aujourd’hui les traces d’une présence matérielle et d’une influence culturelle clairement établies.
The elusive concept of Egyptian identity has occupied the minds of many Egyptian artists.
Mahmoud Mokhtar sought it out in Nahdet Masr while others have explored identity in cinema, such as Shady Abdel Salam in his dream-like masterpiece, The Night of Counting the Years.
Gozoor (roots in Arabic) is a newly-established Egyptian company that explores Egyptian culture and identity through clothes and fashion. The project started four years ago when film director and Gozoor founder Mohamed Nassar was making a documentary about what he calls “the chaos of clothes” in Egypt.
The company has four components: a fashion school, a fashion show, documentary films, and media services.
Gozoor is organising a fashion week to take place outside Egypt as a promotion of Egyptian culture.
“Dress is one way culture is expressed. For example, you have two extremes in Egypt such asNiqab and veil and then what we call Shakira’s veil, a fusion of western and Wahhabi. This juxtaposition speaks of a nation whose culture cannot be defined in one particular way. As of late, Egyptians have been focusing too much on Arab and Islamic identity but Egyptian is an identity in and of itself. You cannot take one part and leave the other,” said Nassar.
Nassar adds that there is currently almost no Egyptian fashion and there is no style of clothing that reflects the Egyptian culture. Gozoor also plans on exploring other Arab cultures in the Arab North of Africa. “There is much more diversity in places like Tunisia and Morocco than there is in the Arab peninsula so we have chosen to explore this region,” Nassar said.
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Gozoor’s first workshop of the year is scheduled for February (....). Other workshops will include four designers from different parts of the world showing their heritage through fashion and its connection to industry in their countries.
According to their event information, the crew is planning to host a new activity each week to correspond with their publication El-Raseef Magazine's six sections.
The space consists of a small handmade stage, screening rooms and a co-working community space for workshops and co-working by artists, artisans and members of civil society, along with a cafe.
Like Jelly will be playing their selection of satirical music pieces taking a critical, yet humorous look at Egypt's current political, and social situation.
Gozoor is a newly-established Egyptian company that explores the country’s identity and culture through fashion, local media reported.
The Sawiris Foundation for Social Development announced winners of its Eighth Cultural Prize in a ceremony at the Cairo Opera House Saturday evening. The jury received 446 submissions this year across the different categories: 105 novels, 87 short-story collections, 158 screenplays and 96 plays. For the next prize, a literary criticism award will be added to the competition.
The Best Collection of Short Stories Award for Established Writers went to Ibrahim Dawoud for his 2011 “The Atmosphere.” Through its 38 short stories, the collection published by Dar Merit draws portraits of Cairo’s cultural workers. Dawoud also received LE100,000 as a monetary award.
In the Emerging Authors category, for writers younger than 40, Yasser Ahmed received the first prize, LE40,000, for his novel “Reverse Course,” while “The Tango Dancer” by Mohamed Salem and “Visual Cadres” by Mohamed Mahmoud Ghitani split the second prize of LE30,000.
The Best Screenplay Award for Established Writers (LE100,000) went to “My State” by Khaled Ezzat, and in the emerging screenwriters category, it went to “The Capital of Hell” by Mohamed Amin Rady, who received LE80,000.
Playwright Ibrahim al-Husseini received the Established Playwrights Award for “The Potheads,” and “The Defeats of the Knights” by Selim Kitchener Istawrou came in second. They received LE100,000 and LE50,000, respectively.
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Since its establishment in 2005, the Sawiris Cultural Prize has presented awards for excellence to Egyptian authors, screenwriters and playwrights with the aim of activating the literary movement in the country and encouraging artistic creativity and the emergence of new talents