Albania launches Egyptian Cultural Week

Ati Metwaly , Saturday 17 Sep 2022

As part of a cultural cooperation agreement signed between Egypt and Albania last year, the Albanian capital is launching Egyptian Cultural Week.



The Cultural Week in Tirana will run from 19 to 25 September 2022.

A large number of Egyptian artists will showcase their work in a rich week of activities including music, dance, visual art, lectures, workshops, seminars, and film screenings.

The opening day (19 September) will present a concert by artists from the Cairo Opera House with an orchestra conducted by Nayer Nagui and featuring soprano Amira Selim, on the stage of the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Tiran. 

The performance will include a segment by the dancers from the Cairo Opera Ballet Company.

The cinema segment of the Culture Week will showcase The Blue Elephant, a 2014 film directed by Marwan Hamed (20 and 22 September), the 2009 romantic drama Cairo Time directed by Ruba Nadda (21 September), and action film Diamond Dust by Marwan Hamed (24 September).

The exhibition ‘Description of Egypt’ will launch on 20 September at the National Library of Albania and continue throughout the Week’s days.

The programme includes lectures and seminars. Ahmed Ghobashi will talk about Egyptology on 21 September and the Egyptian representations of Mediterranean culture on 22 and 23 September, while novelist Ahmed Mourad will discuss Egyptian literature on 21 September. 

Egyptian visual artist Ahmed El Shaer will give a workshop presenting contemporary art on 23 and 24 September with a focus on murals in a discussion held on the Culture Week’s final day (25 September). 

The closing day will also feature a folk performance by the Egyptian dancers presenting the show at Skënderbej Square, a public square in the centre of Tirana.

The events will span across numerous venues in Tirana, targeting a large variety of audiences.

The venues include the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet, the Gjirokastër Castle, the National Gallery of Arts, Tirana University, the National Centre for Family Culture (Qendra Kombëtare e kultures per familie), the Institute of Education, Heritage and Tourism, the Centre for Openness and Dialogue, the Ardian Klosi School, Skënderbej Square, and local cinemas. 

Egyptian Culture Week is part of the cultural cooperation between two countries, based on an agreement signed between the Egyptian and Albanian prime ministers in October 2021.

The agreement comprised three cultural cooperation documents: an executive programme for cooperation between the Egyptian and the Albanian culture ministries, a protocol for cooperation between the General Egyptian Book Organisation and the Albanian Ministry of Culture, and a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of museums between the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt and the National History Museum in Albania.

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