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November's Al-Fan Meedan dedicated to Maspero's Black Sunday martyrs

The monthly event taking place on Saturday will be hosting a number of bands and theatre troupes and will screen Youssef Chahine's The Return of the Prodigal Son

Ahram Online, Tuesday 1 Nov 2011
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The Coalition for Independent Culture is holding its 8th Al-Fan Meedan (Art is a Square) festival in 11 cities across Egypt including Alexandria, Al-Mansoura, Port Said, Ismailiya, Luxor, El-Sharqeya, Asyut, and El-Wadi El-Gadeed on 5 November.

The festival in Cairo will be held in Abdeen Square and will host several music bands and theatre troupes such as Eskenderella, The Choir Project, Marasy band and El-Tabaa El-Shaabeya (The Popular Trademark) troupe. The Warsha troupe will be retelling eyewitness accounts of Maspero’s Black Sunday and an exhibition will be dedicated to the Maspero events and the lies told by state television.

There will be a lecture by the novelist Alaa El-Aswany on Egypt’s future and a screening of Awdet El-Ibn Al-Daal (Return of The Prodigal Son) by Youssef Chahine.

Al-Fan Meedan takes place on the first Saturday of each month in order to reach a large number of people who rarely experience art. The festival also aims to host unknown performers in order to give them exposure.

The Coalition for Independent Culture was established on 26 February 2011. It consists of more than 80 organisations and 200 independent artists.

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