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Minister of Culture to inaugurate Nuba People Tie Festival 2012

Annual Nubian art festival aimed at strengthening bonds between Egypt and neighbouring Nile Basin countries, to be opened by Minister of Culture Shaker Abdel-Hamid on Thursday 1 March

Ahram Online, Monday 27 Feb 2012
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A festival celebrating Egyptian-African relations is set to launch on 1 March at the Cairo Opera House with a short documentary film shot in 1936 depicting Nubian life, traditions and culture.

On its opening night, visitors will also be invited to visit a Nubian market inside the gallery where handcrafts will be displayed. Minister of Culture Shaker Abdul-Hamid will lead the proceedings on Thursday under the auspices of the Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri.

Expected guests include Minister of Information Ahmad Anees, Minister of State for Antiquities Mohammed Ibrahim, head of the Cairo Opera House Inas Abdel-Dayem and a number of ambassadors from African countries.

The festival, which runs until Saturday 3 March, aims to support neighbouring countries that share the Nile Basin and in particular to highlight the African roots of the Nubian heritage.

Nuba People Tie Festival will include a series of events ranging from cultural seminars, art exhibitions featuring Nubian heritage and arts books on civilisation and culture, environment and nature, as well as a number of Nubian art troupes presenting their folklore.

Nuba People Tie Festival 2012 will take place on Thursday 1 March at the Open Air Theatre at 8:00 pm

Cairo Opera House, El Gezira, Zamalek

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