Barakat, El-Ibrashy and Hanna
Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art
10 Mahmoud Bassiouny St, Qasr Al-Nile, Downtown, 6th floor, Tel 02 25750353 /0100 1704554
Thurs 15, 4pm: A book signing of Georges Bahgory’s The Icon of Louvre book. The book is a chapter of Bahgory’s autobiography in which he recalls his memories between Cairo and Paris including his astonishment upon arriving in such a culturally exciting environment. The book signing represents a celebration of Bahgory’s long, accomplished life. The artist will be surrounded by a selection of his most beautiful drawings dating back to the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077
Sat 17, 7pm: “Protecting Heritage: From Archaeology to Environment” talk is organized by the AUC’s Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations. It will feature Hala Barakat, an archaeobotanist with a Ph.D. in Paleoecology from the University of Aix-Marseille III, France. She is a freelance consultant on the environment, heritage and history of plants in Egypt, May El-Ibrashy, founder and chair of Megawra-Built Environment Collective and coordinator of the Athar Lina Initiative, and Monica Hanna, an associate professor and the acting dean of the College of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) in Aswan, Egypt, where she has founded a program specialized in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage with eight departments for the BA level (The lecture, in its entirety, will be conducted in Arabic).
Ewart Memorial Hall
Wed 21, 7-10pm: Ahmed Fouad Negm Award Ceremony, a
poetry celebration founded by Naguib Sawiris. The 9th Ahmed Fouad Negm Competition for Egyptian Colloquial Poetry award ceremony, is the culmination of an annual event that aims to commemorate the legacy of Egypt’s “poet of the people” (Free and open to the public). Registration is required via the link https://e.cglink.me/2kZ/r300082423
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
Sun 18, 5pm: “Interview with an Intellectual” introduces
Ibrahim El-Kerdany, who was for years one of the most familiar figures to TV viewers. During the 1980s, he presented the English news bulletin on Egyptian State TV, as well as an English learning programme aimed at Secondary school students. It is now several years since El-Kerdany was regularly on TV, but he has never been forgotten. Among other duties, he was the very active media officer of the World Health Organisation in Egypt.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 15 December, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly