Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk visits Egypt to inaugurate Cairo Literature Festival
Ahram Online, Wednesday 11 Feb 2015
The recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature will inaugurate the first edition of the Cairo Literature Festival on 14 February

Turkish Nobel Laureate writer Orhan Pamuk will start a visit to Cairo Thursday, 12 February, to inaugurate the first edition of the Cairo Literature Festival, which will be held between 14 and 20 February, under theme "Blending of Cultures and Communication Across Generations."

The Cairo Literature Festival is a new festival organised by Sefsafa for Culture and Publishing, a private cultural institution, and will host around 35 writers from 16 countries.

Pamuk, 62, will arrive Thursday night and will inaugurate the fair's first sessions on Saturday, 14 February, at 7:00pm along with Egyptian renowned writer and novelist Ibrahim Abdel-Meguied and critic Sherine Abul-Naga.

The festival will include readings of literary texts, discussion panels, and will tackle issues of writing and translation.

According to festival organisers, it aims at promoting communication among the literary public on the one hand and writers and critics on the other, and to strengthen ties among different generations of Egyptian and Arab writers, as well as to promote cultural exchange between Arabic literature and the literature of other countries, through inviting a number of writers from around the world and translating samples of their works into Arabic and reading them in their original languages, and then Arabic, to the public.

The festival will be held in several venues in Fatimid and Khedivial Cairo, including Bayt Al-Suhaymi, Bayt Al-Sinnari, and traditional coffee shops such as Zahret Al-Bustan.

The list of invited writers includes Christoph Peters (Germany), Micheál Ó Conghaile (Ireland), Kätlin Kaldmaa (Estonia), Monica Kompaniková (Slovakia), Petra Hulova (Czech Republic), Stanislaw Strasburger and Andrizej Muszynski (Poland), and Dennis Krossovki (Hungary).

The advisory committee includes writers Ibrahim Abdel Meguid and Hamdy El-Gazzar, prominent translator Humphrey T Davies, Mehmet Demirtas (president of the Istanbul Literature Festival), Michael Marsh (president of The Prague Writers’ Festival), and Tarek Al-Taher, editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Akhbar Al-Adab.

Here is the full programme of the Cairo Literature Festival:

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Festival Opening (7:00 pm)

Guests: Orhan Pamuk (Nobel Prize winner, 2006, Turkey) and Ibrahim Abdel-Maguid (Egypt), moderated by journalist Sherine Abul-Naga (Egypt)

Location: Beit El-Sehimi

Sunday, 15 February 2015

The East in European Writers’ Eyes (7:00 pm)

Guests: Christoph Peters (Germany) and Ezz-Eldin Shoukry Feshir (Egypt), moderated by Heba Fathy (Cairo University, Egypt)

Location: Goethe Institute

Translating Arabic Literature; obstacles and prospects (7:00 pm)

Guests: Humphrey Davies (USA), Hamdy El-Gazzar (Egypt) and Ahmed El-Shahawy (Egypt), moderated by Anwar Mogheith (Egypt)

Location: Beit El-Sennari

Monday, 16 February 2015

Eastern Women Writing between Egypt and Europe (7:00 pm)

Guests: Monika Kompaníková(Slovakia),Petra Hilová (Czech Republic) and Mansoura Ezz-Eldin(Egypt), moderated byKhaled El-Beltagi (Faculty of Languages, Egypt)

Location: Doum Cultural Foundation

Kuwaiti Youth Voices (7:00 pm)

Guests: Ibrahim Al-Hindal(Kuwait),Moubarak Kamal(Kuwait) and Afrah Al-Hindal(Kuwait), moderated by Yassir Abdel-Hafiz(Egypt)

Location:Cairo Atelier (Downtown)

Writings of Youth Writers in Central and Eastern Europe (7:00 pm)

Guests: Dénes Krusovszky(Hungary) Stanslaw Strasburger(Poland) and Andrzej MuszyƄski (Poland), moderated by Ali Al-Adawy(Egypt)

Location: Beit El-Sennari

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Best Seller Literature, Art Principles and Audience Requirements (1:00 pm)

Guests:Ahmed Mourad(Egypt),Hassan Kamal (Egypt) andSayed El-Wakil (Egypt), moderated byMustafa El-Faramawi(Egypt)

Location:Faculty of Languages, Ain Shams University

Voices from European Literature (7:00 pm)

Guests: Micheál ÓConghaile (Ireland), Kätlin Kaldmaa(Estonia), Ilma Rakusa (Switzerlan)andChristos Papadopulos(Greece), moderated by Abdelrehim Youssef (Egypt)

Location: Doum Cultural Foundation

Arabic Literature Away from Publishing Centres (7:00 pm)

Guests: Ibrahim Al-Hindal(Kuwait), MohamedAl-Asfur(Libya), Fadi Zaghmout(Jordan) and Hammour Ziada(Sudan), moderated by Mohamed Shoair(Egypt)

Location:Cairo Atelier (Downtown)

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Translating Literature into Arabic, Egypt’s Location on the Map (1:00 pm)

Guests: Anwar Mogheith(Egypt), Sohair El-Mosadfa (Egypt) and Refaat Sallam(Egypt), moderated by Leila Gamal-Eldin (Egypt)

Location: Faculty of Languages, Ain Shams University

New Writing in German Language Today (7:00pm)

Guests: Ilma Rakusa (Switzerland), Christoph Peters (Germany) andRicarda Junge (Germany).

Location: Kotob KhanMaadi

Current International Poetry Scene, Voices from the World (7:00 pm)

Guests: Kätlin Kaldmaa(Estonia), Mohamed Eid Ibrahim(Egypt) andMilena Oda (Czech), moderated by Sayed Mahmoud(Egypt)

Location: Beit El-Sit Wasila (Beit Al-Shi’r / Poetry House)

Dive Into the World of a Foreign Writer(7:00 pm)

Guests: Tariq Imam(Egypt),Persa Koumoutsi(Greece), moderated by Khaled Raouf(Egypt)

Location: Doum Cultural Foundation

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Cairo Youth Voices (7:00 pm)

Guests: Areeg Gamal(Egypt), Mustafa Soliman(Egypt) and Ahmed Shawqy Ali(Egypt), Asmaa El-Shikh (Egypt), moderated by Hamdy El-Gazzar(Egypt)

Location: Wekalet Al-Ghouri

Voice of the People: Contemporary Colloquial Poetry (7:00 pm)

Guests: Sayed Hegab (Egypt), Mustafa Ibrahim (Egypt), Mohamed Ibrahim (Egypt), Wael Fathi (Egypt), Maysara Salah-Eddine (Egypt)and Walid Abelmonem (Egypt), moderated by the actor Sabry Fawaz (Egypt)

Location:Wekalet Al-Ghouri