The Egyptian artist Evelyn Ashamallah draws on imagination and memory in paintings that tell “stories that deserve to be told.”
“Minus One”, a play produced by students of Egypt’s Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts, won an extended run at Cairo’s El-Hanager Arts Centre.
The filmmaker Azlarabe Alaoui sees a partnership of academic study and practical experience as key to revitalizing Moroccan film culture.
Several prominent Syrian publishing houses and bookstores have closed in recent years, the latest signs of cultural death in an economy hard hit by war.
Born in Iraq, the artist Afifa Aleiby trained in Baghdad, Moscow and Italy. Bringing her art to Cairo, she says, represents “a great song of joy.”
Publishers of Egyptian editions say printing locally not only cuts costs, but also helps writers reach a wider public. Some authors strongly agree.
This year’s running of the international Cairo Jazz Festival showcased Egyptian artists alongside Palestinian, Sudanese and Western bands. It paid tribute to jazz’s pioneers, too.
Egypt opened a four-week Contemporary Art Salon in Cairo this month. For one of the artists involved, the idea is at least 30 years late.
“University is universal in nature, hence the name,” argues the Bahraini scholar Nader Kadhim. His cultural criticism takes an interdisciplinary approach.
Son of a Qur’an reciter, religious influences played an important part in making him one of the greatest interpreters of traditional Arab singing.