In Photos: The Cervantes Institute celebrates Ramadan nights in Cairo

Reham El-Adawi , Wednesday 20 Apr 2022

For the fifteenth year, the Cervantes Institute — the Spanish Cultural Centre — organised the Ramadan Nights Festival, which ran from 11 to 13 April and featured a variety of artistic activities.

Paraguayan Ambassador in Egypt Victor Hugo Pe a Barreiro celebrates Ramadan nights
Paraguayan Ambassador in Egypt Victor Hugo Pe a Barreiro celebrates Ramadan nights

 

The holy month of Ramadan, which is characterised by a festive atmosphere and is dominated by happiness is not only celebrated by Egyptians but extends to a broader and more comprehensive scope.

The Cervantes Institute’s activity is not limited to organising courses to teach the Spanish language, but it also aims to integrate with Egyptian society to create bridges of joint relations. In this context, the Cervantes Institute organised the Ramadan Nights Festival in its garden in Dokki.The festivities kicked off on 13 April with the screening of a Paraguayan film titled ‘The Gold Seekers’, which is about a boy who lives in the slums of Asuncion and delivers newspapers on the outskirts of the city.

Paraguay’s Ambassador to Cairo Victor Hugo Peña Barreiro and Director of the Cervantes Institute in Cairo José Manuel Alba Pastor presented the film in the presence of Spain’s Ambassador to Cairo Ramón Gil-Casares together with a number of ambassadors from Latin American countries.

The second night featured a musical concert by a Cuban Trio who performed songs and music from Cuba and Latin America for an hour. Due to the strong interaction from the students who attended the concert, other concerts will be coordinated, after the month of Ramadan.

Cuba’s Ambassador to Cairo Tania Aguiar Fernández also presented the trio in the presence of Mexico’s Ambassador to Cairo José Octavio Tripp, his wife, as well as a large number of diplomats in Egypt,  and students of the Cervantes Institute and Egyptian universities.

The festival concluded with the screening of the Spanish film ‘Champions’, which was presented by one of the students at the Institute in Cairo and is about a professional basketball coach who finds himself in crisis as he is required to train a basketball team made up of a group of people with learning disabilities.

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