Cairo International Book Fair 2012: Cultural Agenda
Ahram Online, Monday 23 Jan 2012
Book discussions, movies, musical performances and roundtable discussions are just some of the events taking place at this year's book fair


The Cairo International Book Fair has always been about more than just selling books and this year's event is no different. A large and wide-ranging calendar of events offers fairgoers the chance to see a variety of Egyptian and Arab cultural and intellectual figures.

The below calendar of events will be updated regularly as more events are scheduled.

23 January, 2012

4pm – Investment Hall 1 – Abdel-Monem Tallima leading debate on ‘Civil State: One term, different definitions’

6pm – Investment Hall 1 – Poetry evening: features work of the late Mahmoud Sami Al-Baroudy and modern Emirate poets

6pm – Culture Café – Nubian performance

24 January, 2012

Germany display – Hamed Abdel-Samad’s book presentation,Peace or War: The Arab revolution and the future of the west

12pm – Investment Hall 1 –Writer: El-Sayed Yasin,and book: January 25 Between Democratic Transformation and Complete revolution

12pm – Culture Café – From popular arts, experts share views about pottery art.

12pm – Arts Tent – showing movie,Al-Karnak

12pm – Creations Tent – Poets from the Square

12pm – Guest of Honour Hall 3 – Discussion: The Role of Culture, Art and Media in the Arab Spring Revolutions, in cooperation with Al-Ahram

1pm – Investment Hall 2 – Roundtable on the Tunisian Experience, hosting guests from Tunisia

2pm – Investment Hall 1 – discussing Tharwat Okasha’s book,The Eye Observes and the Ear Hears

2pm – Culture Café – Tahrir testimonies, featuring Zein Abdel-Hadi

2pm – Arts Tent – Performing play,Rise Up Egyptians, from Fouad Haggag poetry

2pm – Creations Tent – Artists from around the country: Guiza and Sharkia

3pm – Guest of Honour Hall 3 – Debate onPublishing and The Arab Spring

4pm – Investment Hall 1 – Mohamed Nour Farahat discussing the ‘Crisis of formulating the Egyptian Constitution’, featuring experts including Tahani El-Gebaly

4pm – Culture Café – Open discussion with renowned Egyptian economist, Galal Amin

4pm – Creations Tent – Discussing new novel,House of Fire, by Mahmoud El-Wardani

5pm – Creations Tent - Discussing the book of the Naguib Mahfouz celebration,100 Writers and Authors for Mahfouz Centennial

5.30 – Guest of Honour Hall 3 –Discussing the Tunisian Revolution and the Egyptian Revolution

6pm – Poetry evening: first part about renowned Egyptian poet, Ahmed Shawky, and second part about Modern Tunisian poets

6pm – Culture Café – Bilal El-Sheikh performance

6pm – Arts Tent – Evening with the revolution singer, Ramy Essam

6pm – Creations Tent – Testimonies of novelist, featuring Youssef Al-Kaeed

27 January, 2012

12pm – Guest of Honour Hall 3 – Testimonies from the Tunisian Revolution

12pm – Creations Tent – Poets from the Square

1pm – Culture Café – Popular storytelling

1pm – Investment Hall 2 – Roundtable onArab Narratives between Creativity and Adoption

1pm – Arts Tent – showing movie, It’s Chaos, by late director Youssef Shahin, with Khaled Youssef

2pm – Investment Hall 1 –Writer: Ayman Abdel-Wahab,and book: Water Security the Challenges of Development and Stability

2pm – Creations Tent – Artists from around the country: Beni Sueif and Damietta

3pm – Culture Café – Testimonies from Tahrir square

3pm – Arts Tent – Play performance

4pm – Guest of Honour Hall 3 – Tunisian poetry evening

4pm – Investment Hall 1 – Celebrating the Centennial of Mahfouz, with host of intellectuals and novelists discussingThe Egyptian Revolutions in Mahfouz’s Creations

4pm – Creations Tent – Discussing novel,The Oasis, but author Mohamed Gad

5pm – Culture Café – Open discussion with writer, Karima El-Hefnawy

5pm – Arts Tent – Discussion onThe Revolution and TV Drama

6pm – Investment Hall 1 – Zein Abdel-Hadi leading discussion on The Cyber Space and the Making of the Revolution, hosting guests including activist Israa Abdel-Fattah

6pm – Creations Tent – Testimonies of novelist, featuring Said Salem and Montasser Al-Nakkash

7pm – Culture Café – Artist Hassan Zaki performing

7pm – Arts tent – Tannura band performing traditional songs

8pm – Investment Hall 1 – Poetry evening: first part on Egyptian poet, Hafez Ibrahim, and second part on voices of modern Libyan poets

28 January, 2012

12pm – Investment Hall 1 –Writer: Galal Amin,and book:Egypt and Egyptians in the Mubarak Era

12pm – Culture Café – Discussing Siwan culture

12pm – Arts Tent – Showing documentary Young Lenses

1pm – Investment Hall 2 – Roundtable onThe Arabic Book Crisis: between publishing, distribution and modern technologies

2pm – Guest of Honour Hall 3 – Discussing ‘The Novel and the Revolution’

2pm – Investment Hall 1 – Discussing100 years since Saleh Gawdat, hosting poet Ahmed Abdel-Moti Hegazy

2pm – Culture Café – Testimonies from Tahrir square, featuring poet Abdel-Monim Ramadan

2pm – Arts Tent – Play:The River Changes Course’

2pm – Creations Tent – Artists from around the country: Dakahlia and Gharbeya

4pm – Investment Hall 1 – Helmi El-Namnam leads discussion on ‘Capitalism and the Arab Revolutions’hosting Hazem Hosni, Khaled El-Sergany and historian Sherif Younis

4pm – Culture Café – Open discussion with Hafez El-Marazi

4pm – Arts Tent – showing movie,Tahrir Movie 2011: The Kind, The Wicked and the Politician

4pm – Creations Tent – discussing novel,Tango and a Mawwal, by Mai Khaled

4pm – Guest of Honour Hall 3 – New books on the Tunisian revolution

6pm – Investment Hall 1 – Poetry evening: first part discussion about Beirm Al-Tonsi, and second part featuring voices from modern Iraqi poets

6pm – Culture Café – Beit Al-Oud performance

6pm – Arts Tent – The Egyptian Music and Singing band

6pm – Creations Tent – Novelists featuring Gamal El-Ghitany and Sahar El-Mougy

6pm – Guest of Honour Hall 3 – Discussing the future of African relations in light of the Arab revolutions, including a book signing forSudan and the African Liberation Movements

29 January, 2012

German display – Meeting with the editorial board ofTransit,an electronic magazine featuring contributions of bloggers from the Middle East

12pm – Investment Hall 1 –Writer: Aly Mabrouk,and book:Arab Revolutions and the Fundamental Discourse

12pm – Culture Café – Discussing basic artistic material: sand, rocks and marble

12pm – Arts Tent – showing short documentaries about Tahrir

1pm – Investment Hall 2 – Roundtable‘Egypt’s Character and the question of Identity’

2pm – Investment Hall 1 – Celebrating 150 years since Gorgy Zeidan’s birth

2pm – Culture Café – Tahrir testimonies, featuring Khaled Ali

2pm – Arts tent – play performance ‘Square Mates’

4pm – Wahid Abdel-Meguid hosting Essam Soltan and Amr Hamzawy to discus‘Parliaments of the Arab Spring’

4pm – Culture Café – open discussion with Amr El-Shobky

4pm – Arts Tent – showing movie Asmaa

6pm – Investment Hall 1 – Poetry evening: first part discussion on poet Mahmoud Taha, and second part on voices of modern Jordanian poets

6pm – Culture Café – Play performance ‘A farmer in Tahrir’

6pm – Arts Tent – Performance by the National Arabic Music Band, by conductor Selim Sahab



Monday 30 January

12 noon– Investment Hall 1 - Writer Ahmed Zakaria Ashalaq on the book Development of Modern Egypt

12 noon – Cultural Café - Popular cultural diversity

12 noon – Creation Tent - Poets from Tahrir Square

2pm – Investment Hall 3 - Books on the Tunisian revolution featuring Aroussia Alnalouty

2pm – Creation Tent - Poets from suburbs

2pm – One hundred years on Ahmed Orabi's death

2pm – Tahrir testimonies, featuring Alaa AbdelFattah

4pm – Investment Hall 1 - The role of sarcasm/humour in the revolution

4pm – Investment Hall 3 - Book discussion Persons around Gaddafi for former ambassador Abderrahman Shalqam, featuring renowned writer Gamal AlGhitany

4pm – Cultural Café - Open discussion with Salafist part (Al Nour Party) leader, Nader Bakkar

4pm – Creation Tent - Discussion on Abdou Goubair's novel, Radwan Vacation

6pm – Cultural Café - Helm Youssef film screening

6pm – Investment Hall 1 - Poetry evening and voices from modern Syrian poetry

6pm – Testimonies from novels, featuring Manssy Qandeel.




Tuesday 31 January

12 noon – Investment Hall 1 - writer Mohammed Hafez Diab and book discussion on Uprisings or Revolutions

12 noon – Cultural Café - Sinai cultural diversity, featuring writer Saad Hagras

1pm – Investment Hall 2 - Round Table on Freedom of Expression in the light of the last political changes, featuring law man Hossam Eissa and artist Mohammed Abla, Professor Ali Mabrouk

2pm – Culture Café - Tahrir testimonies.

2pm – Investment Hall 1 - Celebrating 50-year anniversary of Bayram Altunsi's death

4pm – Investment Hall 1 - Discussing post-revolution parties, featuring Khalid Tallima and Mostafa AlNaggar.

4pm – Culture Café - Open discussion with renowned political analyst and parliament member, Amr Hamzawy

4pm – Creation Tent - Artistic seminar about the Egyptian theatre and the revolution

4pm – Investment Hall 3 - Celebrating Mahmoud AlMosaady's centenary, featuring Fatma Lakhdar and Ferial Ghazoul

6pm – Investment Hall 1 - Poetry session about Poet Mahmoud Hassan Isma'il and voices from modern Algerian Poetry



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