Arab Arts Festival launches in Beijing

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Sep 2014

The Arab Arts Festival, which takes place once every four years, brings together artists from China and the Arab region

(Photo: Al Ahram archive)

The third Arab Arts Festival in Beijing kicked off on Wednesday 10 September.

Among the acts featured in the opening ceremony were performances by the Cairo Opera Ballet Company and the Folklore Art Group.

Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour commended both performances, according to 
Egypt's state-run news agency MENA.

Kamelia Sobhy, deputy minister for external affairs, said: “This wonderful performance is a result of a great deal of determination and commitment to present the best work we’ve got.”

As part of the ongoing activities of the festival, the Egyptian visual artist and head of the Fine Art Museum in Alexandria, Aly Mohamed Saied Hegazy, will take part in a symposium that brings together museum directors from both Egypt and China.

Artist Gamal Abdel-Moneim will partake in a handicrafts exhibition. The festival will also showcase traditional Arab instruments, including the qanun, nay (kind of oriental flute) and the traditional tabla (drum).

Events of the festival kicked of on 4 September, but the official ceremony was not held until yesterday, 10 September.

The festival, held once every four years, is co-organised by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the Ministries of Culture and the Ministries of Commerce as well as national media agencies in both China and Egypt.

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