PROGRAMME: A November of Polish culture in Egypt

Ahram Online , Thursday 12 Nov 2015

The month of November will be particularly dynamic with Poland-related cultural events taking place in Cairo and Alexandria

Polish culture in Egypt

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland underscores the long list of events that will bring many cultural and scientific riches from Poland closer to Egyptian audiences.

The Polish presence throughout the whole month will begin with the 37th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival, where numerous Polish films are set to be screened, many of them as part of ‘Polish Panorama’ within the Critics Week.

During the same period, an exhibition showcasing Polish archeological findings from between the years 2000 and 2014 will be launched at Alexandria’s National Museum.

On 18 and 19 November, a seminar series titled ‘Egypt-Poland: Prospects for cultural and linguistic ties’ will include lectures and discussions about inter-lingual relations, translation and linguistic stereotypes. The meetings will be held at the Cairo University Center for Arabic Language and Culture as well as at El Sawy Culturewheel.

Finally, at the end of the month, a Chopin-week will include the screening of Chopiniana (1984), a film about a Polish composer, a piano recital by Marioli Cieniawa-Puchala and days dedicated to the International Chopin Piano Competition Egypt for young artists.


PROGRAMME:

FILMS: Cairo International Film Festival
13-19 November
Films screened within the Cairo International Film Festival, including ‘Polish Panorama’

Friday 13 November

6.45pm
Opening ceremony of ‘Polish Panorama’
Film: Journey to Rome (Critics Week)
By: Tomasz Mielnik, Czech Republic/Poland, 2015
Cairo Opera House, small hall

Saturday 14 November

12.45pm
Journey to Rome (Critics Week)
By: Tomasz Mielnik, Czech Republic/Poland, 2015
Cairo Opera House, small hall

Sunday 15 November

4.30pm
Canal (Polish Panorama)
By: Andrzej Wajda (1957)
Hadara Hall

6.45pm
The Red Spider (Critics Week)
By: Marcin Koszalka, Czech Republic/Poland/Slovakia, 2015
Cairo Opera House, small hall

Monday 16 November

12.45pm
The Red Spider (Critics Week)
By: Marcin Koszalka, Czech Republic/Poland/Slovakia, 2015
Cairo Opera House, small hall

4.30pm
The Promised Land
By: Andrzej Wajda (1975)
Hadara Hall

Tuesday 17 November 

4.30pm
Blind Chance (Polish Panorama)
By: Krzystof Kieslowski (1987)
Screening with the presence of a Polish film critic Lukasz Maciejewski.
Hadara Hall

Wednesday 18 November                                                                       

4.30pm
The Debt (Polish Panorama)
By: Krzysztof Krauze (1999)
Screening with the presence of a Polish film critic Lukasz Maciejewski.
Hadara Hall

Thursday 19 November

4.30pm
In Darkness (Polish Panorama)
By: Agnieszka Holland (2011)
Screening with the presence of a Polish film critic Lukasz Maciejewski.
Hadara Hall


EXHIBITION

Sunday 15 November, 4pm

Exhibition opening: Selection of Polish archeological findings from the years between 2000 and 2014
Alexandria’s National Museum, 110 El Horreya street, Raml Station.
The exhibition continues until 3 December.


SEMINAR

Egypt-Poland: Prospects for cultural and linguistic ties
The participants of the discussion include: Prof. Sayyed El Bahrawy, Prof. Janusz Danecki, Prof. Khairy Douma, Prof. Hanaa El Gohary, Dr. Katarzyna Gorak-Sosnowska, Prof. Halina Grzymala-Moszczynska, Prof. Mahmoud Fahmy Hegazy, Dr. Hala Kamal, Prof. Ewa Machut-Mendecka, Dr. Pawel Sikiec, Tomasz Kania, Dorota Metwaly.

Wednesday 18 November

9am-1pm

Opening ceremony attended by the Ambassador of Poland and the rector of Cairo University.
Topics:
* Translation & Mutual Perception
* The Arab World Today. Reflections of a distant outsider
* The image of Eastern Europe to the Arab World
* Prosodic challenges in Arabic-to-Polish and Polish-to-Arabic
translations of poetry

Venue: Cairo University Centre for Arabic Language and Culture
1 El Shaheed Abdul Hadi Salah St. – in front of the Giza Security Directorate

7pm-9.30pm

Open discussions about Egyptian-Polish translations
Venue: Word Hall, El Sawy Culturewheel, Zamalek

Thursday 19 November

10:30am-2:30pm

Topic: Social and political transformations
* Poland: 25 years of transformations
* Transformations of the Egyptian societ in 50 years
* Historic transition of Poland- Difficulties of the past and the complexities of the present

Topic: Linguistic and translation issues
* Egyptian literature in Poland: teaching, learning and translation
* Content of the translation form

Venue: Embassy of the Republic of Poland
5 El Aziz Osman St. Zamalek, Cairo

 

CHOPIN WEEK

Sunday 22 November, 8pm

Screening of the film Chopiniana (1984)
Cairo Opera House, small hall, Cairo

Tuesday 24 November, 7.30pm

Piano recital by Mariola Cieniawa-Puchala, Polish pianist and a member of the jury from the International Chopin Piano Competition Egypt.
Dar El-Ibdaa, Alexandria

Thursday 26 November and Saturday 28 November

Starting 10am 

International Chopin Piano Competition Egypt
Cairo Conservatory, Academy of Arts grounds, off Haram street, Giza

Sunday 29 November, 8pm

Official award ceremony for the winners of the International Chopin Piano Competition Egypt followed by a piano recital by Mariola Cieniawa-Puchala.
Cairo Opera House, small hall, Zamalek, Cairo

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