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Egypt’s National Theatre Festival postpones closing ceremony to mourn Zewail

The festival commenced on 19 July and ran for 20 days in Cairo's theatres

Ahram Online , Monday 8 Aug 2016
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The closing ceremony of Egypt's National Theatre Festival has been postponed until Tuesday at 8pm at the Cairo Opera House, which was originally scheduled to take place on 8 August.

The head of the festival Nasser Abdel Moneim announced that the rescheduling was out of respect for the national mourning of Egyptian scientist and Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zeweil, who received a military funeral on Sunday 7 August in the morning.

His wake will be on Monday 8 August in evening at El-Moshir Tantawy mosque in New Cairo.

Egypt's 9th National Theatre Festival opened on 19 July and offers 37 plays across 14 stages from 11 governorates in the country.

The winners will be announced during the closing ceremony.

This edition offers 20 prizes which in total amount to EGP 300,000, marking an increase in the value of prizes in comparison to previous years.

The Nobel Prize winner passed away on Tuesday 2 August.

Although military funerals are usually held for military personnel, Zewail received the Order of the Grand Collar of the Nile – the highest Egyptian state honour – making him eligible for the distinction.

In 1999, he received the Nobel Prize for his study of chemical reactions.‎

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