The French Institute of Oriental Archaeology in Egypt celebrates its 140th anniversary

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 8 Dec 2020

The French Institute of Oriental Archaeology
The French Institute of Oriental Archaeology

American University in Cairo

AUC Avenue, P.O. Box 74, New Cairo, 11835, Egypt

Fri 11 to Wed 16, 10am-6pm: AUC Bookstores' Christmas Book Fair offers the biggest selection of English Language books at discounts up to 50%. Christmas Book Fair is open to the public and will be in AUC Tahrir Bookstore and Garden.
Get all-time bestsellers and new arrivals at best prices in town.                                                                                           

Ewart Memorial Hall 

AUC Tahrir Square

Mon 14, 1-2pm: “From the Playground to the Living Room: How are we Socialized Around Gender Norms? is one of the AUC SpeakUp Dialog Series. Guest speakers explore common gender roles and stereotypes in today’s society and how they are formed. Moderated by Journalist and Anchor Samar Negida ’11, ’14, panelists are Hania Sholkamy ’85, ’89, Associate Professor, AUC’s Social Research Centre, 
Fatma Khafagy (MA '77), Coordinator of Arab Women Network for Parity and Solidarity “Tha’era”, and Founder and President, Safe Kids Sara Aziz.

(Doors close at 12.55pm. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Livestreaming will be available in adjacent halls in case of attendance overflow, to watch live go to All precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of guests, including mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing and limited capacity in the hall).

Mon 14, 2-5pm: Business Forward AUC Annual Event – “Enter 2021: Egypt’s Coexistence with a Global Pandemic”.


The event is providing a timely multidisciplinary discussion before the New Year’s with unmissable speakers, taking stock of how the economy has performed in 2020 and what is the coexistence phase likely to look like going forward.

Register to the event for a chance to hear from renowned economist and ex-minister of finance Youssef Boutros Ghali, drawing on his extensive experience and sharing his thoughts on what the catalysts and challenges are in Egypt's economic reform journey from a macroeconomic lens. The Financial Times correspondent in Cairo Heba Saleh will moderate the discussion. The event’s second session will celebrate businesses, with all their forms and sizes. The practicalities of doing business are at the heart of this discussion featuring Ahmed Osman, Chairman of the International Council for Small Businesses; Mohamed Youssef, Chairman and CEO of Dcode for Economic and Financial Consulting; and Maha ElShinnawy, Professor of Management at AUC School of Business. These prominent experts have a lot of leadership thought and reflections to share about markets, sectors, business strategies and policies.



Amir Bashtak Palace 

Al-Muaaz St, Tel 02 2787 9187

Every Saturday and Wednesday, 4pm: The training courses of the Arab Singing House students.  



Amir Taz Palace

27 Al-Syoufiya St, off Al-Saliba St, Al-Khalifa District, Tel 02 2514 2581

Every Saturday and Tuesday, 1pm: Enshad Dini (religious chanting) workshop by Munshid Mahmoud Al-Tohamy.

Every Sunday and Thursday, 4pm: Playing on musical instruments workshop for ages from 10 to 18 years

Every Sunday and Thursday, 4pm: The singing workshop of Amir Taz Palace Choir trained by Heba Ramadan

Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, 3pm: A workshop on preparing the actor with Ahmed Zakariya



Beit Al-Aini (The Child Creativity Centre)

Al-Azhar, district, behind Al Azhar Mosque, Tel 02 2514 2990 

Every Saturday, 11am: A workshop for the Beit Al-Ain Children’s Choir, supervised by Prof. Eman Suleiman. Every Monday, 12noon: Wire and clay toy formation workshop, supervised by Rahma Mahgoub.

Every Wednesday, 1pm: A recycling workshop supervised by Hala Anwar.



Beit Al-Harrawi (The Arab Oud House)

Mohamed Abdu St, behind Al-Azhar Mosque, Tel 02 2510 4174

Every Saturday and Wednesday, 4-9pm: Oud, nay, qannun, violin and percussion instruments classes given by the oud professors of the Arab Oud House. 

Every Saturday and Thursday, 3-6pm: Workshops on learning the theories of playing oud by professors Elham Alhag and Ahmed Altaweel                        

Every Saturday, 5-6pm: Workshops on the theories of playing oud for beginners by Fadi Adel Al-Hajj



Ceramic and Traditional Handicrafts Centre

1 Al-Imam St, behind Amr bin Al-Aas Mosque, Al-Fustat, Old Cairo, Tel 02 2364 3103

Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3-6pm: Egypt’s artisans’ initiative for training on handicrafts such as porcelain, copper, Khayamiya, heritage jewellery.



The Child Creativity Centre (Beit Al-Aini)

Al-Azhar district, behind Al-Azhar Mosque, Tel 02 2514 2990 

Every Saturday, 11am: Handicrafts workshop and Beit Al-Aini Children Choir workshop, supervised by Manal Suleiman (2pm). 

Every Monday, 3pm: Miscellaneous activities workshop.   

Every Wednesday, 11am: A workshop of skills development for people with special abilities by Doaa Fathy

Every Thursday, 12pm: A cultural day. 


French Cultural Institute

Sun 13, 6pm (online on the institute’s YouTube channel): “Ushabti and Human Beings: Miniature Funerary Statues that Bear Witness to Egyptian Society during the first Millennium BC”, a lecture by Raphael Maffer, a researcher at the French National Institute for Scientific Research. She holds a PhD in Egyptology from the Sorbonne University - Paris and a former resident researcher of the Thier Foundation.

She specializes in the Third Intermediate Period and her research focuses on history, society, and funerary furnishings during the first millennium BC. 

Sun1 November - Thurs 31 December, 2020: “From Book to Pen: Poets of Heliopolis”, a poetry competition in French for adults and children from the documents in the library, write a five to ten lines poem or prose. Stating age, surname, name, and phone number of the applicant [email protected] Send email notifications on limited participation: one poem for each applicant. 

Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800 

Tues 15, 6pm: “The French Institute of Oriental Archaeology:140 Years of Research, Cooperation and Innovation in Egypt”, a seminar by Laurent Colon, Director of the Institute. Established on 28 December 1880, the institute celebrates its 140th anniversary at the end of the year. Colon introduces the history of this ancient institution and will provide a quick overview of the work its currently carrying out, a selection of emerging research topics, recent discoveries and innovative technologies used in excavation sites. On this occasion, The French Excavations in Egypt book, now available in English and Arabic will be available for purchase (with simultaneous translation from French into Arabic). 



Italian Cultural Institute 

Tues 15, 5pm (online): “One Story, Many Stories. Guide to Reading Gianni Rodari” webinar celebrates the centenary of the birth of journalist and children writer Gianni Rodari (23 October 1920 - 14 April 1980). The Institute, in collaboration with the Schools Office of the Embassy, organises an online study on Rodari’s writings, with a contribution by prof. Pino Boero.
-During the months of January and February, thematic course, workshops and special preparation courses for the Cils exams will be organized (writing, music, etc.). Soon all the details will be available on the official website and on the official Facebook page. Stay connected!

-The Italian Institute continues the posts of videos in Arabic with translations from the Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece, to bring the Arab-speaking public closer to the work of the supreme poet. Videos are directed by Giabluca Barbadori, with the special participation of Ashraf Farouk, Amir Salaheddin, Sherine Hegazy, and Sara El Mokadem.



Talaat Harb Cultural Centre
Al-Sayyeda Nafissa St, Zeinhom area, Tel 02 2362 2647/ 2362 8174
Every Sunday and Wednesday, 2pm: The centre’s Children Choir rehearsals.  

Every Saturday and Monday, 12pm: A training course to teach how to write and read in Braine for the blind, under the supervision of the archaeologist Ahmed Mohamed Naguib. 

Every Saturday and Thursday, 12pm: Handicraft, artistic and metalworking workshops for making small handicraft projects for young people and those with special abilities. 

Every Wednesday and Friday, 10am: A workshop on preparing the actor. 

Every Wednesday and Friday, 2pm: Art expression workshop, in addition to artistic and cultural activities for normal children and those with special needs.

Every Saturday, 11am: A meeting in the framework of human skills development for people with special abilities, supervised by professors Doaa Fathy and Iman Abul-Magd


*A version of this article appears in print in the 10 December, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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