Don’t miss the French Institute and Afka Arts Centre’s literary evenings as part of the Ramadan Nights 2021

Reham El-Adawi , Monday 12 Apr 2021

Peraber and Ezz El-Din
Peraber and Ezz El-Din

French Institute of Oriental Archaeology

The Institute has launched its new website at the beginning of 2021. You can visit it through this link:

The new website is carefully designed to meet your requirements and facilitate access to information. It is also fast, easy to use, and offers a variety of content and new ways to communicate with the institute. With one click, you can view the spaces devoted to French language courses, Arabic language courses, various events in all branches (exhibitions, conferences, and cultural events). In addition to contacting the institute directly by sending your messages to any of its sectors through its website. If you have difficulty completing the French language courses at the headquarters of the French Institute in Egypt in Mounira, Heliopolis, New Cairo, Sheikh Zayed and Alexandria, you can continue them online. It takes the health of its customers very seriously and has implemented strict health measures to provide you with the best possible educational conditions. Wearing a mask is mandatory for all and physical spacing is respected in the classroom and in the building. 

For more information flock to the institute’s website[email protected]
You can choose the branch you prefer and see the French language courses for adults and children that are appropriate for you and register there. You can also call the institute at the following numbers: 01205558639/01227484951/
01222196984, from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.


French Cultural Institute

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

These literary evenings are presented by the French Institute in Egypt and the Afka Arts Centre as part of the Ramadan Nights 2021 programme


Mon 26, 9pm: “The Taste of Books” is hosting the Egyptian writer Mansoura Ezz El-Din and the French novelist Anton Peraber in this seminar devoted to writing about “The Other Place.” Anton Peraber is based in Cairo.His second novel, "Signs of Weakness that Appear in the Third Week of Fasting," which was recently published, he wrote it from Cairo's inspiration. As for Mansoura Ezz El-Din, she wrote many books, including “The Emerald Mountain,” “A Flickering Light,” and “The Shelter of Absence,” which have been translated into several languages.

Ezz El-Din is returning from a literary residency at the International City of Arts in Paris, where she has prepared two books both inspired by her establishment and from the epidemic spreading across the world.
Tues 27, 9pm: “One Day” is a literary evening with Mohamed Jamal and Nael Al-Toukhi. One Day ... something happened that changed the course of life, but what exactly happened? This is the question posed to the young writers applying to the literary competition entitled “One Day” organized by the French Institute in Egypt and Mada Masr in 2019. Al-Toukhi called on the contestants to imagine a day that will happen to Egypt, or that it will happen to them, in the near or distant future, a day that will change their lives. You are invited to unveil the product of the imagination of the winners of the competition, among whom is Jamal, who returned from a literary residency in the City of Arts in Paris, to which his wonderful story Khedmatji brought him. Reading excerpts from the winning stories will allow you to discover the worlds of the winning creators. 



Italian Cultural Institute 

Fri 16, 11am (Online): In Italy, festival of the cultures of food and hospitality, was born in 2019 as an event promoted by the University for Foreigners of Perugia, as part of the activities of the degree course "Made in Italy, Food and Hospitality" (MICO), chaired by prof. Giovanni Capecchi. IIC Director Davide Scalmani will speak at a round table tilted on the promotion of Made in Italy in the world: the Italian Cultural Institutes and the "Italiana" portal. The webinar will be broadcast live on the  YouTube channel of the University for Foreigners of Perugia.


Italy is celebrating the 700th death anniversary of Dante Alighieri, from 12 March to 4 July 2021. So, the Italian Institute continues to post videos in Arabic with translations from Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece The Divine Comedy 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.



*A version of this article appears in print in the 15 April, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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