Egyptian artists to protest constitution, call for protection of culture on Thursday

Ahram Online, Wednesday 12 Dec 2012

Musicians and poets will perform at festival in Tahrir Square on Thursday after marching to condemn draft constitution and call for protection of Egypt's cultural identity

Artists March. Photo: Ati Metwaly
Artists March to Tahrir Square on 27 November 2012. Photo: Ati Metwaly

Egyptian artists will march from Talaat Harb Square to Tahrir Square at 4pm on Thursday to call for the protection of Egypt's cultural identity, freedom of the press and freedom of expression.

The marchers will also express their opposition to the draft constitution which will be voted on in a national referendum on 15 December.

After the march, there will be a mini-festival in Tahrir Square.

Egyptian band Eskenderella, and singers Ahmed Ismail, Ramy Essam and Nagham Saleh will perform at the event.

There will also be poetry recitals by renowned poets Ahmed Fouad Negm, Said Hegab and Zein El-Abedeen.

The following initiatives and institutions will take part in the march and festival: The National Union for Change, The National Union for Protecting Freedom of Expression, The National Union for Protecting Rights and Freedoms of Thought and Creativity, The Coalition for Independent Culture, The Egyptian Creativity Front, The Coalition of Revolution Artists, Writers and Artists for Change, The Egyptian Cinema Syndicate, and The Egyptian Actors Syndicate.

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