Ahmed Awwad, the head of the Cultural Palaces Authority, said nine inaugurated palaces would bring culture to remote and deprived parts of Egypt, “endorsing positive traditions and precepts and preserving cultural heritage and the Egyptian identity”.
The palaces include the Gamal Abdel-Nasser Cultural Palace in Assiut, which provides for a 145-seat theatre as well as numerous spaces, a library and a small Nasser museum.
In the Red Sea governorate, a palace was established in Abraq, with special provisions for Sinai handicrafts; another, larger one is under construction in Ras Hadraba.
Similar facilities are being established in Al-Adessat and Hod Al-Remal in Luxor, while renovation work is underway at existing palaces in Al-Bahr Al-Azam, Giza governorate in Cairo, Belbais in Sharqiya governorate, Kafr Al-Sheikh in the Delta and Sharm El-Sheikh in Sinai.
This article was first published in Al Ahram Weekly
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