Egypt is participating as guest of honour in the 20th International Festival of Archaeological Films in Belgrade.
Ambassador to Serbia Amr Aljowaily delivered the opening speech at the festival.
Aljowaily highlighted that the devotion of both the opening and closing ceremonies to films provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities at the St Antonious Monastery, the oldest in the world, as well as the Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids and the temples of Abu Simbel, Philae and Karnak, is evidence of the unique archaeological heritage of Egypt, and the extent to which Serbian society is interested in ancient Egyptian civilisation.
For her part, director of the National Museum of Serbia, Bojana Boric Brešković, praised the participation of Egypt for the first time in the festival, noting that the museum dedicated an important place to an ancient Egyptian mummy in cooperation with the Faculty of Archaeology at the University of Belgrade.
She referred to ongoing cooperation to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Antiquities Restoration Centre at the Grand Egyptian Museum.
Assistant Minister of Culture and Information for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, Mrs Daniel Danijela, also delivered an opening speech.
A film of Zahi Hawass in Abu Simbel (Photo courtesy of Egypt’s Embassy in Serbia)
Ambassador Aljowaily pointed out that the "#EgyptALLogy" campaign launched in Belgrade a year ago is still receiving interest in all segments of Serbian society, soon to be emulated elsewhere in the world.
He praised the participation of films by the Sound and Light Show in the Belgrade Festival, in continuation of its ongoing cooperation in directing antiquities shows, especially at valuable Roman sites in Serbia.
The first activity of the National Museum after its reopening last July was a symposium on the science of Egyptology in Serbia, and a high level delegation representing the director of the Egyptian Museum and the general supervisor of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation participated in its official opening in June 2018.