Egyptian cultural, media institutions suspend activities for Barakat mourning

Ahram Online , Tuesday 30 Jun 2015

Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat was killed by a car bomb in Heliopolis on Monday

Cairo Opera House (photo: Ati Metwaly)

The Cairo Opera House and state television and radio are among a number of institutions to announce a halt to their activities in mourning for prosecutor general Hisham Barakat.

He was killed in a car bomb attack on his motorcade in Heliopolis on Monday.

"Ines Abdel-Dayem, chairperson of the Cairo Opera House, and all artists extend their condolences, and express their deep grief and sorrow for the loss of the top prosecutor," the official statement released by the Cairo Opera House stated.

The management decided to suspend all activities, across all the opera's venues, in Cairo, Alexandria and Damanhour, for three days, starting on 29 June.

The Cultural Development Fund that operates under the Ministry of Culture, joined the mourning, also announcing a freeze of their activities which span across a large number of venues. Earlier this month, the Fund announced a dynamic Ramadan programme, infusing dozens of cultural houses and palaces with artistic activities.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Arts Centre in Alexandria also announced a suspension of activities for three days.

Meanwhile, Egyptian state television also announced it would temporarily stop all series currently airing on all it channels. During that time Nile Drama, Nile Comedy and Nile Cinema channels will air Nile News.

For her part, Nadia Mabrook, head of the Egyptian Radio Association, announced in a statement that it will cancel its celebrations for 30 June, the anniversary of protests against former president Mohamed Morsi.

She added that radio stations have been asked to cease the broadcast of all artistic, comedy, and lighthearted shows, and keep to more serious programmes and religious music.

Barakat, who was 65, died in hospital on Monday after he was seriously injured in the bomb attack in Heliopolis, Cairo.


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