Ati Metwaly

Ati Metwaly
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Make Way For Egypt’s Independent Contemporary Performing Arts

The art practitioners, art aficionados, cultural journalists and–above all–the regular audience members of Egypt are really spoilt for choice when it comes to the contemporary art scene, in Cairo, Alexandria, and several other cities. Even within the contemporary performing arts, there are countless events, formats, genres and colors, and a great deal of passion and dynamism on the part of practitioners. The ardor is striking and reflects the great variety of art practitioners, cultural managers, and venues. There are both professionals and amateurs, with some artists operating under the governmental institutions while others are embraced by the independent organizations; there...

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Obituary: Nehad Selaiha, Renowned Theatre Scholar And Activist Dies

On January 6th, the Egyptian culture scene lost one its highest pillars, Nehad Selaiha, a woman who holds a unique place in the world of theatre and among generations of theatre practitioners. Her presence was so strong no one really thought about her being among the primary colors of the artistic landscape until her departure left the picture skewed – and so it will remain for a long time. A bilingual scholar, translator, historian, writer, and critic – her English reviews of Arab productions gave pages of Al-Ahram Weekly an indispensable depth and value for years on end –...

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