Archive for August, 2013

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Egypt’s culture sector fragmented on current political crisis

A statement intends to speak for Egypt’s culture sector regarding Morsi’s ouster and current Brotherhood ‘terrorism’ at a conference, but Ahram Online hears differing views — article originally published in Ahram Online. ———– Culture Minister Mohamed Saber Arab and several artists and intellectuals held a press conference mostly for the benefit of foreign media on […]

VIDEO: Eftekasat mix Sufi chanting with oriental jazz

Joined by Sufi chanted Mohamed El-Rannan, Eftekasat band put on their annual ‘Sufi Jazz Tour’ this Ramadan – originally published in Ahram Online. ————-

VIDEO: ‘Third Square’ activists against military and Brotherhood rule

In Sphinx Square in Mohandessin, protesters gather to show their dismay at both military and brotherhood rule calling for the revolution’s original demands: bread, freedom and social justice – originally published in Ahram Online —————-

Photo: Bassam Al-Zoghby

Tunisia’s Nawel Ben Kraiem uses music for social change at Hayy Festival (VIDEO)

Nawel Ben Kraiem travels from France to Cairo for a performance at the Hayy Festival, energising audiences in a politically turbulent time – Originally published in Ahram Online. ——————— With her charming smile, radiating energy and compelling stage presence, Tunisia’s Nawel Ben Kraiem took to El-Geneina’s stage on Thursday 25 July. She brought audiences to […]

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Artists speak about Egyptian culture ministry’s role and candidates

While Egypt is still waiting for its new interim government, Egyptian artists express their expectations from the new minister of culture – a collaborative article by myself, Ati Metwaly and Sara Elkamel for Ahram Online. ——————- The occupation of the culture ministry by protesters in opposition to policies emplaced by former-minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz continues since […]