Last Update 23:16
Monday, 22 January 2018

Egyptian and Chinese cultures meet in joint exhibition of arts and crafts

The Second Crafts and Cultural Industries Fair: Egypt-China kicked off Wednesday at the Hanager Arts Centre and continues through 14 January

Reham El-Adawi , Saturday 13 Jan 2018
The National Ensemble for Folk Arts
The National Ensemble for Folk Arts (Photo: Al Ahram)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1177
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1177

On Wednesday, 10 January, Minister of Culture Helmi El-Namnam and Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo, inaugurated “The Second Crafts and Cultural Industries Fair: Egypt-China” at the Hanager Arts Centre. Shi Yuewen, the cultural counselor at the Chinese embassy in Cairo and director of the Chinese Cultural Centre, also attended the launch.

Organised by the Cultural Development Fund, and presided over by Fathi Abdel-Wahab, the exhibition aims at introducing the handicrafts and traditional arts of the two countries and to reinforce channels of communication between artists and artisans. 

The fair showcases from the Egyptian side Al-Fustat traditional handicrafts such as jewellery, pottery, stained glass and brass wares, as well as graphic, wood, metal artworks, paintings, and textiles by professors of the Faculty of Fine Arts.

A traditional handicraft market is also being held, including heritage products for the cities of Al-Arish, Bir Al Abd, Aswan, Konoz Al-Nuba, Sohag, Halayab and Shalatin, in addition to the products of the Bedouin Women Association for Heritage and Sustainable Development in Ain Moussa.

The Chinese pavilion includes traditional artifacts, handicrafts, paintings and artworks by a number of leading artists and craftsmen from China. It includes interactive calligraphy workshops, ceramics, silk embroidery and an interactive calligraphy workshop in which a number of Egyptian calligraphers are participating.

El-Namnam said that the exhibition is a continuation of previous meetings and exhibitions held in Cairo or in a number of Chinese cities during the Egyptian-Chinese cultural year.

He added that cultural relations between the two countries are historical: "Relations between Egypt and China have been strong since the time of President Gamal Abdel Nasser and flourished in the era of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. We were pleased with the visit of the Chinese president to celebrate the beginning of the Egyptian-Chinese cultural year in Luxor."

The opening of the exhibition was followed by a dance performance by the National Ensemble for Folk Arts.

The exhibition continues through 14 January from 1pm to 8pm.

The Second Crafts and Cultural Industries Fair: Egypt-China
Egypt's Minister of Culture Helmi El-Namnam and Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo, inaugurate “The Second Crafts and Cultural Industries Fair: Egypt-China” at Hanager Arts Centre. (Photo: Al Ahram)

For more arts and culture news and updates, follow Ahram Online Arts and Culture on Twitter at @AhramOnlineArts and on Facebook at Ahram Online: Arts & Culture

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.