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Egypt 2015: Arts and Culture features that told the story of a year

Ahram Online Arts and Culture team walks our readers through a selection of our 2015 features, reviews and interviews.

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Faten Hamama, saying goodbye to a time of beauty
by Randa Ali

The 'Lady of the Arabic Screen' passed away in January at the age of 84

Read the obituary here

New documentary 'that Alexandria' revives Mediterranean gem's glorious past
by Menna Taher

Director Sherif Fathy Salem delves into Alexandria's cosmopolitan identity in his latest documentary, 'that Alexandria,' which saw its Cairo premiere 29 January

Read the article here

All the world's a stage: Hamlet's game of contrasts captures Egyptian audience
by Ati Metwaly

Reaching out to audiences across the world, the Globe Theatre's Hamlet manages to capture people of all cultural backgrounds and generations. On 12 January the troupe performed in Egypt's Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Read the review here

'Colony-Latitude': An avant-garde colonisation project
by Soha Elsirgany

Shady El-Noshokaty’s exhibition, after a five-year hiatus, opened at Gypsum Gallery on 5 October. Titled 'Colony - Latitude', the exhibit is part of a 15 stage long-term project.

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Faten Hamama
Faten Hamama, Youssef Chahine, Jacques Pascal, at Cannes Film Festival 1952

INTERVIEW: Egyptian singer Maryam Saleh on her new album Halawella
by Nourhan Tewfik

Ahram Online spoke to Egyptian singer and songwriter Maryam Saleh about her most recent album Halawella

Read the interview here

The Egyptian Museum of Modern Arts: The story behind its partial closure
by Soha Elsirgany

With the biggest collection of modern artwork in Egypt, The Egyptian Museum of Modern Arts had been shut for nearly three years, re-opening only partially. Ahram Online examines some of the issues keeping it from fully opening.

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Films to raise children on: Japanese Ghibli animation studio featured at Cairo Intl Film Festival
by Menna Taher

In light of the special section dedicated to Japanese animation at the Cairo International Film Festival, Ahram Online explores the themes and importance of Studio Ghibli films

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Taht El-Saytara: Reshaping perceptions of drug addiction in Egypt
by Rania Elembaby

Screened during the month of Ramadan, Taht El-Sayatara TV series sparked a debate on the hidden realities of drug addiction in Egypt

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Maryam Saleh
Egyptian singer, songwriter and composer Maryam Saleh. (Photo: Ali Saadi)

Egypt's renowned artist Nagy Shaker explores magic of light and 'fourth dimension'
by Ati Metwaly

Nagy Shaker rekindles his relation with light in his new exhibition Light Talk, currently on display at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Zamalek

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Palestinian hip hop hits Egypt with Boikutt
by Angie Balata

Coming to Cairo is Moqataa, also known as Boikutt, a Palestinian rapper who's changing the regional hip hop scene with his packed lyrics, superbly fast flow, and total refusal of compromise

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El-Kousha puppet troupe strikes again, this time in Egypt's working class districts
by Walt Curnow

The El-Kousha troupe recently launched a new type of puppet show, currently touring around working class districts of Cairo and other governorates

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INTERVIEW: 'My repertoire is my story' - Palestinian Kamilya Jubran enchants Alexandria
by Nourhan Tewfik

Ahram Online speaks to Palestinian singer, songwriter, and oud player Kamilya Jubran about her career and current projects during her recent visit to Alexandria

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Nagy Shaker
Nagy Shaker. At the background photos from his 1964 visual theatre project, The City of Dreams. (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

INTERVIEW: Oscar-nominated Scottish-Yemeni filmmaker Sara Ishaq's search for identity
by Ati Metwaly

On 1 February, Zawya screened Sara Ishaq's Oscar-nominated Karama Has No Walls and hosted Egypt's premiere of her film The Mulberry House. Ahram Online talked to the filmmaker about her work, and her identity crisis

Read the interview here

Contemporary dancers switch from stage to cage at Giza's zoo
by Marwa Morgan

Dancers Samah Hamdy and Hazem Heidar performed inside one of the zoo’s cages, in a call for preserving humanity

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Cinemania: Reminiscing about Egypt's past through reproductions of film posters
by Injy Higazy

Cinemania, an exhibition of film poster reproductions that opened at Darb 1718 is a journey aiming to re-mold the Egyptian cinematic past

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Manoel de Oliveira Tribute: Larger than life
by Soha Elsirgany

This year’s European Film Panorama paid tribute to the late Portuguese director and screenwriter Manoel de Oliveira, with four films spanning across 9 decades in his career

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Cinemania
Cinemania exhibition at Darb 1718 (Photo: Marwa Morgan)

I’ve never seen my son so happy': Egyptian artists transforming communities
by Asmae Fahmy

Mahatat's Art of Transit tour is one of the several initiatives seeking to transform communities through art

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The 23 July Revolution: A history through Egyptian cinema classics
by Adham Youssef

On the 63rd anniversary of the 23 July 1952 revolution, Ahram Online revisits classic films that attempted to capture changes in the socio-political system

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Comra filmmaking camp: Humanising Yemenis' hopes and struggles
by Nourhan Tewfik

Ahram Online speaks to Scottish-Yemeni filmmaker Sara Ishaq about her latest project, the Comra filmmaking camp

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From India to Egypt: When humankind speaks through Kathak classical dance
by Ati Metwaly

We move from the performance of India's renowned Kathak dancer Prachee Shah in Cairo to Kathak courses organised by Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture where Maria K. leads the attendees through the footwork and spins

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Prachee Shah
Prachee Shah performs in Cairo (Photo: Mona Abdel Karim)

Youth, art, and public discourse reignite Alexandria’s fading culture
by Dina Ezzat

After the cultural decline of a once shining Mediterranean star, Alexandria's old glamour is now being revived by the city’s youth and public spaces

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Le Havre: A subtle study of human connection
by Hana Afifi

The Finnish, French and German production was a choice by Egyptian director Hala Galal to be screened at the 8th Panorama of the European Film

Read the article here

Also, read our interview with director Hala Galal here

Actor Khalid Abdalla on filmmaking as activism, image of Arabs in cinema
by Nourhan Tewfik

Ahram Online met with renowned Egyptian-British actor Khalid Abdalla and discussed his varied repertoire as a filmmaker, producer, co-founder of important film initiatives and also as a political activist

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