Al-Ahram Weekly - Culture

‘Proper culture’: Mahraganat music sparks new controversy

Last week, Hani Shaker, head of the Music Professions Syndicate, announced a ban on 19 musicians, including Hamo Beka, Hassan Shakoush, and Magdi Shata — all of whom perform within the popular Mahraganat genre.

A perfect launch: On Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Riccardo Muti's concerts in Egypt

Two performances for the opening of the 1200-seat concert hall at the New Opera House, part of the City of Arts and Culture in Cairo’s New Administrative Capital took place on 20 and 21 November

Europe at the doorstep

The 14th round of the Panorama of the European Film opened on Tuesday with Roger Michell’s The Duke.

INTERVIEW: A virtual caravan

Al-Ahram Weekly quizzed Amal Ramsis, the founding director of the Between Women Filmmakers’ Caravan, on the highlights and challenges of the last round

Memories of a Lord: Renowned French choreographer Olivier Dubois meets Egyptian amateur dancer-actors

Strengths and weaknesses, authority and submission... Memories of a Lord, a highlight of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival which closed last month, presented a picture of extreme power set against extreme vulnerability

Gazbia Sirry (1925-2021): An Egyptian icon

Despite the alleged solitude of artists, the death of Gazbia Sirry at the age of 96 last Thursday filled the cultural community with grief.

CIFF coming soon: The world in Cairo

Al-Ahram Weekly attended the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival press conference on Sunday.

The real author of Aladdin?

A new translation of memoirs by the 18th-century Syrian traveller Hanna Diyab casts fresh light on well-known tales from the Arabian Nights, writes David Tresilian

The eye of the café

Maisoon Sakr, Café Riche: An Eye on Egypt, Nahdet Masr, 2021, pp653

El Gouna Film Festival: Egypt’s little Hollywood

Al-Ahram Weekly reflects on El Gouna Film Festival.

From ancient Egypt to the Maghreb

A new exhibition draws attention to the use of papyrus as a writing material in ancient Egypt, arguing that it was the country’s single greatest invention, while a slightly older one brings together recent titles in French on the Arab Maghreb, writes David Tresilian

INTERVIEW: Kurdish-Swedish filmmaker Hogir Hirori on life under the Islamic State

Al-Ahram Weekly spoke to the Kurdish-Swedish filmmaker Hogir Hirori on the sidelines of El Gouna Film Festival.

The 5th El Gouna Film Festival: Beyond borders 

Al-Ahram Weekly spoke to the directors of two of El Gouna Film Festival’s highlights.

A new orientalism

Rania Khallaf attended Wael Nour’s latest exhibition

Aesthetics of filth: Omar El Zohairy’s debut film Feathers

Takings stock of El Gouna Film Festival’s biggest controversy this year: film Reesh (Feathers)

A feast of passions

Soha Hesham shares some of the highlights of the fifth El Gouna Film Festival

Time travel

Al-Ahram Weekly attended Aliaa Al-Greadi’s latest exhibition.

Alhazen ascending

Above all else, perhaps, writes Sayed Mahmoud, Expo Dubai demonstrated the power of contemporary art

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