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From Nubia: My grandmother’s tales

   “Since the people of Cairo have not come to us in Nubia, we have come to them.” With this tongue-in-cheek comment, Nubia writer Muhyeddin Saleh opened a recent evening dedicated to Nubian culture, heritage, and art at Bayt al-Sinnari in…

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Ramadan for children

 “Ramadan ornamentation” was the theme title of a recent art workshop for children held at the 18th-century Islamic house of Beit al-Sennari, which is affiliated to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and is used as its Cairo cultural venue.The two-hour workshop was…

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Coptology as a bridge

For Coptic heritage lovers it was gratifying indeed to see more than 100 researchers from all over the world converge on Cairo to take part in the first Gathering for Arab Coptologists. Anba Maqar, Bishop of Sharqiya and 10th of…

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Egyptian culture: Back to dynamism

    Cultural diversity programme at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina   No two persons can disagree that what is so terrifying about terrorism is that it strikes suddenly, when and where least expected. Sadly, the world has reached the point where no place on earth…

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 Africa in the eyes of the artist

  Bayt al-Sinnari in the historical medieval Islamic quarter of Cairo is hosting a three-day festival under the title “Africa in the eyes of the artist”. The festival which opens tomorrow, Tuesday 1 December, is organised jointly by the African Assembly…

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Musical notes ring in Cairo and Alexandria

  New York’s Metropolitan Opera Comes to AlexandriaFor the reasonable sum of EGP75, Egyptians in the comfort of their own city of Alexandria can now treat themselves to a live broadcast of any of the 10 operas to be performed this…

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Legendary Cleopatra

 Under the eyes of some 7,000 spectators last Thursday the Greco Egyptian Queen Cleopatra was brought back to life in a 3D video mapping show on the façade of the Qaitbay Fort in Alexandria. The show which lasted 20 minutes…

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The BA sponsors courses in Coptic language

In cooperation with the Coptic Studies Centre, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Bayt al-Sinnari (the Sennary House) is holding a course on “Teaching Coptic Language – Level I”.Bayt Al-Sinnari is an 18th century house in the Islamic Cairo neighbourhood of Sayeda Zeinab,…

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Foreign cultural institutes: achievements and challenges

 In collaboration with the European Union, and within the framework of the Support to Cultural Diversity and Creativity in Egypt programme, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) has organised a cultural debate under the title of “Foreign Cultural Institutes in Egypt: Achievements and Challenges”.…

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At the Bibliotheca: digital archive for the Egyptian press

 Sunday 24 May saw the launching by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) of the digital archive for the Egyptian press. The huge work is the fruit of cooperation between the BA and the Centre for Social, Legal, and Economic Documentation Studies…

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